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Friday, November 14

Life

How About That?

I have a natural wake-sleep cycle of about 28 hours.  Left to my own devices, I'll go to bed and wake up about four hours later every day.  Which means that once a week I sync up with the rest of the world. 

Whenever I take time off work and don't actually go on a trip somewhere, this happens, but so long as I take time off in full weeks, I go back to work synced up with the rest of the company.  I've been like this since my late teens; as a child, I was normal.  In that respect.

What I never realised is that this is not just a personal quirk, but a rare but scientifically recognised condition...  And considered extremely debilitating.

Well, it's not a lot of fun, but...  I guess I'm lucky in a way that my job so often requires me to work weird hours, so that I always have an excuse.  (Okay, I didn't get in to the office until noon on Monday, but I was working on that crashed server until 3AM on Saturday...)

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Of course, as with all self-diagnoses, it's possible that I'm just a hypochondriac with bad sleep habits who's been on call 24x7 for six years straight.

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Sunday, October 05

Life

They Took My Hour!

Daylight savings.  Just say bah.

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Thursday, August 28

Life

Not Dead, Plotting

Language warning: Contains language.

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Thursday, July 24

Life

What It's Like

What It's Like Going Grocery Shopping With Celiac Disease

About 10% of the food items are labelled Salmonella Free.  And from experience, you know that's maybe 70% accurate, so if you ever want to try something new, you'd better clear your schedule because you might be spending the next 24 hours locked in the bathroom.

And there's no rhyme or reason to it.  Coffee?  How the hell did they get salmonella in coffee?*


What It's Like Using Windows 8 On A Non-Touch Device

It's like living in a house where the doors are just painted on the walls, and to go in and out of the rooms or open the cupboards you need to carry a chainsaw.  And all the surfaces are painted the exact same shade of off-white.  But the location is great!


* I thought I was lactose intolerant as well until I discovered that gluten is a common filler in ice cream.

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Life

Whyfor?

Why exactly is it that if I want an antihistamine, or a painkiller containing codeine, it needs to be approved by a pharmacist, but if I want a cold & flu preparation containing both, I can just pick it up and pay for it?

Update: It might be because the cold & flu pills have less codeine (I checked) and antihistamine (not sure).  Plus paracetamol (acetominophen) to keep you safe.  The paracetamol will kill you before you can get hooked on the codeine.

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Wednesday, July 16

Life

Not Going According To The Script

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Friday, May 16

Life

Where's Pixy?

Zzzzzz....

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Friday, April 04

Life

April

Three public holidays and I get an extra hour of sleep this Sunday.

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Saturday, March 29

Life

Pixy's Houshold Hints

Don't leave an Australian two dollar coin in your pocket when washing your clothes in...  Whichever model fancy Samsung combination washer/dryer it is that I have.

Because it's exactly the right size to lodge in the drain and block it completely.

And if the thing can't drain, it won't do anything at all.*  Which means no washer.  And also no dryer.  Combination washer-dryers are wonderful things until they break, and then you lose two critical appliances at once.**

So now I have a working washer, a working dryer, and two dollars.***  A good day all round.

Update: Well, I have a washing machine and $20 anyway.  Found some $5 notes in a pocket when I was carefully checking my first load in my restored washing machine, which was good.  Then it singularly failed to dry the load of washing, which was not so good.  Still an improvement.

* Because (a) the first thing it does on any wash cycle is drain any leftover water, and (b) the dryer has a condenser unit, and won't start unless it can run cold water through the condenser.
** It's been raining here in Sydney for about a month.  I can hand-wash my clothes when I have to, since it's just me, but hand-drying is not so easy.
*** Actually, $5.  There was another $2 and a $1 in the emergency water release thingy.

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Wednesday, March 26

Life

Littlewood's Law

Littlewood's Law states, effectively, that every human being will experience a miracle about once a month.

Where "miracle" is defined not as something necessarily supernatural, but an event with odds of a million-to-one.  So it could just as well be bad, or simply weird, as wonderful.

For example, being late to work on two successive Mondays because the train you missed (because you were already late) hit someone and the railway line was closed.

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