So the first spot of peeling showed up today. Right on the end of my big toe. The instructions say not to peel, so I'm fighting the urge.
I've been soaking my feet each day for 10-20 mins as instructed, and I can tell a little difference in the callus. They're dried out feeling and my feet feel a little odd when soaking.
We'll see how this progresses over the next days/weeks. I fully expect to need to do the second round after this has finished.
my dogs are mooing
Following up the previous post about better living through chemistry, I'd like to share something that I'm trying as an experiment.
You see, I get really really bad calluses on my feet. Seriously, they're like hooves. It's bad, they hurt sometimes, they split sometimes and hurt more.
Obviously the idea of visiting a podiatrist has crossed my mind. Until recently I didn't have insurance that would cover such a thing, and it wasn't really that big of a deal I thought. The thing is, being in a constant small amount of pain is no more fun than being a lot of pain. Pain sucks in general, unless you're into that sort of thing... and even then, medical pain like this isn't fun.
So... my better half suggested a "heel peel". A bit of quick googling, and it turns out (I'm a guy, I don't know this stuff) there are chemical peel things for your feet to deal with this very problem.
The stuff inside is pretty safe to use externally, but does come with some warnings. It works like so...
There are little plastic booties/socks that are sealed up and contain "magic goo" aka chemical peel soup.
Wash your feet thoroughly beforehand.
You cut the top/neck of these booties/socks open and slip your feet in.
Unless you have exceptionally large feet as I do (12e) and then you're kinda boned.
You will probably split them, put the whole thing foot and all in a large plastic zip-top bag to ensure you don't lose the precious goo.
Let your feet soak for an hour in these booties.
Slip them off and discard, wash your feet thoroughly.
Then, the after-care. Each day following you should soak your feet in lukewarm water for 10-20 minutes to help the peel.
Slowly (over two weeks I think) the dead skin and callus will peel away. The instructions specify do not try to pick at or peel it, let it fall off naturally.
So, day 1... my horrible feets. We'll see what is what in a few weeks. The kit I ordered came with two sets of booties, and said that if needed after it stops peeling I can go again.
better living through chemistry
Chemistry doesn't always mean what most people think it means. If you ask the average on-the-street American "What is chemistry?" they may have any number of responses.
Webster's says this: chemistry - noun
a science that deals with the composition, structure, and properties of substances and with the transformations that they undergo
The statement "better living" then begs for some clarification. What is better? Would you recognize it if things got better slowly over time, or would you suddenly notice later, "holy shit, things are pretty good now!"?
For me, "better living" ties in to that whole "pursuit of happiness" thing that we're taught as kids here in the states. We're guaranteed "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness". Nobody is guaranteed happiness, just to make that clear. You're guaranteed the freedom to pursue your own happiness... provided that you're not harming anyone in the process, of course.
At least, that's how I've always interpreted it. As such, it now seems prudent to look at what "happiness" means for me. Biologically speaking, it's a chemical interaction in my brain. I understand that, but I've also learned through my life of many things that "kick off" that chemical interaction. Also, it's important to remember that constant bliss is never the goal. Without the less pleasant things in life, how would one recognize the obverse?
Happiness being a chemical interaction in your brain means that one can alter their mood simply with chemical additives. SSRI's are a great example of this. Guess what else is? A whole lot of different drugs, and not all of them are illegal.
Alcohol - loads of people imbibe "to have fun".
Marijuana (legal in some areas) - also loads of people imbibe "to have fun"
Cocaine - wildly popular the world over
LSD - also wildly popular in many countries.
...the list goes on and on. I'm personally a fan of all of these in moderation and relative spread of time between uses. One can't just go about eating tab after tab of acid for weeks without some "side effects" showing up. Same with cocaine or alcohol. You go on a bender, it will fuck you up. However, with marijuana I've found that you can literally smoke as much as you can inhale and it won't hurt you, aside from the inhaling smoke part... so vape or do edibles or something.
