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Life Has Been (Mostly) Good

I have had quite a remarkable few days and they have, for the most part, been pleasant.

Quick unpleasantness out of the way first: the skin on my face appears to be giving me problems which I hope to not have to do with the scleroderma. BB noticed a small patchy spot on my right cheek about three days ago; it looks like nothing so much as an enlarged version of the pityriasis rosea that I suffered once or twice decades ago. While keeping an eye on that, I noticed areas of red and roughened skin around my mouth, and — this may be too much information — an increase in the inability to close my mouth enough to keep from having moisture constantly at its corners.

All of these symptoms, with the unfortunate exception of the last one,may simply be due to dry winter weather. However  that seems rather unlikely, given the warm temperatures and our relatively successful efforts at maintaining humidity in the house. If the patch on my cheek doesn't fade in the next day or so, I will call my doctor go to see her and find out what the fuck it is. I am so tired of this /end rant.

On to the nicer things.

In the "don't these things happen to other people, and not me or mine" department, First Born is going to London, England, two weekends from now, to see the premiere of Daniel Radcliffe's new movie — his lady love won first prize in a Facebook contest! I don't believe I have ever met anyone who has won something like that. He is still somewhat croggled, as am I and his father. Still, despite my envy, I am tickled for him. He is becoming quite the traveler; next weekend he travels to Portland Oregon, to visit some of the girlfriend's family. The next weekend? Is London, making him the first person in my family, for at least the past three generations, to use his passport twice in one year on trans Atlantic journeys.

I have told him to take lots of pictures. And I have a question and request for those of my Dreamwidth and LJ friends; are any of you in the London area, and if you are, would you be interested in meeting my handsome, brilliant, charming, funny son and his very charming lady love, and possibly spending part of an evening with them? I may have forgotten to say that he is a lifelong geek, skiffy fan, and — and this is very important — almost as rabid a Dr. Who fan as I am. Actually, he's as much a fan as I am; we love to sit and watch and squee together.

If you are interested, send me a PM, and I'll get you more information. Thanks!

And finally, I have had three wonderful evenings with BB, as he decided he wanted to re-watch all of S06. It's not something I might have expected of him, but gift horse, mouth, you get the idea. We just finished watching "A Good Man Goes to War" last night, after having watched the first two Thursday night, the second two Friday night, and the last three in a marathon last night.

It's been wonderful. I have a much better feel for the overall story arc; it's much clearer to me now, and makes much more sense. I also like a couple of the episodes much better than I did when I first saw them, specifically "The Rebel Flesh" and "The Almost People." More on that in a separate post, perhaps.

By the way, this entire post was created by voice command, BB installed Dragon NaturallySpeaking on my laptop and I have been getting used to it — and it to me — for the last two days. It's about a gazillion times better than the Microsoft word recognition program, which means I am much more likely to use it. In this case I created the post in WordPad and cut and pasted it to post here. Perhaps as I become more proficient, I will actually employ the program directly. I already know that it does work in the browser.
That's quite enough babble or one post. (Which is why I put the bulk of it under a cut.)

Date: Sunday, 8 January 2012 10:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] yamx
Tell your son they MUST go see the Doctor Who Experience. And it's cheaper if he books tickets online ahead of time.

Date: Monday, 9 January 2012 01:23 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] yamx
There used to be a Doctor Who exhibit in Cardiff, right across from the Millennium Centre, and I LOVED that one, but it closed when the new, and admittedly much more advanced, one opened in London. Eventually, that one will migrate to Cardiff, but for now it's still in London, and definitely worth seeing. :)

Date: Monday, 9 January 2012 04:31 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] canaan
If you have any Dragon questions always feel free to ask. :-)

Date: Sunday, 8 January 2012 10:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] scarfman

Dragon NaturallySpeaking

This explains the one for won in the paragraph about the offspring's trip to London.

