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My search bar, which is usually to the right of the URL bar, disappeared. Yet it still displayed for my other Firefox profiles.

When hovering the pointer over the right edge of the URL bar, it changed to a resize icon, but it didn't let me resize the URL bar smaller (in case it had overlayed the search bar somehow).

In the Customize window, the Search bar still displayed to the right of the URL bar, like normal.

I disabled one of my add-ons which is related to the search bar, but that didn't make a difference.

When I restarted in Safe mode with all add-ons disabled, the Search bar displayed like normal.

After restarting again in normal mode, I disabled my add-ons a few at a time. Eventually the Search bar displayed again, but I wasn't sure which add-on it had been. So then I re-enabled my add-ons a few at a time. The Search bar kept displaying, even after all of them had been re-enabled.

It's possible that when one of the add-ons updated to a new version, it somehow caused the problem. And that disabling/re-enabling the add-on fixed the problem, as doing that may cause the add-on to execute some re-initialization logic, depending on how it is coded.

Update - 2017/10/14:
Today my NoScript toolbar button has disappeared. And I recall this happening with NoScript once before in the last few weeks. So apparently the problem with things disappearing isn't limited to the Search bar.
I restarted with add-ons disabled, then restarted with add-ons enabled, and now the NoScript button is back.
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Struggled with washing machine. Finally got clothes successfully rinsed and spun dry around 2:15am. Hung them up to dry. Decided I need to buy a new washing machine. Went to bed at 2:30am. Had a hard time falling asleep, even though I had been very tired around midnight.

I set my alarm for 9am, but woke up before 8 and couldn't fall back asleep. Got up, washed, dressed.
Dialed in to 2 Skype meetings for work, then drove to work. Uneventful day at the office.
Around 4:30pm, Qiao called to say the dogs had both gotten out of the yard, and he was walking around looking, but couldn't find them. That was unusual, because all the other times they've gotten out, we've found them right away.
So I left work early to help him look. As I was driving up his driveway, Zorro came ambling out of the bushes from the neighbor's yard. Shortly thereafter, Serena was found a few houses away - a kind neighbor had found them both sitting in the street, but had only managed to coax Serena into her yard, for safety.

Then I found the spot were Serena had dug out under the fence, and reinforced it. (Even though there are still many other spots that need reinforcing, which will require at least a couple more boxes of 12" metal stakes (and hopefully not more fine-mesh fencing too)).

Then I found out that Zorro had gotten herself all muddy. So we drove them to my house so I could give them both a "bath" (with hose and bucket of soapy water) quickly before it got dark.

Now it's 8pm, and I shall do 2 more hours of work from home, to make up for leaving work early.


Monday, October 9th, 2017 12:20 am
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Dammit. I need to go to bed. I want to go to bed. I might've could've gotten to bed on time tonight. But NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. The ***** washing machine is acting up again and holding my soapy wet clothes hostage. Grrr.

Note to self: Never use the Heavy Soil cycle again. It often gives me problems.

And while I'm ranting anyway.

What is it with people who have these long boring-sounding telephone conversations while sitting on the toilet in one of the stalls in the bathroom at work?

And what is it with people who don't turn off or silence their cellphones in a movie theater, with the reasoning, "Noone is going to call me." And yet someone else just called them. "They're the only person who would call me, and I told them I'm at the movies. So they won't call again." Oh, really, you're sure about that? I know that person, and I'm not sure that they won't call again. I suppose you never get calls from people who dialed the wrong number, either? No one ever calls you in the evening, really? Why can't you follow the simple courteous rule of silencing your phone? Why should I have to be slightly anxious, worrying that your phone is going to ring after the movie starts? Because you're one of THOSE PEOPLE who are too rude and inconsiderate and selfish to turn off their phones. Because you're too **** lazy to press a **** little button on your phone!

And it's not reasonable to be handled a 32 oz drink when you order a "small"!!! 32 oz is not small.

And ouch **** I just **** hurt my **** hands hitting the **** washer. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
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I've been having weird nerve problems for a while. The thigh problems started about 2 years ago, and abated about half a year ago.

I had wondered if I might be deficient in some nutrient, possibly B12. But I take B12 supplements, and typical symptoms of deficiency include nerve problems in the extremities, not the thighs.

Since then, though, I've also started having nerve problems in my feet. My toes start to feel tingly, half-asleep. Sometimes it feels like there's a swollen bump in the center of my foot when I walk, even though when I inspect my foot, it's perfectly normal. I am very sensitive to my shoe laces being too tight, even when I tie them as loosely as possible.

