Wanderings of Weirdness...

So yeah...still alive...note sure why the universe just won't kill me and get it over with but *shrug*.

First - now officially no longer in I/T as a profession. My now 24 year old daughter (as of today!) is so far on the spectrum that she will likely never be able to take care of herself. So the state sees fit to pay me to be her primary caregiver. Go figure.

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I'm sure I'm forgetting stuff but this is a long enough dump as it is. Today we are off to the in-laws to celebrate my daughter's birthday. I'm not happy because several potentially un-immunized people will be there. *sigh* Back to it I guess. I'll try and see if I can't post more as I have to keep a journal of stuff concerning my daughter anyways and doing this is only a browser away.

Have a good day! Enjoy the Solstice! Stay safe! Cross-posted from Dreamwidth ( https://nimitzbrood.dreamwidth.org/283836.html ) but feel free to comment here as well.

Coughing today but not why you think...

Got a dry cough right now....because I cleaned out the Dyson yesterday.  It was so clogged with hair and dust and of course I inevitably got a face full. 

So empty pants and all here's where things stand...

1 - Foot reconstructed and fusing together well enough.  I have enough flexibility to drive (tested) and should have enough to operate the back brakes on a motorcycle.  I get my custom CROW (boot) in some sort of random number of weeks between now and four.  Or in the words of the Ortho guy who made my cast: "Whenever the gremlins finish making it."  That, plus a lift on my left foot, will give me full walking and functioning status while the foot heals up the rest of the way.  So confirmed that I will eventually be walking normally but maybe with some orthopedic shoes.

2 - Wife currently shows no signs of cancer at this time.  She's on the Avastin chemo treatments and then eventually surgery.  Though for the moment her chemo is on hold because in this environment it's not wise to lower her immune system.

3 - We are currently both work-at-home for the foreseeable future.  She goes into work twice a day to get more paperwork but otherwise works out of one room, I work out of the other.  Part of me is kinda hoping this will last longer vs shorter even when there's an inoculation for Covid-19.  She needs to learn to not stress about her work and getting her away from some negative people will certainly help.

4 - We have been practicing social distancing and good hygiene so we should be okay.  If I catch this bug then I'll have to completely move out of the house so my wife doesn't get it.  If she already didn't have it at that time that is.  I bought a bidet attachment but haven't installed it yet.  Those things I have zero problem with and cut down on toilet paper greatly.

5 - When I'm not a schlub I stream on Twitch. If you know me then you can find me. Otherwise I'm not cool leaving a link really.  Some people I don't want in my stream if you know what I mean.

That's about all I have spoons for currently. Going to head to sleep so I can work a half day tomorrow and find out how bad all this has affected my A1C.  I'll be unsurprised if it hasn't gone from 6.4 (on meds) to 8 or something.

Take care of yourself, take care of each other, and stay shiny.  I'll catch you on the flip-side.  Later!

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LJ migration...

Well, I can easily understand the move from the LJ platform due to the change in TOS.

I long ago moved from LJ to Dreamwidth and have cross-posted ever since. So everything is duplicated. There's nothing I can think of in my previous entries that would mean anything so I'm not going to go through the trouble of deleting them all without a good reason.

Life goes on. And I'm of the opinion that the change in the TOS is the least of our worries.

On an unrelated note...for some reason I want large bubble tubes if I ever get around to redecorating my cave. ;-)

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Blue Mud...

Well...that didn’t go as planned to say the least.

Here’s my problem...were this a normal election between two corrupt candidates I wouldn’t be worried but...

I have a special needs child. Her care likely will no longer be supplemented by the government after this turnover. That means what little future my daughter may have will likely dissolve into dust. We will re-enter the age where Special Education classes are holding pens full of tempera paint and macaroni art.

I have gay friends. They will almost certainly be closeted and have their rights taken away. They’ll be openly or silently harassed more than they already are.

I have trans friends. The VP in this case openly supports “conversion therapy” which if you’ve never looked it up amounts to physical and mental torture.

I have black family. Their rights will continue to be attacked and reduced even further than they are. I fully expect more non-white people to die at the hands of police brutality. Maybe some of the good cops will start to rein in the bad but I doubt it.

I am Pagan. I don’t fit the image of White Christian ‘Merica. I will almost certainly have to cover myself in the same blue mud as the rest of my friends and family just to “fit in” lest I be called out as a heathen. “You don’t need that job! Go live in the forest until you can see God for who he is!” So much for Freedom of Religion.

My wife suffers from conditions that require medication. That cost will rise as restrictions on big business get loosened. I wouldn’t be surprised if our favorite pharma-douchebag were cleared of his securities fraud charges.

I have a diet which requires a lot of unprocessed food. Tell me that since a salad costs more than a Quarter Pounder I’ll be able to keep to that diet. Not likely. (I’m trying to avoid most of the comparisons to 1930’s Germany but my salad will likely require a wheelbarrow of dollars at some point.) I wouldn’t be surprised if home gardens were severely curtailed by law. They tried it once before and not too many years ago.

All government fees will likely go through the roof. Period. Gotta squeeze the public for those tax dollars.

