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Weekend, Water, Wounds

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I was up around 13h00 already, which is very early considering a night shift is coming up combined with the fact that I only went to bed around 07h30. No doubt I'll pay for that later today. Unless the weather changes drastically, I'm looking ahead at yet another hot hot day - not the kind of hotness I'm looking for - and I just made an appointment to go troubleshoot a computer tomorrow afternoon between three and four PM. No sleep for the tired one...

Tommy was picked up earlier today ending his stay over, which was already extended with a couple of days. J&E were looking at going camping, but the torrential rain that has been coming down locally made them change plans. I'm sure Tommy had a good time here, but he really missed the possibility to stroll outside and meet the world. I hope that by the time he returns for another visit the scars on my arms and legs have healed up. The monster plays like a monster, lol. And I'm not one to pass up on a challenge...

Too hot to handle

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Even though it's only a bit past 4PM, I've had a long day already and with the temperatures running in the high 20's today, I feel tired - very tired. So, I'm off to a nice and cool bed for a quick nap and cool off.

Tying up loose ends

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I've got some things to take care of today - not because I'm facing a hard deadline, but rather because I've got the time for it now - and some things to look forward to. One of those things is the fact that Tommy (Joco and Eef's cat) is coming over for a visit starting Sunday for a week. It'll be fun for sure, as he takes after his keepers : seemingly perfectly normal with a undeniable twist, lol.

OK, off now to actually get things rolling... first up on the list : put up my schedule for the month on the blog, then depending on what time it is I'm off to the bank to get something settled, and do some shopping.

Before I sign off though, some information that may be eye-opening to some : An unpatched computer connected directly to the internet is likely to be attacked and infected within 4 minutes (though it does depend on location, IP range, Operating system etc). Other sources claim the average time is somewhere around 16 hours. (SANS : Survival time on the internet - Honeyblog : Survival of the fittest)

Know thyself

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I just got home from a rather busy - though if you asked me, I probably wouldn't be able to tell you what I've done all day long - day at work and an equally exhausting drive home. Isn't it funny how people just seem to lose all their driving skills when a drop of rain hits the ground? Anyway, I was very annoyed by the delays initially, but after turning on some good music and singing along - loudly and most definitely out of tune - with Lais (Douce Victime) and The Blues Brothers, I made the best of an hour and a half of traffic congestion. I rock, and roll, all day long... sweet Suzy.

I've got food, I've got beer (yummy, Hoegaarden) and I've got a long night ahead of me staying awake. I'd call out for some sexy hot lady to help me with that, but being realistic, I won't, grin.

Dumb, bloody dumb

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Yesterday I was cutting some dry pork sausage and in order to cut it, I used a rather new and pretty sharp knife. Unfortunately, I ended up not just slicing the sausage, but also my left index finger. The benefit of a sharp knife is that is leaves very smooth cuts, the disadvantage is that those tend to be deep. I was lucky I hit it sideways so it was slowed down by my fingernail, and ultimately stopped.

After rinsing it under the running faucet and lifting the chunk of skin that was partially separated from the finger, I put some pressure on it - in order not to bleed all over the place - and headed for the bathroom where I looked for bandages (which, I apparently don't have). Instead I settled for some gauze and a bunch of medical tape. The bleeding quickly stopped and after about a hour I took the improvised bandage back off. I cleaned it up a bit using wet and dry q-tips and made sure the loose flap of skin was nicely in place.

I am very well aware that it'll probably dry out and loosen up anyway, but for the time being I'm settling for leaving it where it is. Should help the healing somewhat. On the other hand, I'm not opposed to just cutting it away right now and let it heal as it is.

For those concerned that leaving the cover on so to speak could lead to infection : so could leaving it exposed. Besides I am usually very quick to recognize an infection and have no issue dealing with it properly. If it starts turning red, is slightly swollen or feels warm it's time to give it a good squeeze, lol.

It's not that I hate doctors, I just rarely visit them and especially minor injuries like a cut as this don't warrant a trip to one just to get someone to clean it up and bandage it. I can do all that myself. I guess I take after my dad :)

Oh, if you are worried after reading all the above, don't be. It's not like I cut off half my finger! In fact, after ripping it open again 30 minutes ago by getting the loose part caught on the edge of the pocket of my pants, I'm typing using all ten fingers already. I'll survive :D

Comments again?

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I got into touch with my webhost and was assured that they did send me a note about disabling the script before actually doing so. Apparently, I didn't get the that mail, but nonetheless if they tell me they sent it, I believe them.

I've been doing some changes on the back end of the install and comments should be enabled again for now, though they may be turned off again if the measures taken turn out to be insufficient.

Comments? Erm... no

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I received a new note that it seems feedback (commenting) on my blog is disabled, so as I wasn't able to fall asleep I set out to track down the cause. After taking a look at the files in detail, it seems the script powering the feedback function was deliberately renamed by - I assume - my host. I'll be contacting them later today or tomorrow, especially since I had replied to their "server move message" and I've got several anti-spam measures installed to prevent abuse.

I'm not pleased at all, and honestly am rather surprised with them taking this kind of measure without informing me.

Thanks for the report, Ash!

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