Date: Sunday, 8 January 2012 10:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thette.livejournal.com
I got to watch the first half of S06 with my father during the Christmas break, and it was great. I agree that very much of the overall story was more obvious. Unfortunately, some of the plot holes were, too.

Date: Monday, 9 January 2012 10:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thette.livejournal.com
And backgrounds for characters acting weird. (I have pretty much the whole story of Sally Donovan mapped out in my head, at least from her university years.)

Date: Monday, 9 January 2012 07:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] penguin2.livejournal.com
By the way, this entire post was created by voice command, BB installed Dragon NaturallySpeaking on my laptop and I have been getting used to it — and it to me

Talk to meeee! As in plz to be giving an idea of purchase price. because I want this so very, very hard, but always assumed it cost a royal ransom so never investigated...

Date: Monday, 9 January 2012 09:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] penguin2.livejournal.com
Holy frak, that is DEAD CHEAP! And I'm including the 'premier version'! ~faints~

ATM your dollars and our dollars are pretty much equal (there's been a vast amount of USA goods bought online by Australians in recent months for this very reason). And as my 'puter is about to get a brain transplant again - going back from Fedora to Debian since Debian has finally become less sucky - I'm now off to bother the internets for info about running Dragon NaturallySpeaking thataway.

Re ripping copies, I'm usually fine with that, e.g. when I used to be stuck running Windoze there was no way I was going to give the Evil Empire a penny. But Dragon have done the world a huge, huge, HUGE favour, so I'm willing to hit my painstakingly scraped together medical fund for it :-) Many thanks!

Date: Monday, 9 January 2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] penguin2.livejournal.com
Damn, cancel that excitement. I'd need a sandbox. I've had nowt but grief with sandboxes, and anyway, my current machine is (deliberately) too weak to cope with one anyway.

Sigh. Back to the scribble pad...

Date: Saturday, 14 January 2012 09:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] penguin2.livejournal.com
Erm. From Nuance themselves: "At this time, Dragon NaturallySpeaking does not install and run on the Linux operating system."

This is an obstacle-y an obstacle as obstacles get o_0

"Sandbox" as I was using it means Wine, a Linux-based Windows emulator. I've had only disappointment (poor performance, locking up, etc.) with Wine in the past, and neither being nor wishing to be an actual computer geek I don't have sufficient fu to tinker with Wine anyway. Hence no joy :-(

Date: Monday, 9 January 2012 06:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] viomisehunt.livejournal.com
I hope things get better with the first part. Congrats to your son.

Date: Monday, 9 January 2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mack-the-spoon.livejournal.com
That is extremely awesome for your son and his lady love! I hope they have a blast - I'm sure they will.

Date: Monday, 9 January 2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] minnehaha.livejournal.com
Contact EVO directly with your London fen question, I suggest. Marvelous for him and her! You be well.

K.

Date: Saturday, 14 January 2012 01:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] minnehaha.livejournal.com
Our mutual Mr. Olson, resident of your city, and oft times traveler to fair Albion.

K.

Date: Tuesday, 10 January 2012 01:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marence.livejournal.com
Do you find the dictation aspect of Dragon weird at all? The husband bought it for me for Xmas, and I'm not used to trying to speak my thoughts to the page - it feels like I'm trying to read narration from a script in my head, and I start thinking about what I'm going to say instead of just saying it, if that makes any sense. Or maybe it's just me. Sigh.
I want to like it, because my typing never exceeded the 35wpm realm, and my fingers don't always cooperate with me these days.

Date: Tuesday, 10 January 2012 03:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] apostle-of-eris.livejournal.com
London
facebook contest
My brain didn't precisely freeze up so much as simply halt. And I must be jaded because I don't consider travel to the left Coast to be a big deal. Even in my depleted state, I manage it once or twice most years.

By more private channel, I'll point you to the Designated Expat in London. And come to think of it, the other person who tells the story of how Lafferty fixed the sun for us is somewhere around there, too.

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