Monday, January 14, 2013

I had an ouchie

This weekend was a rough one. Saturday morning I met up with Corry Edwards & Paul Spitzmueller to boulder at Castle Rock. I had been there once before with Rebecca, and I was excited to boulder again with good friends from StL.

As we were warming up we did this little traverse that goes in front of a tree with a broken branch about thigh high off the ground. I had seen it on NYE day with Rebecca & we both thought it should be cut off, because someone was going to get hurt. About 5 minutes before my accident I said the same thing to Corry & Paul.

I lost my balance as I was topping out & fell off the rock, where I basically speared the back of my left thigh with this broken branch. I immediately laid down on a crashpad & raised my leg. I saw a bit of fat hanging out, but I wasn't bleeding badly. It didn't hurt physically that much but you know how you hurt from frustration? Yeah, I hurt bad like that.

County Rescue got me out to the highway where the Ambulance took me to Valley Medical in San Jose. My paramedic Kathy was a climber, and she made sure that I got a room right away without being tagged as a trauma case, where lights & sirens go on and costs skyrocket.

I spent the next 8 hours in the hospital where people would stop by to check out the gnarly puncture wound. Some general surgery nurses started to clean it out but stopped when I said it hurt. They consulted with the Plastic Surgery department, who eventually decided to take over the case.

After giving me Dilaudid & some local anesthetic a plastic surgeon pushed my slightly torn bicep femoralis back into my thigh & stitched me up.

Rebecca flew up from LA to be with me for the week. I'm lucky to have her, Corry and Paul down here to help me out. At first I thought I could do it myself but I can barely walk. It's hard to shower and dress myself, and it hurts the worst to walk. But, this could have been SO MUCH WORSE and I'm lucky it is what it is.

Thanks for the kind words & thoughts. Looking forward to getting better asap.

Now, for the gore. I put up an album on Dropbox, and if you want to see the photos, click ahead. In my opinion they're not that bad, but if you want to see them go for it.

ps: Kinda funny that I have that crying kid in the header of my blog

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Ok OkCupid, a little insensitive?

First, as a service, I love OkCupid. If you're single, I recommend trying it out. I met my previous & current girlfriend on it and I'm psyched. I'm also psyched on OkCupid's blog, OkTrends. They post a lot of interesting statistical work in a fun, playful tone. I mean, if you're going to read about science & math, the writing might as well be good.



But in reading Monday's post, "The Mathematics of Beauty" I was taken aback by the following:



Now I'm the first to admit that, under certain circumstances, with close friends, I might say something like that. But, in academic work (no matter what the style of writing) I'd say this crosses the line and has no place. I think it's tasteless to joke about murdering children in a country known for human rights violations in this setting. The basis for that joke is a serious problem, not one to be used in an off-handed, ill-written sentence for laughs when publishing real research.

I hope OkCupid's editors (if there are any) do a better job in the future.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Bail/Parking Refund?


The other day I got a check in the mail for 15 dollars from the state of Oregon. It was a bail refund, even though I was found guilty, for some infraction. I called this morning to ask some information and I was told the judge finally read the letter I'd sent from last year. I was also told judges read all of the letters they receive regarding court cases personally. Glad to see the system works even a small way.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Why I don't like the iPhone

People ask me this, and I just could never put it into words. Well, I could put it into WORDS but not good words. Tim Bray just did that for me. In his recent post on "Joining Google" Tim crafts a few sentences that saw what I never could.

The iPhone vision of the mobile Internet's future omits controversy, sex, and freedom, but includes strict limits on who can know what and who can say what. It's a sterile Disney-fied walled garden surrounded by sharp-toothed lawyers. The people who create the apps serve at the landlord's pleasure and fear his anger.

I hate it.

I hate it even though the iPhone hardware and software are great, because freedom's not just another word for anything, nor is it an optional ingredient.


Yeah, that pretty much sums it up. You should follow Tim Bray on Twitter. Really.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Oregon Measures 66 & 67

On January 26, 2010, Oregon will hold a special election ballot on 2 big measures. Some of the best, most unbiased info I could find on Measures 66 & 67 is on Ballotpedia.

