This weekend I read a sponsored article in the Times about morning people versus night people. I always vaguely thought that sort of thing was a myth, but apparently science supports this division. Morning people are larks and night people are owls. According to the article, about 10% of the population are “extreme larks” and 10% are “extreme owls,” with the rest falling somewhere in the middle.

Now, to me, the most surprising thing about this article was seeing the word “extreme” used so seriously. I thought “extreme” had been completely co-opted by sports drinks, motor oil, and cheesy snacks. But no! There are still scientists completely unaware that “extreme” can no longer be used with a straight face. Silly scientists.

As for me, given that I’m writing this at 6:32am, I’m probably verging on the “XTREME.”


This is my first post from our actual working internet at home. Not shared dial-up, not stolen linksys–actual internet that works. It’s all thanks to Jen, whose epic journey in making this happen you can read about here.

I have Flickr! So far I only have other peoples’ photos of me on it, but I like to think that just means I’m selective. Or that I have an army of staff photographers following me around and taking my picture.

On Friday I leave for Italy–Rome for a few days then Florence. Suggestions on what to do/see are very welcome; I’ve been to Florence a few times but never to Rome.