For Today

For my brigade of fans the news today is that I’m doing well considering, but things do need to get straightened out.

My pharmacist needs to talk with my primary care doctor. I’m also supposed to see a pulmonologist in addition to a vein specialist, a psychiatrist, and a urologist. I should be seeing my PCD on June 18th, I hope.

Other than that I need to sleep better and eat better. And I need to get in touch with the people who provided me with my cpap. The pulmonary specialist is a part of all that. What you’re seeing here is an example of an ounce of prevention being cheaper than a pound of cure. But we tend to be pound wise and penny foolish, so we end up in massive debt.

OTOH, my hips and knees aren’t really bothering me right now, so that’s good news. In any case I’m now off to see how many subscribers I now have.

Pretty Please

I really need a better computer. The one I’m using now stinks and needs to be replaced by something that is easier to handle, and has working USB ports. This HP is about as useful as tits on a rattlesnake and I’d much rather replace it with a Macintosh. Please help.

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Foundation

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Source: Planck length – Wikipedia

I’m starting with the basics here, namely the shortest possible length there can be. Known as the Planck Length, it a dinky little bit of volume which we’ll call a “quantum”. A quantum being a sphere of 3 dimensions no greater than one Planck Length in height, width, and depth. Our universe is made up of quanta, and those quanta come in one of two states, the low energy “flat” and the high energy “fold”.

Space-Time can neither be created or destroyed, only switched from one state to the other. In addition, ST can only be in a fold state when it is sufficiently compressed. When there is no compression then there can be no folds.

In addition, in as much as the universe is one solid sphere of space-time the quanta within can’t move in and of themselves. But the states can. What that means is, a fold state can “hop” from quantum to quantum, with one quantum “unfolding” and the next in the path of “motion” “enfolding”. However, quanta resist change, and it is this resistance that disturbs the quanta around the fold in “motion”. At this level it is this disturbance which produces the force we call “gravity”.

There is more to be said on the forces, but for now we’ll leave it at that.

Thank You, HP

I can’t use the USB ports on this machine, and I can’t re-install the drivers. I checked with the HP site and learned that apparently they are just too good to update their site with new information. Seems that according to them the latest version of Windows you can use on an HP Elitebook 8440P is XP, but not anything more up to date. In addition the latest W10 updates won’t install. In short Microsoft and Hewlett Packard have persuaded me that I should get a Macintosh. I may be able to get a refurbished Mac, but that may take a couple of months, until then I’ll be stuck using this piece of trash.

I know that there is a circle in the Roman Catholic Hell for those who give bad advice, but what about those who take bad advice?

Remember, friends don’t let friends use HPs.

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That Phrase You Keep Using

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating religious discrimination claims against two airports because plans for Chick-fil-A restaurants were scrapped after complaints about the fast food chain’s stance on LGBTQ issues.

Source: FAA investigating two airports where Chick-fil-A restaurants were excluded

Now I have to conclude that barring a party for its stance on anything where a government facility is concerned is not right. Something about making no law regarding the establishment of religion. But, at the same time for a representative of a company to say they aren’t out to oppress a party when they damn well are, tells me that the company in question cannot be trusted. As Jesus of Nazareth once said, “Make your ‘yes’ a ‘yes;’ and your ‘no’ a ‘no’. In short, speak honestly.

When the consequences of an action means harm to another, than supporting that action in any fashion means you support it.

Some People

A former business manager for late Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee was arrested Saturday in Arizona on charges including elder abuse, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Source: Stan Lee’s former manager arrested on elder abuse charges

Some people just have to control the lives of others. Most especially the lives of those they have been put in charge of. Said abuser was just a common bigot and convinced that he was better than Stanley. Though I suspect that it was fear of growing old and dependent on others himself that shaped his behavior. Just remember that one day you may well be old yourself and in need of assistance. And that the old are still worth your consideration.

