Tuesday, July 29, 2008

My apologies! I accidentally put two unfinished posts on sleep up...

I was cleaning out my drafts - or trying to anyway - as of right now there are 121 of them! And I accidentally posted two unfinished drafts on sleep. Then I went out of town for a few days and didn't even know it until a couple of days ago. So now I'm just polishing up the longer one, which will be the final post on my sleep study and it should be up for real soon.

RE: the fact that after cleaning out my drafts I still have 121 of them, I don't know what to tell you. I'm going to try to stop adding new drafts every time I have an idea, and get the existing drafts down to a reasonable number like say, 15 or so. I can't imagine that I'll ever have writer's block. My problem seems to be more like diarrhea of the written word. That can be a problem too. I lose my focus on the purpose of this blog.

So here's to getting organized!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Blogher '08 is happening NOW!

Note: click any photo to see the larger version.

I attended these events today at Blogher '08 in Second Life:

DAY ONE, Friday July 18th (PDT)

1.) 9:00-9:15 AM, Welcome to BlogHer '08 from the Westin St. Francis Ballroom in San Francisco - This was streamed live from the real life (RL) event. The picture quality sucked but the audio was fairly good. Compared to what came later, anyway!

2.) 9:15-10:15 AM, "Speed Dating" for BlogHers in Second Life - this was a go-round-and-intro-yourself-thing. We were also supposed to ask about each other's blogs. I found myself having a much grander time taking pictures of all the interesting characters. See below. In SL you can get right up in someone's face and take their pic and they don't know it. heh heh.

3.) 10:30-11:45 AM, Second Life Break-Out Session #1: The Intersection of Blogging and Second Life - I totally misunderstood the meaning of the title of this session. I think I took it literally. What they meant was blogging about Second Life as in blogs that are completely about SL. Bor-ing, except for Gidge talking about her fashion blog. Now I'll write occasionally about SL on all of my blogs (I have three of them now), but I don't think it's interesting enough to devote 100% of any one blog to.

Panelists for this session were:

Cybergrrl Oh of Cybergrrl Oh Around Second Life,

Ana Herzog of My Life as an Avatar,

Queen Tureaud of Queen of Spain, and

Gidge Uriza of iheartsl community blog.

The panelists:

The Queen




The sound during this session sucked really bad. It was way more fun taking pictures than listening, but I found I could do both pretty easily. See below.

I think they were having audio problems in general, but especially with Ana who didn't bring her headset microphone to the RL conference, where she was attending the SL session from. She caused beau coux feedback every time she spoke, which was quite a bit.

Funny things happened. Like right after the session started, Queen disappeared (indicates personal technical problems) from the stage then reappeared standing on her chair. Then she stood on Gidge for a minute. Another time a gnubie wandered up on the stage and stood here and then there for several minutes... I also yawned very loudly, thinking that because I couldn't see what I was saying in the dialog box (I could see what everyone else was saying!), that no one could hear me. Comment immediately following: "That was the loudest yawn yet!"

The Queen reappears standing on the furniture.

The Gnubie - I think she's gray because she was still "rezzing". My best guess as to what that means is that the resolution of her image is not yet completely loaded.

Toward the end of the session, my nephew and his friend came in my RL front door and my faithful but very temperamental Chow, Bear, started barking like someone was trying to rob or maim a family member. Everyone could hear this through my very sensitive noise canceling headset microphone (it blocks out some background noise, but barking dogs is not included) and someone immediately quipped "Who let the dogs out?" I took that as my cue to shut down immediately. That's OK; I was even getting tired of taking pictures.

The facility. No, I don't know why the sky is yellow. They said it was because it was sunset, but that doesn't seem to really explain the phenomenon to me.

Here I am flying round taking pics. (Does anyone know why I have that ugly black patch on the back of my otherwise beautiful head of hair?)

For some reason the facility in which Blogher '08 is taking place is split between two sims. To the best of my rudimentary knowledge, a sim is a simulation. Kind of like a mini-world. Why would they split one facility between two worlds? Your guess is probably better than mine, since I don't have one.

I wonder if she likes bunnies or if they're just a fashion accessory? I like elephants but I don't think it would translate quite the same. I'm going to give it some thought, though.

This lady gives new meaning to the term "red skin."

A Harley grrl. I could never be this kind of Harley grrl. Even in virtual reality, I do not want my butt crack showing. Buy hey, that's just me.

