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kantos  ·  33 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 22, 2021

Overall Health

The past couple weeks have been draining. If I'm honest... I haven't had a truly restful weekend in recent memory - easily months. At least, not restful by how kantos two years ago would have defined it.

Perhaps its rooted in COVID - and not just the era, but the lasting side effects of July's contraction. I cannot exercise without exhibiting what I'd expect are asthmatic symptoms which keep me seated or laying down for 72 hours. Even leisurely strolls in Southern heat left me horizontal in less than an hour. I've gained 40 pounds since quarantine began, and frustrated at getting knee-cap'd during what used to be a quick recovery period of minutes.

Next step pending as a doctor appointment is scheduled for Friday.


First work anniversary at the current job has passed. I've learned so much just getting the job. At the time, only partial benefits were offered. So, I argued for higher pay to compensate for lack of benefits... to HR... bad idea. Well, then I plead the case to the hiring manager (my now boss)... which gained me a higher starting salary than their advertised ceiling.

Since then, I've gotten a full suite of bennies and two raises, plus a title change. All under a year. Fuck yeah.

This place (especially my boss) has given me free range to hone what I've learned from grad school and then some. Tomorrow I'm rolling out a fully scripted set of Python tools by yours truly to help my tinnie-tiny department on the latest software upgrade coordinated my (for the people in the back), again, yours truly.

On the spectrum of "holy shit" to "nice code bro," overall, it's more the latter in terms of bragging rights when looking at the scripts themselves. But, it feels like a 'holy fuck' to the dept, so I'm rolling with it.

The company is small, and landing this job makes me wonder if I'm getting compensated enough still. Despite this, on-the-job training I've been annoying enough to 'manifest [my boss' rage]' is finally on the horizon, and it is exactly on course for what I've aspired to 'round about a decade now.


I gotta get back in the habit of reading. Just reviewing my comments when I first joined Hubski make me feel as though I've gotten dumber.

Hot damn.

Found a 'fun read' to kindle the flame again. Next in line are Dune sequels and Foundation to further stoke the flame.


Speaking of flame, I'm beginning talks with family about re-locating within the next decade or so to get ahead climate change induced migration. Finding better land, community, and environmentally sound regions are in-mind as I'm planning a non-related trip with a childhood buddy.

The only conceivable reason to stay where we are is the safety in-case Yellowstone blows... which would also cause an Earth cooling event, I'd guess would run counter to global warming? Yeah... none of this is palatable. Sorry to leave this on a sour note pubs.

FWIW, my work is actively involved in countering climate change (a point of pride), but man the uphill battle ahead does look tiring.

goobster  ·  32 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yellowstone isn't a real concern to any legit scientist. It got some buzz in the ill-informed media, but no legit scientist believes it is anything other than a hot hole in ground that is mostly dangerous to those who fall into one of the vents. Explosive Yellowstone events are in the past.

As far as relocating ahead of climate change migration... yep. Am on the same page here.

Working with another couple to find the right piece of land for the four of us to construct two "vacation homes" ... which will also be our fallback positions, if things go to shit. Fortunately, here in the Pacific Northwest we have some seriously righteous land available, that is of no interest to Amazon employees (and their pocketbooks), and are very difficult for your average climate refugee to access.

I have about a 38% belief that in my lifetime, "I got mine, so fuck you" is going to be a required mindset, as people are forced to leave their bioregions due to desertification, and move to the greener bits of land... like where I live. Taking a defensive stance today, to address this potential for tomorrow, is a practical move.

goobster  ·  27 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Your Vox article was a part of the scare a few years ago, and led the geophysicists to revamp their analyses and give updates on the Yellowstone situation.

The key problem with Yellowstone is that there have been three big events, and the average of three data points is meaningless, plus volcanoes don't work that way and fail to erupt on schedule. They erupt when the magma chamber gets over 50% liquid, and Yellowstone's is only about 5-15% currently, as it slowly moves across the historically cooler and less active geography of the midwest. So there's no reason to think it may erupt... and even if it did, an eruption would be a lava flow, not a huge volcanic event like we usually associate with volcanoes.

The journal of the American Geophysical Society (EOS) has an excellent article for the lay-person here, which lays it all out with the latest science: https://eos.org/features/dont-call-it-a-supervolcano

And the USGS - while being less eloquent - agrees: https://www.usgs.gov/faqs/yellowstone-overdue-eruption-when-will-yellowstone-erupt

kantos  ·  29 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Your first few sentences triggered a need to visit more current findings… regardless of what was found the delivery implies smaller explosions are not concerning… sure. The BIG one occurring is not likely now, you’re right. Another concern off the mind, great! But regarding following:

    Explosive Yellowstone events are in the past.

One concept which stuck with me from astronomy: geophysical calamities are a matter of when - not if. From a human’s perspective in 2021, maybe they are a thing of the past. But historically, there have been roughly 0.8 mil between Yellowstone’s 3 super-explosions. So, 140,000 years from now would be a time to re-evaluate.

