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Paul Monaco


17 May 2021 - Just a message to my more geeky readers... There's a bit more to the code than appears. Easter eggs abound. (and yes... we ARE having fun now!)

14 May 2021 - Yea, I know. Not a whole lot of actual blogging going on here. Every time I sit down to start, I get side-tracked with some behind the scenes work that needs to be addressed. But I am making progress and fulfilling my ultimate goal which is to keep my brain active and processing.

7 May 2021 - Some of you who have a life even more boring than my own may notice the “Last Modified” timestamp is changing frequently without any noticable changes to the site. I've been just doing some minor tweeks to the page code in the background. Nothing to see here folks, Allamaraine, move along home.

The Blogs Start Here

Gotta Love New England Weather!

1 May 2021 NEW - We're still in that strange part of the season where it's not really warm nor cold. I've been waffling back and forth between the air conditioner and heat. Much has to do with my poor circulation... I tend to trend on the cold side.. but shortly after kicking on the heat just to give ther temperature a goose I find myself peeling layers off and overheating. Expect me to be bitching about the humidity in a few days, I'm sure it's coming.

Off-Shore Web Devs are Idiots

27 May 2021 NEW - Not a week goes by that I don't receive a marking call from a web developer or marketing company referencing one of my domains and telling me how they can redesign my website to make my business more profitable.

Clearly they've never actually viewed any of my sites because I think it's quite clear that I'm not in business and this is pretty much just a hobby for me.

If their employers only knew how much time they were wasting on leads that obviously will never lead to anything. What's even more mind- boggling is that if they are so confident in the customer draw they can achieve through a website alone, why are they putting all their efforts into tele-marking and not once do they ever mention their own domain name. 🤔

And Here Come's Our Friend Hugh Middity

23 May 2021 - It seems that we had no transition from the heating season to air- conditioning weather. I just really hope this isn't an oman as to the kind of summer we will have.

Now don't get me wrong.. I love clear, sunny skies like everyone else but unless it's due to hot and heavy sex, I'm really not into being wet and sweaty.

Reality can cause Depression

19 May 2021 - Normally I do okay with accepting how things are knowing that many other people are dealing with issues far worse than my own. Today, I awoke to construction noises outside my house. Though a bit annoying since it was only 8 a.m. I dealt with it. Now I realize that they are re-paving my street and I can see that it may be a while before I can safely take my car out.

So here's where the panic starts... part of my daily excitement involves going to the local corner store for the usual bread and milk supply run. I actually enjoy doing this (as I said, it's my excitement for the day, so I don't keep a lot of these daily use items particularly well stocked knowing that I'll be going out anyway. Of course I had no idea that my little daily adventure was going to be derailed by construction.

In the past, this really wouldn't have been a big deal as I have several small stores within a one-mile radius that (again) in the past would have been no problem to walk to. But now I find myself debating in my head if I have the strength and endurance today to make such a trip. Of course now I'm remembering how much I used to love taking long walks along the hiking trails and being outside with nature. Never thought a whole lot about it when I could do it, but now that it's become a challange it has also turned into a source of depression.

Visit with the Vascular Surgeon

18 May 2021 - So I survived the trip into Hartford with my dad. Actually wasn't all that bad this time! When I got to the hospital (the doc has his office in there) I ran into a few co-workers from when I was working and was really happy they asked how I was doing and genuinely seemed to care.

As for the actual visit... well... as expected I didn't see the doctor at all but his PA instead.. which was fine by me.. think I may have mentioned before that she's very attractive. So anyway, my stent remains partially collapsed as was determined a few month ago but not to the point where re-installing it makes sense. The game plan is just to keep a close watch on things and do nothing unless symptoms appear. And I'm good with that! My overall hospital experience last time was so bad that I am really against doing it again anytime soon if I can possibly avoid it.

The PA explained to me that the original intent of the stint was to ensure fast and proper healing of my amputation. That part of my journey remains behind me for now. So, fingers crossed. I'm not getting better but the main goal now is to not get worse.

Battling the Brain

17 May 2021 - This is really getting old kids. The harder and closer I get to remaining in focus the worse it gets. It seems that at times I don't even have control anymore.

I struggle to write (even this short paragraph.) As I type I find my hands / mouse just doing what it wants and making totally unrelated edits. All this while another part of my brain seems to be wanting to make other changes and totally losing track of what I originally intended to write.

Adding to the frustration today, I have an appointment with my vascular surgion. Quite a talented guy but we definitly have a bit of a personality conflict. Maybe... could just be me, under the cirumstances.

Further adding to my distress, my father will be coming with me. This appointment is in the city about 20-miles away and with my current state of mind I even get confused by driving and find myself lost in areas I've been travelling through for years.

Doesn't help that my family doesn't comprehend the nature of my problems and thinks I'm just faking everything, telling me to just stop that... what's wrong with you?

Of course I compound that even further as my mind wanders and I try to figure out what IS wrong with me? I just don't know any more. This really isn't where I pictured myself at this stage of my life.

Oh no... more developers

16 May 2021 - I just learned about WHATWG today and quite frankly it scares the shit out of me! In a nutshell, a bunch of geeks are upset about the slow development of the W3C Web Standards.

Has anyone considered that there comes a point when a project should be considered complete and further development is not necessary? The whole intent of HTML and the WWW in general was to distribute information in a format readable across many different types of devices. We've pretty much achieved that! Far too many people seem to believe that it should become a mass media transport aimed at consumer consumption, much like radio and TV. This is a whole different beast guys.. think of the web more like a book or magazine who's technology has been perfected down to a way to publish an image in a way that is visible to a human. Any frills or additional features are just that, and additional (and optional) feature.

As usual I probably don't have the energy/ambition/drive but I'd love to see a back to basics movement develop when it comes to publishing information on the web.

Computer Emergancy? Go to a Drug Store!

15 May 2021 - In the middle of an MMORPG marathon at 3am and your keyboard or mouse is not cooperating? Headphones failing and driving you nuts because you have no choice but to use them or risk waking up the rest of the house? Then run to your local 24-hour pharmacy and there's a good chance you'll find what you need!

In Central Connecticut I frequent Walgreen's and CVS for my usual drug store needs and have been noticing their inventory of computer accessories is fairly well rounded. Some even carry various HDMI cables and IP TV boxes like the Roku. Guess the digital age is really here!

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