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I replaced my refrigerator's evaporator fan motor, because the old one was intermittently squealing, and I had a feeling it would stop working altogether in the near future.

I should know better than to start a task like that at 9:30pm when I have to get up for work the next day. I finished around 2am. The new motor and fan are working, and are sounding good.

Much of my time is spent looking up information on the internet, to make sure I do it right. Sometimes I find useful information. Sometimes I don't, and decide to bite the bullet and do it the way I think is best. Some of the time was cleaning gunk out of the freezer compartment, while I had all the shelves removed and out of the way. A good bit of the time was deciding how to handle the wire connections, since they were different on the old and new motor.


When I order stuff from Amazon, I often have it delivered to my mom's house, as delivery people are sometimes scared of the dogs at my house. My mom was telling me of a package that had been delivered. She said the return label said it was from Amazon Fulfillment Services. Then she asked me if it was something sexual. LOL. She's fluent in English, but it isn't her native tongue. Maybe she's been wondering that every time I got a package from them, and finally asked.

Today she tried to convince me that people in the South pronounce Augusta (Georgia) with an "N" in front, like "Naugusta" or "Nugusta". I've never heard it spoken that way (unless they are saying "in Augusta"). But she says everyone here pronounces it that way. I'm still dubious. There's a North Augusta on the South Carolina side of the border. Maybe some people refer to North Augusta as Nugusta? But I didn't find any mention of that online.


This weekend, I:

- mowed my lawn
- washed out my garbage bin as had gotten gunky inside. I don't like stinky garbage cans. I took a photo of the bin's number, so that if it happens again, I'll know whether my bin was accidentally switched with the neighbor's or something. (Although it's mainly for curiosity's sake. I wouldn't actually go up to the neighbor and say, "Hey, I think our garbage bins were switched, because mine was clean inside, and this one isn't.")
- did more work on securing the fence against Serena at Qiao's house. This involves a lot of brick moving, and some pounding of stakes. It's about half done.
- cleaned Qiao's shower stall in order to apply tub grip to the floor, and then did the latter.
- watched Dirk Gently
- did some yardwork at Qiao's house
- turned on the heater for the first time this season and let it air out with the windows open.
- replaced fridge evaporator fan
- ordered Culture Club tickets - they are scheduled to play in Augusta in November

Other things I need to do soon:

- look up info on the non-presidential candidates for the upcoming election
- choose a doctor for myself

Dirk Gently

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 11:33 pm
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The first episode of the new Dirk Gently show on BBC America was awesome. Wow.

A lot of blood and people dying, but still wow. I want to see more.

I was a bit disappointed before, when I found out there already was an earlier Dirk Gently series on the BBC, and that this new series was made for the U.S. I wondered if I should watch the other series first. But Qiao taped this episode for me (as I had expressed interest in it), and I'm glad I got to see it.

I read the books a long time ago, but I don't remember any of the plot, so I don't know if this episode was at all based on the book or not.
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Looking at this page, I wondered if donating via them would be easier or better than donating to multiple organizations individually:
Charity Navigator's Giving Basket

One of the benefits listed on the above page is "Competitive processing fee", which links to the following page:
Charity Navigator: Donation Processing Fees

That page says that Charity Navigator uses Network for Good as their "donation vendor", and
"Network for Good charges a 4.75% tax-deductible fee", which "is used to pay banks, credit card companies and other administrative costs."
"using Network for Good can save your favorite charity money because Network for Good's processing fees are relatively low. Many charities have to pay more to credit card companies."

But it seemed to me that 4.75% wasn't an especially low rate.
This page indicates much lower credit card transaction fees for charities:
Best Ways to Donate to Charity
By the way, it also indicates that debit card fees are much lower than credit card fees.
And by the way, this page indicates that for large donations, sending a check can be better than using a credit card:
Should I give to charity by check or credit card?

