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As my significant other is listening the teachings of Rodrigo Pessoa, I was forced to find myself a place to hang out for a couple of hours in Järvenpää, Finland.

So I took my laptop and walked into a cafeteria called 'Kulmakonditoria'. Plenty of space, power outlets near the windows and a selection of pastries will keep me entertained.


 
The trailer of 'The Joker' -movie looks awesome. I just hope that the final movie doesn't suffer the same fate as the 'Suicide Squad' did, where the dark atmosphere of the first trailer changed into something much more bland and boring.



YouTube: Suicide Squad - Official Trailer 1 [HD] (Warner Bros. Pictures)



 

PSA concerning my health


I have been suffering from intermittent back pain for the past five years. As I was unable to improve the situation by myself -via stretching or exercising- I sought out a physiotherapist in July.

As fate would have it, in the late August my back 'gave in' big time and I suffered a major lumbar disc prolapse between L5/S1. The prolapse pressed against the sciatic nerve, causing a good deal of pain and discomfort. That also caused some numbness and strength loss to my right leg and foot. All the above was confirmed as I was MRI-scanned and the scan also revealed the degenerative disc disease on the discs between L4/L5 and L5/S1.

I continued seeing the physical therapists and exercising as instructed from September to mid-December and my situation seem to steadily improve: most of the pain was gone, I could walk moderate distances and I also was able to work part-time.

Until mid-December.

I'm not certain what happened, but something clearly did. Within a week all the pain came back. And more. I know it's hard to describe the amount of pain one experiences, but if earlier in the fall the most pain I felt was a number '10', this time it was a number '100'.

Within two weeks I went from 'pain medication maybe once a week' to the following daily doses:
- 2700mg of gabapentin
- 175mg of tramadol
- 1625mg of paracetamol
- 2400mg of ibuprofen

Even with all that medication I was just barely able to function. I could stand up or walk (limp) around half a minute before the pain started to get too intense. When took a shower, I had to go down on all fours as standing was impossible. Fortunately as I had MRI done already in September, the doctors had quite recent images to help them to assess my situation.

I was admitted to hospital and had surgery 16th of January 2019. Everything went well and I was discharged the next day. Now -after a week- I'm hopefully optimistic. The odds for my operation were good and it seems the surgery removed all the pain. There is naturally some tenderness after having your back opened (and I think they even had to chip off some bone while they were at it). Currently I don't need much pain medication, except some paracetamol. Also, as one should not 'go cold turkey' on gabapentin, I'm ramping those down slowly too.

Despite the fact that degenerative disc disease never goes away, I hope that I'm able to nurture my back to 'full health' via exercise and physical therapy.

I might also try witchcraft, if necessary.

TL;DR: My back broke. M back broke some more. Surgeons did their thing. No more tears at the moment.
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The pleasures of a middle-aged man


I've always enjoyed playing with different kind of devices. Computers, cameras, oscilloscopes, synthesizers, even with the more mechanical sorts like small 2-stroke engines. But the latest acquisition in our household to give me the warm and fuzzy feeling is: a vacuum cleaner.

Yes, a vacuum cleaner. Why? Because it's so quiet!

We had contemplated buying a new vacuum cleaner for over an year. The main criteria was the noise -or the lack of- which it generates. And finally we stopped contemplating and just bought the damn thing. The model in question is Electrolux EUS87SB; the model seems to be quite specific to the scandinavian region, as I'm unable to find any english language website(s) for it.

Even the price tag of 299 euros doesn't prevent me from smiling every time I (sort of) hear the vacuum.

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Thumbs up to Tikkasec


Few days ago I was pleasantly surprised as I got a call from Tikkasec Oy reminding me, that the myGDPR service subscription (by citrus.fi) would renew automatically if it wasn't explicitly discontinued 30 days before the new service period. We at Kaaos Unlimited Oy subscribed to the service as it was included in the GDPR-workshop and training provided by Tikkasec in the first months of 2018. But times have changed and we no longer need it.

Personally I think that including an 'subscription renews automatically every year UNLESS you remember to discontinue it a month beforehand' -clause in service agreement(s) is a dick move. Therefore a big hand to Tikkasec who took a note of this and proactively reminded us.

#gdpr #tikkasec #kaaosunlimited
Tietosuojan ja tietoturvan kehittämispalvelut


 
Made it to Malaga last night. After a good(?) night of sleep, it's time to scout out some breakfast at 12 o'clock.


 
First vacation in almost 5 years starts now. Trying to be idle for the next 7 days in Malaga.




 
One chapter closes as Artist Recruiting System was finally retired yesterday. My personal involvement started in late 2010 as a outsourced SW-developer. In May 2013 we at Kaaos Unlimited Oy acquired the whole product/service and ran it until now.
#artist #kaaosunlimited

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A 5 min power outage fried an UPS and caused filesystem issues on one of our glusterfs-nodes.

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The amount of 'things enabled by default' after installing httpd24-httpd and rh-php71 makes me uneasy, just because I don't know enough.

I have played with an idea to encapsulate Friendica installation to a LXC/LXD -container. Will have to wait and see...