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Writer by trade. I makes da words purdy.

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goobster  ·  19 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 16, 2019

I love everything about this, because it reminds me of that age, where you can just DO CRAZY SHIT, and recovery is so much easier.

Keep it up. You rock, and this is going to be such a blast!

goobster  ·  19 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 16, 2019

Yeah, the emotional toll of a possible stroke was far more taxing than the physical too, honestly.

As for the Rugby 101 event, it was brilliant. About 20 new rugby fans in a room with four forwards, two backs, and two referees. The fans asked questions about the game, and the players and refs talked about those parts of the game. When is something offsides? How does the Ref determine how long advantage play lasts? What is the legal method for stealing the ball from the ruck? How can the forwards influence a scrum, and what is the Ref looking for from a scrum, or penalties in a scrum, etc...

It was brilliant.

goobster  ·  19 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 16, 2019

Yeah? Thanks for the tips! I was mostly thinking Iceland in March was going to be ticking-the-box, rather than a lot of interesting/beauty/fun... glad to hear it still has stuff going for it in the dregs of winter...

goobster  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A series of mysterious bleeps and bloops defined the early days of the internet

Man, I knew what this article was about before I even finished the title. And I knew what every paragraph would say before I read it. And I knew what every modem would sound like when I saw the description in the video.

But... when I heard modem sounds #2 and #3... the chills of visceral recognition I got up my spine, were CRAZY!

Like KB said, I wanna make #2 my new ringtone on my iPhone Xs.

goobster  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 16, 2019

Well thankfully it wasn't a stroke or aneurysm. The CT scan came back clear, so the Doctors and Neurologists are officially diagnosing it as a Thunderclap Migraine.

Then I had two more, two days later.

It's been 6 days since the first one that panicked the shit out of me, and sent me home crying from work. I'm going to the neurologist again tomorrow for a follow up, possible spinal adjustment, and possible MRI.

But for now, I just keep pretending everything is fine, and going about my business...

In other news,

- I went to an outstanding punk show, Stiff Little Fingers

- I went to the 10th anniversary party for my old circus pal's dinner theater, Cafe Nordo

- This morning I went to the dentist for a cleaning

- Tonight I am hosting a Rugby 101 workshop for Seattle rugby fans

- I've finally reached a level in Fallout 76 where I am not constantly dying, and can actually enjoy just exploring this open world and building cool shit. (It's been a year, now.)

- Planning a trip to Europe with my brother and his wife for next March. Iceland, Ireland, and Scotland... in March. It'll be... well... wet and cold. But traveling with them and experiencing it together is going to be FANTASTIC!!

goobster  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 16, 2019

Weirdly, my sister co-authored a book about how to navigate the language of heathcare, and her section specifically deals with issues around dementia and reduced cognitive function. (Mostly in senior citizens, but the logic holds no matter what type of brain changes you are undergoing.)

The book came out this morning. I was literally posting about it before I came to Hubski, so let me just Command-V it here:

goobster  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Cargo ship owned by JPMorgan Chase seized by US with 20 tons of cocaine

Man... my conservative side says you can't blame a bank for how their customers use the money. (There's no commutative property in capitalism.)

But my Reality side says, "somebody's gotta fucking do something, so why not start with the goddamn bankers?"

Just linking a name like JP Morgan Chase to $1.2bn in drugs is going to result in some Very Serious Memos being sent, and underlings will be scurrying around to make sure the other illicit activities have been covering their tracks better...

The entire article - and comments here - miss the point. It's not the finger-gun.

The problem is the ideation, and the prompt, "Who would you kill?"

Whichever little fuck said that needs to sit down at the police station and be walked through videos of Sandy Hook, and photos of dead kids and teachers, and understand that this type of discussion is no-go territory. Period.

goobster  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Who's in Seattle? Meetup?

I'd like to, but am going in to the doctor in about 3 hours to see if that really was a stroke I had last night, or not.

KB - Keep me up to date on plans? You have my cell number...

UPDATE: Sorry. Forgot I posted this.... so here's an update: CT Scan came back negative... no aneurysm or stroke. It was a "thunderclap migraine" which are rare, apparently. And then I had two more on Saturday.

So far, it is Monday morning, and my neurologists and doc are thinking a couple of different things. One is probably an MRI, another is a spinal adjustment to possibly relieve a pinched nerve...?

But. No headaches Sunday, and up to - lemme check - 9:29 on Monday AM, as I post this.

