Things ChangeI'm still tracking changes in what I'm listening to/watching in terms of podcasts here: https://code.launchpad.net/~skellat/+git/PodcastingAm I using a Macbook Pro M1? Yes. Is there a Raspberry Pi Zero W tethered to it? Yes. I haven't left the Linux world but rather am approaching it from a different perspective.
Things ChangeI have wound up with a Macbook Pro. Since these don't do virtualization all that well I handle that through attaching a Raspberry Pi Zero. In doing so I use the Pi Zero as an RNDIS Ethernet gadget and have a little Linux machine tethered to the Macbook Pro.
Yeah, it is a paradigm shift. So far it is working okay.
Okay. I am a pollworker in Ohio. Three maps have been proposed setting out districts for the Ohio House and the Ohio Senate. All three maps have been rejected by the Supreme Court of Ohio. We hit the UOCAVA ballot mail-out deadline on Friday and will miss it statewide due to a technical pause by a federal court.
The General Assembly is insisting that it is somehow holy writ that the primary election must be on the first Tuesday in May. They won't consider delaying the primary election to get all the pending legal issues resolved. Thanks to Section 7 of Article V of the Ohio Constitution, we can't skip having a partisan primary for seats in the Ohio House and Ohio Senate. The primary for those seats simply must happen or we'll really break the state constitution even harder than we already are. It would be cheaper to delay than to hold two primaries.
Pollworker training on Monday is gonna be exciting, I think. Oddly enough, I originally was going to run for a legislative seat of some kind in this election before all the map craziness happened. I suppose I could run as an independent but that would be a whole new world of oddity.
Simulcasting Church's Livestreaming
Our streaming on YouTube has been seemingly collateral damage from unknown events. We were expecting something like this to come down the pike. At this point we are now streaming on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GCCGeneva/ and on Twitch at https://www.twitch.tv/GenevaChurchOfChrist.
I'm not at the point of seeking an STA/experimental license from the Commission to operate a low power TV station beyond current rules.
The Sounds of War
Relative to the Ukraine crisis there is a statement posted to the Erie Looking Productions website. I'm moving ahead as best I can to institute WEFAX monitoring. Analog reception of at least one radio station from across the lake is verified. Work I have been fussing over in a certain git repo needs to be brought to a stable endpoint. I'll also need to be keeping an eye on what the CISA director has to say, I suppose.
This B-Movie that we're all living in now is taking weird turns.
Shooting My Mouth Off
I had to travel to another county Tuesday just to get test strips for Mom's blood glucose meter. That's kinda ridiculous to me. Supply chain issues shouldn't be this bad. The store brand in question can keep plenty of booze on the shelves but apparently not blood sugar meter test strips. They're the largest company on the planet and they're having issues.
No, things are not okay. Things are still screwy out in the world at-large.
♥ I'm surprised I've kept things going at https://coyote.works/ this long.
♥ Central Serous Chorioretinopathy is not fun. Hopefully it clears up within the next three months.
♥ I'd like to go out and buy a MacBook Pro. Sadly nobody has them in stock in a fifty mile radius in the 14 inch screen late 2021 model. There might be another Apple event happening by the time they're back in stock.
♥ The snow locally is getting tedious...
Well, we're eventually shifting over to reviewing congressional map proposals again after the omnishambles that is the re-run of state legislative redistricting. The picture shows how I've tried to divide up Ohio's 15 federal congressional seats. The more highly detailed map can be found on Dave's Redistricting here: https://davesredistricting.org/join/98f59007-5602-44ed-8372-fa6891c5acf6
I expect very little at this point.
I’ll try to outline what’s happening since things are a bit of a mess…
- Laptop spiral to failure
- The Thinkpad x240 is slowly dying
- It is not cost-effective to repair it
- Replacement is being reviewed
- I’m not looking for another Windows laptop
- The last visit to MicroCenter had many models out of stock
- The models in-stock didn’t support Windows 11
- I’m looking towards getting a Mac
- I want to have an ARM-based laptop
- I’m starting to miss MacOS as of late
- With an eleven inch iPad plus a wireless mouse and wireless keyboard I have an almost-laptop now
- TexPad is a great IDE for writing LaTeX on the iPad in those instances
- Termius lets me log into a Raspberry Pi that happens to sit on the network for when I need to do terminal session things
- Unfortunately these are not really in stock at MicroCenter and there is no estimate on replenishment
- The iPad plus wireless keyboard plus wireless mouse can be used as an interim solution but it not sufficient long-term
- If there were a suitable solution to convert a Raspberry Pi 4 into a laptop, I would
- COVID Recovery
- Test results are back
- Test results are normal
- It looks like I’m facing “Long COVID”
- Both the state legislature and congressional maps were overturned here in Ohio
- I testified as to the drafting of both of the now-overturned maps
- The redistricting commission reconvenes on Tuesday at 1500 UTC and I will observe that meeting via Ohio Channel
- Very short turnaround on adopting new maps exists
- Social development
- My life remains pretty isolated right now
- Dating seems impossible in my immediate area
- I keep feeling pulled towards relocation but no clear ideas for a destination have emerged
- ELP Television is not fully operational since I am not producing local content
- The site is up at https://coyote.works
- Currently the video podcast feed points to video content that already exists on the Internet Archive
- The Fourth Story
- It is started but is a bit harder writing effort
- I’ve had to do some mapping work to make writing easier using tools at https://mapchart.net/usa.html
- I keep stopping writing as there are times that I write something fictional then I see it happen in the news
- Weight loss
- Currently stalled with weight swinging in the 185-189 range
- The goal is still to get to a “healthy BMI” which means a BMI in the range of 18.5 to 24.9 which translate to a weight between 122 pounds and 163 pounds.
