Random thing you loathe right now.

Apparently, while capsaicin is a base, once it's latched onto by the receptors in the mouth, acids are not going to do much to it. But the protein casein, in milk, can break the bond, and the fat in the milk can coat the receptor so it won't pick up more irritant for a bit. It'll wear off pretty quickly, though, so you need to use whole milk and a good amount, repeatedly, to wait out the capsaicin.

Whole milk with a high-fat chocolate bar would probably help a lot. Dark chocolate mouse, that sort of thing would be good too. I don't think cocoa powder would do it, but white chocolate is largely cocoa fat, so that's another choice I guess.

I did find a lot of papers showing that citric acid can desensitize the receptors, which sounds good - but it does it the same way that the capsaicin does, through repeated exposure, which is why pepper lovers can handle more and more over time. Sucking lemons off and on for a few days would probably do the trick, a bit, but so would just... eating spicy food repeatedly, so... Yeah.

People who vape in enclosed places.

I have a relative who insists on driving places so they can vape during the drive. I have taken to telling them that I won't get in the car with them if they do.

Mess of small things: Amazon order never arrives, an old game, imperialism 2, no longer works on my pc, power outages at home, and lots of other small annoying things. Also I hate doing dishes.

master0 wrote:

an old game, imperialism 2, no longer works on my pc

Gasp. How horrid! That game is amazing. What's happening?

Veloxi wrote:
master0 wrote:

an old game, imperialism 2, no longer works on my pc

Gasp. How horrid! That game is amazing. What's happening?

Yeah it literally is in a folder called my favs. Basically first i started throwing an error constantly. Cause apparently if you don't have a cd/dvd drive it can't run. I got around that with a virtual drive. that was literally empty. Even still it would crash after running for a minute. No errors. Lots of threads mentioning the recent windows update broke it. Even the GoG verison. No luck fixing it. Am sad, it's my nostalgia chill game.

I'll see if I can get the gog version to run.

I’ve been on holiday for two weeks. I hadn’t been planning to do very much other than to visit family but even that went out the window when I caught covid. One of my students, who has been with the group over ten years, asked in Slack if anyone wanted to meet up for an informal outdoor painting session. In the end the weather wasn’t suitable so it didn’t happen.

The group resumed today and I learnt that the same student who had tried to arrange the get together, was in the ICU after a fall. Someone else arrived, a woman who had recently lost her husband to cancer, and told us that the fall had been compounded by a number of medical conditions she’d been living with for a long time and that she wasn’t expected to survive the night.

It’s hit me quite hard. It doesn’t feel real that she could have been painting chatting with the group a few weeks ago only to suddenly be gone from our lives.

I'm sorry to hear about your student.

People don't like to talk about this stuff much, so it ends up being a horrible surprise when it happens, and most folks who are not in a death-adjacent business or know people who are seem to have to learn it through experience. My own experience is that talking about this stuff and reading about it and that sort of exposure makes it easier to accept in one's own life, and the lives of those we know.

It does not lessen the emotional impact but it reduces the shock, if that makes sense. It's funny, our ancestors seem to have been more aware of the fragility of life, but our experience of incredibly capable medicine and expectation of long lives has made us naive in this area. We try to avoid thinking about it when we should be aware that this sort of thing happens all the time, especially as the people we know age, and we should be treating people accordingly.

I hope you can find a good tribute to your student, when the chance presents itself, Higgledy. I'm sure they'd like that knowledge that, for a generation or so, their memory will live in the minds of those who knew them. That's the only real memorial most of us will get, and it's on the survivors to provide it. The more we participate in this process, of loss and remembrance, the more we will come to understand that we are not the center of the universe, and the easier it will be to let go when our time comes, or those of our loved ones. I hope, anyway.

I wish you peace in your loss and joy in the memories.

Thanks Robear.

I read somewhere that, when someone has a long decline before passing away, it allows you the chance to ‘pre-grieve,’ to come to terms with and make peace with the loss before it happens. There seems to be a lot of truth in that.

It’s a good idea to think of a good tribute. I’m sure that would help me and others. We could definitely have an outdoor painting session in her name. Those are always, weather willing, a success.

Thanks again for your thoughts and best wishes.

Giving back is a terrific way to deal with grief. 4 years apart, my wife and I lost our mothers to cancer. One year we decided to volunteer at Project Open Hand on the anniversary of their deaths. It is a way to push forward during a time where you are ripped back into pain.

Sorry for your loss as well

Thanks fang.

Department of Labor Job Fairs. The people at the fair say what jobs are available in the company and to check the website, when you go to the website that same day the jobs are not listed or available. Waste my f*cking time you c*ck biting ass sh*tters.

Why not just laugh at the people looking for work, it'd be more insulting but also much more honest. f*ck all of them.

master0 wrote:
Veloxi wrote:
master0 wrote:

an old game, imperialism 2, no longer works on my pc

Gasp. How horrid! That game is amazing. What's happening?

Yeah it literally is in a folder called my favs. Basically first i started throwing an error constantly. Cause apparently if you don't have a cd/dvd drive it can't run. I got around that with a virtual drive. that was literally empty. Even still it would crash after running for a minute. No errors. Lots of threads mentioning the recent windows update broke it. Even the GoG verison. No luck fixing it. Am sad, it's my nostalgia chill game.

Okay so this is weird. When I hit Play on GOG Galaxy, nothing happens (I hate Galaxy. Hate). However, when I go to the folder and double-click the launch shortcut, it runs great. Have you tried that?

