Thursday, September 27, 2007

Health again

Well here comes an another health update, after a last set of test my situation seems to be confirmed as asthma. I also have some allergy that I did not know about, mostly animal hair and dust. Nothing really fancy or immediately dangerous but still things to watch for. I might have go get rid of my cat but it is still up in the air. Aside from that my lung are back to normal human capacity (within the margin of error of the test) and my life is getting back to normal. So here it is I hope it's the last time I have health news (about myself) to give for the next 200 years.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

University Network

While I'm waiting for some programmes to run I'd like to rant about the reliability of our university Internet connection... IT SUCKS! Basically I've been semi offline all morning and when half of your work require the Internet well you can guess how much time is wasted because of that little problem. I' betting that it only because the new semester is starting and they did not plan for the increased number of students... joy.

Listening to: Leaves' Eyes - Tale Of The Sea Maid
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A job in danger

Let me tell you about a industry that is in peril, an industry that we should right now ask the governments to protect. This is an industry that as shaped Quebec history and that as employed hundred of people in the past and now that is barely (if event) supporting a few professional. I am talking of ice seller, particularly the door to door variety. The governments should definitively intervene so that those few precious people don't lose their livelihood and that this important part of Quebec economy isn't lost.

You might have understood that I am kidding, their probably isn't any door-to-door ice seller left anywhere in Canada, their job lost to the advance of technology, change in culture and economic reality. I want to talk about this because we are facing the same kind of situation with other industries right now and we are asking the government to "foolishly" protect them. I believe that our goal should not be to protect the industries we already have (particularly industries in the primary sector of the economy) but to build new domains more adapted to our economic reality. We have the capacity to teach our people the skill needed for complex job in high tech industry we shouldn't limits our self to primary resources production.

Listening to: Weird Al - I'll Be Mellow When I'm Dead
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Monday, September 24, 2007

A little health update

Well their really isn't much to say, I'm feeling much better no difficulty breathing and no coughting fits. So their nothing really to report, I'm doing well. I've been taking good care of myself and taking thing smooth and relax. Basically resting and stuff like that. I should be posint deep meaning full post soon (well that will be a first but hey).

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Health update

Well their isn't much to say about my life right now, I'm taking medicine, resting, reading, sending e-mails, reading some more, checking my fitness with short walks and generally taking care of myself to get better. I am proud to say that I am actually getting better, yesterday a short 10 minutes walks got me slightly winded (you know enough to know that I had been doing exercises). Today the same walk didn't get me winded at all, it is a far cry from my usual shape ( I can usually walk for hours before being winded) but it is a good sign. Aside from that I haven't suffered from any shortness of breath and I can actually feel my lung capacity increasing. Well maybe that just wishful thinking since I do not have actual measurement but the time it takes me to inhale my medicine as been reduced very significantly. I'll keep you posted with the rest of my improvement in the future.

Listening to: Blind Guardian - The Age Of False Innocence
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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The most mindnumbling day of my life

Well yesterday started pretty awfully, after finding myself out of breath after putting on my shoe I got my body message and when to the emergency room to see what was wrong with me. Once there I learned that very low blood oxygen saturation level, high high rate and difficulty breathing are considered very alarming by nurse and did not get to have the waiting room experience of the usual old lady visiting the emergency room. I was sent in way less then 2 minutes into the reanimation room (rest assure that even if I was in a reanimation room I was conscious and still as coherent as I can be) where the nurse plugged me on oxygen and a specialist prepared heavy duty asthma treatment. I had apparently a very strong (and dangerous, possibly deadly according to the nurse) asthma attack. After an emergency bronchodilatation treatment I passed a test to see how well I was breathing compared to the average person... disastrous result I was only at 26%. that surprised the specialist and doctor as I was doing rather well and had regained a lot of colors to my face. Later that day the specialist explained to me that had my first result be lower (because it meant that my initial value must have been around 15-17%) they would have forced breathing tube down my throat. So the day started in an exciting but worrisome way, unfortunately the worrisome would remain and the exciting would leave.

After a few heavy bronchodilation treatment I was moved from the reanimation room (still animated, not reanimated with the only pain being left-over from the pointless insertion of a IV drip of soluté) to the emergency room proper. I was by about 20 years the youngest patient there and the one who required the less care. Basically all the needed to do was take my vitals every 4 hours and give my bronchodilation treatment every 3h (heavy bronchodilation treatement about 5 time the usual dosage). That meant that I only saw someone about every 3h... now when you are conscious, in no pain what so ever and without anything to distract you the emergency room is mindnummingly boring. The only thing that changed a little that I could look at was a clock... 10 fracking hours of looking at a clock because it's the most interesting thing I was seeing! I tried to ask for anything to do or read (I was forbidden from walking until the evening because they were worried about my oxygen level that was hovering at around 95% even with an oxygen feed) and they told me they had nothing. I was so bored that I started playing guitar hero in my mind... and tried to mentally practice my kung fu moves in my head too.

