Just Stuff – Early iPod

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Introduction
I used to do whole posts showcasing photos from our visits to various antique shops. I still have a lot of unprocessed photos, but some are redundant, some are ho-hum, and some deserve a post of their own.

The latter is the basis for my decision to do a series called “Just Stuff”.

It will be a series of unrelated photos that might have, or might not have been treated with various effects and enhancements. Some are fairly straight forward. Some will take a shot at making people laugh . . . or at least smile.

Basically, they are photos that caught my eye, and I played with them to present and preserve them here. They will also be added to THIS GALLERY in SmugMug as each post is published.

The Photo In This Post
So, OK, that is not an early iPod™. It is, in fact, FG Otto’s Olympia Musical Box. It played 15 5/8 inch discs (~40 cm). 

The company was launched in 1898, and was meant to compete against the Regina Company, the then-market leader. Olympia was a commercial failure, but it did leave us with this fine vintage piece. 

A perfect x-mas gift. It comes with 10 playlists (discs), and it goes for just $6,500.

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Some might want to hear what it sounds like (I should clarify that the 1866 date in the lead in refers to the date The Blue Danube was composed; the box itself is from 1898):

I should also clarify in case it is not obvious . . . I added the writing on the photo, the title is my own, and I’ll repeat it’s not really an early iPod™ (Apple, please don’t sue me), although people at that time might have looked at it as such.

HERE one can find a bit of history on Music Boxes.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.

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What’s Up, Tiger Leg?

Here is my leg this morning, right after the visit to the PT.

That is, in case people don’t recognize it, Kinesio Tape.

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Here’s another view.

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Now, I know what you’re thinking . . . what in tarnation is that, and how do I get to looking that cool?

Whoa there, young feller. Let Uncle Disperser give you a very important piece of information.

Kinesio Tape was developed by a chiropractor after 30 years of chiropractic research (with an amazing lack of anything in the way of scientific explanation as to its claimed efficacy, and a correspondingly amazing lack of anything proving it does what it says it does), and was most notably used in the last Olympics, mostly by athletes paid to wear the conspicuous patches of variously colored tape.

At the time it was sold as a near-magic solution to sore muscles, sprains, and lack of national, if not international, attention.

I looked it up then, and I looked it up again after I got home from the PT taping session. Nothing has changed in the past two years, except now it aids in ‘draining’ fluid from inflamed areas.

You see, I know it does jack for muscles, being, at best, no better than using an ace bandage. However, the PT said he was adding this to my leg to aid the lymphatic system natural drainage system (the fluid that fills up during an injury is typically drained through the lymphatic system, and filtered by the kidneys).

To be extra powerfully efficient, they were going to “fan it”, a technique so powerful that it is seldom used. But, you know, we were addressing major swelling here; we don’t have the time to screw around.

So, fanned it was. By the way, I just show my leg. The tape goes up my shapely left cheek, and into the amazing-looking lower left quadrant of the back (‘been doing weights; sculpted I be).

I was warned I would experience an increase in bathroom visits frequency, and that I should drink plenty of fluid to make up for the fluid loss.

So, perhaps a few comments are in order now.

First, the swelling in both my leg and foot had already drastically reduced from what it was just two days ago before I went to the PT, and is a lot better than it was last week. I have more range of motion, and it’s improving every day, although the injured areas are still very sore to the touch.

Note: The bruising is slow in going, and that is in itself an indication of the amount of damage (or at least internal bleeding) I experienced. My bruising does not usually last long. This is now going on three weeks tomorrow.

I would have liked to have this applied last week, when the swelling was in its prime . . . although, I still don’t think it would have done much more than look purty.

Second, asking me to drink a lot of water would itself cause me to visit the bathroom more often than normal.

Third, as far as I could tell from talking to the PT, the description they offered sounded to me suspiciously like the idea of manual lymphatic drainage . . . a. k. a. – a massage supposedly to aid drainage by “directing” the fluid to the lymphatic nodes.

It has been shown to have no effect.

“Yeah,” you say, “but this looks purty.”

