Posted by: Mark | December 8, 2017

Doctor Visit: All Over

I was prepared to wait much longer but it was about the quickest visit of my life.

Let’s see how long the blood tests take to get back.

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Posted by: Mark | December 8, 2017

Doctor Visit: Waiting in a New Room

I weigh the same as last visit but my blood pressure is up. How am I still alive?

The doctor will see me soon.

Maybe.

Posted by: Mark | December 8, 2017

Doctor Visit: Waiting Room

My first doctor’s appointment in six months, and they told me to come in 15 minutes early for insurance reasons. It took about 30 seconds to check in. Maybe they’ll see me sooner than scheduled.

Maybe not.

 

Posted by: Mark | December 6, 2017

Alignments: Christmas Gifts

I thought I was done with this but how do different alignments buy Christmas presents?

Lawful Good – buy thoughtful gifts from companies and countries with good ethical histories.

Neutral Good – make gifts by hand to fight the commercialization of Christmas.

Chaotic Good – buy extravagant gifts that the receivers wouldn’t buy for themselves.

Lawful Neutral – buy practical gifts within your budget: plenty of socks and underwear.

Neutral – send cash.

Chaotic Neutral – buy extravagant gifts that the receivers will probably let you borrow.

Lawful Evil – buy wildly inappropriate gifts: cruise tickets for someone with a phobia of the ocean or rollerskates for someone with no feet.

Neutral Evil – steal something, preferably from someone neutral good.

Chaotic Evil – gift wrap roadkill, spend gift budget on crystal meth and Ukrainian hookers.

Posted by: Mark | December 5, 2017

December 5

On a December 5th between 1973 to 1977, I watched a school play at Mt. Washington Elementary about Christmas time. One of the characters complained that Christmas was so far away that it would never come.

Every year since then, I remember that line. I have no idea what the play was called or what happened  (other than characters wanted Christmas to hurry up and arrive).

That was at least 40 years ago. Time can start slowing down whenever it wants.

Posted by: Mark | December 5, 2017

Betta Report

Not much of a change since last time:

5 male deltatail (3 from the last shipment)

5 male doubletail

4 baby girls

4 male crowntail

3 male veiltail (2 from the last shipment)

3 male butterfly

3 male halfmoon doubletail

3 male rose petal

2 baby boys

2 female veiltail

2 male halfmoon doubletail plakat

2 male bumblebee

2 male elephant ear (all from the last shipment)

2 male koi

2 male king

2 male dragonscale

2 male halfmoon

1 male halfmoon plakat

1 male paradise

1 female koi

51 tubs with no deaths.

A new shipment came in today with two male paradise and six female crowntails. All the female crowntails were D.O.A. I think the weather was to blame. The temperature was supposed to be “arctic cold” but was really just under 60 degrees. The supplier sent four heaters in the package which probably cooked the females. At least none of them died under my care.

Posted by: Mark | December 4, 2017

Hecyra – a Short Mother-in-Law

I finished Hecyra much sooner than I expected. Usually Terrence had multiple storylines in a play but in this case, unless some of it was lost to the ages, it only has one.

Unfortunately the storyline is the traditional “woman falls in love with her rapist,” common in Greek and Roman comedies. It’s hard to think of this as hilarious.

Terrence did subvert several clichés of Roman drama and was skilled in setting a story in Aristotle’s unities of place, time, and action. I wish the plot had been different.

Roman drama always comes off as weaker than Greek, and compared to Terrence’s The Brothers, The Mother-in-Law feels weaker still.  Not truly bad but not very substantial.

Posted by: Mark | December 3, 2017

Alignments: New Year’s Resolutions

How do different alignments choose new year’s resolutions?

Lawful Good – consider many possible resolutions and select those that would best serve society in general.

Neutral Good – make many resolutions that promote the common good but, as a backup plan, have charitable donations to worthy causes for each resolution unachieved.

Chaotic Good – set many unrealistic resolutions just to prod yourself on. Reach as many as you can.

Lawful Neutral – set achievable resolutions that benefit yourself.

Neutral – don’t worry about resolutions.

Chaotic Neutral – set resolutions that give you an excuse to indulge yourself  (have an affair, go on vacation, eat as many pancakes as you’ve always wanted).

Lawful Evil – set achievable resolutions that benefit yourself at others’ expense.

Neutral Evil – set resolutions that harm others for the sake of harm of others.

Chaotic Evil – consider many possible resolutions and select those that would best serve society in general; ignore list and go on multi-state crime spree.

Posted by: Mark | December 3, 2017

Betta Report

For the first time in a long time, the betta report is published on time!

6 male deltatail (4 from the last shipment)
5 male doubletail
4 baby girls
4 male crowntail
3 male veiltail (2 from the last shipment)
3 male butterfly
3 male halfmoon doubletail
3 male rose petal
2 baby boys
2 female veiltail
2 male halfmoon doubletail plakat
2 male bumblebee
2 male elephant ear (all from the last shipment)
2 male koi
2 male king
2 male dragonscale
2 male halfmoon
1 male halfmoon plakat
1 male paradise
1 female koi

52 tubs with no deaths.

Posted by: Mark | December 2, 2017

Resolution Update 50

With 29 days to go, my health-related resolutions are effectively dead. The others are good to grim.

1. Run 730 miles –  469.1 miles. Haven’t ran a step in a long while.

2. 5,000 push ups and 8,000 leg lifts – 2,163 push ups and 2,127 leg lifts.

3. Lose weight – didn’t weigh in again.

4. Support 24 local artists – still two.

5. 42 manuscript submissions – 41 submissions.

6. Write 40,000 words and five new stories – 40,194 words and six completed stories. Complete.

7. Read all the New Testament – Complete.

8. Read The Nature of Things — Complete.

9. Finish Finnegan’s Wake – Complete.

10. 300 blog posts – this is 270. 30 to go.

11. Read The Song of Roland — Complete.

12. Read The Poem of El Cid – Complete.

13. Read Dante’s Paradise – Complete.

14. Read The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym – Complete.

15. Read 100 Years of Solitude – Complete.

16. Read The Odyssey – Complete.

17. Read The Secret Agent – Complete.

18. Write another 10,000 words: 4,875 words. 5,125 to go.

19. Read The Book of Mencius.
Complete.

20. Read Hecyra. Act 3 of 5.

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