...so my arm isn't broken, after all.

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In Sunday's hockey game I managed to collide at high speed with our other defenseman while we were together blocking a forward sprinting towards our goal. We succeeded in blocking him, but ended up hitting the ice pretty hard, me on the shoulder which already has a bone spur poking into the rotator cuff.

I didn't notice being in pain that night, but when I woke up in the morning I couldn't move my arm two inches without almost screaming in pain. I got in to see my doctor ASAP worried I had broken the arm, but thankfully that wasn't the case. The impact has caused my shoulder to inflame tremendously, and it's pushing the rotator cuff muscles up against the bone spur really hard.

No hockey for me for at least a week, more likely two or three. In fact, no holding things with both hands, or even pointing my left arm. It hurts.

And now my doctor is saying that maybe we really should consider doing surgery to cut away some of the bone spur. We'll see how it looks after the inflammation dies down.

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Crushed ad naseum.

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The Knights were crushed by the Rusty Blades tonight, 5-1 or something like that.

I contributed two goals... for the Rusty Blades. One puck bounced off my foot and slid past our goalie. The second time I was dicing for puck control near the net, the guy feinted, pulled back, then bounced the puck off my blade into the net. I'm crushed. I'm sure my team wants to crush me too.

It little ways, I'm getting better. I'm catching the puck more often. I'm annoying the other side more often. But not consistently, and not enough. One time I was proud of myself for racing back in time enough to get between the opponent and the net... but I slowed down just a tiny bit as I got near the net, and he shot it millimeters past my stick into the net. Crushed again.

I got one chance to shoot at the far net during the game, and just hit an opponent in the chest who was able to knock it down and run it back to our territory.

I ended up 0:-3 for the game, which makes me 3:-6 or -3 for all three games. This is total suckage territory. I'm kindof surprised the Knights haven't told me to blow off yet.

And my blades are hurting me again. It never stops. I'm mad enough about the effing hockey blades and pain to want to throw all of this stuff out the window and never look at it again. Nobody else has any problems like this. Nobody. Everyone just looks at me weird when I talk about the pain in my feet. Auuuuuuuuuugh.

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My favorite writing tool is Scrivener. I wrote the Learning MCollective book for O’Reilly Media entirely in Scrivener, exporting to AsciiDoc. I was afraid this wouldn’t work very well, but it ended up working just great. You can get my export settings and processing scripts from https://github.com/jorhett/scrivener-asciidoc.

O’Reilly Media promotes and utilizes a lot of web standards. They have switched over to using HTMLBook for new projects. HTMLBook is an XHTML5-based standard for the authoring and production of both print and digital books.

To support this in my upcoming book, I created a Scrivener compile format which outputs chapter headings in HTMLBook. Then I wrote some scripts to process the output from Scrivener compile to make valid HTMLBook, cut into parts and adjusted for the expectations of O’Reilly Atlas.

I have released my Scrivener compile settings and scripts so that others can use them. They are open source under an Apache license at https://github.com/jorhett/scrivener-htmlbook.

You can read the original article at http://www.netconsonance.com/2014/10/write-htmlbook-using-scrivener/. Comments are welcome here or there as you please.

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Bad ice, bad plays, and nasty hockey players.

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Tonight was my second official game. We scraped out a 3-2 win, but I had nothing to do with that win. Unlike last week, none of them happened when I was on the ice. Worse, one of the goals against us went right past me and I was probably blocking the goalie's view. *facepalm*

After last week where I had skated really poorly in brand new skates, I spent about 5 hours this week practicing. 90% of that was just accelerating up to a run, stopping, and transitioning forward to backward. I got to the point where I was doing it smoothly, left or right, forward or back, on the new skates.

So I'm super crazy disappointed when I came tonight and skated probably worse, not better, than the previous week. What's killing me is just how crap the ice is. Every time I went to take off I'd catch an edge in a deep rut. Nearly every time I went to turn around my skates would get stuck in a rut and I would be pulled off balance by my feet going different directions than my hips.

