My New Alarm Clock

October 13, 2012

Sometimes I can't get myself out of bed and to a conscious state before a certain hour. However, if there is something to think about, a challenge to face, or simply just a blaring 22 inch monitor flicking 600 times every minute while blaring music is playing -- I tend to extract myself from bed. Without further ado, I present my new alarm clock:

xcalib + xset + slock + mplayer + cron = a wonderful seizure-style start to your day!

Before I go to sleep, I kill my display with goodnight:

alias goodnight='xset dpms force off'

And then I have a script that I call wakeup:

#!/usr/bin/env ruby
ENV['DISPLAY'] = ':0'
%x[xset dpms force on] do
    %x[xcalib -a clear]
end do
    loop do
        %x[mplayer ~/.alarm.mp3]

loop do
    %x[xcalib -a -invert]
    sleep 0.2

I'll see you at 9 AM in the morning cron. In crontab -e:

0 9 * * * /home/mil/bin/x/wakeup

Nice, I'm awake and there's a 22 inch screen inverting colors at a rate of 10 times per second illuminating my room while blaring music is playing. I have to type my password for slock to stop this madness. Annoying enough to make me get out of bed? You bet.