April 06, 2016
I Am Alive Unlike SOME people, who are.....mechanical.
"And can presumably be put back together if they get...disassembled!"
Well, I've been in the hospital. It seems that I am not just allergic to Pseudoephedrine, I'm deathly allergic to ALL antihistamines, even those that are supposedly safe for people who can't take Pseudoephedrine.
When I entered the hospital both my blood-pressure numbers were three digits and one of them began with the letter two.
I turned out to have a recurrence of the vile sinus/inner ear infection I had about six months ago, just with much more pain added to the dizziness and blurred vision. A ridiculous battery of tests resulted in the conclusion that I don't actually have hypertension except as a result of the aforementioned allergies. This whole event turned out to be fortuitous since I probably would not have been aware of the insane blood pressure issue had it not been for the symptoms of the infection scaring me to dearth and sending me to the ER. Of course, given that this unlikely condition has recurred, I'll need to see an E.N.T in the near future.
Er...the other kind.
January 23, 2016
On the Outskirts of the Snowpocalypse. Hampton Roads is right on the edge of where the snow and rain meet with this storm. Last night it actually warmed up and a torrential rain washed away the 2-3 inches of snow that we'd gotten during the afternoon. Forecasts called for much the same going into today, with high 30's and low 40's.
Around noon however the rain turned to sleet...these two pictures show, not a dusting of snow, but accumulated sleet.
With a storm surge expected, I needed to go and check on my parents sailboat so my dad would not be compelled to walk down the ice covered pier. By that time, it was snowing as well as sleeting and the wind had picked up quite a bit. It took forever to simply get into the van, which was quite efficiently encased in ice. I had to break the wipers loose (so they would not break when I lit off the engine as I'd stupidly left the wipers on when I parked). After an extensive defrosting and scraping I drove to the marina (just 5 miles distant) and took these pictures...
That is wet snow-slush...on top of ice.
Not pictured: just how slick this was...
The boat is still secured, and the lines did not need to be let in or out, which is fortuitous as given how treacherous the main pier was, fiddling about on the finger pier did not appeal to me at all.
After my brief foray into the otherworldly mess that Pete and Wonderduck would describe as "Saturday", I got home and noted that my footprints had been completely filled in. As I type this there is about 2-3 inches on the ground, it is dark, snowing sideways and the house is shaking from the wind.
Of course, this is NOTHING compared to what is happening north of us, but ice has a certain annoyance all its own. I'll be pleasantly surprised if we retain power through the night.
January 02, 2016
An Unexpected Error Message.
I upgraded the operating System on my iMac to OS X 10.11.2 (El-Capitain) which resulted in quite a few of my apps suddenly becoming obsolete. Since I hadn't actually upgraded the OS since about I got the thing years ago, this was unsurprising. Rather more surprising was the Ap-stores new $9.99 .gif AP which doesn't actually edit .gifs. At $4.99 iGif Creator does but the new version of Safari is incompatible with the hyperlink insertion widget in Minx so no hyperlink is here. The new version of Safari doesn't show the Mee.Nu banners either.
On the Windows side of things, my Windows 7 is again claiming to be unregistered causing me some grief when I run it, but I'm still trying to avoid Windows 10.
As usual, the whole world celebrated my birthday yesterday morning, however, I spent most of the morning traipsing around Boston getting harassed by a really big Mirelurk, saving a cat and hanging out with this really nice French girl who is about my age and much more tech savvy, though she's a tad socially awkward.
I guess Walter Mitty, isn't just a short story...It's a lifestyle.
December 25, 2015
Few Have Managed to Capture ...just what making it to this day means to those of us employed in the North American transportation network quite as well as Onsoku Tassha.
October 22, 2015
Kidney Stones Are Unpleasant For over a week, I have not one, but two of these that have embarked on their respective journeys of discovery. One of them seems to have stopped just short of the threshold, either due to second thoughts, to contemplate how different the journey might have been on the right side, or simply to ensure that there is a record of its passing etched permanently along the path. Though both are born of the same awesome process that gives us spectacular cave formations, I confess I have less appreciation for the miracle of their formation than I might if they were not cutting up my urinary tract.
But enough bio-crystallography; here is something, that while in no way a substitute for content, is at least pleasant to look at.
(Note: Most of the discussion of Hestia's character design tends to focus on the physics of her ribbon, but I'm more curious as to the function of the air intakes over her ears.)
October 05, 2015
Keep In Mind... ...that the hurricane completely missed us.
Taken in Norfolk today during my abortive attempt to get to school.
Had the storm actually hit today on top of the anomalous rain we've had over the last week, the area cities would have been obliterated.
