Monday, March 30, 2009

Coyote's surgery update

The surgery happened on Friday afternoon, they went in and drained the abscess and removed several small pieces of bone that were infected. Supposedly, this is it, he should recover fully. Can't wait to bring him home.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Another surgery

Coyote is going into another surgery today. He took a turn for the worse last weekend and has been with Reid and Associates since Monday night. The surgery is scheduled for this afternoon. I hope they do it because if they don't, I am taking him somewhere else.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Coyote update

He is looking worse and worse. I am starting to lose patience with the vets responsible. Tomorrow I am calling to request that he stays in the clinic until his condition fully resolves. His face is all deformed and I am really worried.

Parents leaving

My parents are leaving us on Wednesday, March 25th. It has been a 4 month visit. We met up with Dacia's parents today to say goodbye. Some photos here...

Monday, March 16, 2009


Krista and Alan visited with us from Canada. Here are some pics.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Little things you can do to improve your health

Alright, people don't have time or will to do heavy exercise or whatnot. So, here are some little things you can do to improve your muscle tone, body posture, immune system and overall health:

1. When getting up in the morning, take 10 minutes to do push-ups and sit-ups. As time goes on, do more in the same time frame. Spend extra 5-10 minutes to stretch.
2. Replace sugar with honey in your breakfast. Halve the salt intake in your diet.
3. Bag your lunch: it is cheaper and it is also healthier. You know how much fat and salt you put in your meal. You also know how clean your kitchen is and that your hands are washed.
4. Have a cup of coffee (or tea) to wake you up - it is good for you.
5. Drink water throughout the day but do not overdo it.
6. Lose the sodas from your diet.
7. Do not overeat at night. Breakfast can be cereal, nuggets, wheat bran, oat bran, honey, milk, coffee or you can have bread, eggs, bacon (in moderation) etc. Lunch can be anything really. Snack smart: eat healthy stuff like bars, nuts, fruits, vegetables. Dinner should be a light salad or small piece of fish or something you know will digest before you hit the sheets.
8. Avoid processed foods: the more you prepare your food from fresh ingredients, the cheaper it is and the healthier it is. Processed foods have bad stuff in them: high-fructose corn syrup, salts, fats etc.

People say that cooking takes a lot of time. It does not if you know how and it helps if food is prepared on a weekend and then eaten throughout the week. Remember, no matter what you eat, it comes out by the end of the day and it all looks the same...

Peace out.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Photos of Coyote's surgery site to today

So, Coyote is slowly getting better. I have posted some photos of his surgery site since day one to a few days back. Looked ugly, I know...

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

(Technology & Life) What to do?

I drive to work every day, about 45 min each way, an hour and a half a day. Monthly that results in about 30 hours, yearly about 360 hours or roughly 15 full days (4 %) of my life spent in the car. We are in the 21st century and we are still living a nomadic existence where time is spent on pointless tasks such as getting to work.

Here is my dream life: live on a property in the middle of nowhere, be energy independent, grow my own food and work on technological and scientific ideas that will really make a difference. So many people spend their lives doing meaningless things they hate, just to survive and have a life. To me, being energy independent and growing my own food would remove the reasons to have a job I don't care for and allow me to spend time with my family, my animals and think about things that are really important.

Clearly, the recipe for the above is to buy land somewhere cheap (rural), pay for it in cash and then build a home from the ground up without hiring contractors, unless absolutely necessary. Cutting out the middleman and doing things myself would make a huge difference in the cost. If the house has off-grid solar, has a well and septic and I grow my own food and there is no debt (no mortgage to pay monthly), then life is free and true independence is achieved. The day that happens, I will cancel all my credit cards and noone will hear from me again, until I am ready to reveal my new book or paper or the scientific idea that will be the mother of it all...

'Til then to all my brothers and sisters in chains, I only have to say: Strive to be independent and not someone's (banks, credit card companies, mortgage lenders....) monkey in training...


Coyote update

Alright, so it has been a while. Coyote is doing better, the wound is slowly closing and it is still oozing a bit of pus and blood, three weeks later. He was taken off SMZ yesterday since it has been three weeks and Dr. Casas thinks that the primary sinus infection is gone. Dacia took a swab from the wound and submitted it for culture: it came back with two identified bacteria: e. coli and enterococcus, both responsive to only two (expensive) antibiotics and resistant to many others. Dr. Casas put Coyote on Baytril, gave him his first shot yesterday and we are to continue oral dispension today. Hope he gets better and does not colic! The woud is also granulating more than necessary so we are putting Animex on it (steroids) so that it does not overgrow. Boy, what a problematic recovery :(

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Nokia N8x0 usage

I posted a question on the maemo-users mailing list - what do people use their Nokias for? It seems to me that I am not really using mine much, at least not enough to justify my expenditure. Well, from the looks of the responses, most people don't use theirs much either. From what I gathered, mostly it is used as a web browser for simple sites while sitting on the couch (out of laziness, not to have to get up and fire up the laptop), e-book reading, ssh or vpn or vnc connections to servers, maybe some TV or radio usage, occasional, GPS, Skype and that's it. Maybe I expected much more out of the device, maybe my expectations need to scale down? Anyways, the thread is here.