The reason I'm writing this is because a friend of my mom's sent out a confusing email in opposition to these measures. Knowing a little bit about the friend's political leaning, I decided to dig for myself. What I found, more than info on these 2 measures, was how great a resource Ballotpedia is. I don't need to turn to the Willamette Week, the Mercury, or the Oregonian to only find slightly (or overtly) biased info.

With that being said, I encourage your to read up on these.

Measure 66


Raises tax on household income at and above $250,000 (and $125,000 for individual filers). Reduces income taxes on unemployment benefits in 2009. Provides funds currently budgeted for education, health care, public safety, other services.

A "yes" vote would raise taxes on those filing more than $125,000 individually or $250,000 as a household. Would provide an estimated $472 million for education, health care, public safety and other public services.



Measure 67


Raises $10 corporate minimum tax, business minimum tax, corporate profits tax. Provides currently budgeted for education, health care, public safety, other services.

A "yes" vote would raise corporate minimum tax $10, establishing a $150 minimum for businesses. Estimated to fund about $250 million in public services.


But would taxing based on gross receipts be a bad idea? Maybe...



If you like to vote on party lines, votes "yes" if you're a Democrat, "no" Republican or Libertarian. If you don't vote on party lines but maybe care about which organizations might support a view:



Opponents:

Supporters:
  • Defend Oregon
  • AARP Oregon
  • Oregon AFL-CIO
  • Oregon Humane Society
  • Sierra Club
  • ACLU of Oregon
  • Democratic Party of Oregon
  • American Heart Association
  • Oregon Nurses Association

I encourage you to read and vote! My personal feeling is that people making over $125k single or $250k joint can pay a little more in taxes. Their taxes aren't going up enough to complain compared to the amount of services they already receive. As for businesses, an extra couple hundred is no big deal either. Taking care of your state is worth it. Again, only my opinion.


ps: an entertainingly snarky article can be found on Daily Kos. Read it if you have a bit of time. It goes to show what the opponents are willing to say and do yet not really able to back up.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Updating to Air 2.0 Beta on Ubuntu 9.10

One reason I stopped using TweetDeck was links were opened using Firefox, and I use Chromium. This was highly annoying, as it was hardcoded into the Adobe Air runtime, which is a big no-no. @smmehadi suggested I upgrade to the Air 2.0 Beta Runtime, and doing so has solved the default browser issue, and TweetDeck still works.

There's a page on upgrading Air 1.5 to 2.0 which suggested to run the following command on Ubuntu 9.04 (also works on 9.10)
sudo getlibs -l libhal-storage.so.1


Now if you download the Air 2 Beta Runtime using the "Download for Linux (BIN, 10.7MB)" (direct link) you can:
chmod +x air2_b1_runtime_lin_111709.bin

./air2_b1_runtime_lin_111709.bin


If you didn't use getlibs to install libhal-storage, the .bin installer will prompt you installing 32bit Air 2.0 isn't recommended on 64bit systems. Otherwise the upgrade should hopefully go well for you!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Ticketmaster really pisses me off

Rebecca and I were going to go see the Bravery on Sunday, but tickets were like $25 each with charges. So when 94.7 FM here in Portland emailed a chance to buy tickets to their December to Remember series, cheap $9.47 ticket concert for the Bravery, we were psyched! But, Ticketmaster charges a 45% "Convenience charge" for... what? If my tickets were $125, like they are for Bon Jovi (No, I would not go see Bon Jovi, just wanted to compare expensive tickets) the $17.60 convenience charge is only 14%. Unacceptable in my opinion. My sub-$25 evening if I could purchase the tickets in advance at the door turned into a ~$32 evening. I know, it's only $7, right... but that $7 is 37% of the ticket price.



Not only that, but Ticketmaster will charge me $2.50 to print my own tickets? So they'll print out and send them to me via post for free, but they'll charge me 13% per ticket to save them the cost to print, stick in envelope and mail.



I would like to see this change in the future. It's bordering on unfair.