Dienstag, 13. März 2012
O2 online Newsletter abbestellen - ... Geschrieben von Jan Girlich in Rest um 00:45
Oh, wieder Zeit für ein paar Wutausbrüche. Gut, dass es Alice/O2 dafür gibt. Über die DSL-Ausfälle beschwere ich mich nicht mehr, an die habe ich mich gewöhnt seitdem aus Alice O2 wurde. Gerade der hier und ich bin dank blau.de per UMTS im Netz.
O2 online sendet mir einen Newsletter mit korrektem Namen an meine Emailadresse. Ich nehme an, dass die noch seit 2007 in deren Datenbank steht als ich mein Handy mal bei Alice hatte, was ich aber schon längst dort gekündigt habe. Beim DSL-Vertrag meiner Mutter (ja, ich lebe noch bei ihr im Haus, zahl du doch die Hamburger Mietpreise) ist diese Emailadresse auf jeden Fall nicht angegeben. Kein Problem, denke ich, am Ende der Mail ist ja ein Link zum Abmelden. Schnell draufgeklickt und ich lande auf einer Seite auf der ich mich im Kundencenter einloggen soll. Wie gesagt ist die Adresse nicht im Vertrag meiner Mutter angegeben, in ihrem Account sind alle Newsletter abbesteltt und ich selbst habe keine Kundendaten um mich einzuloggen, da ich eben kein Kunde bin.
Also mal eben bei der Bestellhotline unter 0800 - 422 04 21 angerufen und nachgefragt was ich da machen kann. Der Herr war sehr freundlich und empfahl das Kontaktformular auf der Webseite zu nutzen. Ich fragte zurück welches der drei angebotenen Formulare ich denn nutzen solle und las ihm die Optionen vor, was ihn verwirrte, denn bei ihm sind die Optionen gänzlich anders. Darauf hin sagte er mir ich solle doch einfach eine Mail an firstname.lastname@example.org senden.
Nice, den kannte ich noch nicht. Aber irgendwie schien die Nachricht dann doch noch angekommen zu sein, denn ich erhielt eine Antwort.
Schauen wir uns doch mal die Optionen an. Schnell dreimal draufgeklickt und siehe da: Alle leiten mich auf die selbe Produktangebotsseite!
Noch einmal geschaut und ich finde eine andere Kontaktseite und versuche jetzt dort mein Problem über den Kontakt als Interessent zu lösen. Ich berichte darüber. Aber soweit: Fail. Wieso brauchen solche Lapalien immer so viel Stress?
Guten Tag Herr Girlich,
Boah! Insgesamt zwei weitere Newsletter bekommen und heute ein ganz persönliches Geburtstagsgeschenk. Aber am 18.03. ist gar nicht mein Geburtstag und ich wüsste nicht wo ich das jemals angegeben hätte. So langsam habe ich das Gefühl da versucht mich jemand zu verarschen
Sonntag, 8. Januar 2012
Day 109 (08.01.2012) Measuring and ... Geschrieben von Jan Girlich in Rest um 14:07
Well, my sleeping schedule has been messed up pretty badly lately. Many reasons like pulling an all nighter and crashing afterwards, partying, not having time or a good enough place for a nap during my day etc. But I'm not giving up. I believe getting a wake-up routine established will help a lot. Working on it.
I also started recording my sleeping times to evaluate how I'm doing and if it's really working, i.e. if I get more time out of my days. I'm using an app called 'Timesheet' which has a csv export. I'll post the results here as soon as I finished the first month of recording. Right now it looks like I spent an average of 7.5 hrs sleeping each 24hr period. Not impressive.
There are many references about historic persons trying polyphasic sleeping. Most notably probably Buckminster Fuller who invented what he called the Dymaxion sleep cycle in the 1950s. This interview explains the word Dymaxion and talks a bit about his life. His idea was to sleep 30 minutes every 6 hrs and he supposedly did it for quite a long time until his wife got fed up or he adjusted to his business partners' schedules. Whichever version of the story you tend to believe more.
Before that many people are believed to have been sleeping polyphasically like Leonardo da Vinci and Thomas Edison. But those reports usually do not withstand biographical scrutiny.
More interestingly are the recent polyphasic sleeping endeavours, which are mostly for military use. In extreme stress situations such sleeping patterns keep your total sleeping time down which can save your life, but the general alertness and performance is worse than with a full nights rest. It's a great thing when you're sailing around the world single-handed and want to make sure not to crash into another boat, but probably not a good idea if you want to work creatively all day long.
