I have changes coming up. Loosing the last of my teeth and getting dentures for one. getting a cpap—at least—or maybe even a vpap—I may have to get an implant to remind my hind brain it’s necesssary for me to breathe—among them. But what’s really got me stressed is having to change my antidepressant.
As far as I can see the Prozac really isn’t doing the job any more. So I get to talk with my shrink about an alternative, and that may mean a stay in a crisis house. Such fun
To make matters even more fun, I can’t use stairs with the easeI once did. A bad knee is no fun, and mine makes using more than a few steps at a time a hugehassle. So that limits me to just a few crisis houses.
Then there is the possibility the staff attitude towards their patients still stinks on ice. I mean it’s been a while since I last stayed at one, but the hostility I got from certain parties put me off getting help there. I’ve got news for the rabidly politically correct, you’re not there to abuse those of us in crisis, but to help us get our shit together.
In good news, there may be new medications that will do a better job than Prozac at the moment.
In other news, I need to see people about a safer domicile. And one more affordable than what I’ve got now. And I need to organize my thoughts, so this post is coming to a premature end. But before I go I shall present to you a plea for donations. Just click on the button below and enter any amount you wish. And please note that for every dollar you send my way PayPal gets a cut to help them with their bills. It costs money to run PayPal, after all.
Anyway, after that snark it’s time for me to go. I hope everything is going well with you, and if something’s going south on you it’s something very small and very temporary.
“And what evidence would that be?” I can hear you ask.
That Ærth has steam engines.
The evidence is in an article in issue 2 of Journeys on page 39, and was written by one Ernest Grumbold—a nom de plume of Gary Gygax. Since that detail has been confirmed I now have an article to write for this blog, and I’m going to make it pay to read. It’s going to be a long one, folks.
But fret not, it’ll be just a couple of dollars—after all I’ll have a ton to cover, such as why a world with magick would need steam engines..
At the National Scientist site there is an article on a pair of what appear to be primate teeth.What some have called human teeth. There’s a problem with that.
For one thing, who says they have to be human, or human-like? What makes them human, and are teeth like this unique to us? Or is it a matter of convergent evolution, of coincidence? If we had fossils of every tooth that once existented how many would look “human” even if the original owner wasn’t even primate or even mammalian.
One tooth has even been identified as a canine, while the other is identified as a molar. Now I look at the picture apparently of the two teeth and as far a I can tell they aint either. They both look to me as if they were both damaged, and they look remarkably alike. Now I’ve seen human canines and they have a single deep root. In both cases the two teeth apparently have a single truncated root. Far as I know only canines have a single root, and that is long.
Now take a good hard look at the two teeth in the picture in the article. Don’t know about you, but to me they look like the same kind of teeth. If it weren’t for some rather small difference in detail they could be copies of the same tooth. Depending on how the tooth was copied the differences could be due to copying errors.
What I’m hearing is people insisting it has to be because it fits a preconceived notion. Much like the claim that Weberpithecus naledi has to be a type of human because the discoverer, a Doctor Weber, needed to find a human. To me this is a case of people jumping to a conclusion because they got excited and irrational. We’re human, we do stuff like that.
My conclusion is; they’re not human, they might be canines or incisors, but neither is a molar or premolar. They may not even be primate. And I have a suspicion that both were damaged during the long years buried and are not complete speciemens. Of course, this assessment is just from a single picture and a proper exam could well tell us a lot more.
The one thing we can learn from this i the wisdom of the old adage, dont jump to conclusions. Check things out and check them out seriously. Most importantly, don’t guess. Make sure you know and if that means taking time then you take the damn time. Things don’t need to be what you need them to be.
Source: Apnea – Wikipedia
Today I learned that I have apnea. Not obstructive apnea perse, but what is known as central apnea. A medical assistant noted that my breathing is shallow and slow, which likely explains my lack of energy. Means I will be getting an xPAP, and maybe even supplemental oxygen. Though in the latter case it’ll most likely be a respirator of some kind.
Me with energy, that’ll be a change.
So the lesson for the day is, if somebody says your breathing is shallow, get it checked out, and get it done yesterday
Dozens of people showed up Saturday at a San Diego public health center to get vaccinated against hepatitis A.
Source: Restaurants, diners taking precautions after latest hepatitis A scare – The San Diego Union-Tribune
The outbreak started in San Diego’s homeless population. A population that has no real access to sanitary facilities. I don’t know how many have gotten hepatitis A, and the last fatality count I know of is 16. Could be up to 18 or more by now.
Keep in mind that people travel to and from San Diego. That means you could be getting people infected with virus and ready to inadvertently spread it around.
Hepatitis is nasty. Last I heard hepatitis A is really nasty. Treatment can be expensive and lengthy, and it’s real easy to become a carrier. The homeless are especially prone to it, thanks in large part because of their poor health. Also thanks to malnutrition, and when you combine the two together you’ve got a bad situation.
We don’t have adequate lavatory facilities, and as long as the city remains hostile to the poor and destitute it’s rather likely the situation is not going to improve. For the moment the outbreak really isn’t all that much, but it has the potential to get a lot worse. Don’t know about you, but I can see Sacramento and Washington DC putting a guarantine on this place; and won’t that cause a tizzy? Might even lead to our first National Disaster thanks to a virus.
And here’s the really bad news, even before the outbreak medicine in San Diego was being overwhelmed. I mean, how do you rely on emergency medicine when it really isn’t there to be relied on.