So I've gotten more worried. I finally got some blood tests and a urinary MMA test done. Now I am waiting for the results. Once I get them, if they show any problems, I suppose I'll go to a doctor.

I've been reading several interesting things in relation to B12 and other deficiencies. But all the information available is quite confusing. Even if I'm deficient, I'm not sure that simply getting high dose B12 will fix it. Apparently, there are interactions/dependencies on other nutrients. The other B vitamins, vitamin D, folate, etc etc. If you take the wrong things, it may make the problem worse instead of better.

There are genetic polymorphisms that affect things. Based on my 23andme results, I am double heterozygous for the MTHFR gene (I love that name, even though I now call it the wrong thing in my head). It's a common mutation. 23andme doesn't think it is significant. But it makes sense... maybe for a typical person, those polymorphisms wouldn't make much difference, but for a vegan it might.

From what I read, with those MTHFR polymorphisms, your B12 blood level may be high, even if you're deficient. That's why it's good to get the urine MMA test too.

But I dunno. It's complex and confusing.

There are different forms of B12 supplements - cyanocobalamin and methylcobalamin are the most common. Some pages say the latter may be better for people who can't break down the 1st one. But other pages contradict that, saying that both forms have to be broken down the same way. That document mentions another polymorphism, MMACHC, which affects things.

Some more interesting things:
Nitrous oxide can worsen B12 deficiency - good to know if you're planning to have surgery
Birth control can significantly decrease B12 levels
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Our little dog is apparently able to climb chain-link fences again. Sometimes even in the flat sections, not only at the corners which I already blocked off. With my own eyes, I've only seen her climb half-way up the fence like that, but she's gotten out of the yard several times without there being any holes dug, and that seems to be the only answer. Unless she's climbing trees and jumping ::eyeroll::

So I embarked on an endeavor, attaching 2-foot tall sections of 1/2" mesh fencing onto the entire length of the chain-link fence, in the hopes that she won't be able to get her paws though the smaller mesh, and therefore won't be able to climb it anymore. It's probably not enough to keep our big dog from climbing or jumping, but so far the big one has only gotten out 2 times, and only together with the small one. So if the small one doesn't get out, I think the big one won't have any desire to do so. Hopefully.

But before I could even finish that project, she's started digging a lot again. So I have to reinforce the bottom of the chain-link fence more, too.

That's at Qiao's place. My place is a whole 'nother project, cuz she's gotten out of my yard twice too, lately, apparently by climbing as well.

It's enough to make one despair. But so far, I've been an almost bottomless pit of optimism. Along with some hysterical laughter, yesterday, over the image of this cute little dog staring at me with her head turned slightly to the side, silently saying "aren't I wonderful?". And over the thought of how all the many metal stakes, bricks, and rolls of mesh fencing (it seems like tons) we have deployed so far, all because of this little 20 pound dog.

Korean numbers

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 11:37 pm
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Counting Numbers in Korean - there are 2 different sets of number words, used for counting different things. That explains why the numbers we learned in TaeKwonDo class don't always match the Korean numbers I hear in other contexts.

HPMOR chapter 93

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 09:33 pm
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I got teary-eyed from what I read today. It wasn't even at the sad part; it was during the reading of the letters and the giving of an apology... In the same places as where Harry was beginning to feel like crying.

While reading the ostensibly sad part last Friday, I felt at first dread, then dismay, then uncertainty. I'm still uncertain. Because in movies and such, they almost always come back.

I'm still uncertain about the defense professor, too.

Dang, what a good book.

A month or 2 or 3 ago, I realized that even though the book is nearly 2000 pages long and it seemed like it would last me forever, I had reached over half-way through. Which meant that someday it would really come to an end. :(

HPMOR chapter 87

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 11:44 pm
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Today's outburst of reading laughter was brought to me by this passage:

"That is not okay! You can’t do science with two people at once!"
"I mean, you can’t do science with two different people and not tell them about each other!"


(which of course won't make much sense unless you've read the 86 chapters before that part.)

And then I reflected that I could relate a lot more to that statement taken literally, than to that for which it might be interpreted as a metaphor.

dream quote

Saturday, September 16th, 2017 12:49 am
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I wrote down the following, after waking from a dream. It was something I had been thinking (or maybe telling someone) in the dream. I remember that at the time, after waking up, it only made half-sense, though in the dream it had seemed very significant and true, in a sad way. Now it makes even less sense.

