Oct. 21st, 2017 02:14 pm
elsewhence: (arkanoid and vaus)
i wouldn't normally do this, but in case it's the sort of thing you like to do, here's my amazon wishlist (assuming that it's even possible to buy from amazon.de without being in germany, that is, i'm going to assume so because you can switch the site to english?). i'm going to take an internet-capable notebook to the hospital, but a book or two would probably be nice to have...

Oct. 20th, 2017 10:39 pm
elsewhence: (warning it's raining men)
also my notebook died because a fucking bottle of toner was too poorly designed and spilled its contents, which ran into the display, so i get to buy a new one again. the actual computer still works, but it's not much use with a display that only displays nonsensical shit, now is it. so now i have to borrow my parents' again. and then it turned out they didn't actually want to keep me at the hospital yet (i go back on monday, probably to stay for a while, they need to do a CT scan and a colonoscopy and stuff to check out what exactly is going on and how to treat it) meaning i wouldn't actually have needed to carry all that stuff with me today, and maybe this wouldn't have happened if i hadn't.

fuck everything.

also i learned that i have a bicornuate uterus, that's mildly amusing. it means i'm less likely to be able to carry a pregnancy to term without complications and therefore pleases me.

Oct. 20th, 2017 04:02 pm
elsewhence: (Default)
suspected bowel cancer with metastases in the liver.

what is this shit. that's supposed to happen to old people, not ones barely in their thirties.

Oct. 19th, 2017 07:18 pm
elsewhence: (warning it's raining men)
in the morning you've got a bit of one-sided abdominal pain, in the evening you know you probably have some sort of tumour. that's not the sort of day anyone needs.

going to the hospital tomorrow to find out more.

and goddamn am i glad i don't have to worry about the cost of medical treatment. if i did, i'd probably have decided the pain wasn't likely to be anything serious and decided to wait it out...

Oct. 19th, 2017 07:24 am
elsewhence: (guide text adventure)
so... it's no longer wednesday, the pain has only improved somewhat, do i want to go to a doctor about it? would a general practitioner even be able to help? i guess i'm not totally certain whether it's gynecological, and if nothing else, they'd probably be able to prescribe me a better painkiller. i mean, it'd probably just be a higher dosage of ibuprofen than i can get over the counter, but it'd be good to have on hand

Oct. 18th, 2017 04:00 pm
elsewhence: (r2-d2 fail)
in some contexts it sure is convenient to never have had sex. sudden intense pain in an area that could involve one of your ovaries? you can immediately exclude all explanations that have to do with pregnancy or STDs!

and i mean, my ovaries are on principle welcome to fucking murder themselves. i'm just not interested in pain or negative effects on my general health. given a hypothetical disease that caused female infertility with no other side effects, you bet i'd let that fucker progress without treatment...

Oct. 14th, 2017 07:46 pm
elsewhence: (r2-d2 fail)
i don't want any kylo ren story arc that doesn't end in sudden death and never being mentioned again

seriously, what an infuriating pointless mistake of a character

Oct. 13th, 2017 06:16 pm
elsewhence: (arkanoid and vaus)
the price is right is back! we haven't had it since 1997! it's not the same without harry wijnvoord, but still quality mindless entertainment

Oct. 12th, 2017 05:45 am
elsewhence: (r2-d2 fail)
no such thing as a good or pleasant autumn >:(

Oct. 11th, 2017 05:32 pm
elsewhence: (r2-d2 fail)
part of the corner of our next-door neighbours' balcony broke off and crashed down on the pavement today! hooray! that about confirms my impressions of the condition of these balconies.

thing is, they "repaired" those balconies about two years ago because water was leaking through and dripping on the balconies of the lower stories. they "repaired" them by smearing some stuff on top of the existing floor, filling in the cracks in the walls and doing nothing that would actually have improved the integrity of the damn things. they also did this in autumn, aka the shitty season when it rains a lot and the already damaged substance was probably chock full of moisture. the fact that it accomplished as much as you'd expect has already been plainly evident for ages - if you look up at the bottom of our balcony from the street level any time after it's rained, there's wet spots - and they'd already been informed about this fact. so on one hand, it's not the current management's fault because they only took over a couple of months after these so-called "repairs" had taken place... on the other hand, they absolutely deserve it because they knew about the problem and made no attempt to fix it.

(the rest of the "repairs" that happened at the same time are about as high-quality. the guys they paid to repaint the window frames in the stairwell didn't use masking tape, so there's paint smeared on the glass along the frames... the guys who repainted the front doors of each individual flat painted everything including the decorative windows and the metal fixtures... the guys who painted the walls didn't put down anything to protect the floor, which now has paint splatters on it in addition to no longer matching the colour scheme of everything else... the new mailboxes are so flimsy you can easily bend the sheet metal they're made of and steal the contents if you feel like it... in short, one big miserable failure at raising the apparent value of the property by making it look more "modern". especially since it's a hundred years old and would probably look a lot more valuable if you restored it to the best approximation of the original condition that's doable within modern standards, instead of trying to make it look like a new building)

Oct. 10th, 2017 08:36 am
elsewhence: (r2-d2 fail)
things that bother me: authors that make a big deal out of how one of their characters was incredibly traumatised by some sort of incredibly unrealistic course of events, yet portray that character as perfectly functional in every context except when they're actively remembering the events in question. trying way too hard to be dark and edgy, anyone?