This page lists the same concerns as I had about the Network for Good fee amount, along with some clarifications/explanations from a NFG representative.
The GiveWell Blog: Network for what now?
This post is a follow-up to the prior one:
Network for Good roundup

The GiveWell site may be a useful resource, in general. Or at least worth looking at.
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It surprised me to read that the creepy clown phenomenon has already spread to Europe and beyond:
'Scary clown' craze prompts UK police warning to fancy dress shops

Attacker in clown mask stabs man in Sweden

Clown With Axe Arrested In Australia: Creepy Clown Scare Spreads Down Under

The first article at least provides an idea as to what may have started the craze:
Meanwhile, the film studio behind an upcoming Stephen King movie, It, has been forced to deny it sparked the craze, which began within weeks of the first published images of the fictional killer clown Pennywise, played by Bill Skarsgård, in the US.

witchy fun

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 10:20 pm
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Video title: Wolfshäger Hexenbrut Walpurgis Wolfshagen im Harz
Posted by: Wolfshäger Hexenbrut
URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjUV-byB8ls

The German song lyrics ("Schüttel dein Speck" - by Peter Fox)
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Back in July I got an email from Netflix indicating that my streaming price would increase to $9.99/month as of August. "When we raised prices for new Netflix members in 2014, we kept your streaming price the same for two years. Your special pricing is now ending..."

But my credit card statements for the next 2 months still showed the old price, so I was hoping that they were keeping me with the old price, $8.63, after all.

But today when I logged into the site in order to update my card expiration date, it popped up a message: Your price has changed. Your new streaming price of $9.99/month means more of the shows and movies you love-like Narcos and Orange Is the New Black.

Then I immediately got a new email that my price had increased.

So, apparently if I hadn't logged in, ie., as long as I wasn't using the service, my price would have remained at the lower rate. Which I suppose is polite of them.
But their above message irks me a bit. "Shows and movies you love".. Narcos? I think not. OITNB? Meh. I watched a few episodes and didn't like it much. I might give it another try someday, or I might not.

And based on this article, Netflix's catalog has shrunk by a whopping 50% in the past few years (since 2012), via [personal profile] andrewducker, I find the statement even more ironic.

Hurricane Matthew

Sunday, October 9th, 2016 03:00 am
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Didn't do much damage in my area, as far inland as we are. Our power flickered and went out for a couple hours during the night (as noted by the electric fans and telephone light turning off and on), but was back on by morning. The recycling bin outside was knocked over, and some rain leaked in under the garage door but didn't go very far in. Those grooves I cut in the concrete have been working very well.

I haven't yet heard from my sister though, who was in Charleston. Unless she evacuated after all. I hope she's ok.
[Update: got a text from her, she is ok.]


This flying insect was gathering nectar from the lantana flowers in the evening, last week. It was flitting too quickly for me to get a clear shot of it. It looked unusual due to its thick torso. From doing an image search, it may be some type of hawk moth?

insect on flowers
insect on flowers
insect on flowers
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cupboard contents

A while back I bought a can of Cuitlacoche, also called "corn mushroom" or less flatteringly, "corn smut". It is considered a delicacy in Mexico, and was expensive - at least $4 or $5 for a small can. I don't recall ever having had it before, and suspected I might not like it, as in general, I don't even like mushrooms. But it being vegan, I figured I should at least try it.

It sat unopened in my cupboard a long time, as it being such a small can, it didn't seem worth the trouble of getting out my saute pan and cooking it.

Remember my trip to Kroger Marketplace, when I found the 89 cent bottle of date/orange/flaxseed/chili spread? (which by the way, makes a chili-bean-like tasting sandwich.) I went back to the same store a couple days later to get a shelf for supporting my keyboard when working standing up. I didn't end up getting the shelf, as it wasn't quite the right size. But this time, the special discount section had a bunch of Cuitlacoche cans, for only 39 cents each! I still didn't know if I'll even like the taste (especially after reading this review), but at least now I could buy enough for a whole panful, to make it seem worth the effort of cooking it.