but in the end I was bored out of my mind, I was about to ask my parent to bring my sword so that I could go on a rampage just to have something to do! ok maybe not that bad but at the most boring moment I thought it could be funny. Luckily the evening shift doctor though I was well enough to send me home for the night. I know I couldn't have slept there, first the bed was too small for me, second their is always noise and light, third they would be waking me up every so often to check my vitals (even if they are far from punctual), fourth the bed is so small I can't move and the Iv drip mean I can't sleep in my usual position. So that would have been my second night in a row without any sleep not good for healing. Anyway I got sent home I have a shitload of medication (no only 4) and a few follow up examination to set up but I seem to be well on my way to recovery, but you can be sure that that day more then any pain and discomfort convinced me never to let that happen again. Quebec really need to start putting more money in patient care, I know that I probably would have had gotten better faster if most of my time hadn't been spend being bored and pissed off at being bored. Damn it getting a few magazine isn't that hard!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

A changed world?

You must remember 6 years ago today, the World Trade tower collapsed, the Pentagon was attacked and a plane crashed in pensylvina that was apparently targeting the White House, my first thoughts where that the world has we knew it would change dramatically. Hell I half expected to learn that some country who had sponsored the attack had been turned into a nuclear wasteland by a too zealous Bush. Now, 6 years later, I wonder did the world change?

My observation tell me that no, the world did not change september 11th 2001. Some would say that the fear of terrorism or the war on terrorism is a change in the world, but I think it is just a new way to express the same fear of the other, the stranger. In the 50s we had the communiste, and now in the 2000s we have terrorist. Increased security in airport and at the border you might say? Aside from the fact that you now need a passport to go to the US the difference is mainly cosmetic. The war in Afghanistan? yes, that wouldn't have happened without september 11th, however war in that section of the world is unfortunatly nothing new. the war in Irak then... well I'm betting that without 9-11 Bush would still have ordered the invasion of Irak, 9-11 was just a pretext to bring justification to the table they would have found another. More terrorist attack? I'd be surprised if that was really the case, I'm more and more convinced that it is actually more press for each terror attack then an actual increase in the number of attack worldwide.

Don't get me wrong tho, I think it is a good thing that the world didn't change after that attack. Changing the world and our way of life was/is the goal of those that orchestrated this attack and their failure to change our life and the world might be our greatest victory yet. Let us not hide in fear before threats, nor shall we bow down to the demande of those that would try to use fear as a weapon against us.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Somewhere on the edge of the belt curve.

I really think this xkcd comic fits me...
Listening to: Dream Theater - The Ministry Of Lost Souls
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The real truth(tm) about the dinosaurs

Do I really need to say anything more then what his said in this link? Enjoy, young earth creationism at his best by the creator of Dark Dungeon the very goodest explanation of why RPG are evils.
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Jewish Neo-Nazi?

A few days ago I came upon a article (sorry I can't find it anymore) about how the jewish police of Israel arrested 8 jews for attacking obviously religious jew, gays and handicap people. Those jew where found to be member of a neo-nazi group who basically worshiped Hitler... Now if you told me a few months ago that I would read a story about nazi jew, I'd have guessed it would have been SF or at least an alternate history fantasy. I'm almost wondering if we are witnessing the first baby step in a new "revolution" an attempt to bring forth old ideologies and overthrown the current world order. The rise of extreme right movement just about everywhere in the world is worrisome (slight digression, the Conservative and the ADQ are not extreme right parties, not even close nor at the US Republican for that matter).

Listening to: Trans-Siberian Orchestra - The Snow Came Down
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Friday, September 07, 2007

Freedom from Religion.

Recently, the canadian director of election ruled that it would be possible for Muslim woman to identify themself only using an ID card with pictures to vote. They would not need to shows their face to anyone. I find it innacceptable, incredibly stupid and a mockery of all that keep our democratie fair. It is possible easy even, to get an ID card and a burkha or something else to hide your face and vote, two, three, five, twenty time even oh sure you have to know people that are on the elector list but that not that hard since about 35% of the people don't vote you probably know one or two. I'm sorry but if you want to vote you have to identify yourself in a way that you can actually be identified, having an ID card is not an identication it's possession of a piece of plastic damn it!

I'm getting sick and tired of seeing privileges asked (and sometimes granted) by religous groups or institution in the name or their belief and the freedom of religion. I'm willing to accomodate some religious pratice by for exemple allowing woman that need to cover their face in public to be identified for their vote in a private room by a few appropriate and asermented people. I'm willing to offer them ways to fufill their religious oblication while respecting our laws NOT to bypass our law.

In a way I think we should be granted freedom from religion, might solve a lot of problem...

