is another excellent meta-post from brainwane. Links to ~twenty think pieces on how we can hold each other accountable with as much love as we have for a better future.
And the comments are excellent.
Muscles in the thigh - VMO, lateralis, the big quad one, the sartorius one across, adductors on the inside, abductors on the outside. VMO needs extra strengthening due to hypermobility. The small stabilising muscles tend to give up, then the big muscles compensate, and that's why my hamstrings get tight all the time. Then the hip/bum ones like glute max and glute mede also need help, particularly the latter.
Making sure things activate in the right order is hard. If the lateralis activates before the VMO instead of at the same time, then my kneecap slides sideways and that's one of the reasons it hurts. Trying to activate the VMO first will retrain it so they both go at the same time.
It's 4000% humidity outside but I managed to pull two large buckets of weeds, picked raspberries (not many today but I have a lot accumulating in the freezer), pulled up some viney stuff, checked the grapevine and counted over a dozen halfway grown grape clusters, the grapes are about 1/2" big and green and beautiful. Then trimmed five tomato plants, and picked all those beans.
Sure glad we decided on a 'small temporary garden' this year. *eyeroll*
I looked back on my journal — ten years now — and realized that I always fall into a posting hole post-WisCon. I intend to post about what happened and then don't, because WisCon generates so many complex feelings. Then I feel like I can't post about other stuff until I get the WisCon posts up, and then it's November and I can start posting again.
So, I promise no WisCon posts (which means I might actually write some) and an update on my current goings-on.( Weather & the dog )
During a call with our manager, H started to complain that we had a lot of work to get done, and was cut off by the manager, who asked if we thought if teams in the other divisions (notably, he referred to what used to be his only team, in South). We were both put off by this, and we weren't trying to compare our workload in relation to other divisions, only to the other two regions in our division.
While there is a restructure in progress on a national level, it's not expected to be done until sometime in the first quarter of 2018. In fact ,the last divisional team to incorporate into the national restructure will be ours.
We looked at active directory and tried to get an idea of how many users each regional team in our division had. H and I make up two thirds of field IT in the Mountain region, with contractor C in Salt Lake City being the other.
Mountain has 370 users and three field techs across three states.
California has 260 users and three field techs and a supervisor. Somewhat obviously, it is only one state.
Northwest has 168 users and three field techs and a supervisor across two states.
Apparently, back before H had a horrible car accident and missed a year of work, there were three field techs, a supervisor, and the divisional manager in Mountain. There was not a supervisor when I started in May 2016. The divisional manager left in march 2017 and his position was eliminated as part of the restructure.
The math we did was users per tech. We did the math two ways, as the supervisors do pick up tickets in addition to escalations.
Mountain: 123 users per tech.
California 65 per tech (87 if you ignore the supervisor).
Northwest has 42 users per tech (56 if you ignore the supervisor.)
That math alone validates our frustrations in our opinion, and I kind of wish we'd gone into the call with the manager with this knowledge.
Now here's the iffy math. Mountain is 3 states: Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico. H and I are the primary support for all but 2 (extremely remote) users in Colorado. C, based from Salt Lake City, handles those 2, as well as all of Utah and New Mexico as his primary users.
C has maybe 70 users for whom he is primary support. I'm guessing half of those are in Salt Lake City. Our AD doesn't break users down that far in OUs, and we didn't really want to count.
Colorado has 4 outlying offices with maybe 30 people between them, and it might be as low as 20. The downtown Denver office has 70, half of whom will be moving to the largest office in the state at the end of August. That office hosts all of operations for the division, and serves as the base for several national teams.
Now you get the idea of just how stressed and frustrated H and I are.
And I can safely say that the stress is impacting my personal life as well. I rarely spend time in front of any sort of computer system anymore to relax. Guild Wars 2 I log in to for mostly missions. I didn't touch the Wii U for probably 2 months, having spent 6-8 hours a weekend playing Breath of the Wild since it launched. I don't even play the games on my phone often, other than to occasionally distract me from work when there's a moment or two to do so.
Once again, I'm burning out, and I don't know how much longer I can last. I've been a contractor ever since I moved to Colorado, and that will be 3 years in August. I started my first job here on October 20, 2014.
I'm looking forward not only to the Disney world trip in October, but the convention in December as well. And I'm barely two weeks back from the last one.
