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:
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] Thread.new do %x[slock] %x[xcalib -a clear] exit end Thread.new do loop do %x[mplayer ~/.alarm.mp3] end end loop do %x[xcalib -a -invert] sleep 0.2 end
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.