Montag, 31. Oktober 2011
Day 40 (31.10.2011) Everyman 4.5 and ... Geschrieben von Jan Girlich in Rest um 11:17
In the past two weeks I attended Datenspuren in Dresden and a nation-wide meeting of Chaos macht Schule (Chaos at School catches on, witty German play on words) near Bonn. As usual there is much to do and see during such events and you wish you could stay up late and hang out with all the wonderful people, but still be up early in the morning to get some of the free breakfast and catch all the talks while still being able to take a shower.
Everyman 4.5 is great in these regards. I usually hung out until 2 am with everyone, one night every event I spent hours geocaching and made a lot new friends, but still I woke up at 7 am, had a relaxed start in the day, took a shower, got breakfast, helped out the organizers in setting everything up for the day etc. and enjoyed a full day of talks, workshops and everything.
Only downside is that I need to find a spot to nap which can be really hard on such events, but I usually managed to do that. You get experienced with this skill real quick.
All in all I handle my conferences like my day to day life sleep-wise. While everyone else is complaining about sleep deprevation during such a long and exhausting event, I just carry on as if nothing much happened. No catching up sleep afterwards, no extra rest needed. This is an awesome feeling.
PS: I gave a (German) lightning talk about Sleephacking in Dresden (and some other stuff, it's the two talks before this one). It starts at 35:30.
Sonntag, 30. Oktober 2011
Day 39 (30.10.2011) In time Geschrieben von Jan Girlich in Rest um 10:02
Lately napping works really great. It still feels like ages until I fall asleep, but I wake up in time. Actually I wake up about 3-5 minutes before my alarm and am feeling rested. And in general I feel great. No trouble getting up after my 4.5 hrs core sleep anymore, too. And I noticed I feel very tired around the times of my naps. I guess I'm through the adjustment phase. Feels great
Montag, 24. Oktober 2011
Day 33 (24.10.2011) Lucid Dreaming! Geschrieben von Jan Girlich in Rest um 14:41
I'm on an Everyman 4.5 sleep cycle since over a month now, only sleeping a total of 5.5 hrs within every 24 hr period. Often it's quite hard to stick to the schedule and I move, skip and retake naps, sometimes I just start napping when I feel tired. Just like yesterday where I went sailing and my nap time fell right in the middle of a 6 hr sailing trip when I was in charge of the spinnaker of a 30 ft yacht going over 7 kts (If you don't understand what I'm saying here: I was carrying quite some responsibility). Anyway, I moved my nap by 4 hrs, getting really tired at my normal nap time, having a hard time to stay awake and focused. In the evening I went swimming and to the sauna with my family, right during my evening nap time. I was so exhausted, I went about 4 hrs early to bed and slept a whole 6 hrs istead of 4.5 hrs. So this morning my schedule was still messed up. Got up 5:30 am instead of 7 am and was tired at 10 am already instead of my usual 1 pm nap time. Then I took a second nap at 2 pm.
And I had an awesome lucid dream! Lucid dreaming means I was aware that I was dreaming. There are tons of different kinds of lucid dreams, which is why I explain a little more what my dream was like. Check out wikipedia for an idea what a lucid dream is. According to other sleephacker's reports lucid dreaming is a side effect of polyphasic sleeping kicking in sooner or later (i.e. Steve Pavlina).
Right now I have contractors in my house, using loud tools, talking etc. and I was afraid I wouldn't even be able to fall asleep, but shortly after I laid down I realized I was in a room which I didn't know but recognized as home. I opened the front door and saw dirty, brown water standing right up to the upper corner of the last step, filling the whole hallway of what seems like a house with multiple flats. A window was open and the water was running out there, preventing the water from raising high enough to get into my flat. That moment I knew I was dreaming: I don't live in a high water area. So I started to test out and control my dream.
Moving was quite easy, I could move swiftly around, not being held back by the water, it even seemed I was walking on the water. Tight spaces were no problem and I could squeeze through the rather small window easily. Later, when I tried to walk up a weird road going straight up a mountain I noticed I couldn't do that. Gravitiy was pulling me down and my feet wouldn't stick to the wall. I could've tried climbing up there, but rather tried other things.
I noticed I didn't feel the water or any other environmental influences, didn't feel wet or cold, but comfortable all the time.
Altering the environment was only possible in the way physics work. I could open doors, touch walls, walk on the ground, break things, move them etc., but I wasn't able i.e. changing the slope of the road going straight up a mountain. This contradicts a little the fact I was able to kind of walk on the water in the beginning. When I realized I couldn't shape the world how I liked it, I tried to get to places I like.
