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More Details on the upcoming Group Adjustment (you have until 8/1 to sign up!)

Hey world! I've been meaning to get more of these details out to everyone, but signing up more than 20 people so far has meant a lot of conversing! :D

Behold, information:

The start date is about 85% set for the first week of September.  So far this is amenable to everyone, and I want to be finished with my transitioning before it gets cold out at night.  

There is still time to sign up if you're interested in being part of this group adaptation — but not much!  See below for more on what it means to be involved.

The schedule I'm adapting to (first) is a variant of Everyman 1.5 (E1.5), which usually involves a 90-minute core nap and four or five naps (depending on your sleep need).  I've done E1.5 with four naps for a day or two at a time before, but it's never been my main schedule.  Now I hope to use it as the basis of a schedule with less total sleep-time than Everyman 3, but which can still be used with an inflexible 8-hour workday.  If it works, I'm going to push farther and see if it can be used as the basis for a work-friendly full-on Uberman schedule.

(Good question:  Why not just stick with Everyman 3, which I know works for me and fits around my job?  Two reasons:  One, E3 is a tad *too* flexible; especially since I'm now so used to swapping 3, 4.5 and 6-hour cores, it's too easy for me to not get my naps when it's inconvenient.  Two, I've been hearing about jobs and polyphasic sleep so much for so long, and specifically how those of us who love Uberman wish we could have it back even though we need to work; I feel like I should give it a serious shot.)

Everyman Cake (E1.5C)

A quasi-polyphasic (in Stampi's terminology) schedule involving one 90-minute nap and four (optionally five) 20-minute naps per 24 hours, for a total of 2.75 (or 3.25) hours of sleep per 24.  This variant involves naps that are deliberately unequally-spaced from each other, widened apart over the sleeper's work-schedule to allow for six (or possibly more?) consecutive hours awake.  For the experiment to proof-of-concept this schedule, I'm also putting in one flexible nap, which is typically tolerated by E1.5.  (Note:  Many people swear that Uberman can tolerate a flexible nap too, once one is thoroughly adjusted to it.  I've never tried that, but maybe I will later on in this experiment, with Salaryman.)

I called it Everyman Cake because:

  • it's a blatant attempt to "have your cake and eat it too":  One of the biggest, and perhaps defining, benefits of monophasic sleep is the ability to stay awake for so many hours straight — smart people have theorized that it's why we developed mono sleep in the first place, and may even be the whole explanation for why we do monophasic sleep but the vast majority of other animals don't.  (Most animals are polyphasic, as are people when we're born.)  When you're polyphasic you have to sleep more often — that's kind of the point, and it's also the price to getting the benefits of repeated rest-activity cycles per day…
  • …but maybe if we're cagey about how we "slice the cake," i.e. if we make our bigger chunks happen at times when our energy is highest, taking advantage of the circadian rhythm's effect on the ultradian one(s) as well as the usual vice-versa, we can manage a schedule that has the benefits of polyphasic sleep (reduced overall sleep, excellent energy-levels, etc) but still keeps monophasic's I-can-stay-awake-a-while benefit.
  • also I am wishfully thinking that maybe it'll be a piece of cake, because I need that kind of psyching-up right now; and perhaps also I have this weird relationship to cake since I developed a wheat allergy.  Or the band is nifty.  I dunno; for some reason I like the word.  As you probably know by now, this is largely how I name things.  ;)

Here's what the Cake schedule I've roughed up looks like:

naptime time  since previous nap
02:30 – 04:00 3.5 hours
07:00 3 hours
13:00 5 hours
07:00 5-7 hours*
23:00 2-4 hours

The *flexible nap in the evening is typically where my rest/activity rhythm is the most "unstable", or likely to be different by an hour or more every day; and it's also in a part of the day when I've often scheduled something I don't want to miss but that means a challenging nap.  There are plenty of things I can do to address the reasons that nap is challenging, though — we'll discuss them in the group.  You can see that the naps during the day, specifically during my high-energy hours in the late morning and early evening, are farther apart by quite a bit (and one is flexible, because as a schedule with a core this should buy us a flexible nap, and most work-schedules need one).  Keep in mind that I know my daily energy/activity rhythms very well and that's how I built this schedule.  I'm happy to help other group-members come up with a schedule that matches theirs, if that's useful.

