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Off Topic / Rigel's Glaucoma: Redux
« on: January 13, 2022, 11:29:04 AM »
Sup y'all, someone sent me a message asking me about my condition so I figured I'd update everyone if anyone else was interested.
Previous thread

So I stopped posting in the thread because nothing was really changing. Got diagnosed at 15 which sucked, but I haven't really lost any vision since then either which is nice. So Glaucoma is mostly caused by a build up of Intra-Ocular Pressure (IOP) due to a fluid called "aqueous humor" that naturally flows through the eye or other causes. The medicine was annoying for a while. I originally had a bunch of eye-drops which I'll list the effects of, starting with "Dorzolamide" which stung like lemon juice to apply, but I never really learned how it helped. "Brimonidine" didn't hurt to apply, but it made me really sleepy as a side-effect, and worked by getting my brain to produce less aqueous humor. "Latanoprost" didn't have any noticeable side-effects, but it barely worked on me. It was supposed to improve drainage. "Pilocarpine" was the one I hated the most by far, but it was the most effective at reducing pressure. It improved drainage, and contracted my pupils. The pupilary contraction was meant to make it easier for surgery, but I only ever went through one. It sucked because it made me really near-sighted for a few hours after use, and I had to use it 4 times a day, and the new eyesight was never stable, so I couldn't get glasses that would reliably help either. I also had a pill called "Diamox" that was supposed to help, but didn't really and made things taste different.

Anyway, there was a new medicine called "Rocklatan" which works a lot like Latanoprost but actually works really well for me to the point where I dropped every other medication besides Brimonidine and now the eye pressure is pretty stable. Only problem is that it makes my eyes red as if I've constantly been smoking weed, and it costs so much that I'm still paying $60 per bottle even after insurance covers most of it. By comparison, the co-pay for everything else was like $2 per medication.

I did at one point get a surgery that was supposed to improve natural drainage, but it didn't work somehow. There were no complications, it just didn't improve what it needed to by any good amount after a week of healing. At least I got a video out of it! (Warning, it's a surgery video) I got stitches in my eye, and it felt real weird when they took them out. They had to press on my eye to "break" the stitching, and then pull them out with tweezers. Best way I could say to replicate the feeling is to take a single hair and pinch it between your thumb and pointer finger, then pull it through with your other hand. It wasn't painful at all, just a strange sensation.

Now the plan is to just check the pressure every-so-often and hope the medicine keeps working. Or for future research to yield promising results for ocular regeneration, which there are a few things being tested already. My left eye can barely see anything, and my right eye is mostly fine, so besides the occasional pressure headache or poor depth perception things are okay.

I think I covered nearly everything, I'll be happy to answer any questions!

Off Topic / better video uploading techniques
« on: October 01, 2021, 10:29:42 PM »
I have this video ( of which I recorded with Nvidia Share (used to be ShadowPlay) and then uploaded the raw file to youtube, but then the final result is fuzzy and not at all a video quality that I'm happy with. What video rendering techniques do you guys use, and what do you think would be an easy fix?

General Discussion / Speedkart "Red Zone"
« on: September 14, 2021, 10:33:55 AM »
I'm looking for a speedkart map that existed on a death kart server and not anywhere else really. This death kart server had no teams and just kitted everyone with gravity cat's weapons. The map in particular was default red, people referred to it as the "spam map" because it was just giant print blocks, default trees and windows, and other bullstuff. It was ugly as sin but still a blast to play through. Does anyone remember the host, or have the file?

Off Topic / Bone Guitar
« on: September 10, 2021, 02:13:42 PM »

Games / Steam Hacker going around (Vote for my CSGO team?)
« on: February 03, 2021, 07:54:26 PM »
Accounts have been getting compromised by people asking others to vote for their CSGO team on some stuffty site that steals your info. Wafflecake and I have both been hacked and are trying to do some damage control. Thankfully so far nothing was stolen from me, but they've been using my account to message and block people on my friend list with the same scam site.

Also some people I know have blocked me back, which is the main reason I'm making this.

If you've seen this scam, or heard of it, check your blocklist. Mine had 74 people on it, a good portion was other people from BLF. It used to be 2. Anyone know anything else about this hacker, or anyone that might be compromised? People that are hacked need to be contacted either off steam or through mutual friends.

Off Topic / Does anyone have that Queeba Neutron pic?
« on: October 06, 2020, 01:49:57 AM »
y'know, the one where he's in a rocket and it's captioned: "GOTTA BLAST." I long for the nostalgia.

