The Infinite Loop – Just Reboot

Image by Denys Vitali from Pixabay

Old school programmers know about infinite loops. They are the result code that will repeat indefinitely, often requiring some external force to end it. Enter the reboot.

I have had several IT techs who always used ‘just reboot’ as the first solution to most problems. It did not matter how much that interruption would impact the work – it was just another cost of doing business. It often frustrated me, but unfortunately, sometimes that does seem to be the only answer.

Now for the reason for this post. More and more I am unable to leave comments on self-hosted blogs without entering all my information for every comment I want to leave. For some blogs, the connection to WordPress to verify my identity works, but for an increasing number of sites, it does not.

I know a few determined bloggers have reported this to the Happiness Engineers but thus far, there is no solution. I do not know if this is related to quirks within individual themes or some other factor. I just find it frustrating. I feel like these complaints fall into an infinite loop, never to be resolved.

Yes, I can add these blogs to my reader and comment there. But things get lost in reader. Post format, media files, slide shows, comment links, etc., do not show up or do not work the same. So I live with it. I do find it frustrating and as a result, find myself reading but commenting less frequently.

Unfortunately, rebooting does not fix this problem.



The Search for the Perfect Bed

I know, I have written about sleep here before, or more accurately the lack thereof. Sleep is a precious commodity that has become more elusive as time marches on. My husband does not seem impacted by this. He falls asleep within seconds of his head hitting the pillow.

My natural sleep position is very much like that of my father. On my side, pillow hugged with my elbow bent and my arm cradling my head. Not a recommended position as there is a fear of frozen shoulder I’m told. My father also had to sleep with the same pillow every night. I am the same. This sleeping position has changed for me since my recurring bouts of vertigo.

I think I have owned or tried every mattress and pillow in the book. I have owned 2 or three waterbeds in my life. I love a waterbed. (My curiosity got the best of me so I had to take a break and see if you could still buy them — you can for a cool grand or so.) I preferred the later technology of a motionless waterbed which contained baffles that controlled the motion. I will say, thinking about sleeping on one now after having had vertigo so long makes my palms sweat.

Waterbeds are tough though. The weight of the water (1600 pounds or so) is a concern – they were always recommended to be placed on the ground floor. Sometimes they leaked. They needed a heater or else the water could be too cold to sleep on. Of course, one of the big drawbacks was moving them. It required draining the mattress (getting all the water out was impossible), moving it without puncturing the mattress, and then refilling which took several hours. When we bought our second home in 2004, we sold our last waterbed rather than set it up again.

We also tried the Sleep Number bed – a mattress filled with air – each side having an independent remote control whereby you could adjust the firmness to your liking. That bed did not work for us. We did not like the fact that it was not firm enough on the sides to sit on the edge of the bed, so we returned it under their 90 day return policy.

My sister had a brand of air mattress that was wonderful. They were not like camping air mattresses. The beds had a pillow top and they were comfortable – even though not adjustable to individual preference.

Now in our home we are back to one bed with a traditional mattress and one bed with a memory foam mattress. I have a plethora of down pillows, wedge pillows, and down alternative pillows which I move to and from throughout the night. When I get comfortable, I do sleep, but getting comfortable takes some work!

What is your magic potion for a good night’s sleep? Are you one of those people that can sleep anywhere on a bed of nails or do you require a particular combination of pillows, mattress and environment? Have you ever owned a waterbed? Tell me your sleep secrets. I’ll keep it just between the two of us (and anyone who reads this blog 😉.)