Thursday, March 31, 2016

I'll be going to a family reunion this summer!

OK OK, before anyone lectures me, I really don't like family reunions! It's a whole lot of sitting, visiting, and drinking, and ours usually involves sightseeing at the end, which just makes a boring weekend even more boring! However, the last time I saw my great aunt and uncle on mom's side was that day of miserable failures, 4/16/2014. If I never go to another reunion and that happens to be the last day I see both of them, (because they're both at least 40 years older than me,) well... um... yeah, so let's just say I'm going to this one. Even if it's just so I'll have better memories of them.
I even remember why I saw them a couple years ago. They were passing through here to go look at setting up things for the 2014 reunion, (that was eventually canceled. We went out to dinner that night, (on a night that I would much rather have stayed in!) I was the very last to know, mom told me when I called her to relay the events of what happened earlier that day.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The package came today.

A package of syringes came today, around 2:30. I was actually afraid it wasn't going to get here in time. Lol Melissa saw the package, which said "refridgerate upon arrival," and she said "this should be interesting to refridgerate." I was like "you don't have to put the whole thing in the fridge, we should probably open the box first." We then proceeded to plug back in my elliptical. I had to unplug it when I had the cat, and he was chewing on the cord. There was some debate as to where the plug actually was, but we finally found it!

Monday, March 28, 2016

A package is coming.

Otherwise known as, if it gives me wings, I'll take it. Lol hah, I only wish the growth hormone injections I'm taking delivery of tomorrow would give me wings! Unfortunately, this all happened when I was looking at PACER yesterday. I had to set up delivery of the package, and then take a call from the program handling the injection training.
There are reasons why I was looking at Pacer, Did I ever mention that Lavabit was going to have another appeal? Well, this time, it was about a motion to unseal, and the brief was supposed to be filed yesterday. This is why I went looking for it on PACER around the time Diplomat, (that's the pharmacy my insurance uses,) and Fisor called me. I didn't find the brief on PACER, instead I found something else. I don't want to rewrite what I just wrote in a different place, so I'll just link to my post over here, and you can go read if you want.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Stuff happened today.

Lol because today totally did not go as planned! The first part did, mom, dad, and I went to church. After that, we were supposed to have breakfast with my sister, her boyfriend, and their kids. However, several people didn't go to bed until midnight last night, and decided that it would be fun to get up at 9 this morning, (mainly everyone in that household.) I suppose that's fine when you don't plan to have to be somewhere until around 3 in the afternoon, (especially if you have 3 kids, and take an hour and a half to get ready.) However, we all decided to wait to eat, because we thought we were going to breakfast fairly soon after church, (or that's what I thought, anyway.)
Mom, dad, and I ended up going to eat, (because we hadn't eaten yet!) Mom had stuff for the kids, so they said they were going to take it to my sister's house after they brought me back home.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Plans for tomorrow.

I'm blog posting somewhat early, (lol, 10:45 is early,) because I'm going to be going to bed soon. We're going to the early service as I said last week, and then going to breakfast after. Apparently my sister and mom decided that mom didn't want to cook dinner, so we get to enjoy a breakfast with all 8 of us! I'm just hoping we'll get to church on time to get a seat. They usually take about half the chairs out of the sanctuary for the play, and they don't put them back until it's over. Since it won't be over until around 1 on Sunday, we're going to have to get there a bit early.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

YourListen tests have failed.

I tried to upload something, and it wouldn't let me get through it without uploading an image. This is a problem, because I don't take a picture for every file I upload, and I don't have an album artist to produce cover art for every file. Everything else was filled out, except for the links to Amazon and iTunes, I'm not going to sell a podcast! I actually took another look at Podbean, and noticed that it does say "unlimited storage," I haven't found their file size limit yet though. I have no idea what on earth to call this thing, so it will probably be something like "That Show Thing." Lol or something broad like that, because I just might talk about everything.

Things I've been able to do this week.

Now that I'm less distracted, I can actually get more done.

  1. Researched Podcast hosting, I still have yet to look at YourListen, but I was looking at Podbean, and PodOMatic, and it looks like the limits are very low.