Higgledy wrote:

It’s hit me quite hard. It doesn’t feel real that she could have been painting chatting with the group a few weeks ago only to suddenly be gone from our lives.

Oh geez, I am so sorry to hear this.

Thanks for trying veloxi. Trust me I've tried that and a ton of other settings and third party apps. No dice. Probably something unique to my setup.

MaxShrek wrote:

Department of Labor Job Fairs. The people at the fair say what jobs are available in the company and to check the website, when you go to the website that same day the jobs are not listed or available. Waste my f*cking time you c*ck biting ass sh*tters.

Why not just laugh at the people looking for work, it'd be more insulting but also much more honest. f*ck all of them.

Every labour/job fair I went to was useless. Never even a nibble of a response. Some feel dam predatory too

Finally got Covid, of course a long time after people were driving themselves and other people crazy, and blaming everything for it. Kind of sucks, not as bad as I thought but annoying. No fever, 97.8F degrees, but I told my wife I don't really get a fever when I'm sick, I just get sick.

My temperature as 94.8F at the doctor once and they told me the reading was only wrong. I asked if they only had one thermometer but they didn't answer.

If your body temperature is chronically low, you should get your thyroid function checked out.

(I am not a doctor, but I am an expert hypochondriac)

Seriously, though, it can be a symptom of hypothyroidism.

So back in April I started noticing some fogginess/filminess in my right eye. Never seen the like before, so I've gotten several rounds of tests done, as well as new glasses.

Today, they were finally able to suss it out: I'm developing a cataract. It's not serious, yet, but it'll eventually require surgery, probably within the next year.

So it's the best worst news I could've gotten -- because everything else about my eyes are apparently fantastic -- but I've never had any kind of serious surgery before so I'm kinda freaking out a bit.

BadKen wrote:

If your body temperature is chronically low, you should get your thyroid function checked out.

(I am not a doctor, but I am an expert hypochondriac)

Seriously, though, it can be a symptom of hypothyroidism.

Or... you're a lizard. Max, are you noticing your skin becoming unusually scaly?

Chairman_Mao wrote:
BadKen wrote:

If your body temperature is chronically low, you should get your thyroid function checked out.

(I am not a doctor, but I am an expert hypochondriac)

Seriously, though, it can be a symptom of hypothyroidism.

Or... you're a lizard. Max, are you noticing your skin becoming unusually scaly?

I was diagnosed as lizardopolimiscoposcy in high school, but my temps have been low and when I get sick it gets as high as 99.

Veloxi wrote:

So back in April I started noticing some fogginess/filminess in my right eye. Never seen the like before, so I've gotten several rounds of tests done, as well as new glasses.

Today, they were finally able to suss it out: I'm developing a cataract. It's not serious, yet, but it'll eventually require surgery, probably within the next year.

So it's the best worst news I could've gotten -- because everything else about my eyes are apparently fantastic -- but I've never had any kind of serious surgery before so I'm kinda freaking out a bit.

I had double cataract surgery last year and it wasn’t bad at all. The surgery itself was a breeze. They don’t even knock you out. They just give you something to keep you calm. No pain whatsoever. Zero.

The frustrating bit is that they stagger the surgery for each eye by two weeks, so the interim was weird because I had a heavy prescription and I popped one lens out my glasses, but that didn’t work very well so I often wore an eye patch. Also, there's a LOT of post-op eye drops to take.

But now, I have 20/20 without glasses (still need readers though) and everything got so much more colorful and bright after the surgery. Like cleaning dirty windows. Best part is looking up at a bright full moon on a clear night.

Wait, your eyesight got better after the surgery?!

Fun Fact: Medicare covers a new pair of glasses post cataract surgery. (or did years a go now)

Veloxi wrote:

Wait, your eyesight got better after the surgery?!

They can add a corrective lens during the surgery. Basically permanent contacts. My dad got them with bifocals built in. He said the whole thing was painless and was impressed by the docs speed.

Wait, I can have corrective lenses surgeried into my eyeballs? But I have to have cataracts first?

master0 wrote:
Veloxi wrote:

Wait, your eyesight got better after the surgery?!

They can add a corrective lens during the surgery. Basically permanent contacts. My dad got them with bifocals built in. He said the whole thing was painless and was impressed by the docs speed.

That’s true. I’d needed glasses pretty much my whole life. Now I only need readers.

BadKen wrote:

Wait, I can have corrective lenses surgeried into my eyeballs? But I have to have cataracts first?

time to start hitting up the tanning salon with no eye protection

Chairman_Mao wrote:
BadKen wrote:

Wait, I can have corrective lenses surgeried into my eyeballs? But I have to have cataracts first?

time to start hitting up the tanning salon with no eye protection

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Microsoft who with the genius we decided display your real name on the friends list was a smart idea. And then burying the setting to turn it off and have it be vague as well. Genius.

Congress being completely incapable of doing their f*cking jobs means that I'm about to start working for free while they all continue to get their paychecks. Last time I was 'non-essential', but I had toddler at home, which meant that I didn't get anything done during the shutdown. This time both kids are in school and I've got a list of things I would like to do around the house/yard but never have the time, and of course some of the science staff volunteered me (at least they apologized for throwing me under the bus) as essential since I'm the person who best understands all of our data acquisition stuff, and can also handle any sysadmin tasks that come up.

(I realize that back-pay is guaranteed, but in the meantime I'll be working without a paycheck until the shutdown ends)