"I feel like I'm living life from the outside in." (like I don't really have a life of my own.. just ~pretending/reacting...

blood tests

Saturday, September 16th, 2017 12:34 am
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So which is true?

How To Order Your Own Blood Tests : You do not need a doctor to order blood tests for you. Several Internet companies offer routine blood tests that you can order yourself.

Genova Diagnostics : Only healthcare providers licensed in their state may order laboratory testing.

Quest Diagnostics : Because of regulations in every state except Arizona, patients must have their doctor request lab tests. To get tested, you’ll need to contact your doctor and find out your options for getting a lab order through him or her.

LifeExtension.com : Life Extension/National Diagnostics, Inc. contracts with physicians who will order your tests, but will not diagnose or treat you. It is highly recommended that you show your physician or healthcare professional your blood test results.

I suppose that last one explains it. But how can I know if the results I would get from ordering a test myself from those online companies would be as reliable as the results if I had a doctor to order it for me?

Odd Squad

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 09:36 pm
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This PBS kid's show is entertaining and quite funny in some parts: Odd Squad

That website is good too; you can watch the episodes there, and it has other special features. Awww man, it even has a downloadable 2017 puppy calendar.


Monday, September 11th, 2017 11:41 pm
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After Hurricane Harvey, I saw this funny video on Facebook of a dinosaur crossing a street:

Today on the news, they showed a clip of what looked like the same dinosaur sweeping the street in Beaufort, SC after Irma passed through!

So I did some searches, and found all the following. What is going on with all the dinosaurs? Did I miss something?? Are people dressing up as dinosaurs this year, instead of clowns?

http://www.islandpacket.com/sports/golf/rbc-heritage-tournament/article144830739.html (2017/04/15)

http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2017/04/17/mom-wears-dinosaur-costume/ (2017/04/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/nicole-wells-dinosaur-costume-scares-horses-palmetto-carriage-works/ (2017/05/19)

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/348646-protesters-wear-dinosaur-costumes-outside-the-white-house (2017/08/30)

https://www.yahoo.com/style/awesome-mom-wears-dinosaur-costume-send-daughter-off-kindergarten-203840661.html (2017/09/08)
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Apparently shelf-stable / tetrapak-style cartons are now recyclable here too.



And now even greasy pizza boxes are ok, too! "Greasy boxes are ok. Please no food waste."

And apparently plastic bottle caps should be discarded in the trash. That's what I originally thought, but later on I read conflicting info which made me think it was ok as long as they were screwed onto the bottle.
But ok, I need to remember: no bottle caps, no more.

But... what about wide-mouthed plastic jars with the big plastic caps? I can't find that mentioned in the above waste wizard. Are plastic jars considered plastic bottles? And are plastic jar caps considered the same as plastic bottle caps? Surely not.

For some reason, the Richland County Solid Waste and Recycling page is giving a 404 error at present:

I wish it was working so I could check if all the above is really true for Richland County's recycling program too, and not only the city's.

snap buttons

Saturday, September 9th, 2017 02:04 pm
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If your snap buttons on an item of clothing open too easily, you may be able to make them tighter by using a small screwdriver, or better yet, something with a sharp metal point, to bend some of the tines slightly inwards. The tines make up a circle of metal, into which the side of the button with the protrusion is pushed into.

There are different kinds of snap buttons.

Based on the ones listed on the above web page, the kind I'm referring to above is the "prong" type, which has a circle of metal tines. This kind is generally small and found on shirts.

There's another kind of snap button, the "S spring" type, where the protrusion side of the button is pushed into a hole which has 2 parallel wires on the sides to provide the tension (both of which are a single piece of thin wire, bent and positioned inside of the hole).

Pants and jackets generally have larger snap buttons of the "Ring spring" type, which use a single piece of thick wire shaped into a circle, to provide the tension. The circle of wire expands slightly outward against the containing round frame of the button, when the other side of the button is pushed in. That kind of button doesn't usually have a problem with becoming looser over time.


Thursday, September 7th, 2017 08:22 am
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I woke up, sitting in my chair at work with my head leaning back. I had fallen asleep at work! It was now the middle of the night... when I saw a clock, it showed 4am.

I got up and started walking, to wake myself up. I walked into the next building where I don't normally go, and promptly got lost. I was surprised that there were still a lot of other people around, still working at that hour.

