August 14, 2013
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When individuals are chronically restricted of sleep for periods of 2-3 weeks, we instead find that cognitive impairment accumulates day by day, almost linearly. There is no sign of saturation or leveling off. Things just continue to get worse and worse. Paradoxically, delta waves do level off, just as the two-process model would predict, and so do subjective ratings of sleepiness, meaning people become less and less aware of their level of objective impairment as they are increasingly sleep restricted. After two weeks of getting 6 hours of sleep per night, individuals have the same reaction time as somebody who has been awake for 24 hours, which is approximately equivalent to an individual with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.10%. After two weeks of getting 4 hours of sleep per night, individuals have the same reaction time as somebody who has been awake for 48-72 hours.



The process of recovery also seems to be much slower after chronic sleep restriction, although it has not yet been well quantified. For chronic sleep restriction, there seems to be a much closer to one-to-one correspondence between hours of sleep lost and hours that must be paid back to return to baseline performance. Certainly, it is not possible to reverse the effects of chronic sleep restriction in a single weekend.

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— Reddit: Ask Science - “Can a person ever really catch up on sleep?”, answer by computational neuroscientist whatthefat.

November 26, 2012
Are you afraid of whales?

keepyourpebbles:

For, as they say, SCIENCE.

Take the survey.

(Results may be used for my next draft of an article about whale phobia. You can read a miniature version here.)

October 11, 2012
Huge eyeball washes ashore in Pompano Beach

Please, click the link to see the photo. This is why I love Florida.

August 26, 2012
"The great print die-off of ’08 and ’09 may have plateaued, but the industry had changed forever. All the newspapers in the city were culling their ranks like so much bacon fat, surplus hacks were being tossed off into journo purgatory along with any remaining editorial scruples. Meanwhile, magazine and website publishers had all simultaneously come to the same conclusion as Arianna Huffington: They could make considerably higher profits if they didn’t pay their writers and kept all the money for themselves."

— from Advertising for People Who Don’t Like Advertising, Douglas Haddow’s terrifying glimpse at the future of branding.

August 20, 2012

Mad Monster Party? Making of a Classic. Phyllis Diller, RIP.

March 27, 2012

keepyourpebbles is a cetaphobe. This audio is her experience confronting a giant replica of a blue whale at the American Museum of Natural History.

It is both poignant and hysterically funny.

Audio from Friday’s visit to That Damn Whale. I recorded the whole day, which I spent steadily approaching the whale and viewing it from every terrifying angle. This section is from my first attempt to move from the Hall of Biodiversity into the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life itself.

Cetaphobes: Can you relate? Take the survey here.

February 19, 2012
Guess why I’m so happy to see you!

(Answer if you click the image above.)

Guess why I’m so happy to see you!

(Answer if you click the image above.)

February 9, 2012
This Pap Tokoloshe Sells Like Hot Cakes… for R15 000 to R25 000, South Africa’s Daily Sun.

For the uninitiated, a tokoloshe (as cited by Die Antwoord, cleaning up lyrics for Letterman) is a hairy little mischief-making goblin. They’re often very hungry. 
And pap is corn mush, like polenta, but firm enough that you can sculpt it with a spoon. Or your hands. 
(Geek note: Pap is also called putu, which is what, if you listen closely, Jabba the Hutt threatens to mash Luke into when he comes to rescue Han’s frozen body. Because Jabba was speaking a Bantu language.)
Muthi means “medicine” - but can be used to mean “magic.” 
And R15 000 is about $1,973 today.

This Pap Tokoloshe Sells Like Hot Cakes… for R15 000 to R25 000, South Africa’s Daily Sun.

For the uninitiated, a tokoloshe (as cited by Die Antwoord, cleaning up lyrics for Letterman) is a hairy little mischief-making goblin. They’re often very hungry.

And pap is corn mush, like polenta, but firm enough that you can sculpt it with a spoon. Or your hands.

(Geek note: Pap is also called putu, which is what, if you listen closely, Jabba the Hutt threatens to mash Luke into when he comes to rescue Han’s frozen body. Because Jabba was speaking a Bantu language.)

Muthi means “medicine” - but can be used to mean “magic.”

And R15 000 is about $1,973 today.

January 9, 2012

Flesh-eating Film Reels.

Actually, they’re tape - that’s why they’re afraid of magnets. Degaussing hurts.

January 6, 2012
DO NOT FALL ASLEEP AT SEA

DO NOT FALL ASLEEP AT SEA

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