  2. Read RSS, well I've done this twice this week anyway, but for like 3 and a half hours each time.

  3. Working on cleaning out email inbox, spam, and trash. The trash and the archives have the most in them.

  4. Preparing to start a 30 day journaling challenge next month. I'm going to be doing this privately, although I'm going to be using prompts so that I don't just decide to skip writing because I don't have anything to write about.

  5. I'm still in my ongoing search to find an alternative to WordPress. I continued that this week. If I could find a simple service, (like Tumblr, minus Yahoo,) that would give me a blog to post links to, and I could import my existing blog from WP, I'd be perfectly happy. I used to used the Tumblr bookmarklet and it worked until I left.

  6. Despite the inefficiencies with PressThis, I've managed to get more links posted. With the exception of tonight, (because I was picking prompts for next month,) I've been posting 3-4 links each day. That's good considering the last couple months I've had more headaches than usual.

  7. Lol and if the Apple hearing hadn't been postponed, I definitely was going to follow that!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Well, I was going to make a list.

I was going to write my list for tomorrow early. However, I've had a headache all day, and as of now, it's gotten worse. So, you'll just have to wait for tomorrow to see what I put on the list. Right now, it's bedtime for me!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Prayers for Brussels.

I just want to say that I'm praying for everyone who was killed or hurt in the evil and tragic events of yesterday. I can't imagine, and probably will never be able to understand what they're going through right now.

Monday, March 21, 2016

The kitty went to my parent's.

At around 3:45 this afternoon, my mom left with a cat in a carrier. My mom qquickly learned what Melissa and I knew all along, he does not like the carrier! Of course, she had to take everything else, his litter, his litter box, the mat that went under it. Food of course, treats, toys, cat trees, and paperwork. My dad had to come back and get his bigger cat tree, because it wouldn't fit in mom's car. Dad also had to take laser lights, and the basket from my coffee table that he likes rubbing on and laying in.
Mom said he's doing fine so far. The dogs want to play with him, and he seems to be OK with that until he gets tired of it, (of course.) She has him in her spare room, (with the door closed, so he couldn't get out and try to get outside if she wasn't paying attention, and the dogs started chasing him.)

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Making Easter plans, and losing track of time.

Woops! I probably shouldn't have let myself get distracted by cleaning out my SaveForLater folders, and lost track of time! I completely forgot that my publishing deadline was fast approaching!
We've made Easter plans, because I needed to know what we were doing next weekend, so I could make arrangements. We're going to the 9:00 church service, (no one wants to see the play again,) then we're going to breakfast after. Well that last one is up for debate. We don't know if we'll go to breakfast after, or do dinner, but we know we're doing something after church. I had to ask my mom what the plans were, because I told her that if she didn't want to make plans, I was going to hop on the bus. Had I done that, the play wouldn't have gotten over until like 1:00 in the afternoon.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

My parent's trial period.

My parent's will be picking up my cat sometime next week. Mom said they're going to agree to a trial period. She's worried that the cat will be traumatized because of her dogs, and because he doesn't like new people at first. I told her that she's going to have to come when Melissa's here sometime next week, because I can't get him into the carrier myself, and he'd probably run and hide if she just came over. The only problem is, they're taking a trip next month, and there's going to be a person staying at their house anomal-sitting. I told her he'd probably stay in the guist room, or the area where the baby gate is closed off. She thought he might try to get out, I said not if there's a new person there, and she said not if there are 4 dogs there.

List updates.

It's a very short list updates post. Only to say that I've retooled and updated the list itself. I've completed 9 goals, started 11, and failed 1. The list is here: the big list Maybe next month, I'll actually have more to update, then again, who knows? I'll be posting a little bit more later, on something else entirely.

Friday, March 18, 2016

This is just a quick post.

Because it's already after midnight, and I need to get something published. I was busy catching up on posting links, and I kind of lost track of time. Woops! Guess that's what happens when you're following legal cases... huh? Lol, maybe I'll finally! get to the list updates tomorrow? Then again, who knows! I'm hoping that I'll be able to, (that I'll be able to sit without it making my headache worse,) for the length of time I need it to, because I really need to retool the list.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Can I make a list?

I don't think so!

