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Franklin College makes US News & World Report List

Was rated one of the best colleges by US News and World Report this year. Here are some quick stats they compiled.

Stay tuned for stories and adventures from peaceluvbug, aka. aop’s sister on her very own blog.


She just got there today, so give it sometime to update 😉

How does 5 minutes always become 30?

You know those mornings.

The mornings where you hit the snooze button and say, “just 5 more minutes.”

You then tell yourself that this time you won’t go over five minutes and oversleep again. Then…you do. It is 30 minutes later and you’ve got to skip some part of the morning routine (breakfast, shower, teeth brushing – not in any particular order) only to find yourself saying,

Next time it’ll only be 5 minutes. I won’t let it happen again…sigh.

That’s why we’ve got sunrise clocks now isn’t it?? 😉

Bored? Read about a Nazi Restaurant

I read this and decided it was interesting enough to post. If you’re bored and looking for interesting links and things to read, the Media Forum is full of interesting links anyone can post.

The latest story I put up there is on a restaurant in India that is using Hitler to promote their food.


What’s next? Stalin selling cars (or rice)? Get it, rice? Eh, ok…maybe not.


I saw this a looong time ago and Bat-Adam was kind enough to send over the link. I wish I could embed the video on here at L’avant Poste, but for technical reasons I can only send over the link.

It’s a short video that should make you laugh, unless your sense of humor was damaged because your Dell laptop exploded while you were using it.



Guys, Cut Your Risk of Heart Attack in Half

A recent study found that men who eat nuts (any kind – almonds, peanuts, etc.) cut their risk of a heart attack by 46%. And although they are high in calories, your body can’t absorb all of the calories found in nuts (some weird digestive reason).


Tip References: Nut consumption and decreased risk of sudden cardiac death in the Physicians’ Health Study. Albert, C. M., Gaziano, J. M., Willett, W. C., Manson, J. E., Archives of Internal Medicine 2002 Jun 24;162(12):1382-1387.


How to Build Your Own Sunrise Alarm Clock

We’ve all grown immune to our alarm clocks. I’ve gone through several alarm clocks because I’ve grown immune to each one. I could continue to buy a new alarm clock every few months, disturbing my roommates every time I hit the snooze button.

I’ve decided a few months ago to change up my tactics, not my alarm clocks to combat blaring sirens only my roommates hear, and skipping showers so I’m not late to work every morning.

Our bodies were designed to wake up at first light with the sun which doesn’t do much good in a dark room – no matter how loud the alarm clock is. I’ve seen sunrise alarm clocks advertise in various places, but those can be expensive ($100), especially on a college budget.

So I decided to build my own, and here’s how you can tool for less that $25.

1. The first thing that you’ll need is a cheap lamp. Any lamp will do, just make sure that it has an adjustable neck so it can hang over your bed. Kinda like the sun, get it?

sunrise alarm clock

2. You need to get a low-watt light bulb, something less than 60W. I recommend getting a halogen lamp. Although a standard lamp will do, halogens burn for much much longer (and better for the environment too :)).

halogen light bulb

3. Go to any general purpose store and buy yourself a light timer – they are cheap and will allow you to set what time to wake up.

light timer

4. Set the green pin 15-20 minutes before you’d like to wake up. More if you’re like me and a deep sleeper, less if you are like a rabbit drinking coffee.

5. Set the red pin a good 30 minutes or so after you are planning on waking up, in case you have trouble one morning, that constant warm glow of your sunrise alarm clock will make sure you get out of bed.

6. Now you’re all set! You can begin waking up with your eyes, not your ears. The best thing is, your roommates won’t be bothered by it. It is silent, and not nearly bright enough, even for most spouses in the same bed.

Some tips to keep in mind

  • Test out your new sunrise clock on the weekend to make sure it works. Or if you prefer sleeping in, set it a bit earlier than normal during the week to make sure you are adjusted to your clock.
  • Run the time 360 degrees once around to make sure the light flicks on and off.
  • Remember to take the light bulb out on the weekends to avoid being awaken at 6am on a Saturday!
  • Remember to put the bulb back in on Sunday!
  • Alternate the use of a quite sound alarm clock to keep your brain on it’s toes, and for those mornings after a late night.

Good luck, and enjoy!

About Anil Polat

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