Fandango’s One Word Challenge (12 August 2020)

Facetious is the only word in the English language that uses all of the vowels, in order.

for Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC), facetious.

Fandango’s Provocative Question (12 August 2020)

Wednesday. Fandango’s Provocative Question once again. I looked in my reader and what should I see? This week, Fandango asks:

Do you judge yourself by the same standards that you judge others? If not, are you harsher or more lenient on yourself?

Until the stroke, I had always had ideals. I would try to do something to the best of my ability. I did not have to be a world-beater, but I had to be satisfied that I’d tried my best. Effort was important.

Since the stroke, it is the same, really. The effort is certainly still there, although the ability to reach high standards has dwindled. So I cut myself a lot of slack. It is what it is.

Monday, it took me about 20 minutes to attach a new disposable head to my razor. For that reason, I don’t change the blades so often, so do not look as sharp as I once did. It is what it is.

So, when looking at others, I tend to judge them on effort, too. For example, I know some of my friends will have trouble even seeing this post, but they made the effort (perhaps 🙂). This can sometimes be frustration when people don’t meet my standards, but I have to (and do) bite my tongue. It is what it is. Especially nowadays, they’d probably see where I lived, and think it could do with a good tidy, but it is what it is.

Update: Am I Being Unreasonable?

I just wanted to write a very brief update on this.

Yes, six weeks later, I had a response today. I wrote to them again, two weeks ago, to remind them that I had not yet received a response. To be honest, I had expected them to stall – if they had wanted to publish the data, if would be public already – so it was no surprise that they were stringing this out.

The hospital’s response was that they could not publish the data because the data does not exist.

Think about that for a minute – a hospital does not know how many COVID tests it is carrying out. It also means that our government has no way of compiling the numbers that it has been presenting since March.

I have to request that they review the decision, before I can take the request to the next body.

I think I have been fobbed off throughout this adventure, what do you think?

What staggers me most of all is that there are people out there who don’t want me to know the local picture.

Mister Bump

As the UK is coming out of lockdown, so too are we – my wife and I. Only slightly – I want to make sure that all the cards are stacked in my favour before resuming my old life.

With that in mind, we had a garden-guest around last week, a friend of my wife. I can’t remember how we got there but the conversation somehow got to post-lockdown behaviour. I said I’d be far more comfortable coming out of the house if I knew there were no cases in our local hospital.

Okay, if there are no cases it does not necessarily mean we are [i.e. the vicinity is] COVID-free, but if we did have enough COVID cases, I’m sure some of them would end up in the hospital, and counted in the statistics.

It so happens that the husband of this friend works up at the hospital. Ah

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Fandango’s One Word Challenge (11 August 2020)

for Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC), paranormal.

If you listen to the lyrics, you’ll get the link. This reached #1 in the UK at Christmas, 1971.

Why Didn’t I Just Leave It Alone?

It is just gone 5pm here and I have just stopped doing things for the day.
I had the bright idea after lunch of checking the family web site.

I maintain a web site under my real name, just as a “Hello, I’m ….” kind of thing.

It’s got a Welcome page, a short page about work, and a contact form. There’s another page that just converts this form into an email. There are two tiny other pages, success/failure to submit the form. So, all told, not a big site.

After lockdown, one of the ways I got back into work was by looking at this site, and I was quite pleased because part of the “looking” was to bring it up to date, freshen it up etc.

So, this afternoon, I had the bright idea of running my site through one of these “semantic” tools. For example, it told me that certain tags were missing from my images – those tags would help someone who can’t actually see the image. Or it picked up on a few missing tags, which search engines look for.

One other thing it picked up on was that some of the files used by my site were out of date. Not surprising, I last brought the site properly up to date seven or eight years ago.

So, I set about updating things.

Suddenly, the update process reported an error! I tried my site, and the bloody thing would not load.

I spent a while looking for what had broken things, but to no avail.

Now, the saving grace here is that this was just my “test” site. My “live” site is sitting on a web server, happily running away, saying Hello if anybody visits it. So why am I worried? Just because it is a pain not to have it on my computer, so I can tweak it.

After a bit of thought, I decided that it was probably a good idea just to create a brand-new site from scratch and copy my five or six files onto it. At least then I should be all up to date, too.

I’ve copied two of them so far. Four more of the bloody things to go. So that’s the activity for the next few days. Just as well I didn’t have anything special planned! Grrrrr….