Saturday, March 23, 2013

Handy Excuse

You may have noticed that the number of posts here have dwindled down to almost nothing. The reason for this is not a lack of interest in providing entertaining distractions, but one medical in nature.

For years, I've experienced a numbness in my hands after long periods of repetitive use -- driving, typing, turing the pages in a magazine, etc. I've always assumed it was a carpal tunnel problem, and no surprise, it turns out I was right. It had never interfered with work before, so I learned to live with it. then, starting last December, excruciating pain began to accompany the numbness, and the onset of both began to occur more and more quickly. Now, I can manage about an hour of typing before I need to take a break of at least a couple of hours. Using scissors or an x-acto knife usually allows me two hours of productivity before I have to quit for a few ours, if not the entire day.

On the plus side, I'm working with my doctor to get this corrected, and it looks like it will be through outpatient surgery. Of course, since there are a number of specialists I need to go through to get to that surgery, it could be a few months before that surgery happens.

In the meantime, because my productivity is so diminished, I'm trying to put the bulk of my efforts into work that generates income. That isn't to say I'll be abandoning my blog. I still have Robert Pope's question to answer this month, the long promised annotated Xombi to finish (I'm half way through, but don't want to post any of it until all the work is done) and some other things. In the meantime, I have some long overdue posts that are mostly visual in nature that I'll put up here periodically.

I don't need any sympathy, just patience. This is more inconvenient for me than debilitating, and I'm still trying to navigate working around the problem while waiting for it to be corrected, but I'm still moving forward on a variety of projects -- just at a slower pace than usual.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Monday, March 04, 2013

Ask Me Anything #28

It's the first Monday of the month and time for "Ask Me Anything."  I'll field any questions and try and answer them throughout the month.

Questions can be about anything at all; my work, my influences, my opinions, my favorites, least favorites, stuff I've watched, read, looked at, eaten, or listened to, or anything else you might want to know, and that I might have an answer for. Head down to the comment section and post your question. I'll either post my answer in the comment section as well, or answer it in a special post all its own sometime later in the month.

Please take the time to view the previous questions so that we don't wind up with a lot of repetition. I've been asked a lot of good, thought provoking questions in the past as well as some really banal ones, all of which I tried to answer. You can see the previous questions by visiting Ask Me Anything  #1#2 ,  #3#4#5#6 , #7 , #8#9,  #10,  #11,  #12 , #13#14,  #15 , #16#17 , #18 , #19,  #20,  #21#22,  #23#24#25#26, and #27.  Answers not found following the questions can be found in the archives section for each associated month under Ask Me Anything.

Now ask away.