pjfb.org and DigitalCitizens.online

 

Have two new sites that I am impressed with both have the same themes.

http://pjfb.org yes a four letter domain spelling out my initials how cool is that? And to compliment youngercitizens.com, maturecitizens.com, and oldercitizens.com we now have http://DigitalCitizens.online my first dot online site.

What fun it all is.

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About Dying

About Dying

 
I love telling of my adventures….

Little death

I’ve come close to death three times. Once when I caught hepatitis from a dirty needle. Second when I was bitten by a rabid dog in India and third when I contracted lung cancer.

Well there was a time when I was eight and on the verge of meningitis. I awoke in the morning and started coughing up blood, lots of it. The doctor was called and I can remember him examining me and then calling my mother over to the window. I can see them now, the doctor talking in hushed tones and shaking his head. Oh dear I’m going to die I thought to myself. They came over to me my mother was ashen. The doctor looked at me and noticed blood on my pillow and asked about it. Oh I had a heavy nosebleed in the night. Sigh of relief was palpable. It turned out I had had a massive nose bleed and swallowed all the blood! So I don’t count that as a near death experiece.

The first time I nearly died was when I was 22 I shared a needle (injecting for the last time – ever) with a friend and eight of us caught hepatitis and had to be hospitalised. I was not going to Neasden Isolation Hospital in London so I dragged myself to my friend’s house In Clydach Vale, Tony Pandy, Rhondda Valley, South Wales. I was very ill. I was slowly dying. I don’t know how I did it but I made it to a local GP and he sent me home with some pills. They didn’t work and I wasn’t getting better. I went back and he saw the true state of me. He admitted me that day to a wonderful hospital high up in the valleys. I was there for three weeks and was treated like a king. I recovered.

The second time was when I was bitten by a rabid dog. About twenty of us were attending a meditation course in Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh, India. It was quite isolated. It was 1976 i think. It was an old colonial hill station and we had rented a lovely house on a hill top. We had a pet dog that started acting strangely and had already bitten six of us, breaking skin. When I saw he had chewed his metal bowl to pieces, well something was seriously wrong. I was in charge of him. Two idiots decided the poor chained up dog needed a walk OMG anyway when I heard I ran to them and the dog was going mad on his chain. I rescued them and in doing so I was bitten.

Six of us were bitten and if he was truly rabid we needed to know. So took him to a local doctor who said yes he was rabid and had to be put down, our cherished pet. So we didn’t accept it, the doctor was a bit daft, so we needed a second opinion. The only hospital was at a not too far away university hospital. We all piled into a taxi for the three hour journey and tied the dog wrapped in blankets to the roof rack. We headed down the mountain. There was a landslide earlier and the road was blocked so we had to return home. In the two days that followed we read up on rabies. It was fatal and you shook yourself to death. It was one of the worst ways to die. We had no choice we had to find out if the dog was rabid so we set off again and told the taxi driver he had to get us through. The landslide had been partially levelled and we managed to bump across. We made it to the university hospital, the dog died on the way.

At the autopsy they confirmed he was rabid. We went to a restaurant and we discussed what we should do. We were very scared. We talked about the anti-rabies injections 14 daily through the stomach wall. There were known side effects, one of them was permanent blindness. We were into day six of the first bite and the minimum incubation period for rabies was ten days. We decided we would have the injections. We returned home and went to the doctors. Yes he could inject us but he only had serum for a few days. He didn’t have enough. We needed more and the nearest place was Shimla a 12 hour train trip away. Armed with a letter from the doctor (he would phone them too) I and a friend headed off.

The journey was relatively uneventful except we had to keep the small crate of serum cold. In the hot parts of our journey we bought ice to cool it.

We were going to have the injections as a group so no one had started, it was now day 9 of the first bite. From what I remember one was over ten but we didn’t talk about that. The injections were horrible. About an inch of fluid straight into the stomach wall. They left lumps of fluid that lasted days. So every day we all trooped down the mountain, got our shots and trooped back. Not fun and this would last for two weeks. This was 1976 in a remote part of India.

Well we all survived OK except me. On the 12th injection I collapsed and they took me up the mountain on a donkey. They called the doctor and he came up to the house to give me my 13th injection. You had to do the course. That night I nearly died. I developed a fever and my temperature went up to 107 and my friends were coming in to say goodbye to me. I had two angels looking after me Kitty Subho an English Thai monk and a wonderful lady who we thought had recently become enlightened. I remember the delirium well. It was a bit out of body, very spacey and voices shouted from a distance. I was going to die but I had no fear just an acceptance.

