Internet checkup

Author: Nathan | Date: April 20, 2015 | Category: health, the web

I’m home sick from work today with a pretty bad sore throat.  To find out if it was strep, I tried out Presbyterian Hospital’s Video Visit through the web.  If you’re on a computer, they use Webex to do the session through your webcam.  Beforehand, I took a pic of my throat and attached it to the request.  Because of the pic, she didn’t need to try looking at my throat through the webcam.  Because I don’t have a fever or cough, she was able to say it likely isn’t strep.  The nice part of this is that I didn’t have to go wait for an hour at an urgent care.

unlabeled food graphs

Author: Nathan | Date: April 1, 2015 | Category: food

I started using My Fitness Pal to track my food and exercise.  It’s funny to look at the food reports after tracking things for a while.  I can tell whether a given report is for something healthy or tasty by whether it goes below or above the goal line.  For tasty things, the graph is usually above the goal line.  For healthy things, it’s usually below the line


Food: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Author: Nathan | Date: March 7, 2015 | Category: Albuquerque, food

Had some interesting food today.

The Good

Mishkaki skewers, veggie samosas, curry corn, and short ribs at Safari Grill.  African-style food…quite tasty.  Some of it reminded me of Indian food too.  I’d recommend the place.  It’s near Panera on the west side.

After that, we went to the Golden Crown Panaderia for “the world’s best coffee milkshake“.  It was very good…I guess it better be good at over $6.  Vanessa said she saw them make the espresso for it on the spot.  It reminded me of the Cold Stone coffee milkshake, which is also pretty good.

The Bad and the Ugly

Steak Sriracha Quesarito…only Taco Bell could come up with such evil.  Imagine a Czechoslovakian lumberjack whose only experience with Mexican food was that he once ate a potato chip.  Then this guy was put in charge of Taco Bell food development.  This food item would be the result.  Tasted like fish with sour cream.

Uninstall Flash

Author: Nathan | Date: February 4, 2015 | Category: the web

It’s probably as good a time as any to uninstall Flash. YouTube doesn’t use it anymore and almost nothing does.  It’s becoming a bit of a security vulnerability, so why bother?  HTML 5 has taken over for the most part.

UPDATE:  I didn’t know it, but there’s a separate method to uninstall in Chrome.

Doctor in Distress

Author: Nathan | Date: January 19, 2015 | Category: TV

In 1985 when production of Doctor Who was suspended for a year and it looked like it might be cancelled, they produced a charity music video called Doctor in Distress.  Ironically, the video was a flop and embarrassed everyone who worked on it.  It probably ranks up there with the Star Wars Holiday Special in terms of Sci-Fi embarrassment.

.NET 3.5 was anti-Irish?

Author: Nathan | Date: January 17, 2015 | Category: programming

Html.Encode in .NET 3.5 (used to encode special characters to help stop SQL injection attacks) worked on all the special characters except a single quote.  So if you called Html.Encode (“O’Connor”), it would not encode the single quote.  They fixed this in .NET 4.0 when it started properly encoding to '

Holiday board games 2014

Author: Nathan | Date: January 16, 2015 | Category: games

Over the recent holidays, we got a nice chance to play some board games with Uncle BoardGame.  :)  We played Castle Panic…a cooperative game in which you have to fend off orcs, trolls, etc. that are trying to destroy your castle.  We played Bombay…a trading game in which you trade silk on cute little elephants.  We played Cities…a simple little tile-building game that he was able to expand from 4 to 8 players just by buying 2 sets.  My son really liked Say Anything in which you have several opinion-based questions on a card.  We played a game where you balance bent-up metal rods, called Suspend.  Reminded me of Jenga.  Someone gave Sean Millionaire Monopoly.  It’s close to normal Monopoly, except that the first person to $1M wins, so you don’t get into that depressing situation where one person takes a couple of hours to beat the other players.  But this has an odd loophole where all the other players could suddenly buy one of their losing co-players’ properties and suddenly propel that person to a win…but this would be pretty spiteful!

dream within a dream

Author: Nathan | Date: January 8, 2015 | Category: dreams

I had an Inception-style dream within a dream last night.  The external dream was just me telling someone about the internal dream I’d had the night before.  In the internal dream, I was in Italy and they had some weird law that if anyone came into a restaurant and asked for some of your food, you had to give it to them.  People kept coming up to my plate in a restaurant and taking bites of food from it and eventually I got annoyed and refused.  The guy called a security guard over and I was thrown out of the restaurant.  I don’t know if the internal dream occurred at a faster speed than the external one.  :)

Remove yourself from many invasive people search sites

Author: Nathan | Date: November 20, 2014 | Category: the web

Here’s a helpful article on how to remove yourself from many invasive people search sites.

California or wake up

Author: Nathan | Date: November 19, 2014 | Category: dreams, humor

I had gotten a job at Microsoft in California.  I moved out there and was surprised to learn that I was moving next door to Scott Hanselman (a famous programmer at Microsoft).  As I headed up in the elevator with Scott for the first day of work (’cause he’s apparently friendly like that), I began to think, “but how could I afford California real estate?”  “And isn’t Microsoft headquarters in Washington?  As the logic of it all began to unravel, I woke up.