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Ouch! My Rib!

Posted 2012.12.20 9.29 in Pointless Blather

This is a wierd one.

Last night around 21:00 as I was on the computer, I noticed a sharp pain in my right side. Not all the way to the side, sort of halfway round from the very centre to the right side. At about the same altitude as the belly-button.

It was barely noticable when I sat still but if I started moving around, it was a very painful stabbing sensation. It also hurt if I took a deep breath, laughed or coughed.

Sort of felt a lot like a cracked or broken rib.

Wierd though since I was just using the computer and not beating myself about the torso with it, or juggling it whilst unicycling or anything like that.

In other words, WTF?

And it didn’t go away, either. When I went to bed, it was excruciating. I like to sleep on my side – on the right side there was tremendous pain as I was basically lying on it. On the left side, there was almost as much pain, I suppose from gravity pulling on it directly sideways or something.

I’m not well-versed in medical stuff and the only thing I can think of that’s on the right-hand side of the abdomen is the appendix. I’ve still gone mine, so I looked up symptoms of appendicitis. I don’t appear to have that though, my symptoms don’t match.

So I don’t know what to do about it. I finally fell asleep some time after 4am. When I got up at 7, the pain was still there. Now I’m at work and it’s still there.

I suppose I’ll leave it a day or so and see if it starts getting better on its own.

P.s. less than 21 hours to go in the end-o-the-world countdown!

A Name By Any Other Rose

Posted 2012.02.22 9.15 in Computers/Internet/Technology

Recently there has been a bit of a kerfuffle on teh interwebz about Google’s most recent privacy violations. While I’m not sure lawsuits will help, I suppose they’ll at least keep the evil empire in the spotlight for another minute or two. It’s not just Apple’s Safari either, Microsoft has also come forward and said Google is fucking with its users too.

For those who aren’t up-to-date on this latest scam, it’s about Google knowingly exploiting some issues that allow them to install cookies on users’ computers, even if the users have specifically blocked 3rd party / advertisers cookies in their settings. So if you visit site xyz.com you would expect to only maybe have a cookie from xyz.com but instead you get that plus a dozen others from scummy advertising sites like google or doubleclick.net.

So while the tech blogs and news sites have been thrashing it out a little, I’m just waiting for security updates to patch these holes and end the exploits. In the meantime I’ve been deleting all the cookies from my system, and modified my hosts file to redirect some of these jerks to nowhere.

While doing this, I’ve also been puzzling over why a lot of people don’t seem to care about third parties sideloading cookies onto their computers. I mean, they say it’s only a few kB of data, it’s not like it’s a virus or anything, right?

Well, ok, it’s only a few kB and ok it’s not a virus. But that’s not the point.

The point is, I’ve gone into my settings and set it so that no, third parties and advertisers do not have my permission to install shit on my computer. So when they find ways to bypass my settings, to essentially override my personal preferences and say Hey, we’re going to install our things on your computer and you can’t stop us – well that’s frankly a bit of a piss off.

It’s worse when you recognize what the point of these cookies are: they are there to track you. Track what sites you visit. What your interests are. And the more data they get, the more they know about you.

Last night I had a bit of a revelation. I think a big problem is that these things were named Cookies. That makes them sound all fun and cute and harmless. Oh it’s just a cookie. Nom nom nom. Would people be as ambivalent about them if they were referred to as, say, Web Turds?

I think not. I think people would automatically get a bit more wary if they realized that almost every website they visited meant that another dozen advertisers were leaving stinky little piles of Web Turds in the corners of their computer.

Hey Bacteria: What the Hell?!

Posted 2011.10.12 8.22 in Life On Drugs, Pointless Blather

It’s been a full month now since I first saw my doctor about my left leg. Am I all better now?

No. Not even close. I can’t say for sure if it’s worse or not, but it sure isn’t better.

It hasn’t been a full month of treatment, mind you. Not yet. The first five days were taken up with separate sessions with the x-ray machine, and two different sets of ultra-sounds, by two different technicians, in two different offices.

So treatment-wise, it’ll just be reaching the 4-week mark in a couple days.

Since the treatment started, I’ve had four different antibiotics. Two of them intravenously, three of them in pill form. There was also the NSAID for the inflammation.

Has any of it worked?

I don’t really know. I think the IV was starting to work but then my doctor switched me over to pills.

The pills sure haven’t worked. The first ones didn’t do a darn thing, that’s when I ended up going to the hospital. And since the IV, the pills haven’t done anything either. Not the first lot. And the second lot seems to be coming up useless too.

So hey you bacteriums down there? What the hell do you want from me? Bugger off, I’m done with you jerks!

These guys are jerks.

The score so far:

  • Cephalexin pills: Useless.
  • Naproxen pills: Useless.
  • Cephazolin & Clindamycin¬†together by IV: Maybe helped, a bit.
  • Clindamycin pills: Useless.
  • Ciprofloxacin pills: Useless.

World Photography Day

Posted 2011.08.19 7.59 in Photography

Happy World Photography Day everyone!

I’ve never heard of it before but apparently it exists and it’s a thing.

World Photography Day

 

Dammit WordPress!

Posted 2011.07.04 22.29 in Computers/Internet/Technology

Oh FFS, I just upgraded to 3.1.4 like two days ago and now you’re hitting us with another update?

What’s the deal with two updates in one week?

Dammit this gets annoying!

Ow!Box!

Posted 2010.12.07 20.07 in Hobbies, Pointless Blather

What do you get when you mix electronics, boredom, a pinch of depression, and a warped sense of humour? Well, an Ow!Box! is one possibility…

Yes, it’s a fun-for-all-ages way to cause a little pain — without leaving any pesky scars or evidence. Just touch the two screwheads and crank up the juice. How long can you last? How much can you take?

Impress your friends, baffle your family, make it into a drinking game, or just wire up some chairs around the house.

The function is simple: Power from a 9v battery is run through a 555 timer chip to create DC pulses. These pulses are used to trigger a simple transister, which tweaks the primary winding of a step-up transformer. The secondary winding of the transformer is wired to the neon bulb as well as the touch contacts. A BNC port also allows the signal to be routed….elsewhere.

Put in a fresh battery, turn it on, and have fun!

Blogging on the Edge!

Posted 2010.11.26 11.14 in Computers/Internet/Technology

So I’ve gone ahead and installed the first beta of wordpress 3.1 – right here on my live site!

I know, craziness and all that. I have taken some precautions… I have an automated routine backing up my database regularily, and (touch wood) if anything goes nuts I will be able to fix it.

So upon upgrading, the first thing I saw when running with 3.1 was this stupid ‘admin bar’ across the top of my site. And my first reaction was “WTF is that on my site?!” My second reaction being to find out how to remove the stupid thing.

Honestly, that should be a setting (defaulted to “off”), or a plugin. To include that in the core as an automatic, default on, not-obviously-removable ‘feature’ is just plain wrong. I don’t care if nobody else could see it except logged-in administrators. Slapping shit onto my site without my permission, let alone knowledge — and making it something you can’t even turn off without googling for the secret code — is a big red flag in my books.

Admin-bar ranting aside, it’s too early yet to say much either way. No obvious crashing-and-burning, so the next task for me will be to expand my theme to start taking advantage of the new Post Format feature. I’ll have a shot at that over the weekend; I already have some ideas of what to do with it.