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Total FAWDOT

(This was written on 2015-05-08. I updated it to add the humor.)

Here is an image of Eno L. Camino getting FAWDOT. I am in “good company”, apparently.

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Last week I was totally FAWDOT (falling asleep while doing other things). I cannot drive when I get this way:

  • I fell asleep while sitting: repeatedly.
  • I fell asleep while standing.
  • I fell asleep while playing video games. Kay took a photo of me playing an exciting game of Destiny. I fell asleep, and woke up, six times. I have no idea what the other players thought I was doing.

Gary gets totally FAWDOT here. Yes, I actually fell asleep there. (And yes, I realize that the comic is actually a restroom pun, but I find my humor where I find it.)

I have myalgic encephalomyelitis / chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). This list is a rebuttal to some myths about ME/CFS:

  • Please don’t say, “At least you get to sleep.” Sleeping is hellish for many reasons, and I am just as tired when I wake up. Do you want to know what I really want to do? I want to be a computer programmer. I did that for 20 years, but I can no longer do that.
  • Some people don’t believe that it exists, because they can’t see it. People can’t see headaches either, but they believe in them, because headaches are so common that most of us have had one. “I can’t see it, so it doesn’t exist” is a misuse of Occam’s Razor.
  • It is not only fatigue. Imagine having the flu, while being drunk, and staying awake for two days, and you will have an idea of what this is like. Yes, there are good days, and there are bad days, but most of my good days require 16 hours of sleep. The bad days require twenty hours.
  • It is serious: “CDC studies show that CFS can be as disabling as multiple sclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, end-stage renal disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and similar chronic conditions.”
  • It is not, or not only, caused by mononucleosis. A person with ME/CFS can usually tell you exactly what viral infection preceded their condition. The answer is different for different people.
  • It is not depression. A person with ME will tell you what they would be doing (kayaking, photography, riding motorcycles) if they could. People that are depressed don’t have that “positive” (for lack of a better word) outlook. That said: a person can have both.
  • It is not only seen in women. 20% of people with ME/CFS are men.
  • There is no known cure.
  • It is not the “yuppie disease”. “This term was popularized in a November 1990 Newsweek cover story… It reflects a stereotype that CFS mainly affects yuppies, and implies that it is a form of burnout. The phrase is considered offensive by patients and clinicians.
  • It is not a new, made-up, diagnosis. It has also been known as (from here, here, and here.):
    • Neurasthenia (as early as 1829)
    • Chronic Epstein-Barr virus syndrome
    • Chronic mononucleosis
    • Low natural killer syndrome
    • Atypical poliomyelitis
    • Tapanui flu
    • Royal Free disease
    • Epidemic neuromyasthenia
    • Post-viral illness
    • Florence Nightingale disease
    • Chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS)
    • Neuroendocrineimmune disorder
    • Myalgic encephalopathy.

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My spouse bought me a t-shirt that says, “Regrettably, all the good paying jobs start before I wake up.” What a joker.

Welcome to [our] house! Enter freely. Go safely, and leave something of the happiness you bring!

In the novel Dracula, by Bram Stoker, Dracula welcomes Jonathan Harker with the words, “Welcome to my house! Enter freely. Go safely, and leave something of the happiness you bring!”

Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 movie “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”, is an homage, to Nosferatu (1922), Dracula (1931), and Dracula (1958). The novel is an adventure story. It’s not really horror, in spite of the subject.

Why did I write this post? Because I like the saying: “Welcome to my house! Enter freely. Go safely, and leave  something of the happiness you bring!”

Didga the Skateboarding Cat

Cats over dogs.

I stopped at the local skate park, and took out my little camera, after my first motorcycle trip. The kids were doing these gnarly jumps, and falling all over the place. This young man comes over, and says, “Are you a scout?” “No. I am just a guy with a camera.” I thought to myself, Skate Mag scouts probably don’t come to The Bentonville Arkansas Memorial Skate Park.

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State-of-the-art point-and-shoot digital-image from 2004. That’s what we were working with people.

 

Kludges and Bugs

Kludges allow your business to continue, while you fix the bug. Individual bugs can’t be accurately estimated, because unknown unknowns are tough.

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http://xkcd.com/1495/ License at http://xkcd.com/license.html

According to the brilliant Admiral Grace Hopper, this (below) is the first actual computer bug. This leads people to say that it’s the origin of the word “bug”, but no, they were already called bugs. It’s a real bug that caused the “bug”. That’s what makes it funny.

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…and “Danger is my middle name,” did not originate with Austin Powers. That (and the fact that he waited 30 years to say the punchline) is what makes it funny.

Our First Video Game Consoles

Our first video game console was a Sears Roebuck/Atari Tele-Games Pong. You could play tennis (two player ping-pong) and squash (single player racquetball).

Atari Pong was only available at Sears Roebuck Department Stores for Christmas ’75. The versions that were later sold in other stores didn’t say, “Tele-Games” on them, because that was a Sears Roebuck trademark.
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Our Second Video Game console was the Tele-Games Video Arcade. It was an Atari 2600 that Sears sold.
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I liked the Atari 2600, but I lost interest in video games after the industry crashed of 1983, and that-was-it until Leslie and I bought an Amiga 500 in 1988.

Here’s why I became a computer programmer: I don’t use any machine unless I understand how it works.

How do you know that you are coding too much?

Fixing bugs uses more time than not making them. If you avoid taking breaks, because there is not enough time, then at some point you will end up with more work than you completed.

Here’s Utkarsh Simha‘s humorous answer to the question:

When you go to a shop and ask for 1 kilo of rice and then accuse the shopkeeper of shortchanging you by 24 grams.

:-)