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The Universe is (Independently) Contracting Again

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Aug. 29th, 2004 | 05:50 am
mood: curiouscurious
music: Barenaked Ladies - One Week

Hello, I'm back.

That week-long contract was pretty intense. I'd forgotten how much I love what I do for a living, I do, aww but boy does trying to adhere to a regular sleep schedule throw me out of whack.

Thursday and Friday were the roughest, as the work combined with other responsibilities I have chosen for myself kept me busy for those two days straight, with no time for sleeping. Friday night I finally slept, and did not wake until last night, some 18 or 19 hours later.

Which brings up the question: was I in whack to begin with? Is it whack, or wack? Should I seek treatment for a "sleep disorder"? Or just stick with the make-my-own-schedule independent-contractor sort of plan I've followed for most of my professional life? Um, as if that were a plan rather than the Universe's reaction to me.

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from: lockle
date: Aug. 29th, 2004 08:52 am (UTC)
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I have good skills and a whacked sleep schedule too... perhaps we should team up so one of us is available almost 24 hours a day for clients. 5 day jobs could be done in 3 days with us both working on the job back to back, with an hour overlapping between shifts to catch the other person up to speed.

Only, I wouldn't bring any connections to the marriage. I don't know any customers.

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Triple Entendre

tag-team

from: triple_entendre
date: Aug. 29th, 2004 10:19 pm (UTC)
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Heh. I'd be down with that. I actually do work better when there's another pair of eyes to cross-check the design and the code. I'm still interested in that search algorithm idea of yours.

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from: apotheon
date: Aug. 29th, 2004 10:29 am (UTC)
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It's "whack" unless you're one of those people that thinks misspellings are kewl.

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from: kai_
date: Aug. 31st, 2004 07:23 am (UTC)
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I also vote for "whack" as the correct spelling.
I would imagine you have a sleep-phase disorder, as they're relatively common.
Psychology Today has this article amongst others that describe what a sleep-phase disorder is, and how to "treat" them. Very good information on their site about recent research on insomnia.

BTW, good tune.

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from: triple_entendre
date: Aug. 31st, 2004 08:16 am (UTC)
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Their online quiz shows me likely for sleep apnea and maybe narcolepsy. I've been meaning to get the sleep apnea possibility checked for years now.

You know, it's been well over a decade, quite seriously, since I've routinely slept...routinely, at night, the way most people do. But I haven't really tried. It's hard to tell what's dysfunctional, since I seem to have adapted to a 26-30 hour cycle for many years now, and adapted my profession and my life as well.

I've been thinking about actually trying to sleep at night for a while to see what happens.

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Kai

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from: kai_
date: Aug. 31st, 2004 08:42 am (UTC)
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Well, if you think you may have sleep apnea, by all means go get tested (I know $$ can be an issue on that though). It can be life-threatening. My father and my aunt both have it, and my aunt didn't find out until she had a near-fatal car wreck that occurred because she fell asleep at the wheel due to the disorder.

Furthermore, it causes brain damage.

Some people just have different circardian rhythms. I am one of them. My mother worked 2nd and 3rd shifts when she was pregnant with me, and I blame that. My most restful sleep occurs between 2 am and 9 or 10 am. I can seriously cut back on the hours I need when I'm on that kind of schedule... I can function on about 6 hours whereas on a "normal" schedule, I need closer to 10.

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