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Knowing I am working until 4pm today is kind of a buzzkill.


As is an inside-out uniform


At least my allergies/proto-cold is behaving itself. Zinc FTW


When do you sleep?


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Hmmm... cyborg Treppa.
Get one of those fingers from Ghost in the Shell that folds out into a bunch of typing digits so you can write code at a speed of like a paragraph a second. Oh that would be totally awesome!


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Or like Zernebeth from Reign of Stars and get an extra thumb. :-)


But would I actually have to know how to code, or would the finger do it for me? I haven't coded fluently in any language developed since about, say, 1980. ;-)

Oh my God, this speech to text program puts in the emoji for "winky face"! Ruffle. But it apparently doesn't know rolling on the floor laughing.

boring finger update:
The surgeon I saw yesterday confirmed that both the flexor and extensor tendons have avulsion fractures, meaning that they have pulled chunks of the bone off distal (fingertip) bone. The good news is, the tendons are trapped in an extended position rather than retracting into the hand. The bad news is, the distal bone is fractured lengthwise down the middle and cannot form a joint. It is also not stable enough to reattach the tendons. He wants to operate immediately and stabilize the bone and reattached tendons to try to form a decent joint. Only problem is, he doesn't take my insurance so this would be $5000 out-of-pocket, plus whatever the anesthetist charges. My in-network surgeon won't see me before June 1, by which time the bones will be setting and fusing. So I developed this plan – not a good plan, but a plan – to pull and squeeze the finger joint every day so the bones can't set. Then I'll wait till June 1 when I may be able to get it treated surgically under insurance. Fun, fun.


Treppa wrote:
When do you sleep?

Sleep is for the weak

Or the rich


Hour and a half to go

Then eight hours (ish) rest

Then another 16 hours


Patrick Curtin wrote:
Or the rich

Seconded.


1980? I was 2... pretty sure I was still working on basic language skills myself. As for coding who knows it IS cybertech maybe it can code by itself.


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I was four.


Running through the options for GenCon (GenCon!). I need to find out what that pesky badger is running...


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captain yesterday wrote:
I was four.

Old man!

Edit: Just Kidding.
:)


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captain yesterday wrote:
I was four.

Yeah... I was a negative number.


Treppa wrote:

But would I actually have to know how to code, or would the finger do it for me? I haven't coded fluently in any language developed since about, say, 1980. ;-)

Oh my God, this speech to text program puts in the emoji for "winky face"! Ruffle. But it apparently doesn't know rolling on the floor laughing.

** spoiler omitted **

that sounds painful in the extreme.


Aranna wrote:

1980? I was 2... pretty sure I was still working on basic language skills myself. As for coding who knows it IS cybertech maybe it can code by itself.

I was one.


Aranna wrote:

1980? I was 2... pretty sure I was still working on basic language skills myself. As for coding who knows it IS cybertech maybe it can code by itself.

so...an older woman....rawr....

Scarab Sages

Patrick Curtin wrote:
Treppa wrote:
When do you sleep?

Sleep is for the weak

Or the rich

In the words of the great Sam Elliot " I'll get all the sleep I need when I'm dead."


Freehold DM wrote:
Aranna wrote:

1980? I was 2... pretty sure I was still working on basic language skills myself. As for coding who knows it IS cybertech maybe it can code by itself.

I was one.

I was.


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Back from BBQ with friends. Belly full of love and happiness*

*for a definitions of love and happiness that involve one or more of grilled sausage, grilled chicken, grilled pork, grilled highlander cheese, grilled potato, garlic sauce, garlic butter, and/or tzatziki sauce.


GOG taunts me with a promotion on Star Ruler 2...


Freehold DM wrote:
Aranna wrote:

1980? I was 2... pretty sure I was still working on basic language skills myself. As for coding who knows it IS cybertech maybe it can code by itself.

I was one.

I have a brother your age.


Darksiders 1 & 2 for $4.55...

*sigh*

I am almost sure GOG monitors my PayPal and knows when I get money for finished projects... Like the one I got paid for last weekend...


Aranna wrote:

1980? I was 2... pretty sure I was still working on basic language skills myself. As for coding who knows it IS cybertech maybe it can code by itself.

I was 13. Just learning the magical world of TTRPGs through D&D and T&T.

Oh and crafting a love of Lovecraft thanks to a psychedelic-covered book of his short stories I found on a rack in my Jr high library.


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Finished my first semester with a 3.625 GPA. I'm rather pleased


Back in the parking lot guarding rainy asphalt. Rather less pleased


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At least this 16-hour day is split into two parts. Yesterday was a trial. Especially since the day saw a lot of action.

Handy tip to the youngins: If you think you might have a problem with drugs and alcohol, go get help. Run, don't walk. It may not seem like a big thing now while you are full of youth, but watching some of these long-term substance abusers come in with basically their brains melted and their limbs spasmodic... Well, it's sobering. No pun intended...


