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  1. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    That actually remains to be seen. There's a massive black spot on my x-rays that the dentist told me is the infection. Whether or not it's contained to the tooth I guess I'll just find out when they do the root canal and stuff next week. I'm assuming it looks like it is in the x-rays, because I'd guess they'd be much more urgent about taking care of it if it wasn't, but I don't actually know. I just know that whatever the infection turns out to be, it was generally asymptomatic because I haven't felt anything.
  2. You'll enjoy the book much more than the series, I think. When I first started watching it, the series was fine. But as the show went on I found a whole bunch of things that were left out, or combined with other things, or drastically changed in a way that took away from the story. Like the whole idea of combining the Quellist revolutionaries with the Envoys...
  3. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Called it! I went through similar with a tooth, though they didn't do the root canal back then. It "got better" in that it lost sensitivity, but apparently the reason that it lost sensitivity wasn't that it had healed itself. It had just died on its own. 8 years later and I break the crown on one of my teeth that did have a root canal, and when they do the new x-ray they notice a big black mass in the tooth that didn't get one. So it's just been sitting in my mouth, dead and infected, for years. But because it wasn't bothering me, no one ever bothered to look closely at it. The two I had done in 2010 weren't painful in the least post-root canal. I mean, that's the whole point of the process. They literally cut out the nerve in your tooth so that there can't really be any pain. Now, the gums might be a bit irritated, but that's not too bad. That's how I feel about the lady who played Tony Soprano's mom, and Louise Fletcher, who played Kai Winn on DS9. If I ever get to meet Mrs. Fletcher, I'll have to gush about how much I hated her as Kai Win and how it means that I really loved her performance as an actress.
  4. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I'd guess Stark. Because Tony Stark built this in a cave, with a box of scraps.
  5. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I'm watching a Brian Posehn comedy special, I think it's his most recent one, and I've come to a realization. Brian Posehn looks kind of like a Muppet. And now I want a Muppet-style puppet of him.
  6. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    That kind of sensitivity can also be a sign that you've got damaged or inflamed tooth pulp/nerves. Which, if it doesn't calm down on its own, results in you needing a root canal. I remember seeing one that was either an earlier version or just a similar design that had the switches actually turning the various usb ports on and off. Which seemed like a less than great idea to me. Then there's also the lights and sounds version that was mentioned already. No. He doesn't need to do more people's work. He's got a bunch of Stormlight Chronicles books to write, and he doesn't need distracted from them by GRRM's stuff. Patrick Rothfuss can take over for GRRM. He's already got experience at taking forever to finish a story. Made it through work. Started the shift with fever sweats, but being out in the cold seemed to put a stop to that. It didn't help my throat any, though. Also, all the cold meds I've been taking are leaving me with some bad dry mouth. But I guess it's better to have that than to have a fountain of snot running down the back of my throat, making it so that my sore throat is irritated, which makes it hard to swallow. Also, I'm using the fact that it's physically excruciating to smoke right now as the impetus for quitting smoking again. I haven't had more than a couple drags on a cigarette since Thursday, and I'm doing good with it. But I don't get physical withdrawal with it. It's always been more of a mental addiction for me, and quitting has always been about having the right headspace. So we'll see how that goes. With any luck, I'll stay clean for 6 months or so before I hit some stressful BS that makes me start again...
  7. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Guh. Still sick. Still haven't gone to the doctor. But that's because when I woke up today it seemed to be receding a bit. Which means that going to get checked out is very likely to be a giant waste of money at this point. It's been about a week since I got the first tickle in my throat, and by Thursday it will have been a week since it went into full blown sick, so I should be well on the mend now. Being at home, in the warm and dry, with an actual bed, and access to cold meds has certainly helped. Really not looking forward to going back to work tomorrow, though. Working while sick sucks in general, and to make it worse we're supposed to get nothing but cold rain that turns into snow as the night goes on.
