Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Been a while

Haven't posted since the 10th. Have a couple of drafts in progress, but at 2:30 AM on July 16th I found myself in the emergency ward of the nearby hospital with what I believed to be a gallstone attack. I returned home that same day at 6:00 AM. Not bad. Only 3.5 hours in the hospital. Pain had receded. Tests had been run. Good result for a government run healthcare system. In fact, at the initial triage stage, I was immediately moved to an observation room (i.e. I didn't have to suffer in the waiting room).

Tuesday, though I had some residual pain, went by without much of an issue. Then that evening, I had another attack. By 4:00 AM Wednesday morning the pain was such that I went back to the hospital. Once again I was immediately moved to the observation room, and within minutes found myself in a bed hooked to an IV (saline solution). I remained in the hospital until yesterday afternoon. Diagnosis: pancreatitis caused by a gallstone. I didn't eat or drink anything until Sunday afternoon (when I had some cranberry juice and some jello). I ate some "soft" food for the first time yesterday before leaving the hospital.

Seems I will have to make an appointment to have my gallbladder removed in 4-6 weeks.

Now the cost to me was about $60 for the television and personal telephone. I wonder how much a 7 day (8 counting the Monday stint) would have cost me in the States? A friend of mine spent 7 days in a US hospital when he moved down there to work and it cost him $30,000. Hmm...$60 vs $30,000...yeah, I'll pay the higher taxes.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Too funny

I get a newsletter from ZDNet which discuss latest issues and news stories regardiing the computer industry. The most recent newsletter had an article entitled: Securing Firefox: How to avoid hacker attacks on Mozilla’s browser by Ryan Naraine whose ZDNet biography claims:
[He] is a technology news journalist specializing in Internet and computer security issues. His detailed coverage of hacker attacks and security warnings has appeared in a variety of publications, including @NY,,, Yahoo News, Fox News and, most recently, Ziff Davis Media's eWEEK.

That's all well and good. Problem is, the article on Firefox shows screenshots from an old OUT-OF-DATE version of Firefox! Ha haha. Too funny. Makes you wonder how on the ball this guy is...and the editors of ZDNet.


Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Stupid Pet people

I see a pattern developing in my blog titles/topics...I think stupidity is my biggest pet peeve...ironic turn of a phrase, given this rant is about...PETS.

I don't understand "pet people". Animals aren't a member of your family. Given the right (or wrong, depending on your viewpoint) set of circumstances, they will use you as food. Cats I don't like, and consider them a waste of food and water. Dogs, on the other hand, do serve a purpose. However, the minute you treat one as a member of the family is also the minute you take your life into your hands...or the lives of your children. Now, if you own a Lhasa Apso, Pomeranian, or other such tiny dog, fine. But this family had a Rottweiler-German Shepherd cross. They also HAD a 17 month old daughter.

I don't want to add to their suffering, but this could have been prevented by one of two things: either don't own a dog bred for violence or don't let a 17 month old wander over to it. Rottweilers aren't known for being cuddly and fun loving. You can make a case that German Shepherds make good family pets, I suppose, but I don't like them, nor do I trust them.

In a similar vein, a man was recently charged with killing a cat. He hit it over the head twice with a tire iron. The cat had become increasingly violent over a period of several days culminating in an attack on animals the man had. He breeds horses and had various other animals (chickens I believe). Like any farmer/rancher faced with a dangerous animal, he killed it. End of story. Except the city folk got all involved and now he faces charges.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Mika Brzezinski

She's my new hero. Google her if you want to see the video of her ripping up pages of copy she was to read about Paris Hilton being released from jail. The thing is viral. It's the number one video flowing around out there.

Apparently, the producers at MSNBC wanted her to lead with that story over some "fluff piece" about the war in Iraq and controversy in the White House. She refused. The two morons beside her, especially host Joe Scarborough, tout the tired line that Paris is news. They simply come across as pandering assholes who should be lynched by anyone who believes the news needs a heavy dose of integrity.

Too many people will defend coverage of this clownette because she "sells". Well, it doesn't matter. A beautiful quote from South Park's Mr. Slave after he defeats Paris in a "whore-off" in the episode "Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset":

People, don't applaud me. I'm a dirty whore. [the crowd falls silent] Being spoiled and stupid and whorish is supposed to be a bad thing, remember? Parents, if you don't teach your children that people like Paris Hilton are supposed to be despised, where are they gonna learn it? You have to be the ones to make sure your daughters aren't looking up to the wrong people.

It's funny. I never found her attractive or even remotely interesting.