"Among men who suffer from certain types of insomnia — difficulty falling asleep and non-restorative sleep in particular — there is a slight increase in risk of death from heart-related problems, according to a new study by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston."
"Graveyards may not seem the ideal location for afternoon tea, but there is a trend towards opening cafes inside cemetery walls in Berlin and other cities. They offer comfort not just for the bereaved but for local people and tourists who seek tranquility."
"Technology becomes obsolete. Batteries don't last forever. That's not exclusively Apple's problem, nor is it exclusively Apple's fault."
I was doing alright this morning and then whammo. (Here's how last year's celebration was explained.)
Snacks Included In Frito-Lay's 20 Singles Classic Mix Bag, Ranked By The Order In Which You Rationalize Your Declining Consumption Standards With The Idea That, Hey, They Are Pretty Small Bags And It's Worse To Waste Food Than To Throw It Away
6. DORITOS® Brand Cool Ranch® Brand Flavored Tortilla Chips
5. DORITOS® Brand Nacho Cheese Flavored Tortilla Chips
4. FRITOS® Brand Original Corn Chips
3. CHEETOS® Brand Cheese Flavored Snacks — Cruncy
2. SUNCHIPS® Brand Original Multigrain Snacks
1. LAY'S® Brand Classic Potato Chips
Your Body Is Waking You In The Middle Of The Night To Tell You Something's Wrong, And Also You Might As Well Go To The Bathroom Now That You're Up
Do you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night for no reason? Maybe you're dying! Here's a bunch of shit to worry about.
What do you do when a Facebook friend who you vaguely know dies suddenly? What's the most sanity-inducing route of dealing with the fact that you have weird online links to their internet presence? A childhood friend passed away this week at the age of 32. It was a surprise. I had not talked to her in about five years, after a fairly disastrous night at a bar that ended with her drinking too much and haranguing me for an hour. But we were childhood friends, and played sports together, and I played at her house, and I enjoyed talking to her when I knew her from ages [...]
"I’ve never understood about boredom. I realise that with time and repetition all pleasures can run out. Yelling in our cots and watching them come to hover over us anxiously; sex; TV; reading; long walks on frosty afternoons if that is the sort of thing you like; drugs, even; everything palls, eventually. But how can anyone be bored when there’s always death to think about? Every day. Every hour. Don’t you?"
"Antibiotics aren’t doing what they’re supposed to do anymore. You know, kill infections. Since Alexander Fleming invented penicillin 75 years ago, nearly all bacteria have mutated into strains impervious to antibiotics. Those souped up bacteria now kill hundreds of thousands of people, at a minimum, each year. And according to a new issue of medical journal The Lancet focused on antibiotic-resistant bacteria, things could soon get a whole lot scarier."
Did you wake up this morning bright-eyed and full of joy, ready to embrace the day? Well don't click here.
"Hackers can harass users of a smart toilets in Japan by exploiting the power of a free Bluetooth app. The advanced 'Satis' automatic toilet can be remotely operated by a free app available on Android smartphones that lets people raise and lower the toilet set as well as trigger a bidet function and flush. The unlikely Bluetooth security vulnerability warning came from IT security firm Trustwave, which said the high-end Satis toilet can be operated remotely." —If there's still an Earth left to discover millions of years from now, I hope this is all that future explorers learn about our civilization. [...]
"When we die, normally our friends and loved ones are left with just a few photographs and videos to remember us by. That's great, but what if you could actually leave a physical part of yourself behind to provide a real tangible reminder of your existence? That's the idea behind And Vinyly (get it?), a British company that will take your ashes and press them into custom records that those left behind can play on their stereos."
Young people, you know how your elders are always trying to convince you that aging isn't as terrible as you think because the passage of time provides you with a certain caliber of wisdom otherwise unavailable to those who have not accumulated the years of experience required of which to collect it? Don't believe them, it's a lot of bullshit. I mean, yes, you do develop a degree of discernment and detachment, but what nobody tells you is that just because you finally realize that things don't matter doesn't mean that they don't still hurt. Understanding that there are certain dreams it is almost certainly too late for you [...]
Tikker is a normal-enough looking digital watch. Nobody needs to know that every time you glance down to check the time, you’re also checking on your death. It’s “the watch that counts down your life."
Unlike Tikker, ALARMclock has a sleek, faux-retro design, with simplistic LED display. Upon waking, the prototype tells you how much money and how many social network “friends” you have, along with how many days left you have to live based on fairly common demographic information. It's “the stuff that matters the most to the most people," according to designer Al Kelly.
Tikker received almost $100,000 in its Kickstarter funding that ended early [...]
The question "Could a low-salt diet help stop you snoring?" might just as easily be phrased as "Is life with a low-salt diet worth living?" although I suppose the answers to those questions would be wildly at odds.
If you are one of those people for whom life is something that is at best endured—an endless slog of days in which you wander around burdened by an ever-present voice reminding you that you are worse than worthless because worthless things at least have no net effect on the world while yours is mostly negative, and even in those few fleeting moments when you are able to draw some small pleasure you are always aware that when your joy passes it will be even sadder because you know you didn't deserve it and all it was was a temporary salve for a wound that won't heal, nor should it, [...]
Via Pitchfork, Nirvana's In Utero 20th Anniversary Reissue Details Revealed:
• You are old.
• 1993 was twenty years ago.
• The intervening days have dulled the memory to the point of near-invisibility, but there was a time when your heart was still full of hope and possibility, and you really believed that everything out there was something you could grab hold of and use to launch yourself into the existence that you knew was just waiting for your embrace. It seems comical, and even kind of embarrassing now, but that sense of potential loomed so large over your life that some nights you could barely get to [...]