Unless you end up visiting Paris one day, Richmond, VA is providing a once-in-a-lifetime experience, which must be taken advantage of between the dates of this past Friday and May 15. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is the sole East Coast stop on the seven-city international tour of “Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris,” beating out even New York. The other cities on the exhibition’s tour are Seattle, San Francisco, Helsinki, Moscow, St. Petersburg and one other international city yet to be announced. (Haha and then Richmond)
Admission is $20 for adults, $16 for seniors and students and free for museum members and children. Visit http://www.vmfa.state.va.us/Default.aspx for more information on coming to my city and checking it out!
The sun released a solar flare the size of Jupiter early on Tuesday, reportedly hindering several communications here on Earth. According to CNN.com, scientists at NASA said it could bring the northern lights as far as Washington D.C. and that the sun could be warming up for a major storm around 2013.
I realize solar flares of this magnitude have occurred several times throughout history, but all I have to say is: Jupiter is to beach ball as Earth is to marble.
Besides being something I should be doing right now, it is also tonight’s this morning’s post topic.
If you’re tired and groggy throughout the day, it may not be that you haven’t been getting enough sleep, but that you simply have been waking at the wrong times.
You may already know that when you sleep, your body travels through four stages, all the while switching back and forth between non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. (Interestingly enough, REM sleep not only causes intense brain activity, but also muscle paralysis, earning it the term “paradoxical sleep” among certain groups.)
According to most sources, infants usually need about sixteen to eighteen hours of sleep per day (for any infants keeping up with my blog), teenagers nine and adults approximately seven to eight. I stumbled (quite literally, by clicking the StumbleUpon button I’ve neglected for at least a year and a half) upon a site, however, that claims to be able to predict the exact time you should set your alarm in order to wake in between cycles — allowing you to either enter in the time you need to wake up in the morning, or the time you are going to bed. It then gives you a list of acceptable times, right down to the minute.
The issue I have, though, is that the site always provides a six hour sleep schedule, which is less than most books, websites and professionals recommend. The logic is that each sleep cycle last about 90 minutes, but my research tells me that could vary. For any followers that may want to check it out and/or provide feedback, the site’s URL is http://sleepyti.me/
The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
THIS is actually what what the very first Big City Kitty post was going to be:
Now that you’re here, I’d like to ask you to become part of something new. Whether you do it to bring some fresh ideas to the world, to bring an issue to the forefront that is currently lacking some attention, or simply to aid the growth of a rising generation, even in the smallest way, please share it—
Be it literature, art, an invention, a newscast, a sound, a perspective, controversial, not controversial, if you feel it’s important, even in the slightest, even if it seems to only be buzzing in your area, if it has moved you, or moved someone else, send that thing by clicking ‘Add something to this page.’
If there was a newspaper that everyone looked at and it was a paper written by the readers themselves, and if ideas were the beginning of movements…”
Then, mostly on a whim, I scrapped that and decided I would be the only one posting things for now. The gears might shift some time in the future, but, at this time, Big City Kitty remains a cross between a news site and a magazine with material of my choosing. I hope you will find it valuable in some way. That will probably only happen, however, if you are interested at all in how the VCU basketball team is doing, what goes on in my small part of Richmond, or daily Central Virginia weather. Hmm…