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I'm glad the moon is on the wane. Maybe it was all the excitement of the week -- visitors, end-of-semester activities -- but I found it very hard to drift off to sleep and kept waking up once I did to find a Lothlorien-wothy beam of ghostly light slicing me in in two.

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masoo From: masoo Date: December 9th, 2006 08:01 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Charlie, you do realize the only lunacy is in believing the moon affects you?

Unless you're made of green cheese, of course ...
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 9th, 2006 08:08 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Here is where your scientific approach falls short, in my estimation. I'm not making some grand New Age claim about the mental tides or anything. But I think there's plenty of evidence that both people and animals are more likely to be restless on full-moon nights. In Tucson, of course, the light alone is a factor and even one that you, the exceedingly rational man, would probably admit to be substantive. I mean, when a light shines in your eyes, it's hard to stay asleep.
masoo From: masoo Date: December 9th, 2006 08:17 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
If the light is shining in your eyes, you can close the window shade. In any event, it's not the moon that's causing restlessness in that case, it's the light.


I will admit, at the end of the above article is a guy who says "hey, the moon gets bright, it has an effect."

In a related story, I'm reading Steven Levy's book on the iPod, and I just started the chapter where he starts to believe the shuffle function on his iPod isn't really random. It plays too much Steely Dan, you see. (By "too much" he doesn't mean "one song.")
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 9th, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
So I'm guilty of metonymy. The light is not the moon, but it is common practice to group them together under the word "moon."

I'm absolutely certain that our cats are more active during a full moon, but almost every full moon here is of the clear-sky sort. Most of the time, I can see colors outdoors in the middle of the night, which gives you a sense of how bright it is. As for the window shade, the light still creeps in around the edges. Also, the cats sometimes push the drapes back in order to look in the backyard.

I want to read Levy's book, especially in light of the piece I wrote, so thanks for reminding me that I need to hunt down a copy.
masoo From: masoo Date: December 9th, 2006 09:27 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
As you might expect, I'll write something once I've finished Levy's book ... I think I'm about halfway done now (I'm reading it as an eBook, which is somehow appropriate). I dropped him an email ... don't know how much you've heard about the book, but in honor of shuffle mode, he's arranged with the publishers so that each book has the chapters in a different order. I asked him if that was also true for the eVersion, and he didn't think so.

He and I go way back, as I reminded him when I pointed this out:


It's a VERY pro-Apple book ... pro-Jobs, too, although so far, the two come across as pretty much the same thing. The chapters are standalone (hence the possibility of shuffling them), and so some are better than others because the topics are more or less interesting. I've always enjoyed his writing, but the gushy nature of this book is a bit disconcerting, esp. for a Windows person who uses a non-iPod MP3 player.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 9th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Neat, that you have that connection with him. I like the iPod well enough, but I also want to leave a space for critique of the sort I gestured towards in my Tikkun piece. Apple may sell appealing products and may market them in an even more appealing way. It's still a big company, though, with a spotty environmental record and a history of using labor that is underpaid and overworked. And that makes it like almost all big companies.
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