Thursday, July 16, 2009

Rest Assured

Sleep - Salvador Dali

I sometimes marvel that we homo sapiens spend 25%-35% of our lives unconscious.

That is, sleeping. Somewhere around 1/4 to 1/3 of my entire life — and yours — will be spent doing, well, nothing of substance or consequence.

On the other hand, its not like we die and resuscitate every day. During sleep our bodies and minds are active. Its just our consciousness that is kept in the dark.

But maybe not so much anymore.

A new company in Waltham, MA named Zeo has brought to market a device they call the Zeo Personal Sleep Coach. It’s purpose? To help you better review and understand your sleep, and to improve your sleep in order to enhance your overall mental and physical well being.

The latter is an obvious and common sense idea — we all know that if we get ample and “better” sleep, we feel better, mentally and physically.

So the question is, can we somehow train ourselves to sleep “better”?

Zeo definitely thinks so - and it has enlisted an impressive roster of professionals and experts as advisors and team members to help the company help you sleep.

Zeo’s web site explains and illustrates the device far better than I can here — suffice to say you wear a headband while you sleep which delivers data to an alarm clock looking bedside device, which then puts the data on a memory stick which you use to upload to your PC and to Zeo’s online aggregation and analysis resource.

And David Pogue pretty favorably reviews the device in the NYTimes.

Shout out and thanks to Scott Kirsner for his tweet about this.

Image: Sleep, by Salvador Dali (oil painting, 1937)

 
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Once I realized I enjoyed anger, I noticed how much time I spent experiencing it. If you’re anything like me, you spend about 87 percent of your mental life winning imaginary arguments that are never actually going to take place.
 
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
It is the privilege of the establishment to experience its power as
idealism.
Larissa MacFarquhar “East Side Story,” New Yorker, February 25, 2008
 
Friday, July 10, 2009
 
Thursday, July 9, 2009
David Sandlin, Ocean of Whisky 
Instant Classics began in the 1980s as a “zine,” edited and published by myself and David L. Ulin.
Some posts here are “greatest hits” from those original editions. Such as this one.
David Sandlin is an enormously talented, smart, funny, original artist. We were thrilled and honored to publish him back then… and now. His web site is at davidsandlin.com

David Sandlin, Ocean of Whisky

Instant Classics began in the 1980s as a “zine,” edited and published by myself and David L. Ulin.

Some posts here are “greatest hits” from those original editions. Such as this one.

David Sandlin is an enormously talented, smart, funny, original artist. We were thrilled and honored to publish him back then… and now. His web site is at davidsandlin.com

 
Wiser and older people tell you that the passions of your youth will dry up and that a more sere and autumnal condition will overtake you as maturity advances, but the thought of the Nixon gang in the White House still infuses me with a pure and undiluted hatred and makes me consider throwing up things that I don’t even remember having eaten.
 
Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Make You Crazy
- Brett Dennen (featuring Femi Kuti)

From the album Hope for Hopeless (2008)

Heard this tune on the radio, loved it, downloaded and bought it, now sharing it.

Enjoy - and if you do, please support the artist and buy it from the IC Store


 
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Scientific paradigms are never easy to challenge, even when they begin to crack under the weight of contradictory evidence. Few scientists ever look back to see where they and their paradigms might have gone astray; rather they’re trained to keep moving forward, doing yet more science to add to the increments of our knowledge, patching up and preserving whatever of the current consensus can be preserved until the next big idea comes along.
— Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food
 
Saturday, July 4, 2009

Computer Love - Kraftwerk

How better inaugurate a blog?

Techno visionaries and pioneers Kraftwerk released the track in 1981 on the album Computer World.

Buy Kraftwerk at the IC Store.

And visit Kraftwerk.com


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