Vampire hours no longer – last night’s sleep.

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Wed Feb 29 08:26:13 2012

The last few nights have seen a steady shift to earlier sleep times for me. This transition hasn’t been particularly smooth, nor has it been purposeful. But it has been significant. For most of the last decade I’ve been a confirmed night person, keeping almost vampire hours. But that’s certainly not the case now.

The first two nights of this recent period of change found me waking very early from a short, normal sleep, and that followed by segments of light dozing and lucid dreaming. The dreams that came during these two nights weren’t exactly nightmares, but they were unpleasant enough that I was more inclined to wipe them from my memory than record them. So I chose not to post "dream entries" for those recent sleeps.

In what may signify a return to a healthier, more normal sleep pattern for me, last night brought a solid, restful, though dreamless seven hours – from 21:30 to 04:30.

I’ll not fight against this shifting of my biological clock. Turning off the computer at 20:00, transforming the futon-couch into a futon-bed by 21:00, then quietly reading. Waiting for the Sandman’s arrival about 22:00 or so seems sensible, actually. It does make coordinating my schedule with the day people a lot easier.

Accepting the way things are working now, I also look forward to the return of my "regular" dreaming.

A Correspondence Chess Win with Black, On Time.

This server-based correspondence chess game began in early December and ended early today when my opponent playing White failed to make his 24th move before his clock expired, giving me the win with Black by default.

A diagram showing the final position of the pieces, as seen from my side of the board, and our full move record follow:

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1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 b5 5.a4 Bb7 6.axb5 Bd5 7.Qa4 g6 8.b6+ Nbd7 9.bxa7 Bg7 10.Bxc4 Bxc4 11.Qxc4 O-O 12.O-O Nb6 13.Qc5 Qd6 14.b4 Qxc5 15.bxc5 Nbd5 16.Bd2 Nd7 17.Nc3 Nb4 18.Nb5 Nc6 19.Nxc7 Rxa7 20.Rxa7 Nxa7 21.Ra1 Nc6 22.Ra6 Ndb8 23.Rb6 Rc8

Time with two friends – last night’s dream

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Sun Feb 26 15:33:06 2012

Last night’s 9-hour sleep, from 23:00 to 08:00, was moderately restful and brought at least two dreams.

The details of the first dream have faded, but I remember much of the second quite clearly. I was spending time with two friends in a large zoo/park complex. Seated at a picnic table beside a stream, we chatted happily through the afternoon and into the evening hours.

At closing time we made our way back to my car where one of the women realized she’d lost her keys. She was sure she’d left them on the picnic table. Leaving the ladies in the car I hurried back into the park where, with the help of an employee who was policing the area, I recovered the lost keys.

Unconsciously Muttering – I say :: … and you think.

Playing week #474 of the popular, long-running meme.

I say :: … and you think.

  1. Unsolicited :: … advice
  2. House :: … of Horrors
  3. 24 hours :: … in a day
  4. Permission :: … granted, (or denied)
  5. Inbox :: … mail, email, outbox
  6. Presidential :: … seal
  7. Rising :: … tide (one that lifts all boats)
  8. Hold :: … onto, tightly
  9. Hourglass :: … sand, time
  10. More :: … please

Bingo Bango Bongo! – comic book art from Mondo #1

I have long been fascinated by Ted McKeever’s work. This new three-issue limited series of his promises to be among the best he’s done.

One does not mess with Miss Kitten Kaboodle. She warned the big jerk that if he put a hand on her she’d feed it to him. He didn’t believe her. He grabbed her shoulder. So…

Bingo Bango Bongo!

After stuffing his forearm down his throat she left the bloody oaf on his knees in front of his gas station and roller skated on down the highway.

From Ted McKeever’s Mondo #1, the comic book created, written, and drawn by Ted McKeever, and recently published by Image Comics.