Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Google has just unveiled a new information service, Google Flu Trends, which monitors the number of searches for information on flu and flu symptoms. Historical data as displayed in the chart show that the US may have a huge spike in flu cases shortly as the flu season begins, or we at least can expect flu cases to increase significantly over the next several months. At the Google Flu trends site, you can segment the data by state, as well as viewing the data for the entire US. Currently, Nevada and Texas have the least flu-related activity, Arkansas, Kentucky, Maine and Mississippi have moderate activity, and the rest of the states have low flu activity. If you haven't gotten your flu shot, yet, now is a good time to protect yourself before the worst of the flu season hits to reduce your risk of getting flu and make it more likely that you will experience the flu mildly if it does hit you.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
In my childhood, I got very little sleep, was tired during the day, liked to eat and hated exercise. I still crave sugar regularly. Although I haven't always been obese, I've never been skinny. However, I didn't have a cell phone or television to keep me awake. I had nightmares almost every night, which conditioned me to not to want to go to sleep until I literally couldn't keep my eyes open, and I used reading to pass the time. I was an excellent student, but very cranky, especially in the morning before breakfast. My mom was relieved when I got my own alarm clock and got myself off to school in the morning.
As an adult I still tend to get too little sleep, less than seven hours on average per night during the week, and I'm not a morning person, but I am more conscious of the effect that it has on me and try to compensate. For example, I avoid caffeine throughout the day and practice meditation to get to sleep. A couple of weeks ago when I was attending a late night class that was from 7 PM to 11 PM, I drank Coca Cola and coffee to stay alert and ended up wired until 4 AM. I often wonder if being on the night shift, at least for a time, would be good for me. It would force me to break my bad habits and provide more time to sleep on my off days. I enjoyed working 6 PM to 3 AM one summer at Disneyland. I may have the opportunity to go on night shift at work soon. It would conflict with my husband who is a morning person, regularly getting up between 4 AM and 6 AM, and tends to sleep too much, but it may help me lose weight.
Monday, November 03, 2008
Saturday, November 01, 2008
If you use this feature, note that when you open a document saved in the Office Live site from within a desktop Office it takes several steps. First, sign in from the Open from Office Live menu. Then, open the Documents workspace within the File Open dialog. Then, select and open your document.