I know, I know, I am terrible at keeping things updated.

Yeah, erm so I haven’t been on here for ages writing anything.

Well I did say I have certain brain issues.  So I shall go for a little update.

Right then.  Health wise still much the same, it’s not as if brain structure problems just go away.  Generally I do feel much better now that I am not taking boatloads of medications though.  The insomnia still comes and goes but I’m used to that after all this time.  What doesn’t help is the next upcoming WCA and the form I just sent back to them for that.  The realist approach tells me the ticky box assessment will find me fit for work again and I end up on the appeals merry go round again.  Nothing really I can do about that, the politicians want to scapegoat and punish the sick and stupid people keep voting for them (won’t get into the whole lying and electoral misconduct here).

Life.  It’s OK I suppose, I have issues but at least I have a roof over my head and some good friends.  I recently completed a supported volunteering course and I am now working with them to find some suitable volunteering work that won’t make me worse mentally again.  The options are interesting at least.  One is for helping in libraries with people having trouble with their tech, you know showing people how to send emails and that kind of thing.  There’s the bicycle recyle lot where maybe I could be working on the bicycles which I haven’t done for a while.  Another is helping in some capacity at a Sensory Support centre which is a little vague at the moment but we’ll see.  Of course one the charity can’t help directly with is to get with the local Stop Smoking Service to help them understand and make use of electronic cigarettes.  That last one I’ll have to try and arrange myself but the charity will still support me with it.  Since I enjoy that kind of thing the last one is my preference but who knows if it will work out.  It kind of depends on the local SSS managers being receptive to vaping or not.  I am working on a nice email to send them and if contact is in any way reciprocated I shall try to get the NNA linked in too (since they have a nice fount of knowledge and the like but need more people in each of the SSS areas to work).

Technology.  Yeah I am still messing around with audiovisual stuff and have learned a fair bit (some of it even seems to be staying put in my head).  Little things like ground loop isolation to get rid of background noise on computer recordings, that high quality cables really can make a difference.  Oh and of course I got a better mixer. I did that because I thought the behringer had gone south, of course what was actually happening was loads of ground loop noise so I will use the Soundcraft (because its fantastic) but keep the other mixer as a backup.  I am still incredibly bad at video editing but when concentration allows I’ll keep working on that aspect.  Computer wise my machine is a fairly cheap monster.  I had a small hiccup where a new power supply was required but that was easy enough to rectify (loving the 1000W Rosewill I got hold of).  The machine is now quiet enough even under load and dumps heat (stays cool) effectively although I have the last couple of cheaper fans to replace so all case and CPU fans are matching arctic f12’s (last two should be here this week).  With the way the technology cycles it will be a fair while before I upgrade CPU and motherboard but I am always keeping an eye out for better GPU’s (while the R9 270X 4GB is good, the Nvidia models still give far better performance but cost a small fortune).  For my video exploits I also constructed a new carry rig for the Panasonic camera which gives an extending  handle as well as a really neat video light (camera and light powered by a USB power bank), oh and a tripod that stows in the handle as well.

Vaping. Yup still really enjoying my vapes.  I’ve had the parts for building a DNA200 for a few months but haven’t been in the right mindset to actually build it so far but still hope to have it done before the next UK VapeFest in august.  I still play around with mixing too but haven’t come up with anything wonderful as yet (its fun to try though).  I attend meets when I feel up to it, trying to remember to film bits and pieces while I’m at them.  The big meet I mentioned already and I should be able to make it even if the DWP do their we’re stopping your money trick just before it like they did a couple of years back (hence why people noticed I was a little more lively last year compared to my first visit).  Of course the TPD starts rolling out this year which will start to bite, but you’ve got to stay positive and keep plugging away to prevent vaping being destroyed.  The industry and user base has expanded rapidly and we must wait and see if the added numbers have given us enough weight to roll over than ANTZ and their political stooges.  Things seem positive in the UK at least but it will take time for that to build a head of steam to help elsewhere.  Those in opposition ran out of credible arguments a long time ago, but sadly the media keeps just running with the scare tactics (which of course they always will).  Slowly, with luck and work, the public will start to realise the absurdity of the whole thing and some of the damage can be reversed.  If that comes about we can work on stopping all the demonisation of groups that public “health” areas have made their stock and trade.  The ban/tax it brigade make themselves look more foolish every day, we just need people to wake up to it.   We should be working on educating people about choices, not removing choices.  Sanity and logic left the building for too many of these “professionals” an age ago and it needs sorting out.

Summary. Brain, still farting regularly (well so do I, bad stomach you know).  Tech, still fun. Vaping, still fun. Advocacy, still fighting.  Life, quite good currently. Post, finishing.

Gad On folks !

Oh and remember #celebratethevape !

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