Whine like a baby, now with 500% more drama!

Last week, the store was out of my usual brand of coffee creamer and the one I got instead is inferior.
I had to switch to Western Family brand coffee creamer and sucralose, and it just isn't as good as Winco brand, but the nearest Winco is 2.5 hours away!

As to the severity of rants issue... When I post a category down, it's never about deflating the severity of my situation based upon someone else', but about how severely the situation effects me. I mean, the other day I think I posted in here about my pets getting too rowdy in the morning and breaking a monitor in the process. Now, the monitor was expensive and I can't afford to replace it with a new one, so I have to get a refurbished model. I paid extra for two-day shipping, not knowing that they wouldn't even be shipping my order until at least 4 days later, making paying for shipping for the monitor to reach me this week pointless, and more money was wasted. Yet another bong was broken in the process, and while it was cheap when I bought it, the glass market in Oregon is vastly more expensive than the glass market in Washington was, so I can't afford to replace it, and I'm running out of bongs. I spilled coffee all over myself in the process, and we still don't have a washer and dryer, so that means another garment to soak and wash by hand before a stain sets in, because I can't afford to run to the laundromat every time I need to get a stain out of something quickly. And, while we fully intend to rip the carpet out of the upstairs and replace it all with hardwood flooring, the carpet needs to survive until then, and it just isn't going to if ashes, bong water, and coffee keep getting spilled on it, because I can't afford a carpet steamer! But at the time, none of that was important to me. The only thing that was important to me was that my cat was scared and needed to be reassured, and that the top corner bezel on the monitor hit me just right in the knuckle of my thumb to scrape the skin off in a perfect bezel pattern and it hurt. If it happened today, instead of last week, I'd probably put it in the Minor Rant thread. If/when it happens again, if my financial situation hasn't improved by then, it will probably go in the Big Bad Rant thread.

I try very hard not to limit what thread I post something in based on my perception of someone else' suffering, and I neither expect nor want anyone else to do the same based on my circumstances. When you get down to the very bottom of it, we're all just people, and sometimes we all need comfort. I'm not going to judge whether or not one person's situation deserves as much comfort as anyone else' - because we all just deserve as much comfort as we need to feel better, and I can't decide that for anyone but myself (and rarely myself).
 
Its funny, after this discussion about the severity of the rant threads, I looked into what I've posted in that thread as a rant. Turns out I have a high standard. My last three things:

1) Being upset about a wedding happening that I was going to be in until my ex left me.
2) My ex leaving me.

And my favorite:
3) Feeling bad about dropping my phone when housesitting for a friend because I had to cut open the bottom of his couch to get it out.

Why is the last one so funny?

Because I was housesitting so him and my then-fiancee could go on a trip to visit a friend. She dumped me a few days later and they "started" dating a few days after that.*

I no longer feel bad about the couch.




*I was told that he was coming along because he wanted to fuck the friend, which was plausible since she was definitely into him. I'm stupid, but not quite that stupid.[DOUBLEPOST=1518486043,1518485690][/DOUBLEPOST]Oh man, I need to back out of that search before things get too heavy. I do love this post though:

Well things are worked out on one stressful front (editors note: regarding wedding planning). Hopefully nothing else major happens.


Something else major is going to happen isn't it?
lolol if you only knew...
 

Squidleybits

Pika Pika Choo Choo!
I often don’t know where to put my health stuff. It adds up over time and I just put it wherever I feel like it’s bothering me that day. If it’s just a minor irritation, then it’s “Whine like a baby” etc.

I have another charming one today with my family doctor. His office called and I’ve been called back to discuss the results of last week’s blood tests. The problem? He told his assistant the wrong blood test. How do I know? Because I didn’t have my B12 tested last week. I had that tested years ago and it was too low which is why I’ve been having injections for years. So I now have no idea which test was off and have to wait until Thursday to find out. I’m sure that I’ll survive, but it’s obnoxious.

