Category Archives: Sheila Thoughts

Messing with our body clock

A friend mentioned she had taken a new position and it requires her to work overnight.  She has never worked overnight before so we both did a little research about the physical aspects of changing to a night job.

Working overnight is counter to your natural circadian rhythm.  Your circadian clock is essentially a timer that lets various glands know when to release hormones and also controls mood, alertness and body temperature.  Overnight workers are more vulnerable to disease.  They may be sleepy,  grumpy, and  unable to concentrate as well as someone rested.

Some overnight workers develop a work sleep disorder characterized by insomnia and excessive sleepiness.  They may be more accident prone and less able to concentrate.

Research and experiments have been done to essentially reset some body clocks.  Imagine how hard this would be for someone that changes shifts frequently?  Also, think of the people that do work overnight.  Police and medical staff at hospitals come to mind first.  These are the very people we need to be most alert and capable of successfully performing their jobs.  It could be a surgeon performing a life saving operation at 3am.

It makes you appreciate the people that do go to work overnight each night to protect us or care for us.

An Exciting Ibanez Prestige

If only money grew on trees in the backyard. If I had more money around Christmas time I would love to purchase this ibanez prestige, check it out at MusiciansFriend.com that I stumbled upon today. My nephew has been wanting an electric guitar for the past couple of years for Christmas, this year I would love to see his dream come true.

One Sweet Looking Guitar

Ibanez RG752 Prestige RG Series 7 String Electric Guitar

Today’s Robotic Vocoder-ized Vocals

Spent some time online on the well known Guitar Center website the other night. I always find the coolest musical instruments and other music related products there that helps me get an idea of things that I can use for the numerous and never ending gifts that are needed to be given all year round.

I had never heard of “Auto-Tune” at first glance I assumed it was something that helped you tune your instrument but I quickly learned that it isn’t that at all. The first well known use of this Auto-Tune for vocals was when Cher belted out her famous song “Believe” which was recorded and released back in 1998. Something we would listen to on a record player much like the one you can find at http://www.guitarcenter.com/Crosley/Cruiser-Record-Player.gc.

Check out this video from YouTube of Cher’s well received  song “Believe” where you can hear for yourself how this turns a “normal” voice sound like robotic vocoder-ized vocals which has become all the rage in the hip-hop and rap music that is so popular these days.

Man I just love YouTube!

Have a Nice Christmas

Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

I am exhausted and still have a handful of presents to wrap before I can go to bed. Tomorrow will be a busy day. Looking forward to a few hours with my sister’s family and then a visit to the nursing home to share a nice dinner with my granny and my mom. The food is actually very good – and I don’t have to cook it or clean up afterward.

Then I will go to my brother’s house and hang out for a while with the whole fam damily. I always enjoy watching his kids play with their toys and games. They are so competitive but have learned to be good sports and are very generous with sharing their toys as well as their expertise on the different video games.