A Whisper from the Dark Side?

November 29th, 2008
A Whisper, Perhaps, From the Universe’s Dark Side
Published: November 25, 2008
Recent results from a number of experiments have led some scientists to suspect that they are getting signals from a shadow universe of dark matter.
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Could I Interest You In…?

October 24th, 2008

When talking to Amanda today, she happened to mention that she liked the look of this blog over what she has available on MySpace.  I hadn’t really thought about it, but I’m pretty sure that I can add more people to this.

I have to login with a username and password that I created.  I know that I can add different users in different capacities, but I don’t know if I can host multiple blogs for multiple people, especially since the address for this one is ridgemontstudios.com/blog.

I don’t know if there’s something similar to a virtual domain that can be set up for multiple blog accounts, etc.  Hell, there’s tons I don’t know about what this is capable of yet.

If anyone is interested in having a blog hosted here, drop me a line.  I know this may sound odd since most of the people that even know about this blog learned about it from MySpace or LiveJournal (and they all had blog accounts there, so why change, right?)  But, if you’re game, so am I.

I’m also working on trying to get some other better CSS templates together for this.  It’s been a while since I’ve messed around with Linux like this is, but I have to say, it’s almost like riding a tricycle.  :)

Right.  Less with the pontificating, and back to Grand Theft Auto IV; it’s been paused while I repasted upon some pretty darn good chinese.  (And my stomach thanks me for it *knocks on wood*).

Feel free to comment, too.  Need to get that tested out.  Thanks for making me use my brain Amanda, I greatly appreciate it!


Circadian Rhythms & Creativity

October 24th, 2008

For the past couple of weeks I, like many others it would seem, have been experiencing a great deal of the dreaded WB.  No, I’m not talking about a cable television network (whatever they’re calling themselves these days).  I’m speaking of the white page syndrome, creative handicaps; writer’s block.

I’ve had a blog set up with LiveJournal for some time, but it has since collapsed under its own weight.  So, here I am, starting over … again.  I’m not using any of the well-known blog sites.  I’m using a feature from Ridgemont Studios, and stumbling around a bit here at the start.

On to the subject at hand.  Many years ago, I had no problem working late into the night.  Be it scribbling feverishly in a source book, plotting weather patterns above a fictitious continent, or trying to figure out exactly how a Kintish Spirit Pouch looks.  I had no problem spewing the contents of my imagination out in some form.  I would be up early in the morning ready to face the day, relaxed, (mostly) refreshed, and ready to go.

Lately, I’m finding myself in a Catch 22 situation.  I still feel that I’m more productive at night.  However, with all the medications that I’ve been given over the course of the years, I find my eyes beginning to cross somewhere around the two o’clock hour.  I’ll sit and piddle over group of pixels that is supposed to represent an avatar, and get nothing done.  I’ll open my long-standing bible for Nakiel and wonder, “Where the hell should I start?”

There’s part of me that would like get up at a “respectable” hour and proceed to work and then have the evening to relax.  This is, I believe, a hold-over from having a “respectable job” in the IT field with set (albeit somewhat lenient) hours, and a set location.  Even after being outsourced from that job to another “respectable job” of introducing people to new music and helping them find the songs they recently heard on the radio (yes, I worked in a CD store), there was still that predictability.

There are times that I’m creative and then there are times that I’m not.  It seems that a regular pattern helps to keep the flow going, even if I didn’t write every day, I would still be able to spit something constructive out when I needed to.  Whether it was was day or night, Summer or Winter, Full Moon or New Moon I could still do something.

I firmly believe that creativity in most people follows a (relatively) set pattern.  This creative circadian rhythm, I believe, is tied to the moon; and it’s probably not in a way that you’re thinking.  Yes, ERs fill up during full moons, as do holding cells.  However, the full moon has never induced the itch that compels me to be creative in some manner or form.  Personally, I was born  three days after the last quarter moon.  It is this time that I’m the most creative.

My “Birth Moon” as I like to call it, seems to affect me not only creatively, but physically as well.  While I don’t necessarily consider myself bi-polar, I can definitely notice an increase in creative mania during the time between the last quarter moon and the new moon.  This often presents itself with more than just a need to be creative, but there are physical sensations as well.  Restless legs would be an easily quantified event.  I tend to feel like I’m either vibrating, or itching all over.  Maintaining a single thought for any length of time becomes a chore.

So my questions, dear reader are these:

  • Have you found yourself creatively frustrated during certain times of the month, and if so, how does this line up with the new or full moon?
  • Is there a certain time of day that you find yourself more creative than others?
  • Have you found any reliable solution to break out of the doldrums of being blind to your muse?

Since this is the first post on the new blog, I feel obligated to mention that the layout, etc. will be changing soon.  At least as long as I can keep the anti-creativity beast at bay.  For what it’s worth, this blog client is a little more complicated than what I’m used to.  I’m still rooting around in the belly of it to see what I have available.

So for now, the best thing is to put this, and myself to bed.