So I kind of teleported myself to different worlds. This worked by turning around a corner or turning around myself, so the place I was at was out of sight for a moment and when I turned back to it it was a different place, or simply going around a house corner and behind there was the middle of a deep forest. I moved to several places but didn't come up with good ideas where to go to or what to do.
Thinking of and letting people appear did not work at all. I tried to think of a couple of people I like to spend my time with and tried to make them appear. No chance. I was alone in this dream the whole time.
Time felt endless. I remember waking up several times before starting to dream because of the contractor's noises. But the again I woke up about 2 minutes before my alarm went off. I guess I had a net dream time of maybe 17 minutes. But the dream felt so long and since I was aware that I'm dreaming and have contractors downstairs, potentially having questions to ask, I started mixing this into my dream. This is where it went downhill.
I got into a state where I thought I was getting up because the contractors were coming up the wooden stairs and I could here their heavy boots. I thought I heard them trying to ask me something but couldn't make out the words, so I tried to wake up to answer that question, but I just couldn't. I turned around in my bed and suddenly was in a bunk of a boat, looking at it's wooden ship's side. Oops, I didn't mean to go there, but I guess I lost focus when I got stressed out about not being able to wake up. Then I saw two contractors coming into my room. One sitting down on my chair, pulling out the power of my computer while it was on (nooo!!!) and saying that he needed something and got it now. The second contractor was talking to me, but again I couldn't make out his words. It seemed to me as if he was asking permission to do things differently than discussed with my mom and divert from the plan. I couldn't allow that and tried to wake up again.
This time it seemed to work and I got up. I was alone in my room and checked on my computer which was untouched. But my chair was missing. Maybe that's what one of the contractors was looking for. I feared they would ruin it with their dirty clothes and I'm not sure what happened right there, but I didn't check for my chair or the contractors. For some reason I must've realized that I was still dreaming. I was wondering how much time passed already and if the contractors left already, making fun about the guy who couldn't wake up anymore. I was sure I spent an hour or more sleeping and dreaming, letting the contractors wait. Then somehow, I managed to finally wake up.
My alarm clock was showing exactly 1 minute when I got up. I was amazed when realizing how little time really passed and what a fascinating dream I head. Although the end of it I panicked a little and was uncomfortable, I decided to get more into lucid dreaming and maybe I can take better control of them in the future.
Freitag, 14. Oktober 2011
Day 23 (14.10.2011) Slep Deprivation ... Geschrieben von Jan Girlich in Rest um 13:38
Lately people were telling me I look tired quite often. Indeed, during the day I experience periods where feel tired and have a hard time to stay awake. On the other hand I had trouble falling asleep for my naps and often reset my alarm and in the end gave up. Usually I get a nap sometime after my regular nap time when I feel tired enough, but still then it often takes a long while for me to fall asleep.
Today the contractors wouldn't arrive before noon and I had no apparent reason to get out of bed early, so I fell asleep again. For another 4 hrs. Totals to about 8.5 hrs of sleep this night. Feels to me as if I slept the better part of the day. Seems like I was sleep deprivated and really needed the sleep. Feeling well rested but am having a bad conscious now. Hopefully those crashs don't hinder my adjustment to the schedule which I was actually hoping to have finished by now.
Guest Blogger about 28-Hour-Day
Yoo is going to try to sleep by the 28-Hour-Day and tell us about his expeirences on my blog. To learn exactly what this is and how it works out for him read his first post to be expected in this place tomorrow
Dienstag, 11. Oktober 2011
Day 20 (11.10.2011) Crash? Geschrieben von Jan Girlich in Rest um 19:58
After a rather exciting night (sorry, no details, just so much: I behaved well and was a gentleman) I overslept by about one hour. My first nap at 1 pm was a concatenation of failures. Right the moment I laid down the contractors arrived to work on our bathroom. When I tried to lay down again they needed me to turn off the breaker for the bathroom electricity. During my third attempt I got a telephone call. I was just about to give up when I fell into a 2 hr sleep. At least I felt very rested afterwards. I'm actually skipping my second nap tonight and am staying awake until my core sleep, hoping to get back into my schedule.
Samstag, 8. Oktober 2011
Getting up was better again. Although I supposed the adjustment phase to take about 2 weeks only I still don't feel like it's natural for me. Lately the updates are being quite boring though and I'm thinking about reducing the frequency. From now on I'll post interesting facts I stumbled upon or substantial changes in my schedule.