I also got some other greatly discounted items - vegetarian taco filling, vegetable couscous sauce, and even some switchel drinks. Oh, and even a box of cinnamon raisin Matzo granola.

Man, that place is like a candy store.

Update - 2016/10/09:
I sauteed the cuitlacoche with onion and garlic in peanut oil, and ate it with cornbread and vegan smoked gouda cheese. The cuitlacoche actually tastes all right to me. I'm not sure how to describe it, but it's not at all mushroom-like. It reminds me of some food I've had before, but I can't think what.

beware MoneyGram

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 12:42 am
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I wanted to send some money to my sister, and she suggested MoneyGram as she'd used it before without a problem. She'd used it at a CVS location to send money to someone. I checked the MoneyGram website to see what the fee would be, and it showed $11.50. That sounded reasonable; less than a wire transfer at least. The website also indicated that you could do transfers directly via the website, instead of going in person to one of their locations like CVS. The website also showed that you could do transfers from your bank account as opposed to only from a credit/debit card. Using a credit card would result in extra cash advance fees, which would be bad. It wasn't clear if a debit card would result in such a charge or not, so I wanted to avoid that too.

So this evening, I go to their website again, enter my bank account info, and go to do the transfer. But then it showed the fee as $89.99 - almost 12% of the amount being sent!!!! Their online fee is much higher than their physical location fee. Not only that, but the option for selecting my bank account was disabled with a message "Note: Bank Account is unavailable for U.S. to U.S. sends." Why didn't they say that in the first place, before I entered my bank data!? Their "Learn More" page only says "You can either pay with your credit or debit card, or directly from your bank account" - it doesn't list any such restriction.

So I left the MoneyGram site and instead did a direct transfer via my bank's website, with NO fee at all. (which sort of surprised me, or I would have selected that option to begin with.)
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This was my 3rd time being called in for jury duty, but the first time I was actually picked to sit on a jury. The experience was very interesting.

It was a lawsuit; I was glad it wasn't a criminal case. The trial took 3 days. We went home in the evenings. The first day, we were allowed to leave the courthouse for lunch. The next 2 days, lunch was ordered for us and we weren't allowed out.

I noticed very quickly that the demeanor and style of one of the lawyers appealed to me, and that of the other lawyer was off-putting. I did my best to ignore both feelings, and to pay unbiased attention to the proceedings. The judge seemed laid back and slightly amused, as if he'd been through thousands of similar cases. The lawyers were all obviously trying to do a good job for their clients, and I felt a bit sorry that one side or another would have to lose.

There were 12 jurors and 2 alternates. Of the total, only 2 were men.

We were instructed not to discuss the case with anyone, not even the other jurors, until all the testimony was finished. There was a jury room where we gathered in the mornings, and where we had to go each time the lawyers wanted to discuss/dispute something with the judge during the trial. We'd go into the court room, sit down, listen for a while, then have to get up, go to the jury room to wait, then return to the court room and sit down again. Repeat, repeat, repeat. I didn't count how many times.

At one point, the "cool" lawyer did a nifty thing with his glasses. He had pushed them up on his forehead while shuffling through papers, and then did a quick head movement that snapped the glasses down in place again. I'm not sure if it happened by accident, or if it was a practiced skill.

During the closing arguments, the lawyer who didn't appeal to me made religious references 3 times. First, he picked up the bible which had been used to swear in the witnesses, and talked about some particular moral story in there. I raised my eyebrow at that. Really? Later he mentioned a preacher. At the end, he picked up the bible again, and reminded us of that story again. When the other lawyer gave his rebuttal, he basically said that he didn't care about some story from 2000 years ago (that surprised me too), that we should consider the facts of this case.