  8. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I got home at about 5am today, after the 920 mile return drive. Only took like, oh, 16 hours or so. I passed out shortly after my head hit the pillow. Then I woke up about an hour later because I needed a bathroom break and my coughing/filled sinuses forced me awake. So I took some more meds, used the bathroom and went back to bed. Then I repeated the process a few hours later. And then again a few hours later. I finally woke up for "real" at about 7:30pm. I had planned on going to urgent care to see if my illness was strep related, but by the time I woke up they were about to close. So I went to the store to restock on all the cold meds, got some juices and soups, and prepared to suffer. So now in lying in bed, full of meds, full of soup, drinking mint tea. I also bought a tub of vanilla ice cream, because during pack-out yesterday I was handed a random apple pie from the Gulf Wars on-site bakery. So I also had a plate of apple pie a la mode.
  9. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I love Pennsic. Yes, there are a lot of rhinos that make their way there every year, but it's such a high number of fighters on the field that unless you constantly get set up across from the same couple of groups you're not likely to run into them over and over. But that's because there's about 1500 fighters per side at Pennsic. At Gulf Wars this year it was roughly 300 per side. You ran into the same people all the time, so the rhinos stood out way more. But I got laid out of the fighting on the second day. Either a minor concussion or, more likely, whiplash. Took a hit on the first day that snapped my head back pretty hard, and then on the second day I took a couple to the back of the head that punched it forward. The second of which made a couple fingers on my left hand go numb for a couple minutes. And then for a cpuple days after I had a headache around the base of my skull and some pain when turning my head So I'm thinking my neck got overextended rather than a concussion. And then I think I developed strep throat. Or rather it went into full bloom. I had a sore throat start on the way down, but I chalked it up to cigarettes and loud talking in the car. By Wednesday it was hell to swallow at all. But not all was terrible. The Viking Deed battles were amazing to watch, and they may have caused me to catch a mild case of Viking. Because it's actually a disease. I also may have caught a mild case of Spearman, because I went to go help get a van out of the mud and somehow came back with $50 less in my wallet and a brand new fiberglass spear kit. I'm reserving judgement on whether or not I liked Gulf Wars. I was told that the fighting got better on Thursday and Friday, and numerous regulars have told me that this year was bad compared to other years. So I'm going to try and make it to Gulf Wars next year, with a Viking kit so I can fight in the Viking Deed, and give it a second chance. Check out Feldherr cases. Their storage cases are pretty cheap, and while they're not meant for excessive travel use because they're cardboard with foam, they can do the job in a pinch. But even their actual travel bags are cheaper than a lot of the others I looked at.
  10. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I'm at Gulf Wars. I was told prior to coming here that the fighting at Gulf Wars is better than the fighting at Pennsic, because people tend to play the way they're supposed to down here. That has not been my experience. My experience has been that for half of the people I've hit it would seem I can't hit them hard enough. And I'm not the only one having that problem. I actually witnessed one guy get hit with a ballista shot and refuse to take it. A marshal saw it, looked at him, told him "That was a ballista, you're dead" 3 times, and then the guy took one step back out of the line. Which he then proceeded to step back forward into the line again. The marshal then walked over to him and said "Are you going to be dead, or am I going to have to pull you from the field?" The guy slumped his shoulders, and finally walked away. It was a resurrection battle. All the guy had to do was walk away and walk back and he would have been fine. But he wouldn't do that until the marshal threatened to pull him completely. Another guy got into an argument with one of our guys off the field, and when our guy tried to walk away, because the other guy was just yelling and cussing at him and not wanting to have an actual discussion, the other guy charged at him and was trying to take a swing at the back of our guy's head before someone else who saw it tackled him to the ground. I'm told by other people who are with me, and who have been making the trip down here for years, that this year is the worst year they've ever seen down here. They've said it's never been like this. All I know is that I'm about ready to pack up and drive home. I took a few bad hits over the last couple days, and my body is wrecked...
