Monday, 31 March 2008

Bizarre piercing

Body piercing as become fashionable amongst youngsters (and some oldsters). It involves inserting metal objects in to places in the body that really don’t need to have metal objects in them. Some people have become so fascinated by this practice that they have “extreme” piercings. Self-piercing is very dangerous, and you should NOT do it. Using a safety pin is also even more dangerous when self-piercing. You never know what might happen. It may get infected easily, since the sterilization methods aren't present. Get it done professionally! Please don't try this at home!

Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Addicted to coffee?

I can’t ignore the energy boost and mental acceleration that comes from caffeine. But I do notice negative side effects when I drink coffee. Caffeine seems to make part of my brain overactive and another part underactive. If I drink a lot of coffee, I’ll often spend hours doing a bunch of low priority tasks, and I find that other unproductive habits are more likely to be done excessively. I become like a rat in a treadmill, doing more and more but not accomplishing what really matters. I also feel that caffeine blocks too much of my intuition and creativity. I miss subtle sensory input, and my thinking becomes too linear. Sometimes linear thinking is OK though. If I have a lot of menial tasks to complete, and I already have a clear to-do list to follow, drinking a cup of coffee can get me through them quickly. But if I have to sit down and do high-level work, caffeine will make a mess of my thought process and dramatically reduce my ability to concentrate. Additionally, caffeine definitely disrupts my sleep habits. Even if I have a cup of coffee in the morning and none for the rest of the day, I don’t sleep as well. I wake up in the middle of the night, or it’s hard for me to get out of bed in the morning. When I consume no caffeine, I sleep more restfully and wake up easily.

Steve (abridged and adapted)

Tuesday, 11 March 2008

Are you getting enough sleep?

If I don't sleep between 8-9 hours a night I find that I have problems waking up in the morning and even start to fall asleep in some of my classes! Last year I didn't sleep enough and my grades went down.
Sometimes I feel tired at about 10 o'clock at night, but then if I am on the net chatting I start to feel better and don't feel at all tired. On the weekend I stay up very late and then I sleep until lunch time. I feel like a vampire! Sleeping in the day and being awake in the night.
I know that I shoud go to bed earlier and have a healthier routine. The doctor told me that sleep helps you stay healthy, concentrate better and helps you re-energize after physcal activities like sports. He said we only grow properly when we sleep. Anyway I think I need to start going to bed earlier and stop living like a vampire.

(abridged and adapted)