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The Blanket Connundrum

Posted 2016.05.31 9.41 in Pointless Blather

I have this blanket that’s super soft and warm. My mum gave it to me years ago. It’s just perfect.

Except in one corner there’s a tag that’s sort of scratchy and itchy. So I always make sure that’s at the bottom where it won’t irritate me.

Invariably when I’m cold and I grab the blanket in the middle of the night, it’s all backwards and I end up with the tag in my face or by my arm and end up having to turn the thing all around to get it right.

Every so often I stop and think: I could just cut off the tag. Then there won’t be an itchy corner, and I will never have to worry about whether or not the blanket is right-side-up or up-side-down.

But I never actually cut off the tag.

Because I am worried that without the tag…

I won’t actually be able to tell if the blanket is right-side-up or not.

Random Musings – Movie Edition

Posted 2016.05.22 9.28 in Pointless Blather

Star Wars

A couple weeks ago I finally saw the new Star Wars film.

Things I Liked: Rei, Finn, Poe, and BB-8.

Things I Didn’t Like: C-3PO – sorry I’ve just never liked that guy. Ever. And he’s been in every damned movie.

Things I Didn’t Understand: Why did the bad guys seem to come from the Harry Potter universe? I’m not even a potter fan but the big bad guy looked like Voldemort, and the little moody bad guy looked like a young moody Severus Snape.

Random Thing That Irked Me: It bothered me that Rei lost her nifty little blaster like 30 minutes after she got it. No idea why, it was just one of those little things. That was a gift Rei, take better care of it!

Random Things I Hope Get Explained Elsewhere: So Rei found Luke and he was just standing there on top of that island / mountain with just some weathered rocks and a good view. How long’s he been there? Where does he sleep? What does he eat? Where does he poop? The nice view is only good for so long before you get cold and tired and hungry. Maybe he has a little Yoda Hut just around the corner that they didn’t show in the closing scene.

Dead Pool

Last week I finally saw the Dead Pool film.

One of my biggest peeves in movies and tv shows is where the narrative timeline jumps around. Like when a TV show opens with some scene of destruction or chaos, then the scene shifts to a peaceful quiet whatever and the text-over says “24 hours earlier” I just change the channel. Hate that crap.

Dead Pool was entertaining enough for me to hang in there through that sort of thing. There’s a fight sequence that stops for two flashbacks that take up like 2/3 of the movie, it’s so long that I forget it’s a flashback and jarring when we go back to the original narrative timeline.

But, entertaining enough that I let it slide.

The only thing that confused me, because I’m not into comic books and all I know about DC and Marvel is that they both exist and are separate, was trying to understand if the X-men and the Avengers are in the same universe?

I mean, the big battle in the junkyard, they seemed to have a wrecked Shield hover-carrier thing there. So that’s avengers universe. But they had that tin guy from X-men and he was trying to get DeadPool to join the X-men.

And at the very very end DeadPool mentions Nick Fury. So Avengers / Shield stuff.

So are X-Men / Avengers / Shield in the same universe? Or was that all part of the 4-th wall breaking stuff and not ‘serious’?

Ooh and one other thing – Negasonic Teenage Warhead was fun but what happens in 5 or 6 years? Does she become Negasonic Adult Warhead? And in 20 years, Negasonic Middle-Aged Warhead? Or does she never age?

Two Tulips

Posted 2016.05.07 15.57 in Pointless Blather

Two Tulips

Two tulips in my backyard. The last two tulips actually — squirrels ate the rest.

Potential Proto Peppers!

Posted 2016.04.17 14.52 in Pointless Blather

I know it’s been a long while since I posted on my little aerogarden, but it’s more or less still kicking. Certainly seems healthier than I feel these days. 🙂

Anyhow, one of the things I was really excited about was the Ghost Pepper seeds my sister gave me, and that plant is still thriving!

