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I’ve been awake for just over 38 hours. I took a jaunt down to New York last night to see a show, and have had ongoing meet-ups with friends keeping me up. I could cancel plans, but that would make me an awful friend and at this point, I’d like to stay awake to see what happens. Ooh, the colors!

I’m posting to let you all know that this self-administered science experiment is going swimmingly (like my vision) thus far, and also to say that I’m about to head out to a new bar near me called The Alchemist. I’m hoping they’ve discovered the secret formula for turning paper into alcohol. I’ll report back on both results in a bit.

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca leads a team of skeptical female activists at She travels around the world delivering entertaining talks on science, atheism, feminism, and skepticism. There is currently an asteroid orbiting the sun with her name on it. You can follow her every fascinating move on Twitter or on Google+.

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  1. Fun isn't as much fun when it becomes an exercise in endurance. I don't think your friends would hate you if you say you need a nap, and you'll catch up with them for breakfast!

    I never quite got it about why intern doctors were expected to go without sleep. You'd think they would be cranky and make a lot of misakes. I'd just as soon my doctor had a full night's sleep before diagnosing and treating me or anyone I love.

  2. Fabulous!

    I end up staying awake overnight whenever I go to New York, but that's more because I'm too cheap to rent a room, not so much because I'm constantly busy meeting people. I think your excuse for not sleeping is better than mine.

  3. I invariably end up dozing off in the middle of a bar or night club, and usually when someone is talking to me too. It has the adverse effect on your friends, since they get the impression you think they're boring.

    Of course, that may explain why rebecca appeared to find me boring the past two TAMs. It means I'm actually very interesting and she was just sleep deprived …

    Well, I can dream, can't I?

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