I switched the light out again. The room was totally dark, not even the starlight showing while my eyes adjusted. Perhaps I would ask for one of those LED alarm radios, though I'm very fond of my old brass alarm clock. Once I tied a wasp tot the striking-surface of each of the copper-coloured bells on top, where the little hammer would hit them in the morning when the alarm went off. I always wake up before the alarm goes, so I got to watch.
The moment the alarm goes off is the first test; it sets the tone for the rest of the day. The test is not a complex one: when the alarm goes off, do you get up out of bed, or do you lie there in comfort and fall back to sleep? If you have the discipline to get out of bed, you win - you pass the test.
You ever notice how long it takes for things to happen when you know they're supposed to happen? My fake Walkman has a built-in alarm, and I set it for two in the morning and wear the headphones to bed, but before you can wake up you have to fall asleep, and I never DO fall asleep because I keep waiting for the alarm to go off.
It is the quality of patriotism to be jealous and watchful, to observe all secret machinations, and to see publick dangers at a distance. The true lover of his country is ready to communicate his fears, and to sound the alarm, whenever he perceives the approach of mischief. But he sounds no alarm, when there is no enemy; he never terrifies his countrymen till he is terrified himself. The patriotism, therefore, may be justly doubted of him, who professes to be disturbed by incredibilities...
He put on his hat and wrapped his scarf around his jaw, but did without the wig and the sunglasses. He clicked his key chain and the car beeped and the doors locked. "That's it?" He looked up. "Sorry?" "Aren't you afraid it might get stolen? We're not exactly in a good part of town." "It's got a car alarm." "Don't you, like, cast a spell or something? To keep it safe?" "No. It's a pretty good car alarm.
...people don't respect the morning. An alarm clock violently wakes them up, shatters their sleep like the blow of an ax, and they immediately surrender themselves to deadly haste. Can you tell me what kind of day can follow a beginning of such violence? What happens to people whose alarm clock daily gives them a small electric shock? Each day they become more used to violence and less used to pleasure.
What is the point of a car alarm if it doesn't get people out of their beds to come help you? So if I ever have a car alarm - if I ever have a car - it's just going to be a big speaker on the back of my car. And when anybody tries to break in, it's just gonna go: Attention! Free bags of weed! Come get your free bags of weed!
YO 6 O'CLOCK EVERY MORNING YOU WAKING UP YAWNING TO THE SOUND OF YOUR ALARM CLOCK ALARM ABOUT AN HOUR FROM NOW YOU SHOULD BE AT THE PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT WHICH IS ANNOYING CAUSE IT'S SO BORING YOUR CO-WORKERS ARE TALKING TOO LOUD FOR YOU TO IGNORE THEM IT AFFECTS YOUR OCCUPATIONAL PERFORMANCE YOU WONDER WHY YOUR WORK LOAD IS SO ENORMOUS BECAUSE YOUR BOSS JUST LAID OFF THREE QUARTERS OF THE WHOLE OFFICE PEOPLE GET DEPRESSED, THEY GET ULCERS FROM THE STRESS THAT THE CORPORATE ENVIRONMENT CAUSES REGARDLESS OF HOW YOU ULTIMATELY WANNA SOLVE THIS SEEMS TO ME LIKE YOU'VE GOT ONE OF FOUR CHOICES: YOU COULD TAKE A NEW JOB OFFER FOR MORE CHIPS STICK IT OUT A LITTLE LONGER OR FORFEIT BUT MY ADVICE TO ANYBODY THAT WANTS TO QUIT IT'LL FEEL MUCH BETTER IF YOU SAY IT LIKE THIS:
Why don't people's hearts tell them to continue following their dreams?" the boy asked the alchemist. "Because that's what makes a heart suffer most, and hearts don't like to suffer." From then on, the boy understood his heart. He asked it, please, never to stop speaking to him. He asked that, when he wandered far from his dreams, his heart press him and sound the alarm. The boy swore that, every time he heard the alarm, he would heed its message.
This is the "burglar-alarm" theory of bioluminescence: by turning on its lights, an animal may create enough of a scene to draw the attention of its predator's predator, and thereby perhaps save itself. The corollary of the burglar-alarm theory is the minefield theory. It says the reason so many animals tend to hang motionless in the deep, even fish, is to avoid setting off light explosions that would expose them to their enemies - their predators or their prey. Life in the midwater, in this view, is a tense affair (though the denizens do not know it) in which everyone is waiting stealthily in the dark, moving slowly if at all, watching and waiting for someone to turn on a light and for something to happen.