I’m sure I could go on. Climate change, our country’s crumbling infrastructure, safety legislation, clean air, clean water, etc. All will be gutted to pay the topmost people their billions to trillions of dollars. (And remember folks according to the CEO of Nestle water isn’t a right. Don’t believe me? Go look that one up.)

I am currently part of the middle class, or what’s left of it, but that will only be this year. My wife and I have credit card debt and a sizable mortgage payment. These things alone, combined with the coming recession/depression and inflation, will push us below the middle class line.

The middle class, the class that invested in this country’s future, is going to disappear within a year.


Oh and all those of you that are clutching your guns? Keep a tight grip on them. Your right to them will disappear the first time one of them fires in the direction of our new president. They will be gone the moment he thinks he’s being threatened by them. And he’ll use that nice militarized police force he now has to do it.

Am I being paranoid? Yes. But given the track record of the people that just got elected and re-elected - I should be.

And so should you.

People say that you shouldn’t complain about a problem without proposing a solution.

Okay...her’s several things we CAN do.

1 - Barter. Barter goods and services between each other. Keep in mind you are supposed to pay taxes on barter but last I checked nobody is going to make you fill out a form about you feeding the guy that mows your lawn. Or the jar of canned green beans you gave to the neighbor who helped you change a flat tire.

2 - Keep anything you don’t want anyone else to know off the Internet. Go dark. The old-school term for this is Sneakernet. If you want someone to know something then get it to them in a way that doesn’t involve electronics.

3 - Don’t give up. Things look bleak. A lot of us will be homeless soon most likely. That’s not a prediction that’s a fact. The moment things like government fees and taxes go up, many people will cross the line from making-do over to poverty. And given the rhetoric of the people at the top very likely no help will come from that quarter. But that doesn’t mean no help will come. It’ll be there. In-between the houses, like the flowers that grow in the cracks in the concrete. It’ll just be harder to find.

4 - Any software developers out there work on strong encryption and give it away for free. Likely we can’t keep all data off the Internet. We’ve become far too used to being connected. There’s nothing wrong with that but those connections are not, and have really NEVER been, secure.

5 - Don’t die just to prove a point. Rub the blue mud with the rest of us. There WILL come a time when you can help make a change in what’s happening. It may take many years - I suspect a decade if the climate doesn’t kill us first - but the chance will arrive. You can’t do anything when you’re dead - but blue mud washes off.

6 - Help each other. It’s massively simple to crush one person. Anyone can do that. But when that person is attached to another person, and another, and another, it becomes much much more difficult to push them down. We will need all the help we can get. That help is only going to come from the rest of us.

7 - Believe. Believe in something better. It need not be a deity. Believe in the good in humanity. (Though right now that’s very difficult.) Believe in a brighter future. (Though it’s hard to see right now.) Believe we can survive this. Story after story of people that survived disasters (personal or otherwise) all have one thing in common - belief. They believed they were going to get through it and did. Something inside them didn’t lose that belief. This isn’t far fetched. People do this every day.

I...am going to try and go back to sleep now. The sad part is that the waking is now the nightmare...

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One of my favorite personalities has passed on. I haz a sad. B5 was one of my biggest influences growing up. It was so much more real to me than Star Trek or Doctor Who.

RIP Mister Garibaldi. May the gods always stand between you and harm in all the empty places you must walk.


2016 feels like it's all about the universe taking things. :-(

I sure hope it gives us good things in return.


So...starting to come back up for air beyond posting on say Facecrack and such.

Not a whole lot of progress on much of anything. Stuck doing stuff just to survive and move forward.

Been watching a lot of Netflix when I should really be on the treadmill. But between work and misc stuff at home I'm so damn tired at times.

Here's hoping the time after Solstice/Yule will be better.

Cross-posted from Dreamwidth ( http://nimitzbrood.dreamwidth.org/280604.html ) but feel free to comment here as well.

Hooray for friends!

mashblock came out today and helped me construct some barrier doors on the basement to keep the wind and snow out of the basement stairwell. (Thanks dude!)

Some simple bolts, some reclaimed wood, and some plywood sheet made what is essentially two swing-up doors that are slanted so rain and snow slide off of them into the yard. Because the wood isn't perfect, the rain runs right down the wall into the drain below - that means I haven't changed my drainage. Woot!

It wasn't that hard a job but it was damp and icky and I was very glad to have a friend come out and help!

I put some of the split foam "pool noodle" style pipe insulation around most of the edges to keep things from bumping and scuffing the side of the house. This also seals the doors against the side of the house - not to mention the gap between the two door panels. The one door has a warp to it so I will, hopefully tomorrow, screw a short 2x4 to the back of it to straighten it out and weigh it down a bit.

The final things to be done are to seal off the one end butting up against the deck so no airflow can go through there, then seal anything else with spray foam. Final item will likely be some kind of heavy "skirt" on the back stair edge. Something that will hopefully discourage animals from hiding down there and close out the last of the wind.

Bonus point: I don't have to take the storm door off after all! It actually swings all the way out without hitting the overhead doors. Sweet! Guess I'll keep that door after all. Probably figure out if I have the proper screen or glass for it finally.

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