Optimistic Numbers?

Starting to think that the state has some optimistically-low weight measurements for 2-ton-class diesel trucks.

Yes, yes, that’s a “Scale Weight”, which is pretty much an “empty” weight.

…without a driver, 40-gallons of fuel. No batteries, engine oil, brake fluid, hydraulic fluids, and quite possibly without a spare tire. Nor jack. Or I’m guessing lug-nuts nor road tires.

The vehicle, in road-use condition, with all of that stuff and, minimally, a 160lb driver, it weighs in at 7,200 lb on the scale. So I’m trying to figure out if that scale weight is optimistically low, or if the highway scale is measuring heavy, or if somehow I managed to violate the laws of physics.

Or somewhere in between.

Then again, I learned, quite surprisingly, that as of January 1, the entirety of Washington State no longer requires any vehicles to undergo emissions test prior to licensing.

Referred Pain Refers to Something Else

Yes, having referred-pain in the left should is suggestive of heart-involvement. And I’m only 46, but the ticker’s still rather healthy, thankyouverymuch.

It’s not my heart.

And it’s not my left shoulder.

Referred pain in the right shoulder, on the other hand (heh, that was funny right there), is suggestive of liver-involvement. There aren’t any sensory nerves in the liver, as such. Much as the brain, lungs, and several other internal organs don’t have mechanoreceptors. Instead, discomfort or injury to the liver is referred pain elsewhere.

“I’d like a CT…”, he started.

“…of my liver,” I finished.

About a half hour later, I was across the street at Samaritan Healthcare getting another dose of radiation in the CT scan. Then I’d have to wait another hour for the radiologist to interpret and report back to my physician. So, I just went home and resumed shivering and waiting.

No sooner than I got home, the phone rang. “Well, I know why you have a fever. You have a liver abscess.”

I remarked, “Well, that would explain a few things.” Yet, at the time, I still hadn’t fully comprehended how many things it would explain.

“We don’t have what we need to treat you here.”

Moses Lake had only barely reached the Level III trauma center designation. Samaritan in ML can stabilize a patient then transport them off to Wenatchee or Spokane.

He helpfully added, “I’ve already called ahead to Confluence [Wenatchee] and they’re expecting you. I can have you taken there by ambulance…”

“Uh, no, thanks. My checkbook is still reeling from the last emergency trip the other direction,” I jokingly said. “I’ll have Daisy drive me there as soon as she gets back from the pharmacy.”


Adjusting Focus

Then, he asked a question, “Do you have any pain or discomfort, of any kind, even minor or trivial, anywhere?”

“No, nothing… but honestly, I think I slept on my shoulder wrong… but it’s probably nothing at all…”

“What kind of discomfort? Burning? Pressure? Tearing?”

“None of that,” I’d said, “It’s just a common myalgia — a muscle pain from over-use…”

And then, the very moment when I clarified where it was “…in my right shoulder…” he and I both latched onto that one, single, clue.


AWS Service Offerings

It’s interesting how AWS service offerings have grown over the last few years. It wasn’t long ago that it was little more than a handful of DB tools and technologies, some Compute concepts, and some mass-storage services.

There are more than a few now.

So, yes, it has grown. No doubt many of the other cloud providers have their equivalent concepts and technologies that match those capabilities found in AWS.

Also, often overlooked, particularly when a month’s bill is received, is that many of those services have different billing concepts.

The current AWS offerings as of 27 January, 2020:


Application Integration


AWS Cost Management


Business Applications


Customer Engagement


Developer Tools

End User Computing

Game Tech

Internet of Things

Machine Learning

Management & Governance

Media Services

Migration & Transfer


Networking & Content Delivery

Quantum Technologies



Security, Identity & Compliance


Segue on the Ongoing Migraine Rant

It’s normal to have a fever every now and again. Your body temperature will fluctuate naturally by about a degree — 36C – 38C every single day. A bit higher before bed. A bit lower in the morning. A bit higher after exercise. And so forth. Typically, it’s no issue and often unperceived.

Sometimes, you’ll get a fever while your body fights off some viral or bacterial infections: the “common cold”, flu, strep throat, chickenpox, pneumonia; dehydration; sunburn; some kinds of medications.

We first wait it out to see if it subsides.

If it doesn’t, then we start to look for causes.

I started having a fever. Low-grade. 38C. Wait it out a few days and see how it goes. Maybe it’s a common cold. Maybe it’s flu-season (not in August). Maybe I’m dehydrated (not more than I’ve been for decades, like most of us are). I live in a desert, but I rarely go outside or into direct sun (yes, telecommuter-life), so it’s not sunburn or heat-exhaustion or (worse) heat-stroke.

Still, we’ll simply wait it out for a few days before seeking medical assistance. It rose and stayed at about 39 to 39.5C.

We went through the same initial Q-A to see if we could find a clue. Any clue…

I hadn’t been traveling or out of the country since before the fall. I haven’t been exposed to anything. I live in A/C. I only go out in the early morning or late evening.

Ah, yes, it’s the annoying — dreaded, even — “fever of unknown origin”.