In the wee hours of the morning the fever broke and I woke up yellow. I had hepatitis again. Think my liver just couldn’t handle the serum. I was ill for about three weeks but what a beautiful spot to be ill in.

Four years ago during a routine hospital check-up the doctor told me they had found a little spot on my lung. After tests it was found to be cancerous. I researched lung cancer and my prognosis was not good. I prepared to die. It wasn’t so bad, I had led a very full life. I achieved an ethereal state of acceptance and said goodbye to the world. This state stayed with me. It became semi-permanent and was a bit difficult to get out of.

After further tests, going up to St James in Dublin they decided they would operate immediately. The consultant surgeon would contact me the next week. It ended up three months later and all this time the cancer was growing. But I stayed calm and did what had to be done. If the operation was successful I would still not get the all clear they were going to take out my left lung. So be it. I was admitted to St James and had the operation two days later. I can remember the prep room and getting an injection then waking up don’t know when in the post op ward. There was good news they only had to take out a lobe. I have a scar running down most of my back where they went in. My mood, that of acceptance, continued.

My oncologist in Tullamore said the cancer may have spread to my lymph and I needed chemo. So I wasn’t clear. Four months later they decide that that was it. Chemo was not fun. I was in remission. Got another year to go to be out of the woods. After 5 years you are considered cured.

Dying holds no fear for me. The mental state that of having done with the world, persisted for a year afterwards. I found it difficult to “come back” . I’m back now but have grown from my experiences. In this day and age longevity is not uncommon and I might look for another twenty years. Well we will see. Whatever the future holds for me I feel I am prepared for it.

I have a WordPress blog so I am immortal. Below is one of my favourite tunes: Gov’t Mule “ Soulshine. I think I let my soul shine and lived better for it.

Please comment and would love to hear your stories  I am sure you have them. A free Cream Tea voucher for the best comment.

Why not join the millions of others who blog, carve out your own niche on the Internet! You will have seen http:// before it stands for HyperTextTransfer Protocol, which tells the Internet you are going somewhere. So go to http://OlderCitizens.org and create a blog of your own.

Blogging

As you know I am an ardent blogger. I love my blogs. They increase your digital literacy in leaps and bounds. The stats for WordPress are awesome and everyone should have a blog. I have set up :

http://YoungerCitizens.com which i have just started. It contains reasons to blog and tutorial videos.

http://MatureCitizens.com working on it atm it defaults to :

http://OlderCitizens.com / .org / WordPress my main sites and what started it all off.

I wonder what the differences between the three groups are? What do you think I should add or subtract?

Older Citizens

Been a while since I updated this blog. I have a new project: Bringing blogging to older citizens.

There are approximately over 150 million blogs on the Internet with 1.3 million blog posts per day. Btw if you don’t have a computer you can use the library.  Clearly people have got something to say. I started this blog for older citizens because there is a treasure trove of experience that should be tapped……

The blog with full tutorials is at http://OlderCitizens.wordpress.com If you are an older citizen and have a blog let me know I am putting up a directory on http://OlderCitizens.com Have a look and let me know what you think. Its all non profit and blogs are free let me show you how,  Older Citizen or not. All it takes is 30 minutes of your time.

Older Citizens should have a voice they have so much to offer. AND so do you!

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Thanks, spread the word….at least leave a comment thanks.

Straw into gold: A TED Fellow cultivates mushrooms to fight climate change

TED Blog

Social entrepreneur Trang Tran is teaching Vietnamese farmers how to use rice straw as a substrate in which to grow profitable mushrooms. Photo: Fargreen Social entrepreneur Trang Tran is teaching Vietnamese farmers how to use rice straw as a material in which to grow profitable mushrooms, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve livelihoods. Photo: Fargreen

In agricultural entrepreneur Trang Tran’s native Vietnam, farmers traditionally burn the straw and husks that remain after the rice harvest. This practice happens at least twice a year for two months at a time, releasing noxious smoke and greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Tran’s solution: using rice straw to cultivate mushrooms. Her social enterprise Fargreen is standardizing the process and teaching farmers how to recycle their own agricultural waste and improve their livelihoods. We asked Tran to tell us about how the idea evolved.

How did you become interested in the burning of rice straw as an environmental problem? Did you come from a farming community?

