I suffer from chronic pain. I have been since 1975 or so. Yup, 28 years of chronic pain out of 42 years of life. And much of the rest of it was no picnic either. I’ve tried just about every possible treatment or cure in that time. In actual fact, the doctors are baffled by what’s causing it.
The best article I ever read about it is here but unfortunately it will cost you $3 to read it.
One of the big problems I have is that every time I try a new avenue of treatment, I tell myself over and over again not to get my hopes up. But I do, and then when it doesn’t help I get extremely depressed. As well as conventional treatments, I also get my hopes up from reading about experimental treatments, even though I know that the god damned insurance companies will never pay for any of those.
Here’s another highly experimental treatment that will probably never see the light of day. But I’m going to get my hopes up about it anyway.
Wired News: Saving Pvt. Ryan … From Pain
What I’m currently working on is a digital content system for cinemas. So far, theatres and advertisers have been a little slow on the uptake. So this article is good news.
BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Film | Cinemas set for ‘digital revolution’
Bowling ball mortar. Be the envy of your gun club.
No, this isn’t based on anything that’s happened to me recently.
How many hardware engineers does it take to change a light bulb?
- One to turn the lights on and off a few times to see if he can reproduce the problem. S/he then escalates it to the:
- One to swap it with another light bulb in the same room to see if it’s the fixutre. S/he then calls:
- One to bring in the hot-swap light bulb, only to find it’s the wrong type of bulb. That gets called back to the office, where:
- Another one orders the correct bulb via second day air. The other hardware engineers go home for two days, leaving you in the dark until eventually:
- Another one brings in the newly arrived bulb, but puts it in the fixture of an already working bulb and closes the call.
At this point, a progammer picks up the working bulb that’s sitting in the garbage and installs it. Problem solved.
I’m on a couple of mailing lists for pilots, but there is one that is one of the best and one of the worst. I believe I’ve ranted about it before, if not here then on my original Slashdot journal.
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