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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!

Asians Don’t Grow Old

This proves the theory that Asians never grow old. This girl took a picture of her self everday for three years. See for yourself.

Kinky and Pau, lucky you guys! If that was a white girl, she’d have worms eating her eyes out in three years.

Judge in Philippines Consults Magic Dwarfs

This is a true story and everyone has at least one little Asian friend. I read this on the BBC this morning:

A Philippines judge who said he consulted imaginary mystic dwarves has failed to convince the Supreme Court to allow him to keep his job.

He told investigators three mystic dwarves – Armand, Luis and Angel – had helped him to carry out healing sessions during breaks in his chambers.

We here at L’avant Poste were able to get the kind judge to stop by and chat, here’s a picture:

Am I another guy in the Western world picking on a third world country? Well yea, so sue me 🙂

You can read the full article here.

Also, I recently heard audio from a Filipino porno on the Howard Stern show the other morning…it was too funny, I’m working on getting that streaming on aop1980.com, stay tuned!

It’s Official!

I’ll be overseas doing some mandatory millitary service – don’t know the details? Ya better ask somebody (or me)!

Some of the questions I’ll be and am wondering myself:

  • Will I have to shower with other men?
  • What if my bunk mate is crazy or uber gay?
  • What if that doesn’t bother me?
  • Where are the women?
  • Where do I pee?
  • Do white socks really go with green camouflage?

Life’s a Joke

Don’t know if you recall, but I went to a concert a few weeks back to support the drummer from The Chance, my hommie Viraj. He was filling in for the drummer of The Speaks, and I really liked the band. It was a fun show, like the music or not (there was a drunk crowd surfing perverted midget there) – no reeally there was.

I wrote to their manager Jerry the other day, and we’re now streaming some Speaks song, down on the right hand side in the music players.

Here’s a song for ya, right there, “Life’s a Joke” – holla!

[audio:Lifes.mp3]

And here’s the song High that was popular in the Philippines:

[audio:High.mp3]

Star Trek Inspirational Posters

I picked this up from Slashdot, and I thought it was pretty clever. Not to mention how many heated responses I got from the Matt Damon/Kirk post from last week – I figured some might enjoy this.

Either that or you guys would prefer more Matt Damon hate news. (Which can be provided on request).
Here are my favorite two:

and of course this one…

All of the posters can be found from this clever dude’s website!

Got any favorites?

About Anil Polat

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