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Pentapod

@Pentapod@mstdn.ca

Game designer in #YEG! Formerly at #BioWare, and the #GameDev once known as Domino on #EQ2. Mostly I share #cat photos, #Edmonton events, #foodie pics, & other randomness. Also very fond of #reading, #SciFi, #mycology (#fungi), #SlimeMold, #spiders, #frogs, #LichenSubscribe, #pottery, general #maker stuff, and more. #CovidIsNotOver! Opinions my own & do not represent my employer, etc. She/her.

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IPEdmonton, to random
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The Brits are all talking about warnings not to eat a whole Easter egg in one sitting, and I am 🧐 about this, because in my dialect an “Easter egg” is a hard-boiled chicken egg that has been dyed pretty colours, usually by children, from those little kits we used to buy at the supermarket (do they still sell those? With the tablets dissolved in vinegar?). And I have eaten one of those in one sitting MANY TIMES, including as a young child.

What on earth is an “Easter egg” to the Brits?

Pentapod,
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@IPEdmonton I suspect they mean the big hollow chocolate eggs filled with smaller chocolate eggs. My mother (raised in Britain) always got one at easter (though we also hunted for easter baskets of the smaller kind).

My theory is supported by this article: https://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/easter/best-easter-eggs-2024-chocolate-b2302036.html

18+ elana, to random
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My mom had surgery today to try to rescue one of her eyes from a cataract. (The other eye is a lost cause after a different surgeon absolutely beefed a different surgery and called it a fluke. Don’t worry, I have cursed that doctor with my mind) So far we can’t tell if it worked, because her vision will be blurry for a little while. J-M has been on edge about it all day because he is the sweetest man alive 🥰 my mom is in good spirits so far. I daren’t discuss the other lurking threat from availing oneself of health care services in 2024 because it is too fucking upsetting to contemplate

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@elana oh no. Sending best wishes. But also, good for the doctor to go out of his way to take that extra care!

Pentapod, to random
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Feeling like an idiot because coming back from vet on Friday, short of sleep, super worried by sick cat, and late for an appointment, as I hurried back to my condo from underground parking carrying my poor cat I completely blanked and didn’t realize I’d forgotten to put my mask back on till I was at my door. Parking and hallways are pretty well ventilated, but elevator? Absolutely no way to know. 😬 Now hunting for rapid test kit brand ratings in case sniffles aren’t just snow mold allergies. ☹️

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@IPEdmonton yeah I’m thinking it should be pretty low risk, but nonetheless every time I sneeze 😬

Also I’m surprised there aren’t more recommendation lists of rapid test brands the way there are for masks, CO2 monitors, air filters… almost everything else in fact. Surprising lack.

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@IPEdmonton Thank you!

Pentapod,
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@Sharan Yeah, the elevator was empty, but covid virus is spread in aerosols, which are tiny enough particles they can hang around in the air for up to a few hours if there isn't good ventilation (which, in an old elevator, there surely isn't). Like cigarette smoke. So hopefully nobody infectious was in there before me, but if they were, I was still breathing it. 🤞

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@Sharan Yeah they’ve stopped reporting numbers so it’s hard to tell. I recommend joining the pandemic roundup newsletter (it’s free, though donations welcome): https://www.patreon.com/violetblue?filters[tag]=Pandemic%20Roundups Good way to get latest updates.

parkerd, to random
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Been thinking about moving on and off for a while, and I feel like we’re only here for another 2-4 years.

Housing prices in Portland no longer makes moving in-town a whole lot of sense. Family are in Hawaii and California, which also feels too expensive. Medical needs make staying near a large city or town a necessity. Being Covid-aware also necessitates a community where we won’t be harassed constantly.

Maybe somewhere in the Puget Sound area? Canada? Willing to hear any suggestions.

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@parkerd I mean, Edmonton housing is quite affordable, but you do have to be ready for winter.

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@parkerd heh yes, if California and Hawaii are more your experience it might be a shock… on the other hand it IS one of the sunniest cities in Canada if sun > cold 🙂

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@parkerd Though, what would you pay in California or Hawaii for a fully net zero townhouse with full solar & medical grade air filtration including UVC, ~5 min drive from a major hospital & shopping mall? I’m betting more than CAD$560k. It’s a difficult equation to evaluate! https://www.realtor.ca/real-estate/26123016/7720-yorke-me-nw-edmonton-blatchford-area

Pentapod, to random
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@IPEdmonton A friend of mine (@Pseusue) mentioned there’s a German researcher called Perikles Simon doing some interesting research on & post-exertional malaise, and since you are fluent I wondered if by chance you’ve come across it and know how faithful the English translations of his videos/papers are? The English versions look interesting.

Pentapod, to Geology
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Pentapod,
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Last year’s cake, in contrast:

Pentapod, to random
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Today I learned the Umbrella Slug is a thing that exists and I am absolutely charmed. 🥰

https://www.inaturalist.org/guide_taxa/490705

Pentapod, to random
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Encountered a surprisingly high number of folks wearing masks while grocery shopping today. Including spotting N95s two stores in a row (Bulk Barn & Shoppers). Pleasing.

Pentapod, to animals
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Happy from Pansy, elegantly enjoying a sunshine bath yesterday 😄

Pentapod, to ai
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Pentapod, to random
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Been pretty quiet on social media lately. Between sick cat, house hunting, and still absorbing new job, my brain lately has had the feeling of "so full it's about to overflow" and I simply don't have time or brain for anything more. But hi out there! Still alive! Hope you are too!

Pentapod,
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@Chigaze Yes to both, happily!

Pentapod, to animals
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Shaved-belly cat is feeling a little better though still not enjoying being forced to swallow antibiotics!

IPEdmonton, to random
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This was going to happen no matter who was in charge when it did, but the policies of the Take Back Alberta-indebted version of the UCP is going to make its effects SO much worse. (Just in case you needed another reason to consider relocating, fellow Albertans.)

https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2024/02/19/Alberta-Brutal-Water-Reckoning/

Pentapod,
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@IPEdmonton The only problem is finding somewhere that isn't just as bad in some other way (or even the same way) ☹️​ Feels like a choice of evils and at least it's relatively affordable here. 😖​

Pentapod, to random
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This has been a pretty terrible week on the whole between Pansy getting a bladder infection and needing many expensive tests, and me managing to do something in my sleep that made me so dizzy I threw up more than once due to motion sickness. 😩 On top of work and house hunting deadlines. So for here is Pansy expressing how we both feel this week! Both starting to feel a bit better today I hope.

Pentapod,
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@IPEdmonton Hmmm could be? I can’t think of anything else that could be causing it. Doesn’t feel like I’m sick, and anyway working from home and masking all the time makes me pretty confident I haven’t caught anything.

Pentapod,
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@IPEdmonton sure, if it continues more than a couple more days seems worth looking into!

Pentapod,
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@IPEdmonton Thank you! 🙏🏼

Pentapod,
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@AmeliasBrain @IPEdmonton No dizziness this morning so maybe it was muscle-related in some way? I do so love this “injure yourself in your sleep” feature of getting older 😩 I’m sure the added stress this week didn’t help. Hoping it does not return!

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