3 Smart Things About Sleeping Late




1 // You may need more sleep than you think.
Research by Henry Ford Hospital Sleep Disorders Center found that people who slept eight hours and then claimed they were “well rested” actually performed better and were more alert if they slept another two hours. That figures. Until the invention of the lightbulb (damn you, Edison!), the average person slumbered 10 hours a night.

2 // Night owls are more creative.
Artists, writers, and coders typically fire on all cylinders by crashing near dawn and awakening at the crack of noon. In one study, “evening people” almost universally slam-dunked a standardized creativity test. Their early-bird brethren struggled for passing scores.

3 // Rising early is stressful.
The stress hormone cortisol peaks in your blood around 7 am. So if you get up then, you may experience tension. Grab some extra Zs! You’ll wake up feeling less like Bert, more like Ernie.

Wired Magazine

Agreed about the waking up later, now if only I could master the 10 hours instead of 5.

Here is a great book to bring in the new year. It’s a by De Designpolitie and consists of essays, success stories, failed projects, fascinations and experiments. For more info…

Visual Read: The ABC of De Designpolitie

So says an online current affairs and culture magazine funded by who? Oh, that’s right. A traditional print publication – Washington Post Company! Like I’ve said before, traditional news gathering organizations still provide the best content. Though, I believe that trend is changing. Still, Slate (online news media) is owned by Washington Post (traditional print media).

What’s killing newspapers is the same thing that killed the slide rule.

Good grief! If newspapers stop printing, what will I use to wrap all the Christmas gifts?

The writing’s on the wall for the old-style American newspaper

I was hoping for an invitation to read an inaugural poem. Here’s a haiku I prepared in case McCain won the election:“How’d you like your moosesteak, McPalin?” “Rare, with aside of off-shore oil.”

Obama chooses ‘the perfect inaugural poet’

Lunch is to publishing as liquidity is to banking

From Robert McCrum:

The book world is in full-blown transition. Blogs are rampant; Google is digitising every text going; e-readers are transforming the experience of reading. Books (and book reviewing) have been pushed to the margin. It doesn’t help that in a global recession publishing is also feeling the pinch.

Lunch is to publishing as liquidity is to banking.


We work, we play, we marry, we grow old, we dust ourselves off and keep going, all in a quiet hopelessness, neither loving much nor expecting to be loved much. We hang drapes in our pit and hunker down. All is weariness; what has been will be. And then Christmas comes.

Andrée Seu


Goof off at work, read a book, ignore e-mail

“Here are some surprising work habits that might seem to contradict conventional wisdom, but have helped these workers achieve their goals.”