- This goal might not be doable
- The backup goal is to get to a BMI of 26.5 (174 pounds) which would still be decent even if not quite the whole way there
The funny thing about test results at the moment is that they're delayed due to the hospital system laboratories being overwhelmed. Why are they overwhelmed? Processing COVID-19 tests will do that! We're in a really bad place with test positivity ranging from 38-50% depending on the test area in the northeast Ohio area. The only reason case count numbers are going down is because we're running out of testing supplies before we can track everything down.
My relatively picayune tests are delayed in processing apparently until further notice. Some results are back and are simply weird. A couple have yet to come back still.
It isn't rheumatoid arthritis. With luck it isn't lupus either. That things seem to be pointing to "Long COVID" frankly do not leave all that great of a taste in my mouth. Coincidentally, I want to move away from where I am. We only just made it to the 50% mark in the past few days for having my county's population vaccinated. There are third world countries doing better than that! The chances of me getting re-infected with COVID-19 are far higher here compared to many other places in the USA let alone just in Ohio.
In the midst of all this crap I'm just at the point where I want to run away from this community. Ashtabula is increasingly not that great of a place for me. The problem is determining where to go and how to afford that...
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Ever go to a doctor's office for an appointment 24 hours early?
Well, I did that today. My appointment isn't actually until Tuesday. At the appointment I'll learn what my test results are and we'll discuss next steps in trying to nail down possibilities relative to my possibly having Long COVID.
We've had test positivity locally in the 20-30% range all month. The graphic is taken from the CDC's own data which you can pull for any US county/parish. Ashtabula can be specifically viewed at https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view?list_select_state=Ohio&data-type=Risk&list_select_county=39007.
UH Geneva is at 120% of capacity and UH Conneaut has only 4 open beds. Considering that lately I haven't been feeling all that great that news is not academic to me. There are practical consequences here.
Now That We're Past Christmas...
My second-hand x240 Lenovo Thinkpad is dying. It is not economical to repair it. I need something for mobility and using a wireless mouse and wireless keyboard with my iPad isn't exactly a complete replacement. Yes, I do have a LaTeX IDE on my iPad but it isn't the same as having something a bit more fully featured.
Since I've been doing more arts & humanities types of things lately I don't really need something geared towards gaming. If I can figure out what's going on with OBS Studio and the M1 MacBook series I may well be going with Apple Silicon with a return to MacOS. It would be a shift from Linux to a BSD but that's not too bad. I ran homebrew on MacOS before jumping into Ubuntu way back when.
There is simply not a lot of free cashflow at the moment. If I found a suitable case solution to convert a Raspberry Pi 4 into a laptop/portable I would be going with that at the moment. Unfortunately I haven't seen any good options.
I need to stash this somewhere
One of the problems of having multiple tabs left open across multiple devices is that you forget you have them open. Links lately opened that might potentially prove helpful to others include include:
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Where Are We Going?
In No Particular Order:
➡ I'm glad 2021 is coming to an end.
➡ The kinda-sorta vodcast is running at https://coyote.works/ for the time being. We're shooting for January 2022 to begin producing local programming to air. Right now we're dumping things from the Prelinger Archive down the chute.
➡ The only regular radio quiz on NPR currently in production is Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! and that is sad. I was a latecomer to finding Says You! via WYSU-FM and find it to be more my speed. Sadly it ended production of first-run episodes. The other NPR quiz show, Ask Me Another, saw its production terminated back in September.
➡ Live-streaming services at church is getting rough. We had 20-25% dropped frames this morning just five minutes into service. We wound up dropping the live feed and then uploaded the local recording after the in-person service concluded. Although the guide from OBS notes at its very end to look at your hardware from the ISP I had spent part of Saturday night at the church building with a technician from the ISP. Apparently the cable drop from the street to the building had suffered wildlife damage as well as damage from the gale force winds event the weekend prior. I thought we had gotten things fixed thing but I may be wrong.
➡ And apparently schools in the Ashtabula Area City School District are closed Monday due to an undisclosed online threat per The Star Beacon
➡ I have medical appointments growing in number.
➡ I'm still trying to figure out what may drive 2022 for me. There's currently nothing really in play at the moment.
So we have a preprint entitled SARS-CoV-2 infects human adipose tissue and elicits an inflammatory response consistent with severe COVID-19. That bit from October prompted today's article in the New York Times entitled The Coronavirus Attacks Fat Tissue, Scientists Find. In short, the more excess pounds you pack on the more SARS-CoV-2 may longer. There may be a correlation between obesity and "Long COVID" though causation isn't proven yet.
Considering I have to go see the doctor for screening about Long COVID this is certainly of interest. If it means I have still further weight loss to undertake then that will be a difficult road to look at. Before I left the IRS I weighed in at 245 pounds. When I got COVID-19 back in October I weighed in at 186 pounds. That was a weight loss of 59 pounds over two years. I can't presume what she'll say in our appointment but further weight loss may be advised. Her goal at my height already was to get me down to around 160 pounds so that may be assuming a greater priority.
Far too many medical matters this month to fuss with...