Links for 8th January 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. Macbeth’s Curse: Link Between Sleeplessness And Paranoia Identified

    "The study – the first to examine insomnia and persecutory thoughts – found that in the general population individuals with insomnia were five times more likely to have high levels of paranoid thinking than people who were sleeping well. In an extension of the research, over half the individuals attending psychiatric services for severe paranoia were found to have clinical insomnia." Well, that's what they'd *like* me to think, isn't it?

    Tagged with: healthsleepinsomniaparanoiapsychology

  2. Cory Doctorow: Writing in the Age of Distraction

    "I think I've managed to balance things out through a few simple techniques that I've been refining for years. I still sometimes feel frazzled and info-whelmed, but that's rare. Most of the time, I'm on top of my workload and my muse. Here's how I do it… " Doesn't reveal the source of his seemingly inexhaustable supply of common sense, though. Curses!

    Tagged with: writingpsychologyproductivitydistractionfocustips

  3. Another shot at thinking about the Other – Jay Lake

    "By this logic, the only culture I have ’standing’ to comment on is middle aged, middle class, WASP male American culture. If I stuck to writing about that, I’d either be John Updike or unpublished. (Which of those possibilities is the more likely I leave as an exercise for the reader.) This line of thinking says I cannot write about female characters because I am not a woman, or Jewish characters because I am a Gentile. That way lies madness. Our field, at its best, is about Writing the Other."

    Tagged with: writingculturebackgroundethnicityracegenderpoliticsotherness

  4. Local Currencies Grow During Economic Recession

    "You don't just go online and use the Berkshare. You go down to Main Street stores, have a conversation with a shopkeeper, hear what it's like to do business in the community," Witt said. "It's a conversation. It's the building of citizenship. We're out of that habit. But when we re-establish the habits, we like it."

    Tagged with: LETSlocalcurrencymoneyeconomicstraderecessioncommunitynew-southsea

  5. Bruce Schneier: Tigers use scent, birds use calls – biometrics are just animal instinct

    "The lesson is that biometrics work best if the system can verify that the biometric came from the person at the time of verification. The biometric identification system at the gates of the CIA headquarters works because there's a guard with a large gun making sure no one is trying to fool the system."

    Tagged with: biometricssecurityidentificationauthorizationhackinglimitations

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