If E1.5C works, I plan to (once I'm nice and adjusted) try replacing the core with two naps, thus hopefully winding up with a version of Uberman (pure polyphasic) that fits around an 8-hour job — kind of a holy grail for me!  I'm calling that schedule Salaryman, because I am incorrigible sometimes.

So let's talk more about what being in this Adjustment / Experiment group means:

You do NOT have to be transitioning to E1.5C, or Salaryman, to join up.  You are totally welcome to help me test these schedules (if you have experience being polyphasic, since I really think new polyphasers should start with known schedules — we aren't positive these will work at all!), but you don't actually have to be transitioning at all, though the group might be more helpful for you if you are.  But if you just really want to be part of this experiment and have another schedule in mind, or don't actually want to change your own sleep-schedule at all, sure; we could use all the help we can get!  

The group exists because:

  • My own task-list is full to overflowing, but there are a million cool things that could really advance polyphasic sleep which could come out of this adaptation.  I know I can't take advantage of them all, or do them all justice; but I also know that there are many other people out there who are interested in some angle of polyphasic sleeping, who could both help and benefit from what we're doing.  People with skills like research, data-visualization, web dev, scripting / coding, video-making, etc. will all be super handy and treated like minor deities in exchange for their assistance.  :)
  • Group adaptations are much easier in several ways that I think we all know — people to be around, to call when you need them, and to keep you honest and on-track are super valuable during any difficult life-transition, sleep schedule modifications included.  I both would like this help, and think I'd be good at providing it to others.  Plus as someone with both a huge long interest in polyphasic sleep, and a career in management, I'd like to try leading one.  (Don't worry, I'm an awesome manager. :D)
  • I want feedback on testing and data-gathering, on what information could be useful to have (both for science and for practical purposes, i.e. other people who want to transition) and how to get it, collate it, and display it; and this is not my forte normally, nor something that I have time to delve into.  I'm hoping others in the group can make it happen.  (We already have a few really useful brains signed up — yay!)

Being in the group will involve:

  • Getting access to a chat room, email list, video hangouts, google docs and forms, and stuff of that ilk that we're just going to keep closed to the group for now.  Members are encouraged to firehose the group with absolutely anything at all that seems like a good idea at the time; we can't have *too* much data to use later, and having fun is definitely a priority too!  I personally go all grey and slimy if I don't get regular silliness.  Help setting up and maintaining these resources is encouraged!
  • Pretty much endless advice and help scheduling, transitioning, tweaking, rejuvenating your love-life, holding your breath for four minutes, and ummm pretty much everything.  The group is there to support each other, and I for one will be as available as I can to everyone for at least a month.  (The actual group will probably continue longer, but after about four weeks we'll let people opt out of further data-collecting and tasks, probably.  The details of how long and what will be up to the group as a whole, I think.)
  • Telling the group what you need or would like as far as helpful contact, information, buddy-systeming, etc., and hooking up with group-members in whatever ways are helpful so that everybody can support, encourage and be awesome to each other.
  • There will be a task-list of things we can do to improve the quality of data we're generating about polyphasic adaptations, to help make transitioning easier or more fun for group-members, and to get our data into useful, shareable formats.  Everyone in the group will be expected to take at least a few of those tasks and make them happen (and if you come up with more / ideas for how to collate and use our data to benefit current and future polyphasers, that's excellent — the more brains on it, the better!).  I'll make and maintain the task list because I'm kind of kickass at that.  ;)  It also means you'll have a secondary BFL (curated by a professional no less) to rely on!   
  • Giving feedback will be suuuuuuper important — about how you feel, challenges to your transition, and how being in the group helped or didn't help you.  
  • Not being a shithead is a gating factor for inclusion and continued inclusion in the group.  People transitioning may get tired and snappy at times, but NBAS means you get back on and apologize and try to make it up to everyone and move on, and I expect to see 100% excellent behavior from everyone, or we won't be seeing that person again.  It'll be a democratic group in terms of what projects and ideas we pursue and how we assign/share tasks, but when it comes to shittiness I will hold the banhammer and I will swing it with my usual this-part-is-not-a-discussion efficiency, for the comfort of the group and success of the project as a whole.
  • YES IT'S FREE, though there may be apps or resources that we decide as a group everybody should get — if there are, we'll make sure they're cheap.  And hey, it's possible that maybe I won't personally help groups transition for free forever, so who knows, you could be getting a deal.  ::big hopeful grin::

