Countdown to Surgery

Posted on February 16, 2009. Filed under: computers, DJing, First Life, Friends, Health, RadioRadio, Real Life, Second Life, voice | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Early this Thursday morning, I”ll make like lobster and be cracked open to repair a congenital defect in my aorta, and replace the subsequent damage to the valve as well. I should be in ICU for about 24 hours, then 4 – 6 more days in the hospital, with an estimated 2 week stay at an aftercare facility across the street from the hospital.

I’ve got a few folks that are gonna be there with me while I’m being operated on, the loan of a laptop upon which I’m writing this post and the support of all of you lovely folks to help me along. Mostly I anticipate the dopey state of the last surgery, where I remember a few moments of the whole thing but mostly I think I stared at the tv without much comprehension. Aaah the joys of hydrocodone & other tasty opiates!

I’m told I’ll have internet connectivity there, and this lappie so I”ll be able to post here, on Plurk, FaceBook, etc. as well as email. I suspect this will keep me from being bored quite nicely. I’ll be on hiatus from DJing while away, so I’ll be tuning in to RadioRadio quite a bit I suspect, to while away the hours and listen to the killer live sets!

As with last year’s surgery, right now I’m preoccupied with preparations, remembering to pack what I need/want, trying to leave the house in decent shape for when I return, that mundane stuff. Again, I really like my surgeon, my cardiologist does too, so that eases a lot of tension. He’s a pro, does this all the time and does the bleeding edge procedures few can. This will all happen at the same hospital that did the gastric bypass, and I’m hoping to see some of the same great folks that took such great care of me last time around.

Those of you in SL, Trinity will have the early reports on how things are going, until I’m out of ICU. Jonathan and Robert are expecting to be there with me that day as well for the rest of you to check in with on Thursday & Friday.

Can’t think of anything else to add here, so that’s it for now. Thanks again to Amanda and Jim for the loaner lappie that’s performing quite nicely!

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SLRFL is kicking Cancer’s butt! But good!

Posted on March 19, 2008. Filed under: campaign, First Life, Grass-Roots, metaverse, philanthropy, PR, RadioRadio, Real Life, Second Life, tragedy, VR worlds | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Holy Schnikes! SLRFL (Second Life Relay For Life) is at L$4,292,497 as I write this! That would cost one about 16 grand USD to purchase that many Linden, to give you non-SL folks an idea of what kinda cash we’re talking about here.

Fund raising started at 2 pm Pacific on Saturday March 15th, and it’s about 8:30 pm Pacific on Wednesday the 19th! Our goal for the entire campaign is to raise $ 150,000 (US dollars), 20% of which will go to international “sister” Cancer Societies, 80% will stay in the USA for research, as well as to help those surviving and fighting cancer.

RadioRadio is one of the 81 teams (at last count) formed in SL to raise funds. We’re running about 18th or so as far as total funds collected but as I pointed out earlier, things are just getting going!

Frankly I’d love folks to donate to the RadioRadio team of course, but really, ANY donations going to the American Cancer Society is the point. Who doesn’t want to see all cancer eliminated, relegated to the history books?

More to come!

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Another reason I’m happy I’ve disabled QuickTime in SL

Posted on February 16, 2008. Filed under: hackers, Second Life | Tags: , , , |

Check this article, it’s not a rant but a serious exploit! Thanks to JSM for sending me the article!

I’ve since heard from a few of my code and technical buds that not only has the latest QuickTime update fixed this exploit, SL’s latest updates have also closed the door on those who would attempt to do wrong with the loophole. So one way or another we should be updated (as we should be in general, right?) and safe.

Still keeping QT off as rarely do I watch video in SL anyhow why clog my pipeline with more to render?

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    • MadameMaracas Sorry for the neglect folks, I'm moving to a new facility today, we see what kinda connectivity I have there, if at all. August 20, 2010 MadameMaracas
    • MadameMaracas says Lost connectivity, possibly for an hour or so for the seeming midnight reset. I am fine, full of dilaulid, feeling no pain. no pai August 19, 2010 MadameMaracas
    • MadameMaracas says Getting ready for surgery today, slated to be carved open @ about 11.30am. Pops & Marissa are here taking great care of me. <via phone> August 16, 2010 MadameMaracas
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    • MadameMaracas says Been standing up, turning to sit in a chair, short, shuffling steps! NO THIGH PAIN! <via phone> August 12, 2010 MadameMaracas
    • MadameMaracas says Packing room up atm, waiting for transport to surgery w/ Pops & Marissa. Marissa will update here.. <via phone> August 9, 2010 MadameMaracas
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