The down side of the knee update/exam

I had been wearing a compression band only for the past few days.  After yesterdays’ exam and ‘stress test’ (of which results are promising), I’m wearing the clunky hinged knee brace.  Knee is fekking sore, and feels a bit unstable. Very sure after a day or two, that will pass.

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Another company shot themselves in the foot

I know this happened last year, but I have had a lot going on, so just kep letting is slide.

I used to use HULU, the free version. I had no problem watching the ads or the ad breaks.  But it seems that they have changed how they do things.  They got rid of the free version, and are subscription only. If I am going to subscribe to a streaming video feed, I don’t care HOW they charge $4 less a month, I will NOT pay to watch advertisements.

It’s really a shame, too, as I did enjoy their content. Oh well.

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Knee update

It seems the SYNVISC injection is doing it’s job.  Much less grinding pain when bending the knee, and less side to side movement.  The patella is moving smoothly over the joint, too.  Still tends to hyper extend but that is something that can be avoid by using a compression band that have supports on the sides.  Also, my left knee is feeling better because I’m not leaning all my weight to one side. That and the nifty anti-inflamatory I am taking. 

My gastrocnemius is still giving me fits, but not where as bad as it was just a week ago.  The right tensor fasciae latae is still knotting up, so H gave it the pressure massage treatment. It unlocked, but DAYAM is it sore now.  He also examined the patella and surrounding ligaments/tendons.  Would it come as a surprise that I am more sore now after the exam than I was before I got it? (rueful laugh) Told H I will not be doing the heel dip exercises as it feels as if it’s ripping the right calf muscle apart.  S’ok, though, I have a new one to help retrain how I walk. Amazing how the body adapts when one part isn’t working quite right.  Time to make it remember how it’s supposed to be.

So, overall update: Just a little over 2 weeks after synovial injection, I have visible improvement. It takes 2 months to achieve full benefits, but the amount I have improved in just two weeks bodes well.  I will keep doing my exercises to strengthen the glutes and to get the TFL loose yet strong.

Oh.. the unintended but welcome side effect of being able to walk around, regularly taking my thyroid meds again,  and doing the specific physio exercises.. I lost 5cms from around my hips!

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I just gave it to Audible with both barrels.. again

I gave them POOR rating on how they handled my problem, and the reasons why:

No one bothered to read what I had sent. I TOLD you I had already followed the instructions on your website, but that the SEND THIS BOOK option was NO WHERE on my Android App. That the app is fully up to date, using a Galaxy S7, Android Ver 7.01. All you did was copy and paste the website instructions into an email and send it to me. NO HELP!

I am not the ONLY person having this issue. It’s making the rounds in REDDIT and you have really cheesed off your customers removing the ability to gift a book. And don’t tell me to just get a membership, because the people I have wanted to give a book to already have one. It’s stupid stuff like this that makes people look for ways to ‘convince’ your proprietary MP3 format, which can ONLY be played on Audible approved devices (that still rankles me), to play on other devices, in NON-proprietary MP3 format, or look for the audio CDs instead. I am not saying I do this, but I can understand WHY.

Think it will get through their thick heads that removing the ability to gift a book is LOSING customers?

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Tedious

I finally finished downloading all my images I had posted in the LJ galleries/scrapbook.  I think it was fear of losing some of those images that kept me from switching to other blog to be the Main one, and the others just mirrors.

Still not too thrilled how Dreamwidth archives images, but I have alternate method, using FLICKR. 

So now, of the PTB in Russia decide I am too political, or too critical of Putin, or too supportive of LGBT rights, and censor me, it will have negligible impact if any.

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After side by side test shots

I have a very old Canon wide angle lens, a 17-35mm F/2.8.  Although it worked great for older camera bodies (550D, 40D, 7D) but its performance falls short on the 5DmkIV and the 7DmkII.

So, I have been testing diffferent lenses, taking a photo of the same thing, same settings..

Canon 11-24 f/4 – clear images even to the edges, barely visible fringing, minor vignetting. Can’t mount a UV filter, but the lens hood extends past the element.

Canon 17-40 f/4 – clear images, slight softening at the edges. Visible vignetting and fringing. Can mount a UV filter.

Canon 16-35 f/4 – clear images, visible fringing and minor vignetting. Can mount UV filter.

Canon 16/35 f/2.8 – clear images, slightly visible fringing, and minor vignetting, but less than the f/4 version. Can mount UV filter.

Tamron 15-30 f/2.8 – clear images, very visible fringing, minor vignettings. Can’t mount UV filter, but lens hood extends past the element.

Sigma Art 12-24 f/4 – clear images, even to the edges. Negligible fringing, negligible vignetting. Can’t mount UV filter, but lens hood extends past the element.

So, it’s down to the Canon 11-24 f/4 and the Sigma Art 12-24 f/4.  They both produced excellent images, sharp, clear, even to the edges, so I have to choose by other criteria.

The Canon 11-24 f/4 is $2866 to $3,844.

The Sigma Art 12-24 f/4 is $1579 to $1999.

Sigma Art Series 12-24 f/4 for the win! Time to save my shekels!

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Hey, Audible, want to stop shooting yourself in the foot?

Audible keeps ‘fixing’ something that was never broken.  Over the past year, I have traded comments, and requesting help and asking why.  Finally, I just sent this:

April 19, 2017 FEEDBACK, and I don’t think you’re going to like it.

Dear Audible, first you got rid of “Gift a Credit!” from your audiobook service, so one could no longer give someone an extra credit at the end of the rollover period. It was also a great way to give someone a birthday or Christmas present, so they could choose which book to get.

Then you switched to “Buy as a gift”. Ok, a bit less of a surprise, unless you’re really sneaky finding out what someone wanted without their realizing.

Then, for some unfathomable reason, you removed the “Buy as a Gift” option for audiobooks. Your lame excuse of “we will be focusing on our most popular customer benefits” is utter codswallop, because how does removing these two options benefit me? Or benefit a gift recipient?

It’s stupid crap like this that makes people look for ways to ‘convince’ your proprietary MP3 format, which can ONLY be played on Audible approved devices (that still rankles me), to play on other devices, in NON-proprietary MP3 format, or look for the audio CDs instead. I am not saying I do this, but I can understand WHY.

Audible’s lame assed reply – Use SEND THIS BOOK from Android app.  Two problems: Send This Book option isn’t ON the Android App, and they removed it from their webpage.

So, I have to BUY a book *I* don’t want, and then send it to someone with an option that doesn’t exist?

Oh, and the kicker: if the person HAS an audible account, and you use the SHARE option, they get sent a link to BUY the book.

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