September 29th, 2006

Cut cuddle and be Cute

Morning ramblings

I discovered something about myself. I tend to repeat the same mistakes over and over again. The good thing in that is I know how to recover. I also noticed that my puppy is the best, but we already know I think that right? I apologize for not posting much of substance recently. Once I have my coffee, I'll probably have topics.

I'm having the weirdest dreams lately,. There's the ones I always have, which involve a normal situation that turns into social ridicule. But now we're adding other ones. Last night's involved some sort of medical procedure. Weird!

I got asked to join a few other young women at their table at dinner last night. That was a definite plus. Since I went to the Pulse, it's hard to converse because of the volume of the TV, but they were okay with my current state of not hearing over loud surround-sound TVs. I love this school.

I need my coffee, because my brain seems to be paralyzed without it this morning.

Hugs and good things to all,

Cut cuddle and be Cute

Philosophy + Percocet = interesting

Given that even attempting physical therapy made me seriously want to take a bucket with me, I decided it was past time to take something. I only had one Percocet left, which isn't bad, when you consider I made less than a month's supply last from June until now. I took it finally and went from a 9 to a 5 or 6 on the pain scale. A friend gave me a granola bar, which helped with the queesiness Percocet can bring. I can honestly say I feel like I can eat right now. But anyway...

Percocet makes philosophy interesting. I followed the arguments, and I don't think my logic was impaired any. This is what I've been thinking about. With pain at a 9, I can't think. Part of my resistance to pain medications has been the fear of not being able to follow along in class. But I know I couldn't have followed along in class with pain at a 9, so what's the difference? And, more importantly, with my pain controlled, I still thought okay. Struggling with one concept doesn't make me weak in the class. If I have to adjust medications, I think things will be alright. I know how to self-monitor better. So, the algebra II situation doesn't have to be a repeat. It will be okay.

In other news, the foot is purple with bright pink toes. Weird.

Thank you to everyone who's been so supportive this week. I hope to get back to more critical thinking and writing, and producing something other than the entries about how RSD sucks soon. It's just hard to hear past the voice of the pain, if you know what I mean. But luckily, I have prayer and friends to help me do just that.


Cut cuddle and be Cute

Bloglines freedbacking

As most of you know know, I have been a proud and happy user of BLOGLINES, which is an online feed reader. It has been a great way for me to keep track of blogs, newspapers and anything else that offers feeds. I keep track of over 300 sites this way.

Last week, they implemented a feature called squeezer in their mobile version of the site. This is supposed to compress the pages you visit outside of the Bloglines pages so that they work on mobile phones. This is problematic for me, because I use the mobile edition since it's easier for me, personally, to navigate. Less graphics and no frames. But there's not a way to completely turn off the squeezer function. So, if you don't want that filter, you're out of luck.

Now, though, things have gotten worse. If you use the full version of the site, it is almost completely unusable. The links seem to be dependent on a mouse click, which I can't do. BLOGLINES has just excluded anyone who uses a screen reader from using their full version, and, though I can technically use the mobile version, I can't see the real URL of the page, which makes it impossible to bookmark or blog. I'd encourage anyone who uses Bloglines, sighted or blind, to write to them about this problem. Even better, blog about it. Use the words Bloglines and freedbacking in the post.
I'll try to find out why this issue is happening, so that helpful feedback can be given, but the best feedback comes in the form of assertively making the companies aware of the issues. They can't fix it if we don't say anything.

Note: Freedbacking is a term invented by Chris Pirillo to make it easier for companies to search for blogs writing about products and services.
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