I told my parents and sister and my mother and sister are being obnoxious about it and saying that “No, this is great news. You could finally be able to stop getting your B12 injections.” No...not if my B12 wasn’t tested I can’t. He didn’t run a CBC. OMG....and I told them three or four times and they weren’t getting it. My doctor was testing for a handful of very specific things to look for reasons for what could be causing my hair issues.
 

figmentPez

Cosplay Czar
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Just heard someone describe Steampunk as "often Victorian style for some reason"...

My head hurts.

"for some reason"....

It's such a mystery. No one knows. This random connection, maybe people just thought it looked good.

:facepalm:
 
Just heard someone describe Steampunk as "often Victorian style for some reason"...

My head hurts.

"for some reason"....

It's such a mystery. No one knows. This random connection, maybe people just thought it looked good.

:facepalm:
Surprisingly there are those of us who are not up to speed on every niche on the planet. Just sayin'. ;)

I don't know exactly what steampunk is. I would also describe it as Victorian-era tech for modern gadgets.
 
Surprisingly there are those of us who are not up to speed on every niche on the planet. Just sayin'. ;)

I don't know exactly what steampunk is. I would also describe it as Victorian-era tech for modern gadgets.
Well, yeah. That's pretty much the whole design aesthetic. It's steam and gear and crank technology...Which is Victorian-era, more or less. If it isn't at least mostly that, it's probably not steampunk (not saying there aren't other cool *-punks).
 

stienman

GRATUITOUS AMOUNTS OF ENERGY
"Victorian" is just used to describe the type of "high fashion" present during and prior to the steam revolution. Any fashion after that is associated with oil power and electrical revolutions.

It's safe to say that had society stopped at the steam engine, fashion would have moved on regardless, but there's something that associates brass boilers and piping with victorian fashion.

That said, today's depiction of victorian fashion in steampunk is distinctly different and has definitely evolved, it's just the closest we can come to describing it without writing a book on it.
 

figmentPez

Cosplay Czar
Staff member
Surprisingly there are those of us who are not up to speed on every niche on the planet. Just sayin'. ;)

I don't know exactly what steampunk is. I would also describe it as Victorian-era tech for modern gadgets.
It was in a post purporting to explain the difference between the different -punk genres. A post that claimed to be explaining why Steampunk is different from Teslapunk, is different from Biopunk, is different from Solarpunk... Didn't bother to learn where Steampunk came from, or even why they're all called -punk in the fist place.
 

figmentPez

Cosplay Czar
Staff member
I don't know exactly what steampunk is. I would also describe it as Victorian-era tech for modern gadgets.
Which is pretty much exactly what it is. The reason Victorian era fashion is intrinsically linked to Steampunk is that the origin of the genre is "The Difference Engine" by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling. It's an alternate history asking: What if Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace, and others had succeeded in making steam-powered mechanical computers, and this had extended and amplified the industrial revolution and the use of steam power. Thus turning the Victorian Era from the end of the steam era, into a continuation and expansion of that tech. In some ways it's like Fallout's retro-50's future (arguably atomic-punk), in that Steampunk borrows from the science fiction of the industrial revolution, like Jules Verne, to imagine it's alternate tech and look.

The -punk suffix stared with Cyberpunk, and is, I think, a reference to both Punk music and the term street-punk. Generally books in a -punk genre are about counter-culture movement in the face of a powerful, and often oppressive, ruling class. Cyberpunk being about corporate and technological domination, with hackers being streetpunks in a virtual alleyway. Steampunk, before it became more aesthetic than literary genre, was about colonialism and corporate domination. I think some have retroactively assigned Mad Max to the dieselpunk genre.
 

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Now with 14% more raisins
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I don't have anything for or against Valentine's Day. In all my years of dating or marriage, it has never differed from a normal day by more than a few minutes of ritual and a small gift. Maybe every few years some fun in the sack, but usually not if it's a busy weekday.
 