I've become a bit of a psychonaut as I've gotten older. Not really surprising, it's an old family tradition. So, your mileage may vary, I am not a doctor, this is not medical advice. Don't do drugs, stay in school, all that jazz. Remember, there's a time and place for everything... and it's called college.
worthwhile to learn how to grow your own food
What do you do at the end of the world? Do you party, do you bunker down... what do?
We've started gardening, including growing a specific variety of tomato that we got as a seedling. The "Parks Whopper (improved)" variety are delicious and easy to grow. The (improved) tag indicates disease resistance, as far as I understand it.
They grow quite fast, our little seedling is now nearly 4.5 ft tall after only 3 months. They also produce a good number of fruit, I think the max it has had on at once is fifteen (15).
The best, of course, is saved for last. They are hands-down the most delicious tomato in my opinion. They taste like gramma's garden tomato, if you catch my drift. They're also very tender. The skin is quite strong, but the flesh within is soft, juicy and flavorful.
I prefer to leave them on the plant until I need a tomato if possible. Since we use them pretty regularly, there isn't really a concern (yet) of them going bad on the plant.
I plan to make some absolutely delightful marinara at some point too, since we're also growing some italian oregano and sweet basil.
There are a lot of other plants in our garden, but the tomato is the one we've gotten a chance to enjoy results from first.
it's the end of the world as we know it, and i feel FIIIIIINE!
Wow, the world really started going to shit fast.
Coronavirus, riots against bad police, economic stuff...
I'm a concerned individual. Also, there is a better way to solve this problem. I understand that sometimes the police are baiting protests into a riot. Don't fall for it. Also, if you see police escalating things, record it.
Now, the second point I'd like to make. IF you decide you want to go protest and potentially face a riot, plan ahead. Pick your class, just like a RPG. Are you a pacifist, a healer, a mage, a warrior? Do you carry a med kit and milk for pepper spray victims? Do you carry molotovs and cherry bombs? Do you carry a baton and helmet? Do you leave when things begin to get out of hand? The point is, plan ahead. The world is going to shit, and you can't get caught unprepared any more. Doing so can be dangerous to your health.
Now, have a frosty cold one, and think long and hard about who it is you're really angry at. After that, protest and demonstrate there. e.g. if you're angry at bad policing (as many of us are), protest and demonstrate at the police department and city hall. Hold those responsible accountable.
Looting and burning businesses makes things unclear what you're angry about. Target didn't kill a man senselessly, nor did the mom & pop shop that may get looted or burned. If you join in on this kind of behavior, you're not sending a clear message to those responsible that they've fucked up. Target will absorb the cost of damages and lost stock. It will hurt them a bit, but not like a small business would be hurt. Small businesses caught in the crossfire of this insanity stand to lose everything they've likely worked for years to have.
Again, those responsible should be held accountable. A broken, racist, and functionally backwards criminal justice system is finally (potentially) being called to answer for real. The key is, those who protest and demonstrate must show that they are better than that which they decry, and not get distracted from what they're really protesting and demonstrating against.
I've seen some very brave young Americans protesting, and I've seen some really shit cops busting skulls. I leave you with this:
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it's natural manure." --Thomas Jefferson
could it be an email?
I understand everybody wants to be on camera now during meetings because we're all stuck at home. I get it, face time with coworkers is important. However, there is something happening, we'll call it "Zoom Fatigue".
This problem is actually two-fold for me. I moved from support to engineering last year, and had the mistaken idea that it would mean fewer meetings.
Not only did my meeting load increase, now that everybody is staying home, it has turned into a demented online brady-bunch intro of awkwardness each day.
I don't mind one or the other. Additional meetings or all meetings are video. Both together is a bit much though.
an argument for a shitty hack
I'm sure there are other definitions for "stringification". However, what I'm going to define here is how I use it.