As I said to someone before game started, pointing at the deep cuts in the ice, "why do they bother pretending to cut it?" The ice was so bad that I'm not entirely certain it wouldn't be better if they didn't pour fresh water over it... because that appears to be the only thing they are doing. Does that zamboni have a blade in it?

So I'm not happy with the ice, I'm not happy with myself, and I want to beat the crap out of the other team's goalie. Twice that bastard swung his stick out beyond the crease and knocked me off my feet. My back is in a lot of pain right now, as is my shoulder.

I knew that hockey would involve some questionable play. And goodness knows we're all bad skaters, and we crash into each other. It didn't occur to me that it would involve deliberate violations intended to hurt someone bad enough they wouldn't be able to work the next day. That's a serious red flag for me. Right now I'm seriously considering whether or not I will return.

Where did that duck come from?

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I use Android phones and the fastest way for me to enter text is to Swype or Flow the words. This is where you press the first key then swype your finger from one letter to another without picking up your finger. It was incredibly fast way to enter text…until keyboards decided that predicting your words is so important that you can’t turn it off.

It is perhaps understandable that when I swype F-I-X-E-S that it might insert F-O-X-E-S. I’m really not prone to talk about foxes, but I understand that guess.

I completely fail to understand when I swype my fingers through T-U-R-N-S and get F-I-R-M-S. Those letters aren’t close. No, my fingers weren’t inaccurate. Yes, I really meant turns. Worse yet is that turns is a valid English word, is found in the keyboard’s dictionary, but is not in the list of suggestions.

Samsung, Google, Swype, SwiftKey: Trust me. I swyped exactly what I meant. You can suggest something else but please insert the word I swyped. Not what you think I meant. Because I really, truly, never write sentences on my phone containing duck.

You can read the original article at http://www.netconsonance.com/2014/10/where-did-that-duck-come-from/. Comments are welcome here or there as you please.
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So I'm kicking happy glad that my first official-with-referees-and-everything hockey game was a win. http://knights-115.teamsnap.com/

Sadly, I didn't score except in the stooopid category.

So having been a long time fan of hockey and having some street hockey experience, I know the game pretty good. Unfortunately my pickup games and scrimmages didn't prepare me for the sensory onslaught of a real game. There's two kinds of information you just don't get any other way:

1. Useful commentary yelled from the bench, especially letting you know when others are offsides or an opponent is behind you out of vision.

2. Making sure you're processing when the person in your position is coming in and you should be going out, or vice versa when it's time for you to go in and let the other defenseman out.

I thought I had the second part easy. The guy who would swap with me was a big guy with a distinctive jersey. Unfortunately, he got into a fight early in the third period and got thrown out of the game. That left us with three on defense. So two forwards were swapping in to play defense to balance it out.

About five minutes into this process, when a forward got the puck and headed for the opposing net three people went forward, and a defenseman and another came in to swap. This is much like a normal defense swap. When my defense partner went out I went out right behind her, not realizing that one of the people that came in was a forward and I was creating six on the ice.

Bzzzt. Into the penalty box I went for Too Many On Ice. This is really not how I wanted to remember my first game.

I do have some good memories. I stole the puck more than a few times, I stopped a breakaway run on my goalie, and the puck never went past me into the net. I also fell down a stupid amount, and I tended to play inward to dice for the puck in the neutral zone when I should have been falling back to defend the net.

Got a lot to learn. And hopefully I'll get out of Defense soon, as that's really not where my instincts are.

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I happen to have hundreds of labels, jewel case inserts, and jewel cases left over from running the burn-to-order music business. Do any of you burn CDs/DVDs and need or like to create nice labels or jewel cases?

Why Net Neutrality matters to you.

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Many people seem to believe that the battle for Net Neutrality is a geek matter that won’t concern them. In reality, the loss of Net Neutrality is an important issue that will cost everyone significant time and money.