It’s coming, so be prepared. It may start among the poorest of the poor, but even gadzillionaires can get it.
Gary Gygax was working on his own 2nd edition of Mythus before the 1st even got published. As you may expect, he did not agree with everything Chadwick wanted to do, and I have the feeling he was none to happy with how JVC was forcing things.
Among his goals was a comprehensive revision of Mythus Magick, and that included material listing the sort of things that were natural sources of baraka, baraka being a sort of natural heka.
One source he listed were dogs. I agree with him, dogs are kind of magickal and I can see them providing magickal energy in some small way. Or some large way depending on the dog.
We are talking about ordinary canines here, something like a mascot or totem would provide more, sometimes a lot more. A small dog something like 5 points—enough for a small psychogenic power. A large dog such as a mastiff maybe as much as 100 points—enough for a potent casting.
Now make it a special dog, a foo dog or a totem animal—and you could get up to a 1,000 points or more. Think of what a competent caster could do with that amount of power.
Bandit: Where did these people get all the magickal lights?
Bandit Chief: Have you looked at their dogs?
There are of course other natural phenomena to consider, but for the moment let’s focus on dogs. What do you think of dogs as a source of magickal power?
At this moment in time I’m going through Gary’s revision of the Magick chapter for Mythus. Though I suspect that when he wrote this version of the chapter in question he was already thinking of getting it published as a separate book. We’re talking about 629 page here, without illustrations.
I also get the impression that back in 1991 word processors were missing fair number of features, which means I have my work cut out for me.
This version also has a number of things the hard copy is missing, which makes sense. Print costs money, which means that books cost money and the more expensive something is the harder it is to sell if there isn’t all that great a demand for it.
Still this Mythus Magick Revised has a ton of stuff I believe you’ll be interested in, so now comes the time to do my own revising, putting it into my own words and doing my own formatting. Which leads me to doing my own write up on animals as a source of spell points. But that will be later.
In other news, Scrivener is proving to be an asset, which means I’ll be paying for it this Friday. Call it an investment, and a worthwhile one because it helps me get the manuscript organized. But anyway…
Be reassured that I am still with you and still working on Mythus. I’m learning how to use Scrivener and when the manuscript is ready I’ll be converting it to Libre Office in order to format it so I can put it up—bit by bit—on the blog, then get it “printed” as a PDF.
In other news, I remain as hostile to medical insurance as I’ve ever been. But how to address it.
My recommendation is, raise wages. Start paying people what they’re worth and stop this ungodly fussing and fretting over how much money you have salted away. Invest in your workers, not your portfolio.
On Oct. 5 I have a dentist appointment. Oct. 10 I see my doctor, on Oct 14 I see my shrink. Not every dentist, doctor, or shrink takes Medicaid. Hell, there are dentists, doctors, and shrinks that won’t take private insurance because insurance costs them too much. Too much paper work and too much time tied up in waiting for some cleric in an office somewhere to make a medical judgement.
That’s what they’re doing, practicing medicine without a license, when they haven’t any real part in the matter.
So raise pay and outlaw comprehensive medical insurance. Reserve the insurance to catastrophic care, which would include continual care. You pay cash the medico only needs your approval, and he can get that with you in his office. Keep the matter to the interested party, not some third party concerned only with his company’s profits.
Though private and public bureaucrats would have to find real work, but I suspect they will.
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I’m now working on a new project. You could call this an ur-project, because it will act as a foundation for other projects. This ur-project is learing how to use Scrivener from Literature and Latte.It does cost money, but from what I’ve seen the fee is worth considering what all is available to you.
It the very least it should mean that Mythus as a while is organized, so I can work on separate parts without having to open and close files. And once I have the outline set up I’ll have a good idea of where things are supposed to be. If this sounds like I’m pushing Scrivener, you’re right.
So expect more from me in the near future, including a PDF or two as a way of previewing the guide.
I thank you for your patience and hope you have a bit more, for Mythus is still going to take awhile.
With the Quirks that is, and boy are there a lot. Just have to go over the files, correct any errors that I find—you know I won’t find them all—and then get them uploaded to the site where I’ll have even more fun setting headers and the like.
You’ll likely find mistakes we’ll both agree are mistakes. Those I will correct.
You’ll also find things you think are mistakes, that I don’t. Those won’t be corrected, but you are welcome to use the Quirks as you prefer. Mythus is just a set of guidelines and can in no way be considered the voice of God. It’s a big part of why I call Mythus a guide, for you can’t really use it as if it were a game of any sort.
As far as I can see a quirk is just something about a person that is a bit off, a tad odd. In addition, a quirk is a talent few others have, or the lack of a talent most others do. Using me as an example, a few quirks of mine are:
- Absent Minded
- Low Light Vision
- Near Sighted
- Bad Hearing—left ear
And those are just four of them
In Mythus a Persona’s Quirks can give him advantages, disadvantages, and sometimes both. They’re included for your use to help you role play, not to give you any sort of advantage in game play. Sometimes you will get an advantage, but about as often your JM will use your Quirks to your disadvantage, for with great power comes near constant demands on your time and appeals for your assistance.
Most any Quirk can give you problems, and how you deal with those problems tells the world a lot about you.
After Quirks I’ll be getting into Birth Rank and Age. I’ll also get back into writing up the HP species.