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))

17 thoughts on “Geek alarm clocks: the statistics

  1. joe

    I guess no one else uses online alarm clocks? Computer is in my room so online alarms like and are how i wake up.

    I know should turn off my system while sleeping, but im lazy; falling asleep watching my latest bit torrent download.

  2. Don

    NO DUDE don’t watch the movie. That’s just jumping onto the bandwagon along with all the other lepers of society

  3. Ed Holthause

    Some of us like to wake to NPR. If their iPhone app was better, we could do it regularly. We suffer in silence, Andy, until our champion publicizes the complexity and shortcomings of this app and persuades them to improve it.

    Then we will sing your praises in the streets! Like Piaf! Only deeper, and in English. You’ll agree that Ihnatko would kinda stand out in all that francais. Non?

  4. Dwight Brown

    I’m in the 2% group, but I had to purchase the album from Amazon after reading the Wikipedia entry on “Non, je ne regrette rien”. Especially this part:

    “…the 1st REP (1st Foreign Parachute Regiment) — which backed a temporary putsch of 1961 by the French military against the civilian leadership of Algeria — adopted the song when their resistance was broken. The leadership of the Regiment was arrested and tried but the non-commissioned officers, corporals and Legionnaires were assigned to other Foreign Legion formations. They left the barracks singing the song, which has now become part of the French Foreign Legion heritage and is sung when they are on parade.”

    It’s like a giant “F- you” to De Gaulle and the French Government. How can you not love that?

  5. dschamis

    I just saw the movie tonight, and have now changed my alarm on my iPhone – my wife is not going to be happy tomorrow morning at 7am on a Sunday, but it will be funny!

  6. Mark Bohn

    Having trouble trying to figure out which govt agency developed this data, and why, or is this all a joke. Maybe DOE in the context of energy conservation? Who else would care and, even better, how would you collect such data?

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