somewhat daily mutterings

/Miscellany Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Shoelaces and Knots

Ian's Shoelace Site - I kid you "not" (heh heh).

Posted: Wed Sep 22 17:17:09 -0700 2004

/Miscellany Fun!

Slot Car Game. Brings back great memories.

Posted: Wed Sep 08 20:53:42 -0700 2004

/Miscellany Stomach Cramps

Ever since eating dinner the evening after the Elephant Rock Ride (Sunday), I've been feeling somewhat bloated and having stomach cramps. I assumed Sunday evening that I'd just worn myself out and was suffering from some mild dehydration. But the cramps have stayed around for 48 hours now. They aren't horrible, but I could certainly live without them. I felt better today than yesterday, so that's a good sign.

Due to the cramps, which seem to get worse when I eat, dining has not been that interesting to me. As a matter of fact, I'm thinking of writing a book called The Stomach Cramp Diet.

Update: By Friday I was pretty back to normal. My latest theory is that I was actually getting sick on the E-Rock ride itself, and that would explain why I felt so bad by the end.

Posted: Tue Jun 08 19:39:45 -0700 2004

/Miscellany Corneal Abrasion Time (Ugh)

From time to time, I get a corneal abrasion at night, when the epithelial layer sticks to my eyelid. I then move, or open, my eye, and a bit of the epithelium is torn away. This hurts. Badly. It's like having someone pour sand into your eye. The tearing is non-stop, and your eye hurts a lot whether it is open or closed. Most of the time, I can go back to sleep and by the time I awake, it's healed, or at least reduced in intensity. However, once in a while it is disabling. Last Thursday was one of those times.

It's usually my right eye, as it was this time. The abrasion was right in the center of my cornea, so I couldn't see very well out of the affected eye. I also must have dumped a gallon of tears out of the eye by mid-morning. When it's this bad, I go to the optometrist to have them look at it, which I did Thursday morning. The Optometrist recommended an antibiotic drop and, because this is a recurring problem for me, a nightly application of Muro 128, which he says puts the eye in "defense mode" and hopefully shores up the repairs that the eye normally makes.

By Thursday afternoon, the pain was gone, but I still couldn't really see out of my right eye. Still, I was relatively comfortable. Thursday night I applied the Muro 128, which stung quite a bit, but this, according to the instructions, was to be expected. Unfortunately, over the course of Friday my eye felt worse and worse. By the time I left work, it just didn't feel right at all. I applied the Muro 128 again and went to bed early. Saturday, my eye felt (and looked) horrible. It was tearing a lot, red and angry looking, and I hurt a lot when my eye changed focus, or when looking at something even moderately bright (photophobia). I scheduled another trip to the optometrist -- same shop, different guy. He looked at my eye in more detail than on the first visit, and looked a little alarmed once he'd done so. He gave me a "good news, bad news" story: "there's no infection, but the abrasion covers a very large area - three to four millimeters. It could take a while to heal, and may not heal very well, at that." We discussed the option of going to an opthamologist, and agreed to wait until Monday if necessary at all. He and I agreed to drop the Muro 128.

The rest of Saturday my eye was pretty sore. Nothing was very comfortable, so I finally put some antibiotic in my eye, and took a nap. When I woke up, the difference was amazing. My eye felt much, much better, and my vision was somewhat restored. However, there seemed to be a filmy something or other in my eye that would somewhat occlude my vision. It also felt as though a hair was in my eye, especially when my eye was closed - annoying but not painful. I looked closely in the mirror and could make out a thin "skin" of material stuck to my cornea. I could see it slide around and sometimes get a bubble under it as I blinked and/or moved my lower eyelid around. I was a bit alarmed, so I called the optometrist, who'd given me his home number. He didn't seem to concerned, and told me to sleep on it and see how it looks in the morning. Later in the evening I took another nap, with more good results. I finally went to bed around 10:00 with an application of only the lubricating drops. This morning, I'd guess my vision is around 95% and my eye feels about 90%. What an improvement!

Even though my eye is feeling good, I still plan to see an opthamologist. I want him to take a good close look at my eye and give me a prognosis for the long-term. The optometrist theorized that the film that I saw Saturday night was the epithelial layer rebuilding. However, I always picture this happening as a migration of cells, rather than a building of a "skin" that is then cemented down. I guess I worry that this new skin won't adhere as tightly as it needs to, and I'll just rip it loose again. I also wonder if the "skin" is just the remains of the original layer that was torn loose. Perhaps I need a debridement to really clean the area up and get a good, tight regrowth. I don't look forward to having that done, but if it can prevent future problems it's worth it.