It seems like a lot of people here have played TTRPGs before, like D&D or Pathfinder. My personal favorite is GURPS because of how flexible it is, but that's off topic. I want to hear all your stories about the stuffty, retarded, and downright malicious players you've met and how you dealt with the situation.

When I was in high school, we had this sort of tabletop games club that I was a part of as soon as it had opened. A year in, some kid showed up wanting to GM a campaign of Pathfinder. No one knew who he was or how well he could GM, but since he was going to be using a module I figured it'd be fine. I made a cavalier and was excited to try a new system. Anyway, we're all gathered around with snacks and stuff, and he says we're in a tavern and we all meet each other. And then guards come in trying to arrest us. He never really gave us a chance to talk in character, he just said "you meet" and then attacked us with nigh-invulnerable guards out of nowhere. Somehow we ended up in a sewer and got into a fight with a dragon that killed a few party members and then the first session ended... I just didn't bother going back to that one. Apparently he kept up the same thing later, speeding people along the module with no conversations and painfully deadly fights.

One time I was hosting an online game for some people on this forum (you know who you are) and it was going well for a while. There was one pretty annoying guy going by the name of "Dakaru" who had aspergers and was an obsessive scalie. He constantly mentioned his tail-loving special interest and how he was having "fun times with snake" after he had tamed a python. He also said a bunch of other retarded things like "cigarettes help if you have asthma" and "i can't go to the DMV because i'm too anxious so i'll just sit here and let bad things happen" (ad-libbing the last one, but that's what he was doing.) He eventually got in an argument with another player and said that he's not going to stick around if we're gonna argue with him on whatever they were talking about, and most of us just waved him goodbye. I want to say that the campaign got better after he left, and it probably would have but I was starting to turn into a forget up with my writing skills failing me so the campaign ended just a few sessions later.

Off Topic / How do you relieve stress?
« on: July 23, 2020, 02:59:35 AM »
These are stuffty times, and it helps to have a distraction when you can't change what's happening. What do y'all do when it's all too much? I like to just get in my car and leave, drive around while singing my favorite songs very loudly and poorly.

Off Topic / Would mesothelioma kill you if you went back in time?
« on: July 19, 2020, 01:32:46 AM »
next topic: would mesothelioma kill you if you went back in time
lets face it, we're all untermensch here, and I don't think any of us would fare well at all against some meth'd up bodyguards

Off Topic / water + chocolate mix or milk + chocolate mix?
« on: October 13, 2019, 10:50:28 PM »
tbh I don't like either, I prefer hot chocolate
I literally JUST put a pot of water on the stove for that very purpose

Personally, I use milk for my hot chocolate. Which do you guys think is better?

Off Topic / coffee or grean tea?
« on: October 10, 2019, 08:13:24 PM »

Off Topic / cocon test
« on: September 05, 2019, 05:12:34 PM »
My friend found an ARG. I'm no good with these so I leave it in your capable hands.

Off Topic / sad panda is now dead panda
« on: July 26, 2019, 01:49:55 PM »
What was probably the biggest repository of hentai and non-hentai doujins is now dead. Two decades worth of images and galleries have vanished from this earth, including now impossible to find stuff from the 80's and 90's. People have compared this loss to the burning of the Library of Alexandria.

Reasons as to why it went down include rumors of new legislation against loli/shotacon in the Netherlands (where the server was hosted), Article 13 being passed in the EU causing all the copyrighted material to be illegal, and the head admin, Tenboro just not wanting to host it anymore. People were given twelve hours to save what they can, and then the site vanished with its hundreds of terabytes of content. This was the site Ex-hentai, the hidden and unfiltered version of E-hentai which will also go down in about six months. Many other hentai sites were just mirrors of what was posted between these two websites, nHentai being one example. It only used a bot to download and re-upload content from the two sites, and has never allowed directly uploading to the site.

Let this be a lesson to back up and download what you like, because digital information is easy to lose. Two decades of archival rested on the shoulders of one man, and he could no longer bear the weight.

Off Topic / How should I combine Ninjas with Aboriginals?
« on: April 25, 2019, 11:54:37 PM »
I'm trying to write a thing, and I've decided that I want a secret organization of ninjas that worship an extra-dimensional being to set up an outpost in Australia and induct the Aboriginal population into their ranks. I've only been having problems deciding what the final result of such a union should be. Ninjas with throwing spears? Ninjas with boomerangs? Abbos with katanas and kimonos? Any idea is welcome, no matter how absurd.

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