A Chirp Within the Walls

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll know that I am away from home for a few weeks. I’ve been incredibly busy but I’m taking a breather this weekend but let me tell you what I had to deal with when I arrived at my accommodation.

“I have a low battery. Hear my call for help!” — Smoke detector

On day one, I arrived, I came in to the sound of a smoke detector with a low battery. If you’ve ever heard a chirp every minute and didn’t know where it came from, it’s a low battery. It wasn’t too loud, but it was there and it was chirping a little too regularly for my liking.

I thought to myself well it won’t be so bad. I can handle this.

I couldn’t handle it. I had somewhere to be in about 30 minutes. I had no time to investigate. Hours later, I came back and thought that I’d go grab some 9 volt batteries because there were 2 smoke detectors: one in the hall and one in the living room and the one in the hall was chirping too. (May I add that this was right next to my bedroom door…)

The next day, after an hour, I said I couldn’t handle it anymore. I went out to the store to buy the batteries. I came back. I replaced the batteries in the two smoke detectors. Then I heard it again:

CHIRP!!!

Okay. I just replaced the battery. What the hell? I searched the whole house for smoke detectors and I couldn’t find any more of them. Again, CHIRP!!!!

The noise was coming from near my bedroom. There was a cabinet up near the ceiling where I thought the noise was coming from. It was then that I realised that the sound was coming in that general area. The cabinet was empty.

I think then I started going crazy because I could hear it, but couldn’t find an alarm anywhere. I then sent an email to the accommodation owners and simply said that the noise is driving me crazy and keeping me awake at night and I am not dealing with that for 3 weeks.

They sent a contractor who came by to check it out and then he realised what had happened. About a year ago, they did some renovating and covered up some kitchen cabinets and must have left a smoke detector in there. He asked how long I’d be there and I told him that it needed to be fixed. They tried to get it through the attic. Couldn’t do that. They ended up drilling a hole in the wall instead.

Anyway, it was fixed the day that I sent the email. Within hours actually. I am so thankful that it’s gone now.

But… how do you leave stuff on a shelf and cover it up with a wall?

Podcast Episode Blackout

Airplane on outdoors graphic - i'll be back

Hey there everybody. This weblog hasn’t got the traffic that my other one had, but I just wanted to mention that I am going to be away for the next few weeks (starting this weekend) which means that I won’t be posting new podcast episodes until I am back home. That’ll be the second week of September.

I’m not traveling by plane or anything, but just have to be in another city to complete some regular training for my job.

I’ll try to post here, but have a few busy weeks ahead.

Update: A new podcast episode has been uploaded. No Great Shakes, is available now. Once I am back, I will get back to recording and posting!

As always, I hope everyone is well!

Backbreaker

Hello!

I hope everyone reading this is doing well! Work’s been crazy, so I’ve had to take a little break. I’ve been having to wake up early and by the time I get home, I am so tired that I fall asleep, so I’ve been neglecting you fine people. But here I am at around 6:45 am (I’d just be leaving right about now on a work day). I am stuck in morning mode and probably will be for a while. About 95% of my shifts have been in the mornings instead of afternoons or nights.

back pain

I’m doing well though for the most part. Just perpetually tired and sore. My back is so sore lately. I bought a posture correcting back brace (not really a brace, but more like a little cloth thing to pull my shoulders back where they need to be). My back has been sore since I wore it. I think I am so slouched over now that it’s going to take some good old metal and screws to correct my terrible posture.

I guess being a computer nerd has that effect. I’ve always been that kind of person who looks down as they walk and since I’ve had a smart phone, it’s probably only gotten worse. I’m going to be studying through the pain today. I’ll deal with it somehow.

Other updates? Husband’s birthday is this weekend. He’s starting to show signs of agony because it’s the last year of his 30s. I reminded him, in my own little special way, that his husband has hit the 40 mark and he’s doing just fine.

I’m gonna do a bit of extra work on this website and record another new podcast episode this week since I won’t be able to record/edit/post after mid-August to mid-September.

I hope everybody’s doing well! Take care of yourself!

#51: Pleasantly Lonesome

I am still working out how I am going to do this, so I am posting this episode here. The best option is to subscribe to the podcast using Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts. Over the next few months, I’ll be working on getting a more organised system together. ๐Ÿ™‚

If you have any problems anywhere, or any feedback for me, just let me know by leaving a comment here or by sending me a message here.

2 Years of Wedding Bliss

Happy Fourth of July, Americans. Good luck. You apparently need it. Lots of it. Don’t screw the country up next year, okay?

Now that’s out of the way, I just wanted to say a big hello to anybody who reads this.

I’ve had to fill in for missing staff at work, so I haven’t had much time to do anything considered “fun”. I don’t hate my job or anything like that, so to get paid for doing something I like doing is just a bonus.

My wedding anniversary is in a few days. We originally planned to go to Melbourne, but that’s been cancelled. I can’t risk going there and picking anything up, so we’re just going to do something around here tonight. I’m letting him sleep in today because the restaurant we’re heading to opens at 5 pm and I hate shopping. (He loves shopping and I find it incredibly boring.

This is two years of marriage for us. Amazing how time flies, right? Also, it’s just about the same when I was last in India. I was hoping to go this year, but I doubt that I’m going to do any international travel for a while. There are so many places I want to go since my income doesn’t suck anymore… but I can’t. My health is more important. I don’t want to risk getting myself and others sick. I depend on my husband to feed me. I’d starve without him.

