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Though I've been writing via electronic media for longer than most of the people reading this have been able to read, it's only recently that anybody's called it blogging.  Back then, it was considered "a series of articles" or "writing a column" or "publishing by installment" or something like that.  I'm sure that next year it will be called something else.
Or, you can just see the whole thing at once in chronological order (the way God meant for such things to be read).

And again, please, don't take anything too seriously!

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The "C" Word

  • 27 - This Chicken has Teeth I saw the radiation doctor this week.  She agrees with the surgeon that the anal tumors are a good candidate for surgery while they are small, not inflamed, and not causing a problem.  It would also be a good time to hit them with more radiation.  On the other hand, since they are currently small, not inflamed, and not causing a problem, why do anything at all just now?  She agreed that a "wait and see" approach was acceptable, and I'll be seeing her again in about 3 months.  In other news, I lost a tooth to a mouthful of chicken nuggets, so now I have to track down a dentist.  This is probably completely unrelated to my cancer ...
    Posted Sep 10, 2016, 10:52 PM by Troy Cheek
  • 26 - No Surgery Just Yet I checked with a surgeon today who thinks that the external tumor is a good candidate for surgery.  In fact, I think he was ready to cut me right there in the office.  But I have another appointment with the radiation doctor in a couple of weeks, so I'm going to see what she has to say before pulling the trigger on the surgery.I was recently diagnosed with Stage IV Colon Cancer. It didn't want this to affect my regular videos, so I'm putting everything involving this into a new playlist called The "C" Word.It seems that YouTube has been randomly unsubscribing people. If you're seeing this, you may want to bookmark the channel ...
    Posted Aug 18, 2016, 1:59 PM by Troy Cheek
  • 25 - Radiation Done For Now I finally finished all 20 of my 10 radiation treatments, which took 6 of the 4 weeks they told me it would.  The radiation doctor is quite happy with the results.  I'm just happy that it no longer hurts when I poop.  I will see the surgeon in a couple of weeks to see what he says, then follow up with the radiation doctor in a month.  Once again, this didn't cure me by any means but it might just make my remaining days more enjoyable.
    Posted Aug 2, 2016, 1:18 PM by Troy Cheek
  • 24 - Quick Update I have undergone about 15 radiation treatments so far with about 5 more to go.  My tumors have gotten noticeably smaller and less painful.  I talk to the doctor again next week to decide where to go from here.I was recently diagnosed with Stage IV Colon Cancer. It didn't want this to affect my regular videos, so I'm putting everything involving this into a new playlist called The "C" Word.It seems that YouTube has been randomly unsubscribing people. If you're seeing this, you may want to bookmark the channel page or follow me on Google Plus below to be alerted to new videos.Uncle Troy's website: http://www.troycheek.org/Uncle Troy Presents: http ...
    Posted Jun 27, 2016, 7:29 PM by Troy Cheek
  • 23 - Diabetus Radiationus Radiation therapy was temporarily halted due to a diabetic emergency, which wasn't really an emergency but try telling a doctor that when they've got lab results they don't like.  I knew it was a mistake to let them draw blood.  Other good news: more chemo?
    Posted Jun 16, 2016, 2:54 PM by Troy Cheek
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View from the Corner