I can see the god of hands:
flapping in joy,
dancing full of language,
poring over six-dot cells of knowledge,
easing joysticks across broken sidewalks,
torn between frustrated teeth,
cracked and callused and sore,
dowsing for love on screens,
flipping tables, throwing chairs,
juddering to a rhythm of the nerves,
loose and still,
balled into fists,
wrapped around guns
that turn out to be trinkets,
wet with tears.
I can see holiness
in the rising,
in the sharing,
in the reaching out to one another
in the demand
for freedom, food and futures,
even as your forces array against it. [...snip...]
and from Alaina Leary alainaskeys at the NYTimes' very worthwhile disability series: ( clicky ) https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/12/
Thanks to sasha_feather, I'd already read Alaina Laney's great essay on the trope of villains with facial deformities in Teen Vogue.
The Spinal Cord Injury Empowerment Project by the University of Washington has excellent videos on wheelchair skills. The American accent and cheery tone grates after a while, but it's very useful info and nicely bite-sized.
Lunch: driving to Kirkland.
Afternoon: orientation for temp stuff.
Dinner: driving back, locating closed toe shoes and black pants.
Evening: catching up with Purple, sharing leftovers and various video content with partner.
Night: curled up happily.
This was rough, but riveting and thought provoking. A detailed investigation into the murder of a nun in 1969, this series focuses largely on women who were her students in high school (so they are in their 60s now). There is a lot of discussion of sex abuse in the Catholic church, some discussion of possible police corruption (or at least egregious incompetence), and a strong sense of the social consequences of violence. Recommended if you like true crime stories and can handle the discussions of abuse.
Masterminds - on Netflix. 2016. comedy.
This is good if you are in the mood for a silly comedy with some gross-out humor, and which is not mean, and not violent. Zach Galifinakis plays Dave, an armored car driver who gets manipulated into doing a robbery and stealing 17 million dollars. Also stars Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. Content note: guns go off, but no one is shot.
LOVED this and not sure why I hadn't seen it before. A science fiction thriller by the director of "Moon". Air Force pilot Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up on a communter train not knowing where he is or what is going on. A woman is talking to him and calling him "Sean". He goes to the restroom, looks in the mirror, and sees someone else's face. Some similar themes to "Moon" about how technology can be used to exploit people.
Okja. Netflix, 2017.
I didn't like this; it seemed like a message move whose message was garbled. It's a science fiction movie with poor world building and the script needed a few more edits. Okja is a "super pig" being raised by a teenage girl in the mountains of Korea. The project is run by a corporation trying to create and market new meat products that are supposedly beneficial for the environment. From the beginning it didn't make sense: why would a food animal take 10 years to mature? That would be way too expensive and is completely unrealistic. Do some research if you're going to write about meat production.
Last night I was like, nah, you're seeing things, wishful thinking, etc, but after treatment #2? The cords really ARE shrinking, dramatically so.
"Stops progressing" would have been a good outcome. Actual reversal happens in a minority of cases, almost always in patients who treat it very early. I'm SO FUCKING GLAD I insisted on going as aggressive as possible. Even if I wind up with more chronic pain out of it, I'll keep use of my hands for a fuck of a lot longer, thank ANYTHING THAT WAS LISTENING
A few key pieces of wheat amongst the chaff:
The big one is getting $5 off $15 worth of books using the PRIMEBOOKS17 code. Since that stacks with any Prime Day book deals already, it's really solid. Good deals at the second link include a bunch of Scalzi, lots of YA and cooking options, and a bunch of the Dummies series.
The Echo Dot is down to $34.99 ($15 off).
The 8-quart Instant Pot is down to $89.99, making it $10 cheaper than the 6-quart model that I have, and the Crock-Pot 6-Quart Programmable Cook & Carry Slow Cooker is $31.99 (47% off and about $30 below other deals).
I've never gotten the appeal of Dash Buttons, but at $.99 a pop (with a $4.99 credit after you place your first order), that's a solid deal.
And finally, if you buy a $25 Amazon Gift Card (even one for yourself), you can snag a $5 Promotional Credit. That's basically free money if you're going to keep buying stuff on Amazon. Note that the promo credit (unlike the gift card) expires at the end of August.