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< Piro >

Aichmophobia

"Aichmophobia"

Sunday - September 23, 2007

[Piro] - 12:23:32 - [link here]

Aichmophobia is "a morbid fear of sharp or pointed objects (as a needle or a pointing finger)" This is not something i suffer from, thankfully, but that doesn't mean that it isn't a little disturbing sticking an IV needle in your cat.

I wanted to thank everyone who emailed me in response to my rant last week about the health issues i've ben confronted with for my oldest cat Momo. I gotta tell you, they made me feel a lot better about the situation, as most of the stories were about how cats with CRF can live happy, normal lives for years to come if you take good care of them. In one case, the writer's cat lived an additional 10 years living to the ripe age of 21.

Years ago i was know as quite the whiner online, and I try real hard not to dump on readers. I know i've always got a sympathetic ear, but at the same time you want to deal with your issues and problems on your own sometimes, and not feel you are using your readers just to get some feedback to make you feel better ^^;; Also, there are lots of things you really don't want to tell people about - privacy in the internet age, especially when you have a relatively popular website, can be a challenge. In this instance, i'm glad i wrote about it, because the feedback really did make me feel better... a LOT better. Thank you.

I'm such a sap. I feel sorry for our kid, and foresee a lot of groaning and eyerolling his/her future.

I didn't spell out what i'm doing for Momo exactly, so let me do so real quick. We've put him on a a protein restricted diet (he seems to really like the Science Diet K/D Chicken) because protein is hard on the kidneys, so this is a normal step for treating this. The other thing we are doing, 3 times a week for now, is giving him Subcutaneous Fluid Therapy treatment. This is basically an IV bag full of a solution containing electrolytes (i think the exact content can vary - its provided by your vet), IV lines and needles. Basically, you pull up the scruff of the neck and insert the needle into the tented area so you can inject the fluid under his skin, about 10 ml per treatment. Momo is pretty laid back, and he didn't seem too perturbed when i administered it for the first time on Friday.

If you are curious, Feline CRF Information center has a very informative page with photos of how to do it. :)

Now that things have settled out a little more, i'm going to try once again to get back to the three comic per week schedule. I'm kind of eager to get all this moving along at a faster pace myself :)

< Dom >

"Sigh..."

Thursday - August 23, 2007

[Dom] - 10:30:00 - [link here]

So not only has pixiebell been riding me for a month to write a new rant, but her sister Kuromi is now in on the act. And since her sister actually lives within striking distance of me and has deadly accuracy with a dodgeball, I find myself slogging through the MegaTokyo back end again.

You see, that's what's really keeping me from ranting more often - it's not that I don't like the writing. I LOVE writing. I have started writing for myself again (though it's for a D&D campaign, at least it's motivating me to work with weekly deadlines), and I still contribute to Newtype. Heck, I've been asked to write for some indie rags, and I think I just might take them up on their offer.

It's not that I don't like MegaTokyo, either. I love this site, and I love working with Fred. I've been here since the beginning, and if things go well, I'll turn off the lights on the way out.

But as you may or may not know, Megatokyo as a site was never designed to be as big as it was. So it's a giant patchwork, and it really shows on the back end.

Here's the process for writing a rant:
Step 1: Open up a browser and navigate to the SQL back end of MT, and create a table entry in the database for the rant. Write the rant, using appropriate meta-data.
Step 2: Assuming that I'm not using the default graphic (the charming picture of me you see above), find an appropriate image, resize it to 300x245 (and seriously, what the hell kind of proportion is that?) via some kind of image editor and save it.
Step 3: Open up a secure FTP program and hit up the MegaTokyo file server, navigating from /home/Dom to the /rantpics folder way somewhere in /htdocs. Pray that the server is accepting files at the moment, and keep that window open.
Step 4: Log into MegaTokyo via a shell, as root. Try and remember what the correct command and path is to run recache.php, and wait 5 minutes as everything runs.
Step 5: Remember that secure FTP client? Go back into it and dig into the RSS, then hand-edit the RSS feed, save it, and quit out.

In all, this process takes about an hour beyond writing the rant itself, and good god does it get tedious. Note that it involves at least 5 programs and two instances of praying that I don't break anything.

And that is why Fred and I haven't blogged since last month.

However! With the new MT site coming up, hopefully I'll be able to write my little piece, usually in under an hour, hit "publish" and voila!

So yeah, whenever that happens, I actually will rant more. Until then, I'll see you guys in the forums.

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