Thursday, August 17th, 2017 12:00 pm
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Sunday, August 13th, 2017 11:10 pm
Instead, I was seen by a doctor last night at the Out of Hours service, who checked with the Eye Pavillion, who told me to come in at 2pm today. So Jane got me there in one piece (crossing roads and navigating festival-goers being tricky when any change of brightness causes intense pain), the doctor checked it was nothing unexpected, and that my iris was not stuck to my cornea (like last time), and then handed me some Maxidex and Cyclopentolate. The former reduces inflammation, the latter stops anything sticking to anything else while it recovers.

It's a pain, because I have to take the Maxidex hourly for the next two days, then 6 times a day for a week, then 4 times a day for a week, then thrice daily for a week, twice daily for a week, once daily for a week, and then I can finally stop. So I've installed an app on my phone to tell me when I should, and am letting that worry about it for me.

Also, the Cyclopentolate seems to cause my eye to focus slightly less well, so for the week I'm using that I suspect I'll have a bit of a headache (as I do now).

But! I am not in as much pain as I was, and my eye is probably not going to explode. So yay!
Sunday, August 13th, 2017 12:00 pm
Saturday, August 12th, 2017 09:55 pm
I've been meaning to write more for ages. But nothing quite seems important to share, which frankly is a pretty silly approach to take.

So, I'm going to try writing more:
Pink Floyd/Dark Side of the Moon, as projected onto the inside of the dome at Dynamic Earth was entertaining, but largely because of the music. The graphics were, frankly, the kind of thing I used to see in 1990s demoscene disks. Basically a more modern take on this kind of thing. Which isn't _bad_ per se. But it was pretty uninspired, and not up to the quality you'd expect Pink Floyd to demand.

The local council are great. Well, when it comes to emergency sewage problems. Where the drain outside the back of the building flooded, leaving raw sewage coming in under the back door to the block. I paid for it to be cleared, and they couldn't, so I got my insurers involved. And they told me I'd need to get everyone in the block onside to pay for their share. And then Mandy at work recommended I talk to the council, who had someone here within two hours to say "Yup, that's a health hazard, and it affects multiple homes", and then had an emergency team out three hours later who had plans of where the drains were, found drain covers _under the grass_ and sorted it all out. And will now bill everyone in the building separately, so I don't have to worry about that!

The NHS are great. Because I have a recurrence of uveitis, which flared up over the last 24 hours. Previous occurrences were in October 2012, in January 2014, and in February 2015 (links more for my own future reference than anything else). Happened a week after seeing my family, and coincided with my IBS playing up, which may be A Thing. Anyway, I called the 24 hotline for non-emergencies, and they've given me an appointment at 23:10 at the Western General hospital, so I'll be leaping onto a bus in 45 minutes to be seen at the Assessment & Rehabiliation Centre.

Jane is lovely. And came on holiday with me and my family (parents, my brothers, and their partners/children), played lots of board games, went for walks with dogs, and is about to come to the hospital with me to keep me company. (Actual holiday post to follow at some point. Possibly even with pictures of dogs).

Work is good. And I am currently involved in multiple things I am enjoying, and stretch me. Favourite things of the last year or so are getting to learn PowerShell in a fair amount of depth, and finally getting to fix a bad design decision I made circa 2008 and remove a huge amount of duplicate code.
Saturday, August 12th, 2017 12:00 pm
Friday, August 11th, 2017 12:00 pm
Thursday, August 10th, 2017 12:00 pm
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Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 12:00 pm
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Friday, August 4th, 2017 05:40 pm
While we were off on the North York Moors on holiday various members of my family were getting emails from Dropbox saying "We've noticed that various staff at your company, Ducker.org.uk, are all using Dropbox. Wanna run it through a central business account?"

And I've just had to let them down gently.

I guess that nowadays, with most people running their email through gmail, customised domain names for personal use email accounts are even rarer than they used to be.
Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 08:21 pm
I am enjoying this top albums made by women list for it's diversity of genres, cultures and decades - I'm discovering new music from different countries and different decades, with fascinating summaries of the history. I'm sure you could argue the order and what should and shouldn't have been included, but if I mentally retitle it "150 great albums made by women" instead of "150 greatest albums made by women", it's really enjoyable.
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