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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Medical question:

One week ago I felt a strange lump at my hairline, next to my spine. It hurt like a pulled muscle when I stretched my neck or pushed on it. Over the next few days it went down, and I decided to wait and see what happened. Yesterday I noticed that while the lump was gone, the pain was still there (or had returned), and goes a couple of inches down my neck. It hurts less than it did at the beginning, but along a greater area, and my mother told me in ALL CAPS to go to a doctor asap, suspecting an infected lymph node. Does any of this ring a bell with you guys, as to what it might be?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Given your mother's background in the biological sciences, I think my only question is why haven't you gone to a doctor yet?!

>_> I do agree with her thought. It's impossible to diagnose without seeing or being able to palpitate the area, and given its close proximity to your spinal column, I really do urge you to get to a doctor. It may very well be nothing, and that's fine. There's a region on the face, and then there's the area near the base of the skull, and neither of those places are to be messed around with at all. Better safe than sorry, right?

Today, I hunt down a block of wood and a chisel. Today, we are wood carving, forum. Muwahaha!

Edit: So, apparently I'm doing this in April:
http://www.halfmarathons.net/usa_half_marathons_west_virginia_uc_half_marathon.html

...sometimes I miss my pessimistic side. My optimistic side gets me into so many situations. So, so many. O_o

On the other hand, I've been doing about 4 miles per hour already, going three times a week. I'll just bump that up to five times per week, and increase the distance on a few days. I have four months, I can train for 13 miles. I can do this. Can do this. Can do this. Can do this.

Hoo boy.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like a trip to the doctor to me. Wink

Today I went driving to pick up a bit to stick a vent in the wall so that we can finally, hopefully, please please please, get the boiler fixed and have hot water and central heating again. Two weeks ;_;

My mother, who came with, apparently likes to talk to the driver. Which is okay mind. But I'm the sort of person who can't concentrate on too much at once. Just kind of gets put in a buffer while I'm doing stuff to pay attention to when there's more headspace. So there are big bits where she'll be saying something and there's a pause while Nem's focusing on what the traffic's doing.

Nem knows of people who actually manage to talk quite a lot while driving. Either some other people run their conversations on a different part of their brain, the concentration you need to devote towards driving diminishes more than seems probable as the years go by, or their conversation says some rather worrying things about their driving. (Studies tend to show that we just tend to switch our attention at high speeds rather than effectively multi-tasking and tend to pay a high cost in doing so - and there are anecdotal/small studies of people trying to do driving test things in controlled environments while talking on the phone that don't go well. So I tend to go with the last option.)

There was an interesting anecdote from everyone's favourite rockstar physicist a while back that pointed out some people run their maths differently. He counted to a certain number in his head, timing how long it took, and then did it again while talking - they produced different results. Then got someone else to do it and their results were more or less constant.

Interesting stuff. Got to say though: If you were on your record of the trip - and people could see you were talking ten to the dozen? I don't think any insurance company would take it well.

Ho hum.

Was going to go to karate but after the above I walked down to the office of the people who were meant to be calling me yesterday and got that straightened out so. Two things in a day is enough for me thanks. ^_^;
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nem wrote:
Nem knows of people who actually manage to talk quite a lot while driving. Either some other people run their conversations on a different part of their brain, the concentration you need to devote towards driving diminishes more than seems probable as the years go by, or their conversation says some rather worrying things about their driving. (Studies tend to show that we just tend to switch our attention at high speeds rather than effectively multi-tasking and tend to pay a high cost in doing so - and there are anecdotal/small studies of people trying to do driving test things in controlled environments while talking on the phone that don't go well. So I tend to go with the last option.)


I find that the old idiom "practice makes perfect" is accurate, here. As I've grown more experienced with driving, a lot of the judgments and reactions have become thoroughly automatic. I don't even realize I'm doing some of the things I'm doing (simple things like judging braking distance, or monitoring/keeping consistent speed).

On the flip side of that same token, I have often drawn into long pauses or really, really slowly spoken words while having to focus on driving. So it's a bit of both, I think.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Asa: Please go see a doctor!

Talking and driving is doable, and it does take practice, to a certain extent. I've found I can listen to other people talking with little difficulty, but if I have to hold a conversation and drive at the same time, I can't do it very effectively. At least not if I'm in a city. The more aware I have to be of my surroundings the harder it is to focus on a conversation. So I generally refuse to talk to people when I'm in town or on the interstate.

Little country back roads, on the other hand, I can talk (and drive) a mile a minute, no problem.

Today was my third day of training, and they unleashed me on the phone system for a few minutes at a time to let me pick up some calls. It was pretty nerve wracking. There are so many extensions and so many names I don't know and so many words I don't know. It's all very foreign. Hospitals are complicated.

Still, it's been a lot of fun, so far!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 1:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the doctors in the area opens his doors at 7:30 am, so I'm going to walk in and hope he has time to see me this morning.

