Back in college we had a friend who came back from the infirmary one day and said, “I have SAD.”
“OMG, j00 can has teh sad?” I replied.
But he wasn’t speaking in l337 or some kind of proto-LOLspeak. He was telling us he’d been diagnosed with SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder. To treat the condition, which pretty much made him really sad in the winter – he was prescribed a giant sun lamp to trick his body into believing it wasn’t under 14 feet of New England snow.
Now that I’m out of school and all gainfully employed, I don’t see the sun at all during the week unless I’m running late for work (which, er, totally never happens all the time). Lately I’ve been thinking I need one of those giant pretend suns for myself.
Then I got an email from a place called The Sky Factory, which makes programmable virtual skylights and windows for restaurants. The screens simulate the rising and setting sun and changing seasons. Their primary source light apparently incorporates the same faux sun my friend used to treat his SAD during the winter.
That picture is really, really blue.