Are You Woke?: Thoughts on How to Begin the Day

I blame at least half of these typos on my lack of sleep.

Things You Notice When the Computer is Sleeping: Rising Sun

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  1. Bill M says:

    Nice way to start the day.

    I generally only touch my PC just before leaving for work. Hardly ever use it or read my phone or Kindle Fire after about 8, and find I make less typos in the early morning than at night when I’m tired.

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    1. mcfeats says:

      I need to get back on track. I’ve been burning the wick on both ends, and the drop in quality performance is showing up in my work. I think I’ll start charging my iPad in the living room.


    1. mcfeats says:

      You might enjoy watching Joe Van Cleave’s recent thoughts on striking a balance with tech:


  2. John Cooper says:

    I love the typos and misspellings. “Klutzy” has metamorphosed from its neat-but-worn Yiddish origins to “clutsy,” a shiny new WASPish allusion to clutter and clumsiness. An alternate USA mysteriously controlled by Dutch overlords is effortlessly conjured by the phrase Daykught Savings. The Dutch love their bicyckes, a kind of clam pastry. You should type before coffee more often! It’s stimulating for me!

    I don’t understand why people get bent out of shape by the 23-hour day that happens each March. Maybe I’m an uneasy sleeper, but getting an hour less sleep than I feel I need happens about twice a week, so the advent of Daylight Saving Time would fit right in, unnoticed, were it not for my extreme joy at having the day extended into the evening hours. I just make up the lost sleep some other night. I see how DST is beside the point in the southern latitudes, however. I’ve spent most of my life up north, where the length of the sunlit day fluctuates wildly between 8 hours in the winter to 16 hours in the summer. The horror isn’t the switch in the spring, but the switch in the fall, when the price of one single hour’s extra sleep is four months of deep darkness at both ends of the day. It’s hard to avoid thoughts of suicide when the sun sets at four fucking fifteen.

    This fall I get to vote on the idea of extending DST hours year-round, which not only would make the winter slightly more bearable (no more sunsets before five), but should shut the complainers up.

    Your iPad should have an option called Night Shift, which adjusts the color balance of your screen during hours you set, filtering blue shades out to preserve your circadian rhythm. It fades gradually in and out so that it’s not distracting. The yellow tinge to the screen is odd at first, but quickly becomes unnoticeable. I think it’s very effective.

    When I drink my coffee in the morning I check the NYT, my email, and the links to ongoing typewriter searches therein. When I lived in the Midwest, I used to do this on the screen porch, listening to the cranes and the distant noises of farm equipment. (I used to write in a notebook, too.) It’s always wonderful to experience nature in the morning, which is another good argument for living south of the 40th parallel. After a few minutes, the coffee really gets my brain going, but I haven’t yet developed the discipline to use that to create instead of absorb. It would only be a matter of changing my habits. Maybe I’ll put a typewriter out on the patio when it gets warmer.

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    1. mcfeats says:

      Now I feel like James Joyce. Thanks, John. My sleep patterns are not ideal. As soon as I finish my teaching work by end of day, I want to start evening projects. This means more coffee. I brew a mean pot. It is likely the caffeine, rather than a screen, that keeps me up. Even so, I charged my iPad in a separate room. I like to test my habits. I figure a bedside book is better for the brain.

      In the morning, I stayed away from tech for the first thirty minutes. I think my senses became more alert to my surroundings. Ironically, or not so ironically, my college website failed when I needed to work. I typed out assignment instructions on my Underwood 6. Underdog was there to save the day.

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  3. L.T. Hanlon says:

    I like how a friend of mine describes typos: They’re Easter eggs.

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