Listening to: Yasushi Ishii - P.S. Lord, Have Mercy on Me
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Black Belt: ph33r my m4d kung fu skillz

As the title seems to indicate I have finally achieved the rank of black belt in Kung Fu and as the second part of the title indicate I'm not taking it very seriously. I've come to understand long ago (in judo in fact) that the black belt is just a step in the direction of mastery and is actually quite far from it. In a way it basically just says: now you know enough to start really learning and not hurt yourself in the process. Still this represent more then 5 years of practicing Kung Fu and I am rather proud that my almost epileptic-like flailing was considered to look enough like Kung Fu to deserve that grade. Now I only need to continue working until I reach the rank of master, which given the time I'm working on Kung Fu should take only 200 years... then their is the grand master rank, which I should reach to minutes after the end of time.

Listening to: Richard Cheese - Down with the Sickness
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Thursday, September 06, 2007

I wonder about Canadian schools

A friend of mine just sent me this vide talking about the problem of american public schools. We are not talking about the college level school there but primary education. And it makes me wonder how far, above (or below) we are compared to them. The reforms in Quebec of the public school system seems to be sending us the way the us are going (or were going) and this is frankly scaring the hell out of me. For an added scare go look at this post (in french) about something that apparently happened in a Quebec school.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Another round of dating site stats

More then one year ago I posted statistic about my "success" on a dating site (you can see the message here). Now, I as I will be leaving those site (at least for a while) I've decided to see how my statistic had evolved with time. This time around 2% of all visits resulted in a message into my mail box. 11% of the message I sent resulted in an exchange of message but only 36% resulted in real conversation (more then 3 messages). Those message resulted in me meeting 10% of the girls but 0% of those meeting resulted in a relationship. At least 50% ended in a very good friendship but this stats can change quite easily.

If you look at the old statistic you will see a impressive improvement in most of my statistics. I take it as a good news event if the success rate is still zero. Beside last time I left dating sites I dated a cute 18 years old so maybe it will be a lucky time for me again.
Listening to: Michael Kamen - 03 - Band of Brothers Suite T
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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

A song...

A little far from political correctness but the message is funny and clear. And in some way very true, if someone isn't a follower of your religion our laws are made so that you should not impose your views on them.
Listening to: Blind Guardian - Battlefield
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And a new school year stars

I realized this morning when I got to the university that it was the ninth year in a row that I had to live through the vary annoying initiation week. Any one that has college education or been a member of an organisation strongly oriented toward team spirit has had to go through one of those bounding ritual called initiation.

While I do find the idea interesting I must admit that after nine year of seeing some every year more or less the exact same procession I get a little bored with it. Not to mention that more then one department ask their initiated to basically beg for money to pay for alcohol in this night party. So that means not being able to walk 5 m on the campus without being solicited very annoying. Oh well it's be over soon enough and if I'm lucky I won't be bothered by them too much.

Listening to: Nightwish - Beauty And The Beast
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Monday, September 03, 2007

Good citizenship

Today I had a taste of the worse the Loi sur les heure d'ouverture of Quebec had to offer. For those of you living outside Quebec it is the law the prevents shops to have more then 4 peoples working for you on holidays and in the evening on the week ends. While I find this to be a very annoying thing, something pissed me off a lot more today. You see thanks to this law when i went to do my groceries today I found myself in a pack supermarket with only 3 cashiers obviously this made for very long lines. While I am a patient men and don't mind waiting in line many things happened in that line to annoy me. First they are the quitter, while I don't mind someone entering the shop and seeing lines that would decide to leave the shop I find unacceptable that someone would abandon their grocery cart filled with goods in an alley to leave. Second they are the line cutters, here is the situation there was this huge line that at the register split into two lines (one for each open register) people would keep trying to get into the line that split off from the main one... as if the people in the long line where stupid or something not to realise that the other one was like 45 minutes shorter. And finally there are the complainer.. people who spend 5 minutes bitching the cashier about how it is unacceptable to have such long waiting time... well Einstein if you didn't waste 5 minutes with her two peoples could have paid and left!

And all that are sign that people have trouble living with other people. I actually had to tell a woman cutting in line (after I told her she was cutting) "Miss I am talking to you, yes you in the white and red shirt I'm talking to you, you are the one cutting the lines" three times. Come on a little good citizenship and this would have been easy fast and a good opportunity to socialize (which i did with 1 cute girl, 2 old people and a few other guys). Oh well that was my rant.

Listening to: Dominici - The Monster
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A public service annoncement

Woman, please hear those words: Men cannot read mind, they barely understand their own thought so do not expect them to understand yours. Expect subtle request to be ignored or misunderstood, untold expectation to remain unfufill and your fantasies to remaind in the realm of fiction if you do not share them. To most men a look means you are looking at something nothing more , yes means yes and no means no. Asking men to choose something means that he will choose something he likes, if you want him to choose what you'd like give him at least hints (which he probably will not get...)

No, nothing happened in my lift to prompt this post, unfortunatly. But I think that this announcement could be made a few times a years to improve relation between men and women.

Listening to: Charlie Dominici - The Dream
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