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Sunday, June 18, 2017

How to be sick (part 2)

Part 1: How to get over the flu
  • Listen to your body. Certainly this isn't everyone but for me, if I'm not doing well, I've got to remember to take the hint.
  • Immediately get warm. Turn on the heater, put on a jacket or extra layers even if you're not cold. Early moves in this can save hours of misery. 
  • Don’t trust a mild cold - too often I’ve had something that looked very temporary that turned into a bunch of unpleasant symptoms on day 2.  Take time off, lay down, and watch movies.  Turn up the heat and wrap yourself in blankets.  Take no chances.  Speaking from a moment where I didn’t do that, it really didn’t end well. 
  • Real drugs.  If you have any medication to knock you out, make sure you drink a lot of water.  As always, whatever you take, make sure you take half first.

Emotionally stunted

This is something a lot of my friends who are girls run into even a decade outside of high school when that kind of behavior should have died.  Summed up by the first comment: "I'm a nice guy ... you bitch."

How to submit a bug to Microsoft

An amusing take on how to try and notify a billion dollar corporation that their software is buggy.

Approaching it differently

 Some videos today:
  • This is kind of wonderful.  I can't quite figure out how to preface it.
  • Some David Mitchell videos -- a somehow more pleasant way to think about taxes and a grumpy analysis of extraneous disclaimers
  • The supremely weird and kind of fantastic "nut spoon" bit on Conan.
  • A generally fluffy youtube personality gets weirdly deep.  Notable in places for getting surprisingly close to a lot of serious philosophical and existentialist thinking.

And if none of that works, an awesome time-lapse look at a windmill being built.