Other True Facts About The Group that may interest you:

-  I'm seriously looking at possible code to help visualize our data in a way that other polyphasers could then use (inputting their own data and comparing their results with the data collected so far)

-  I'm in contact with some researchers about how to share out, and possibly publish, the information we get from this

-  If it works really well, I'm very interested in doing it again, possibly as a regular or rotating thing, to bring small groups together and help them help each other change their sleep-schedules.  I'm very interested lately in bringing polyphasic sleep out of the "FOR INSANE DA VINCI TYPES ONLY" stall and giving it some air in the main corral; I think that it's specious and wrong to assume that one schedule is going to work for everybody, and that we (I) should be working on ways to help everyone understand that sleep modification is possible, and help them do it if it will improve their life.  This is all future stuff, but it's on my mind and I will welcome feedback about it from the group.

IF YOU WANT IN, YOU CAN STILL SIGN UP UNTIL ABOUT AUGUST 1:  After that point, we'll start collecting information and setting things up that would make adding people disruptive; plus I want everyone who's changing sleep-schedules to have at least a month to prepare.  All you need to do to sign up (for now) is send me your email address, either in a comment, email, tweet, whatever.

Have a great day, everyone!

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Better faster better more ::clickclickclickclick::

I type fast…but I type a LOT, and anymore I feel like my typing is too slow; especially that having to use both a keyboard and a mouse, and typing in longhand, is costing me too much time.

Does anybody else feel this way, or have ideas for solutions? I'm already haunting the frogpad2 — here's hoping I find two benjamins laying on the street when it comes out! — but am also really interested in software that lets me increase my speed via typing shortcuts / macros. (I used similar software a zillion years ago and learned that in order to actually work / save time, it has to be REALLY well-designed.) I also use all three major operating systems pretty regularly, and would like any solution I use to work with at least two of them.

*sigh* The tribulations of being a high-performance nerd! This 90wpm isn't doing it for me anymore — someone bring me ROCKET FUEL! :D

Have a great day, everyone. Mad exciting polyphasic stuff going on; update very very soon I hope!

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Wow.

forty hundred million half-drafted posts.  Wow.

Fibonacci spirals.  You know, the ones from the Golden Mean drawings, and snails, and Pythagoras and the typesetting for the Ubersleep book.  :)

Ever notice how everything seems to happen in those spirals?  I won't even get into how prevalent they are in kungfu, but just look at life – how often have you felt a thing nudging, invisibly at first, then as it starts to curve the long tail those changes rode into your life-situation start to become apparent, and then the curve gets sharper and you think woah, shit is really happening now — and then suddenly flick!, the tail whips around unexpectedly, dots the i you didn't realize was undotted, and vanishes from sight.

So, so many of my life-changes seem to follow that pattern.  I think another one is right now.  This morning, I felt the whipdot of a hundred ideas and connections with people and glimmering half-possibilites crack into place.  I'm sorry if my language is veering abstract, but things are still all shiny.  :D

And this has to do with polyphasic sleep!  I can't even begin to talk about it publicly yet, but I did want to say "I'm not dead, I'm buried in research, stand by to receive large transmissions"…and just to be excited about the way all of this is happening.

Also, I'm teaching taiji like four times a week now, and it's incredibly cool.  Plus, I'm starting to barter for classes a bit, because people are offering, which is sort of jaw-dropping!

I hope you're all well and here, have a picture of one of the things I did with this gorgeous, sunny Sunday:

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Subject matter

I've not been writing a lot here, lately, because so much of it would be about depression*, and I'm rarely proud of what I write about it when I'm in the middle of dealing with it.  But definitely go read what Wil Wheaton has to say about it, because holy shit does he nail it, and in a really good, useful, positive way.  This recent post is a great place to start.