Tatts taken to a whole new level:

Very cute red head with piercing blue eyes. Ummmm...

Yours truly. I'm not sure why it looks like my chest is bruised. I didn't notice that then. I look like that lady in the fibro commercial that everyone liked, but that Pfizer decided not to run very much.

The very cute back of my cami. I don't think my butt crack is showing, do you?

There was some cool professional business attire was on location too:

A cutie pie named Emmo.

This post was intended in the spirit of constructive criticism and good fun, and I hope no one gets offended about anything I've written. I did learn some things at the conference in SL today, and in writing this post. And I have to thank CNN iReports for the one journalism class that I attended. I learned lots about picture taking there that I didn't know before.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

One of THOSE people

There's an excellent collection of posts at Grand Rounds (the best of the medical blogosphere, weekly), Vol 4, No 42 - The Seinfeld Edition

One post in particular touched me, probably because I am also one of THOSE people. Oh yeah, and because this lady is dying and our country can't figure out a way to take care of her while she is still with us. From The Cushing's Disease Journey, Not Dead Yet:
It is too bad my last extension of COBRA insurance ran out in May. I finished testing to prove that the recurrence (or never-cured) remains to be dealt with. *POOF* Endgame. Uninsurable. High risk insurance pool only covers 70k. My pituitary can poop bigger than 70k!

Now I am one of those people. The uninsured. The chronically ill. The unemployed and too apathetic to bother hiring a lawyer to go after my 5+ years off work with Social Security.

Apathy. Yes apathetic, I think that is where I am.
On a lighter note, also from this volume of Grand Rounds - did you ever see Elaine dance?

Sunday, July 13, 2008

BlogArt: Wordle

Click the picture to see it bigger. Thanks to Chronic Babe for turning me on to Wordle.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Explanation Of Benefits Project by The Happy Hospitalist

In light of my current situation (details later), this post seemed appropriate.

I've been twittering and blog hopping this happy doc for a few weeks. He has lots of interesting things to say, he's funny, he obviously likes his dogs and he's working on this project that I'm starting to submit my EOB data to.

So send him your humbled benefits...

"None of your personal information will ever be divulged should you wish to share your medical expenses with the world, to let them know how much you are paying. Should others like this idea, it could provide a spring board to competition and cost control. Who knows. We'll see where this goes. If nothing more than just pure curiosity."

From Dr. Happy's blog:

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Explanation Of Benefits

Do something good for others. I doesn't get any easier than this. The next time you go to the docs office, get lab drawn, get an xray or go to the hospital, save your benefit form from your insurance company, or your receipt if you pay cash and spend five minutes typing it into this program here made for me by Deborah Peel. I want to know how much you are paying for your health care. You may just help someone get a break on their bill. So type in your info and go to my sister blog: Explanation of Benefits. You can even see how much I'm paying for everything.

I've been forgetting to post the pretty food pictures to keep in line with the Nablopomo theme for July of FOOD. Here's a good one, as usual from Bee Green Foods of Albany, GA. Check 'em out on Myspace.

Be-u-ti-ful Salad, and you can actually eat it too!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

It was off to the ER for me today.

I'll write more about it tomorrow. I'm OK but I need to rest today.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

On 1 year the anniversary of Live Earth Day (7/7/07), the good folks at Live Earth sent me this message -

Right now, at the G8 summit Japan, Canada, and the United States are blocking discussion of targets for reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. Our friends at Avaaz.org are taking out an ad in the Financial TImes tomorrow and have started a petition demanding responsible leadership - the ad is funny, but the situation couldn't be more serious.

Click on the ad to see it full size.

Click on the title of this blog post to sign the petition.

How many people have to become chronically ill or die before we take effective action?

Sunday, July 6, 2008

More on Blogher '08 in Second Life:

I've been getting ready for Blogher '08 in SL. I'm going to try to check out the remaining free CNN classes on citizen journalism (see below). And I've got all my bling -

my CNN cap,

my "Click To See My Blog" button (yep, you just click it and a small screen shot of that person's blog comes up on your screen),

and my Blogher '08 t-shirt.

Check these sites for the scoop on the CNN iReport thing going on in Second Life: CNN.com iReport Trains BlogHers For Citizen Journalism and CNN SL iReports website.

For general info check the Blogher '08 in Second Life blog posts by Queen Tureaud.

The iheartsl.com Community Blog is an excellent place to check out some of what goes on in SL, especially the FASHION.

