September 26th, 2017

#5877: That word does not mean what you think it means.

As far as I know it starts here where the purveyor of a shirt refers to PDT as "dotard".

Then:



...a mix of fail videos called "Dotards compilation". I'd bet money this is the new word making the rounds of the Intartubzorz: "Hey, you can call stupid people 'dotards'!"

"You keep using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means."

A dotard is an old person who has become stupid due to age. Grand Maester Pycelle, in Game of Thrones, pretends to be a dotard.

A dotard is not any person doing something foolish.

I hope that clears things up a bit.

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In the "I cannot seem to catch a break" department, I ran all kinds of errands Monday, and was in Indiana to go to Menards (and then Lowe's) in a futile search for HVAC registers. Finding nothing, I stopped at a gas station to tank up, only to find that all the gas pumps in the station were down. All of them, in mid-afternoon.

Went to the other gas station nearby. Paid $2.34 a gallon for gasoline ($2.339). On my way home, saw that gas in Illinois was $2.25 a gallon ($2.249) and said some bad words.

That was a pretty frustrating afternoon. I spent three hours running around and did not get very much done.

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Evil Picard! That's pretty damned funny, right there.

A friend of mine always used to make jokes about Picard going nuts and promoting Wesley to Admiral.

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...and I just read all the strips there. *sigh*

#5878: That should be the last time

Went to U of I small animal clinic to get Maki looked over. Last visit, no more needed. We can discontinue PT (I'll keep going the remaining two weeks though, it can't hurt).

I have some kind of low-level URI. For the past two, three weeks I've occasionally been awakened in the middle of the night with a dry cough, which went away as soon as I got a drink of something. In the past week, though, it's graduated to being slightly productive, and a drink no longer banishes it. That phase has been accompanied by a scratchy throat and slight tonsil pain on one side. I've also been feeling worn out.

So what happens at bedtime? I wake up after a couple hours' sleep needing to take something to get rid of the cough, and end up being awake until it takes effect. Last night I took the medication with my regular pills, and I still woke up at 1 AM.

The really irritating thing: I went to bed perhaps half an hour early last night because I was feeling beat. Woke all the way up at 1 AM, "not even tired" awake for two hours, after which I managed to sleep until 5:30 and then 7 when Mrs. Fungus' alarm went off. No more sleep after that, but got up myself at 9:30 to get ready for my trip south.

Got to the clinic all right; but as soon as I got on the road to come home, almost immediately I started getting sleepy, and had to fight that shit all the way back. Even getting frustrated at that crap and being royally pissed off about it didn't help me.

At one point I think the only thing that saved me from a wreck was Maki meowing at me. I don't know what he needed but he made more noise on this trip (back) than he's ever made in the car; he'd been quiet for a while and suddenly, "Meow!" and I realized that if he hadn't meowed then, I would have gone to sleep.

Managed to make it home safely, then went right to bed and slept for three friggin' hours, just about. And I could stand to get a few more hours' worth of sleep, too, I think.

*sigh*

Anyway, we did the best we could for him, and while he can use the leg all right we could have had a better outcome. With a fracture so close to the joint, the problem is that everything you do for the cat post-op only reduces the chances of contracture; you can't eliminate it, and even in the best of all worlds there's still a good chance the animal won't get full range of motion back.

Maki can't really bend his knee very much--from full extension (180°) it can make an angle of about 160°, give or take--but he can bend it. When I do PT on it, it's stiff at first, but then limbers up and I can bend it until he starts complaining...and I know he's complaining because of the "stretching ligament" feeling rather than any real pain. In fact I'd bet money that most of the stiffness is simply him resisting the motion.

But, look--he can run, he can jump, he can climb, he can do everything he needs to do, and he uses the leg just fine. The cat tree in the family room--the top level is chin-high on me, and that's his favorite spot to sleep! Today I had to get him off the counter because he was licking the pan I used to make last night's dinner. He's a little monkey, going everywhere, including places we don't want him to go, and it's only a matter of time before he figures out he can get over the gates--he was climbing them a week after his surgery and only repeated doses of the squirt bottle dissuaded him from that activity.

Happy and healthy kitten.

#5879: That was a long ass-day

DirecTV is letting people request refunds for NFL subscriptions. That's good. It sounds as if DirecTV understands better than the NFL does what appeals to the core demographic of NFL viewers.

An anonymous shareholder in the Green Bay Packers is livid over the "take a knee" nonsense. "People will run to college football over the NFL in droves if these protests continue," he said.

But of course the NFL leadership doesn't understand that people can choose not to watch football.

But people feel quite strongly about spoiled rich athletes protesting the country that let them play a kid's game for six figures.

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This kind of headline is why you got Trump, Arse Technica. Leftists hate the way Trump uses Twitter because the gatekeepers in the media are unable to filter those tweets. If Trump were talking to the press, they could obfuscate and twist and spin--but when Trump says something on Twitter there's no way for the press to do anything about it. What he says is right there for everyone to see, in his own words. Of course the left wants Trump's Twitter account banned!

What really gets their goat is that it's effective. The left really doesn't like it when a right-winger is better at using social media than they are.

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California wants to shove most of its new car sales into surrounding states. They're looking at banning sales of new "combustion engine" cars by 2030. And, pray tell, where is the electricty to charge those electric cars going to come from? You could cover the whole state and its shoals with windmills and it wouldn't be enough.

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Four Avatar sequels. No. Just no. Never saw the original--never cared to--and I don't care to see the sequels, either.

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Today was hellish and I'm glad it's over. But I have lots of work to do this week. Need to get to bed fairly soon.