Not Getting Enough Sleep

Disclaimer: When I was in college, I didn’t get much sleep.

I know, news flash right? No, it wasn’t because I was out partying and drinking. The truth is, a huge amount of college students don’t get enough sleep. A study recently found that a full 65% of students sleep less than eight hours a night and only one out of 18 sleep 10 hours.

Why is this the case? Again, partying and drinking? No, this isn’t Animal House, this is real life and the students are not getting enough sleep because of assignment deadlines. They are responsible for several assignments each week, all of which can take a great deal of time. Another study found that during Submission Week, nearly 50 per cent of all students were mostly awake. That means they were running on fumes, with barely any sleep. Reminds me of the time I was taking a certification test and totally fell asleep. Read about it here So much for an IT training degree.

In a week with assignment deadlines, students tend to get between two and five hours sleep per night. In fact, the only night they get five hours is Saturday night, with Friday night coming in second with four hours. On Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, they get two hours sleep on average.
Compare that with weeks with no assignment deadlines. On those weeks, students get between three and seven hours sleep. Saturday and Sunday provide the seven hours, with Tuesday coming in second at six hours. Thursday is the worst day, with three hours sleep.

How Do Students Stay Awake?

Coffee. Coffee is good but when you are drinking a lot of it, and not sleeping, you are severely hurting your body. It should come as no surprise that people who sleep less are likely to suffer from more diseases than those who sleep for eight hours a night. Our bodies need rest, and the assignment schedules are crushing our students as they struggle to keep up.

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HOW LOUD IS TOO LOUD? – Infographic

When I’m zipping down the highway hovering around the speed limit in my car I usually have the tunes cranked pretty loud.
As anyone will tell you, there’s a good reason for listening to music as loud as possible. For some of us it drowns out any nasty noises being produced by the car you’re in which can be just about anything from that squealing sound coming out from under the hood to the rattling of the windows.
For some of us we need the music loud because even though it’s making your ears bleed, we can barely make out the bass line or drum solo from years of listening to music a bit louder than you. I’m pretty sure that’s what led to the invention of headphones and ear buds. They weren’t meant to bring comfort to others you would otherwise force to listen to your tunes at full blast, they were designed so you could bypass air, the ozone and obstructions and directly sear your eardrums with whatever has already damaged them.

The rock ballad was no mistake, by the way. Record producers often forced bands to include one, sometimes two, rock ballads on their albums in direct response to audiologists across the globe who argued that a generation of deafness was not going to produce a very productive workforce. So there you have it in a nutshell the answer to the question, “How loud is too loud.”
That wasn’t your question? You wanted to know what?
What do you mean I need hearing aids? I can hear just fine. You were mumbling. You need to speak more clearly. GOT THAT?

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It was Grade 9 French. I failed it miserably and ended up taking it again in Summer School. I was thinking maybe the extra work boning up on my parlez vous would make it easier for Grade 10 French and by the time I graduated I’d be speaking it fluently and considering a Canadian government job where I’d never actually speak it, but because I could I had jumped to the front of the queue. Knowing myself though I’d probably be the one blowing smoke art with my friends instead of studying.

I barely passed my Summer School class and my plans changed about as much as my fondness for French.
Fast forward to today where my ever growing collection of social media friends, or in reality, followers and stalkers, are from such wonderfully interesting places like Serbia and Korea and speaking languages that flow in a way that makes me think it would be pretty cool to actually say some of the words instead of cheating with online translation programs for copy and paste chatting. It has made me wonder how difficult English must be for some others to learn. I’m not even counting swear words as those are a given as the first ones you pick up in any language. I’m thinking about good old English slang where bad means good, sick means good, wicked means good. That kind of confusing syntax that has nothing to do with confusing a ‘their’ with a ‘there’ or ‘they’re.’

But apparently the curse of the English language is that if we speak it, it makes it harder to learn some others like Serbian. Damn you, Dragana, why couldn’t you live in Mexico or Vegas?

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Then and Now – 100 Years of Change Infographic

To look at my grades in school you’d never make me out to be a history fan. In school I never really understood what importance those “old time stories” had to do with the amazing places my life was going to go until it got there.