Freitag, 7. Oktober 2011
After a long day I slept very deep and had trouble getting up this morning again. I tried to stay awake, but it took me about 1.5 hrs to get out of bed again. Not sure if I fell asleep again or if I was really laying in bed and turning over and over for that long. Tired.
Nap 1: Luckily I found an empty room with a cot. Unfortunately there were construction works going on in the room above. I got a little rest though.
Nap 2: Slept in the same room again and had a good rest.
Freitag, 7. Oktober 2011
I didn't feel tired at all and missed my bedtime. It wasn't until half an hour later, at 3 am, when I noticed the time. I slept well and got up easily this morning. It seems to me the one hour I overslept yesterday was a very restful sleep.
Nap 1: I had a hard time falling asleep and reset the alarm after 8 minutes. Then I had a quite okay sleep.
Nap 2: Since I went to the theater tonight at 8 pm I moved my second nap two hours ahead. I was at university though and it was a busy day at uni. So about 8 minutes into my nap I was woken up by a person coming into the room and sorting out tin cans. I reset my timer and tried sleeping again, but it was only one of those naps where you're not sure if you slept at all, but assume you did because the time passed quite quickly.
Donnerstag, 6. Oktober 2011
Got to bed late so my coresleep ended at 7:30 am. Got up okay, but not being very productive this morning. Yawning all the time, but not going to fall asleep again any time soon.
Nap 1: Again I was very tired starting at about 11 am and then I overslept my nap by one hour. The alarm didn't help, I just slept on. Feeling not rested.
Nap 2: I wasn't tired enough to fall asleep. After trying twice and laying awake for a total of over 20 minutes I gave up and skipped this nap.
Mittwoch, 5. Oktober 2011
Again I managed to get up in time, but I felt much more tired than the days before where I overslept. I think I'll manage, but the adjustment phase seems to finally getting started with tough times staying awake.
Nap 1: Unspecatcular. I slept well.
Nap 2: Another good nap. Was woken up a few minutes before my time was up, but I felt rested.
Right now my biggest problem is staying awake in between naps. I tend to get tired about 1 to 2 hours before it's time to lay down. So I try different things to stay awake. Reading obviously isn't a good idea, but playing a gripping computer game is. Or going shopping, riding your bike or just any physical activity.
Montag, 3. Oktober 2011
At around midnight I had a very hard time to stay awake all alone in the hostel's living room. Reading as a pastime wasn't a very lucky chouce, but the only thing I could think of (btw: read Lina Ben Mhenni's book about the Tunisian revolution. Great report! Found it in German and French only, though). My sleep was rather light and I recall waking up twice and in the morning I woke up about 15 minutes prior to my alarm clock. Feeling good.
Nap 1: At the beach again, about 15 minutes early. I was quite tired and slept very well. This was a great, deep and refreshing nap.
Nap 2: At around 5:45 pm I fell into a light slumber with frequent wake-ups in between for about half an hour. I tried really hard not to but couldn't hel it, I was too tired and bored on the train ride back home. Back in Hamburg I laid down at a less crowded spot et the lakeside in teh city center and felt a little like a bum, but had a quite okay 15-20 minutes nap.
Sonntag, 2. Oktober 2011
This night I went to bed early, at 2 am, and got up in time without any trouble. Today and tomorrow I'm on a bike tour with friends, so this going to be a small test for my sleeping cycle.
Nap 1: During the trainride from 8 to 10:30 am I was so tired I had a really hard time not to fall asleep and yawened constantly. I guess it was a consequence of getting up in time and cutting out the extra 1.5 hrs I had the last three days. And trainrides are boring. At 12:15 pm we were at a beach at the baltic sea. Nice, warm weather and I took a nap on the sand. Totally messed up my timer, but woke up by myself after about the right time an dfelt great.
Nap 2: Biking all day was good and fun, but shortly before I went to bed I read three very annoying and upsetting emails. Although I thought I feed my mind of those thoughts, I wasn't sleeping well. I had the best conditions, however: dark, silent room, alona in a bed. I woke up after ten minutes, reset my alarm and tried to nap again, but this time a weird noise woke me up again. I remember having dreams in both short naps, so I guess I had at least some rest.
Samstag, 1. Oktober 2011
Argh! I overslept by 1.5 hrs again. I really need to work on getting up after my core sleep. I'll try with harder discipline. Feeling tired right now.
Nap 1: I was about half an hour late for my nap but slept well.
Nap 2: At about 7 pm I almost fell asleep. Made it hardly until my naptime at 8 pm but had a good nap then.