Just Shelley

Getting computer creaky syndrome

I hurt my shoulder a couple of weeks ago, and it’s been a bugger ever since. I hurt it when I tripped on something on the ground and threw my arms out to try and hold my balance. There was a sharp pain, deep inside the shoulder. Now it’s gotten to the point where I can’t pick up my cat, open or close my windows, or reach above my head.

My left knee, which I injured when tripping over computer cables at the dot-com I worked at years ago, is also giving me problems. Both it and the shoulder seem to be permanently swollen and achy.

I’m getting creaky, and sitting at the computer as many hours as I do in a day accounts for much of it. There is no sitting on your butt, hunched over a small machine, gene. It’s an unnatural act, and no amount of ergonomic keyboards and chairs is going to make the act more natural.

No matter how busy I am, I’m going to have cut back the time at the computer. I don’t know how people can do it, with twitter and blogs and work programming and mailing lists, but I can’t.

Quality, not quantity. That’s the ticket you know. Now I just have to figure out which of my online addictions I can eliminate. Well, aside from the obvious.


Last one leaving turn out the lights

Some discussion the last few days about how all of this has lost its appeal; there is no innovation; the party is over. About the same that was said of Seattle, once long ago, after massive layoffs at Boeing. How is it up there, in that ghost town, anyway?

All I can say to those suffering ennui is that if you spend all your time listening to shouts, you lose the ability to hear whispers.


Home made Halloween

Just in time for Halloween, Candy Addict points to How to make your own candy bars from Chow. This site has pulled together recipes to emulate some of today’s more popular candy bars, including “Almond Jay”, “PB Cups”, a “Twixt” wannabe, and “Snickles”.

I’m looking for a DIY recipe for Cadbury’s Cherry Ripe, which is virtually impossible to find here in the States.