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The 2 Cent King

Intellectual Man...err!

                                                                                                                                   Thursday, March 31, 2005
Lukha that I am these days, on one of my pointless surfing on the web resulted in finding this piece of news on yahoo which got my attention before I hit the end of Internet page for that day.

Scientists at MIT's Media Lab in the United States have invented an alarm clock called Clocky to make even the doziest sleepers, who repeatedly hit the snooze button, leap out of bed.
After the snooze button is pressed, the clock, which is equipped with a set of wheels, rolls off the table to another part of the room.
When the alarm sounds again, simply finding Clocky ought to be strenuous enough to prevent even the doziest owner from going back to sleep," New Scientist magazine said.

I happen to mention about this piece to few of my friends in one of the recent parties and for some reason no one seemed to be thrilled about it. Infact, they seem to come up with contingency plans to deal with it, if they ever come across with that situation in future.

Our conversation went something like this.
Me: Hey.. I have read this news...blah..blah..blah.

Friend1: * thinks a bit* ...hmm!!!..... I would have a rope tied to it and the other end to my hand, so that its always in my reach.
Friend2: *seems little agitated* Rip off the wheels..I say.!!!
Friend3: *with a beaming smile* .. I would never buy one!!
Friend4: *little irritated* Don't MIT have better things to do rather than wasting funds. That's why I always advise not going to these weird schools.

Alrite! The Progressive,Intellectual Men have spoken. Intellectual Man..hmm!!..What an oxymoron!!(no offense to oxymoron, the writer).

by gvenum @  2:40 PM                                                                                                                                                                 


17 Comments:
  • #by Blogger Akruti, at March 31, 2005 7:22 PM

    Hehehehe,had to wake up at 5am and after hitting the snooze button for almost 5 times i woke up at 6.30:))),and what do i read after somwhow opening my eyes,abt clocky,bhaaaaaaaa,i go with ur friends,i would never buy ot,errrr,or i will buy it and throw it away:))))))

     

  • #by Blogger Elixir, at March 31, 2005 9:33 PM

    clocky running away is jus as good, anyways da whole household has 2 wake up 2 wake me up. so mayb we can set clocky such that she runs all around da house waking up every one in every room, mayb even making rocky (my dog) follow him (clocky)n final destination being my room...
    U think MIT takes requests for changes in programme n design??

     

  • #by Blogger Megha, at April 01, 2005 2:34 AM

    What if we set the volume on the alarm clock to something low? The first time it rang we'd hear it, then it would hop off the table and go off and lurk in some corner and we can ignore it and go back to sleep na?

     

  • #by Blogger J, at April 01, 2005 7:36 AM

    I took ur advice... dropped by... tried to leave a 'smart' comment... but there........... all u say goes OTT! Or maybe i've lost it! Yeah i think thats the more likely thing here ;)

     

  • #by Blogger ..:: J ::.., at April 01, 2005 9:45 AM

    hmm,.. another J !! and i guess we both thought we were the only ones...

    as for clocky, i have 4 alarms at home that go off in different parts of my room. somehow, i always manage to find a way around them.. sleep is omnipotent

     

  • #by Blogger Parth, at April 01, 2005 11:59 AM

    All you need is a good firing from your boss when you are late one day and you won't need any fancy clocks henceforth :-)

     

  • #by Blogger Megha, at April 01, 2005 12:55 PM

    Parth - but what if your boss oversleeps more than you do? Then what? ;)

     

  • #by Blogger gvenum, at April 01, 2005 3:56 PM

    (neelima) Please let me know where you throw these kind of stuff. I guess I can start a good business selling the same thing again and again.

    (elixir) I am quite sure your household have the same plans for you too.

    (Megha)
    Wah wah. That was smart indeed. Our progressive men couldn't think of it. Did I say progressive ..I meant retrograde.

    (j-bird) Now this is a issue in my hands and what an nice issue to have rather than none. I have 2 j' commenting. Going by their profiles they j-bird and j-man.

    (j-man)4 alarms..hmm....actauuly the new ones will work fine for you. They keep hopping around the 4 corners and have to come close to you in one fo their hops where you can turn them off and you dont even have to move.

    (parth) Please read Megha's comment addressing yours. She has a valid point I think.

    (Megha) How wish you to be on our gatherings. We could get shot in the arm in our IQ averages.

     

  • #by Blogger oxy_moron, at April 02, 2005 12:04 AM

    these MIT guys really seem to be wasting their time

    just yesterday my friend was trying to wake me up (Hail, the human indomitable spirit!) and mentioned something about Clocky and i said that i'd watch out for it. And of course, after setting the alarm, you could take out the batteries:)

    Like Jageera said in China Gate, "Humse ladne ki himmat to jutaa le-oge thaakur, par oo kameenapan kahaan se laaoge?"

    And oxy-moron the writer??!!:O
    Do you want the spirits of all the writers to strike you with all their wrath? Thanks for visiting and all that high praise, I must confess that I almost believed you for a moment;)

     

  • #by Blogger Mistress of Magic, at April 02, 2005 1:57 AM

    haha . . runaway clocky eh?

     

  • #by Blogger J, at April 02, 2005 4:57 AM

    Didja say j-bird??? hmm... i have a problem with that! ;)

     

  • #by Anonymous Anonymous, at April 02, 2005 8:09 AM

    Hehehehe,see,keep writing such posts and ur comments load keeps increasing:))))

     

  • #by Blogger Akruti, at April 02, 2005 8:09 AM

    Hehehehe,see,keep writing such posts and ur comments load keeps increasing:))))

     

  • #by Blogger gvenum, at April 04, 2005 2:27 AM

    (Oxymoron) Glad to see you write..... The whole strategy was to make you write ...even though they are just comments.
    And the taking out batteries thingy, no technology can make us better...hum tho bhai jaise hai..wasie rahengee:)

    (Mistress of Magic) I guess it wont be a problem for M.of Magic, you can make it run away so far you cant even hear it.
    Thanks for dropping by.

    (J-bird with a problem) Is this any better?

    (Anonymous & Neelima)..you keep writing comments twice , it will definetly happen.

     

  • #by Blogger Manjusha, at April 05, 2005 3:32 PM

    Interesting reactions from your friends...! Had similiar comments from some of mine too...

     

  • #by Blogger gvenum, at April 05, 2005 3:58 PM

    >>Interesting reactions from your friends...! Had similiar comments from some of mine too...

    By any chance are they guys?....coz we guys are all the same:)

     

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