Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Bye, Posterous! Hello, wisdom teeth!

We're back to Blogger, people.  I'm much too lazy to create a whole new blog on Wordpress and import all my old Posterous posts.  They have automatically been backed up on Blogger anyway... so for those who follow this blog via bookmark, RSS feed, memorization, what-have-you... the new url is: janaemiller.blogspot.com until further notice.  I'll hopefully remember to spruce it up a bit, because it needs a visual overhaul. 

Stay tuned...

I had a funny story to tell about going to the dentist.  Basically I thought my wisdom teeth were bursting through my gums as infection-riddled cruise missiles of death.  There was a lot of pain and discomfort and fear that resulted in lots of webMD searches and my mom talking me down off the ledge.  Long story short, it turned out to be a canker sore... which I discovered when investigating my mouth with a flashlight. This is what I put my mom through on the subject:

ME: Mom, what if my jaw has tumors and cysts from my wisdom teeth still being there and they have to remove part of my jaw and I become a monster and my boyfriend dumps me MOM: holy shit...that doesn't even deserve a response it's so dumb ME:  webmd says it happens all the timeMOM: no it doesn't...if you're not comfortable and it's wisdom teeth it just means they're moving a little...it doesn't take much...ask to see the xrays of them so you can see for yourself and log off the blasted webmd siteME: I have a tumor. I just know it.MOM: quit worrying...of course you don't.the amount of worrying you do about everything puts me to shameME: You didn't grow up with WebMDoki will wait and seeI will still worry, but I will be quiet about it.MOM: well try to relax...it will be fine i'm sure...and ask for a view and explanation of x-rays...it will make you feel better if you understand what's going on...in the meantime take a motrin...it will take the edge off

I wouldn't exactly call it an "I told you so" moment for her, since she turned out to be right and my canker sore was not a tumor, but it basically was. Kudos to her for being reasonable and dealing with me.

Even though the crisis wasn't actually anything at all, I kept my appointment because I was due for a teeth cleaning. The technician was really funny and kept telling me stories about her neighbors diagonal from her (she doesn't like them.), and their Chihuahua (she doesn't like it), named Erica.  She said her diagonal neighbors have endless numbers of children and a dog that poops in her yard and supposedly stares at her while in the act.  I'm inclined to believe her--Chihuahuas do that sort of vindictive thing.  She said her neighbors directly across the street were worse because they had lots of teenagers who were driving like crazy people up and down the street.  Then she said it was all OK now because her neighbors' house burned down.  I was grateful to have tools in my mouth at that moment because I had no idea what to say.  I couldn't be like, "yay! their house burned down!"  Even though I think that's exactly what she was thinking and wanted to hear.  So I just sat in the chair and listened.

I also took the opportunity to discuss those pesky wisdom teeth while I was there.  Yes, I'm 26 and still have my wisdom teeth.  They've never come through and I've never had any issues with them.  My long-time dentist suggested that this be the year I have them removed in order to avoid potential problems down the road should they ever decide to make an appearance.  Not to imply that I know more about mouths and teeth than he does, but I have a bit of an aversion to prophylactic (big word!) medical care.  I say treat the problem if/when the problem shows its ugly problem face... so we'll see.  I haven't decided on this one yet.  Maybe I'll drag my heels a bit this year and blame my insurance.  I'm sure that technique has never been used before.....

Also I think everyone is in agreement that dentists are evil people who cannot be trusted.  This video is proof:

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Farewell Posterous Spaces: Fail

I don't really post regularly anymore, so I'm just now realizing that Posterous Spaces is shutting down. (crap) 

I have t-minus 30 days to get my posts backed up and/or moved to a new location.  This feels both incredibly disappointing, and incredibly inconvenient.  The Posterous blog always let me create posts through my email, which made writing at work incredibly easy.  People looking over my shoulder would think I was diligently drafting an email of some kind, when in fact I was writing spirited stories about Cookie Monster or carrots.  Now I'll have to switch back to one of the well-known (AKA RECOGNIZABLE BY COWORKERS) platforms like Wordpress or Blogger.  I haven't decided which yet.  Thankfully, Posterous Spaces claims I can export my stuff to Wordpress, but I'm not sure how confident I am that everything will make its way over.  Also I'm not sure how easy it is to embed videos and images in Wordpress because I haven't used it.  Blogger used to be finnicky, and it never looked very nice.

If I'm being honest with myself, it isn't like that many people will notice I'm gone (not gone, moved. but out of sight, out of blog).  The thing about blogging is that people stop reading when you stop writing on the regular.  I became erratic and my post views went from 8,500 down to 50 people.  But to those glorious 50, who remain consistent and true: fear not!  I will let you know where I end up so you may update your RSS feeds (oh, btw, GoogleReader is done soon too*), or your bookmark, or however it is that you become aware I've posted something.

*No more Google Reader? This was an even bigger blow to my head because I use it all day long and it means LOTS OF WORK to replace.  I follow A LOT of news and A LOT of comics and A LOT of cooking blogs.  I am really not thrilled at the prospect of re-entering all of those things into another RSS reader someplace else (someplace which probably won't exist one month after I've switched).  It is also one of Google's most useful tools, so it astounds me that they kept tampering with it and are now pulling the plug.  Leave it alone!  It works!  Stop asking me to partake in Google+!  It's crap compared to Facebook because social networks need lots of people to function... for social reasons.  And I don't even really like Facebook that much anymore, so what's the point?

The one positive thing about Google Reader's demise is that it prompted a fantastic Hitler reaction video, courtesy of footage from the movie Downfall (now streaming on Netflix):

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