It’s 2am. Do you know where your sleep is?

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/12/opinion/sunday/goodnight-sleep-clean.html

I immediately thought about this, which I posted awhile back. Maybe part of why we seem to be getting dumber as a society is that we’re all sleep-deprived idiots. Certainly should impact reaction times, anyway.

HMMMM.

(This post would be more witty and insightful but I’m pretty tired right now.)

The Scientifically Best Times To Drink Coffee During The Day

http://www.popsci.com/article/science/scientifically-best-times-drink-coffee-during-day
http://neurosciencedc.blogspot.com.au/2013/10/the-best-time-for-your-coffee.html

Despite the big words, the original blog post is a little simplistic. It doesn’t take into account absorption rate, half-life, or conditioned tolerance. All of which I make a half-assed effort at trying to do. Also, I suspect my circadian rhythm doesn’t match this dude’s description of the “average” circadian rhythm. But, enough about me. It is definitely an interesting way to think about caffeine consumption.

the hackability of pacemakers and other medical devices

http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2012-10/hacker-attackers-could-reverse-pacemakers-distance-delivering-deadly-shocks

And, I kinda hate to even reference him, but this is back in the news because Dick Cheney recently admitted that he had apparently been worried about it:

http://abcnews.go.com/US/vice-president-dick-cheney-feared-pacemaker-hacking/story?id=20621434

A bit earlier this year, the issue made the news because Barnaby Jack passed away, a week before he was supposed to present at the Black Hat Conference regarding hacking medical devices:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barnaby_Jack

Anyway, all that to say, this is one more thing that is going up on my blog because I find it interesting (srsly? That’s *that* easy to do? It’s not just scifi? That seems… kinda bad.), but that, by my posting it, probably makes me sound like I’m walking around in a tinfoil hat.

Gaia delayed

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Gaia/Gaia_launch_postponement_update
http://blogs.esa.int/gaia/2013/10/22/gaia-launch-postponed/
http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2013-03/star-mapping-spacecraft
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Gaia/Science_objectives

Pretty much what I get from reading all this is:

1. Gaia is hopefully going to be giving us oodles of cool information about space and the stuff that’s out there in it.
2. Brown Dwarves are a real thing, and also, despite their name, are entirely unrelated to Tolkien or D&D.
3. Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity continues to be poked and prodded by science. Meanwhile, Hofstadter’s law continues to appear unavoidable.

Mivor the Robot

http://www.psfk.com/2013/10/web-robot-analyses-mood.html
https://mivor.wintr.us/

I talked to it for a little while.

It asked me if my friends made me happy, and signed off shortly after it asked me if I was in love, and admitted it didn’t understand what I meant when I said “no.” In other words, if I had been on a dating site, it would have passed the Turing test with flying colors.

The future of facial recognition

http://blog.ted.com/2013/10/17/the-future-of-facial-recognition-7-fascinating-facts/

Man, just read it. And think, as I did, “Holy crap, the world is creepy.”

Also, I remember tineye as far back as 2009. There’s no real reason for me to mention this other than to effectively declare myself a reverse image search hipster. (It had already been around for a year at that point, according to wikipedia, so I kinda fail at that, anyway.)