Example: You have a program that takes in multiple inputs, some strings, some integers, maybe even a float or two.
All of this data needs to be sent in a single shot to another program, let's assume via an API call that expects ALL of the keys to be there.
Consider that the other program or API doesn't care how your program handles the data, as long as what it gets is what it expects.
We'll say the API call is https://foo.bar/API/inputdata.do?namestr&intvalue&floatvalue
Your program has the following variables in memory: namestr = "Bob Spack" intvalue = 245 floatvalue = 12.78
I do quite a bit in python, so that's how I'll demonstrate what I call stringification.
This then makes outputstr read as follows: "Bob Spack&245&12.78"
A nice easy concise variable you can then use to make your API calls.
I'm not saying that this is the pythonic way, or even the right way according to anybody. I can say that it works, and I've used it several times before to make my own life easier.
In cases where you need to serialize a bunch of variables together into a string (for sending to an API, sending over the wire via serial, whatever), this might prove useful.
no, my dick is big enough already, tyvm
Blocking advertisements is something I do because I want to view the web content I'm trying to view. I don't want to see your commercials for "make your dick bigger" or "find hot singles" or whatever other mindless schlock you're pushing.
As an example, trying to read a news article that popped up in my RSS feed.
No, I don't think I will. Certainly not since I finished writing a web-scraper in python that just pulls the article contents anyway.
Ok, fine, you're starting to piss me off with this "please don't block our advertisements".
Frankly, if your web presence is dependent upon advertising revenue to stay afloat, you might want to evaluate cost/benefit.
Lastly, here's another image I grabbed showing what happens when I do unblock the site in question.
The asshole bar at the top, the side-bar full of useless junk hawking products I don't want and am not interested in.
Where's the fucking content? Oh yeah, it's partially hidden behind these things, and pushed further down the page.
Is this a news site or a bloody fashion magazine? As if the ad bar at the top wasn't enough, every two to three paragraphs there's an advertisement IN THE ARTICLE.
I'm not in the market to buy a car, but their advertising seems to think I am. They also seem to think I have cancer, care about hockey, and a bunch of other seemingly unrelated nonsense.
At this point, I'm compiling a list of sites that are doing this. Putting advertising in front of the content. Not just stylistically but also operationally.
If you make the list, I'm done reading anything on your site and will continue to tell everyone who will listen (and some who will not) to avoid you as well.
For fucks sake, hosting isn't that expensive any more.
y u no validate?
Yup, it's true, you can't arrange icons by penis.
Gonna make a short PSA here, then go deal with more of this nonsense.
If your IT department sends out emails several times a week for months saying "Hey, we're about to roll out this new thing, please test it to make sure it works."... You should test it. If you don't, and you ignore these notifications, when something you need is missing or doesn't work, you can... well, yeah I think you know where I'm going with that.
If you were given a checklist to verify app by app that everything works and your app wasn't on there or doesn't work, you should speak up. Not wait until it stops working and immediately begin laying blame elsewhere.
Lack of participation at the start results in poor support later. If you don't bother to tell us "hey, this obscure tool that you didn't know about doesn't work right". When we make our changes, and it won't work... That's not the IT team's fault.
As end-users, you hold the responsibility for being engaged in defining what it is you need. If you make us guess, you might get something that doesn't meet any of your needs. Again, not the IT team's fault.
new years resolutions
Mine are pretty simple, but not exactly easy.
First, I'm quitting smoking cigarettes. It's costing me around $300USD per month for both myself and the better half... literally burning the money up and inhaling the toxic offgassing. I'm done with it.
Second, I want to get back into shape. Not super-ripped or anything crazy, just go the gym and ride the bike for an hour several times a week. Shed some flab, get my wind back, all that good stuff.
Lastly, I'm taking the entire month of January (at least) off from video games. I know, I've written about games here before. I am an avid gamer... but I'm letting my zeal for digital interactive entertainment get in the way of more important things, like family.