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It doesn't take long for me to sleep. Even with an active mind from the last movie seen or the email received, I still pop open my MacBook, and go through the motions of playing simultaneous Scrabulous (8-10 games at the same time as prolly am on a rush - before it is taken down by the owners of Scrabble).
I also want some updates from friends, via twits, newsfeeds, and pictures and news from around the world, without turning on the TV.
To solve this incessant need for information, even at the brink of sleeping, I turn on to a browser and a portal for what I consider as my sleeping pills:
- 4 things I love about this new browser I discovered while waiting for an opponent make his move in Scrab. (1) Real-time updates of Friends' Newsfeeds on Facebook. (2) Media stream updates of Flickr Contacts (3) Tabbed Browsing and (4) It impersonated my Firefox bookmarks via a single click - Neat? Actually not, as it is crowded - but works for me who has short attention span. There you go, as I write this, someone updated their status with a twit.
You Tube - yes, it drowns me to sleep. Watching videos of the latest speech of Barack Obama after winning in South Carolina, or the Top 10 plays of last night's NBA games, they excite me, but not to the extent of making me lose sleep. In the pic at left, my tribute to Lola reached Top 40 among blogged videos during its first day. Thanks for viewing the vid instead of the scantily-clad women posted on the same day.
On the other hand, there are sites that make me slip from sleeping. Listening to music from Imeem, QTrax and of course reading and making comments on all my favorite blogs.
It is the monster in me that says, "feed me, feed me, with information" - that I need to tame and tell, you're obese with info-overload and you need some "repose." (from my old favorite non-LOTR movie of Elijah Wood, "Everything is Illuminated". Great not-so-old book. Funny not-so-new movie.
This entry is being made at the height of sleeping pills controversy from the death of actor Heath Ledger. In a November interview with NYTimes, Heath mentioned that he took Ambien but "that it didn't work".Ambien/Stilnox,whose chemical name Zolpidem, has had some of its bouts of controversy for sometime. May his spirit rest in peace and this controversy be resolved soon.
I know how hard it is to be an insomniac, tossing and turning in your bed, my only prayer is that my family and friends do not resort to pills if they think they are losing sleep.
I thank God too that it takes me from 5-10 minutes before I spell sleep not with the letters Zzzzzzz but Ngork, Whzzz, Ngyork, Whzzzzz....