#Nerdy9th – Sleep Data!

So, about 6 months ago, I was diagnosed with sleep apnea (I woke myself up not breathing) and got a CPAP machine. While I dislike the indignity of wearing it at night, and there are certain design flaws (the vent blows air up and into my partner’s hair/neck all night when I spoon him), I  do appreciate the fact that I’m getting better quality sleep.

Also, because I am a nerdy, I like the data.

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See, my CPAP is a Resmed MyAir, so it automatically uploads data to the “cloud” (and snitches on me to my insurance company, of course). But the data isn’t very comprehensive. I mean, I know the CPAP can track more than this, right?

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Enter SleepyHead, an open source project to mine the data out of CPAP machines! It’s a great little project that gives me way more information than I can get from the CPAP manufacturer’s website.

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I do have to take the user-accessible SD card out of my CPAP and put it into my laptop in order to download the data– and when I forgot for a couple of months, the CPAP purged some of the data for space (so helpful of it….) But as long as I remember to do it about once a month– say when I replace the mask– I capture all the data I could want!

It’s a little thing, but that’s my #nerdy9th bit of love for today.

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Torment: Tides of Numenera – a very short review

So, I just played my first post-beta game of Torment: Tides of Numenera, the game from inXile and Monte Cook Games.

About half of the time, I was waiting for the game or some media to load.

The game opens with a black background and some fast-moving blurry white lights to give you the impression of falling from a very great height. Text descriptions describe the horizon and a rising moon as you hurtle through the air, but these are not actually shown in the graphics

ALL of the graphics I’ve encountered so far.

I died within 3 menu-choices of the male-female choice. I figured that this was the character-creation part where you start making choices, and I wanted to be a daredevil style action-oriented character. Apparently, the lesson this game teaches is the Darwin Award.

My first game lasted 9 minutes (according to Steam). Perhaps less than three of that was spent in the game– the rest was on menus and waiting for things to load.

I played the alpha and beta versions of this game. I played Planescape: Torment and loved it. Dying before/during character creation was not part of either of those experiences– or at least in Planescape: Torment, it was temporary and quickly resolved.

Thankfully, I have the original Planescape: Torment thanks to GoG, and will be firing it up to play some nostalgia this morning.

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February 2017 Books

#5 If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo.

YA novel about a transgirl, told from her POV. Comparing this to Beast, this one goes from the other direction– telling the story of the transgirl in the YA coming-of-age love story. And it feels more genuine– maybe because the POV is of the transgirl, and it’s written by a transwoman?

I barely made it through the first chapter, though. Content warnings abound: suicide, body dysphoria (well, of course), homophobia, sexual assault, and a not-entirely-realistic view of growing up transgender in the South.

But honestly, it was the Author’s Notes that got to me and had me in tears. She addresses both cis readers and trans readers directly, explaining how she made conscious choices to make her main character as “passing” as possible– and how that isn’t the trans experience, and that’s okay.

#6-22  Orange, vols 6-22

#23-43 Unlimited Fafnir

#44 Sweetness and Lightning 
 

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Final Day!

Today is the last day to back Naomi and the Dragon! Kid-friendly, or just lovely escapism for yourself! This Kickstarter will be the only way to get a print copy of the comic book! Check it out, and pledge before 5:30 Pacific tonight!

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Migraine Journal: 1 month

I’ve been following the program from Heal Your Headache for about a month now. It’s largely an elimination diet, combined with going medication-free for four months, after which I can slowly start adding potential trigger foods back until I trigger a headache. Some of the foods eliminated: caffeine, MSG, alcohol, chocolate, cheese, onions, nuts, and citrus (including juice).

It is not easy to cook this way, and it’s even harder to dine out or buy pre-made foods, like hummus. Or mayonnaise. I make some of those things for myself now, but it isn’t easy. I remind myself every day that this is temporary– I have 3 more months to go. (I try to remind myself that a lot of things are temporary. Like presidents.)

I will say that, overall, I feel better. I’ve lost a little bit of weight– not much, because when I feel deprived, I’ll have a soda or juice or a migraine-safe sweet. I’m drinking herbal tea like it’s going out of style– I had to replace my morning coffee with something, and I’m enjoying some turmeric-based teas by Rumi while I cope with the loss.

After a month, I’ve had 3 headaches. One was a classic migraine– triggered in part by being at a noisy, crowded networking event where there was plenty of alcohol…. that I couldn’t drink (at least I’m now both a cheap date and a designated driver!)

Then, there was the mild, generalized headache that lingered for about 2-3 days. It was accompanied by acne, a bad mood, disturbing dreams, generalized anxiety, and back pain. Oh, right. That would be my period. It’s the first “regular” period I’ve had in a very long time, having been on hormonal birth control and IUD for about 20 years, and then having fibroids that disrupted it for over a year. Well– good to know what to expect, and surprising to find out that I’m as susceptible to menstrual-triggered migraines as anyone else.

Finally, I had a very odd one last Friday. We were out in the very cold weather (for Vegas) for about an hour, and when I finally came back in, I had a headache. It wasn’t severe, but it was “more than mild.” About a 4 on a scale of 1-10. As I warmed up, the headache went away, and was gone within 15-20 minutes.

I’ve never before paid so much attention to my headaches and triggers. Usually, I’ve only really noticed if I have one that’s really severe or debilitating. I’ll update again if things change or if I determine it’s not working after all.

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