I saw sunlight starting to brighten the curtains on the east side of the building, and walked over there to look at the sunrise. When I looked out the window, I saw the ocean and a beach down below! I exclaimed something in surprise, and another guy nearby said something like yeah, the company put that there for employees. I said I had never seen it before, and looked back outside again. It looked like the real ocean, with waves, but it only extended out for a short distance and ended.

I found my way back to my cube and was preparing to leave, when I heard/saw another co-worker just leaving, locking the door behind them. I worried for a moment that he was locking me in, but then I remembered that I had a key - hopefully it worked from the inside too, to unlock the door.
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It shouldn't take me two hours to decide how to reply to someone who sends me a short but pleasant friends request on a social media site that I really don't use anymore, and which I never really used much. But from which I don't want to remove my account, because memories and past friendships and familiar names.

... life is just a giddy-up, a go-go..

I have a version of this 1983 song from an Italian Dance hits CD. My MP3 player played it a few days ago, and the refrain keeps popping up in my head (an earworm, but not a bad one).

Video title: Ad Visser & Daniel Sahuleka - Giddyap A Gogo
Posted by: ronderw
URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyQsyzHE-sA
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Rhiannon Giddens - Wayfaring Stranger

The above song sounds VERY familiar to me. It triggered a memory of a different voice singing it, in a slightly different way. But the song title is not present in my music collection, unless I taped it from the radio on one of my as yet uncatalogued audio cassettes.

I checked a list of other artists who have covered the song, and when I saw Dolly Parton's name, I thought "oh YES, that's the voice I was thinking of." But the only solo song I have by Dolly Parton is this one:
Dolly Parton - Little Sparrow

Both of those songs sound very similar to me. So that must be the song I was remembering.

Dolly Parton has sung Wayfaring Stranger, too. The beginning of it has the same sound as the above two, but once past 30 seconds in, it sounds very different. So this is NOT the song I was remembering.
Dolly Parton - Wayfaring Stranger

Audra May has sung a cover of Little Sparrow, which is also very good:
Audra Mae - Little Sparrow
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I changed my browser homepage (which is a self-coded HTML file) to have this background color: #ff0080. I'd describe it as fluorescent reddish pink. It's so beautiful, especially with my links in contrasting yellow, and a browser theme in a complementary color. Having nearly the whole screen be that color has much more of a visual impact, compared to this small paragraph.


I discovered that it is much easier to pull out small tree saplings using a pair of pliers, rather than only my gloved hands. But my hands got the same achy, because instead of pulling out all the easy ones like last time, I was pulling out harder ones.

With bigger pliers, maybe I could even pull out some of the ones with bigger trunks/roots... say up to nickel-sized? Maybe there's even a special tool for that.

I spend so much of my free time doing yard work, and it feels very pointless. Other than the work it requires, it's nice to have a yard and trees and flowers, etc. But if I didn't have dogs, I'd seriously reconsider living in a place where I have to take care of a yard.


Little Secrets : dark chocolate candies with a sugar-shell coating. Yummy like M&M's, which I haven't had since becoming vegan. I hadn't remembered how nice it is to feel the crispy crunch of a thin sugar shell between my teeth. The packaging doesn't mention it, but the sea salted peanut, classic dark, and raspberry flavors seem to be vegan based on the ingredients. Some of the others include milk. Ahh.. their FAQ says they don't label them as vegan because the sugar was produced with a non-vegan refining process (ie., bone char filtered).

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I'll have to try this:

How to stop stumps from growing back, organically! - drill holes in the stump and apply epsom salts, and replenish the salt every week or so.

Another idea - after doing the above, cover the stumps with black plastic / garbage bag and weight it down with bricks, to both block sunlight, and to keep the salts from being washed away by rain.

How To Use Epsom Salt For Stump Removal - this page says to put a little bit of water in the holes with the epsom salt.

How to Mix Epsom Salts to Kill Stumps - this page says to use a one-inch extra long drill bit... Oh, that must be a spade bit.


Sunday, August 27th, 2017 11:19 pm
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I noticed that one of my quarters has an image of Frederick Douglass on the back. It's a 2017 quarter, and I hadn't seen this design before. It used to be news when new currency designs came out; now it seems to happen without any fanfare at all. (Although, as I'm not able to keep up with the news, maybe it's just me.)

Curiously, the Frederick Douglass design isn't part of a series of important American people, but rather "America the Beautiful" - national parks and sites. This series has been going on since 2010, with 5 new designs each year. I have seen some of the others, but hadn't realized there were so many different designs.