Long long day yesterday. Ended it with rehearsal, which was fine but a little chaotic. Our director is a novice, and while we did get out of practice at 10:30, she asked a couple of us to stay behind and give her some advice. Which was fine, and I really want her to succeed, but that meant I didn't get home until 11. While walking to my door I saw the little brown dog I've become friendly with sitting outside HER door, with all the lights dark inside. She followed me home, and spent the night with me. ^_^ Started out on top of the quilt but at some point she worked her way underneath and migrated to the foot of the bed. I kept kicking her by accident.

While demonstrating a scene last night, I fell and slammed my elbow into a doorpost. It is now scraped and raw, and I've got a nice little contusion there which makes it difficult to bend my arm all the way. I put a cold water bottle on it and babied it the rest of the evening, and it doesn't hurt enough for meds, so I'm not too worried.


But yes. Doctor's visit this morning, then a trip to the supermarket for salad veggies, then work, then a Thanksgiving potluck dinner. Happy holiday of gratitude!


EDIT: I tell you what, it's very hard to do anything when you've got a contusion on one elbow and a needle prick in the other...
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Asa wrote:
Long long day yesterday. Ended it with rehearsal, which was fine but a little chaotic. Our director is a novice, and while we did get out of practice at 10:30, she asked a couple of us to stay behind and give her some advice. Which was fine, and I really want her to succeed, but that meant I didn't get home until 11. While walking to my door I saw the little brown dog I've become friendly with sitting outside HER door, with all the lights dark inside. She followed me home, and spent the night with me. ^_^ Started out on top of the quilt but at some point she worked her way underneath and migrated to the foot of the bed. I kept kicking her by accident.


...and this dog is a stray? >_> Make sure you tell your doctor that you've had a fair amount of contact (you don't necessarily need to tell them how much unless they ask) with a stray dog recently. It opens the door to quite a few things here in the States, though I'm not sure what (if anything) that could entail in a climate such as Israel.

Today... ah, Today. I really haven't any plans, today. My folks are out of town, on the beach. My brother has been invited to Thanksgiving elsewhere. I'm probably going to tool around in the workshop, if I'm honest. First Thanksgiving in my life I've not done anything for. o_o

Happy Thanksgiving, to all my forumite friends both stateside and elsewhere. Today, I am thankful to have you as part of my family. Smile For all that I've ever been through, I have had this place to come to and call home.

I love you all, you are my brothers and my sisters. If ever I can help any of you, in any way, consider it a task done.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NOT a stray, and now I have definite proof of that - this afternoon when I passed that house on my way home I saw her climbing out the window using the shutters as a ladder. So now I definitely know she lives there.

The doctor took a throat culture and a blood test, and I'll know the results tomorrow afternoon. That will tell us if there's anything to worry about. Thanks for your concern, all.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, that eases my mind considerably. Thank you. ^^;
Sorry to freak out a bit..

I hope that the cultures come back and give some clearer picture of what's going on. Please keep us updated!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 12:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today gave reddi a poke. Hneh. I can see how to win the game so to speak- I just don't see the point. Post a trite quote and wait for the upvotes, post a meaningful objection thereto that requires a bit of knowledge and it won't achieve much prominence even if the opinion is heavily varnished. Post like an arse, or an unpopular rather than just difficult position, and get down voted. Oh and the person to strike first has an advantage of course. Can't help thinking that with all the links you could write a bot to farm karma really easily.

Doubtless it works well enough on popular pieces, but after spending an afternoon there I can't say it's particularly well spent, couple of laughs couple of grins, but I havent learned anything that really adds. Like you get to the end of the evening and it's like "I'm still running on empty for the day" you know? I could spend forever looking at pretty pictures or amusing memes and not be any better or worse off afterwards, and I tend to think that people should trend upward the longer they live, that life should get richer and that's one way to measure the worth of an activity to that individual.

Saw a couple of really stupid things trending strongly positive even after people had pointed it out.

Definitely think I'm more an in depth blogs/sites sort of person.

Not that there's necessarily anything wrong with liking popular stuff, mind. Everyone needs to veg out sometimes, and some people probably honestly find a lot of value there anyway - different people find different things enriching. It just doesn't seem to be a great source of insight/knowledge concerning subjects for my purposes. Though I guess, putting all else aside for a minute, in terms of politics it's an interesting testing ground at least =p

Today I discovered foul bachelor frog, courtesy of the aforementioned site. I know people like that. =p the things seen in halls are in many ways best not spoken of.

Ho-hum, sleeping at some point is probably a good idea too. ^^;
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In regards to Reddit, the main page is largely to be avoided. There are a few rare gems, but nothing particularly worth crawling for hours on end. If I may suggest, here are a few of my favorite hangouts:
/r/politics (For the obvious reason, but the slant is somewhat to the left)
/r/worldnews (I hardly believe that any single source is unbiased, so I like crowdsourced news)
/r/technology (Because I am a rather big technology nerd, though most of this is "eh" worthy)
/r/science (Which has never, not once, let me down. I LOVE this subreddit)
/r/todayilearned (Rarely updated, but good in the same way Jeopardy was. That's probably only known in the US tho'.)
/r/aww (I've just outed myself to most people I've sent cute pictures to)
/r/earthporn (Not actually porn, but gratuitously beautiful pictures of the planet)
/r/humanporn (Not actually porn, but usually heartbreaking pictures of people - stories included if you're lucky)
/r/bestof (If you only browse one, I suppose this would be the best place to start. As the name implies, this stuff is usually better than your average internet drivel.)

