Polyphasic Sleep

Saturday, June 27th, 02009

Most people experience monophasic sleep on a regular basis, they sleep for a single long block of time each night. Some cultures indulge in polyphasic sleep, were you sleep multiple times a day, much like a siesta or a nap. Polyphasic sleep can go as extreme only 2 hours a day by reducing your sleep to just 20 minutes every 4 hours. This article is my experiment into polyphasic sleep, how I prepared and the advice I was given.

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How dark is your data shadow?

Thursday, June 18th, 02009

Every transaction we make creates a shadow about ourselves. When we use the ATM, we leave a small piece or ourselves behind in the means of a time stamp, a withdrawal in a database, a location. As capture and storage costs asymptotically approach zero, it is easier to just keep everything rather than selectively choose what to trash. The more we do in this electronic world, the larger and darker our shadow becomes and the more potential for data leakage and problems arising.

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Cola Wars Redux

Monday, June 8th, 02009

Is it really possible to tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi? If you are a life long Coke fan, will you succumb to the sip-test? Even though the Cola Wars are long behind us, has it made any difference? With New Coke, Crystal Pepsi and many others being casualties are we really that fickle about our soda or is it possible to be a life-long, die-hard fan and be able to pass a double blind taste test. I wanted to find out.

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What are 2D Barcodes?

Tuesday, June 2nd, 02009

The world of barcodes is truly black and white. These tiny print-outs of lines and dots act as physical pointers to more digital information. In the past, they have pointed to UPC values in a database, but now their abilities have expanded to much more. The next generation of barcode, the 2D Barcodes could become as ubiquitous as blue hyperlinks as on the web—only time will tell.

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