Geek alarm clocks: the statistics

Well, you just never know who’s out there reading your blog. A mid-level official at a three-letter government agency read my previous post about an idea for a geeky new kind of alarm clock. He sent me an email which included some interesting data about alarm clock usage among geeks.

Apparently, they track these things on a month-by-month basis. I’ve boiled down his 117-page draft report into an illuminating pair of pie charts:

Pie chart, showing six different nerdy ways of waking up.

Pie chart showing that after "Inception" premiered, all geeks switched to an alarm clock that plays the Judith Piaf song.

And yes, it’s an awesome way to start the day. I’ve used that song twice and both times, I awoke with a sense of destiny and purpose. I felt as though incredible things were afoot, and that I was a key player in a complicated and important plan.

And then I pulled my MacBook into bed, and started reading comic strips.

This is the best version of the song, on Amazon MP3: Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien

(Hey, cool: I just noticed that the whole album is just five bucks! The Voice Of the Sparrow / The Very Best Of Edith Piaf (Domestic Only))