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#1202237 My leg and the last 2 months

Posted by scruffy1 on 22 May 2018 - 05:34 PM

keep on mending, man


back to work tomorrow for me - having time out for surgery was quite nice, but eventually i have to earn a living again, especially with the end of financial year looming and quite some income from disability insurance that was received without any tax taken out... my fiscal chickens will be coming home to roost  :(

#1202178 My leg and the last 2 months

Posted by scruffy1 on 20 May 2018 - 04:20 PM

bad luck, old boy


i'm at 9 days after the hernia repair i was finally able to have


all went amazingly until i decided i couldn't avoid doing the aldi shopping trek, and pushing a few hundred bucks of groceries (that's a lot of food at aldi) seems to have provoked some secondary internal bruising; that or doing freezer gymnastics digging up frozen packets to procure the only tandoori chicken pizza on behalf of mr 15's tastes



survived my initial assault with a few days of panadol after the night in hospital (where i had a single dose of narcotics after leaving recovery), but needed some hefty drugs last night, which for me is a rare event... slowly getting better again, but it was like rewinding my recovery a week, which really distressed me as it was probably my own stupidity for feeling too good


and it hurts





get well soon, tmfp... it's been a big year (or two) for us all


best wishes

#1201982 What's on your mind?

Posted by scruffy1 on 12 May 2018 - 11:54 PM

nah, cancer is malignant but it's not malevolent


hence my haiku :



my experience ?
cancer is not a battle
it's misunderstood

part of your being
believes itself immortal
but it's delusion

lacking self control
and going exponential
it seals its own fate

the metastasis
of first world aspirations
is a metaphor

#1201980 What's on your mind?

Posted by scruffy1 on 12 May 2018 - 10:59 PM

hey chris - thanks


according to the recent reports = full remission ; my normal lymphocytes are returning with diverse forms, and there is no evidence of monoclonal proliferation (which is the big words for the cancer has fucked off )



so now i am clear to die of something else instead, somewhat later  :)

#1201942 What's on your mind?

Posted by scruffy1 on 09 May 2018 - 07:58 PM

try being in the sydney basin as the resident pyromaniacs rural fire service do "hazard reduction burns" when the air is still and a huge inversion lies over all of suburbia


if you did the same with a cigarette in a public space you'd be given shit for it, but protecting properties built stupidly hard up against bush somehow beats the needs for 4 million people to breathe unmolested

#1201910 how crap is this government ?

Posted by scruffy1 on 08 May 2018 - 09:37 PM

budgets are always promising

#1201777 What's on your mind?

Posted by scruffy1 on 30 April 2018 - 08:07 PM

selling amp shares is pointless, as they'll eventually recover some - it's a big company


they routinely pay dividends of ~3%, making them way better than many other current investment interest rates, and that dividend is almost all franked, so it's probably >4% if you pay top tax; the value of them is more for continued passive income


i didn't buy them - they gave me a stash when they demutualised (as i hold some super with them), and i let the money reinvest itself to increase my holdings, as one of my ways of having some accessible extra  emergency funds if i need to cash them in




if you believe the contrarian view, now is probably a good time to buy them, as the company is essentially sound, but just that the people in charge are as dodgy as fuck


edit : amp shares aren't the same as superannuation - after the "original" gfc in ~2007, all super tanked and took close to 3 years to climb back above the values it held just before the shit hit the fan



not the first time - i remember ceasing to make payments to amp after the previous major plummet in the mid 1990's, and ploughed all my "extra" into reducing the mortgage (which i'm still paying, but currently i couldn't rent a toilet cubicle in my area for what it costs to service the remainder of my debt, and i have a major asset except i call it home, rather than an "investment", even though it's surely that)

#1201735 What's on your mind?

Posted by scruffy1 on 26 April 2018 - 11:33 PM

if you don't think you have told her enough, tell her you love her and thank her for giving you life


if you can, and if she wants, spend time with her



if she is already unresponsive, talk to her anyway - i have seen enough to know that people are often more aware than you might realise, especially of the presence of people they know and love



it's inevitably sad to lose someone you love, especially after a lifetime with them.. but it's part of living to eventually die, and her suffering will be over, and that's all




when i lost the love of my life in a car accident, the most sensible perspective was given to me by a fellow doctor who pointed out that there was no point in being sad for her, as she wasn't going to feel anything, and i needed to realise that i was sorry for myself in having to live without her


over a third of a century later it's a rare day where she isn't still with me, and i can sense what her response to things that i do or see might be; your mum might soon no longer be with you, but she's a part of your existence for as long as you live - yes, "she knows"




eventually the sadness fades, but it never completely goes away... but the happiness of having memories of shared experiences remains undiminished, and eventually wins through



it's okay to be sad; why wouldn't you be ?  i wish you well in this difficult time for you

#1201728 What's on your mind?

