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That’s Not Right

Posted 2012.11.16 10.51 in Life On Drugs, Pointless Blather

Last week when the guy from Rogers was here to cut the cable, I had to show him around to all the places where the cable was – where the modem was for the internet, where the junction box was in the cellar, and outside around the back where the cable came into the house.

While we were out back, on the side of the house I seldom visit, I noticed something strange about my air conditioner…

Now, despite of indications to the contrary, I am not in fact an HVAC technician. Nor am I a botonist. I am, however, reasonably certain that plants should not be growing inside my air conditioner.

Look close at the vents – it’s not just at the bottom and peaking out a bit near the top – the whole thing is full of little green leaves hiding just inside.

I don’t know what this plant is called but it’s supposed to be a ground cover thing. Underneath the leaves, this whole area is covered under a thick blanket of this particular plant. It spreads quickly and every year it completely covers over the small path of stones that traverse this corner of my yard. As far as I am aware, this is not supposed to be a climbing plant.

I suppose this also goes to show how often I use the AC – or don’t use it, as the case may be. I think I’m averaging about a week per year, five years running.

Anyhow, I think it is something that may need tending-to but on the other hand I have to admire the tenacity of the plants. I never water them or do anything to aid or encourage them, so if they want to eat the AC, I’m not sure I’d be in the right to try and stop them.

Got My 2011 Census Letter

Posted 2011.05.03 18.03 in Computers/Internet/Technology, Pointless Blather

No questions in it though. No forms. Just an URL and a ‘secret code’, really.

Wierd how this newfangled internet thing seems to be good for darn near everything, these days. So why the frak can’t we vote with it?

The REAL Heebie-Jeebies

Posted 2010.09.09 21.03 in Life On Drugs

You know how it feels when you start to become convinced that your skin doesn’t fit any more and you look at the backs of your hands and you can tell it’s not your skin and it doesn’t look quite right and everything feels just uncomfortable, and then you can feel your hair and soon your hands are twitching a bit because you just want to start pulling off this fake unreal skin that you’re covered with, until finally all you can think about is clawing and scratching at it to just oh gods get it off, and you want to start at the eyeholes so you don’t have to look at it any more and now your hands are twitching even more and all you can think about is clawing at the skin around your eyes but at the same time you’re desperately trying not to do it because you’re out in public and people will see you do it and they’ll think that you’re crazy because they don’t know it’s not your skin and they can’t feel it and they can’t hear your hair the way you can and you just need to clutch onto something just to keep your hands still and keep them away from your eyes because you just really want to claw and dig and everything just feels wrong and finally the pharmacist gives you your new perscription and you promise that you won’t let yourself run out of brain medicine again, just like you did two weeks ago when you ran out the last time because going cold-turkey for a few days is just absolutely the worst thing you can do with the stuff, so you take some and then finally after a few hours the sensations settle down and you can’t hear your hair and you can’t feel it and you don’t want to claw at your eyesockets any more, but you just can’t shake the feeling that your skin doesn’t fit right and it might not be yours.

I hate when that happens.

Running Out Of Words

Posted 2010.04.08 22.32 in Pointless Blather

I seem to be running out of words lately.

Posts becoming fewer and further between.

I want to write more, but nothing comes to mind.

Not really writers’ block… just nothing interesting going down.

Maybe as the weather improves I can get back into photography, then there’ll be some picture posts.

Still Here… Still Sore.

Posted 2010.03.07 12.24 in Computers/Internet/Technology, Pointless Blather

Blink and it’s like four days passed… I’m still here, but the pain comes and goes. A friend has suggested that it might be what they call a ‘dry socket’… she had this when her wisdom teeth were removed. What happens is the gums don’t fully close where the tooth was, leaving a bit of the bone exposed. Then any time some food or whatever gets into the socket, it touches that exposed bone and causes pain. If it’s there for a long time it can lead to infection. So I have to talk to the dentist again this week and ask if this could be what I’m experiencing.

When something gets in there, the pain starts within a minute or so, then in about 10 or 15 minutes the pain has spread to include my ear, and then it continues to spread till it’s encompased the entire side of my head. Then it just stays like that, till I can get the bit of food out – which can take a long time, the only way to remove it is by doing lots and lots of rinsing with water.

It takes all the joy out of eating.

Anyhow, so I’ve been trying to keep my mind off that with other distractions. I don’t remember if I ever officially stated in the blob that I had no intentions of learning to do coding for the Nintendo DS, but I definately officially had no intentions to learn how to do coding for the Nintendo DS.

Unsurprisingly, 3 months later, I’m learning to do coding for the Nintendo DS. Nothing pretty or fancy – I’m no gamer, I’m terrible at playing games and have no interest in trying to make them. But simple things, exploring the technology and whatnot, making it do things, making stuff happen. That’s where I’m at.

Test Inputs Screenshot

So I wrote a simple utility that tests all the inputs (i.e. buttons and touchscreen) and does a few funky things, plays sounds and moves a ‘sprite’ around, utilizes the two screens, and so on and so forth. The screenshot makes it look very lame and boring, but I had lots of fun making it, and it kept my mind off the pain and hunger for a few days.

There’s already lots of other little utilities that do the same thing as this, but this one is mine and does things my way. Aside from doing the obvious, it also has some fun little things that it can do, by pressing the right keys.

It was also a good primer for moving on to try doing some other things with it. Maybe like graphics – I understand people enjoy graphics, these days.

So that’s about where it’s at, right now.

Cheers.

Mmmm… Manic..

Posted 2009.12.11 17.48 in Life On Drugs, Pointless Blather

The mania didn’t keep me awake (much) last night – in bed by 11pm, asleep by 1am. Two hours to fall asleep is pretty typical for me.

Even better though, the mania has still been with me all day today. I got in to work and was nonstop again on the Project. I feel like I got more done in the last 2 days than in the previous 2 weeks. It’s been swell!

The only downside is that none of my other work got done. When I’m grooving on the Project, I don’t wanna do anything else. So I have to go in to the office on the weekend for a day, to catch up the other stuff.

In the meantime, I’m enjoying a nummy Adult Beverage, some dinner, and contemplating if I want to keep working tonight or not.

Mmmm. Adult beverage…