I’m from a little province called Hà Nam, two hours south of Hanoi, the…

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Baby talk

Serendipidy Haven's Blog

babySome things, (well, many things), baffle me.

Not sure whether it’s a common phenomenon, or whether it’s just one of the by-products of living in the chav capital of the world, but one of the more bizarre behaviours common to the younger generation around these parts is a total inability to speak normally. We’re not talking about dropping consonants or slurring vowels, mangling the language or even accentuating the accent beyond what is strictly necessary; rather it’s the weird and highly amusing affectations that the yoof of today choose to adopt when expressing themselves.

My absolute favourites are the wannabe rappers – teenagers for whom conversation can only take place if it’s in a monotone, 120 beats per minute, barely taking a breath, gangsta rap cavalcade of nonsense.

“Yo, bro I’m goin’ down to Tesco’s
gonna cruise in the car park for some fresh ho’s
you can come, if you hold my…

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Latest AMD Catalyst™14.12 drivers continue SL rigged mesh woes

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Update: I have been informed (see the comment following this piece from JC de Bes, that this issue also extends to the most recent AMD / Nvidia Omega drivers release.

Whirly Fizzle dropped me a line concerning the latest AMD Catalyst™ drivers update, 14.12, which is apparently being pushed out by AMD via automatic update.

As those on systems using AMD graphics cards are likely to be aware, there have been ongoing issues with the Catalyst drivers which have impacted Second Life, notably with regards to rigged meshes which, since the deployment of the 14.9.2 drivers by AMD, cause rigged mesh to be invisible unless hardware skinning is disabled (see BUG-7653).

The 14.12 Catalyst™ drivers currently being deployed by AMD do not address this issue; worse, as it is being pushed via automatic update from AMD, it may see an increase in issues being experienced for anyone using an…

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Unbelievable moments (things seen while waiting for a bus)

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

On Thursday, October 23rd, I wrote a piece about Magic Leap, and their augmented reality project that has garnered some US$600 million in investment since February 2014, and which drew the likes of Google and Legendary Pictures to the “B” round of funding that raised some US$542 million.

I’m not alone in pointing to Magic Leap and the fact that no-one outside a select few know what it is, precisely. Nalates Urriah has blogged on the subject, referencing a French video describing a Pepsi Max UK promotional stunt pulled earlier in 2014, as possibly indicative of the idea behind Magic Leap.

I remember seeing the video, filmed in London’s New Oxford Street, when it first aired in March 2014. While it is likely pretty well removed from anything Magic Leap are doing, it serves as an illustration of overlaying digital media on the real world. It’s also fun to…

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E-Cigarettes: Lethbridge smokers show support

Global News

Alberta’s Health Minister is calling for tougher rules surrounding the sales of electronic cigarettes. Stephen Mandel’s concerns were echoed by his counterparts as they met in Banff on Tuesday.

But the devices are still widely available, with two ‘vape’ stores open in the city of Lethbridge. Many believe it should stay that way.

Jonah Primrose is one of those people. Like millions before him, he tried to quit smoking.

“I smoked for 26 years. I started when I was eleven years old,” said Primrose. “A pack and a half to two packs a day depending on what kind of job I was doing.”

Then he had three beautiful daughters and knew he had to make a change.

“I’ve tried pills, I’ve tried quitting cold turkey, essential oils, I’ve tried acupuncture. I was on my way to get laser treatment for the brain and somebody told me about this new technology…

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E-Cigarettes could soon be regulated in Alberta

Global News

Alberta’s new Health Minister considers e-cigarettes “dangerous”, and wants to impose rules on their use and sale.

Stephen Mandel says he wants new regulations in place “as soon as possible”.

Stores selling the devices and vaporizing liquids are springing up all over Calgary.

The devices transform flavored liquids with different amounts of nicotine, into steam.

Heather Bodnar-Gray says she “vaped” away a 15-year, pack-a-day habit using progressively weaker “e-juice”.

“It’s probably the proudest thing I’ve ever done in my life, is quit smoking”, says Bodnar-Gray, adding “I don’t need this.  I don’t use this regularly.”

The epiphany led her to open four vape stores across Alberta in just 14 months.

But as stores open, some jurisdictions are banning e-cigarettes.

Red deer already prohibits their use in public spaces.

The City of Calgary is studying the issue with public consultations coming in the New Year.

Health Canada discourages their use because…

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