The value of GDP

There was an interesting blog post over at the Telegraph by Geoffrey Lean over the weekend. He asked if GDP is “past its sell by date”, noting that “the EU is due to publish a paper which will conclude that GDP is too limited a measurement.” I agree with the view that GDP doesn’t tell […]

Summertime woes

Sweet summer night and I’m stripped to my sheets Forehead is leaking, my AC squeaks and A voice from the clock says, “You’re not gonna get tired” My bed is a pool and the walls are on fire So begins the new single by Animal Collective, ‘Summertime Clothes’. Their solution to being unable to sleep […]

Sleeping patterns: At project completion

My new year’s resolution for 2008 was to get my sleeping pattern into check. To help me do this I recorded data about my sleep on a daily basis throughout the year. Although it was clearly impossible to get precise measurements of things such as the time I fell asleep, I managed to make estimates […]

Sleeping patterns: update after nine months

I’m not sure how this post will be taken. The first update got 20 comments, the second one got zero. It does seem a bit self-indulgent. But I promised to keep you updated on the experiment so here it is. If you missed the original posts, basically I made it my new years resolution to […]

Sleeping patterns: progress update

My first post about my sleeping patterns was a surprise hit. So I have decided to write a second update as I reach the halfway mark of my year-long experiment to keep data on my sleeping patterns. The previous post ended on a bit of a cliffhanger as all my graphs were spiking up quite […]

Sorting out my sleeping patterns

I had a new year’s resolution this year. As part of my current crisis (i.e. having to become responsible), I am trying to get my notoriously bad sleeping pattern in order. Amazingly, I have stuck to the first part of the resolution. For the past three months, I have been keeping a log of my […]

5th bloggiversary (oh, and Happy New Year)

I usually forget the anniversary of this blog. I think this is for a variety of reasons. Firstly, at this time of year we usually have other festivities on our minds. Also this blog has two major anniversaries in my mind. Moving to doctorvee.co.uk was a watershed, and I am sometimes reluctant to even acknowledge […]

Sleep deprivation

People who have been reading this blog for a long time may know that I have often had difficulty getting to sleep. It is not unusual for me to go around the place feeling a bit sorry for myself because I feel tired. And I like to think I have become a bit of a […]

Sleeping naked

Here is a website advocating that you should Sleep Naked. I used to do that all the time, except in the very coldest nights of winter. Then I started to think that being naked in the morning made me less likely to get out of bed because it is so cold. So I’ve started wearing […]

2007 is coming

I actually have a new year’s resolution this year. I’m usually not sure about resolutions you know. I don’t think I’ve ever actually had one. The thing is that they are always things that you don’t really have the willpower to do. Otherwise you would just do it anyway, instead of waiting until the new […]