Yes, I will give you that, but that don’t mean it work. It’s always a dead giveaway when something has the chiropractic label on it; it’s like having a hokum seal of approval. Lest I get sued by the fine and upstanding chiropractic community, I stress this is my opinion. They may believe it works, and it certainly works in getting insurance money for its use, but I don’t buy it.

The PTs did manage to hit got a couple of lymphatic locations right (it’s hard to miss all of them), but at least some seems to be derived from the scientific method of following the major contours of the leg. To be honest, if you look at the lymphatic system, the vascular system in general, any similar pattern will have a good chance of ‘looking’ scientifically accurate.

As I said, hokum.

As mentioned, the leg was already mega draining, so all this does, as far as I can tell, is make cool zebra-like patterns on the legs, and little else.

Why agree to it, you ask? Well, I actually like my PTs, and they were very helpful during my two shoulder surgeries and one knee surgery, doing actual physical therapy and stuff. 

Also, they were so intent on the application, so earnest, so dedicated to the task of making purty patterns, that I didn’t have the heart to say “This is bullshit, right?”

Besides, it is purty . . . I hear it makes me look sexy, as well, although in retrospect I should have gotten the pink tape.

Reading material regarding Kinesio Tape:

http://skeptoid.com/blog/2012/08/13/kinesio-tape-the-evidence/
http://archive.randi.org/site/index.php/swift-blog/1791-kinesio-taping-the-latest-sports-fad.html
http://www.jospt.org/doi/abs/10.2519/jospt.2008.2791
http://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT02057120
http://www.schoudernetwerk.nl/pdffiles/Kinesiotape.Schouder.JOSPT.Thelen.2008.pdf

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NaNoWriMo No. 2 – Chapter 28 pre-post

This chapter encompasses my NaNoWriMo writing for the 24th and 25th of November. 

Sometimes during the evening of the 24th, I crossed the arbitrary NaNoWriMo finish line of 50,000 words . . . unfortunately, the novel is not finished. 

Not sure how much more I will have, but I’ll keep going.

As I did not register for NaNoWriMo, I don’t get a prize, plaque, gif image certificate, or any accolades . . . and that’s how it should be. I did this to show myself that I could do it. 

It also shows me that if I wanted to, I could write between four and six novels a year. Now, if only there was a demand for them . . . 

Anyway . . .

Chapter 28 will go live tomorrow morning in a password-protected post. 

Here’s my progress so far (I might write some more later this evening):

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I wrote 2,815 words in the last two days, which gives me a cumulative total of 51,141 words. 

It should now be more than obvious I am going to blow through the 50K mark, especially since I have.

 It should be just as obvious I plan to keep going and finish this puppy.

Not being a member of the NaNoWriMo community (I did not register), I can damn well do as I please.

There is one caveat . . . we will be traveling in early December (very early December), and as the date draws near, other things are going to press me for time. 

The plan is to put this to bed before I leave. Should I not be able to do so, know that where we are going I will have limited internet access and usage. I will do my best to be timely, but there is a chance, if I don’t finish before we leave, it will have to wait until I come back . . . what will seem a long wait for some. 

As I said, I’ll try to finish this week, but wanted to give people fair warning.

Here’s my usual ending to these posts.

For them interested in using my spreadsheet, a previous post explains it and provides links for getting either a copy of the Google Docs version, or downloading the Excel Spreadsheet version. That post is HERE.

Anyone wanting to read the novel, please shoot me an e-mail requesting the password, or leave a comment below to that effect.

As a point of information, asking for the password does not mean I will subscribe, or even read, your blog. It just means you get the password. Perhaps I might get curious and check you out, perhaps not. 

One other thing. 

Last year I did a precis . . . I know some people like the precis. I did it last year because I stopped writing for a few months, and then I was not writing regularly.

This puppy is going to be finished before the end of the month. I won’t have time to write a precis, and the timeframe is short enough to perhaps make its absence irrelevant. If not . . . sorry.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.

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Just Stuff – Final Make-up Call

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Introduction
I used to do whole posts showcasing photos from our visits to various antique shops. I still have a lot of unprocessed photos, but some are redundant, some are ho-hum, and some deserve a post of their own.

