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.
(This post would be more witty and insightful but I’m pretty tired right now.)
All that can follow is a rant of unsurprise and paranoid-sounding questioning of all we “know” through “science.” Oy. >_<
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.)