Archive for December, 2012

Reflections on 2012 as the year comes to an end

Posted on Sunday, December 30th, 2012 at 10:42 am


Still here

Posted on Saturday, December 22nd, 2012 at 5:15 pm



Still here.  Another doomsday fad bites the dust.  As much as we propel ourselves toward oblivion, life persists.


Helen was transferred to Houston.  Her oncologist didn’t like what was happening in Austin.  Bone marrow biopsy, which indicated persisting leukemia cells, had too much fiber, etc.  Another to follow down there.


Posted on Thursday, December 20th, 2012 at 11:26 pm

I met a nurse tonight who was an expert at nailing veins.  She got mine first try, which is saying something, cause I’ve seen eight misses in a row, then requiring a specialist.  May of 2012 gave me a high regard for people who have the talent.


VHC has been there for decades, and it is the last free clinic in Austin.  Unfortunately, the hours are after business, and only Tuesdays and Thursdays.  And they are closing for the holidays, so it had to be during Thursday Jam that they drew blood and whiz after an 8 hour fast.  First week we have missed hosting it (besides Thanksgiving, but that was a planned skip long ago).  It was a pretty good streak.  Missing Solstice tomorrow in Bryan too.


The Catapres 0.2 is doing a perfect job of putting me onto a perfect blood pressure.  Can’t take it yet when I’m driving.  So I’m doing it at night and on days when I don’t drive.  The beta blockers is for driving days.  Not as effective, but not nearly as loopy.  It’s a relief to finally see my pressure at 106/64.  The right drug for the situation at hand, dilating veins and arteries through brain switching pathways.


Anoles like the mother-in-law tongues and aloe vera in the greenhouse.  They know a good home when they see one.



Musical hospitals

Posted on Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 at 10:23 am

Helen got moved to Brackenridge Hospital last night to see a specialist about the sore on her left temple.  They seem content to hold onto her for a second week.  The pleurisy seems to be abating, but the sore is not improving.  However, the appetite stimulant is working, and she is eating better.


I am due to run into town this evening to the free clinic near Seton on 38th.  I have been hanging close to the vest for the last week, doing what I can to avoid spending money.  That has run its course though, as pet food is a necessity.  Need more medical cloth tape because of the dressings on Mona’s front left paw have eaten nearly an entire roll.  Poor girl wants to run and play outside, now that it’s stopped bleeding, but it’s not quite healed enough for that yet.  I am glad that I started replacing the bandage package that vanished months ago.  It has come in handy, even if not for people yet.


Biplane wheels

Posted on Monday, December 17th, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Saw a biplane model online, and wondered how quickly I could make a set of the wheels with basic texture zones in modo.  Results, 3 minutes, 42 seconds.  Render setup, 48 seconds.  Render time, 11 seconds.  App launch to render in under 5 minutes.


12/12/12 12:12:12

Posted on Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 at 2:32 pm

12/12/12 12:12:12 has come and gone and there won’t be another such repetition of year/month/date – hour : minute : second in this century.

In the wee hours of another year

Posted on Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 at 3:53 am

Today is my birthday.  Whoopee.  Unless a vigilante arrives to make me celebrate it, I’ll be spending it dealing with the cold weather arriving with the cold front.   Supposed to be in the teens by morning.  All necessary precautions have been taken to preserve plumbing and animal and plant life.


Helen is in the hospital, dealing with what appears to be pleurisy.  She woke up with it yesterday.  So instead of simple blood check as scheduled, it became a check in at the ER.  Hopefully they’ll get her squared away as she starts growing blood cells following the latest chemo.  This last one has been rough on her.  So I’m here solo for the first part of  the week.


Having done house keeping on the Mac, I’ll probably be burning backups for my birthday, the majority of it being 3D content.

Sitting still

Posted on Sunday, December 2nd, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Finally, a day where I don’t have to drive anywhere.  Yesterday was spent getting new tires and going after prescriptions, in opposite directions.  I’m tired of medical appointments and shopping during Christmas season.  Feels good to sit still for a change.  But I did get to eat from Panda Express yesterday, as did Helen.


Ordered Ghirardelli candy making bars Friday, as I couldn’t find them in the stores, and they are only available during the holiday season.  They (white chocolate and double chocolate) constitute the topping for the white chocolate cheesecake, so getting them was a must for the future of cheesecake making here.  Same story as the Lindt Swiss White Chocolate for the recipe, which disappeared from store shelves about a year ago.  It’s more expensive to go hunting than it is to pay shipping.


The house is overloaded with food, from shopping in general, the holidays, the party, and other sources.  The freezer contains a solid wall of food, no room for anything else.  I don’t want to see another store until Christmas is over.  I’m already burnt out on the seasonal commercialism.  Not watching TV either.