atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#4553: Barely made it

My connection to LJ has not worked all day. Finally after about 9-ish I was able to get to the old Fungus but then Mrs. Fungus dragged me off to the bedroom for some much needed wife maintenance.

With that completed, though, I am at loose ends until bedtime, so off we go.

* * *

So I'm not sure exactly what's going on with the price of oil, but gasoline jumped 15 cents in the past few days...just in time for me to need a fill-up. Argh etc.

I suppose the impending war between Israel and Hezbollah is what's behind the hike.

Mrs. Fungus and I went out to dinner tonight, figuring we had money in the budget for a little extravagance. We split a plate of nachos and some other stuff at our favorite Mexican place, and then came home again, but not before I put gas in the Jeep.

Even with gas (in Indiana) costing $2.20 a gallon, I filled up for a smidge under $30, so I can't really complain about that.

* * *

Influenza killed about 500 people in 2010. CDC claims, "The typical estimate is 36,000 [deaths] a year in the United States."

Reason? Because if 36,000 (out of 300-odd million) die each year from influenza, it's a hell of a lot more dangerous than it is if only 500 people (out of 300-odd million) die each year of influenza.

And if it's dangerous then people need vaccinations, don't you see?

I still refuse to be vaccinated against the flu. If I don't get the shot I might get sick, but if I get the shot I certainly get sick as a dog almost right away--and I get "miss several days of work in a row" sick from the damned thing. No thank you.

* * *

"Note: black side down." Bluesun has the stuff from NASA.

* * *

Well, El-Hazard's problem has been fixed. I brought home a copy of the software toolkit and ran it, and that helped me discover that it was Avast! that was causing the crash. Removed Avast! and the thing boots fine. Now I just need to get some other antivirus software on there.

Looks like Avast! has lost it, because there have been some two or three major issues with their patches in the past few months which systematically gronked Win 8, Win 7, and now--apparently--Win Vista. Whee!

Tomorrow I think I'll take El-Hazard with me to the store, hook it up to the network, and run a program on it which ensures all OS components are 100% up to date. It takes three or four hours, but it's pretty thorough.

* * *

Critter got a bath tonight. Mrs. Fungus decided he needed it, so the next thing I know she's holding him in a towel and he's about 1/3 his normal diameter. His tail looked like a twig--I couldn't help laughing--and he didn't even want any treats; he was mad.

Well, he'll forget about it once he finishes drying out.

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