Clone Wars!

November 2008:

Clone wars!

At last back amongst the surviving packets on the grand isobaric terrain of the intArweb.  In my travels I have seen many lonely deserted packets, dropped needlessly from their groups… 8, 32, thousands… why do they not care for the feelings of a single packet, leaving them to separate into fragments of bits at our very feet.  But behold, I have before me packets folded to my bidding.  Networks staged on the very air over my living establishment are now mine, MINE, at my very bidding… my beckoned call to bow upon my every whim and desire.

Oh yes… I have internet access now.  Clandestinely perhaps, but I never claimed to be a Greenpeace activist.  I’m not armed enough for that role, yet.

June 2010:

Time progresses and this blog consists of things I have ran across and/or learned within the last 2 years.  In some cases, simply being a documentation for me to refer to later, along with sharing to the rest of the world.  I forget more than I ever type, sadly.
No longer am I clandestinely pirating airwaves to gain ‘net access.  I find my own connection to be far more sound.  That, and I can afford it now ;)

Pain from prosthetic

I’m taking this time to unload because this is becoming so mentally tiresome and emotionally burdensome.  It seems like no matter how hard I try, I’m not able to get a prosthetic that will operate without pain as an everyday thing.  The pain is minimal at first – a little skin rubbing and the tap of the end of your leg against the inside.  After a while, it becomes more pronounced.  The bottom of your limb larger than your limb after a full day of walking around, the sensation of things you know can’t be happening, and that constant ache.  Both mental and physical ache for me.  I want to run again, and my leg after half a day literally feels like I have maggots eating away at my dieing flesh.  The pain spikes with every movement of my leg then.

I’m trying to work through this piece by piece, but right now I’m breaking down.  I’ve lost enough with friends and loved ones dieing, and losing my identity slowly the last 2 years.  I want to walk like a man.  I want to be a man again… Without the constant pain masked by me so no one else knows.

Sound Control Greyed Out/Unusable in OS X for Internal Speakers

I figured I’d mention this since it was something I recently ran into.
Running OS X Yosemite on my Macbook Pro (Late-2011), the sound icon on the top bar was greyed out and the sound controls on the keyboard were disabled for internal speakers. If I selected any other sound device other than internal speakers, it activated.

I found that if I plugged a set of earbud headphones into the port for a little, it reset the sound control somehow and when I unplugged it was active for the internal speaker.

New Motorcycle: 2012 Yamaha Stratoliner S

With small issues creeping up on my old 2007 Honda VTX1300C, I figured it was time to cut bait while I could get money of that bike. Small things such as the home-made fairing (that I took off), bad fairing wiring, dangling exhaust tip, and other things were making me not want to ride the bike. Not something good since it’s a toy.

I went over to RideNow powersports (a motorcycle, offroad, & water toy store) with my VTX1300C and played my cards slow. After a while, an older salesman came by and started chatting about things, and we got to business after a couple of minutes. After examining my VTX, they gave me an amount and I decided I’d use it as a down payment.

Talk about timing. They were “cleaning house” of the older motorcycle models, and had a few Yamaha Roadliner & Yamaha Stratoliner on clearance. I was looking at the Roadliner because of it’s 113 cubic inch engine before, and was interested in it. I never knew about the Stratoliner which was basically the roadliner except with key-lockable/removable windshield, hard bags, & passenger backrest. That really makes for a different bike look, and I’ve been wanting to update to a windshield for a while now. The price was significantly less than new value, and these were with no road miles on them.

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After waiting for paperwork and everything to be complete, everything was set!  I have 3 years maintenance & warrantee,  along with a lowering suspension wishbone that will be installed next weekend to lower the bike 1 1/2 inches.

I took the bike for a spin (80 or so miles) around Phoenix, and it handles nicely.  The bike is more suited for highway use than residential road use, it feels like.  At 70 MPH, the engine is at about 3,300 RPM, with a top out redline of about 5,500.  The energy the motor has is amazing, as with just a little twitch of the wrist when traveling at 70, you accelerate to 80 and beyond before you even realize it.  I am still getting used to the tires Yamaha put onto this bike, though.  It feels like the center is very high, almost a tall center.  When going into a corner, it scan scare the hell out of you since the bike needs to fall quite a bit before engaging into cornering.  I’m hoping this changes with break-in.

 

Here’s to the ride!

 

Home was robbed

After returning home from work today, I noticed my front door was unlocked and everything inside of my house was in shambles. It appears that somebody decided my house would be a good one to break into and take literally everything of importance. This literally included every computer I own. The only computer I have a brown is my iPhone which isn’t mine anyway since it’s paid for by work.  Times like these I realize that things are not really important.  I’m actually assessing what I will do with life now, even though my life was not wrapped around my computers. I just can’t trust anyone.  Even when I’m asking people I know for a shoulder, it’s been short and terse, with talk more about themselves.  I’m tired of people, and this shows the reason why.

New Finished Prosthesis!

After going through several weeks of walking in a temporary sizing socket for my prosthesis, I finally have a brand new carbon fiber sleeve with Ossur Re-flex shock system.  The system takes heel pressure to open the pump and rolls forward to the front to close it as you walk/run.  I tested it while I was at the clinic, jumping around, running for a short (5-7 step) sprint.  I could tell immediately I’ve been stagnant too long – The muscle tendon on the heel of my good foot pulled a bit as I was jumping around.  That’s alright, that will heal in a day or two.  Now, I can change things.

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The dimensions of the new sleeve is different than my old one.  The old one was a simple matter of following the dimensions of the leg, while this one encloses a button system that I press when putting my leg into it.  This evacuates air, and I let it go.  BAM, ready.  It also holds the hose in a cavity within the carbon fiber as it flows down.  Quite a nice feature, cosmetically.

My favorite feature:
IMG_0777On the right-hand side notice the bow-like metal bar.  This is a flexible metal suspension bar, which actually bows as weight is placed on the sleeve.  This is to absorb the downward force and allow a free flow while running.

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The entire unit, including my tennis shoe, only weighs 5.4 lbs.
Thankfully, my insurance company is very good.  I have Blue Cross Blue Shield, which covered about 75% of the total cost. (80%+deductible)  The total cost of this puppy is the cost of a small car, ~$18,000.  Compared to most prosthetics I’ve seen, which range from $30,000+, this is a steal.

The plus side is if I really want to, and I have $6,000 I can just fritter away, I can unbolt this re-flex shock foot system and bolt on a blade running system like this (which is not mine, this is a woman’s legs):
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New Prosthetic socket technology available

I found this article about a new prosthetic socket technology available that makes it easy to regulate the socket size around your limb depending upon needs. The human limb can swell and shrink depending upon many variables (salt, sugar, humidity, blood pressure, etc etc) and with normal sockets the rigid design means using socks around the limb to compensate. This doesn’t create a hard & fast hold most of time, and leaves room where blisters & sores can be formed. On a limb in a socket, a blister/sore can be a very bad thing since the limb sits in an enclosed (most of the time air-tight) environment constantly.

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http://www.wired.com/2014/10/forget-cheetah-blades-prosthetic-socket-real-breakthrough/

Sure, it’s not cutting edge like I want it to be.  I’d really love to have my leg opened up on the operating table, and have a fusion device around my bone with the tissue fused to the fusion interface.  (likes of fuse and fusion! :) )  This can be done, it just hasn’t been.