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...
Closing Out 2021?
1. The closest Omicron variant cases are about 350 miles away or so in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
2. After the collapse of GitHub over the weekend I am looking at hosting providers to move what I have on GitHub Pages off to something else. Oracle Cloud is currently being evaluated. Why? ARM options.
3. Things are getting weird again...
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So, I lost the election. The turnout data finally came out and it appears that a third of the people who voted for me had to have been Democrats considering how insanely low the Republican turnout was. I literally had more votes than the number of Republicans that turned out. I simply got stomped on by my Democratic Party opponent.
Of course, when you're the Republican who says that COVID is real, Trump truly did lose the 2020 General Election, Trump is not secretly still President, and that public services actually need to be paid for then of course you're going to turn away your voter base.
Right now the local hospitals in Ashtabula County are strained. With the Omicron variant of COVID we may have further worries coming. I had had a plan to get more hospital beds in place if I had won the election. Unfortunately the winner has no plans at all that she ever enunciated.
We'll see what erupts, eh?
What A Day!
Well, I am on track to lose my city council race it seems. The baggage that comes from the Republican Party nationally is weighing me down a bit too much. I wanted the rebels crushed by the organized militias of Maryland and Virginia on January 6th. There is no steal to stop and Trump truly did lose in the November 2020 presidential election. I was a pollworker during that election so local Republicans calling it a corrupt travesty frankly are impugning my integrity.
Is there a third party that I can switch to? Nope. The Constitution Party normally would be a choice except they are trying to make Josh Mandel look moderate. Currently the elections system in Ohio doesn't accord recognized status to any minor party under the current recognition rules. If any minor party can get organized and come in second in the 2022 gubernatorial race then they'll have major party status as well as automatic ballot access while consigning either the Republicans or Democrats to third party status. That's not very likely to happen.
On a more positive note, the "television" channel is coming together at https://coyote.works/. Why that URL? I worked for that "Very Stable Genius" for so long I kept thinking of him as the human embodiment of a certain cartoon character.
Positive works are the goal. There is enough evil and malice out there...
I am off isolation for COVID now. I got to go to church Sunday. I don't remember getting so fatigued going to church.
The countdown to Election Day is now in single digits when it comes to days. November 2nd is the big day. Early ballots have been extremely slow. Trump telling Republicans they shouldn't be voting is really, really gonna hurt me at the polls.
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And on the 10th day...
Today is the 10th day of the isolation order. After the city health department checks in with me later they may release me from the order. We'll see how that goes. I may be past the worst of this. I will be asking about eligibility for a Pfizer booster and getting one as soon as I can if I am still eligiible to do so.
Breakthrough infections are not fun. We still have not crossed the 50% vaccines started mark in my county let alone completed. This winter is likely going to be pretty bad.
★ I no longer have a standalone blog. I got tired of hosting with DO so that VPS was nuked and the domain has been repurposed.
★ The vodcast project is moving forward nicely. I am using Github Pages to host the pages with the Internet Archive to host the media. Yes, this is doing things in an old-fashioned way but I have no money for this and I am having to bootstrap the hard way.
★ Somehow I got COVID-19. Home isolation lasts until October 21st. I'm not the only member of my family in that boat. I was fully vaccinated with Pfizer way back in April.
★ By November 3rd I will learn if I won the election or not for the Ward 4 council member seat on Ashtabula City Council.
★ No, I do not have hardware eligible for upgrade to Windows 11
★ I've been working on script in a semi-automated fashion downloading weather data from the National Weather Service. Why? That feeds into the vodcast project above where weather breaks have to be produced for the audience.
» Stephen Michael Kellat:
“[...] ★ No, I do not have hardware eligible for upgrade to Windows 11 [...]”
There's a MSWindows 11? I thought they said v10 was "the last one" with "forever upgrades"... meh 😅
I hope you get through COVID quickly!
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