  1. Because I read 560 pages of unsealed legal documents last night!

  2. Someone was crazy enough to run the CMECF report, and make them public.

  3. I'm glad I didn't have to run the CMECF report for those on PACER, because it would've charged me who knows how much!

  4. I still have the morning-after headache from staying up until well, I think I went to bed around 2.

  5. So, can I go to bed now, Lol!

Of course, this is the reason why I skipped the post last night, I didn't have time to stop reading and blog.

Monday, March 14, 2016

I'm looking for a service...

That will take retweeted links and put them into an RSS feed. I've been retweeting a lot of links lately, and usually, if they get retweeted, they end up being posted, (or put into the treatise form.) I'm still using Save For Later to save my links, but it won't take links from Twitter, and it doesn't use RSS. It would sure be cool if it did though! there's technically a way to do this, and I've done it before, but it involves a service I no longer use.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

I might be giving my cat away.

I was talking to mom on the phone today, and she said she'd like to have a cat. I asked if she'd consider taking mine. He likes to try and get in my room at night, and lately he's been accomplishing this somehow. I don't think it's by opening the door, (because the door is shut tight both before and after, and I'd definitely hear it, I know what him trying to climb on the door sounds like!) This keeps me up at night, (if he's in the room, or if he's right next to the door trying to get in.) Not only that, but he doesn't like to let me get anything done. Whether it's reading briefs, checking email, or whatever I'm doing, he thinks he needs to be right here with me. That wasn't a huge problem until he jumped on the desk and spilt water one night while I was in the middle of writing a blog post. So he usually comes up right next to my chair, and starts meowing. If he doesn't get his way within a few minutes, he starts throwing a fit and acting like a banshee. This was happening tonight, and it was distracting me. I was listening to a live audio stream, and I couldn't concentrate on what the people were saying, because I was worried about whether the cat was going to attack my blinds, (he's done this already and some have come down,) jump up on my dining room table, or who knows what else?
As for sleep, I've tried a couple things, and they work with middling success. They work for a while, and then he develops a tolerance to them. They don't actually make him go to sleep either, they just keep him calm enough to make me be able to sleep. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

Friday, March 11, 2016

I fixed subtweeting!

Lol well if I could actually fix subtweeting I would! I fixed my issue with it. I'm talking about my definition of subtweeting, when people tweet about a topic without the associated hashtag. I'd say that I've been missing about 50% of the tweets that didn't make it into my search because people fail to use the hashtag for some reason. This is a long-running search, so this has been going on for years now, (the search hasn't been open all this time, but off-and-on.) I fixed this problem by performing a query without the associated hashtag, (so without the # sign.) This immediately caused the search to expand! I wouldn't recommend this for something like #nevertrump for instance, but in a search where it isn't an extremely big timeline, it will definitely work! If I could've fixed this a couple years ago, I definitely would've seen everything!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

I think I'm born to read ridiculousness!

Lol, I ssay that because I just got done reading the mega-filing from the government a couple hours ago. Yeah, I've seen this before, (with a slight exception.) The government went after those who filed briefs on Apple's behalf, (not everyone individually, but collectively.) I don't think I've seen that one before. I've seen some very libelous legal documents, including a ruling in which well, let's just say, no words were spared! So when people talk about hostile briefs, yep, I've been down that road before! Sometimes, what the government writes is hilarious, (when they quote a really old edition of Websters, for instance.) Other times, it just makes you have to stop reading because a moment of disbelief is taking place.

Things I need to do but haven't gotten to.

Yeah, I haven't done this Thursday lister thing for a while! I thought I'd actually make a list of something for once.

  1. List updates! I've been meaning to get to them! I really have, but when you're trying to follow a legal case of epic proportions, on top of that you don't sleep for a while, (headaches are for the birds!) oh and not only that I forgot to pay my rent this month, (I blame the FBI for that one!) you kind of forget things. Lol I joke about blaming the FBI, because last time I forgot to pay my rent, I was also following a legal case that well, had fairly hostile dealings with the FBI.

  2. Actually setting up this Thursday lister thing on a more permanent basis. I should probably keep doing it here for a while before I decide whether I'm going to set it up somewhere else.

  3. Planning this year's Linkday. I've been thinking about this for the last couple weeks, (in between all the briefs I've been reading.) I did post on on Tuesday, the date of this year's event will be 7/30, and I definitely will not be streaming that this year!