That’s it. Just a simple little update. I hope everybody is doing well!

Simplifying the Complicated, Part 2

I didn’t finish the last post I made about what I’m doing to the website. I think I might have left midway to do something–probably to play No Man’s Sky. I’m handling my addiction quite well. I’m back to working like crazy (full-time right now) but I’m still making a few changes to the site:

Built-In Feedback: Before I started working full-time again (believe me, this is just temporary), I started working on a feedback system for podcast episodes. I’m just finishing it up and putting it through a few rounds of testing. Over the next few weeks, you may notice that the links to my old website are gone and replaced with another commenting system. I’m keeping the Recaptcha stuff for now just for an extra layer of protection.

Podcast Feed: Along with those changes, I’m going to start generating my own feed code for new podcast episodes. This is done more for me so I don’t have to use several softwares just to update the feed. That was the reason why the latest episode was delayed, because I have to manually change it and sometimes I am just too tired and lazy. Why not do it automatically if I can do it that way?

Left Menu: I’ve simplified the menu that can appear on the left of pages (or the whole screen if you’re using a mobile device). It’s still not perfect, but I’ve reduced the size of the artwork/cover. At some point, I am going to make it an option to pop out the player so you can get more space on the menu.

Reward System: I go back and forth with this, trying to decide whether to keep it or not. As I’ve said before in my other weblog, I’m not seeking to get rich from this but I think it’s important to reward those who help promote my totally unprofessional podcast, streaming, or websites. I want to keep this, but I want to simplify it. A lot of the work I am doing here is more of a “proof of concept” kind of thing. You know, to see whether I can do it and for it to be tested. At some point, I want to help other podcast producers. Whether that happens or not, I don’t know yet.

Contact Options: I’m going to reduce these simply because I don’t want to have 300 links to services that I don’t use. I’ve removed Skype a long time ago because I’ve switched to using it only for phone calls to the USA. I’ll keep Telegram, Discord, Mastodon, and the contact form on my website. No Instagram? I don’t really use it. I don’t use Snapchat. I reserve Facebook for people I know personally. A lot of this change has been done, but I want to further simplify it.

Conclusion: I hope this transparency helps you understand what I’m doing and I really hope you’ll help me test things out and let me know if you see anything funny. I do need your help with testing things on this website because it’s built from scratch. I am not borrowing any code from anywhere. I want to get it right. ๐Ÿ™‚

Again, thank you for being here. I appreciate it! I hope you stick around.

CN #50: Change Crave

I haven’t really worked out how I am going to do this yet, so I am posting my new episode here. The best option is to subscribe to the podcast using Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be working on getting a more organised system together. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here ya go:

If you have any problems anywhere, or any feedback for me, just let me know by leaving a comment here or by sending me a message here.

Simplifying the Complicated, Part 1

I’ve always got an excuse why I don’t post new podcast episodes, stream, or update my weblog and of course, today is no different. Things have been really busy lately.

I could lie and tell you that I haven’t just discovered No Man’s Sky but I won’t do that. That’s why I’ve been so busy. It’s why I haven’t been able to do anything else.

I’m going to be trying a few new things with what you hear and what you see. Here is what I’m thinking:

Podcasting: I’ve basically been struggling to find any motivation to record new podcast episodes. One of the real struggles of living in a rural area is that nothing happens. COVID-19 has made that even worse. You’d think that I’d have more time to blow because of it, but I don’t. I am considered “essential”. I don’t have an option to work from home. Besides work, nothing exciting has been happening.

Streaming: My work hours have been very unpredictable. Basically, I am on call on weekends. That’s when I think streaming game play works best. My dates have to be moved around a lot. I’m going to try to get it started soon. If you’d like to follow me on Twitch, go here.

More Political Babble

When I start “new” blogs, I usually start posting daily, but I didn’t do it this time. Way to go for me.

I try not to be too political in my writing because, well, it ruffles people’s panties. I don’t want to continuously piss people off. That’s not my goal… usually. Yet, politics is on my mind again.

When I first registered as a voter in the US, I registered as a Republican voter because my dad insisted on it and I just accepted that. Then I learned about what they stand for and changed it to Democrat. I’m much more for the people than the corporations and I don’t like what Republicans stand for. There are some ideas where I can say “Okay, that’s not so bad” but for a majority of what they believe, I don’t agree.

Having said that, I believe that a change between the both every so often is “healthy” for the country. I believe we work best when both sides actually cooperate, but as we’ve seen during this administration, that doesn’t happen very often.

In regards to the USA, I am an overseas voter. I try to vote in most of the major elections and I vote for the lesser evil. My vote is for Texas though, and it’s quite well-known how Texas usually votes, so my side loses… a lot. Oh well, what can you do?

I’m really hoping for a change (or return) to some kind of normality next year. Sadly, I’m not convinced that US citizens care about electing the best person for the job, as we’ve seen. I see the Great Orange Overlord getting ‘blessed’ with another four years. I really hope I’m proven wrong. I really do.

As I’ve said, I’m going to eventually shy away from posting my political thoughts. I hope.

Anyway, I don’t know if any of that had a point. Maybe it’s just that I wanted to talk about myself. I love talking about myself. ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope everyone is doing well. If you’ve migrated over from Idiologic, welcome back! ๐Ÿ™‚