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buzz visconti (Visconti)
Posted on Monday, February 21, 2005 - 9:00 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

(true story)

Blink.. blink... blink.... blink..... blink..... blink...... the light stops blinking and then I fall asleep.
miroac (Miroac)
Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - 1:29 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The light is: a street lamp? an alarm clock? a TV? a lamp? a sign outside a hotel room? a star? on an airplane? a UFO? a fire? a computer monitor? a heart monitor? other medical condition monitor? a traffic light? something electronic? a chemical reaction? a natural phenomenon?
When it stops blinking, is it on? or off?
"fall asleep" = sleep? die? other?
"I" = you?
buzz visconti (Visconti)
Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - 6:03 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The light is: a street lamp? an alarm clock? a TV? a lamp? a sign outside a hotel room? a star? on an airplane? a UFO? a fire? a computer monitor? a heart monitor? other medical condition monitor? a traffic light? something electronic? yes to this, no to all others a chemical reaction? a natural phenomenon?

When it stops blinking, is it on? or off? rephrase, please
"fall asleep" = sleep? yes die? other?
"I" = you? yes
Ixoye724 (Ixoye724)
Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - 4:08 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the light part of a VCR? microwave? kitchen appliance? something in a bedroom? something in a bathroom? another room in the house? something outside the house?

What color is the light - white? red? green? blue? orange? yellow? other?
buzz visconti (Visconti)
Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - 7:23 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the light part of a VCR? microwave? kitchen appliance? something in a bedroom? <--yes something in a bathroom? another room in the house? yope something outside the house?

What color is the light - white? red? green? <--yes blue? orange? yellow? other?
miroac (Miroac)
Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - 7:34 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does the light actually stop blinking? If it actually does stop blinking, what state is the light in when it stops: on? off? other?
Did it stop blinking because it was supposed to? because it failed somehow? because something else failed (such as, the electricity when out)? because you caused it to stop? Is the reason why it stopped relevant?
Is the light connected to you falling asleep? If it had continued blinking, would you still have fallen asleep?
buzz visconti (Visconti)
Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - 7:53 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does the light actually stop blinking? i'll say no, but that may be misleading If it actually does stop blinking, what state is the light in when it stops: on? off? other? cant answer this question, please rephrase or ask more specific questions

Did it stop blinking because it was supposed to? yes because it failed somehow? no because something else failed (such as, the electricity when out)? no because you caused it to stop? I definetly did something Is the reason why it stopped relevant? yes

Is the light connected to you falling asleep? yope If it had continued blinking, would you still have fallen asleep? yes, but maybe not as easily
Tim A. Dowd (Bodo)
Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - 10:16 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the light actually blinking? Or is it your eyelids?
Peter J (Astraz)
Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - 11:08 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the light keeping you awake ?
Fred Z (Dref)
Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2005 - 1:55 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Anything to do with dreaming?
buzz visconti (Visconti)
Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2005 - 5:25 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Is the light actually blinking? no Or is it your eyelids? no

Is the light keeping you awake? no

Anything to do with dreaming? no
miroac (Miroac)
Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2005 - 5:38 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did you think the light was blinking? Did it look like it was blinking when it actually wasn't? Did you find out some time later that it hadn't been blinking?
Did you do something to the light? or the object giving off the light? If so: hit it? touch it? cover it? throw it? turn it on? turn it off? ignore it? look at it? turn away from it? operate it? use it? pick it up? put it down? smash it? fix it?
buzz visconti (Visconti)
Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2005 - 2:48 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did you think the light was blinking? yes Did it look like it was blinking when it actually wasn't? yes Did you find out some time later that it hadn't been blinking? yes

Did you do something to the light? no or the object giving off the light? no If so: hit it? touch it? cover it? throw it? turn it on? turn it off? ignore it? look at it? turn away from it? operate it? use it? pick it up? put it down? smash it? fix it? None of the above.
Tim A. Dowd (Bodo)
Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2005 - 3:04 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was something periodically obscuring the light? Like a fan blade?
buzz visconti (Visconti)
Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2005 - 3:16 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was something periodically obscuring the light? yes Like a fan blade? yes

I'll call this one solved...
********** Spoiler ************
Not that exciting of a puzzle, but I'm just getting back to this website (some people may recall my name, I recognize some other names).

My wife goes to bed before I do and likes to have the ceiling fan on. When I come to bed, as a habit, I turn the fan off. We've recently moved to a new house. For the first few days I wondered why the little green light on my smoke alarm would blink slower... and slower... and slower (as the fan slowed down) until it completely stopped; sometimes on and sometimes off.

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