Archive for November, 2006

Sleep is Important!

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

Any age you may be, you can’t forget one important fact in life. Sleep is important, no matter how old you are. Some young adults that attend college seem to forget this very often it almost scares me. I have had people comment to me that becuase they were studying for an insignificant quiz, they stayed up until 4-5am (and the quiz was at 8am). Leaving them with what, 1 hour of sleep?

When fellow students tell me proudly that they have stayed up all night studying, I feel sorry for them. Although they have no idea why they are subject to pity, the reason is very clear. Missing sleep hours is definetly worse than not reviewing for the test. The facts are plain and simple, according to The National Sleep Research Project “Seventeen hours of sustained wakefulness leads to a decrease in performance equivalent to a blood alcohol-level of 0.05%”, although 0.05% might not be that much, these students are giving up one disadvantage (not studying properly) for another one, taking the test while a little drunk, and still not studying properly (you are supposed to study much earlier than one night before a test after all). Not to mention that even if you had 6 hours of sleep and you may feel ok, it still might not be enough for your best performance level, since even proper adults (24+) need a recommended 8 hours of sleep per day.

Nowadays, very few people manage to get the right amount of sleep. Every single one has their own excuses. Too much work, too many responsabilities, too much of everything. Well, maybe if these people started getting a little more sleep they would be able to get over everything they have to do quicker, instead of daydreaming in their job or taking naps at random times in the day. Use your time efficiently, get some sleep.

Using the worlds deserts.

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

I came accross this interesting article on “How mirrors can light up the world“. This is a worthy read on a energy generating technique that hopefully will be popularized soon, as it is environmentally friendly and cheap and has the potential to provide the whole world with energy.

This technique is simple and is being used in the Mojave dessert in California. It involves placing huge mirrors in the dessert (how simple is that?) in order to exploit all the solar energy we get everyday.  It can also run at night by the hot water accomulated at the plants during day time.

I also found it quite amusing that supposedly, African countries that have always had the desert messing up their land, are now “blessed with hot, sunny deserts”. If any native from those countries from a thousand years back read this, they would surely die from laughter in disbelief that their unfertile land is a blessing. How things change, eh?

Stop Internet Explorer

Monday, November 27th, 2006

Today I’m blogging about a different kind of cool site. I’ve stopped by StopIE and have reminded myself about how important this matter is. If you are still using Internet Explorer, then read up and hopefully you change your mind after this post!

The main reason you should switch today, is that Internet Explorer is prone to viruses. It automatically downloads and installs viruses if you are accessing the wrong kind of site. In firefox you are alerted before something happens, and given a choice whether to continue or not. Of course if you decide to continue, you can only blame yourself.

The reason above is the main reason you should switch, but for webmasters like me there is something that annoys me much more. Internet Explorer renders pages differently than other browsers. So everytime I am designing something I have to make sure it works for both, Internet Explorer and the rest of the browsers. This gets annoying very quickly and it is Internet Explorer that has weak code interpretations, and does not seem to follow today’s standards. Things look uglier in IE too.

There are more reasons, and i recommend you visit the website and read up more. There are many free alternatives to IE, and even though they claim their next release will be better, don’t wait, do yourself and me a favor today.

The Top 50 Gadgets (from the past 50 years).

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

I came accross this article at PC World and found it quite interesting. Interesting enough to blog about it at MapInteresting!

I was quite surprised to see the Walkman beat the IPod to number one, but it makes sense since without the invention of the walkman we would of never gotten to the IPod. Of course, the ipod is second, after all, almost everybody has one right? Among other notable gadgets they list the PlayStation 2 and the Nintendo GameBoy, and of course the Motorola Razr.

Some notable absences, at least for me, the NES system. So many people had fun with it before the invention of the Nintendo 64 and Playstation. Something else almost everybody owns today, the Sidekick, I don’t own one but it’s impossible to go out and not see someone without it. Definetly a gadget that should have been listed over the Motorola PageWriter. Feel free to browse the list, its pretty cool.

Geosense

Monday, November 20th, 2006

So today I was browsing looking for some interesting site and I found Geosense.net . It’s quite cool that I found it actually because recently I was going over the discussion about how bad some people are with geography. It came up because i remembered this video: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4036399762492251312

If you have seen that video then you know how silly some people can get with geography, I mean even with the big countries… and I tought I was good… until i stopped by Geosense.net and played their geography mapping game against some people from germany. It’s hard, especially when you get small countries in Africa or Asia. But hey, its really fun and best of all educative.

If you are bad at geography take this chance and go play some, you will have fun, and you won’t feel like an idiot next time someone asks you where Zimbabwe is. Have fun!