  4. Finding an alternative so I don't have to deal with the crappyness, (oh, did I just do that?) that is Wordpress on Linkday! I'm still waiting to move my blog over to well, any service with a WP importer at this point, (any service that will take straight HTML that is.) I thought the most promising of these services was Blot, but it's been 7 months and I haven't heard anything.

  5. Start a podcast. I would love to do this, (especially right now!) However, I'm not sure how/where to host the thing. I already have plenty of audio files archived here, and last year, BlueHost upgraded me to plus, I can't afford to pay for their business package, which is $23 per month, so I probably wouldn't be hosting the Podcast with Bluehost. I may eventually need to find a host that will do things in the $150/175 yearly price range, however what I'm asking of them for that price may just be too much.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Dateline has failed big time!

Oh yeah they have! I was going to watch a certain 2-hour dateline special on Sunday, (hint: it's the only dateline special that NBC aired Sunday!) However, I had one of those things we call TV scheduling conflicts. No, I don't have a DVR, and no, I can't just record things easily! However, Dateline is in 99.9999% of cases good with their streaming, so I thought I'd just stream the dateline episode later, and watch the show that's in it's final season, (in other words, never coming back!) on Sunday. However, this time, Dateline decided not to release this particular report online, and instead decided to put it in their on-demand system only. OK, 2 problems with that:
1. I don't have cable, and:
2. I can't use on-demand systems if I did have cable! I even tried to find one of those questionably-legal streaming sites, (don't blame me, blame NBC for this one!) and I did end up finding one, but it just wanted to serve me links to that particular thing, ( and play every other show.) I suppose I'll be investigating more of those later. I've never done the BitTorrent thing before, but maybe I'll look there.
Another way to do this is to borrow an account of a cable subscriber, ( a Charter subscriber, for instance,) if anyone is one and is willing to lend me their account for a while,) because Charter has it. However, because I'm internet-only, they won't let me see it. Of course I'll let you change your password and then change it back. I probably shouldn't admit why I know this works, but le'ts just say I've done it before with a friend of mine for something, when they still had cable.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

I finished everything!

I finished reading 16 briefs today! Yep, that's right, 16! 12 on Apple's side of things, and 4 on the government side. I also just finished writing the list post I've been waiting to write for 5 days over on my linkblog, so yeah, and I'd do it all over again! Lol why? Because I got my thoughts captured in briefs twice, and that's never happened before! As in 2 different briefs, and they wrote exactly what I wrote/said, more than once. I'm still wondering how that happens... Not only that, but I honestly never thought I'd read that many briefs, I finished most of them today, (I think I read 6 in one session!) That's definitely a test of endurance! At one point, I said "wait! go back!" out loud and ended up scaring my cat, who was sleeping on the shelf behind my desk, so as not to distract me.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Lol redundancies in legal documents are hilarious!

I was reading the government's new filing in the Apple case today, (the one where they asked a district court judge to renew the order that was just denied last week,) and I found this little piece of hilarity:
"In finding burdensomeness, the magistrate judge improperly looked beyond this case: to
the “at least 70 times” in the past where Apple has already complied with similar orders —
without once raising any claim of burden; the “dozen more” cases in which orders have
issued during the pendency of this matter — in which Apple has similarly made no claim of
burden; and to cases where the government has sought a different type of relief than the one
requested here (a type of relief that even Judge Orenstein admitted is “more burdensome” to
that sought here)."
First of all, "burdensomeness?" Is that like me saying "pro se-ness while trying to demonstrate PACER back in 2014? Lol, it actually seemed like someone forgot what they were writing, and made up a word or something. I haven't seen that anywhere that I know of. Burdensome is the adjective here, that I know of, it doesn't usually need "ness" put on top of it. I did look it up, and apparently it's a word that's actually used.
Secondly, if you're going to say "burdensomeness, you probably don't need to say "more burdensome" in the same paragraph, that just makes things redundant. What happened to "burdensomeness?" OK OK so it would probably sound strange if you used it that way, but a lot of the government's filings read a bit strange anyway. I even had to ask my mom, and she said that was "totally redundant."

When mom starts asking questions...