So ... good news. Kinda?

goobster  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The White House Letter in Response to the Impeachment Inquiry

Linguistic subterfuge.

Every time they tie the proceedings to "unprecedented" language, they use the term "Investigation".

Every time they refer to the actual thing that has begun - the Inquiry - they use the proper term, "inquiry".

And inquiry is not an investigation, and is not bound by the same principles. It's the thing you do before a trial, to make sure you have all the pieces and parts to the whole puzzle.

goobster  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Turkish Navy Surrounds Cyprus

Well, Russia effectively annexed the Ukraine's ports, Netanyahu is taking more Palestinian land, Trump tried to buy Greenland.... so why can't Erdogan get some new land, too?

TODAY our CEO sent an email out to the whole company, talking about the opioid crisis. His kids have lost 3 friends this week, due to fentanyl-laced oxy. Probably not suicides. Probably. (He's a typical high-level tech exec, with that lifestyle, family, and ... he always thought opioids were "other people's" problems. Not in his circle. Not even close. He was shocked into reality, basically. And he's not a dumb clueless guy, either.)

We have close to 500 people in the company, across 5 locations all over the USA... west, midwest, south, northeast... and he sent it to everyone.

Kids are way more casual about drugs today, than in my day. And apparently suicide, as well.

I've learned a lot, today.

So... the generation who publicly announces all their innermost thoughts, (rather than just holding them in and getting thru them, or committing them to the locked pages of a diary kept under the mattress), and has ready access to extremely powerful drugs (both over the counter, and under) are now more troubled than teens of any other generation?

I doubt it.

The article should be titled "Modern teens express teenage drama differently than their parents did."

goobster  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What If We Really Are Alone in the Universe?

From cave paintings to 4chan in 20k years... that's an excellent way to look at it, and makes it easier to wrap your mind around the timelines it can take a civilization to get from milestone to milestone.

It's hard to conceive of the times and distances we are talking about here. Having a practical timeframe to think of, at least gives you a handhold to grab on to, as you slide down the infinite mountain of numbers...

And ooli makes a good point about intelligence. I know the Drake Equation has thought of that, but breaking it down into layman-understandable pieces is a valuable exercise for me.

I dig Instagram. I follow motorcycle builders, rugby players, hot goth chick makeup tutorials (because I love to see how they create those looks), and my friends who have kids.

I loved it originally, because it had a clever discovery algorithm that helped me find new content.

After FB bought it, they dumped the good algorithm and put the shitty Facebook one on (which was copped directly from Pandora: here's content only from 5 friends, with one oddball thrown in at random).

But... it's got nice pictures of motorcycles. And peeps into the life of my friends' kids and some rugby players. It's good brainless scrolling when I need it, and there's no Trump there.

goobster  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What If We Really Are Alone in the Universe?

I've loved reading all the comments on this, and the mathematical geekitude, but I had another thought about the idea of us being alone: What if the universe is just far more malicious to life than we thought?

We are a tiny little solar system in one arm of one moderately-sized galaxy. And our little planet in our little solar system has already had at least one extinction-level event caused by an asteroid.

Recently, as our sensors have gotten better, we have seen not one, but two different extra-solar objects entering our system (RAMA I and RAMA II, according to kleinbl00), and I guarantee you that the first objects didn't just happen to show up when we build sensors strong enough to detect them... they've been whistling through our airspace (erm... space-space?) since forever.

What if there is just so much shit flying around and crashing into each other, that life only has the luxury of time to develop, out here in our distant suburbs; in areas that are protected in some way from the primary debris flying out of the chaotic center of our Universe?

Sure, the math says that there SHOULD be a gajillion planets out there that are habitable for things we would recognize as "life". But the practicalities of having a habitable environment, undisturbed and stable for long enough to develop intelligent human-equitable life, is a vanishingly small occurrence?

Think Seveneves but on a galactic scale, rather than a planetary one...


goobster  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 351st Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

Turns out my favorite coffee shop barista has a band, and she's a fantastic guitarist:

Rabbitkeeper (Spotify link)

I put their small group of songs on repeat while I was working the other day, and realized I'd been listening to the same 6 songs for two hours, and wasn't bored/annoyed yet!

She comes from a jazz background, with a deep love for screamo metal, but this band she describes as being "very Pavement-like". I hear all the influences, and love the unusual chords, song structures, and melodic lines.

Love them. Can't wait to see them live, at some point.

goobster  ·  13 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 2, 2019

Agreed. But holding France to 12 points, and being within 3 points of them for 60+ minutes is a win, for a Tier 2 team playing a Tier 1.

