Music is a drug for the youth (and I’m an old fart)

Brain imaging shows our favorite songs trigger the brain’s pleasure points, and a significant amount of those internal drugs that we all love, serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin, are released. The more we like a song, the more these neurochemicals are released.

Bobby Owsinski’s Big Picture Music Production Blog

When I was a teen I felt a far deeper connection to the music I listened to. I’ve already touched on this briefly but recently a blog post popped up on my feedly reader which seemed to directly talk to me.

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A couple of travel tips – part 1

This post is in response to a comment on a previous travel post. I apologise for taking so long!

When I visited Japan late last year there was a lot I wanted to see even though I would only be there for two weeks. My list was definitely more than two weeks’ worth of tourism and I began to set some items aside for next time. It’s a bit of a trap travelers can fall into and trying to fit in too much can lead to an unnecessarily stressful holiday.

1- Know when ‘To Do’ is too much.

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Quote on mental illness and celebrity

It’s all fun and games until someone dies, as was the case with Robin Williams. When celebrities have very public “breakdowns,” we find them entertaining, sensational, intriguing. When celebrities die from these illnesses, however, we grieve for them, celebrate their lives, and profess our sympathy for their struggle.

- ‘The Spectacle of Mental Illness‘ from Let’s Queer Things Up!

I spotted this article in the Freshly Pressed section of WordPress. It’s definitely a worthwhile read as it opens your mind by referencing two cases which have been treated so differently by many.

The first time I listened to an audio-book

“I want to do something splendid…something heroic or wonderful that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead. I don’t know what, but I’m on the watch for it and mean to astonish you all someday”

- Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

But not today. Today I’m enjoying my day off, in lieu of working the public holiday last week. I’ve been in and out of bed all morning, since waking at a God-awful hour for some bizarre reason. My 9-day run at work was only rewarded with a regular 2-day weekend, so this bonus day is more than welcome.

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Perks of a same-sex relationship

A rainbow crossing in Fitzroy, Melbourne
A rainbow crossing in Fitzroy, Melbourne

Jerry: I’ll tell you what the big advantage of homosexuality is. If you’re going out with someone your size, right there you double your wardrobe.

Rachel: I suppose…

Jerry: Oh, come on, that’s a huge feature. When they approach a new recruit, I’m sure that’s one of the big selling points.

Seinfeld – ‘The Opposite

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