Can I shift focus to complain about the other holiday for today?

I shouldn't have to pick up the slack because my coworker is in a shitty mood from not eating. If you're too hungry to do all of your job, either eat breakfast/lunch, or use a vacation day.
 
Can I shift focus to complain about the other holiday for today?

I shouldn't have to pick up the slack because my coworker is in a shitty mood from not eating. If you're too hungry to do all of your job, either eat breakfast/lunch, or use a vacation day.
You work with someone who actually fasts for Ash Wednesday? That's hardcore.
 

Null

Random Internet Nobody
I don't have anything for or against Valentine's Day. In all my years of dating or marriage, it has never differed from a normal day by more than a few minutes of ritual and a small gift. Maybe every few years some fun in the sack, but usually not if it's a busy weekday.
Fade doesn't like it.
 

jwhouk

Wisconsinite No Longer
I can't complain. SVD was the day I decided I didn't wanna be alone anymore, and chose to answer a personals ad in the local weekly shopper newspaper.

She called me back a few days later. We've been together ever since. :D
 

stienman

GRATUITOUS AMOUNTS OF ENERGY
My blood sugar is too damn high!
Tuesday we had a maker's show and tell style meeting locally where a doctor was discussing how her patients and an online community were building their own artificial pancreas by taking the output of their continuous glucose monitors and controlling their insulin injection pumps automatically. For type one diabetes, which I expect doesn't apply to you, but I found the information fascinating, and the fact that the FDA hasn't approved an all in one machine for this yet, essentially forcing patients to do it all manually, suffering highs and lows when they are inattentive, or hacking their own medical devices.

Reports from some indicate they (or their children) have had much better lives due to the more precise and responsive insulin injection based on their actual glucose.

https://www.healthdesignby.us/

Next week they're holding a little maker's gathering to try and make glucose data more accessible. They aren't going to touch controlling the insulin pumps, but if a cute little LED display makes the patient more aware of their glucose state, they can have much better outcomes. They still can't do it for others, but the FDA can't stop people doing it for themselves, and if the maker's make it easier then more people will be able to adapt the technology to their devices and situation. Right now they're looking at rings of individually controllable RGB leds. Their goal is to make it customizable both to make it more interesting to specific individuals, but also because if you've customized how it's reacting to your glucose and trends then it's hard for others to discern unless you've told them how to interpret it, so it's a bit more secure.

https://www.healthdesignby.us/events

It's still hard to believe how expensive continuous blood glucose monitors are, and that we still have to pierce the skin to get that information.

We will all be cybernetic in the future.

My cybernetic parts will be responsible for knocking food away from my face.
 
Hopefully those are still coming down from when they were exceptionally way too high. I suppose I'll find out if I can ever get a doctor's appointment with a clinic that isn't the one I had to send in a formal complaint about. I imagine, what with the sudden decrease in fast-food consumption (because there's so little of it available here), that they're still improving.
 
Tuesday we had a maker's show and tell style meeting locally where a doctor was discussing how her patients and an online community were building their own artificial pancreas by taking the output of their continuous glucose monitors and controlling their insulin injection pumps automatically. For type one diabetes, which I expect doesn't apply to you, but I found the information fascinating, and the fact that the FDA hasn't approved an all in one machine for this yet, essentially forcing patients to do it all manually, suffering highs and lows when they are inattentive, or hacking their own medical devices.

Reports from some indicate they (or their children) have had much better lives due to the more precise and responsive insulin injection based on their actual glucose.

https://www.healthdesignby.us/

Next week they're holding a little maker's gathering to try and make glucose data more accessible. They aren't going to touch controlling the insulin pumps, but if a cute little LED display makes the patient more aware of their glucose state, they can have much better outcomes. They still can't do it for others, but the FDA can't stop people doing it for themselves, and if the maker's make it easier then more people will be able to adapt the technology to their devices and situation. Right now they're looking at rings of individually controllable RGB leds. Their goal is to make it customizable both to make it more interesting to specific individuals, but also because if you've customized how it's reacting to your glucose and trends then it's hard for others to discern unless you've told them how to interpret it, so it's a bit more secure.

https://www.healthdesignby.us/events

It's still hard to believe how expensive continuous blood glucose monitors are, and that we still have to pierce the skin to get that information.

