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April 5th, 2017
About the new LiveJournal Terms of Service
Every LiveJournal user will be offered to sign the new User Agreement with SUP Media.
It wasn't so much "offered" as "click on agree or be unable to login". As I'm posting this, no prizes for guessing what I did. (I had noticed the recent change that disabled logging-in with https too, which is something else of concern.)
Given the new TOS means having to comply with Russian laws
that are rather unfriendly to LGBT, I am unhappy about this forced change. I am for people being to express who they are and being able to love who they love without being discriminated against.
I've been crossposting from my Dreamwidth account
for a few years now, and it's become more & more my home account. If you're on DW, feel free to link me.
ETA: If you could also drop a quick comment to identify yourself, it would be appreciated.
At this time, I don't know if this will be my last LJ post, or whether I'll keep crossposting to both DW & LJ. For now, I will continue reading & commenting on my friendslist posts at both locations.
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Current Music: "Heartland" The The
December 31st, 2017
Happy New Year 2018!
Off to bed now (and not staying up to see in the new year), so Happy New Year 2018!
May the new year be a good one!
(As 2017 was surely not a good year in my book, what with cancer in the family, broken knee, and other "merry" happenings.)
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December 24th, 2017
Christmas Shopping Madness
I normally do the supermarket shopping at 8am on a Sunday morning (when they open). It's nice and quiet then and I don't have to get aggravated by trolleys blocking the aisles.
By 8:10 am today, the local supermarket carpark was basically full. People were milling around the aisles with a glazed and desperate look. This is no ordinary Sunday. The shops will be closed tomorrow! What will we do?!
But the shopping is now done & I can relax a bit.
Hope you all have a lovely un-stressful time over the Christmas/New Year break.
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September 23rd, 2017
Reminder: It's Election Day in New Zealand.
Please go & vote if you can.Also...
New Zealand has laws that haven't quite caught up to 2017. By law, all electioneering materials have to be taken down by midnight before election day. Yesterday saw hordes of volunteers taking down election billboards, hoardings & other advertisements.
Today, no campaigning is allowed. So while I can exhort you to go vote, I cannot encourage you to vote for a particular party. Anything I posted up to midnight last night is ok but nothing today.
That said, there's nothing to stop a non-New Zealand voter from retweeting a tweet so it shows up on my current timeline. And I don't know what the law says about liking someone's tweet or Facebook post.
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Catch-up post: Week starting August 28.
Monday: Beef in red wine, scalloped potatoes, cauliflower cheese saucehttps://flic.kr/p/XU4jKEhttps://flic.kr/p/WVwYjr( More...Collapse )
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September 21st, 2017
Support equipment returned
From top clockwise: Perching stool, walker, toilet frame with seat, shower stool.https://flic.kr/p/YC5R7C
About two weeks ago, I was allowed to put weight on my dodgy leg. That made a massive difference to my mobility. I've been walking on it (gingerly at first) as much as I can. Earlier this week, the knee brace came off which means I can bend my knee again.
The mobility assistance people didn't waste any time arranging to collect the support equipment. So now it is on to the next stage of the recovery process.
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September 8th, 2017
My knee is metal(-ish)
I got to see my post-surgery knee x-rays for the first time. I figured they'd have needed to incorporate quite a bit of scaffolding to hold the pieces in place. After all, I managed to break my patella into five pieces. And yes, there it is.
The left picture is the front-on view, the right picture is the side-on view. (The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that the left view is upside down. I didn't realise until after I put the pictures together & I can't be arsed fixing it.) In the side-on view, a gap is still evident; the pieces haven't joined up properly yet.
But the good news is that I am now allowed to put weight on my left leg. That's really helped with mobility & overall self-confidence, but we're still in the early months of the recovery process. And overall it is "good news"; the healing is on-track.( X-ray pix below the fold...Collapse )
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September 1st, 2017
"The Trip" — a 48 Hour Film
The Trip — a 48 Hour Film: Winner of Best Film Washington, DC from Tracy Mathews on Vimeo.
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The New Zealand healthcare system going the way of the British?
What with reduced funding in real terms, burn-out of healthcare workers & opening the door to PPPs (Public Private Partnerships)
it's looking grim.
In New Zealand, this same door is already ajar, as Ian Powell of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) recently pointed out, in the organisation’s July newsletter:
Partly through ideology and partly through the shortsighted incentive of short term gain, the Government is pressuring DHBs that require major capital works development to adopt a funding arrangement similar to Private Public Partnerships in England that will worsen DHBs finances. The first example is the small new $12 million ‘integrated family health centre’ in Westport.
The Government, through its misnamed partnership group, is pressuring West Coast DHB to adopt a method of funding branded as ‘capital recycling’ that is a PPP by another name. The practical effect is that the DHB is likely to pay between $750,000 to $1,000,000 annually for about the next 34 years more than would it would have to under the normal way (Government loans repaid at a lower interest rate). In order to make the Government’s books look good, the DHB’s financial position has to worsen, thereby increasing the likelihood of deficits.
Imagine if this new system of funding continues with the next and much bigger new outpatient facility as part of the post-earthquake Christchurch Hospital rebuild. This new facility could end up costing somewhere in the vicinity of $100 million which would then involve Canterbury DHB incurring extra annual costs of up to say $100 million. In fact, one does not have to imagine anything. It has already been acknowledged that ‘capital recycling’ is on the cards…
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