A Conversation for Ask h2g2
Teasswill Posted Aug 17, 2020
Here's a new PH: Lentils. Have been trying to be a bit more veggie & have found palatable ways of using lentils. But it's their size & shape that's the issue. Got one stuck under a lump in the bottom of my mouth - couldn't extract it with my tongue or swilling with water. Did eventually work it out several hours later. Phew! Worried I'd end up with an infection or something.
Teasswill Posted Aug 17, 2020
And now bureaucracy.
Having filled in one lengthy form last year (along with having several certificates verified) to claim one pot of NHS pension, I've now got to do it all again for another bit of NHS pension.
Cheerful Dragon Posted Aug 17, 2020
I'd be happy to go a bit more veggie, but I'm married to a man who doesn't like vegetables. He'll eat peas, carrots, sweetcorn, bell peppers, onions and braised red cabbage. That's it. No beans, cauliflower, broccoli... You get the picture. I love vegetables, it's fruit I don't eat much of.
Teasswill Posted Aug 17, 2020
Mushrooms? I'm not keen of most of the meat substitutes, but have found some herby veg sausages that are great done in as toad in the hole. And I use nuts or cheese to pad out the absence of meat. We eat a lot of meals with onion, bell pepper & courgettes. Our tastes don't match well either, but in other ways.
Cheerful Dragon Posted Aug 18, 2020
Hubby doesn't like mushrooms, either. I'm reluctant to cook separate meals for us, but I might have to if I'm going to eat the way I want to.
Today's PH is more serious. I've got uveitis in my right eye (it flared up yesterday). In some ways it's the worst it's ever been. As well as photophobia and eye pain my vision is so blurred that I have trouble reading. Typing this post has been an awkward process. I've had to phone my GP to get a referral to an eye specialist. I only have peripheral vision in my left eye, so if I lose the use of my right eye I'll effectively be blind
Teasswill Posted Aug 18, 2020
I know that's horrid. Does your local eye unit have an emergency eye clinic? It really needs looking at urgently. Sometimes a local optometrists is a better first point of call - some are also now qualified to prescribe.
Best wishes with that.
Cheerful Dragon Posted Aug 18, 2020
My optometrist can't prescribe, so that's not an option. As for an emergency eye clinic, there's one in Birmingham. I went there the last time I had uveitis. Never again! It wasn't a nice experience. I waited a long time to be seen, and when I finally got a prescription it wasn't clear how many bottles of eyedrops I needed. I'm waiting to hear from my preferred eye department. My GP has said to call him if I haven't heard by this afternoon.
Baron Grim Posted Aug 18, 2020
Uveitis Horror Story time:
About 10 years ago, a close friend of mine had undiagnosed uveitis. (This is also a horror story about being uninsured in the US.) He suffered for several weeks with photophobia, eye pain, and headaches. His eyes looked like pink sponges. I urged him to go to an ophthalmologist but he just went to a friendly (read free) G.P. who gave him some eyedrops (and also urged him to go to an ophthalmologist). After more than a month he got Very ill and had his (soon to be ex) girlfriend take him to the E.R. since he worked as a deejay at a gentlemens club, the ER doctor insisted on checking him for STDs. When that turned up negative he baselessly assumed it must be meningitis. What he never did was call for an ophthalmology consult or even check his pupils for dialative response with a penlight! He just loaded him up with fluids and broad spectrum antibiotics and sent him home as soon as he felt good enough to stand up and walk.
A few weeks later, he called me from work asking for the name and address of an opthalmologist as he suddenly lost his vision. Another friend drove him to the office of this doctor. He wasn't in the office but when his staff took one look at my friend they rushed him past the other patients and called Dr. L., who insisted my friend rush to his operational facility in town. (I think he also called in several students to observe such an extreme case.) I met with my friend a few hours later and he told me about having needles literally stuck in his eyes. This was the first time I'd heard of uveitis. Apparently his uveitis had progressed to severe glaucoma. IIRC, the pressure in one of his eyes was over 40 psi. Doctor L. said if he'd waited another 48 hours he'd be permanently blind. He also offered to testify against the ER doc for blatant malpractice. (He didn't sue.)
