Collarbone woes

Xray Day 0:

Xray Day 13:

Xray Day 26: 

Comminuted mid clavicular fracture with superior angulation.  There is no evidence of significant callus formation and the fracture line is still clearly visible.

I sustained this injury whilst skiing in extremely marginal conditions at Broken River in New Zealand. I lost a ski in a bush whilst skiing fast, approaching an attempted jump. Due to my high speed I couldn’t bring myself under control with one ski, and fell forwards, hitting my clavicle directly on something hard, which smashed it into four pieces. I did not have surgery, as this injury was sustained in New Zealand, where they do not perform any clavicle surgery there. I returned to Australia a few days later, and doctors there advised that I wait and see.

The fracture did eventually heal, though it took a good four to five weeks before I noticed any increase in its stability. Once the break started to firm up it progressed remarkably quickly. The doctors say that the bones “bleed” a kind of highly vascularised fibrous tissue from the ends of the fractured bones, which grow towards each other, and once they touch they contract, pulling the ends of the bones together. Well, this is certainly what it felt like, and after six or so weeks I was back to fairly full functionality, and my shoulder geometry is pretty normal despite the fact that I have a spiky bit sticking out of my shoulder now.

Most of the pain I experienced was caused by my back muscles becoming tight and stiff from lying on my back in a restricted position for four weeks, because I couldn’t roll over onto my sides during sleep. I was off my pain medications a couple of days after sustaining the break because I didn’t find the pain from the fracture very bad and the side effects of codeine are to be avoided if possible (addictive, constipating). After it healed, I had some physiotherapy treatments to sort out the muscle stiffness, and today I am pretty much back to normal, though the spiky bit does sometimes get hit on things and the skin over the top bruised, I can carry a hiking pack just fine.

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The pain of MYOB ODBC

OK, if you’re like me, you’re used to coding on UNIX. So when, as is pretty much inevitable (unless you’re living in a university or somewhere unrealistic like that), you have to code on Windows, it can be a bit of a shock. Which is to be expected… proprietary binaries everywhere… argh.

But I wasn’t expecting it to be quite this painful. Connecting to MYOB using their ODBC connector is akin to standing on one leg, touching your nose just so, and trying to piss into a specific well in an ice-tray. Put that one in your freezer and freeze it! To make matters worse, we want to use PHP for all of this, and MYOB provides examples only in Microsoft’s favorite languages like C# and *gasp* ASP. AND, before version 6, you couldn’t even insert stuff into their database identified by the primary key. Read that again. You have to insert it based on last name. LAST FRIGGIN NAME. So if you have two Smiths, well… it assigns it to the first one. Gah. Anyway, it seems that with MYOB Premier version 10 and ODBC version 6, you can actually do these fundamental things.

So y’all don’t have to go through the same pain we did, here is our example code. One in Perl, the other in PHP.

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Whilst listening to an interview with Richard Stallman today, he succinctly articulated something that I have believed for a long time:

The purpose of democracy is to make sure that wealthy people cannot have influence proportional to their wealth. And if they do have more influence than you or I, that means democracy is failing. The laws that they obtain in this way have no moral authority, but they have the capability of doing harm.

By being party to certain treaties, we in Australia are directly affected by the USA’s flawed political system.  Unless we learn to stand up to it a little better, like France and Canada for example, we are really going to start to feel the pain. More than we currently do from their unsupportable foreign policy…

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You Sometimes Don’t Get Enough Sleep
You’re often more tired than you’d like, and you’re probably not getting enough quality sleep.
Sleeping a little more could make you a lot more energetic and happy.
Try having a bedtime, keep your bedroom cool, and only eat fruit before bed.
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Fridgemate HOWTO

Here’s my quick HOWTO in pictures for wiring up a Fridgemate temperature controller. Keep in mind here that you’ll be working with 240V, so if you stuff it up you could die, burn down the house, or the world could blow up! You have been warned.

Fridgemate 1

Figure 1: extention lead, fridgemate & probe, black UB1 zippy box, medium wire joiners (3 cut from a set of 12), grommets. Feet not shown. I think all the extras added up to about $15 from Dick Smith.
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You’ve Experienced 64% of Life
You have all of the life experience that most adults will ever get.
And unless you’re already in your 40s, you’re probably wise beyond your years.
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You Are A Romantic
You life your life like a fairy tale… or at least you try to.
Living for magical moments, you believe there’s only one true love for you.
Love is the most important thing in your life, and you don’t take it for granted.
Your perfect match loves to be in love as much as you do!
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Your Kissing Technique Is: Perfect
Your kissing technique is amazing – and you know it.
You have the confidence to make the first move.
And you always seem to know what kissing style is going to work best.
Sometimes you’re passionate, sometimes you’re a tease. And you’re always amazing!
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You Are 14% Evil
You are good. So good, that you make evil people squirm.
Just remember, you may need to turn to the dark side to get what you want!
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You Are A Jealous Ex
You’re not quite over your past, and you are hurt that your ex is moving on
You’re no longer in love, but you’re not done with being pissed
Jealous of any happiness that comes your ex’s way, you still can’t let go
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