If the proposed legislation passed, it explicitly authorizes Internet access companies to charge you more to access sites that haven’t paid them as well. Yes, that’s right, the Internet access company would get paid by both sides for the same bytes. However, the most important part of the legislation is that it allows them to block and slow down sites which haven’t paid them. Let’s discuss what this means to you:

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You can read the original article at http://www.netconsonance.com/2014/09/why-net-neutrality-matters-to-you/. Comments are welcome here or there as you please.

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Why Net Neutrality matters to you.

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Many people seem to believe that the battle for Net Neutrality is a geek matter that won’t concern them. In reality, the loss of Net Neutrality is an important issue that will cost everyone significant time and money.

If the proposed legislation passed, it explicitly authorizes Internet access companies to charge you more to access sites that haven’t paid them as well. Yes, that’s right, the Internet access company would get paid by both sides for the same bytes. However, the most important part of the legislation is that it allows them to block and slow down sites which haven’t paid them. Let’s discuss what this means to you:

1. You would face slowdowns to access sites that matter to you.
2. If you ran a website, you would have to negotiate with and pay each and every Internet provider on the planet to serve your content to their customers.
3. Site and services you use could be blocked if they compete with a service provided by an Internet access company.

Today you pay your Internet access based on bytes transferred, or bytes which could be transferred. This is fair and reasonable “pay for what you use” billing. This legislation allows and encourages Internet access companies to double dip, to get paid many times for the same bytes.

There is absolutely nothing in the legislation that requires the Internet providers to be reasonable, or to provide a base level of service to sites. If this legislation passes, it would be in the economic interest of every Internet provider to make exclusive, high-value deals with providers of services to ensure all their competitors are blocked.

This means you will have access only to services that your ISP decides you can access.

Today, September 10th, is the very last day that the FCC is accepting comments. Go there now, and speak your mind. This link might work, but sometimes fails: http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/upload/begin?procName=14-28&filedFrom=X

If that link fails, do this:
1. Visit http://FCC.gov/comments
2. Find the title “14-28 Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet.”
3. Click the number “14-28”
5. Express how this will affect you
6. Make sure to click “Confirm” on the following page to submit your comments.

You can read the original article at http://www.netconsonance.com/2014/09/why-net-neutrality-matters-to-you/. Comments are welcome here or there as you please.

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As most of you know, I no longer have any dogs. Life is kindof crazy right now such that we don't have the time or resources for training new dogs into our home, so Nova and I have decided to take some time off.

Therefore, I'm giving away to any of you any/all of the dog things we have. Anything my friends don't take I'll put up on Craigslist later this week.

Large dog crate, much like http://9pixs.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/dog-crate_1404097691.jpg
Circular dog bed http://www.costco.com/Kirkland-Signature%E2%84%A2-42%22-Round-Pet-Bed.product.100115422.html
Rectangular dog bed with cushion (like this but cushion only on one side: http://www.costco.com/Kirkland-Signature%E2%84%A2-34%22-x-22%22-TanCream-Floral-Print-Sofa-Pet-Bed.product.100056430.html )
Dog/cat large water feeder http://i.walmartimages.com/i/p/00/02/96/95/24/0002969524580_500X500.jpg
Dog travel feeder with dual bowl http://www.etrailer.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/pics/H/E/HE3056_1000.jpg
Outside refilling water bowl http://www.moorepet.com/Auto-Wata-Outdoor-Dog-Waterer-p/bergan-11790.htm
Several months of Advantix for dog > 60lbs
Bottle of PROIN tablets unopened (was in mail when Darla passed away)
A dozen or so dog throw, pull, and squeaky toys
Several 6 foot dog leashes
A 25ft extending/lockable dog leash
A one->two splitter for walking two dogs on one leash

If you know of a rescue house that would appreciate these items, please clue me in.