Misbehaving Meatsuit: Part I Don't Even Know Anymore

This is one of five paintings I made in early 2016, after I had a cancer scare. And I’m having the same scare again. At the beginning of July, I started a new blood thinner. My insurance wasn’t going to cover Eliquis anymore, so my hematologist switched me to Xarelto. He said it shouldn’t be a big deal. About three weeks after I started on the Xarelto, I started bleeding–I thought I was getting my period....

August 18, 2022 · 6 min · 1154 words

Technology and Cats

God, could Apple Music/iTunes be any more terrible than it actually is? I’m trying to get my library to sync because I literally bought ONE album from Bandcamp and I’ve had to subscribe to iTunes Match and turn on the Cloud Library and now nothing’s freaking downloading and I don’t know why the user experience is so fucking terrible. I should be able to plug my phone into the computer and drag the songs I want onto it....

August 14, 2022 · 2 min · 228 words

The Things One Sees...

The Things One Sees… …at Walgreens on a Sunday evening. I have never wished so hard for a set of googly eyes in my purse as I did last night.

August 8, 2022 · 1 min · 30 words

CSS Nightmare

I’ve been working on redesigning an existing modal at work this week and I managed to make this glorious nightmare with a badly placed <div class="d-flex"> tag. When I saw it, I couldn’t stop laughing. In that spirit, here are a couple of other design-focused links I’ve run into over the last week or so: The UX of LEGO Interface Panels These “CSS crimes” turn social media posts into games Not All Zeros are Equal

August 5, 2022 · 1 min · 75 words

Coding, Work, and Random Updates

Me: Oh, let me change the theme, it won’t that big of a deal. time passes Me: Six hours isn’t bad, right? So, yes: I did change a few colors. And the font, and the entire theme. And I made a colophon page and managed to actually code it in properly. Which is pretty exciting, not gonna lie. Anyhow. I’m sure some things look funky and I didn’t notice....

July 25, 2022 · 2 min · 397 words

Links of Note, July 2022

In an attempt to clean out my bookmarks/saved links on Pocket, I share with you a short list of things I found interesting, amusing, or thought-provoking. I’ll leave it as an exercise for the reader which is which. The Real Reason Woodpeckers Don’t Get Concussions A Frog So Small, It Could Not Frog The Evolution of Anti-Critical Consumption/Thinking “Anti-Anti” Fandom Community Over Commodity Some Other Words That Trans People Should Destroy, Now That You Can’t Say “Woman” Compound pejoratives on Reddit – from ‘buttface’ to ‘wankpuffin’ It’s been incredibly hot here....

July 24, 2022 · 1 min · 98 words

The Art of Losing

The art of losing isn’t hard to master; so many things seem filled with the intent to be lost that their loss is no disaster. Four years ago today, I almost died. And while I didn’t lose my life, I have had to master the art of losing nonetheless. First The first thing I lost was my health. I’d been almost rudely healthy up to that point. I’d never been seriously sick beyond a couple of bouts of flu in my 20’s....

July 20, 2022 · 11 min · 2273 words

This Meatsuit is Annoying

I am just not feeling the thing this week. I had a mere 2.5L drained last week1 and you’d think that would have helped and–nope. I feel bloated and I basically haven’t felt hungry so there’s been a lot of forcing myself to eat and then I feel like I overate and it’s just not pleasant. And I’m having weird random pain in my gut, but not enough to actually call my doctor or go to the ER about....

July 13, 2022 · 3 min · 516 words

It's Been Busy Around Here

It has been a week here. I have: successfully wrangled custom radio button hover and focus states the html radio buttons were offset from the custom ones and moving them helped the hover happen in the right places I am still mad at whoever originally coded the component, though got a chunk of coding done for the mobile version of the site footer the desktop version is good to go, but I have a few more bootstrap/flexbox things to figure out helped a user regain access to their account using nothing more than an old photograph of their phone’s screen and a vague list of tasks....

July 8, 2022 · 4 min · 713 words

The land that never has been yet—

Langston Hughes said it better than I can, especially for this 4th of July, one where we’re reeling from the endgame of a culture war that started before I was born. Let America Be America Again Let America be America again. Let it be the dream it used to be. Let it be the pioneer on the plain Seeking a home where he himself is free. (America never was America to me....

July 4, 2022 · 4 min · 673 words