Monday, July 15, 2019

This is what I get for my $2600?

(image left fuzzy - to give you a sense of the sound...)

Good gravy. 

I had to get an MRI on my right knee today - it finally got that bad. Alas, a 5:30am appointment to anything is never going to be good news, but at least the Minneapolis traffic wasn't too bad!

So I get in there, they set me up, then ask me "What kind of music would you like?" I asked what they had, and they said they'd play a YouTube playlist (*first warning*). I said "Try Pat Metheny" - then spent the next 10 minutes helping them understand how to spell it. It took me a minute before I realized I was talking to medical professionals, at which point I said "Meth, plus an E-N-Y". The got that.

Then they gave me these MRI-safe headphones. Given that I'd had to fill out a huge form about my lack of piercings, metal fingernail polish and embedded intestinal camera, I was wondering what these would be like. They were horrible - they fit nice, but the whole think sounded like I'd just gotten out of the pool, and couldn't shake the water out of my ears.

Combine that with the variety of bangs, whizzle-whirs a zim-zazzles that the Siemens MRI machine was making and I came up with two realizations:

1. There is a market for better sounding MRI-safe headphones, and
2. I should have chosen The Utah Saints for my MRI soundtrack.

[ddg]

Thursday, July 11, 2019

And a Side Benefit...


So, after putting the handle on the side of the case, I found myself swinging this thing onto my lap a lot more often - and a lot easier. However, I also started running into a hellhole - there is no way that the power supply is held into its place other than the friction of the plug.

What does that mean?

It means that there have been several times where I've been working on something, adjusted my chair - and the power unplugged, killing the unsaved work I was in the middle of performing. Piss me off? Oh yeah it did.

After the last time it happened, I found myself grumbling: "Grrr, why don't they have one of those little PS wrapper things to prevent the power from getting pulled out?" Then I looked at the handle, and I looked at the power cable.

And I ran the cable through the handle...

... and haven't had a power outage since then. Simple solution, right? But a great side benefit to the handle that I didn't expect, but has become a real treat.

[ddg]