atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#2011: Four years of Fungus

Sickblog part 943, because I don't have much else to talk about today.

I'm planning to visit the doc on Monday. This is ridiculous: it's been three weeks since the start of symptoms. My cough got better for a couple of days, but now it's back, full-on. I'm still feverish. I have never had a cough for this long in my life. I'm starting to think "pneumonia" and I'm praying it's not something worse.

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Kappa Ceti is featured prominently in one of my SF novels, which is what makes this so interesting to me.

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Watch out: there's a curb there.

I'm going to have to add "Klutz-in-Chief" to my list of disrespectful nicknames for our President. But that's not very snappy, and I expect to come up with a better one later on when I'm not feverish.

I wonder how many SNL sketches will feature Obama tripping over something? Eh? Like Chevy Chase playing Gerald Ford and falling down all the time?

Yeah, I'm not holding my breath, and I wouldn't even if I could manage it without coughing my lungs out.

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Interesting foible: sometimes when I am planning to write any word which uses "gh", my brain tries to use it in every word that can possibly use it, and it does so until the word with "gh" is dispensed.

So one time I was trying to write the word "streetlight" and it came out "streeghtlight". And just now I tried to write "withought coughing".

It's like there's a software flag for the "gh" spelling. I'm going to write "coughing", set the flag...and when I get to "withou", "gh" is automatically appeneded after the "ou".

And I think to myself, "Man, English has some nasty spelling habits." Most of the time I don't think about it; only when I make a mistake like this does it occur to me that English is insane.

Sometime after the second major interstellar war in my SF universe, the government simplifies the primary interstellar language. And one of the things they do is to reduce all words to simplifed phonetic spellings. (They also eliminate the letters C, J, Q, X, and Z, since the sounds they represent can be signified other ways.) So "cough" would end up being "kof" and "light" would be "lite" (or possibly even "lyt" since they didn't get rid of Y). "Enough" would turn into "enuf".

No, I don't write the stories that way. The stories are meant to be read by people in the early 21st century, so they are written in standard English. (Maybe I should do that--write a chunk of story that way--just for laughs.)

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Despite the illness, I managed to watch some anime today. But it pretty much did me in; we did the shopping this morning and the only reason I stayed awake after that is that I'm sick of sleeping all the damn time.

Yesterday I went to bed around 3 PM and I stayed there with only minor interruption until 11:30 this morning. I got up a few times in that 20-hour period to use the bathroom, eat, drink, and so on, but by and large all I did was sleep. And after being awake for about two hours, I was so tired I didn't want to move.

Still feverish, still coughing--add the unreasonable fatigue and that says "pneumonia" to me.

...but I watched anime instead of returning to bed.

Revolutionary Girl Utena
Yume de Aetara
Martian Successor Nadesico
Excel Saga
Big O
To Aru Kagaku no Railgun
Chu Bra!
Excel Saga is nearly over.

The female lead of Yume de Aetara still pisses me off, and the male lead is a pathetic moron who also needs to be slugged.

I finally got the eps of Kanamemo after 10, so it's back on. And I got the episodes which were screwed up, too, like #3. (Bonus points to ep #3 for showing a situation where Haruka got totally shut down by Kana.)

I'm finally into the second season of Big O, and I liked what I saw. I'm looking forward to the rest of it.

ChuBra! is fun. I've seen 2 eps of it so far.

Today's ep of Railgun was #14, where Ruiko Saten goes to a special training class for people who were victims of the "level upper", and I really enjoyed that episode.

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...not much else to discuss. I'm sleepy. *sigh*

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