the plague

Tue 13 February 2018

Yeah, since the last time I posted, my illness has become apparent to anyone in the same room with me, so I guess I got my wish. Or something. I have coughing fits that I can't control and can't take a deep breath to save my life, but otherwise, I'm fine. Or at least fine enough that the doctor of the house isn't worried. I just wish I would hurry up and get better already.

In the meantime, I've been up to no good around here, taking care of technical issues that had me stumped for awhile, reading the internet, even watching the Olympics. Here are some of my thoughts:

  • I have been using a dumbphone for the past couple of weeks.


My sister and niece will recognize the design of this one - they had similar phones back prior to their smartphone days. The camera on this thing is broken, which is fine with me, since it's only about 2 MP and probably takes crap photos anyway. It has a music player which is surprisingly good, if you have an appropriately sized sdcard to stick in there. I generally like being a bit disconnected, for the most part. The problem is emoji. When I get a message with emoji, they don't display - I just get little squares indicating that someone tried to send me a smiley face or frowny face or whatever. This is really hard for me. I have often sent text messages consisting entirely of emoji, so it makes me a little sad. I revived an old HTC One M8 and an old Galaxy Note II, both of which are perfectly capable of handling emoji, so I think I might switch back to having a smartphone. But I have no interest in reading emails or using the web browser while I'm out and about anymore. I think I'd be fine with just talk and text for the time being, and maybe a camera that can take cute cat photos. That should be enough, right?

  • I switched from AT&T prepaid to Ting, mostly because AT&T no longer supports dumbphones, or at least there are very, very few ones that they do support. Also, Ting's billing model seems interesting and I'll probably save at least some money. We'll see how it goes. At worst, I switch back to AT&T or some other prepaid service.

  • I have been participating in LetterMo, and so far have managed to get at least one piece of mail out for every day the post office has been open this month. Yay, me! It hasn't been very easy, since I have the plague and all, so I feel like this is a real accomplishment.

  • In a moment of clumsiness that will surprise no one that knows me, I managed to cut myself with a knife while slicing potatoes. Because it's not enough that I'm sick - I also have to bleed all over the kitchen and bathroom. Sigh. What can I say? I am sinister and gauche in a world designed for the dexterous.


Some worthwhile links:

"[I]t's like refusing to insure someone because they use seatbelts."

Took these assholes long enough.

The 25 commandments.

I love the Oxford comma!


Stop kissing chickens, dammit!

Sometimes I think winning the lottery is the worst possible thing that can happen to anyone.

The Internet of Things is getting out of control.

Seriously, don't let bats bite you. Especially if your insurance sucks.

When I tell people that this is Maryland's official state sport, they never believe me.

Environmentally speaking, having children is the absolute worst thing you can do to the planet.