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I wish I were symmetrical
I've decided that my posture is unacceptable. It is likely contributing to me continued neck pain, though my neck is feeling OK so long as I don't jerk it in weird directions. The point being is that my back is rather uncomfortable and I have to keep reminding myself that I must sit up straight and try to touch type, which I'm doing right now with very little correction - clearly I'm improving but still lose it when I have to delete. Posture is a pain, especially since my body is abnormally tilted. I have to remember not only to sit up straight (not look at the key board) but also hold my left shoulder lower. Missing about 3 pounds of arm throws everything off so damn much. Everything is compounding! Missing arm and subsequent adaptations have probably all contributed to my current back, neck pain. Lame. Typing has become my new enemy.

Looking at the keyboard all day doesn't help the situation and in fact find that my body feels better when I sit up straight and touch type. This will get significantly better when I buy one of these Frogpad keyboards the moment I have $130 to spare. If I had only known they existed sooner. Thanks to Aerix for turning me on to them.

That something like that exists is neat. Now, just to figure out how to use mouse and keyboard quickly in tandem.

Je suis branché, which leads to my next point.

iTunes rocks. You can share music across a network so I'm currently listening to A Short History of Nearly Everything right now. It's cool, stuff I already knew, but better than the online radio feeds we're not to use here. Bill Bryson has an very nice voice though he's kind of dull otherwise. Emote, man! Science writing deserves emotion as well.

    Strikes against iTunes, though:
  1. Tooltip for iTunes on the task bar doesn't include somg/artist info.
  2. Right click on mini iTunes doesn't give me access to any menu options.

I'm greatly looking forward to OS X going live on Intel architecture. I'm going to switch as soon as penabled tablet functions are accessible and function, since it's slightly different than touch sensitive PCs. Chances are, though, Apple has already developed, tested and approved the functions and just not told anyone yet.

Anyone used Sage before? I'm trying to aggregate LJ, other blogs and news feeds on my computers. Sage integrates directly with Firefox but I have not heard anything about it. What do you all use for RSS aggregates?

-idle thoughts-
Now with a stable OS, single hand keyboard, and webcams I just need a small monitor to mount on my glasses and I can try out wearable computing. That would be fun, especially when Madison goes wireless.

That wouldn't help my back though.

Funny news: FCC open to A La Carte cable
I was just bitching talking about this with Fox this weekend. Though I completely disagree with WHY the FCC is considering it, the outcome makes me happy. Choose your channels? yay! Keep things from your children because they're "too young?" Boo!

From: Person
Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2005 12:51 PM
To: Me
Subject: RE: Dean and Chiropractic care


Stay away from the Chiro clinic (Madison Chiropractic Clinic I think) that just across from the West side Dean Clinic. The one that’s just east of the beltline and just south of Old Sauk Road. I’ve been there before and the guy’s a quack. He also has an east side location by the mall on Eagan or around there. DON'T GO THERE.
From: Me
Sent: Wednesday, November 20, 2005 12:55 PM
To: Person
Subject: RE: Dean and Chiropractic care

Thanks for the info and warning.
Darn quacks -chiropractic quacks can be especially devastating with their bills.


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Current Mood: determined determined
Current Music: A Short History of Nearly Everything

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abmann From: abmann Date: November 30th, 2005 05:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Boo Doctors.
Insurance pains. I have to go through my PCP to get referral to a chiropractor then I don't get to choose and if my PCP doesn't believe in chiropractic care, I don't get to have it.

HMOs like to micromanage. Jerks.
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: November 30th, 2005 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've been saying that for a while.
abmann From: abmann Date: November 30th, 2005 06:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've been reviewing my coverage. I missed the NOT REQUIRED part about referrals for chiropractic care. So, I can just go find someone I think. I didn't want to do it before because it would have been sheer pain in the ass to go through my PCP. If I can find a decent Doc near work I can easily fit Chiropractic care into my week.
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deep_blue_ From: deep_blue_ Date: November 30th, 2005 10:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Acutually certain types of chiropractic approaches work better or worse for different people. For myself, I absolutely need the bone crunching, rough handling sort. I've tried gentler approaches and they always make me feel 500% worse. I think the best approach to finding the right chiropractor is to find one affiliated with a group of other chiropractors, and then run the gamut to find which one works best...the only problem here is that it takes a while to figure out if one doctor is doing really well/poorly for you. Good luck hun.
lady_fox From: lady_fox Date: November 30th, 2005 06:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ok. Cool. That's a relief!
abmann From: abmann Date: November 30th, 2005 06:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Of course deancare.com doesn't have any chiropractors listed in the network....

Remind me when i get home to call 608-250-1393, it's the 24hr nurse line. Theoretically they can find me a doctor.
justphoenix From: justphoenix Date: November 30th, 2005 06:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why boo? If I had young children, there are plenty of things I wouldn't want to expose them to, because they're not mature enough to understand.
abmann From: abmann Date: November 30th, 2005 06:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Boo because people use that excuse well past ages where children are perfectly capable to understand. I say, generally, kids can understand most things that may come up after the age of 8. Even a rudimentary explanation can help greatly, especially in the case of sex and reproduction. Get 'im while they're young and it is easier when they're older.

Violence and such, I'm kind of on the fence because I'm not sure HOW you'd explain that.
deep_blue_ From: deep_blue_ Date: November 30th, 2005 10:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

Madison's going wireless?

Does this mean I can soon watch porn in the middle of State Street?
abmann From: abmann Date: December 1st, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Madison's going wireless?

Well, you could do that now... but sure, with a wireless computer you could do it at like the intersection of State and Johnson. :)
grimreaperess From: grimreaperess Date: November 30th, 2005 11:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
From what I can tell, you can't make your own playlists in itunes either, well you can't que things like you can in winamp, or am I wrong? :s
abmann From: abmann Date: December 1st, 2005 01:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
You can make playlists in the left column. File> New Playlist. I'm not sure about queuing, I generally have it on random.
abmann From: abmann Date: December 1st, 2005 03:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ok. you can queue music. Right click on the song you want to queue and select Play Next on Party Shuffle.
ocarina_justin From: ocarina_justin Date: December 1st, 2005 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
On the mouse thing - some keyboards (unsure of frogpads do this) have a little sticky button-like thing that is positioned in the middle of the keyboard (at the intersection of the G, H and B keys on mine) that can be manipulated to move the cursor about. If you're good you can even tap it quickly to "click".

Also, your pun is awesome.
abmann From: abmann Date: December 1st, 2005 02:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mouse sticks are the worst thing in creation, worse than teeny boppers in platform shoes.

Frogpads do not have them as I've seen. The inclusion of such, however, could make computer gaming more possible for me.
chuzhuzhe From: chuzhuzhe Date: December 1st, 2005 05:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
You could put weights in your sleeve?
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