Saturday, July 01, 2006

Summer Reading

The list of books near the bottom of my right sidebar is courtesy LibraryThing, a neat little service for cataloging your bookshelf online. That's a random sample; you can find the (more or less) complete list here. Good, nerdy fun. Makes me want to go out and buy more books too. I sold most of my collection before moving from Boston to upstate New York last fall. Then, of course, I went out and got new ones. So, these aren't necessarily the ones that I've actually read. That's what summertime is for, right?



Blogger Candy Minx said...

I like this, I went and signed up for Library do you make it show up on your blog? I couldn't find instructions...

9:44 AM  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

Oh, I see that this is a post from July...I ound your blog through Karl Zipser's, I am reading through past posts and you said you were having trouble sleeping and therfore unable to be much good at blogging.

There is a treatment for insomnia. Unfortunately, it's not folk lore it's rather scinetific.

If you live alone, when yu wake up, watch an hour of talk tv, or news with talking heads.

I'm not kidding!

Have your read Freakonomics? Well, the fellows that wrote Freakonomics recommend this method discovered by a fellow who just wrote an incredible weight loss book.

You could google the Freakonomics blog and back track search engine for insomnia...Let me see maybe I'll try to fidn it.

Apparently, primates need first thing in morning face to face contact.

It affects their sleep otherwise to be without.

I always watch talk shows in the morning, but this author said he watched news with talking heads, an hour.

9:52 AM  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

What could be a more opportunistic means of generating data than exploiting your own body? Roberts started small, with his acne, then moved on to his early waking. It took him more than 10 years of experimenting, but he found that his morning insomnia could be cured if, on the previous day, he got lots of morning light, skipped breakfast and spent at least eight hours standing.

Stranger yet was the fix he discovered for lifting his mood: at least one hour each morning of TV viewing, specifically life-size talking heads - but never such TV at night. Once he stumbled upon this solution, Roberts, like many scientists, looked back to the Stone Age for explication. Anthropological research suggests that early humans had lots of face-to-face contact every morning but precious little after dark, a pattern that Roberts's TV viewing now mimicked.

10:01 AM  
Blogger arthur said...

Thank you for comments Candy.

how do you make it show up on your blog?

Once you sign in, there should be a tab at the top entitled "Joy". Click on that and you should see instructions for making a "Blog Widget".

I haven't read Freakonomics, and am still suffering from insomnia,so thanks for the suggestion (although I'll admit I'm not a huge fan of TV).

If I talk to people in person late, does that mess up my sleep?

12:25 PM  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

Apparently, it has to be in the morning for it to relieve insominia, you need face to face contact first thing in morning, for about an hour.

8:00 AM  

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