Somewhere along the way I got curious. Seeing a billboard on the side of the road announcing that Fred’s Widget Store had been in business “since 1920” got me wondering. At first I thought about the invention of the widget, which I honestly thought was a more modern creation, then I started thinking that maybe there wasn’t a half bad living to be had in the widget business. Beats worrying about cleaning people’s mattress all day like I do today. My curiosity about the world around me pushed me into museums to discover and learn local and regional history. It didn’t take long for me to realize that without the ‘olden days’ we couldn’t get to where we are now.

In fact, what I’m typing here this moment could some day become a valuable historic document. Okay, maybe not this particular one, but I’m sure I’ve written something that’ll stand the test of time long after the internet fad fades away. What I honestly find so fascinating about history is how much change has taken place in just a hundred years. If you compared this past century to the one prior to it, you’ll see what I mean. Those changes are happening more rapidly now with changes in the last decade being significant when compared to the decade before.

Lucky for us those changes and advancements are usually improvements. The death of disco comes to mind. The reality is that change keeps happening and sometimes we need to stop and see how far we’ve come to truly understand it.

100 years of change infographic


16 Things About the NFL Infographic

I am quite fond of football.
I am not very good at picking teams to follow.
This season I suffered as a Houston Texans fan.
The upside of being a Texans fan this season, aside from the cheerleaders, is that come draft time we can proudly proclaim that we are in fact Number One!
It wasn’t too many years ago when I used to run an office football pool which was one way that allowed me to get a weekly dose of all things NFL without ever going to a game.
I did eventually find my way to more than my share of actual games, but I was usually sitting so far up in the nosebleeds that I’d take a portable television with me to catch the game since I couldn’t really see it where I was.
The best thing about football season for me and my office pool buddies was Super Bowl. It didn’t matter half the time which teams were playing because all we wanted to do was have a reason to host an all day party at our place in late January.
We would kick off our celebration when coverage started early in the morning and by the time the actual kick off rolled around, if we were still coherent, the festivities would then go into overtime.
The best thing about the NFL was that it gave us a reason to do yard work on Saturdays so we could watch games on Sundays and if that’s not what being a sports fan is all about, then I don’t know what is.


Dogs VS Cats Infographic

She was a hottie.

I remember thinking that pretty much from the very first time I laid eyes on her.
Maybe it was the way she carried herself when she walked. It was a little bit cocky, but it was mostly for show to see who all was watching, sneaking peeks or just plain staring as she slowly weaved her way from one side of the room to the other.

I was pretty sure that later I’d have her eating out of my hand. If I had some kibble that probably would have happened, but I didn’t and I ended up the guy with litter box duty that night.

You guessed it; I’m a cat guy.

I never really thought of myself as anything more than a goldfish guy or a budgie guy, but when I ended up with this little princess I discovered quickly I could handle it.
When my wife and I first got together she had three dogs and I had my cat. I still like to say we ended up with a blended family at that point. Oddly enough, the cat outlived the dogs, but she has nine lives, right?
For me, the cat was the logical choice as I was away from home all day. The odd time I was gone a couple of days. This was back when it was just my kitty and me living together. Cats are easier to take care of as far as I’m concerned, but my dog-loving wife has a different perspective on the situation.
I will say the dogs were better at playing fetch than the cat has ever been.
The cat is currently training me and I think I’m starting to get the hang of it.
Dogs vs cats infographic


In the day and age of reality shows featuring actors who are no longer on the A List I miss the way it used to be.
Classic television they call it now, but I do remember I was glued to our family set each night after supper. It was a color model that made everything look brighter and better than looking outside to the real world. My monday night television world was where all my friends lived.

I’m talking about back when your television only had twelve channels to choose from and half of those had actual network programming on them.

I miss the days when new shows would spring up like dandelions in my back yard. Monday night we’d go through a few with our trusty copy of TV Guide serving as the rudder as we drifted through the entire week of new shows. We would mark the ones we liked and start slipping them into our regular viewing time with old favorites until fall would come and reruns, mid-season replacements and football would dominate the dial. Was I the only person who actually enjoyed the moments when the kids on “Rags To Riches” broke into song and the Brough twins were the only thing worth watching on “Quark?” I can’t be the only person alive who remembers Lisa Hartman when she starred in “Tabitha” on network television.

