#284 October 1, 2022 from Don Crowder www.don-guitar.com
I'm back. I guess I sounded depressed last month because I
got quite a few supportive, positive messages from y'all.
I was a little depressed but only because I didn't have time
to write my ezine. There was just a lot on my plate, as it
were, just then.
A few months ago I inured my right wrist while trying to
put a 4' X 8' sheet of MDF (waferboard) on a ceiling. Two
days later my wrist was in so much pain that I went to the
ER at the VA hospital. They couldn't find anything wrong
but my wrist has been hurting ever since.In fact the pain
has spread to my left shoulder and sometimes my right elbow
hurts too. I've been back to the VA and they still can't
make a diagnosis. I'm a left handed guitar player. I need
my right hand to play the guitar so this is pretty serious
for me. I've been in Albuquerque since April of 2020 and
am only now beginning to get opportunities to play music.
So far I've pulled it off but it's just been a matter of
blind luck with my right hand being usable on the days when
I needed to play. It's really hard to book gigs when I've
no idea whether or not I'll be able to play when the gig
Right now I'm using CDB oil, Karma Rub, Arnica Gel, Arnica
tablets, cocktails (1 ibuprofen + 1 Acetaminophen), extra
vitamin D, a heating pad, an ice pack and anything else I
can think of to try and make my right hand usable. My
results have been erratic at best. I feel like going back
to the ER again would be a waste of my time and I don't
have another appointment with Ortho until February.
Of course typing sometimes hurts my wrist too.
Anyway, I'm not good at depression. I bounce back and life
goes on, one way or another. Nuff said.
Let's get started.
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doesn't it? There are apps for this addiction. :)
How to find lost objects and other interesting info from
Professor Solomon who, like me, still doesn't have an SSL
certificate on his website (meaning it's http versus https)
An online thrift store. https://www.swap.com/
Bartering, sort of . . .
Barter is as old as humanity and there's probably a
website where you can swap just about anything you
have for something you want but, the times being what
they are and knowing that your results may well vary,
I didn't even try to list them all. :)
A network of sites where people write about their passions.
All about heraldry. https://www.heraldica.org/
Printable stuff for parents, teachers and students.
Want some help with your crossword puzzles?
Commercial art of mid-20th century America.
Ivy League Google. https://scholar.google.com/
The History Place. https://www.historyplace.com/
Easy, hip, environmentalism. https://lazyenvironmentalist.com/
ShortKeys Lite seems cool but will it run on Windows 11?
A guide to home brewing alcoholic beverages.
Printable sunrise/sunset calendars.
On anger management.
Putting the rarin back in librarian since 1999.
Night photography of the abandoned American west.
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is a nonprofit
research and educational institute that advances the
principles of free markets and limited government.
Marsebase provides scientific data of various kinds.
The place for musical theater. https://musicals.net/
Paint.NET is image and photo editing software for PCs that
run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user
interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special
effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.
An active and growing online community provides friendly
help, tutorials, and plugins.
Online help and customer tech support from Dave Taylor.
A nerdy site that's not too intuitive to use but if you
feel the need to know all sorts of things about your
browser, this where you can explore them,
Eclectic, comic related, reading.
Einstein Light (General Relativity for Dummies).
A business related site that has been around for
a while. https://www.businessownersideacafe.com/
Acronyms & Abbreviations, https://www.abbreviations.com/
A resource for educators. https://www.abcteach.com/
For those who love board games. https://boardgamegeek.com/
The surprising truth about diamonds.
Amazing digital collections from the Library Of Congress.
A mini-feature on rocks (stones) for my daughter Annie.
https://tinyurl.com/3zc9tpb9 [berkeley dot edu]
NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab. https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/
Up-to-date and accurate info. https://www.nih.gov/news-events
We live in a time where very few sources of news can be fully
trusted. I no longer ever watch network television but when
I'm in my van I listen to NPR. https://www.npr.org/
I tend to trust NPR but if I have any questions about a
story I've heard I turn to google for more info.
The rest of my news pretty much comes from facebook, even
knowing that anything you hear on facebook needs to be
carefully researched to determine its veracity.
Here are my most trusted sources of news after NPR.
For classic rock fans. https://www.classicrockrevisited.com/
Who remembers DOS games (and/or software)? An enormous number
of DOS applications are available in the Public Domain. Many
more were simply abandoned by their developers (and are now
referred to as abandonware). Of course DOS is still a
proprietary Microsoft Operating System but FreeDOS is
Unique, award-winning illustrators from across the globe.
I'm a fan and steadfast supporter of women in technology.
News from McDonald Observatory.
A very useful tool for creating bootable USB drives.
This one's not bad either. https://www.balena.io/etcher/
Explorer Patcher is for computer savvy Windows users.
The city of Austin, TX prides themselves on being weird.
The even have bumper stickers that say Keep Austin Weird.
I'm told Seattle, WA does something similar. Austin is
also home to a huge and incredibly diverse pool of musical
artists. Among the most weirdly wonderful are the Austin
Lounge Lizards. Here's one of my favorite of their tunes.
A crafting site. https://www.craftster.org/
Sure, she was a cross dresser but what an awesome woman!
Music often changes peoples lives in unexpected ways.
Since we got a Roku for the TV in our living room we
almost always listen to music on youtube for an hour
or two before dinner. We have very diverse tastes in
music and one of our favorite channels to listen to
is NPR Music, specifically, Tiny Desk Concerts.
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I've been very happy with my Samsung Galaxy J2 smartphone
which I bought, refurbished, from TracFone for $15 (that's
right, fifteen US dollars) but I wasn't so happy a couple
of weeks ago when I lost it. I backtracked myself, going
back to every place I'd been that day and couldn't find it
anywhere so I went to Target, bit the bullet, and bought
a brand new, spiffy Samsung Galaxy A03s for $65. Ouch,
it was five times as much as I'd paid for my J2! But it's
a nice phone with a taller screen and lot's of nice bells
and whistles that the J2 didn't have. Then, a few days later,
I found my J2. Wow, I love my new phone but I sure hate
'unnecessary' progress. :(
It's Friday afternoon (September 30) as I'm writing this
and I have band practice this evening. I'm not sure I'll
be able to play. My right hand isn't in any pain but
there's no strength in it at the moment. I'll try using
an ice pack and heating pad this afternoon, along with a
couple of ibuprofen before I head out. With luck, I'll
get by. Best regards to each and every one of you.
See you next time.
Friday, September 30, 2022, 11:05 PM (MDT/MST)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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