October 31st, 2003

buzzed, B&W


Bleh, if only I could sleep. I've been trying to sleep on and off since around 1, and for some reason my body just isn't tired. While I know I'm a night person, this is ridiculous. I worked 10 hours today, I should be able to sleep, especially considering that I have a good amount of work to do tomorrow: prepare a presentation, review two other presentation, prepare handouts and evaluations for all three presentations, prepare the sight for our training on Saturday, add the lights to my Halloween costume, and help out with a focus group for two hours. After all that, then I get to celebrate Halloween, but I have to be up the next morning at 8 for the training, that'll run into mid-afternoon. I'll probably be fine once I get up and moving, but my body is going to hate me come Sunday, and I'll definitely be crashing hardcore after work Saturday.

The really sad part is that I'll probably get 5-6 hours or so tonight and another 5-6 tomorrow, and my body is in this weird 8-9 hour sleep mode, when in the past 6 hours was perfect for me.
buzzed, B&W

mmm . . . and the things one turns up when they can't sleep

This article is fun. From the article:
While procrastination may not be good for grades or working with early type people, it may have a beneficial role for productivity in society. An early person may have more time to get something done, so they wait for their focus to build before working. The procrastinator will be forced to work against the clock, and, in the end, will usually become more time efficient with their work. This allows the procrastinator to accomplish more tasks, because the procrastinator spends less time on the task at hand. If procrastination is partially beneficial, the bias in school toward non-procrastinators may be one reason that grades do not correlate well with success in the work field.
Apparently, my procrastination is good for the mankind. Anecdotally, I agree with the conclusions the author draws in that I know in school I could turn out work of a high caliber (usually A's), in a fraction of the time it took my friends.

I also like the piece since it seems to be a decently researched piece presented on the WWW, that does a good job of using hyperlinking, the backbone of the WWW. Lots of links in the text, linked sources, graphs and tables, etc etc. This is how the WWW should be used for scholarly papers. Without linking, rather than a web, we're going to have a ferris wheel or something, with google at the center and everything else at the end of a spoke, connected to maybe two other sites. I don't really see this as bad for the commercial aspects of the web, but it will hurt the scholarly part.
buzzed, B&W

Random memory

Interesting how the screwed up sleep cycle brings out my desire to blog.

Over six years ago, I was sitting in a classroom at UC for freshman orientation. They were doing this session on diversity and stereotypes, and we were all seated in a circle, and they had this one part where they had us stand up if we met the criteria, ie: Have you been discriminated against? Anyway, one of the questions was Are you a non-Christian? They then went around the circle, and asked people what they were if they were non-Christian. I was last (being an agnostic/atheist), and they went around the circle with a few Jews, Muslims, and Hindis (I was surprised that there were no other agonstics or atheists, along with the fact that there were no other religions represented).

Now get this, the girl right before me says "I'm Catholic". There's this awkward pause of a few seconds, where everyone is just looking at her, and she fills the gap by giggling or something and saying how her familie has always been Catholic, and then sits down. I then say I'm an atheist and I sit down.

Someone please explain to me how you can be so ignorant as to consider yourself Catholic but not realize that Catholicism is a part of Christianity? Bleh, stupid girl. I wonder how she did at UC . . .