Delerium Tremens is a very horrific thing. Alcohol withdrawal is not a pretty sight. Just sayin'. It may be legal, but that s@$* is poison when used unwisely.


Well, off to check on the status of the interior. Until next outside round...

*blink*


Drejk wrote:

Back from BBQ with friends. Belly full of love and happiness*

*for a definitions of love and happiness that involve one or more of grilled sausage, grilled chicken, grilled pork, grilled highlander cheese, grilled potato, garlic sauce, garlic butter, and/or tzatziki sauce.

Your ideas are intriguing to me, and I would like to subscribe to your newsletter


Is there anybody ... Out there?


No. Nobody at all.


OoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOo!!!


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"Is anybody alive in here?
Is anybody alive in here?
Is anybody at all in here?
Nobody but us in here
Nobody but us.
Is anybody alive in here?
Nobody but us.
"


Treppa wrote:

But would I actually have to know how to code, or would the finger do it for me? I haven't coded fluently in any language developed since about, say, 1980. ;-)

Oh my God, this speech to text program puts in the emoji for "winky face"! Ruffle. But it apparently doesn't know rolling on the floor laughing.

boring finger update:
The surgeon I saw yesterday confirmed that both the flexor and extensor tendons have avulsion fractures, meaning that they have pulled chunks of the bone off distal (fingertip) bone. The good news is, the tendons are trapped in an extended position rather than retracting into the hand. The bad news is, the distal bone is fractured lengthwise down the middle and cannot form a joint. It is also not stable enough to reattach the tendons. He wants to operate immediately and stabilize the bone and reattached tendons to try to form a decent joint. Only problem is, he doesn't take my insurance so this would be $5000 out-of-pocket, plus whatever the anesthetist charges. My in-network surgeon won't see me before June 1, by which time the bones will be setting and fusing. So I developed this plan – not a good plan, but a plan – to pull and squeeze the finger joint every day so the bones can't set. Then I'll wait till June 1 when I may be able to get it treated surgically under insurance. Fun, fun.

Spoiler:
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! What the Hell?! You have to have working hands to do anything and everything, not just for work but for yourself too. Can the out-of-network doc set up a payment plan? Can you set up a GoFundMe or something? Can we do anything to help?

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Stink wrote:

"Is anybody alive in here?

Is anybody alive in here?
Is anybody at all in here?
Nobody but us in here
Nobody but us.
Is anybody alive in here?
Nobody but us.
"

Man this uniform is tight...

Scarab Sages

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Patrick Curtin wrote:
Handy tip to the youngins: If you think you might have a problem with drugs and alcohol, go get help. Run, don't walk. It may not seem like a big thing now while you are full of youth, but watching some of these long-term substance abusers come in with basically their brains melted and their limbs spasmodic... Well, it's sobering. No pun intended...

Indeed. Having lost two younger family members to the scourge of drugs within the last several years (one of my wife's cousins, 27 yrs old, and my own cousin's boy, 30 yrs old), I wholeheartedly agree.

Although, I would caution to beware who you get help from. There are certain scum of the earth more than willing to take advantage of an addict trying for recovery. That's what happened to my cousin's boy - someone in the center where he was being treated was dealing.


That's heinous. People like that make me hope there's a hell, because nothing we can do to them here is sufficient.

One of my clients lost her 20yo son to prescription opoids. I am glad to see the problem coming to light lately, because it can be insidious and utterly deadly.


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Amby:
Honestly, it's not that bad. The surgeon who can do it right away will be happy to do the work for twice the standard price according to the healthcare bluebook. Also he gets one star on Yelp reviews, while the surgeon I'm waiting to see is a consulting surgeon for the Rockies and Broncos. I prefer in the orthopedic groups that treat the professional sports teams because there's typically nobody better. The owners take care of their assets as long as their assets are still making money for them, right?

If I end up with a frozen DIP joint, it'll hardly be noticeable. It doesn't hurt that much now and I just want them to be certain it doesn't hurt in the long run, as much as I use my hands. The splint is TOTALLY in the way for everything, but I spent 90 whole dollars on Dragon transcription software and can now function pretty darned well at work. It's not too bad using hunt and peck to edit text while Dragon does the bulk of the work for me. I may end up making more money per hour on my transcription work, which is flat-fee, because Dragon accelerates the process so much. And really, I've got insurance. I shouldn't need to do fundraising, right? So I'm chill. It'll get fixed somehow, someday. I'm not climbing the walls about it any more.


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Treppa wrote:

But would I actually have to know how to code, or would the finger do it for me? I haven't coded fluently in any language developed since about, say, 1980. ;-)

Oh my God, this speech to text program puts in the emoji for "winky face"! Ruffle. But it apparently doesn't know rolling on the floor laughing.

