Wednesday, April 29, 2015
  OPT 3

Back in 2011 I used the HTML files in the archive of this blog to generate an Excel graph of waking and sleeping. At that point I had already switched from Young Peoples Time to Old Peoples Time, but hadn't switched my 'official' daily routine to correspond.

Because the Blogspot archive is grouped by month, it was convenient to use months as the X-axis. I took only the earliest and latest post-time in each month, considering these to represent the outer bounds of waking and sleeping respectively. This isn't symmetrical because the earliest post of a day usually happens immediately after I get vertical, while the latest post usually happens before my constant bedtime wind-down routine. (I try to avoid getting pissed off during the wind-down.) So the startpoints are more representative of real natural tendencies.

The 2011 graph: (Blue is nominal waking, purple is nominal bedtime, yellow is a meaningless mean.)


The graph was messy because times between midnight and 2AM really belonged at the END of a day but numerically come at the START. I couldn't figure out how to move them.

Now that I've got a full ten years of data, and mainly now that the OPT to YPT switch is fully complete, I decided to try the graph again. This time the midnight to 2AM problem was even worse, because after the switch those hours were often at the actual START of my days. I managed it by treating those times as 24 to 26 in the left part of the graph, then leaving them as 0 to 2 in the right part. So this graph 'wraps' into a 26-hour cycle and has a lot less outliers.

New 2015 graph: (The upper line, bedtime, is now yellow. Waking is still blue.)


You can certainly see the point in 2013 when I moved my bedtime! Also note that the wakeup shift is a tanh, though it's a bit hard to see because of noise. No surprise there!

Mostly as a brain-sharpening exercise, I then tried to use all the post times instead of just the first and last, to generate a sort of spectrogram in HTML. In this table the white squares are hours (within each month) with no posts at all, and darker colors represent more posts in this hour. I didn't try to rotate the midnight to 2AM hours in this setup.

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If nothing else, this spectrogram gives a sense of the 'typical' writing times, and also shows months when disasters and work kept me from writing much. Late 2008: hit by car, then hit by supersnow. August 2014: hit by windstorm and long power outage. The blankest month of all is Jan 2006, but there wasn't any external reason for that sparsity; I simply wasn't sure if I wanted to continue writing.


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FWIW1, Here is a more generalized Python that creates HTML 'spectrograms' like the one here. This takes a comma-delimited CSV and turns it into a HTML spectrogram, using a choice of 4 color schemes. The CSV must have row title as the first element in each line. The ZIP includes a sample CSV in the proper form and a readme txt.

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FWIW2, the table is a strong afterimage generator. Hold your eyes steady while you scroll down through it. Your visual field will be full of vertical stripes for many seconds thereafter.

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