Posted: Sun Mar 28 10:56:34 -0800 2004

/Miscellany Gematriculator Rating

I'm on the fence, as usual:

This site is certified 48% EVIL by the Gematriculator

Posted: Fri Mar 19 07:25:27 -0800 2004

/Miscellany Atkins Update

Yesterday marked the end of week two of my Atkins diet, and the end of the "inception" phase. Theoretically, at this point, I can start adding a few carbs. That's cool, but I still have to keep them very much under control, so I'm basically eating the same stuff.

Here are the charts for the first two weeks:

Atkins week two, 2004 Atkins week two, 2004

Posted: Tue Mar 16 19:32:50 -0800 2004

/Miscellany Atkins Week One

Last Monday was my first week back on the Atkins diet. I haven't done it in years - since the first time I used it to drop a significant amount of weight. No, I didn't yo-yo back up. However, every winter I do gain about ten pounds, and then lose it in the summer. Last summer I never went back down to my "summer weight" of 230; rather I stuck at around 235. So I started out with a handicap last fall. Over the winter I had a really, really bad cold that kept me from working out for nearly a month. That was enough to push me toward the mid-240's, and that I can't abide. So, I'm doing Atkins for the month of March in order to get a kick-start to my lighter summer "fighting" weight.

Here's a chart of this week's progress:

Atkins week one, 2004

Atkins, week one

Posted: Sun Mar 07 14:37:37 -0800 2004

/Miscellany Interesting Bandwidth Stealer

I couldn't decide whether to file this under /Computing/Mac, or /Motorcycling, so I put it under /Miscellany. I was doing a little referer_log surfing tonight, and happened across an interesting referral.

my bike on a japanese site

Photo of my Bike (with Apple logo) on Japanese site

From the context, the site looks like a collection of interesting appearances of the Apple logo. I'm honored to be one of them, even though they're stealing bandwidth from me.

This just in...

I seem to be quite the hot item in Japan. The cycling portion of my weblog is linked from this Japanese weblog.

Posted: Wed Feb 25 19:55:03 -0800 2004

/Miscellany Stoopid Skammers

What am I to make of this spoof mail, claiming to be from Citibank? It's not even close to looking like something official, is full of misspellings, reads as if it was written by a five year old, and has an obviously encoded URL. This is the second such mail I've received in the past few weeks. Is someone doing a sociological experiment to find out just how dumb the general population is?

_Dear citi_bank Card_holder,
Thiss _email was se-nt by_the_ Citi_Bank _server_ to
veerify _your _EMAIL adress.
You musst clmtpoee this pcrsoes by clicking on_the link
beloww and enteering in the small _window your citi_bank
_Debit Card Nummber and pin that _you use on the ATM Machine.
That_is done - for your potcertion -c- becaurse some of our
membres no lenogr have acecss to their email addrssees
and we must verify it.[...]

To veerify your_ E_Mail adderss and akcess your_ OnlineCitibank
account, klick on the_link beloww.

Posted: Fri Feb 06 07:17:41 -0800 2004

/Miscellany Household Book Reorganization

As a "bithday week" activity, my lovely wife MB asked that we go through the books in the house (there are a lot), box up the ones we don't want, and organize the rest. We ended up boxing probably 120 books or so, 30 of which were probably technical books - the $40 a pop kind.

I hate getting rid of books. It's very hard for me. Even if it's a book that I bought and then ignored, it's hard for me to let it go. Perhaps it's because my grandmother was a librarian. Perhaps its because I grew up in a house overflowing with books. Perhaps it's because of my unquenchable thirst for useless knowledge.

I think it's that last bit. I was thinking about it today: a book on a shelf is very much like a pendulum pulled up and anchored at a maximum point of its trajectory -- Just as the pendulum represents potential energy, a book on a shelf represents potential knowledge.

It's hard to just give away potential (which is basically what I did today).

Posted: Tue Jan 27 15:41:44 -0800 2004

/Miscellany Old Photo Scan - German Armored Car

I guess I've been a geek all my life. Only my geekish interests have changed. When I was younger I was completely addicted to building plastic scale models, especially German WWII armor. About 10 years ago, when my Mom sold the house I grew up in, I gave boxes full of assembled models to the little kid next door. The only thing left of them that I have is photographs. Here is a scan of an old photo of a diorama that I made, probably when I was a 7th-grader or so.

German Armored Car (comminication vehicle?)

I did a bit of research to find out what this vehicle was called (it's similar to a Puma armored car). If anyone out there happens across this page, and also happens to know exactly what this vehicle was called, please write me and let me know.

Posted: Sat Jan 17 12:30:05 -0800 2004

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