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January 3, 2012

2011 Sleep Data

For a couple of years now I have been tracking my nightly sleep using a Zeo. I recorded 320 nights of sleep in 2011. On average I manage 7.5 hours of sleep a night, fall asleep in 5 minutes, and wake up a couple of times during the night. This is mostly unchanged from 2010 which is a little surprising given I was consuming alcohol on a much more regular basis in 2011. The chart below shows the year in review based on ZQ scores.

Brighter reds indicate worse nights of sleep and darker greens indicate better nights of sleep. The prolonged gaps are mostly vacations.

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January 2, 2012

2011 Computer Usage

For the past year I've been using RescueTime to track how I spend time on the computer, my smartphone, and while at Brightcove my time away from the computer. The total number of tracked hours for 2011 was 2870 hours, most of that productive (see graph below).

The two biggest productive categories were software development (editors and command line) and communication/scheduling (email, IM, and meetings) each around 900 hours. My biggest distractions for the year were SpaceChem, Google Reader, and The New York Times.

Overall I don't feel like I wasted that much time and am not really surprised by where most of the time went. The number of meetings was more than I wanted but that has changed dramatically since switching jobs.

The dip in Feb was SpaceChem. The rise in Mar was a buggy Android client. Lastly the trough in Jul was my trip to the Arctic.

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January 1, 2012

Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said

Flow My tears, the Policeman SaidFlow My tears, the Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Warning possible spoilers.

A strange trip through drug induced multiple universe merging. The storyline wraps up quickly at the end but by that point I was happy to escape the mind bending world. I would have enjoyed a little more exposition on the ramifications of the concept and how the multiverse merges.

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