Speaking of, beginning to narrow in on climate/land criteria before suitability modeling/GIS application. It’s odd how my parents are so checked out, while their sons are quietly talking of migrating the whole family ahead of the worst to come (generations out, mind you).

Expecting that mindset never hurt.


Ref. source layered with Army Corps of Engineers and USGS data.


veen  ·  32 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I really do wonder to what degree globally people have been sleeping worse. Personally, the number of fully restful nights I've had in the past eighteen months can be counted on one hand. I used to not dream almost every night and not wake up? Now I have long, vivid dreams almost every night and sleeping through is a win.

    I gotta get back in the habit of reading. Just reviewing my comments when I first joined Hubski make me feel as though I've gotten dumber.

Same here... I did get through a few books and can attest that starting with fun & short is the way to go. But the ol' habit is gone, and I miss it.

kantos  ·  29 days ago  ·  link  ·  

In spite of the rougher sleep, I’ve added an extra mattress topper, white noise (via fan) and an eye-mask have been a nominal help. The topper was the biggest bang for my buck.

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson’s how I’m starting out. It’s a comedic telling of struggling with mental health. Lawson has a knack for witty, conversational way of writing that compliments hilarious stories.

kleinbl00  ·  32 days ago  ·  link  ·  

My understanding is that Yellowstone blowing would take a couple years off the calendar, not much more. I believe Pinatubo bought us what, 5 years? Ain't nuthin' but I imagine the folx in Pinatubo's shadow would rather have foregone the eruption.

What's your pulse-ox? mine hasn't been above 96 since March 2020. I also ended up with a fuckton of inflammation. If you have the insurance for it, get a cardiology consult 'cuz COVID is fuckin' mean to the heart. Mine told me that COVID was the equivalent of a heart attack for me. And because it fucks with your heart'n'lungs, "dying in your sleep" is a thing post-COVID does to you.

kantos  ·  29 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    My understanding is that Yellowstone blowing would take a couple years off the calendar, not much more. I believe Pinatubo bought us what, 5 years? Ain't nuthin' but I imagine the folx in Pinatubo's shadow would rather have foregone the eruption.

This was harder to find modeling for Yellowstone on than expected given the Yellowstone craze in early 2010s, and existing data of Pinatubo.

Below quote’s source

    The 1991 eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines was about 1,000 times smaller than Yellowstone’s largest known eruption; it caused temporary, yet measurable, changes in global temperatures. The sulfur dioxide emitted from the volcano interacted with the atmosphere, which cooled the Earth’s surface for three years following the eruption. At the height of the impact, global temperatures dropped by 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit (0.7 degrees Celsius).


    Several eruptions during the past century have caused a decline in the average temperature at the Earth's surface of up to half a degree (Fahrenheit scale) for periods of one to three years. The climactic eruption of Mount Pinatubo on June 15, 1991, was one of the largest eruptions of the twentieth century and injected a 20-million ton (metric scale) sulfur dioxide cloud into the stratosphere at an altitude of more than 20 miles. The Pinatubo cloud was the largest sulfur dioxide cloud ever observed in the stratosphere since the beginning of such observations by satellites in 1978.

98, so pretty good, considering my general doctor offered up a CT scan with contrast and waived co-pay to look for clots. The way we discussed it, the urgency isn’t there, and more likely than not, I’m young enough that we should re-visit after 4 months IF I’m still finding breathing less-than-effortless. I’ve found it seems to be the top of my lungs providing more resistance to air…

Ahywho, the doc stated pretty plainly they could run an ECG, but couldn’t do anything even if something shows up.

Close family friend is a cardiologist who will provide prelim advice before I consider a local heart doc.

    And because it fucks with your heart'n'lungs, "dying in your sleep" is a thing post-COVID does to you.|

    Losing sleep over that fact will reduce the chances, right?

kleinbl00  ·  29 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I say do the ECG. At least then you'll know. And yes. 98 beats 96.

b_b  ·  28 days ago  ·  link  ·  

So two days ago I was at my in-laws' house, and my kid was messing with my mother-in-law's pulse oximeter. To show him how it worked I put it on my finger, and it read 96. I was like, hmmm, this thing is broken. So I tested it on my son and my mother-in-law. Both 99. WTF? I had just had a covid booster the day before, and all day I felt like dogshit all day, and then the next day (yesterday) I felt like I was having asthma all day. Couldn't take a deep breath without coughing, etc. That doesn't appear to be one of the known side-effects of the Pfizer vaccine, but I wonder if I discovered a new one. Anyway, I have a new found appreciation for you and others who have been struggling with long term low oxygen. I was struggling after 2 days! Feel better today, but I'm definitely going to remeasure to make sure there's nothing there anymore.