Those were the days, my friend. The filler you find in most places on your television now actually have cancelled shows to thank for two things: for paving the way as programming developed and for leaving behind a half decent time slot.

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When I was younger, a lot younger, I used to read a lot. I used to read a pocketbook a month and in some cases, within a week. Those were the days before the internet, books on tablets and my discovery of girls. In fact, as I write this, I am hard pressed to identify the last book I actually read from cover to cover. Although I am still working my way through it, the owner’s manual to my car does not count.

I still read, but my choices have shifted thanks to our current technology. I think it has also affected my attention span because I started reading magazines as the articles were shorter. Magazine editors have to jam a lot of important stuff in a shorter space so, hard for them means an easy read for me.
Now my attention span is at the point where I struggle to teach my kid to ride a bike or get all the way through a nutritional fact label on a can of beans, or more accurately, a can of…See? There I go.

Anyway, until someone invents a way to just pump books into your system with some kind of intravenous tubing or direct download into your brain, there are some books you should actually read. Stick a few on your bucket list if you have to but these are books that will make you want to step away from your computer and curl up in front of the video of a fire burning and actually read from cover to cover. No cheating by watching the movie either because, as you may already know, the book is always better than the film.

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Interesting Super Bowl Data – Infographic

It is the biggest day of the year for many Americans. It is Super Sunday, and when it happens, 61 million Americans attend a Super Bowl party of some sort. An average of 17 people attend each party, and nearly half aren’t even football fans. Only five per cent watch the game alone, so clearly, the Super Bowl is a communal experience.

Generally, the most common foods are pizza, chips, dips and chicken wings. To put things in perspective, a total of 100 million pounds of wings will be eaten on Super Sunday, along with 53.5 million pounds of avocados, 28 million pounds of chips and eight million pounds of popcorn. A total of 1,200 calories will be consumed by each Super Bowl watcher. It should be no surprise that antacid sales go up by 20 per cent on the Monday after the Super Bowl. Did you know that if you lined up the chips consumed by Super Bowl fans on Super Sunday, they would stretch for 293,000 miles. That is pretty much to the moon!

Don’t forget about drinks. A total of 325.5 million gallons of beer will be drank on Super Sunday, enough to fill 493 Olympic-sized swimming pools. I can hear it now. My dentist back home in Boston in yelling at me again like I was 10.
In all $50 million is spent on food for the Super Bowl, with 38 per cent of people spending $50 or less and 50 per cent spending $100 or more.
When you host your Super Sunday Party, make sure you have plenty of chips, wings, beer and dip and you will do just fine!
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History of the Super Bowl Infographic

It is the biggest advertising day of the year, and the biggest TV-watching day of the year. It is the most important day for millions of football fans. Here is a History of the Super Bowl Infographic. It is the Super Bowl, and it is surprising to think that it has only been going on for 40 years. Looking at the history of the Super Bowl, there are many interesting pieces of information.For one, did you know that the Super Bowl has been held in Miami and New Orleans more than anywhere else? It has been held in the Miami area 10 times, and the New Orleans area nine times. Los Angeles comes in third at seven times.

As for who are the most successful teams at the Super Bowl, the most successful are the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have six Super Bowl wins. They are followed by the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys, who each have five wins. Don Shula is the most successful Super Bowl coach with six appearances in the big game, followed by the legendary Tom Landry, who has appeared in five.
Looking at players, John Elway appeared in more Super Bowls than any other quarterback. He appeared in five, followed by Terry Bradshaw, Joe Montana and Tom Brady who have all appeared in four.
It is no surprise to most that the Super Bowl is watched by a lot of people. Nine of the ten most watched programs in the United States in TV history are Super Bowls and the Super Bowl is the second-highest day of food consumption in the country after Thanksgiving.

Interestingly enough, six per cent of Americans call in sick on the Monday after Super Sunday.
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