We will all be cybernetic in the future.

My cybernetic parts will be responsible for knocking food away from my face.
Yeah, I have type 2, but that is fascinating stuff. Thankfully, a high blood sugar day for me just means I need to get some exercise in, up my water intake, and make sure I watch what I eat a little more closely for a few days until I'm back in good graces. It doesn't mean I need to watch out for a coma or death. Likewise, if I go out to a restaurant and ask for diet soda and it gets flubbed, I'm not in any real danger. If a type 1 diabetic gets regular soda instead of diet, and they don't have an insulin pump/CBGM, it can result in serious complications. I really wish information about these diseases (type 1 and 2, and to a degree Alzheimer's*) was easier to come by, without having to become my own scientific researcher - but we need a specialist medical field for that, and right now we don't really have one, we have nutritionists**. Most family doctors simply haven't had time to train extensively on one topic while they try to treat everyone that comes their way, so they do the best they can, but they often aren't up-to-date on current research, new treatments, new dietary guidelines or (in a lot of cases) why certain things are worse for diabetics than they are for non-diabetics. My favorite case of the latter is cigarettes.

We know cigarettes are terribly harmful things and no one should smoke them, but for insulin-challenged people, they're even worse. I'm paraphrasing here, from a one-pager I read several years back (I was no longer a part of Microsoft's TAP and didn't want to pay to access the journal, but it was a properly peer-reviewed scientific medical journal), but the breakdown goes something like this. Back in the 80s, when the government started cracking down on tobacco companies and their non-tobacco additive ingredients, one of the big manufacturers sponsored a study on addiction. What they discovered in that study is what has led to the current method of curing tobacco intended primarily for use in cigarettes. All tobacco must be dried and cured before it can be smoked - that's what all those huge drying sheds all over tobacco country are for - but following the conclusion of this study, they started misting the curing tobacco with sugar water, which dries and leaves sugar behind on the cured product. Apparently, and again, I'm paraphrasing, what the study entailed was taking hungry subjects and then feeding them various substances to see how their brain chemistry reacted and how quickly they felt satisfied. As part of the study, they discovered that sugar crossing the blood/brain barrier resulted in the brain signaling to the subject that their hunger was satisfied. When people ate meat based proteins it took 30 minutes from first bite to satisfaction. When they ate hard candy it took 7 minutes. When they inhaled fumes from burning sugar, it took 7 seconds.

The rest of this is pure heresy, so I'll spoiler it:
The study was then buried (mostly by just not publicizing it) and (supposedly) didn't come to light until one of their attorneys needed some bargaining power for a plea deal decades later. So, while doctors know that smoking kills, and that it seems to kill diabetics more frequently than others, a lot of them don't know why.

At least they've managed to get the A1C test down to an RN administrable, 15 minute test that requires nothing more than what I'd normally do to test my blood sugar, instead of needing to wait for complete blood workups. Sadly, I have no hope for device or medication prices to go down any time soon. My fast-acting Insulin pens cost $175 after insurance two years back and they aren't getting any cheaper (in fact, that one is no longer covered by most insurance plans, but it did the trick wonderfully). Heck, I'm still paying $25 a month for 50 blood glucose test strips, and that's a bargain compared to some.

* At one point, at least, some in the medical field were considering classifying Alzheimer's as Type 3 Diabetes. I have no idea if this is still the case or not.
** Not to put down the nutritionist field, I'm referring more to a branch of medicine like Cardiology or Oncology and all of the research scientists that go with them.