It’s been something of a bizarre time of it. With some pretty good highs and some pretty awful lows. Gamewise, it nobbled my time, though I managed to squeeze in a little EvE time. More of that in a mo…
The good: I pulled into a petrol station to get some gas and saw an honest to god Ferrari Dino GT4 in the bay next to me. Mint condition, though it was in white as opposed to red. It was my dream car growing up, and frankly, I think it still is. Those curves are just downright beautiful. They’re pushing half a mil these days… even for a partly rusted out shell of a car. Queue dribbling fanboy moment, and one very car amused owner.
The bad: wee man had a serious turn which resulted a 72 hour hospital stay. We thought it was asthma or bronchialitis which he’d been diagnosed with before. Took him up to the closest hospital for something to help overnight since the usuals weren’t working all that well, and the doc stuffed him on a nebulizer. Some liquid steroids, and a second nebuliser dose later with no improvement, instructions were given to go get the car seat from my car. Queue ambulance ride to the main hospital and two terrified parents.
The ugly: the healthcare we received. From the paediatrician at the main hospital basically saying his breathing is within normal range and he’s OK to take home ( I put my foot down and he was admitted under observation), to the physio proudly saying she’d seen shadowing on his lungs… off a 6 month old x-ray on file, to the team of nurses wanting to hold him down to shove medication into him which we knew did not work and only distressed him further… “Oh we’re not sure if it would or wouldn’t but we thought we’d give it a go… ” 24 hours AFTER the viral diagnoses, to essentially being totally ignored by doctors for nearly a day at one point, lets just say I’m a bit pissed by the whole thing.
He’s on the mend and back at home, but this was a case of (they think) a viral infection that traveled to his lungs. Because the mechanism that caused the symptoms is different from asthma, the usual treatments did not work. It really was a case of monitoring him and riding it out. Now before anyone thinks about over-reacting parent (which I’m sure they thought I was), I know my child and I knew he wasn’t well.
Yesterday, I finally consulted Dr Google. O2 was being maintained at 96 or so, but off rapid breathing coupled with the notch at the base of his throat, stomach being pushed out, intercostals pulling in, and grunting. All are danger signs, as was a heart rate that was well over 140. The O2 dropped as low as 83 at one point overnight and I held him upright for quite some time to give him some relief (for about 7 hours that first night).
Without exaggeration, each of these things are fairly major warning. All together? Danger, Will Robinson, danger. I also don’t think they’ve had anyone in quite a while call them on conflicting diagnoses, regime changes with little or no consultation, and frankly triage based on hospital policy as opposed to what’s right in front of them. Angry? You bet I am. It’s a worry that I spoke to two other parents all on the same ward who also had to demand admittance – one of whom who had to fly their child to Australia to finally get a diagnosis!
Anyways, EvE wise, I read the pulled down my large faction tower and mods, and essentially went and sold the whole kit and kaboodle. This was post the dev blog about the structure changes, which I’m looking forward to (won’t someone think of the ice miners…?). No point in hanging onto everything while the price drops prior to the deletion of those items.
I was quite proud of my set up. Let’s just say that we attracted a war dec given it as offline for a while, followed by a surrender offer the next day as soon as it was online and functional. 4 small and medium rails, 4 small and medium blasters, 8 cruiser missile launchers, 4 torp launchers, 16 DG jammers, 8 shadow dampers, numerous hardeners, web, scram and nuet. I have access to a number of POS gunners and was wondering just how effective it would have been in real terms, but no one was prepared to take it on.
Anyways, the freighter trip into Jita with a couple of bil worth of gear was a bit nerve wracking, but essentially there were no problems. Most things have sold and it’s kind of inspiring me to do a hangar clean out. Who, me? A pack rat? In multiple stations on multiple accounts…? Heh :P
P.S Wearing and sleeping in the same clothes for more than 24 hours is no fun… for anyone…
P.P.S Hospital food is still as awful as I recall it as a child. Just how do you manage to puree chicken so that it is vaguely liquid and yet still horribly dry?
Another one. This time Sir Terry Pratchett. It’s Friday the 13th here, something that I suspect would have given him a wry chuckle…
I have actually met TP, once a number of years ago (about 25 I think). This was before conventions were a Really Big Thing. A group of friends of mine put one together in Auckland New Zealand, and they invited him over. And, I think, much to everyone’s surprise, he came. The really funny thing about it was that nobody quite knew what to expect, or what to do with such a luminary. To the point where they fed him fish and chips one evening and dropped him back at the hotel… not entirely sure if I’m smiling or cringing at the memory tbh.
This man wrote books that had me in hysterics on more than one occasion. Where some authors have created one or two iconic characters, he created dozens. From the color of magic (fluorescent greenish-yellow purple), to showing trolls are incredibly smart when their silicons brains are cooled, to Carrot and Angua, The Librarian, Nobby Nobs, Greebo and the utterly formidable Esme Weatherwax, and of course DEATH, these books and characters shaped my reading habits for many, many years.
Sir Terry wrote the best footnotes ever (and the footnotes to his footnotes).
And then of course, there is Good Omens. A book, which if you haven’t read, I will counsel with the following advice: stop what you are doing. Immediately. No. Stop it. At once. Stop. Right. Are you listening? Good. Go forth to a book store and buy a copy. Now. Got it? Good. Sit down and read it. And see just what sort of genius this man was.
There is really only one thing left to say:
I haven’t known what to say about the passing of Leonard Nimoy. Somehow whatever I might put to page would end up being too small, and possibly too trite in any case. But something cropped up in my gmail today circles that might just suit. Fan made stuff can be pretty bloody awful at times, but this… this is really good. Go see.
Live long and prosper you lot.
Kirith Kodachi has hit 10 years of blogging. Recommend you go and give him a ping.
Now apart from that, Kirith might have been accused of tilting a windmills now and again. Most especially in regards to icons on the UI, and specifically the red crosses that we shoot at. He’s been a proponent for a different size and shape of icon dependent on the hull size of the ships on grid.
So, here I am doing my usual trawl through various websites, and lo and behold I come across this:
I’m not going to suggest it’s anything particularly much more than circumstance (I hope it was), but congratulations in any case Kirith. It’s well deserved :)
P.S GO VOTE!!!!!
In an effort to keep the surprise, I have been holding off reading and viewing too much about the Drifters. I tried and failed to continue doing so last night. Out of the videos I did watch, there was mention of the fact that they are indeed their own separate faction, and that you are indeed likely to lose status with them if you manage to destroy one of their ships.
I also noted that the listening posts have some distinct similarities (albeit mostly their vertical nature) to the Player Owned Stations out there. So….. what if they’re not actually a listening post, but are instead a fully functional Drifter Owned Station.
What if, instead of by the usual route of destruction, the lore is advanced by player interaction with the new NPCs. What if we, the capsuleers, are indeed the last, best hope against the primordial entity – foot soldiers in a Jovian war of truly galactic scale.
In any event, both the Sisters of Eve and Concord have a much better idea of what exactly the hell is going on. Concord itself lowered its readiness state after the uptick, suggesting that diplomatic overtures have at least begun. Or they’ve decided their technology is sufficiently powerful to contain it. Either way, we live in very interesting times indeed.
Looking forward to what happens next…!
P.S – Kudos to the CCP team putting out The Scope videos. Very cool :)