Cameron Diaz, Taco Salad and Unicorns

Well at least I was eating something edible last night. The subject matter isn’t any less crazy, though. 

 

Unicorn 
To see a unicorn in your dream symbolizes high ideals, hope and insight in a current situation. It also symbolizes power, gentleness, and purity. Alternatively, it may represent your one-sided views.

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Actor/Actress 

To see an actor or actress in your dream represents your pursuit for pleasure.

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Taco Salad 
To see or eat a salad in your d
ream suggests that you need to express your feelings and take in the positive influences in your life needed for personal growth. Alternatively, the dream indicates that you are longing for nature and good health.To eat or cook meat in your dream suggests that you are getting to the heart of the matter. You are recognizing and utilizing your instinctual energies. Alternatively, you are seeing others achieve what you are still striving for. To see cheese in your dream symbolizes gains and profits. To dream that you are eating lettuce signifies your need for spiritual nourishment. It may also mean that you are lacking in a particular nutrient. You need to eat a more well balanced diet. The dream may also be a pun on “let us”. Is there some situation where you are seeking approval or permission?

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Chair 
To see a chair in your dream symbolizes your need to sit down and take time out to contemplate a situation before proceeding. Or you just need to relax. Alternatively, it indicates that your feelings or ideas are being dismissed or cast to the side.

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Eating Shells, Drinking Blood

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EATING SHELLS: To see a shell in your dream signifies your inner desire to be sheltered, nourished and protected from life’s problems. It also indicates that you are closing yourself off emotionally. You are keeping your feelings inside… The bigger question is: what does it symbolize to eat the shell? I feel that it is a rejection of these things. Exposure to the elements and accepting life as a balance of joy and sorrow – and seeing both events as a necessary balance. Emotionally putting myself out there, when by mind and body intend on crawling back in.

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 BLOOD FROM A FAUCET: To drink water in a dream symbolizes a feeling of rejuvenation — but what about blood?  Blood represents life, love, and passion; as well as disappointment. Perhaps it is the acknowledgement – again – of the highs and lows common in life experience. By drinking blood from a faucet, there is acceptance that extreme happiness can also be met with disappointment.

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SALT: To see or taste salt in your dream represents a new found flare in your waking life. You are experiencing increased worth and a higher sense of zest and vigor. Alternatively, salt symbolizes dependability, truth, and dedication. Such a complexity, for an element so simple. We shall see what awaits me in the dream world tonight…

‘Room 237’ Unwraps Multiple Layers of Insanity

A current documentary, entitled Room 237, has been released to dive deeper into the darkest confines of Kubric’s film ‘The Shining. Five conspiracy theorists contemplate hidden imagery and symbolism to unwrap another layer of insanity. Read the NPR article below:

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Awhile back, I went to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to see its show on filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. It was jammed with visitors poring over his letters, eyeing the dresses worn by the spooky twins in The Shining, and posing for photos in front of the sexy-futuristic decor of the Korova Milk Bar from A Clockwork Orange.

Although I was surprised at the crowd, I shouldn’t have been. Kubrick is one of the rare dead directors — Hitchcock is another — whose work is still watched by those younger than 40. And he maintains a lofty reputation as a reclusive genius.

When fans talk about his work, you always hear one word: “perfectionism.” Here was a director, the story goes, who thought about every single detail in every single frame. Legend had it that Kubrick examined every single print of his movies before he let it be released.

In fact, it’s not true that Kubrick always insisted on perfection. He shot his Vietnam movie, Full Metal Jacket, in England, which didn’t look remotely like Southeast Asia. Still, his obsessive attention to detail has long made him an idol of cultists who scrutinize his movies for secret messages hidden in the wallpaper.

Such fanatics are the subject of Rodney Ascher’s Room 237, a very enjoyable documentary about five Kubrickians obsessed with wildly different hidden meanings in his 1980 film The Shining. Where you may think it’s merely a horror story — remember that blood flooding out of the elevator? — these devotees argue that Kubrick’s movie is really about more than a writer going homicidally bonkers.

For one, it’s about the genocide against Native Americans; for another, it’s about the Holocaust; yet another says the film is Kubrick’s admission that he helped fake footage of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

By way of evidence, these folks point to all sorts of “clues,” from the presence in several shots of the Calumet Baking Powder logo — with its distinctive tribal chief in a feathered headdress — to apparent continuity errors involving misplaced chairs that, this being Kubrick, can’t possibly be mere errors. They’re deliberate.

In one clip, the fake-moon-landing guy discusses an “aha” Moment. Listening to this man talk, it’s hard not to think that here are obviously intelligent people with too much time on their hands. The obsessions with sweaters and moving chairs bespeak some sort of interpretive disease in which one ignores most of a movie — the plot, the characters, the setting, etc. — in order to claim that what matters is actually found in a poster hanging in the background. If Stanley Kubrick — a hugely powerful director — wanted to make a movie about the slaughter of Native Americans, why didn’t he just make it rather than hide his secret meaning in baking-powder labels that almost nobody would notice?

Still, it’s too simple to call such thinking deranged. Kubrick really was the kind of artist who planted echoes and allusions in his films — he wanted us to pay devout attention. Besides, a fixation on small things isn’t aberrant. Since Freud and Marx, it’s become habitual to look for the symptoms of the true meaning hiding beneath the obvious surface — you know, how a slip of the tongue can reveal far more than what the speaker thinks he’s saying.

Of course, this brand of interpretation is an invitation to go off the deep end. In many ways, these Kubrick obsessives share a mindset with paranoiacs and conspiracy theorists, who also find patterns in details that most of us find minor if not irrelevant. Such thinking isn’t wholly imaginary. It usually starts with real, teasing facts — the image on Danny’s sweater, say, or the conflicting forensic evidence from the Sept. 11 attacks — then weaves them into a grand theory, usually ignoring or bending other facts so that everything clicks together in a satisfying way. A clear meaning is found in what would otherwise be the disturbing disorder of life.

Now, there’s obviously far less at stake in Kubrick’s film than in the Kennedy assassination. Which is one reason why Room 237 is so much fun to watch. It gives us a safe version of the paranoid search for meaning to which we’re all susceptible.

And even as we laugh, some of the commentators notice details that really are quite striking, like the odd make of Nicholson’s typewriter — a German model, which serves the Holocaust theory — or the skiing poster in the background that looks like a minotaur — this, in a movie that ends within a maze.

While some of their interpretations strike me as nutty, others are quite plausible. Room 237shows us that Kubrick really does load up the The Shining with Native American imagery. And surely this has to mean something. Or does it?

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“It’s too simple to call such thinking deranged. Kubrick really was the kind of artist who planted echoes and allusions in his films — he wanted us to pay devout attention.”

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