En otra zona horaria

En ocasiones me como algo, un sandwich o ensalada, entre las 3:00 o 4:00 am, me duermo cerca de las 6:00 am y despierto en en algún punto entre las 11:00 am y las 2:00 pm. En base a esos números me puse a sacar cuentas y mis horarios están bien si consideras la separación de horas entre las actividades.

Levantándome a la 1:00 pm, tomo café y me como algo ligero si tengo animos de desayunar. Mi comida fuerte viene cayendo cerca de las 7:00 pm y me tomo un café al rato, a eso de las 9:00 pm. Ya mas tarde a la medianoche me baño y me pongo a leer en internet o ver series hasta dormirme.

Si a todo ese esquema anormal le restas seis horas, se vuelve normal:

  • 7:00 am – Desayuno: El café y comida ligera de las 2:00 pm vendría siendo desayuno, oficialmente es la primera comida del día (13-6=8)
  • 1:00 pm – Almuerzo: La comida de las 7:00 pm es el almuerzo de la 1:00 pm (19-6=13)
  • 3:00 pm – Coffee break: El café de las 9:00 de la noche se ha vuelto una especie de tradición en mi casa, pero dentro de mi horario no es mas que el café post almuerzo o el break de café de la tarde (21-6=15)
  • 6:00 pm – Relax: Me baño a la medianoche y me pongo a ver series, en el momento en el que “cae la noche” (24-6=18)
  • 9:00 pm – Cena: Mi comida de la noche, si la hago, viene a las 3:00 am, que siguiendo la receta de las seis horas viene siendo a las 9:00 pm. Eso es si decido comer, porque ya a esas horas lo que tomo normalmente es té.
  • 12:00 am – A dormir: Cuando consigo el sueño después de leer en internet y ver series (o escribir, como estoy haciendo ahora) son ya las 6:00 am, es decir que ya es medianoche (6-6=0)

Oficialmente estoy viviendo en otra zona horaria. Luego de sacar cuentas, veo que estoy sincronizado con la gente de Honolulu o Tahití, aunque no es una sincronización estricta sino mas bien oscilante. Pensándolo bien no me molestaría para nada vivir en una islita el Pacífico…

Doing things differently

Doing things differently is hard. Some years ago I read about the Dvorak keyboard layout somewhere and have always wanted to try it, but have never found a physical keyboard with such layout.

I believe in change, or at least I want to believe in change. I also believe in Muscle Memory. It just takes some time to do the same thing over and over until your brain rewires itself and what took some real effort to achieve becomes “normal”, so to say.

And it’s not like I’m discovering something new or anything. I remember learning to type on a PC by myself, as everyone I know, and it took me quite some time to “memorize” where each key was located at, but I eventually did, so I thought “why not give Dvorak a try?” and here I am.

Currently my typing skills are about the same I had ten years ago, being able to type actually quite fast as a consequence of me trying to express myself as fast as possible on IM and chat, both good examples of events that might push you to learn by doing. After all, didn’t we all (or at least my generation) find the way to type SMS really fast until a couple of years ago using only the twelve keys of a cellphone? And even further, really old cellphones didn’t have the T9 software in them, and still we found the way to communicate, or at least entering the names for the address book.

So, the muscle memory… It’s what helps us do everyday actions without giving it much thought. Simple actions like brushing your teeth, playing a musical instrument or video games (using a controller without looking at it, more like knowing and feeling it altogether).

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My favorite speaker so far

BOSE SoundLink® Wireless Mobile speaker

I’ve always wanted an easy alternative to listen to music and internet radio. I really dig internet radio. But I also love internet music services, such as Grooveshark and Spotify. Wanting portability, good sound quality and connectivity, I set my eyes on Logitech and Grace Digital. I was almost certain that the Logitech Squeezebox Boom was what I needed. It looks nice, simple and even kinda retro, but the pricetag was way above what I was willing to afford and the device is currently discontinued, so the only options were to get it aftermarket. The second most logical option was also from Logitech, the Squeezbox Radio. Way cheaper, portable and able to log into Spotify network. Charming. But never made up my mind after months (or even years), so I never bought it.

A couple of months ago, while listening to Spotify on my computer, this ad showed up talking about the “new” Bose Soundlink wireless speaker. I was thirlled. Literally. I’m a fan of Bose devices and the technology behind. I remember seeing the Wave in BestBuy back in 2002 and was amazed by the quality and depth of sound that box could make, made me feel ashamed of my Panasonic stereo. The thing was over $400 and didn’t even have a CD Player, just FM/AM Radio and a 3.5mm line-in. For $100 more you could get the upgrade, which was basically the same device with a built-in CD player and a remote. Back then, being in my mid-teens, I knew that was the device I wanted/needed but also knew there was no way I could afford it.

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