I just recently I noticed it had wee little ‘bud’ things forming. I think these are proto-peppers! There’s like a half dozen of them at least, and I’m excited and hopeful that it means I’ll have fresh home-grown ghost peppers soon!

Possible Proto Peppers

A Brief Intermission

Posted 2016.02.16 9.53 in Pointless Blather

Taking a little break from this year’s house plants & synth pics show to lower the mood and rant / whinge for a moment.

You know the expression Death By A Thousand Papercuts? Sometimes I feel like that.

Sometimes it seems like I have a thousand relatively minor health problems and individually they’re all quite common or insignificant, the sorts of thing everyone deals with one way or another.

But when there’s so many of them, there’s always at least 2 or 3 that are going at once, and by the time they’re dealt with, 2 or 3 more have already flared up to take their places.

So it’s constant. It’s not always the same thing, but it’s a constant struggle, a constant drain.

And I think sometimes it’d be easier just dealing with one biggie, like cancer or something. Because when you’re having a shit day and tell people that your cancer is flaring up, they understand that and cut you some slack. (*)

But when you’re having a shit day and it’s because [really minor medical inconvenience # 612] is flaring up, people think you’re a lazy-ass crybaby wimp who whines too much. Because they don’t get that it’s just one of a thousand other minor problems and they all add up, or that the last time you felt truly good and healthy was some time before the turn of the century.

Anyhow, I’m not saying I’d rather have cancer or something like that. Just that every little damn thing adds up and really sucks the life out of you, but those little things are all individually no big deal.

Like Spoon Theory – if you don’t know it, look into it. I first read about it in The Bloggess’ book Furiously Happy.

I sort of see it as it’s easy to explain why your cup is almost empty when there’s a huge gaping hole in it (eg. cancer) but when it’s constantly empty because of a thousand microscopic cracks, it’s harder to understand or explain.

Anyways, I just wanted to get this out. I’m in pain for what feels like the 7524th day in a row, and it’s not huge pain, but it’s enough to remind me that I don’t really want to endure another few thousand more days like this.

* Note: I’m not sure chronicly healthy people even really grasp it in those ‘big’ situations.

My dad was very healthy right up untill he died of cancer, and even then the only part of him that was sick was his lungs, where the cancer was. A couple days before he died, he told me he remembered one time years ago when I couldn’t keep up with him walking, because my asthma was acting up.

He admitted, at the time, he thought I was just lazy and out of shape. It wasn’t till he was laying there dying of lung cancer that he actually understood how debilitating it was, to have trouble breathing.

I’m not saying every healthy person is as oblivious as he was, just suggesting that unless you’ve actually experienced poor health yourself, you maybe don’t fully get how utterly taxing it can be.

Plant Eggs Are Hatching!

Posted 2016.01.10 15.57 in Hobbies, Pointless Blather

Less than a week after I set up the Aerogarden, the plant eggs are already hatching!

Thai Basil was first, and despite being a little shy and not yet poking its head out from under the paper cover, it looks like it’s kind of green and bushy down there.

Wee Baby Basil

Genovese Basil was second, but it’s moving slowly and in an awkward position to try and photograph. For now I can only see it by angling a little mirror above the wee plastic dome.

And this one just hatched last night before lights-out, now today he’s already coming up strong!

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Two Months

Posted 2015.09.13 12.50 in Pointless Blather, Work

I just realized, it’s been nearly two months since I posted anything. And my last post was a real downer.

I’m still here, things just went from depressing to busy, in short order.

After many many (too many) years, all the servers at work are being replaced with shiny new ones, and it’s going to take a tremendous amount of planning, effort, and testing, to make sure it all goes off without a hitch.

Matrix

I know it’s cliche and hackneyed and 16 years old but I still enjoy the “Matrix” screensaver. There’s something relaxing about the streams of green text on a black background.

In the above pic, two new mini-towers are being set up, configured, and tested. In a few months time, they’ll be put to work, replacing some much older equipment.