Last night for dinner

Last night for dinner, I wanted to go out for some meatloaf. Well, I was thinking, Texas Roadhouse had pretty good meatloaf, or maybe it was a chopped steak burger. WE drove up to Texas Roadhouse, but there was a seemingly long line to get in the place, so we were going to go to another place, GrillSmith had good meatloaf, but they were at times busy. Last night was one of those times, so we were at a pedestrian mall like area, and there were several dining options, so we chose to eat at a newer Italian Place called Ciao. We split a pork chop, and we had an appetizer of Bruschetta. The Pork Chop was surprisingly tastier than I first thought it would be. For lunch, Today, we went to Mitchell’s Fish House. I got a carrot cake to go. I’m not sure how the brushetta will be when I try reheating it, but we weren’t able to finish any of the meals. We end up bringing stuff home with us from restaurants most of the time that we eat out. It’s part of life with a lap band. Our smaller stomach cannot eat a regular portion.

Avatar, Virtual Worlds, Communities, and TBI

I’ve been thinking lately about how the movie Avatar, had some pretty compelling stories about how one can become more, interacting through the use of avatars. In the movie, the world was presented as a real place, but in reality, as seen through the imagination, it could be thought of as a virtual world.
There are a couple of places online called MUDs (short for multi-user dungeons or whatever) where people largely interact through text maps of spaces. I has been some time since I’ve been heavily involved in MUDs, but that sort of escapism does exist, and I would suppose that there could be much more immersive situations possible.
It would be nice if a community could be built up, which would be supportive of individuals with TBI. There are some interactions through Facebook which have been interesting, but I’d think more could be done if there were a more robust online community.

Advocating for change

Saturday, August 23, 2014

I’ve had this idea for awhile. I’d like to see a non professional support group for TBI folks formed using the internet.
There appear to be many individual support groups built around certain people, who keep things going with their own content, and updating things through Facebook. For what it is worth, I did start a little hidden google group, for the non professional TBI support group, but there appear to be some obstacles to finding others who might also want to be part of the hidden group. So, I created a public facing page, just dealing with Traumatic Brain Injuries. I am involved with a VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University) study about trying to determine if having a focus group on Facebook might be beneficial for a small group of job seekers. I have a job, and I’m not looking to relocate, but it is interesting. Separately, as part of another Facebook group, I learned that dental issues seem to be relatively common following brain injury. Perhaps the VCU focus group shows that I might want to make the potential target audience larger than just the survivors of TBI.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

OK, I’ve started to assemble the group.
Admittedly, my circle of TBI friends is possibly smaller than that of others. I had a really good time communicating with a fellow through the use of communicator over Facebook, but Facebook limits the amount of text that can be displayed at one time, and as such probably imposes some limitations on expressing complex ideas with many words. I am hopeful that this largely e-mail distribution list way of engaging with other TBI survivors will work out like I am hoping that it will. I know from experience, that big distribution lists can become difficult to manage. With google groups, in theory, it is possible to access the groups through a web based interface, so if traffic were to become too big, accessing it through the web based interface should be fairly easy. I’d like for more disabled people to be accessing technology to engage with others. I understand that there was an article published about the use of Facebook among TBI survivors to build social networks, and engage with others. This article was written by someone out of Mount Sinai School of Medicine. From another conversation I’ve had with a caregiver, she revealed that there seems to be more supportive communities in New York City, maybe something about having a critical mass of people, or just the numbers of people with similar conditions.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It supposedly has been said, “Be the change you desire to see in the world.”
Also, “You cannot control the wind, but you can adjust your sails.”

I think we did good tonight

There was a feral (wild) cat at the university, where my wife works, and the wild cat was brought on Campus by students who graduated, and stopped feeding it.  Well, my wife and some of her co-workers had taken after the cat and were also feeding it.  The cat I suppose ate pretty good.  Well, for the last few months, the cat’s health has been declining.  Some vets were consulted, and it was hypothesized that the cat may have had a tumor behind it’s left eye.  The left side eye was shut, and seeping.  The feral cat was clearly in declining health.  I did not have much interaction with said cat, but I was able to pick it up, as it tried to get up and walk away, but only managed to roll over.  Well, we had a borrowed cat trap from another concerned feral cat trapper neighbor, so we put Blackie into the cat trap, and took it to a evening veterinary services place to have the animal not suffer.  It was a sad situation, but our other cats are getting care, and I suppose the feral cat won’t be suffering.  Wild cats generally don’t have as long of a life as the domesticated house cats.  Particularly, the indoor house cats.  Having the ability to have food is important.  Wild animals have a tendancy to be eaten by other wild animals, or at least becoming food for vultures.  Having this veterinary services place that was open in the evenings was interesting.  There were some girls with puppies when we were talking about the cat, deciding what to do.  It was providing a service to people who had other responsibilities during the day.  

Death is something which we all must deal with in others and indeed experience ourselves.  Some religions have different ideas of what happens next.  Some religions teach that the next experience is better, or worse.

The Snowden Operation Falls Apart


OK, as I understand things, the telco carriers will be required to provide the meta-data when called upon by court orders. I probably don’t have too much of a problem with that. I enjoyed reading @20committe’s post about Ed’s lying lies. The ACLU guy in the clip on MSNBC’s misuse of Intelligence Committees, while he probably should have referred to the Intelligence Community, was interesting, but sadly likely was intentional. The committees are charged with oversight, not micromanagement.

Originally posted on The XX Committee:

Edward Snowden had his Big Interview on NBC this week, and it was something of a pace-setter for poor TV journalism, since Brian Williams (who was previously denounced by Glenn Greenwald for being a servile boot-licker of the surveillance state), decided to soft-ball the questions and not follow up many weird, disingenuous statements by Ed. His almost-year in Russia under FSB care has not promoted clear thinking, while Ed’s body language indicated serious deception to the trained eye. NSA’s IT contractor on permanent vacation in Russia gave his usual platitudes about how he’s really a patriot and “had” to steal all those classified IC and DoD documents. He’s almost thirty-one years old but apparently he had no agency in any of this. We’ve heard it all before.

But The Narrative has begun to fall apart in a manner not even the MSM can avoid noticing (though the failure…

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