Saturday, September 30, 2017

How Long to Nap



10-20 minutes. The power nap is ideal for a boost in alertness and energy, experts say. This length usually limits you to the lighter stages of non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep, making it easier to hit the ground running after waking up.

30 minutes. Some studies show that sleeping this long may cause sleep inertia, a hangover-like groggy feeling that lasts for up to 30 minutes after waking up, before the nap's restorative benefits become apparent.

60 minutes. This nape is best for improvements in remembering facts, faces, and names. It includes slow-wave sleep, the deepest time. The downside: some grogginess upon waking up.

90 minutes. This is a full cycle of sleep, meaning the lighter and deeper stages, including REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, typically likened to the dreaming stage. This leads to improved emotional and procedural memory (i.e. riding a bike, playing the piano) and creativity. A nap of this length typically avoids sleep inertia, making it easier to wake up.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Joy of Tech-Meditation

From the Joy of Tech by Nitrozac and Snaggy (Liza Schmalcel and Bruce Evans). I like this techno approach to meditation! In your mind's browser, clear your cache... now delete your history... now navigate to a blank web page.


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Powers of 10: Cosmic Perspective

I've seen a lot of "Powers of 10" videos, but this one is my favorite! What a powerful way to get some perspective on just how small you are... and how big you are... at the same time:


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Things I do in my spare time.

Yep, that's me, ha ha. But luckily I get to work with books and share books with people every day as part of my job, not just in my spare time.


Monday, September 4, 2017

Procrastination Humor

You can never have too much procrastination humor. :-)


I'm taking care of my procrastination issues; just you wait and see.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Friday, September 1, 2017

Yesbody ... and the power of improvisation

I really like this cartoon by Rick Detorie:



And this delightful idea of "yesbody" reminds me of one of the great rules of improv: "not Yes, but ... Yes, AND." You can learn more about the power of improvisation in this article at MindShift: How Improv Can Open Up the Mind to Learning in the Classroom and Beyond.

A quote from the article: “Improv says yes to the idea of ideas,” [Deana Criess, director of ImprovBoston’s National Touring Company] says. Not every original thought will turn into the next invention, but offshoots of that first idea may lead to better ones, she explains. “Let’s agree to have ideas,” she says. “And set up a culture where risks are encouraged, and greeted positively and with respect.”

In the cartoon above, for example, the answer is not correct in terms of a dictionary-correct answers, but it is a great piece of improvisation! :-)

(Illustration by Bauke Schildt)