** spoiler omitted **

*faints*

Silver Crusade

Treppa wrote:
Eh, it's a prediction. Hoping I'm wrong. And Dragon speech software looks like it will be useful with one hand or two. Could be a good investment!

You might be surprised at your typing speed. I was without use of my left index finger for a couple months, and found I could type at 75-80% of normal speed (which is usually about 85 to 90 wpm). You may be able to work around it, keeping the finger in a splint so you don't find yourself moving it involuntarily.

Silver Crusade

Treppa wrote:

But would I actually have to know how to code, or would the finger do it for me? I haven't coded fluently in any language developed since about, say, 1980. ;-)

Oh my God, this speech to text program puts in the emoji for "winky face"! Ruffle. But it apparently doesn't know rolling on the floor laughing.

** spoiler omitted **

That seems absurd. Did you check with the insurance company on that? They may cover out if network if no one in the network is willing or able to do the procedure.

Edit: seeing your response to Amby's post, I suppose there are reasons to wait for the good surgeon.


Treppa wrote:

That's heinous. People like that make me hope there's a hell, because nothing we can do to them here is sufficient.

One of my clients lost her 20yo son to prescription opoids. I am glad to see the problem coming to light lately, because it can be insidious and utterly deadly.

It's full-blown down here. We get at least one opioid OD a day. And we are not a densely-packed urban area. Plus the DT-alcohol group is a regular occurrence.


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Treppa wrote:

Amby:
Honestly, it's not that bad. The surgeon who can do it right away will be happy to do the work for twice the standard price according to the healthcare bluebook. Also he gets one star on Yelp reviews, while the surgeon I'm waiting to see is a consulting surgeon for the Rockies and Broncos. I prefer in the orthopedic groups that treat the professional sports teams because there's typically nobody better. The owners take care of their assets as long as their assets are still making money for them, right?

If I end up with a frozen DIP joint, it'll hardly be noticeable. It doesn't hurt that much now and I just want them to be certain it doesn't hurt in the long run, as much as I use my hands. The splint is TOTALLY in the way for everything, but I spent 90 whole dollars on Dragon transcription software and can now function pretty darned well at work. It's not too bad using hunt and peck to edit text while Dragon does the bulk of the work for me. I may end up making more money per hour on my transcription work, which is flat-fee, because Dragon accelerates the process so much. And really, I've got insurance. I shouldn't need to do fundraising, right? So I'm chill. It'll get fixed somehow, someday. I'm not climbing the walls about it any more.

Damn. You're handling it with much more grace, dignity, and calm than I would. I wish I could do something. If I lived closer, I could at least bring over dinner, since I'm now cooking for mom & dad regularly anyway.

My Mom:
Back on the 23rd of last month, my mom was chasing off a large/dire raccoon that was threatening the cat, and she fell. She got the expected bumps and bruises, but she also suffered a scaphoid fracture in her right hand. She has to take off her splint a couple times a day to exercise the joint and encourage blood flow, and it seems painful; I can't imagine how much your hand must hurt.

Tonight's dinner menu:
  • Soupy great northern beans & ham (for Mom & Dad)
  • Citrus-ginger-soy slow cooker chicken wings (experimental recipe, for me)
  • Fresh baked dinner rolls
  • Maybe a veg


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"Keep your friends close and your enemies within range of your primary weapon." --- Sarge


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Well, my GenCon picks are done. I had to wake up early, but at least I got a few cool things. I'll be going to the Ennies and the world championship Iron GM games. Plus some Cypher system stuff and a few cool seminars

Silver Crusade

It hurts when I swallow :(

I've been sick since Thursday, mostly sore throat plus coughing. Thursday and Friday I also had a fever and lots of aches and pains. The timing is not good, given I had a concert yesterday (singing some particularly lofty Verdi), a paid church gig this morning, and an audition tomorrow. I've managed to get through everything so far passably.

Of course, in my life there is probably no good time for a throat ailment...

Silver Crusade

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John periodically buys big roasts to cook on weekends so he can eat the leftovers all week for lunches. This past week he came back with a big slab of beef. I said, "You know that's a tenderloin, right?" And he said, "Really I don't think so..." He bought it on sale at the restaurant supply store when he was there with a friend who had a membership.

No question, it was a full 6 pound PSMO - the un-butchered slab that contains the filet, chateaubriand, and so on. (I can spot that piece from a mile away.) I rescued it - there was no way I was letting John do whatever he was going to do to it. Today he came home from work with a properly trimmed, medium rare beef tenderloin roast on the table. "Wait, I bought THAT?" Yep. That's why I had to rescue it.

Still have a second tenderloin roast in the fridge and some filet steaks to grill, all carved from that slab. I still have to figure out what to do with the "chain" (fatty portion often ground up or made into Philly Cheese Steaks).

Anyway, delicious roast. But I wish it didn't hurt to swallow it.


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Feel better CH!

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