  • 2015.07.25 Berenstein Bears are Real So, today I had what I call a narwhal moment.  That's when you find out something you believed for a long time is different than you thought, has always been different, and you feel mad at the world for conspiring to keep that secret from you.  Search for something like "I just found out narwhals are real" for examples.Remember the Berenstein Bears books from when you were growing up?  Well, it turns out they're actually spelled Berenstain.  Always were.  In spite of how perfectly I remember reading Berenstein and arguing with friends about whether it was pronounced Berensteen or Berenstine, it turns out it was always Berenstain.I think I'm going to lay back down for ...
    Posted Jul 25, 2015, 4:35 PM by Troy Cheek
  • 2015.06.20 Amazon Delivery Drones So, I keep reading that Amazon wants to use drones (those cute little quadcopter things) to deliver small items almost instantly.  I mean, you could order a new hard drive for your computer and have it delivered in less time it would take to drive into town, buy it at a store, and return home.  This is probably a really good idea.  But every time I hear about this, one question keeps going through my mind:  Which would be better, shotgun or butterfly net?
    Posted Jun 20, 2015, 7:30 PM by Troy Cheek
  • 2011.03.19 Utter Lack of Free Time I realized it had been a while since I'd posted, so I thought I might need to update everyone on what's going on with me here lately.  First and foremost, I'm a lazy, selfish, SOB.  If it's a choice between writing something for you, my dear readers, and taking a nap, I'll be taking that nap now.  In fact, today I've spent most of the day doing laundry.  I now have clean bedclothes and clean pajamas.  Now that I've cleaned up the bathroom, I intend to take a long, hot shower.  I then plan to put my clean body in my clean pajamas, lay in my clean bed, and just feel clean for ...
    Posted Mar 19, 2011, 2:09 PM by Troy Cheek
  • 2011.01.11 Snow Day It snowed just a little here the other day.  While way up North they might have gotten snow measured in feet, way down here a few inches is all it takes to bring life to a standstill.  We got at least six or eight inches of white fluffy rain, as my brother likes to say.  Still, we managed to have a grand old time.
    Posted Jan 13, 2011, 8:49 AM by Troy Cheek
  • 2010.05.26 Bifocal Built for Two When you're an old man with diabetes, every little change you notice in your eyesight is cause for alarm.  This is crazy because, I'm told, that the changes in the eyes caused by diabetes are actually ones that you don't notice.  That's the reason why you need regular checkups.  Otherwise, you wouldn't notice them until it was too late to do anything about them.  With regular checkups, my eye doctors assure me, serious conditions can be caught early and monitored.  You might notice that they don't say anything about actually fixing these serious conditions, just that they can be caught early and monitored.At one of these regular checkups just a few short years ...
    Posted May 26, 2010, 8:52 AM by Troy Cheek
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Bastard Officer From Hell

  • 2004.05.31 Stupidity is NOT a Protected Disability - Part 2 As you may remember from last week, my boss got the brilliant idea that security should spend more time enforcing handicap parking laws. All this because I asked an employee not to park in those cute little hashed off areas between handicap parking spaces. It turns out that she didn't know that they were there to keep people from blocking the special ramps and powered lifts that some vehicles had. "I just knew I could always find a parking space there." The boss never actually got around to getting us trained and certified to write citations for parking in handicap spaces, so I was limited to simply asking people to move and, if they failed to do so, call ...
    Posted Mar 26, 2010, 6:09 AM by Troy Cheek
  • 2004.05.04 Stupidity is NOT a Protected Disability - Part 1 I once had the pleasure of working for a boss who was constantly coming up with brilliant ideas on how I could do my job better. By "pleasure" I mean "undying agony" and by "brilliant" I mean "unbelievably stupid" as this is some of that famous Cheek sarcasm you may have heard about. I eventually learned to stop using sarcasm around this particular boss. It just never worked. "Troy, you've got to do something about him," a co-worker once pleaded. "You do a great job of keeping the other managers in line. Why not him?" "He's completely immune to sarcasm," I replied. "It goes right over his head. My powers are useless against him!" Yes, my co ...
    Posted Mar 26, 2010, 6:08 AM by Troy Cheek
  • 2004.04.12 Terrorists with Retirement Plans I got a letter the other day which said, when you boil it down to the essentials, that if I didn't act immediately to prove to them that I wasn't a terrorist, the government was going to arrest me and hold me indefinitely. Oh, and incidentally, I'd lose my retirement plan. It all started some time before when I attended an information meeting at my Bastard Officer From Hell job, where they talked about the importance of saving for retirement. The main point was that you couldn't count on either your employer or the government to take care of you after you retired. As this information meeting was paid for by my employers, which were a ...
    Posted Nov 7, 2009, 12:39 PM by Troy Cheek
  • 2004.04.16 Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Speeders ...endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights...I spend a lot of time on the road. As anyone who's met me would not be at surprised to hear, because of my wit, charm, and sparkling personality, I have a little bit of a problem finding jobs. My current place of employment is a full hour's drive from my home. Because of said wit, charm, and sparkling personality, I also have a little bit of a problem finding a special person with whom to share my life. My current girlfriend is a full two hours' drive from my home. In the opposite direction. While spending so much time on the road, I've encountered pretty much every type ...
    Posted Nov 4, 2009, 4:41 AM by Troy Cheek
  • 2005.09.12 The Bastard Officer From Hell Walks Again... Again ...no sooner than you fix one thing...As I wrote last week, I once worked with an officer whose idea of preventative maintenance on our patrol car was to shut it off whenever and wherever it happened to be and just tell Troy about it the next day. Whenever I'd ask if he checked this or adjusted that, I'd get the same response: "Hey!" he'd shout, backing away and holding up his hands as if he expected me to attack him. "I told you I don't know nothing about no technical stuff like that." I'll admit, there are times when I prefer that approach to some of the alternatives I've seen over the years ...
    Posted Oct 28, 2009, 10:02 AM by Troy Cheek
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Technical Stuff

