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New week, still in WFH-mode. Still loving it.

This one is geekier than last week's post. Mainly because I bought so much new stuff. This pandemic and online-shopping will kill my credit card.

I read a lot during a random week. Mostly books but also blog posts and articles I find during the days. Some of them are a waste of time. Others are meaningful enough to share them.

From now on, I will share these once a week in this kind off round-up.

It will be a mix of things I find interesting enough to share with the occasional behind the scenes of my life. This is basically "social media on steroids" regrouped into one post. Not everything is new, some things I might have published already, others are not interesting to you at all. That's just the way the cookie crumbles, dear.

When will I publish these? I try to be consistent and post them on Tuesdays — enough time to catch up on weekends and write on Mondays. But the lazy bitch I am, let's hope it'll work out.

And that's enough for the introduction. Here we go for the first week.

Thanks to that new favorite virus of ours, we all might have to work from home for some time. So, I thought it would be only fair riding the hype-train sharing my recommendations on how to best work from home. I'm an expert, after all. Listen to the experts!

I'm working on some things behind the scenes.

I will say, however, that I’ve been having a hard time switching back to thinking about Analog Senses as a hobby. Because of my past efforts, I feel a sense of responsibility towards my readers, if they are even still out there. That makes me hesitate before posting a silly article about whatever may be crossing my mind. I want to maintain the standards I set for myself a few years ago, and so I feel that if I’m not adding value to the conversation, I may as well not say anything. That’s a noble goal, but it sucks all the fun out of writing.

I've been writing on websites for the past 15 years if I remember correctly. I had some weird blogs on weird platforms that don't exist anymore until, in 2008, I started writing on touch-mania.com. Later, when I rebranded it to apfeltech.net, it became my full-time hobby first then my full-time blog later for a couple of years. I ran two additional blogs and a podcast too.

Fast forward to today, and kvn.li is nothing but a mere hobby. One that I love at that. I love tweaking the design, linking to exciting shit I find online, and publishing my opinions from time to time.

But I can't get rid of the feeling Álvaro shares in his blog post. I sometimes still see this as some fulltime job, thinking about content plans, editorial schedules, shitty first drafts, monetization methods. And all of this makes me not want to publish anything at all.

The solution to this? I don't know. Probably I have to shut up and write without overthinking it. But if you know me, you know I overthink things quite a bit. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

What she discovered was that during non-REM sleep, large, slow waves of cerebrospinal fluid were washing over the brain. The EEG readings helped show why. During non-REM sleep, neurons start to synchronize, turning on and off at the same time. Because the neurons had all momentarily stopped firing, they didn’t need as much oxygen. That meant less blood would flow to the brain. But Lewis’s team also observed that cerebrospinal fluid would then rush in, filling in the space left behind.

Just a few days ago I told someone, we didn't know yet how our sleep clean toxins from the brains. And now we know. Fuck yeah, for science!

And in case you don't remember why all this is important:

The study also could have clinical applications for treating Alzheimer’s. Recent attempts at developing medications have targeted beta-amyloid. But drugs that looked promising at first all failed once they got into clinical trials. Instead of trying to act on one particular molecule, new interventions might instead focus on increasing the amount of cerebrospinal fluid that washes over the brain.

I still remember the first time I saw someone order at a coffee shop without removing their AirPods. I’d seen people with regular headphones do this many times before, of course, but they had just seemed obviously rude. Strangely, this person didn’t. He carried himself with a nonchalant ease, his body language reflecting the calm knowledge that his behaviour was not only acceptable but somehow prescient.

I've seen this a lot lately, especially by younger people. They talk to their friends, AirPods still in their ears.

Now with the AirPods Pro and the fantastic transparency mode, this might happen even more. I even catch myself doing it regularly.

Read a book, read a book, read a motherf*cking book! (You need to watch till the end to understand this.)

Sometimes, life is a bitch. This is for when that happens.

How can you tell if someone is vegan? He will tell you. So, let's talk about me being vegan.