  11. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    It is cold. Not as cold as at home, where it's snowing, but 40 degrees in a tent and sleeping bag is much worse than 30 degrees in a house with heat. I don't want to get up, but I really need to use the bathroom... On Thursday night a bunch of us have made plans to go to a local barbecue place. I'm gonna try crawfish for the first time. One of my friends said they weren't the best he'd had, since he went there on Saturday, but he still ate 5lbs of them on his own. Also, we're going to be all going there in garb. Because why not?
  12. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    Except WINE causes problems and doesn't allow some functionality in a lot of cases. Trust me. I've tried. That's why there's whole sections of various websites dedicated to listing certain types of software in a "what works, what's buggy, and what's broken" format. And while Linux powers everything from toasters to supercomputers, it still hasn't taken over the desktop for all its attempts. And it's because unless you're the same type of tech geek that fills the open source community, the type who likes to poke around under the hood, you're not going to easily get what you're looking for out of Linux. At least not unless it's almost as much of a navel-gazing ball dropper as Windows is. Oh, and it's also a fairly walled garden unless you're specifically trying to break out. Because the only truly successful consumer version of Linux is Android, and that's exactly what it is. You have very limited access in most cases, without enabling developer options that are sometimes hidden you're relegated to using the app store only, it often forces updates, and it can and will broccoli the bed when you're trying to do stuff. Not even Ubuntu, the most successful attempt at a desktop Linux yet, has fixed many of the issues that keep normal people from sticking around. Largely because it's still using open source software that's still being developed by a bunch of ivory tower dwelling techies who value power over ease of use and demand that everyone else adapt rather than design a more user friendly interface. I shouldn't be forced to go into a command line when Gnome suddenly decides to delete its own config files and break my desktop, there should be some default config, like a Windows safe mode desktop, that kicks in. But nope, that's too easy. We can't have that. You need to learn how to read a 300 page man file so that you can hand code a new config file and then hope it works to get you a desktop environment again... Yes, I have experience with this stuff. I'm happy for you that you apparently don't have these issues. But so many other people do. I couldn't play my games on Linux, because WINE is trash and Linux drivers suck. I couldn't get a stable desktop because trying to change my wallpaper resulted in Gnome spazzing out and delete its own config. Trying to run a multi-monitor setup resulted in all sorts of issues as well. And I wasn't about to spend a year learning the ins and outs of everything, learning to pop into the command line all the time because not everything is able to be done in settings windows even if it's super important to do, and hoping that someday I'd end up with an OS that didn't seem to actively hate me.
  13. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    I got myself a 1-2 hour nap, in my car, while it rained. Now my tent is set up, but my air mattress is still flat because apparently, of all the SCAdians here, only one person brought an air pump and it wasn't me. Mine is broken, or else I would have brought it. So I'm waiting for the person with the air pump to come back to camp so I can inflate my air mattress and call my setup done. Also, more of the ant poison was delivered, in both granule and liquid form. So I walked through the camp as the death fairy, spreading granules of poison and following it with a rain of death, kicking over fire ant mounds as I went to make sure of maximum exposure by getting them to swarm to the surface. Many fire ants died to bring you this message...
  14. Randomness XIII: Cognitive Dissonance While You Wait

    At Gulf Wars. 15-16 hours on the road, over half of that with me driving. Currently been awake for about 28 hours or so. Still don't have my tent set up because organization here is a cluster. Not really anyone's fault except mother nature, though. A bunch of areas where tents had been planned to go are unusable thanks to brush that has grown up in the last year that the planners for our area didn't know about. So we're having to basically redraw the previous map as we go. Also, it just started raining. And it's a hard rain. But we did get some of the good fire ant poison, bifenthrin granules, down, and we've got more coming. The rain should help it get into the ground, meaning it will kill the ants better. We're going to turn this area into a fire ant genocide site in short order. Because they need to die. It'll also kill fleas, ticks, and just about every other insect that comes across it. And so long as we don't accidentally eat the stuff by the spoonful, the worst it should do is make your skin tingle if you accidentally touch it.