I didn't realize it at the time, but a feeling of camaraderie was growing in me in regards to the other jurors and even the court officials. During those many trips to the jury room, as we weren't allowed to discuss the case, the other jurors would chat. One lady especially, told several entertaining stories about her life. When we were finally allowed to debate the case, it was an amicable process, even though voices got loud as opinions were shared. Our decision had to be unanimous, and we eventually came to one.

Back in the courtroom, the foreman handed off our written decision to the judge. The judge flipped through the pages and stared at the last page for a long time. I began to worry that we'd done something wrong; that the judge would declare a mistrial. But he finally handed the sheets to the clerk, who read out the decision, and then it was over.

At the end, I realized that I'd likely never see these people again, and even if I did, I'd probably not recognize them or remember where I knew them from. It made me feel slightly sad. People with whom you've shared a special experience as well as minor hardships. Having to report for duty each day, with the threat of officers coming after you, if you didn't make it there on time. Having to spend time in a small room together. Having to sit quietly in court, paying close attention to everything. Having to tuck* my shirt tail in.

In the hours and days afterward, I wondered if we'd made the right decision. It seemed like we had, based on what was presented to us. But what about the things that hadn't been presented? What about the things we were sent out of the court room, not to hear? The trial being over, I finally did some internet searches to find more information on the case. I found a little, but not much. (Actually, it surprised me that the judge never told us not to do any internet searches before the trial was over - unless he did and I somehow missed it. But I assumed that we shouldn't, and therefore didn't.)

*The first morning, as I was following other potential jurors into the courtroom, a bailiff waved a few guys including me to the side, telling us to tuck our shirt tails in. At first I didn't understand what he had said, but he was also pointing to a sign on the wall which said the same thing. My first reaction was to frown in annoyance, but I went ahead and did it. Maybe the bailiff mistook me for a man, but if the other guys had to do it, it seemed reasonable for me to have to do so as well. Every day after that, I was careful to remember to tuck my shirt in, in the morning. This entailed choosing a shirt which would actually look good tucked in, of which I only have a few. The others are wider and billow at my waist and look ridiculous to me when I tuck them in. But I've just now found this page, which explains the "military tuck" which I'll have to try out.
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In cold/cool weather, when I go for walks or do yardwork or anything else outside, or even just stand around in the cold for a longer period, my ears start to ache. If I don't cover them, it turns into moderate to strong pain. This happens even when it isn't very cold - I'd estimate it starts around 60 degrees and below, but it also depends on the amount of wind. Once I go back inside to someplace warm, the aching slowly subsides for around 15 minutes, and then I feel better.

To avoid all this, since my college years at least, I've worn ear muffs, or in recent years, a headband with ear muff material sewn to it on the sides. I used to feel self-conscious, wearing turquoise ear muffs when the weather was in the 60s or 50s and the sun was shining. But the headband I wear nowadays is brown, matching my hair color, and I'm no longer self conscious about it. If I don't have my headband, putting a small rolled up ball of tissue into each ear helps somewhat, though that is uncomfortable for other reasons.

No one else I know appears to experience this condition. But now I found a forum thread with several other people who have the same or similar issues!

Ear pain when running with cool wind

When I was a small child, I had tubes put in my ears. They never fell out on their own later like they were supposed to, so I had some minor procedure to remove them (which might have been simply putting wax-dissolving solution in my ear? I don't recall the details).

On airplane flights, during ascent and descent, pressure builds up in my ears and becomes painful. I have to close my nostrils and blow, to equalize the pressure. I think this is more common, as my family members were the ones who taught me to do the blowing thing, and they always did it too.

So I've always suspected the issue with cold weather was due to my eustachian tubes not functioning normally, or being narrower than usual.

3 whole hours

Saturday, October 1st, 2016 03:12 am
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There's a Kroger Marketplace on my way home from work, which opened a few months ago. It's like other Kroger grocery stores, except larger, with a small clothing section too. I haven't yet memorized the store layout, so still have to hunt through the aisles looking for things. The health/natural/vegetarian items aren't grouped conveniently together as they are in some of the other stores.