Oct. 10th, 2017 06:17 am
elsewhence: (warning it's raining men)
you seriously think that the human metabolism is so horrendously fucked up that it channels all calories from sugar straight into your fat deposits even if the amount of energy you consume is less than the amount of energy your body needs to function, and yet our species somehow hasn't gone extinct yet, as any species whose bodies will willingly starve themselves in the presence of a perfectly good energy source should?...

Oct. 10th, 2017 04:57 am
elsewhence: (guide text adventure)
"your red lipstick might contain DEAD BUGS!!"

so what if it does? i've probably inadvertently eaten more bugs that had accidently become ground up with some component of my food than you could fit into any lipstick. nevermind that come to think of it, i've eaten candy that was coloured with real carmine. these particular dead bugs clearly don't concern me. and it's hardly as if they're even recognisable as such at that point! it's pretty much just bug blood, do you see me freaking out about potentially consuming the blood of the vertebrate species i'm willing to eat?

hell, i'm still looking for affordable loose carmine for a vintage lipstick recipe. or rather, the key phrase may be "small amounts of of carmine". the sources i've found so far are expensive mainly because the amounts are large. a few grams would be plenty for this purpose.

Oct. 9th, 2017 01:09 am
elsewhence: (arkanoid and vaus)
i wonder how many problems that crop up in schools in the present day are ultimately caused by the fact that the average onset age of puberty has dropped so much. i mean, just 100 years ago it was 16 for girls, so it probably would've been around 18 for boys - if you combine that with the fact that higher education wasn't as widespread yet, a fair number of people had probably already completed schooling or were just about to by the time they started puberty! it's probably a lot easier to get peoples' brains to retain large amounts of knowledge when said brains aren't busy reconfiguring large parts of themselves and when the people in question aren't distracted by the newly intrigueing concepts of relationship and sex yet

(and back then it was probably also realistic to think that minors in general were not ready for sex, but honestly, the biological facts have changed, we need answers for that which aren't just, you know, pretending that they haven't changed)

Oct. 7th, 2017 05:20 am
elsewhence: (r2-d2 fail)
fuck, i'm getting the same symptoms as last thursday, minus throwing up (as of now). even though i ate completely different food. i may need to consider the possibility of some sort of food intolerance.

Oct. 6th, 2017 03:46 am
elsewhence: (guide text adventure)
man, either the women who contributed to the measurement sets that german standardised sizing was based on all owned broken scales or they were all lying out of their fucking arses. i've got the measurements from 1970 here and *apparently* the typical weight for a woman who was 172 cm tall and had a bust measurement of 100 cm was 68.4 kg. i'm 170 cm tall, my bust measurement is also currently 100 cm and my weight just below 90 kg. a weight which doesn't even show up in the table, the highest weight it includes is 75.5 kg, which apparently goes with a bust measurement of 110 cm. i don't have the measurements from 1982 on hand because i don't want to get up and look into the book that has them, but i know for a fact they sound exactly as plausible. and since there's actually a footnote which states that in some cases the weight was established by asking rather than measuring... yeah.

i'd say this is something we need to consider when it comes to claims that people were all so much thinner in the past.

also what the fuck were all these women hoping to accomplish by lying about their weight when said weight would be included with a set of their precise body measurements, one which as far as i know did *not* include their name. "lying to themselves" is the only answer that makes sense. that right there is the only thing you can hope to accomplish by making a big deal out of other peoples' weight. either they lie about it or they straight out pretend that there's no such thing as excess weight.

Oct. 6th, 2017 01:35 am
elsewhence: (jawa harmless)
on the other hand, i now occasionally hear the neighbour kids use accusations of being too loud to one-up each other. not something i expected, but it sure is entertaining!

Oct. 5th, 2017 06:23 pm
elsewhence: (warning it's raining men)
no come on, it doesn't count as a storm if i can go outside and not fall over. and what do they do? stop all air and rail traffic, all overground sections of the underground network, many trams, all buses. wimps!

"recommended to stay inside buildings" my arse. it's just wind. there's not even any rain!

"hurricane force"? seriously? double wimps! i was outside already, it was fine!

Oct. 5th, 2017 01:52 am
elsewhence: (arkanoid and vaus)
star trek: discovery thoughts - why did that tribble not eat all the fortune cookies and produce a dozen baby tribbles?

these are my priorities.

Oct. 4th, 2017 02:18 am
elsewhence: (silly ikea person)
even considering that the volume doesn't get high enough to bother me anymore... why does this 13-year-old kid regularly stay up well past midnight talking and giggling on the phone, on school nights? why do his parents let that happen?? i mean we've already established that they clearly aren't very good parents, but it still baffles me every time