Speaking of eye doctors, I see my neuro-ophthalmologist on Tuesday. I tried consulting Doctor Google about some things my doctor mentioned in my previous visits, specifically "Parkinson's sign" (no relation to the disease) and "Horner's syndrome". The first of only a handful of search results featured a video of my doctor, Dr. Andrew Lee (not the doctor mentioned above). There are very few neuro-ophthalmologists. He's the only one in the nation's 4th largest city and the largest medical center in the world! I'm a very rare case so my office visits are always crowded with observers.
Cheerful Dragon Posted Aug 21, 2020
I saw a specialist on Wednesday and he confirmed uveitis. Even though the photophobia and eye pain had gone by the time I saw him, my sight was so badly affected that I could only read the first four lines of the chart. He gave me the usual eyedrops and told me to use them *every hour*! In the past the most I've had to use them is six times a day. I'll be seeing him again on Monday. (My sight is improving, btw.)
Teasswill Posted Aug 31, 2020
New PH: DVDs - having to go through all the opening sequences & adverts every time to get to a menu to select options. Then skipping forward to where you want. Or perhaps we're just not using our controller very well. I just feel it was a lot easier with video cassettes.
winnoch2 - Impostair Syndromair Extraordinaire Posted Aug 31, 2020
I often think this, when trying to stream some tv show or movie and the stream stops or stutters, or you want to rewind a few seconds to replay some dialogue I missed. With tape, nothing short of a power cut could cause the playback to stop and navigating around via 'jog-shuttle' or simple rew and ffd buttons was soo much easier, faster and intuitive.
Despite their picture quality limitations I really do miss using VCR's. I never had any of the supposed issues with tapes being chewed or breaking; these were all issues of poor machine maintenance or poor quality cassettes. Progress eh?
Cheerful Dragon Posted Sep 1, 2020
One problem is the inconsistency between DVD manufacturers. Sometimes I can skip the opening sequence and trailers and go straight to the main menu. Other times I can fast forward through trailers, or use the >> button to skip each one. And other times I have to sit through the lot.
The other thing that irritates me is the variability of the language options on DVDs. I'm an Anglophone, so I want the "English" option. I'm not arrogant enough to think that "English" should be the first item on the list, but I have some DVDs that put the languages in country order. This puts United Kingdom right at the end of several pages of languages. I sometimes feel like picking Australia, just to see what happens.
Caiman raptor elk - Escaping the Array Posted Sep 1, 2020
Subtitles that do not match with the (overdubbed) speech. Probably the voice actors got creative, but didn't inform the subtitle translators.
winnoch2 - Impostair Syndromair Extraordinaire Posted Sep 1, 2020
" I sometimes feel like picking Australia, just to see what happens"
I think all that happens is that all 'hello's' are replaced by 'g'day cobber' and some fair dinkums and 'struth's ' are also liberally scattered around the dialogue
Teasswill Posted Sep 1, 2020
I've noticed that subtitles aren't always a proper translation of what is said. I appreciate that languages can't always have a literal translation, but some are definitely re-written for a different audience.
The other subtitle issue I have is with programmes I've recorded at home. They're not in sync, the subs appear well before the speech.
Bluebottle Posted Sep 1, 2020
Subtitles and Dubbing actually do different things.
Dubbing balances both translating dialogue and matching mouth movements as closely as possible to not interfere with the suspension of disbelief audiences experience when watching films.
Subtitles have more freedom to closely match what was originally said, providing more accurate and potentially longer translations of the original dialogue, but are viewed by many as more intrusive.
My favourite sub/dub translation is 'Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra' (2002) - the subtitled version is 20 minutes longer than the dubbed.
Cheerful Dragon Posted Sep 2, 2020
One film where people are advised to watch the subtitled version is Das Böot. However good the dubbing actors may be, you just can't get the emotions and atmosphere in English. Hubby doesn't watch many foreign language films, but Das Böot is one he likes and he insists on watching it with subtitles.
Bluebottle Posted Sep 2, 2020
I've got 'Das Böot' on VHS - I remember they sold two different versions of it depending on whether you wanted subbed or dubbed. DVD does at least make that easier as you can get both at the same time - and box sets don't automatically take up a whole shelf.
You can call me TC Posted Sep 2, 2020
I am lucky enough to be able to understand the German original of das Boot and I vividly remember watching the televised serial late at night whilst doing the ironing. I think I held my breath for most of that year (1986?).I'm not sure I've seen the film version.
I have a further PH regarding food containers. I am looking for some to fit exactly in my fridge, but it's so hard to find the measurements. They just give the volume in litres which is no good to anyone except to get a rough idea of the general size.
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