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Thor's Day 
14th-Oct-2010 07:27 am
Happy birthday to dalious!

State of the 'Song
The chest tightness has eased up, but waking up six times last night did not help. Which is AAAARGH-making, because I really need to not be losing afternoons to naps; the house is a mess, and I just had to ask for extensions on two anthology-requests because if I'm sleeping I'm not writing. And if I'm not getting sleep at night, I don't have the brain to write the next day. This (replacement) CPAP wasn't noisy in the hotel, but it's been roaring horribly since we got home. Is this house cursed when it comes to CPAPs?

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StrowlerCon 2011
Thank you thank you! I would never have known when stuff like Firefly was happening, and of course that's a major demographic overlap. It looks like early November is our best bet. We still need help tracking down grants before we can commit to a date, because we can't do it without making our budget...

Link Soup
* Mars stories by such luminaries as camillealexa, dulcinbradbury, Kage Baker, and more! (I actually really like the idea of compiling link-y e-anthologies like this.)
* The history of Hank Pym.
* Dear ThinkGeek: I want this in my size.
* Goblin Fruit! Calloo! Callay! With work by cafenowhere and Theodora Goss and more!

Daily Science
Simulating possible chemical processes in the atmosphere of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, a UA-led planetary research team found amino acids and nucleotide bases in the mix - the most important ingredients of life on Earth.

Work - today, mostly a meeting and training our team's intern on Clothesline Project stuff. I hope to be awake this afternoon, because I have way too much to do to be not-awake. Closet changeover still needs to happen, and I need to get on top of e-mail post-Strowler, plus post-Strowler followups, and my house is a mess, and OH YEAH WRITING. Please. Writing. sindrian's coming over tonight, and while he's happy to help me scrub down the kitchen, I'd like to do something more fun, energy level permitting; there's supposed to be a Rebecca Loebe concert at BU tonight, but I don't know the exact location.
14th-Oct-2010 12:44 pm (UTC)
It's actually at BC, not BU (https://bc.collegiatelink.net/organization/noth/calendar/details/15940), but I still can't find any info on where it is.
14th-Oct-2010 12:50 pm (UTC)
Totally unrelated question: Are you wearing purple on the 20th for Spirit Day? I know you've been swamped and underslept, so maybe you missed the flurry of postings on it last week.
14th-Oct-2010 01:26 pm (UTC)
I am. We need more action than just wearing purple, so hopefully I'll be able to get a good post about action we can take up on the BARCC blog!
14th-Oct-2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
What's Spirit Day?
14th-Oct-2010 02:24 pm (UTC)
It's a day to remember and honor the six young gay men who have recently committed suicide due to abuse, bullying, etc. I'm looking at it as an opportunity to show gay/lesbian/bi/queer/etc youth there are people in the community who care about them and support them.

You can get the re-postable flier here:

And 'song is right - there's more we all could be doing. But this is Something.
14th-Oct-2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
Is the CPAP in a very different sort of space at home than it was at the hotel? If it's closer to the wall or on a less stable surface I could see that making a difference.
14th-Oct-2010 06:42 pm (UTC)
It was actually on the hotel's easy chair. At home, it's on a solid oak nightstand. That said, the issues are with airflow; the noise is a huge whooshing noise (or possibly multiple ones), as well as a loud in/out hiss when I breathe. It's about two feet from the nearest wall.
14th-Oct-2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
Is it coming from the machine itself, or your mask, or the tube? Tube position and height relative to CPAP can make a difference (shouldn't, but).

Roar can also happen when mask is not as well positioned/tightened as it was on first use. Straps can be accidentally loosened. The seal can be less firm if it hasn't been properly cleaned that day. Facial hair can get in the way, and needs to be kept trimmed (I don't know, off the top of my head, if you maintain any sort of beard).

If the machine is having trouble keeping water at a consistent temperature, it will also make noise heating tank/humidifying air.

If your manual contains troubleshooting steps, they should be followed, of course.
14th-Oct-2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
I... had not heard about the e-link anthology. O_O

I'm just going to sit back and be stunned for a bit now. And then get back to writing. :)
14th-Oct-2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to think what could be different about the CPAP at home, and my best guess is that hotel rooms are set up to muffle sound; rugs for instance.

Is the CPAP in a room with carpeting at home? It could be you need something to keep the vibrations of the motor from being echoed in the table and floor and walls. A felt pad (or even a towel) under the machine might be enough, or get a nice thick spot rug (or even carpet samples) to put under the bedside table.

Get sleep! Sleep is good.
14th-Oct-2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
Although the machine is on solid oak, the noises are air-based (whooshing and hissing), not vibration based. That said, I'll put a towel under it tonight to see if that affects anything.
14th-Oct-2010 11:31 pm (UTC)
Good luck! I hope it works.

When my CPAP set-up is whooshing or whistling, it generally means the mask is letting air escape. The noise rarely wakes me (which is too bad--if I wake, I can fix it and get better sleep after), but the air blowing into my eyes bugs me. If the sound is coming from the mask, rather than the machine itself, maybe the hotel's pillow(s) held your head in a better position to keep the mask on properly?

Either way, I definitely wish you luck! Rest is good, and so is having energy to write. (And if you can't write, I can't read your new stories!)
14th-Oct-2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
Out of curiosity, what general magnitude of grants do you need for Strowlercon, and to what purpose? (Some grants can be very specific as to what's done with them.)
15th-Oct-2010 01:41 pm (UTC)
Uncertain; we'll be getting the numbers from K shortly.
15th-Oct-2010 12:58 am (UTC)
Send him back to the sleep clinic to adjust the mask straps. Both of you will get better sleep.
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