It's not perfect, because it is populated by people looking for cheap upvotes. On that same token, though, there are some gems worth finding. Really though, just avoid the front page. >_> And if you ever comment about how bad things are, and someone posts links to new areas, never never never never never follow those links. The internet has its dark corners.

And yes, sleep should be on your agenda.

Today I browsed apartment listings, struggled to have conversations with my parents, and began job hunting. Right now it looks like I'm going to be moving to campus (or at least that city) come January. There's a lot of backstory to this, a lot of issues going on at home, but honestly I'm just exhausted of thinking about it. I got pretty comfortable relying on other people's promises, and had built up a little nest of support that required no effort from the outside except to keep one's word (have not been borrowing money, for example). Failing that, however, I think I'll strike out on my own.

I mean, if I'm going to miserably fail financially, I might as well have faster internet and a shorter walk to campus while I do it, right? >_>

I'd better explain. I'll post it up in the venting thread.

Next semester, January, I'm going to find myself something on campus. Won't have to spend $50/wk in gas money, either, which will be very nice. Yes, this is a nice house, but the only thing I've not been paying is rent and utilities (food, essentials, all of that has been on my own terms). *shrug* I don't like failing. I don't intend to let myself fall into it again. ^^;
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today I was supposed to fly back to Norway, but the rain we've had has pretty much disconnected the north and south of the UK. Unfortunate since I had to get to Edinburgh for 10:00. That meant an early (5:00) drive to the train station, which meant I was up at 3:30 this morning. I am extremely tired. I am, however, secretly glad I get an extra few days at home!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 2:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Travel safe, Alli! I'm glad you get the extra time with your family.

Today I found out that I've been having panic attacks my entire life, without ever knowing what they were or how to describe them. Lovely. Well, at least now I know?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tinu. wrote:
Today I found out that I've been having panic attacks my entire life, without ever knowing what they were or how to describe them. Lovely. Well, at least now I know?


*Hugs*

Maybe there's some medication or diet change you could get that'd help now you know what it is?

Tenshi wrote:
In regards to Reddit, the main page is largely to be avoided. There are a few rare gems, but nothing particularly worth crawling for hours on end. If I may suggest, here are a few of my favorite hangouts:


Ah, we're in a sharing sources mood ^_^

Let's see: Popehat's always good - mostly, though not solely, about the law.

http://www.popehat.com/

http://www.popehat.com/2012/10/29/fifty-shades-of-wei/

This guy's a personal injury attorney, who also has some good stuff from time to time.

http://www.newyorkpersonalinjuryattorneyblog.com/

Bruce Schneier's website has a decent enough security blog - and there are some other interesting things up there.

http://www.schneier.com/

He does crypto programming.

There's also Caffeine security, in the same vein.

http://caffeinesecurity.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/linux-rootkit-bumpdf-dropped-onto-my.html

Philosophy's the rarely updated, yet quite amusing, Philosophy Bro

(language warning)
http://www.philosophybro.com/

Martial arts has to be The Way of Least Resistance

http://dandjurdjevic.blogspot.co.uk/

Some very good articles on there.

And these two are just general cool tech things

(doesn't update often)
http://lighthouseinthesky.blogspot.co.uk/

And

http://www.howtospotapsychopath.com/

They all have RSS feeds so I just stick them in there.

Tenshi wrote:
It's not perfect, because it is populated by people looking for cheap upvotes. On that same token, though, there are some gems worth finding. Really though, just avoid the front page. >_> And if you ever comment about how bad things are, and someone posts links to new areas, never never never never never follow those links. The internet has its dark corners.


O_o *blinkety* Yes, that would be bad. XD

Tenshi wrote:
And yes, sleep should be on your agenda.


I sleep on Tardis time. =p


Today I got a work experience placement doing research for the local council. ^_^ It sounds really interesting.

Also -



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today trying magical swipey keyboard thing. Better than swift key for one-handed stuff I think. Not sure. I can type pretty quickly most of the time anyway. But you know, giving it a bit of a go, see where it levels out. Main thing at the moment is not knowing whether the keys are in relation to each other so having to keep looking at it. Once to can do things ina smooth six it probably works out better. Though whether it world out that much better I'm undecided.... A lot of words seem to occur on fairly smooth arcs and circles which is convenient.

On the other handI spend less time correcting swift key. Ho-hum.

Today we have hot water again. Hurray! Ah it's so much warmer with central heating.

Tomorrow one of Nem's friends is going for his black belt. So, good luck to him =p even if he won't see it here.
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