If you sleep through thunderstorms, you might like a new bedtime pal from ‘www.nandahome.com’. Clocky, the alarm clock that runs away, won its inventor Gauri Nanda—then an MIT graduate student—the Ig Nobel Prize in 2005. Three years later, it’s out in a covetable chrome version. In its new avatar, Clocky still does all it was patented to: Buzzes you awake, lets you hit the snooze bar, jumps off the nightstand to roll away and hide, forcing sleepyheads to give chase—and wake up thoroughly in the process. Beware: If an insomniac shares your room, he may never forgive you.
Images of a Journey: India in Diaspora (Indiana University Press) by Steve Raymer explores the hopes, dreams and challenges of those leaving their homeland to build a new life. Raymer’s photographs—sometimes heartening, sometimes poignant—beautifully communicate the sometimes warring, often ambivalent emotions that are part of the experience of the Indian diaspora. And they tell a story that you will be drawn to read as well.
Eye strain, blurred vision, delayed focusing, headaches. Sore, dry or burning eyes. Light sensitivity, distorted colour vision, back and neck aches. These are all symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS),which occurs due to uninterrupted hours in front of a computer screen. EyeDefender (‘http://www.eterlab.com/eyedefender/’) is a free, uncomplicated programme that acts as a “break reminder”.
It can be set to interrupt your work at predetermined intervals, alerting you that it’s time to give your eyes a break. By way of helping you rest your eyes, it can display a preset picture or a screen saver, run relaxing visual exercises, or pop up a less obtrusive reminder in the system tray. And you can easily disable it when you’re irrevocably busy and don’t want to be interrupted. (Ashish Bhatia)