I pushed my cart along slowly, dazedly. Gazing at the goods on the shelves, hoping to find some special treats in addition to the few items on my shopping list.

Eventually, I reached the corner with Halloween merchandise. Inquisitively pressed "Try Me" buttons. An old-style rotary phone, which when you turn the dial, starts ringing and glowing red. When the receiver is lifted, it plays a spooky message - a different message for each number dialed.

I almost bought a cheap headpiece with long lacy tubes with LED lights inside, but then saw it had feathers.

There were Halloween lights that made a spooky electric zinging crackling sound.
There were skulls that glowed and emitted eerie laughter.
There were battery-driven strands of 15 LEDs in orange and purple, that per the packaging "lasts over 120 hours!" I got one of each color, to put on my gate on All Hallow's Eve.

I bought candy to give out, thinking of the lady who mentioned being disappointed the one year I didn't.

In the peanut butter aisle, there was an interesting looking spread made from ground flax seeds, orange juice, and dates. The ingredients included chili pepper, which I knew might be too hot for me and not taste good, but I was still curious to try it. Then I saw that the price was $9.99, and decided NOT.

But later in another area, while digging through the shelves with special discount/marked-down items, I found a single jar of the same product, for only $0.89! Sudden glee. Hunter/gathering at its best! The expiration date on the bottle wasn't even until mid 2017. I found several other marked-down goodies in that section too.

Left the store feeling accomplished, in spite of having been in there way too long.
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Yesterday while trying to get my LJ login to persist, I accidentally deleted all cookies. And now today it was Dreamwidth that kept logging me out! Even though I didn't change my Dreamwidth exception, which was working before.

Obviously I didn't completely understand how the cookie exceptions work, so I read up on them, and did some more testing.

Cookie settings - from http://blog.teamtreehouse.com/how-to-create-totally-secure-cookies :

Path: The default value of “/” means every request will get the cookie, while “/forums/” would limit the cookie to just that path.

Domain: Setting “www.example.com” will mean only the exact domain “www.example.com” will be matched, while “.example.com” will also match again any subdomain (forums.example.com, blog.example.com).

Secure: tells the browser (or other http clients) to only send the cookie over SSL connections.

HttpOnly: tells the browser that it should not allow JavaScript to access the contents of the cookie. This is primarily a defense against cross site scripting.

(so apparently "HttpOnly" has nothing to do with HTTP vs HTTPS, but "Secure" does.)

The DW cookies have Path = "/", Domain = ".dreamwidth.org", HttpOnly = true, Send for = "any type of connection" (which must mean Secure=false). So the cookies are sent from the browser to the DW server when any DW page on any subdomain is opened, and for both http and https.

But the Exceptions are what control how long the cookies are stored.

Based on the following pages, you don't have to enter subdomains (and you shouldn't use wildcards) in the URLs for Exceptions - all subdomains are included by default. Ie. "yahoo.com" includes "mail.yahoo.com".

Based on my testing, HTTP and HTTPS exceptions are mutually exclusive. Adding an "http://" exception will only work on pages using HTTP. Adding an "https://" exception will only work on pages using HTTPS. So if you've set your cookies to be deleted when closing the browser, but you want your "ljloggedin" cookie to persist whether you've logging in from an HTTP *or* an HTTPS dreamwidth page, you need to have "Allow" exceptions for both "http://dreamwidth.org" and "https://dreamwidth.org". Whereas if you are careful to only login from the HTTPS pages, you should only need the latter.
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I'm reading Terra Aluvis, volume 2 (pre-release), in German.

In a couple of places, it uses "seine" to refer to "das Mädchen". For example, "Das Mädchen blickte auf seine Hände". (And she's looking at her own hand, not someone else's). That sounds totally wrong to me. "Seine" is what you use for males. But "ihre" is what you use for females. Even if Mädchen is a neuter word as indicated by the "Das", "seine" still sounds totally wrong for it.