*and the rest would be about sex — another pretty poor blogging topic.  ;)

Not entirely about Cannonfist

So, I've been kind of loose and flapping about what to do with blog-type postings of stuff lately.  I've lost my organizational thread, I think; there's both too much to put AND too many places to put it.  I have the same amount, or possibly more, "readers" on Facebook than here; yet I don't want to talk about the same stuff with them, and branching out from either is problematic.  So if you've been wondering where the overhaul that I've been talking about is, well, it exists, but it keeps getting halfway and then getting changed.  Do I want a main portal page that can split off into The Everything?  Or a carefully curated set of URLs with different content?  

I have no idea yet, but if there's one thing I've learned it's that carefully studying a question, holding it up to the light as it were, for long enough always attracts the answer.  So I'm still pondering that.

I've also taken on a HUGE short-term project, so expect me to disappear a lot in long-form, but since I'll be in front of my computer a lot, possibly get pretty verbose on Twitter and/or Tumblr.  (Thanks to IFTTT, Twitter gets auto-posted to Tumblr.  I can't *really* figure out what to post on Tumblr yet, but I have a few friends who run *great* feeds, so I often repost their stuff if I suddenly find the time.)

I have to figure out where to put Ubersleep (the easiest, as it has its own URL at ubersleepbook.com already), my taiji stuff (especially as I gradually move towards teaching(!!!)), this writing project (if it works; will need it's own page and URL and all that shit), other writing (to avoid pseudonym issues with any of the other two) and just B.S. (though possibly I should cut back on that, or make a page for — just thinking aloud here — taiji and fiction that can hold the occasional hey-community B.S. post?  Maybe move my tendency to get poliphi over shit to a forum like the rest of the world?  (Actually that's not a bad idea…if I impress anyone I can pull them "into" my writing site(s); could be a good source.  There's a writer I really like who just about used Something Awful as his launch-pad to success, and at least two have done it with Reddit…).  I own puredoxyk.com but don't want to rely on it too much for Reasons; I also own yieldandovercome.com, which is a nice taiji URL and maybe OK for something else too?  HHMMMMM.  LOTS OF H's AND M's.

BUT FOR NOW, while I fill up Evernote and Google Docs trying to figure that out, here's a video of one of the Chen Grandmasters (his name is Chen Bing, and I know I shouldn't find it funny that such a big guy with such a ridiculously intimidating line of work — I mean, "Hi, I'm a Grandmaster of one of the most terrifying kinds of kungfu, how are you?" — is named "Bing"…but come on it totally is funny) doing the form I'm currently trying to learn.  It's very short, so watch it and get some Culture, damn it.  ;)

 

I know this sounds silly because that doesn't look like an easy form to anyone I've showed it to, but trust me when I say that It's a lot harder than it looks.  I mean a) Grandmasters kind of make everything look easier but also b) all that force you're seeing thrown around is 100% internally-generated.  You could get your strongest kickboxer-Crossfit-muaythai-weightlifter-whateverbadass and he'd be ohhhh, at least two years from being able to throw a single one of those punches correctly?  Those are all the kind of punches (and elbows and knees and everythings) that I've been writing about, which have taken so much study to be able to even do *basically* correctly, and which are done INcorrectly the world over by both the 90% of people who don't know what internal force is and the 75% of those who do know who are just doing it wrong.  Chen Bing's style isn't the same as my sifu's, who's style descends from Chen Zhenglei's (and I'm not really good enough to have a style yet), but he's HELLA good (duh) and if you've ever wanted to see what internal-style-kungfu's generated force looks like (when it's not actually hitting anything), now you can say you have.

Yay!  Enjoy your Sunday.  I've got a million words to write.  ;)

On Intro- and Extroversion: Labels Are Dangerous

(I owe the polyphasic community like six hundred updates — sorry guys!  My productivity has been miserable lately, for reasons that have nothing to do with sleep.  Actually, that's one of the posts I need to write:  How being polyphasic is different from "just" a productivity hack.  But first I need to fix my shit so that I actually have time to write again!

ANYWAY.  This one feels pressing, so I'm using it for motivation to Sit In The Chair And Press The Keys, which has been unreasonably difficult lately.)

Introversion has been "a thing" lately, and I think that's good overall, since as many of us know by now, people who are introverted socially are/were often mis-labeled as being unsociable, unfriendly, antisocial, or just not pleasant to be around — and that certainly isn't fair.  Having different needs isn't a crime, and we should all be more understanding of each other and give each other the benefit of the doubt.  Good lesson.

