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The meaning of caffeine

The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, & breeds reptiles of the mind.

           —William Blake (1757-1827)

Adjustment of my sleep schedule is finally taking hold. I slept from 3 p.m. until 11 p.m. yesterday, spent the night up, and didn't crash at 4 or 5 am. It still took me from 11 until 3 a.m. or so to fully wake up, though. But things will get better.

The meaning of caffeine. From this study it appears that the effect of caffeine is to increase one's ability to focus, to decrease distractibility. At the same time it reduces one's ability to respond to new stimuli. Which makes sense: that's another way of saying that one is less distractible.

Sounds like coffee would be a good drug for writers? Maybe. You want to be able to screen out distractions while you write, but you also want to be open to new ideas. The extreme in non-distractability is the 'stereotypy' or 'perseveration' that amphetamine users get, in which they concentrate on a single behavior (video gaming, driving a motorcycle around a single block) for hours or days.

How far should we open the doors of perception? I think the answer varies. A better question might be: how do we know when we should open them a bit more, and when we need to close them?


no(biru), no(ru), no(beru), no(basu)
meaning: extend, postpone

順延 == junen == rescheduled at a later date (雨天順延== called on account of rain)
延期 == enki == postponement, adjournment

Left radical is a variant of the 'movement' radical, right radical is 'foot/movement' (止) with an extra stroke, not 'proper' (正). Meaning of extra stroke is unclear; it may indicate dragging or lengthening of movement. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Drag feet in extended movement.'

Stroke order from Josh's Chinese Lookup Thingy (animated)
Info from Taka Kanji Database
Gahoh kanji movie

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