I Need Your Help

I need your help getting a refurbished Macintosh. This HP I’m currently on is screwed up, and HP as a company is screwed up. The USB ports on this machine are worthless, and I can’t get the drivers replaced. The only choice I really have is to get a Mac, and that will cost me something like $400 via the San Diego Futures Foundation. At least Apple is run by adults.

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Click on the button to send the money, and remember that you don’t even let your enemy use Windows.

Some People Just Need to Control

The Department of Homeland Security is being sued for ignoring Freedom of Information Act Request

Source: Dept. of Homeland Security Gets Sued by NBC 7 San Diego and Reporters Committee – Photography is Not a Crime

This is an example of what you get when certain parties just have to be in charge of things, especially when they just don’t have the competence to be in charge. David Brin is right when he says we need transparency where our government is concerned, and what we’re seeing here is an example of this. This is grade C tyranny and I say it’s about time we spoke out and let the petty despots know we’re not going to put up with it.

Have You Considered?

That yes, they are games, but they have damn all to do with role playing. You can role play in one, but that’s not really what they’re for. What they are for is achieving goals, the role playing is just something you can do but don’t really have to. Your play can be entirely mechanistic, emoting is entirely something else.

My experience in this matter goes back to 1976, when my prestidigitator (now a word) character found himself faced with a dragon. Knowing I was out matched I backed off. The greatly amused dragon let him go, knowing full well that a 1st level MU was just no challenge. (Then there was the fact the DM playing the dragon was greatly amused.) A bit later I talked a balrog into almost killing the dragon for me (I lied outrageously), which lead to my PC getting tons of loot and 8 7th level dwarven henchmen (different mechanics concerning henchmen back in those days).

My experience was, it matters more how you handle a situation than what you can handle. And that your goal is really to amuse the guide.

Years later I read about an encounter in the adventure Necropolis for Mythus. (Spoiler) The encounter involved a demon driven insane by long incarceration by the big bad in a room in a crypt. Said demon really had no trouble taking care of the party, but he was more interested in using them to stymie his foe. So he told them how they could escape, and what they needed to do to defeat the villain Rahotep. Note that they could escape his room, he just couldn’t.

From these two incidents I learned that you can handle matters differently, and that how you handle things can profit you. You have more tools than just your weapons, and more alternatives than just mindless violence. And I first learned this when I was 20, an age when boys are nitwits by and large. To put this simply, this is why I much prefer to treat them as guides to adventure, because that’s really what they are. Adventure Guides is what I’d rather call them, for in my experience treating them as such works a lot better than insisting on them as games.

So use your initiative and be flexible. You’re there to have fun, not to slavishly follow some thoughtless regulations.

Unrelated

I’m getting close to 3,000 subscribers to this blog. But seeing as they are excessively shy they haven’t told me why. What the heck am I doing right?

When Greed is a Cardinal Sin.

Insulin is the difference between life and death for people with type-1 Diabetes. They say they are tired of watching the cost of the drug continue to increase in the United States.

Source: When diabetics can’t afford insulin, they turn to the black market. This Michigan woman helps them do it

There are various reasons why some people have type one diabetes. For the most part it’s because they just can’t produce insulin themselves, so they need to inject it. And seeing as they need to remember when to do it, and they need to do it in unusual amounts, leads to complications.

And after considering the problems the diabetic has keeping track of all he has to, now start considering what he needs to pay for the insulin, the syringes, and the tools he needs to keep track of. Andfor  we make matters worse when we treat insulin as a luxury item.

That’s what it comes down to. There are parties who apparently think that all persons with type one are fabulously wealthy and can afford outrageous prices for what they need to survive. Or, if they can’t afford it, deserve to die. I have to ask, when did becoming insulin dependent become a death penalty offense? I say we stop the shit and make insulin free to all who need it. I mean, corpses can’t contribute to society, at least not for very long. Call it an investment in people, and give those who manufacture and distribute insulin a break on their taxes. For every ounce of insulin donated to the diabetic community the donor gets a tax reduction and positive feedback. A special discount on necessary items maybe.

There is a reason why greed is considered a deadly sin, and I say it’s about time we cut it out.

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