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this morning when i first woke up, the first thought in my head was, "something isn't quite right."

it took me a few minutes to realize what it was: it was too quiet. in my room there's almost always a white noise sound of my computer fans whirring away since i rarely turn the compy off. when i woke up, that sound wasn't there.

turns out that there was a substantial power outage that was affecting a good amount of city blocks. when calling up the power company, they said that the issue was expected to be resolved by noon.

the whole thing reminded me vaguely of what James Burke talked about in the first episode of his telly show "Connections". Although the episode was written in the early 1970s, the first episode in particular has frightening relevance to today - everyone, particularly those who rely upon technology for anything - should watch at least the ffirst half of it. a James Burke fan [has kindly put it up on youtube]. watch the first three parts. i promise it's worth it.

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lifeofmendel
Oct. 22nd, 2007 04:37 am (UTC)
for me it depends.

when i was living at home, i would take naps to music on the couch. when my mom had determiend that i had fallen asleep, she would sometimes turn off the music, and some of the time (i don't know if it was all the time), i would wake up as soon as she turned it off.
girfan
Oct. 22nd, 2007 07:38 am (UTC)
Our area is very quiet, due to being on a cul-de-sac.So, if sleeping anywhere with a higher noise level, I have a hard time of it. I've lived in a few places in big cities on busy roads and have slept OK, but now I'm not used to the noise.


One friend always sleeps with the TV on (usually 24 hour news). I have to be very tired or ill to sleep with a TV on.

lifeofmendel
Oct. 22nd, 2007 07:44 am (UTC)
at night i usually turn on a futurama episode i have on my computer to fall asleep to. i can't fall asleep to just any regular telly or music - it has to be something that i'm already familiar with so i can have it in the background and be able to tune it out. it also has to be a particular volume - quiet enough to not be dominant, but loud enough so i can understand what's being said.

i don't *have* to fall asleep this way, but it's how i prefer to.
girfan
Oct. 22nd, 2007 10:59 am (UTC)
Granted, when really tired, I have fallen asleep in nightclubs, and, once at a punk concert!
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lifeofmendel
Oct. 22nd, 2007 03:57 pm (UTC)
some of the eps are better than others. The first series of 'connections' and 'the day the universe changed' are his good stuff. 'connections 2' is hit or miss, and 'connections 3' i haven't gotten around to watching yet. i don't know of his later stuff.
hellomrhieu
Oct. 23rd, 2007 04:39 am (UTC)
i'm all over the spectrum.

either i can sleep in the midst of rustle and bustle or i'll need drop dead silence to sleep. for the most part, though, as long as there is a *constant* of noise/no noise, i should be fine. any kind of sharp or sudden sound, quiet or loud, i will wake up.

i like sleeping with the tv on as long as it's not horribly loud, but quiet enough to understand. bright lights bother me, but i can still fall asleep.
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