Author: ehawkes

Spinal fluid washing over the brain during sleep to remove waste

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Scientists Now Know How Sleep Cleans Toxins From the Brain
The synchronized brain waves of non-REM sleep may play a key role in preventing toxins from accumulating in a person’s brain.

One big contribution of the paper is it helps show that the systems Nedergaard has been studying in mice are present and hugely important for humans too. “It’s telling you sleep is not just to relax,” says Nedergaard. “Sleep is actually a very distinct function.” Neurons don’t all turn off at the same time when we’re awake. So brain blood levels don’t drop enough to allow substantial waves of cerebrospinal fluid to circulate around the brain and clear out all the metabolic byproducts that accumulate, like beta amyloid.

Sara Harrison

I’m Doing Ok

Some responses:
“It is what it is” or “everything is everything”.

“Right here between Oh Lord and Thank God”

I’m straight.

I can’t call it, might spoil it.

“Better to be seen than viewed”.

Too blessed to be stressed.

“Cooler than the polar Bear’s toenails”

You know how it is.

I’m tryin to catch up to you Playa.

If I was any better there’d be two of me.

“Just tryna make a dollar outta 15 cents.”

“Fair to middlin”

“I’m all good.”

I’m not where I want to be but I’m not where I was.

Oblivious – Aztec Camera

From the mountain tops down to the sunny street
A different drum is playing a different kind of beat
It’s like a mystery that never ends
I see you crying and I want to kill your friends

I hear your footsteps in the street
It won’t be long before we meet
It’s obvious
Just count me in and count me out and
I’ll be waiting for the shout

Met Mo and she’s okay, said no one really changed
Got different badges but they wear them just the same
Down by the ballroom I recognized
That flaming fountain in those kindred caring eyes.

I hear your footsteps in the street
It won’t be long before we meet
It’s obvious
Just count me in and count me out and
I’ll be waiting for the shout

Aztec Camera were a Scottish pop/new wave band formed by Roddy Frame, the group’s singer, songwriter, and only consistent member. Formed in 1980, Aztec Camera released a total of six albums: High Land, Hard Rain (1983), Knife (1984), Love (1987), Stray (1990), Dreamland (1993) and Frestonia (1995). The band garnered popular success for the songs “Oblivious”, “Somewhere in My Heart” and “Good Morning Britain” (a duet with former Clash guitarist Mick Jones).

The Colonization of Night

According to the sociologist Murray Melbin, night is the last frontier and since the invention of artificial lighting we have colonised it in much the same way and in much the same spirit as the Americans colonised the West in the nineteenth century.  Time is a dimension like space, says Melbin, and people have moved into the realm of night as the hours of daylight have become more congested. The first night people were like the trappers, hunters and drifters who went west ahead of the pioneers; they were misfits, solitaries, criminals, people who, for whatever reason, were uneasy with the straight world and had very little to lose. Then came the businessmen, the exploiters, who realised that, with the advent of gaslight, expensive machinery no longer had to lie idle for eight hours out of twenty-four, and factories could keep producing around the clock. Shift work brought other services in its wake: transport, eating places, bars and grocery stores. Gradually, as lighting improved, services expanded until now there is a whole afterhours community — everything from evening classes to supermarkets, night courts, discos and massage parlours, as well as a great army of maintenance people who service and repair the daytime world while its inhabitants sleep. The defence establishment, the financial markets, broadcasting, transport, communications now work on a 24-hour-day schedule. As Melbin sees it, night and day will soon be interchangeable; as we have transformed our environment, so we will transform ourselves — physically, socially and psychologically — to fit the new 24-hour cycle of work.

Night: Night Life, Night Language, Sleep, and Dreams (1995)
Albert Alvarez

Theme Song for Your Quest?

Gotta have a theme tune for the quest

I have a mix of 80s power ballads exactly for this occasion.

It’s never a wrong time to play Radar Love by Golden Earing while driving.

That’s the jam followed by Twilight Zone!

Now heres the question: your favorite song is playing as you pull into the parking lot. Do you stay and finish it?

It’s the pragmatic thing to do. If I went in there without finishing the song It’d bother me and I wouldn’t be able to focus.

Wicked Game – Chris Isaak

“Wicked Game” is a song by American rock musician Chris Isaak, released from his third studio album Heart Shaped World (1989). Despite being released as a single in 1989, it did not become a hit until it was featured in the 1990 David Lynch film Wild at Heart. Lee Chesnut, an Atlanta radio station music director who loved David Lynch films, began playing the song, and it quickly became an American top-ten hit in January 1991, reaching number six on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the first hit song of Isaak’s career. Additionally, the single became a number-one hit in Belgium and reached the top 10 in several other nations.


What would you have liked to have been, if you hadn’t been a professional musician?
I’ve worked in a funeral home, did roofing jobs, drove delivery and spent time working the docks of Stockton, California, unloading ships. None of it was near as much fun and I didn’t get to wear a sequined suit…

Have you learned anything new about songwriting, interviewing your guests for the show?
Glen Campbell told me “stay out of the way of a good song.” I think it’s true. If a song’s good, don’t overdo it.

American Songwriter

October, 2011 – 10 Years Ago

1. Maroon 5 Feat. Christina Aguilera – ‘Moves Like Jagger’
2. Foster the People – ‘Pumped Up Kicks’
3. Adele – ‘Someone Like You’
4. Bad Meets Evil Feat. Bruno Mars – ‘Lighters’
5. Rihanna – ‘Cheers (Drink to That)’
6. Britney Spears – ‘I Wanna Go’
7. David Guetta Feat. Usher – ‘Without You’
8. Cobra Starship Feat. Sabi – ‘You Make Me Feel…’
9. Lady Gaga – ‘You and I’
10. Lil Wayne – ‘How to Love’