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What? Another story on naps?

This time, no less a personage than Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post is weighing in on the importance of catching 40 winks if you need them. She has written a book called The Sleep Revolution, in which she predicts that most offices will have nap rooms in the not-too-distant future.

“Huffington’s mission: to eliminate the stigma long associated with sleeping at work. … In the HuffPost newsroom, ‘having a nap in the middle of the afternoon is actually a performance-enhancing tool,’ she said. …

“Experts like Sara Mednick, a researcher at the University of California, recommend a short nap in the middle of the day because you won’t feel groggy when waking up.

“Other companies like Google, Zappos and Ben & Jerry’s are getting on board with the napping trend. All now have built nap rooms in their offices. …

“Sleep is ‘the gateway through which a life of well-being must travel,’ Huffington recently wrote. It allows people to be more productive, lead healthier lives and connect more deeply to themselves, she added.

“Huffington will soon embark on a college tour, where she plans to visit 50 schools with leading sleep experts.” More here.

Hmmm. Time for a nap.

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Mike’s wife, Tresa Baldas, has just posted a great article and video at the Detroit Free Press.

Did you think the saga of Detroit’s bankruptcy couldn’t get more bizarre (you know, charitable Canadians sending water to the poor because the city cut them off)? Well, get this.

Baldas writes, “Detroit is so broke that firefighters get emergency alerts through pop cans, coins, door hinges, pipes and doorbells.

“And they make these gizmos themselves — one involving a pop can that gets tipped over by an incoming fax. The clink of the can means there’s an emergency. Then there’s the chain-reaction gadget: a fax hits a door hinge, which then tugs on a wire, which then sets off a doorbell.

“ ‘It sounds unbelievable, but it’s truly what the guys have been doing and dealing with for a long, long time,’ said Detroit Deputy Fire Commissioner John Berlin, adding that technological upgrades are long overdue. ‘We’re in desperate need. We’re probably 30 years behind.’

“Berlin’s comments confirmed [Friday’s] testimony of a recovery consultant for the city of Detroit, who said at the bankruptcy trial that technological upgrades are long overdue in the city.

“The witness, Charles Moore, talked about how the city plans to spend $1.4 billion on services when it emerges from bankruptcy….

“Due to budget constraints, none of the city’s 38 firehouses have the modern-day emergency alert systems that most other cities use. …

“Berlin said they make the alert systems themselves, buying simple materials like wire and doorbells and hinges from the hardware store or Radio Shack. Or, they just set an empty pop can by a fax machine, sometimes filling it with coins. Some, he said, set a pipe that sounds like a wind chime near a printer, where the paper alert comes out.” More here.

You’ve got to give Detroit firefighters points for creativity. Their Rube Golberg contraptions actually seem to work, unlike the one I made with Joanna Pousette-Dart when I was 12.

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