Posted by scruffy1 on 26 April 2018 - 07:05 PM


here's one of my modded micro quads - fpv and full acro capable - built from parts.. all up around $35 us   :D

i have questions.

have you made a thread about this stuff?

what modding did you perform on the quad pictured?

what is necessary to be "full acro capable"? i assume its beyond doing basic flips.

how the hell to fly FPV with a small quad anyway? ive only tried it with a couple that had shitty LCD displays on their radios and it was fookin hard! the camera focal lengths and tiny FOVs distorted everything.  proximity to nearby objects was anyones guess provided by some miracle they were actually in frame, and otherwise, i was lost without a stable horizon ie. in a sea of either ground or sky with hardly any frame of reference for altitude/attitude.  the mismatch between the screen image and eyeballing the quad was jarring.  i can fly okay (except that i still lose the plot when flying head-on towards myself), so i was really surprised. 





soz, i only just saw this post


my blog is at rcforums; here's the salient post, but there's lots more :



the modding was flashing the board with "silverware" using keil, so as to enable acro (as opposed to level) mode - essentially the auto stabilising becomes redundant and once you move a control, you have to manually push opposite to level it - once you define a direction- that's where you are headed till you make it not so; even in level mode silverware makes the whole conrol sensitivity insanely good and tweakable; and none of those dinky toy transmitters - the multimodule in my taranis gives me the crispness of hall sensor gimbals AND full ability to configure switches / rates / expo


to get some idea, here's notfastenuf's 1s build using 8mm motors, showing what acro mode is about... bear in mind that this little beast is using 65mm propellers on a frame where the motors are ~ 80mm apart




my equipment is listed in the 2nd post on my linked blog - the video quality is crazy good - i can do a lap of the house inside, including up the stairwell, with some ease in level mode - i believe i need some outdoor practice for acro, but it seems more natural fpv than line of sight, as i quicly lose orientation in acro looking at it rather than from it; line of sight in level mode i can fly pretty well comparatively


once you get started, you'll find it hard to resist, and the equipment is stupidly cheap for the abilities

#1201662 What's on your mind?

Posted by scruffy1 on 22 April 2018 - 08:00 PM

i went from 2 sugars in coffee to none quite rapidly, and while i still love sweet things (baclava is great), adding sugar to stuff seems wrong now


did the same with salt


both are very much unnecessary but acquired tastes

#1201497 Sport is not sport. It has not been sport for a few decades, imo.

Posted by scruffy1 on 14 April 2018 - 12:25 AM

Nine will no longer host the cricket after 2020.  Seven has won the rights with a $1.2 Billion bid.


I doubt the tampering scandal has anything to do with it, no doubt the bids were probably finalised some time before that.

What does seem to be a problem though is that the ODIs and T20 won't be on FTA.


free to air is a dead man walking


within the next decade it will only be watched by desperate people who will tolerate advertising content exceeding 50% of air time, and will finally choke itself to death selling even more advertising spots thereaffter, to a completely disinterested non-targeted ausience

#1201447 Thoughts About Dog E-Fence

Posted by scruffy1 on 11 April 2018 - 10:47 PM

Maybe just do a unisex one that goes up the back door.


the doggie door ?

#1201280 Sport is not sport. It has not been sport for a few decades, imo.

Posted by scruffy1 on 03 April 2018 - 11:57 AM

competitions are for people who need to prove their superiority


"competitive" sport is for those who have weird self-esteem issues



playing sport on the other hand, can be awesome... when winning becomes the prime motivation, you're a loser

#1201221 What's on your mind?

Posted by scruffy1 on 31 March 2018 - 02:10 PM

"we're still in shock that doing the wrong thing could have such serious repercussions..."


pity politicians don't get crucified, especially in the spirit of the holiday season

#1201083 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018

Posted by scruffy1 on 26 March 2018 - 02:27 PM

a confirmed errorist