I have my party dresses ready for the cocktail parties, too.

If you're a newbie to SL, go here to download the software and for all kinds of pertinent info. Blogher is also ready and willing to help you:
BlogHer '08 in Second Life is free, lets you see the keynotes live from San Francisco, and all you need to do is download Second Life and let the BlogHer team help get you comfortable in a virtual world.

Once you've registered, you can attend BlogHer Office Hours (listed below) at the CNN iReport Hub in Second Life and the team will help teach you how to walk, get dressed, and even raise a virtual toast.

A BlogHer team member will be on site during the office hours to assist you. If you are logged into Second Life you can automatically 'teleport' yourself to the location using the location link CNN.com iReport Hub.

BlogHer in Second Life Office Hours: (all times Pacific)

Monday 10am-2pm
Wednesday 10am-2pm
Thursday 12-2pm 8pm-11pm
Sunday 4pm-6pm

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Speaking of anniversaries, I forgot to mark this blog's 1st year!

My first ICIE blog post was May 19, 2007. I should be able to remember that because it's my brother's birthday.

So Happy 1st Birthday to the ICIE, + 47 days.

Raw, succulent veggan carrot cake

Photo (and yummy food) courtesy of Bee Green Natural Foods Market, Albany, GA

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July & Happy Quit Anniversary to Me!

I quit smoking 4 years ago today. Since then I've had NOPE (Not One Puff Ever). I used QuitNet for free support and they're still sending me nice emails like this one:

Hello Sherril Johnson!
Your Quit Date is: Sunday, July 04, 2004 at 8:00:00 AM
Test Time Smoke-Free: 1460 days, 21 hours, 13 minutes and 59 seconds
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 7304
Is this still your
Quit Date?

Lifetime Saved: 1 month, 25 days, 19 hours
Money Saved: $1,278.38

Open Gadget

WHO'S BETTER THAN YOU TODAY?You've made it! A whole 48 months without a cigarette! In that time, you've successfully navigated the physical chaos of withdrawal, the emotional highs and lows of early quit, and the pitfalls of relapse!
WHO'S BETTER THAN YOU TODAY?Countless times you've refused the offered cigs. More times than that you've craved nicotine, but opted for health, instead. You've endured teasing, lack of support, and feeling uncomfortable and out of place among smokers. You may have had issues with weight, anger, tension or sadness, but still you stayed SMOKE-FREE!
WHO'S BETTER THAN YOU TODAY?You're adjusting to a whole new lifestyle. You're already thinking different thoughts. You've changed habits and routines. You've made new friends and, perhaps, let go of some old ones. You're starting to realize the benefits of living a SMOKE-FREE life. More and more, you see yourself as a non-smoker. We hope you're as proud of you as we are.
WHO'S BETTER THAN YOU TODAY?And while you've been doing all this for yourself, you've been helping everyone here at the Q: your membership in our community, whether active or passive, has demonstrated an ongoing support of the efforts of all of us. We hope you stay with us as you continue your SMOKE-FREE journey to a fuller, richer, healthier life.
There are many QuitNet members celebrating important anniversaries today. Here are a few of them:
Bracelet (3 days):zsredhead, xxcarabear117xx, xalwaysxlovexmex, keeler88, 62995wes
Heck Week (14 days):krebug, 93brand, wwibley, kick-butt, ruready73
Tweener (50 days):Lucifer6, Scott89119, mvike, jossung, gdcone
3 months:98newbies, sweetnesskate, hans00, Vauxia, amyjmac

I was supposed to buy myself fresh flowers once in a while with the money I was saving from quitting smoking, but that's an expense that's really hard to justify in my current situation. Some day.

I quit once before for five years. That Christmas I told my father "I will never smoke again." A few months later in a new job where everyone smoked, I was joining in. Lessons learned: Never say never and avoid jobs where lots of coworkers smoke.

I also used the book The Enlightened Smoker's Guide to Quitting by Bear Jack Gebhardt. There's a new version out this year.

I have no idea why, but this time around I have never actually wanted a cigarette again. When I walk by someone who's smoking and smell that smell, my stomach just turns. Always before when I quit, I would like, inhale the smell of someone else smoking and it was a good thing. On that note where I've probably totally grossed out all the non-smokers (as opposed to reformed smokers who know exactly what I mean), I'll close for today with Renee Marie's version of "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" for the Denver mayor's annual state of the city address.


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