@nathan: I don't believe in those sound machines at all. I use a white noise machine at night, and that works great. It cuts out the noise happening around me, and it doesn't distract. The problem with the other sounds is that they're inconsistent and your mind gets used to them and knows what to expect. Like, you'll find yourself anticipating a certain bird chirp because you remember what it sounds like from the night before. That isn't relaxing your mind -- that's keeping it active.
Anyway, today at the IBM Impact conference I heard about a company called BodyMedia that has a product for monitoring sleep that seems much more sophisticated than this. I'm curious to learn more about it. I don't think it involves an iPhone or the bizarre notion that it can impact your dreams.
KMT, thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it. And, yes, I would thinking shutting one's phone would be ideal before bed. The phone's presence on my mattress made me very aware and made it harder for me to sleep. I'm sure the hype around this app will die down pretty quickly.
Great v-blog Nicole. Very funny! I don't see how such an app could actually be popular, but I guess this is this app's 5 minutes of fame. And when it comes to sleep, don't researchers recommend shutting down your phone and disconnecting to get optimal rest??
Ha! Thanks for the backstory on Richard, Kim! I should add that the only dreams I remember having this week at all -- in whatever few minutes of sleep I got -- were unpleasant ones. So if that was also a function of the app, then I have another reason to be grateful.
What a very feeble piece of app design. By the way, the wake-up function sounds like something we used to call "an alarm clock." The brain is adept at misconstruing external influences on dreams, so playing a soundtrack of birds is as likely to put you in a torture chamber as a pleasant garden; anyone can experiment with this by falling alseep with the radio on. It gets surreal pretty fast.
As for Richard Wiseman being a psychologist:
Richard started his working life as a professional magician, is a Member of the Inner Magic Circle, and holds Britain's only Chair in the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire.
Yes, he's had academic papers published - on subjects like parapsychology, ESP, hauntings and spoon-bending. Let's just say, he's not in the mainstream of the subject.
Marissa Mayer at Yahoo has come out with her strategy on turning the company around: culture, company, calibration, and compensation. But Yahoo needs to have a technical approach to the mobile cloud opportunity, not a management theory lesson.
The proposal to make more IPv4 addresses available through a buy-and-sell exchange is dumb and won't work. We've fiddled on this issue long enough; it's time to just make the switch to IPv6 and be done with it!
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