The latter is the basis for my decision to do a series called “Just Stuff”.

It will be a series of unrelated photos that might have, or might not have been treated with various effects and enhancements. Some are fairly straight forward. Some will take a shot at making people laugh . . . or at least smile.

Basically, they are photos that caught my eye, and I played with them to present and preserve them here. They will also be added to THIS GALLERY in SmugMug as each post is published.

The Photo(s) In This Post
So, I found out antique dealers don’t know how to spell undertaker . . . that aside, it was interesting to see the make-up kit. The lady working at the shop offered to open it up so I could photograph the interior.

Sadly , I did not see the E-Z Way Applicator for Spraying. Either that, or I did not recognize it.

Before I continue, let me take a moment to recommend the movie Undertaking Betty. Good laughs, as are all funereal laughs.

I’ve been to a number of funerals with the deceased put on display. I was very young when I first saw a dead person on display. I can’t say that I remember who it was. All I know is the body did not look like the person. In fact, the body was not the person. The body is never the person . . . no matter how much spray-on cosmetics are applied.

. . . but the mourners can delude themselves they are still in the presence of their loved ones if they ‘look good’. That delusion sure keeps undertakers well fed; not that there’s anything wrong with that.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.

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If you wish to know more, please read below.

About awards: Blogger Awards
About “likes”:   Of “Likes”, Subscriptions, and Stuff

Note: to those who may click on “like”, or rate the post; if you do not hear from me, know that I am sincerely appreciative, and I thank you for noticing what I do.

. . .  my FP ward  . . . chieken shit.

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NaNoWriMo No. 2 – Chapter 27 pre-post

A little late posting this . . . someone was wrong in the Internet. 

I only half kid, but the other half is that I wrote Chapter 27 last night, and I decided to wait and re-read before posting it. I just got around to it. It will do.

Anyway . . .

Chapter 27 will go live shortly after I post this in a password-protected post. 

Here’s my progress so far:

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I wrote 1,858 words yesterday evening, which gives me a cumulative total of 48,125 words. That’s what the spreadsheet says, but I also know that in some instances I edited what I posted as I was posting it, and then copying it back into Scrivener.

That might not make sense to anyone but me, but what it means is that I did an actual count of what I posted, and the total number of words is actually 48,323. 

It should be obvious I am going to blow through the 50K mark with the next one or two chapters. It should be just as obvious I plan to keep going and finish this puppy.

Not being a member of the NaNoWriMo community (I did not register), I can damn well do as I please.

There is one caveat . . . we will be traveling in early December (very early December), and as the date draws near, other things are going to press me for time. 

The plan is to put this to bed before I leave. Should I not be able to do so, know that where we are going I will have limited internet access and usage. I will do my best to be timely, but there is a chance, if I don’t finish before we leave, it will have to wait until I come back . . . what will seem a long wait for some. 

As I said, I’ll try to finish this week, but wanted to give people fair warning.

Here’s my usual ending to these posts.

For them interested in using my spreadsheet, a previous post explains it and provides links for getting either a copy of the Google Docs version, or downloading the Excel Spreadsheet version. That post is HERE.

Anyone wanting to read the novel, please shoot me an e-mail requesting the password, or leave a comment below to that effect.

As a point of information, asking for the password does not mean I will subscribe, or even read, your blog. It just means you get the password. Perhaps I might get curious and check you out, perhaps not. 

One other thing. 

Last year I did a precis . . . I know some people like the precis. I did it last year because I stopped writing for a few months, and then I was not writing regularly.

This puppy is going to be finished before the end of the month. I won’t have time to write a precis, and the timeframe is short enough to perhaps make its absence irrelevant. If not . . . sorry.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.

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If you wish to know more, please read below.

About awards: Blogger Awards
About “likes”:   Of “Likes”, Subscriptions, and Stuff

Note: to those who may click on “like”, or rate the post; if you do not hear from me, know that I am sincerely appreciative, and I thank you for noticing what I do.

. . .  my FP ward  . . . chieken shit.

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