But as with many fad ideas, I think this one risks going too far.  If I'm reading my feeds right, approximately half of all Internet-connected humanity thinks it's an introvert now; and we know for a fact that that isn't true.  (Neither are half of them suffering from some mild form of Asperger's, I might add as a corollary.)  

I point to myself as an early example:  I was called antisocial and treated just the way introverts hate being, for a long time.  Then I was more politely labeled an introvert and, well, pretty much treated the same way, though as the idea gained traction in the nerd community, it became easier to explain my loner-hood in a single word, I guess.  I behaved like an introvert, as I think many people (especially Gen-X/Y-ers) in the "nerd subculture" do:  I avoided parties, crowds and people I didn't know, preferred the company of just one person if any, and spent a whole lot of time with my face in a book or a screen, shutting out the world.

But I wasn't an introvert.  And I wasn't "antisocial" either, whatever that means:  I was, in fact, an extrovert with a crippling case of social anxiety disorder, and a whopping history of childhood bullying and isolation that had left me unable to identify, express, and meet my own social needs.  What the early well-meaning people identified as being "socially miswired" and the later people identified as "introversion" both missed the question:  Was I *happy* that way?  Because while I think we can all agree that it's cruel and stupid to look at a young person and say, "Fuck 'em, they're antisocial", is it really more helpful to label someone (or yourself, I might add, because this is an easy cop-out rather than dealing with it) "introverted", if the end result is still ignoring a problem?

A truly introverted person spends a lot of time alone, or with one or very few companions, and is happy that way.  Their social needs — and we are humans with social needs, and not getting them met is no healthier than malnutrition — are being adequately met by their circumstances.  You could compare them (sloppily, but adequately) with people who only need three or four hours of sleep:  That's rare, and it is unhealthy and mean to force someone like that to lie in bed all night because "that's normal and normal is what we do" — but it's just as bad to ignore the sleep-deprivation of a friend who's only able to sleep three hours a night but is miserable that way.

I guess what I'm saying is, labels are dangerous.  If we really want to be compassionate to each other and understanding of our differences, we need to empathize, to see each other as individuals, and to care whether whatever someone's doing is working for them or making them happy, rather than what box it fits into.  The "introverted" label made it possible for me to continue to starve myself of social contact I actually needed — and more pertinently, the application of that label made it easy for people, even people who loved me, to ignore that I was miserable and needed to fix some things about my social life.  

What happened, finally?  I went to a very good therapist and after a few sessions I casually mentioned that I was an introvert, whereupon she actually snorted before saying, "You are one of the most extroverted people I've ever talked to!"  From there it became gradually clear that I wanted and needed social contact that I wasn't getting because I'd been taught to fear or avoid it — but because I'd been taught to fear and avoid it, and then further taught that it was just "how I was" (i.e. "my" label), I didn't actually know that that was the problem:  I only knew that I felt a lot of negative shit pretty much all the time, that I usually felt like an alien and had a hard time connecting to anyone, and that I wasn't very able to be happy either alone or in company; and that while having one safe-feeling companion seemed like a fix for that, it was often landing me in very dependent and unhealthy relationships.

And while my issues may have been pretty serious on the scale of things, I don't think it's at all uncommon for people to be misaligned with, unaware of, or not automatically able to meet their social needs.  

In fact, I think "not aware of or able to get what you need for some reason" is a LOT more common a situation than "introverted".  The difference is, the former shouldn't be written off or ignored:  it's not a stable state, a comfortable label that's fine as it is.  If you are intro (or extro) and fine, then great, awesome.  You probably know what you need, then, and are capable of going out (or not) and getting it; and therefore there's not much reason to worry — the most discomfort you face is explaining your needs to others, which come on, isn't really that bad.  (And if it is, well, stop hanging out with those particular others; they suck.)  

But if you feel lonely, cut off, anxious, unsafe, unheard, or like you hate yourself or your life…that's not a label, not a thing, and not okay.  Neither you nor the people around you should be ignoring it:  You should be fixing it.  And fixing it starts with believing that a fix is necessary and possible…something those neat handy labels can sometimes really get in the way of.  

May you find peace, whether or not you find the "right" word for it.  ;)

Polyphasic info: Schedule-borking, No more alarms, and some fun facts on core-nap durations

Ah, the occasional utter borking of the schedule.

