Tuesday, 01 June 2004

I can't imagine there are many people who care about my pain and suffering, but for the few that do and who have asked me to show pictures, here is a followup to my first spinal injection post from a few weeks ago.

And this time there's pictures! (Click on the image for more detail and pictures from the scene of the crime with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one to be used as evidence against... Oops, never mind. The red arrows point to the inserted needles.)

I went back in this morning and had a second round of injections done, only this time I skipped the IV pain killers and anesthesia/relaxation stuff. Last time they gave me this stuff that made me all calm, and a bit groggy. It's not that I wanted to avoid that medication this time, it's just that the nurse couldn't get an IV stick in me successfully. After a few painful attempts at finding a vain (I had not had enough liquids the day before and could not drink anything this morning before the procedure), we gave up and I decided I'd endure the pain of the procedure over the pain of he failed IV sticks.

That turned out to be a good idea.

My doctor's a funny guy. When he heard I was not getting the IV drugs, he paused for a second or two, said, “Well ohhhhhkayyyy then,” and started in. Yeah, it was more painful, but all in all not too bad.

The picture above is from the procedure, where they stick a needle down in my spinal column, about 3 inches, into in the epidural space where he injected a “nerve block” and some cortisone steroid stuff, which will reduce the inflammation and hopefully solve my problem of not being able to carry the weight of my body on my own two feet from time to time. Either that or figure out something else, but this is the first step (after trying medication and physical therapy - the first invasive step, you could call it).

For anyone who's avoided procedures to help with back injuries or degeneration (I have a herniated and degenerated disk), let me tell you this: You can get some relief (in some cases complete relief I am told). While my pain returned (I was told it probably would), and I have to go through this second round, the freedom from pain when you get it is worthwhile. I did not realize how much pain I was in until it was gone. Kind of like beating your head against a wall, as they say: It feels so much better when you stop.

Anyhow, totally non-tech, and so now we return you to your regularly scheduled blogram...

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Tuesday, 01 June 2004 17:32:47 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Need to figure out how to automagically ping this site's XML-RPC interface (rpc.pingomatic.com) on all new dasBlog posts. One ping to them results in 12 pings to various other listings. That could speed some things up. Kewl...


dasBlog lets me ping Weblogs.com and blo.gs on update, but at first glance I don't see anywhere that I can specify other services to ping - so will need to look into this.

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Monday, 31 May 2004 23:07:06 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Monday, 31 May 2004

SanDisk Corp. said it would begin shipping a Secure Digital card combining flash memory and WiFi connectivity beginning next month.

Okay, now that's a cool idea. Stick that in your SmartPhone and you're in good shape maybe without using expensive GPRS KBytes (and its faster).

That or a new phone and maybe the Blackberry can go.

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Monday, 31 May 2004 21:45:48 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Not a truly exciting name, but the idea certainly is interesting: A machine that plays XBOX, yet-to-be-seen XBOX 2, and PC titles, includes a full release of Windows, and will sell for around $600. They're calling it “XBOX Next PC” in focus group studies.

Sounds good to me. If you're talking XBOX and Windows, we're looking at MediaCenter PC version of Windows almost certainly, which means the hard drive(s) are for more than just games (video and audio too). The Media Center extenders and other devices will take a new leap with this. Since this is planned for after XBOX 2, I'd have to assume it based on Longhorn, so my imagination is running wild.

I've been part of these MSFT focus groups in the past (for other products, can't say more than that), and I can tell you one thing from those experiences: Microsoft is a company that will put serious money into dreaming big, and then even more money into building the things that look like they'll fly high.

Can't wait to see where this goes.

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Monday, 31 May 2004 21:02:13 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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PCSTATS has posted 99 tips for enhancing performance of Windows XP, ostensibly for beginners. BUT (read on...)

... not sure I'd actually attach the word “beginner” to many of these tweaks, although none of them are complicated if you know the basics of Windows, the registry, and other topics of a similar skill level. This is actually a pretty good list, so if you have a spare day or so, you might want to give some or all of these a try. Just be sure to set a system restore point and do a backup first. For people looking to take a step into Windows that's beyond what you can do within the UI (if you don't know what “UI” means, please skip this entire article), this is for you.

... and thanks to Jake at uttlerlyboring.com for linking to the site, which is how I found it ...

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Monday, 31 May 2004 20:47:22 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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I recently got a new dog, a chocolate lab. He's typically puppy (read: sort of obnoxious but totally likable), and gets along great with my black lab, Buddy, who is about 11 years old.

When I last posted an entry about the new addition to the farm, I had yet to name him, but that's changed. I came up with a good name after much serious thought and consideration:



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Monday, 31 May 2004 20:24:02 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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