So I looked it up.
heisst es "das Mädchen und sein Bruder" oder "das Mädchen und ihr Bruder"

Based on the answers, "seine" is grammatically correct. But several of the replies (and they sound like native German speakers) reflect my own gut feeling, that it should be "ihr", ganz klar, NATÜRLICH.

And now I realize that German doesn't have a separate pronoun for "its". The same word "sein" is used for both "his" and "its". Yet I generally translate it as "his". So "Das Mädchen blickte auf seine Hände" sounds to me not like "The girl looked at its hands" (which is bad enough), but rather "The girl looked at his hands" which makes no sense, unless I imagine her as a gender-bending girl.


Another thing that has confused me is the use of Ihr/Euch/Eurer for 2nd person singular pronouns. Normally you use "Du" for friends/family, or "Sie" for strangers/politeness/formal situations. Ihr/Euch is the informal 2nd person plural, not singular. But in the book some of the characters are royalty or nobility, so this usage seems to correspond to the English royal we/majestic plural. Looking at the book again, now I see that it is always capitalized in the royal sense, but lower case in the 2nd person plural sense.

erbarmen - to arouse someone's pity; to take pity on; to have mercy on.

Erbarmen - mercy/pity

erbarmenswert - pitiable, wretched, pitiful

erbarmungslos - pitiless, merciless

erbarmungsvoll - compassionate, full of pity

erbärmlich - pitiful, wretched, terrible

Erbärmlichkeit - wretchedness, misery, awfulness, terribleness

barmherzig - compassionate

Barmherzigkeit - compassion, mercy


leiden - to suffer

Leiden - suffering, tribulation

Leidenschaft - passion

leidenschaftlich - passionate

leidenschaftslos - dispassionate

Leid - sorrow, grief; misfortune, harm.

leid tun - to be sorry

leidlich - reasonable, fair; more or less, so-so.


hervorragend, herausragend - outstanding

sagenhaft - incredible

zaghaft - timid


Umgehung (accent on 2nd syllable) - avoidance, circumvention, bypass

umgehen (transitive verb)(accent on 2nd syllable) - to avoid.

umgehen (intransitive verb)(accent on 1st syllable) - to walk around; to treat/handle something; ...

umgehend (accent on 1st syllable) - immediate; immediately. Etymology explained here
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I'm configuring my "new" laptop. 13 months after getting it, I've finally moved my files over to it, and started using it as my main computer. I realized I might never finish doing all those other things I wanted to do before moving the files, so finally just went ahead and did the move.

Now, I kept being logged out of LiveJournal, even though I was selecting the checkbox to stay logged in.

My Firefox configuration is set to delete cookies when I close the browser, but I had added an exception for http://livejournal.com. I added another exception for http://www.livejournal.com, but still kept being logged out. Looking at the cookies after logging in showed that they were still set to expire at the end of the session.

Finally, I tried adding an exception for https://livejournal.com. That did the trick. So even though the LiveJournal login page shows "http" in the URL bar, it must be using https behind the scenes.

I didn't have the same trouble with Dreamwidth, as I had added its exception using "https" to begin with, thinking that the Dreamwidth pages used https by default. But now I see that the Dreamwidth pages show "http" in the URL bar too. I must have configured my old laptop to redirect to https for Dreamwidth. Still need to do that here.

I don't see anything on Firefox's Cookies page to indicate whether a cookie was added via HTTP vs HTTPS. I wonder if there is any way to know which version of the URL you need to add as an exception, other than trial and error.
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Sunday evening I pulled out my old Sanyo clock radio/cassette player (model M1950F - like the one in this video except for my AM/FM switch being on the side instead of on the back). The LCD clock display was blank. The button battery had gone bad, leaked, and corroded the battery terminal. I hope to clean it up and get it working again. It - how does one say? - holds memories.

