HRT Update, Body changes, Cancer 

HRT Update, Body changes, Cancer 

This a regular-scheduled toot telling you that the UK's shared-care model for trans people is rubbish.

It involves too many moving parts with the patient connecting them all.

HRT/Medication Aquisition shenanigans 

HRT/Medication Aquisition shenanigans 

HRT/Medication Aquisition shenanigans 

In thinking about buying some more equipment I've basically decided I'm gonna sell my Nikon 18-105mm, and my Tamron 70-300.

Ive...never used the 300mm lens.
And the 105mm is quite awful.

I mean, the 105 is a good focal range, but it's kit-lens quality. Plastic, weird aberration, rough AutoFocus.

Ooooo Nikon 50mm f1.8g lenses are Β£125 in CeX πŸ‘€

Thats not too bad, but I WOULD also like to get a D7100 body some time soon. Money money πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

@s The 50mm F1.8D suffers from some chromatic aberration sometimes too. It IS a super nice lens, but it's not as good as the new Nikkor primes like my 35mm.

@s So, yesterday I was using my Nikon 50mm F1.8D - a nice prime lens which doesn't have an AutoFocus motor.
Its fine, because my D7100 SLR has an AutoFocus motor in the body.

But shooting in a fairly dark venue yesterday and the focus was doing a lot of hunting, and often failing to get a good focus on poorly lit subjects.

My much more modern 35mm lens was totally fine, as was my 85mm, and those have AutoFocus though.

I might finally try and get a 50mm f1.8G and retire the old one. πŸ“·

Yesterday I did some paid photography work for the first time in a while.
It was exhausting, mostly because the location is a single large room containing children and lots and lots of videogames. Thus, a bombardment to the ears for 6 hours. πŸ™‰

It was good though, but I'd certainly appreciate a faster focusing 50mm lens πŸ™„ More in thread on that.

In the evening we went to the Hackspace's Hackoween event. That was super chill. Good chats and company 😊

I'm internally giggling on a train because after setting up OpenVPN on my home network, I am administering my home server, on my phone, over ssh, on train wifi.

Next steps for this I think is having the OpenVPN server run on my network's router, rather than my server box. But seems to work well so far!

Today I finally got around to setting up OpenVPN on my home-network πŸŽ‰

Mostly to be able to access my home server, without exposing it to the Internet - but with the secondary bonus of having a less snoopy experience on Coffeeshop and hotel WiFi networks.

I used the Digital Ocean guide for Ubuntu 16.04 (but on Debian 9) and it was _fairly_ easy.

@s Hockley Hustle was pretty good too! Saw several different genres of amateur music.
Enjoyed the jazz most.

@s The talk went really well, and I really enjoyed it.
It was well populated and plenty of people said it was good, and it received 7 Green, 9 Amber and 2 Red votes on the feedback system.

Its probably my best talk yet, maybe πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

The rest of the conference was of general high quality and a good day out with @iguana 😊

This weekend was a busy one!

On Saturday I gave my first 60 min conference talk at DDD East Midlands entitled "This is a Talk about Nothing" about representing nothingness in Programming languages. It ended up being more like 50 mins due to 2 consecutive fire alarms earlier in the day.
Later, went to PubConf Nottingham.

Sunday started with the dismantling of a hair dryer, and ended with an afternoon at the very Nottingham event, Hockley Hustle. A music festival in the city center.

HRT Update 

Writing my talk for DDD East Midlands on Saturday has been fantastic - I've learnt a lot about how different languages represent references to nothing.

This is precisely why I wanted to do this talk - to encourage me to learn more about a topic.

I think thats a 100% valid way to write a talk!

I've been stacking up a long list of guitar pedals I want to try and make: Reverb/delay, Op-amp overdrive, low/high pass filters, tremolo, ring-mod. 🎸

Its quite a list!

None of them are hugely complex, electronically. At least, making something that works isnt hard, I'm not saying that it'll sound great though.

I need to do a big components order to get hold of some ICs, transistors and stomp-switches.

There are probably ways to do this - I believe Dreamwidth has functionality to show posts to a specific sub-group.
Mastodon& Facebook also has this to some extent.
But they miss the 'Show me only updates from _these_ people' part.

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