And the US never flagged. They left it all on the field. They earned respect from the Tier 1 teams, and that's a win for us in RWC 2019.

goobster  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 2, 2019

Oops. Squint hard while reading Hubski today! There are a couple of places where I have chatted about games with others...

goobster  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 2, 2019

Twas! Just my Mom, Dad, sister, wife, dog, and my sister's two cats. We sat around the house, talking, laughing, playing dice, and drinking champagne.

My family are my most favorite people in the world. I know that is rare, and I cherish it every single day.

goobster  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 2, 2019

Mikey Te'o is astounding. I honestly believe that if he'd been healthy for the MLR Championship game this year, the San Diego Legion would have taken home the trophy, rather than my beloved Seawolves.

He's that rare 7s player that can move to XV as well. He's going to be a key part of the Eagles for many years, I expect.

I'm really healthy. I've never broken a bone. Never had major surgery (except for a hernia at 6 months old). And only ever got stitches once... when I had a vasectomy: I got two stitches.

But I am honestly scared of that craving you describe. If I ever get seriously ill, or need major surgery, the opioids worry me. I like drugs. I've done a lot of MDMA and mushrooms in my life, and have enjoyed LSD several times.

But those are recreational and non-addictive. Experiencing that craving for a drug would terrify me, as well. I hope never to experience it. Congratulations to you on recognizing it, and turning away from it so powerfully.

goobster  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Fishermen pull 11,000 pounds of metal from Spokane River

I love that the metal recycler has decided to pay them double for the scrap metal, to help support the cause. That's pretty cool.

goobster  ·  15 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: “Now we’re looking at near raw bribery,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.)

... hence the very existence of the Emoluments Clause ...


goobster  ·  15 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 2, 2019

My climate impact is on my mind, as well. The same week Greta led the climate protests I had my street repaved with asphalt, and bought an electric heater for my rec room to make it more comfortable.

The irony was thick. Like walking through molasses.

goobster  ·  15 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 2, 2019

Birthday: It's my 51st birthday. Woo.

Rugby: Last night, at 12:30 AM, I went to a French wine bar that opened up for an invite-only watching of the France v USA rugby world cup match in Japan. The USA was a world-class contender team ... for about 65 minutes. Then just fell apart. It was anyone's game up until then, and the USA just didn't have it in them to play at that level for all 80 minutes.

Going to bed at 3:AM last night, and getting up at 6:AM this morning didn't work out so well for me. So I'm doing the least I can, from a local coffee shop, before I head home and get a nap...

... to prepare for tonight's birthday dinner with the family. It's gonna be low-key and chill, but I'll need a nap if I even want to be human for them! :-)

Tennis Elbow: I also had my first physical therapy appointment for my "tennis elbow" yesterday, and I am enchanted with my therapist. She's very cool, and excited to help me get to my larger goals, as well as address the immediate problem. Makes me feel excited about continuing my health journey.

Dog Health: My dog is getting better, slowly. But she has now figured out ALL of my tricks for getting her to take 5 pills a day. So every single one is fight. With a 70lb black lab/shepherd/husky, who is smart as shit, and 14 years old, so she's an old woman and isn't taking any shit from anyone anymore.

Wrestling my beautiful dog, pinning her down, forcing her mouth open, and jamming pills down the back of her throat is the most heart-wrenching thing.

Getting woke: Planning travel with the rugby team to away games and a trip to Ireland and Scotland in 2020 ... and having thoughts about the climate footprint of my travel plans. Yeah, 80% of the damage to the climate is done by about 100 companies, which are run by about a dozen people. If any one of them made the slightest change at all, it would completely overshadow my total environmental footprint if I lived 1,000 years.

BUT... don't I have the responsibility to myself - to my fellow human beings? - to be responsible for my own impacts, however small in comparison to the big polluters? It's not the size that counts... except, in this case, it actually is.

But that doesn't absolve me of ANY culpability or responsibility. But... is thinking this way, and having these thoughts, enough for one small person? I already drive an electric car and converted my home to electric heating, in a principally hydroelectric-powered state.

What is enough? Who calculates it? What about my nieces - and KB's daughter - who will grow up into a world where "once in a thousand-year" storms, weather, and environmental changes happen multiple times in a single year?

Oh. Did I mention I'm 51? And thinking about my place in the world?

Yeah. That, too.

goobster  ·  15 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 2, 2019

My mother grew up with pet kestrels. They are enchanting birds. Whip-smart.