At least the tunnels are open now. (They'd had to close the flood gates on some of them over the weekend)
September 30, 2015
Wednesday! Hump day!
The day we can start looking forward to the weeke....
Huh...That's an awfully wide cone there.
Let's see what the individual models say....
OK. Two of the models are quite divergent from the rest (one being about 180 degrees off) which accounts for the wide cone (as it is an average of the models).
It's been raining here for two days and there is already standing water in my street as the storm drains are flooded. The ground is soggy so trees could fall easily.
This could well be exciting.
September 24, 2015
Tentatively Good News To atone for the dearth of non-banal programming here is a seasonal Saber by Ice.
Also, thanks go out to Pete, Yozura and Sena for providing alternate content of interest to our readers.more...
September 19, 2015
Somewhere Between R & S But Only Due to a Technicality ...is where I am on the Official Alphabetical List of Author Success.
This is a tad odd, since I have not sought a career in writing (which is probably fortuitous, not the least because I get no royalties).
It seems that a paper I wrote on Japan's security challenges for a sociology class has been published by the instructor in a collection of essays.
August 29, 2015
It's Been A Long Week ....so here is something pleasant, at least more so than what is below the fold.
Submarine, bridge, cute girl, and cats by ajiyumi.more...
August 24, 2015
8 Months to Go Old Dominion University starts the week before Labor Day so, since I only have a week to go before school starts, I decided just now to check and see if any of my silly busses were online yet so I could order some of my books and also find out if any classes have homework due the first day of class.
What I discovered is that school starts tomorrow...
That's good to know.
August 18, 2015
Here is Some Wide Gauge Steampunk ...by Makkou 4 to offset the banality beneath the fold.
August 06, 2015
Yeah, there's been a LOT of perfunctory posting recently.
As "blog" theoretically means Biographical log, for those interested, there is a disquisition on the banal reasons for this extended programming anomaly below the fold.
As compensation, here, courtesy of GATE, (this season's surprisingly enjoyable and intelligent fantasy) is Tuka, Chuka or possibly Tsuka.
However her name is transliterated, the art is by Otono Fei.more...
June 01, 2015
Serial Gruberings and Other Worries Discussions of life's little irritants is below the fold. To keep perusal of this site in the domain of leisure rather than masochism, here is a whopping 35 feet of pulchritude (and an aspie).
May 20, 2015
Bittersweet Victory Well, my trip to Kafkaland seems to finally be resolved.
This is kind of a shame as I was enjoying both classes. OTOH this is almost certainly for the best as it means I'll be caught up financially in a few weeks (I still need to get a car after all).
In any event, here is something that some of you might find clever.
Art by Ao Usagi
May 18, 2015
A Certain Irksomeness Since the content below the fold can be nothing but a horrible, horrible warning, we decided to post some positive words to live by above it.
Kaga, Akagi and wisdom by Kuonmore...
April 28, 2015
Exam Heck Exams begin Thursday and last into next week. Additionally, it appears that one of my classes was actually in the sociology department and so requires APA style as opposed to Chicago/Turabian. Fortunately, I've been given the option of re-submitting it...
Experimenting, training, testing and retrying. My life is just like this picture, but without the respectability, cute girls, cutting edge tech and prototype karatebot.
Karatebot training by Sukabu
March 28, 2015
Rocinante: 1981-2015 Full disclosure: Strictly speaking, nobody actually died as such. For the vast majority of folks who are uninterested in the first world problems below the fold, here are 3 views of Sakurajima.
(I did not know that Volcanoes sounded like synthesizers!)
Note that pressing "MORE" will result in banality and not more 'splodies.more...
February 21, 2015
Tales of the Cold
Below the fold; weather related angst.
Above the fold; a picture of Arale, which is probably missing some context and is unrelated to the weather discussion in any way.
February 16, 2015
Snowmageddon '15 Having just driven a distance of 5 miles in a bit under an hour and a half, I think that this young lady sums up the opinion of many of my fellow Virginians...
"OH GOD! WE'RE GONNA HAFTA TO EAT OUR OWN LEGS AREN'T WE?"
It's been coming down remarkably hard for several hours now. Predictions are for 6-12 inches of snow, which is quite a bit for us. There has been some flickering and intermittent outages, so power may not persist.
In other news, the plumbing situation deteriorated rapidly Saturday night with the result that both bathrooms were unusable so we sent Mom to my sister's house before finally breaking down and calling a plumber. In a few moments I will get the first shower, I've had in over two days. Yay!
Mom is still in North Carolina suffering the dreadful indignity of having to watch her three year old granddaughter play in the snow.
UPDATE: I have not as of yet had to eat my own leg...but it has been a rear run thing.more...
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