Do I, either as-me or as-a-polyphaser, do this more often than most people?  I've no idea.  But I definitely do it sometimes.  And the takeaway I usually get from it is that wow, even when totally stick-blendered, polyphasic schedules are a lot easier to recover. 

TO WIT:

Yesterday I had a pretty normal 2-nap day, and slept for 4.5 hours last night.  (Actually, my E4 core nap is turning out to be mostly closer to 4h 45m — which doesn't surprise me, since when I sleep for 3 hours, it's actually 3:15.  Is this related to the fact that when I sleep for 8 hour nights, I actually need closer to 9 to feel rested?  Worth wondering.)

Also worth noting, especially as a YMMV:  I know these times because I don't use alarms anymore, unless it's to be certain I wake up at a certain time for an important thing, and even then I usually don't need them.  I know how long I'll sleep based on how many naps I got and when, and I wake up on my own pretty predictably.

Until I do shit like today, that is.  ;)

Today I headed off to a taiji class in the morning (after a normal morning consisting of the normal 2 cups of coffee-with-butter — yup, still doing that, and I still love it as a form of breakfast; not every single day but usually).  I stopped for tea / second breakfast, because fun fact: when you eat (or drink) breakfast at 5am or thereabouts, you're hungry again by ten or eleven – and then went straight to the climbing gym.  I grabbed a nap (it was close to noon; I'd last slept at 7 and normally would have napped about one, but it didn't surprise me that I was tired early after a pretty intense martial-arts class, and anyway I wanted to sleep before I got to climbing) and didn't sleep for very long (note: I don't know how long, because I don't bother with alarms for 20-minute naps at all anymore, because here's a weird one:  even if I don't sleep for some or even most of it, I will still almost always stand up after 20 minutes, or a little sooner; my internal alarm is getting pretty hilarious!) – probably I didn't sleep much due to some combination of sleeping early, being excited to go climb, and sleeping on a hard surface in a new place with lots of ambient noise.  But I did feel refreshed after, and then I:

-  Climbed for about two hours
-  Stopped for a light lunch
-  Climbed for another four hours
-  Walked about 2 miles
-  Ate a pretty huge meal (for me)
-  Walked another 2-ish miles home

In other words, I had a great day that ended with my getting home about 9:30pm, having skipped my evening nap and cycled through at least a thousand calories in extra exercise and food.

So of course I came home, luxuriated in blankets and a book for a few minutes, and passed out deliciously cold, probably about 10pm.  I woke up about 3 hours later, at a few minutes before 1am.

(Another fun fact:  If I sleep at an odd time because I'm worn out from exercise, I almost always sleep 3 hours.  Occasionally 1.5, but much more often three — 3 hours seems to be my "recovery sleep" time.)

And I felt great — well, a bit sore in the hands and shoulders, but duh, marathon of climbing.  I could have gone back to sleep if I wanted, but overall I felt quite rested, so I got up, showered, read my email, watched some videos, and, well, wrote this — it's now about 3:30 am.  I suspect I'll get tired again around four or five and grab an "extra" nap before my regular morning one at 7-ish.  

So with only a bit of effort, my schedule will be easy to get back on track tomorrow, even though what I did to it today could easily be described with the "o.O" emoticon.  That's definitely one of the benefits of being polyphasic, especially when you're prone to having crazy high-energy days sometimes; instead of sleeping a stupid ton to recover and then finding myself in the middle of an uncomfortable re-adjustment, I just shift a core, add a nap, and wham.  And it's not as complex to do as it is to explain:  I know this part might be due to my being really used to polyphasic sleep by now, but all I'm really doing is sleeping when I'm tired, and doing so for the durations I know work for me (20 minutes and 3 hours, basically).  

One last thing:  I've been getting tired of defending polyphasic sleep lately, because there's been a lot of discussion filtering through my inbox and my RSS feeds, and a lot of it is either completely unrelated to the kind of thing *I* mean by polyphasic sleep, or just attacking straw-men by showing that sleep dep is bad (which it is, but I maintain that in the modern world, at least as I experience it, being monophasic is more likely to involve sleep-dep than being polyphasic).  Anyway, the temptation is there to just shrug and go about doing my thing, but I do see how that's not the best thing for everybody, especially if due to my circumstances as a long-term polyphaser, I have information that could be useful to others who are trying to fix sleep problems or find a schedule that's better suited to their lifestyle.  So please pardon me if I lapse into silence about it sometimes — it does get draining, after a while — I promise I'll pick it back up and keep going.