  • 2015.12.07 Envious of the HP Envy 5642 Printer A couple of months back, I needed to do some scanning and printing for a nephew.  No problem, as I had my trusty Kodak All-In-One Printer.  Except that in the month or two since the last time I'd printed anything, the Kodak had decided it no longer knew how to print yellow.  What had probably happened was that some ink had dried in the print head.  While the old HP printers I'd been buying for years had print heads built into the ink cartridges, the Kodak had permanent print heads.  This made the ink cartridges cheaper, and the whole point of the Kodak printer was that it was going to save me money on ink.  Of ...
    Posted Dec 7, 2015, 4:06 PM by Troy Cheek
  • 2015.11.26 Comcast Doesn't Know My Name Now, I'm not implying that Comcast (or, as I like to call them Cardassian Cable), the company that supplies me with cable TV and internet service (and is continually trying to convince me to let them supply me phone service) is run by idiots, but knowing the names of your customers when you email them might be a good thing.  I've only been a customer for about 15 years and I took over the account from my father who had it for about 10 years before that, so we're talking a quarter century of service.  I recently discovered that my official Comcast email account was automagically forwarding messages to a personal email account I no longer use ...
    Posted Nov 26, 2015, 4:32 PM by Troy Cheek
  • 2015.11.15 Native IDE vs AHCI (SSD Upgrade Gone Wild) Back when I put together my latest computer just a few short years ago, Solid State Drives (SSD) were expensive.  They were more than $1 a GB, meaning that a 1 TB drive would set you back more than $1000 (if you could find one that big) whereas a mechanical Hard Disk Drive (HDD) that size was much less expensive.  A more reasonable 250 or 500 GB SSD would still cost you $250 or $500.  I paid well over $100 for a 120 GB SSD and well over $100 for a 2 TB HDD.  I installed my OS and frequently used programs/games on the SSD and put my music, videos, and less frequently used stuff on the HDD.  It ...
    Posted Nov 17, 2015, 1:55 PM by Troy Cheek
  • 2015.11.10 One Last HDD/SSD/SSHD Rant Not too many years ago, I specced a new desktop system and had to make some decisions about storage space.  I ultimately went with a 100 GB SSD boot drive for about $100 and a 2 TB HDD storage drive for about $100.  I installed the OS and some commonly used programs on the SSD, put my video collection and less-used programs on the HDD, set Windows 7 to default to thinking My Documents and similar folders were on the HDD, and off I went.Things were fine for a while, but as I installed more programs and collected more data, I found that more and more often I was having to uninstall old programs from the SSD or ...
    Posted Nov 10, 2015, 10:19 AM by Troy Cheek
  • 2015.10.16 More Custom DVR Stuff I've occasionally talked about my homemade DVR solution.  It's basically a computer that records television for me, which is all a TiVo or other box you get from your cable or satellite TV provider actually is.  My software of choice is SageTV.  For a long time, I could not recommend this software as the company was bought out by Google and it was no longer available for sale.  If you wanted to see it in action, you had to have Google Fiber TV.  However, Google has recently given permission for the old owner of SageTV to open source the program.  The SageTV community has already started to work on a package that will have all the functionality of ...
    Posted Oct 16, 2015, 7:25 AM by Troy Cheek
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