I called mom today, (as I usually do on Sundays.) Somehow, we got to talking about the Apple case, (oh, I told her I'm catching up on reading briefs.) She started asking if what the FBI director said at first was correct, ya know the whole thing about this being for "just one phone." I told her it turns out that when he was testifying in front of the House Judiciary Committee last Tuesday, he admitted it would set a precedent, and the district attorney of Manhattan was also a witness in that hearing. He has said that he has phones waiting, after Apple unlocks this one. I thought it was a bit strange that mom was asking me questions about a case I'm following, she's never done that before. I suppose that's when I know this one's high-profile!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

The events of yesterday, and the next few days.

I ended up downloading 10 amici briefs that were filed in support of Apple, (I didn't receive the last one until this afternoon somehow.) There were some I didn't download because I didn't particularly want to take more than a few days to get this done, there are actually 17 full briefs, and 3 letters to the court filed for Apple. There are 4 briefs filed for the government/FBI, which I'm also taking the time to read because I read both sides of the briefing in every case I follow.
I think I spent most of yesterday processing briefs, processing = the initial download and open, (as much as I don't love it, Adobe reader does perform well with my screen reader. After the document opens it processes, (it actually does process the document page-by-page. After that's done, I decide if I'm going to have enough time to read the document straight through nonstop, (and this depends on the length of the brief, and how much distraction I'm facing at the time.) If I am, I usually take a few minutes to do all necessary things, (gather water, and try to deal with any distractions that could come, hint: that includes my cat.) Lol as in I try to make sure the water/food dish is full, etc. After that break, I start reading, and it depends on the length of the document as to how long it takes to finish.If you're following me on Twitter, you might see me talk about OCR and/or conversion. If a document opens and my screen reader responds with "alert: empty document," I start the OCR process, (my screen reader has this built-in as of the end of 2014.)If this process fails, (and it only has once or twice so far, I submit the PDF to a service for conversion to text, and receive the results as an email a few minutes later.
If I decide for some reason I don't want to read the document right then, it gets saved and reprocessed by Adobe reader, (yeah, again.) Where I put these things depends on where the documents came from, if they came from PACER, and I decide I want to link to them, they go right into the public folder, if they came from somewhere else, they don't end up there.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

SSA and Medicare weirdness.

When I got my SSA increases almost a couple years ago now, they told me I'd become eligible for Medicare in a couple years. That starts on 4/1, and I've been sent several notices to prove it. So yesterday I get a call from the SSA, (I have it set up that they call me a few business days in advance of a notice arriving, and it gets read over the phone.) She says that I'm going to have to start receiving a different amount, and at first this was a bit confusing. When she mentioned the deduction of Medicare premiums, I was like wait a second, this isn't supposed to happen!
I'm not sure if it happens anywhere else, but here if you're ensured by the state, and you're eligible for Medicare, you become what's called "a dual patient." This means that not only does the state pay premiums, it covers everything that Medicare won't. When I called my caseworker to confirm this a couple months ago, she told me that I was correct, (I've known this was going to happen since about 2007 or so.) So when the lady on the phone was saying they were going to start deducting $121 in premiums, I was a bit confused. I thought they already knew that wasn't going to happen. It turns out that I received a strange notice from the state about 10 days ago, saying that "we found out you're eligible for Medicare, and we'll be contacting you within 2 weeks."
I happened to mention this to the representative, because she was asking me if I received anything from the state. She told me to either fax the notice to my local office, (I don't have, and have never used a fax machine,) or take it to them. Just as Melissa and I were thinking about taking a trip with paperwork in hand, my caseworker called me, (it didn't help that I'd already called her, and she was calling back.) She hadn't sent any verification to them yet, and that's what caused the notice to be sent, thus the call saying we'll be deducting $121 in premiums from your check.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Trump won 7 out of 12 states.

Things are waaayyy too close to call in Alaska right now! Ted Cruz is ahead by 205 votes, after winning Texas and Oklahoma. The other state that didn't go to Trump? Minnesota, and Marko Rubio won that one. There are states that vote on Saturday, on Tuesday of next week, and on the Tuesday after that. Yeah, I'm still not sure why the village idiot has to win everything! I enjoy watching states count votes though, (lol there's just something interesting about it,) so I'll most likely be up until around 2 or 3 waiting for Alaska to finish counting.