Monday evening after getting home, I found that the cable modem was dead. A couple months ago, while researching my slow internet speed, I had disconnected the coax cable from the UPS and connected the modem directly to the wall-plug. That didn't make a difference, but the speed issues eventually went away, and I forgot about the cable. There was a storm Monday, and a lightning strike must have caused a surge through the coax. All the power cords were plugged into the UPS, and the UPS was even turned off, so the surge couldn't have come in that way.

Luckily, I had already bought a replacement modem when I was having the other issues. So I hooked it up, and called my ISP to activate it. But its internet connection didn't work. Later I found out there was an outage in the area, likely from the same lightning strike.

Tuesday evening, I tried the modem again. The outage had been fixed, and the modem worked, including the internet. But when I hooked it up to the router, the router's internet didn't work. The router must have been damaged too, even though it was still partially working.

Wednesday, Qiao bought a new router and hooked it up. Then we discovered that the printer wouldn't even turn on. It had been connected by an ethernet cable to the router.

So the surge must have come in through the coax into the modem, out through the ethernet cable from the modem to the router, out through the ethernet cable from the router to the printer, and damaged all 3 of them.

Moral of the story: Always keep *all* the cables protected, not only the power cords.

Also this week, my work laptop's battery, which had been "nearing the end of its usable life", finally reached the end.
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Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data - a government site. It has spreadsheets which let you compare the amounts that hospitals charged for various procedures.

I downloaded the inpatient & outpatient spreadsheets, and used the Excel filter options to show data for 3 hospitals in my area - Palmetto Richland, Palmetto Baptist, and Providence.

The inpatient data is surprising to me. In nearly all cases where there is data for all 3 hospitals, Providence shows the lowest charges (Average Covered Charges - this is the amount an uninsured person would have to pay). Their charges are generally way less; in many cases less than half that charged by the other hospitals.

The outpatient data shows more variance - in some cases, Providence has higher charges (Average Estimated Submitted Charges), in some cases lower.

As for hospital ratings/quality of care, these pages provide some comparisons:
Medicare Hospital Compare
LeapFrogGroup Hospital Ratings

In general, Providence has good ratings, though in some cases, Palmetto Richland has better ratings.

I wonder why Providence is able to have lower inpatient charges. Palmetto Richland is the largest one, by number of beds. Maybe fewer uninsured people use Providence, compared to the others? Based on the below articles, that doesn't sound like the case, although it could change as the hospital was just sold this year (which I hadn't heard about til now).

Providence to be sold to for-profit hospital company
Providence will maintain its ties to the Catholic church through the bishop in Charleston and uphold church ethics and religious directives, including its ban on abortions, said Sister Judith Ann Karam, a congregational leader.

Trends, finances drove Providence Hospital sale

creeping clowns

Thursday, September 1st, 2016 10:34 pm
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This is the weirdest news story I've heard in quite a while.

Investigation continues in multi-county clown sightings

Multiple law enforcement agencies are investigating a rash of incidents involving clown sightings at apartment complexes and other areas of Greenville and Spartanburg counties. ...

According to an officer speaking on the news clip on that page (@ 3:40), there's even a state law that prohibits people over the age of 16 from dressing in clown outfits. "We will charge you. We really don't want to, but we will... We want to encourage people who may be inclined to dress in clown outfits not to do it." ...
"The clowning around needs to stop. It's illegal. It's dangerous. It's inappropriate."

At 9:25 he mentions it might be related to a movie release (what movie?).
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This is the LJ link for editing entries:

I need to use that page occasionally, as edit links no longer show up for me by my LJ entries on the regular pages. It's probably due to my journal style being old or no longer supported, but it doesn't bother me enough to make me want to change the style because of it. Dreamwidth, where I post and edit most of my entries, doesn't have the problem. But due to spambots posting a lot of spam on some of the older entries on LiveJournal, I've been having to edit them to lock or disable the comments.