Also, I have been working on some major changes to this site, which will hopefully make finding the droids you're looking for easier.  Stay tuned!

-pd

 

Oh how I hate video…

Ah, we meet again, FacePalm.  How've you been?

So I'd been meaning to do another Not Enlightened Yet video forever, and then walking home I got a great idea for one, and I actually sat down and did it, and I was really happy with it…until I rewatched it.  And it turns out that the fan that's aimed at my laptop to keep it cool is in fact aimed right at the speaker, and the audio sounds like I'm diving out of a plane.  SSSSHSHSHSHSHSHSSSSWWWHWHHHRSSHSHS…for fifteen minutes.

I can't post that.  But I also can't make myself do the whole thing over, extemporaneously and on a difficult topic, when I'm tired and I still have a few hours of work to go before I'm even remotely done today.

So I fail at video yet again.  (Or, well, recordings.  I'm just as bad with straight audio as I am with video, really.  The only thing that gets along with me is words, I guess.)  

Sorry, everyone!  Hopefully I can get the guts and ticks together to fix this tomorrow…

*sigh*

 

Haul it on over

So, I think it's time for an overhaul here.  

I created this site in something like 2006 or '7, mostly to provide a place for the polyphasic information I was amassing, but because I'm a compulsive writer anyway, I knew it would wind up serving as a spot for general bloggage, content, and Writing.  

And so it has, resulting in exactly the kind of mess you'd expect that to cause.  ;)

Well, the Second Edition is out, and future plans for polyphasic stuff are much more in-depth and really deserve a space of their Actual Own — things like talks, travel, and studies shouldn't be just tagged posts that sit amid the morass of my general effluvience.

Of course, said effluvience needs a spot.  

But Writing, actual fiction and experimentation and poetry and such, needs its own spot now too.  I'm finally starting to take it more seriously, and to improve my skills to the point where doing it as more than just One Big Constant Exercise And Worship makes sense.  

Oh yeah, and I also do other things and collect other links and whatnot that might be helpful — this is more properly Presence than Effluvience, but it means that having room for other sub-categories of content that doesn't involve tangling them all up in A Blog makes good sense.

SO.  Here's my thinking so far:

-  I need a front page that sorta somewhat-accurately says "HI THIS IS ME, HERE ARE THE REASONS YOU MIGHT BE HERE".  This needs a descriptive, simple, sensical domain name. 

-  I need subpages with their own subdomains for polyphasic sleep, fiction and nonfiction writing, a blog, and potentially a lot of other things.  I like subdomains.

-  I need a dead simple and flexible design.  I like the theme I use here, but at the very least I need to unclutter it, and possibly replace it.  Wordpress I have no complaints with, and in all reality knowing how to use it probably saves me so much time versus learning something else that "upgrading" there likely isn't worth it.  (The best, and best-looking, "canned" websites are, I think, done in Twitter Bootstrap — it's what I often use for business clients.  But it's not anywhere near as easy to update as WP, and the built-in analytics and plugins are kinda worth their weight in gold.)

SO.  Apologies up front if any future changes cause annoyance for any future readers, AND OF COURSE I'm interested in any opinions or comments people have about the coming overhaul.

Thanks!

Marie

Behold the WBoD!

Here's my beloved Whiteboard Of Doom, with my first crack at a Big Fat List on it…I'm not sure that's nearly enough stuff for actual Uberman in the winter, but…it's a work in progress!

(I thought the edgy B&W was a bit classier than the actuality of its splattered blue-purple-and-pinkness.  And yes, I made it sort of hard to read on purpose…when I have a complete list, I'll type it out; this is more just for fun.)

Fun facts:  1) Yup, my Five Rules stay on the wall.  Always.  2)  Yes that is another language on the right.  Actually, much more of the WBoD is usually in this script, but I didn't want to have to work to decipher my BFL!  3) Apologies to my coach for accidentally sorta-publishing his ab workout ;)