Sedated tooth extraction

Yesterday I had two teeth out, which I’d broken beyond repair, and this involved getting sedated and then having them extracted. I’d read a little and it didn’t sound too pleasant, but I’m happy to report back that everything went well and I’m feeling fine.

I turned up and they did an x-ray, and then I went through to the surgery where my weight and height was measured to get the right amount of sedative. They sat me down, had a little chat, put the cannula in, administered the sedative, and then put a ‘blindfold’ on me. They said this was to stop the light getting in my eyes, but I’m pretty sure that it was also partly to work in effect with the sedative and relax me. The dentist then injected local anaesthetic into my gums, and kick-off the show. I couldn’t really feel anything, and although I didn’t really think it at the time I guess I was pretty calm, although not ‘off my tits’ as I’d mentioned in the previous post.

Afterwards I was taken to a recovery room, and I was a little wobbly on my feet, and as I sat there I was very peaceful and thanked the dentist, nurse, and anaesthetist for their lovely work. I was home by midday (appointment was at 10:50am) and spent my time sitting on the sofa and watching TV. My Mum had accompanied me to the dentist as advised although I’d like to think I was pretty with it, but looking back I guess I was a little hazy as my memory has been effected a little bit (which they said may happen).

So I’ve been in all weekend recovering, I haven’t eaten a great deal (which some might say is good!) and have enjoyed my smash (mashed potato) and gravy which requires no chewing. The gums are swollen, and I obviously have bloody gums, but I feel okay, and the best thing is that last night I had the best sleep I’ve had for a week. It’s not because I’ve been nervous or anything, but because I’ve had a horrible cold which has left me unable to sleep for more than two hours at a time and had left me knackered, but that’s now almost gone except for a cough and phlegmy throat, and so I’ll be back at work tomorrow feeling rested and relaxed, although a bit gummy, and wondering what mushy food I’ll be having for lunch!

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I’ll do Graffiti if you sing to me in French,

As has been the tradition of 2004 and 2005, since I’ve been back living in Kent, I’ve travelled on the cross-channel ferry over to Calais for my birthday.

Nine of us went over in total and had a good time, although you can tell that we’re all getting a little older, and not drinking as much or being as impulsive, but I guess part of that is that we’ve been to Calais quite a few times, although this time we did venture futher past the town square and further into town.

It was still nice to get away and nice to be away with good friends.

As opposed to previous years, the ice-skating rink wasn’t up yet this year, and I had to settle for going on a big-wheel which wasn’t as fun, but I did have my first French kebab!

We got back to Ramsgate around 10:30 and I had a curry, and then I was back home at 11:45pm. I could’ve stayed out a bit longer, but just didn’t feel like it.

I was going to have football today, but I got a great Birthday present when my manager rang me at 8:30 am to tell me that the game had been cancelled after excessive rain. woo hoo! And so I got to lie in until 10am, which is a good sleep for me.

I didn’t get very exciting presents, but that’s because there’s nothing I really need, although I did get 3 books, some chocolate, the new Damien Rice album, a documents folder to keep me tidy, and some money).

I have spent my actual Birthday today just lounging around, enjoying a day off, although I did get around to kicking off the fermentation of my home brew beer, and at 8pm I’m off to the pub for a few beers although I don’t think many will be out as they are recovering from yesterday.

Thanks for your birthday wishes too.

P.S. I’ve uploaded photos from yesterday.

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OpenOffice.org – office suite applications

I’m amazed at the amount of free word-processing programmes available for those that choose to not go down the Microsoft Word route, and so far I’ve only reviewed online wordprocessing programmes such as Writely and Writeboard, but today I’ll point out one that is available for download, which can be operated without an internet connection.

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OpenOffice.org is a free opensource collection of the usual office applications, and is available on Linux, Solaris, and Mac OS X, although I chose to download it for windows which prompted a 93MB download.

Extract from Wikipedia:

OpenOffice.org is a collection of different applications that work together closely to provide the features expected from a modern office suite. Many of the components are designed to mirror those available in Microsoft Office. The components available include:

  • Writer — a word processor similar in look and feel to Microsoft Word and offering a comparable range of functions and tools. It also includes the ability to export Portable Document Format (PDF) files with no additional software, and can also function as a WYSIWYG editor for creating and editing web pages. One important difference between Writer and Microsoft Word is that in Writer, many functions and number formats from Calc (below) are available in Writer’s tables. Another difference is that in Writer, automatic save is off by default.
  • Calc — a spreadsheet similar to Microsoft Excel with a roughly equivalent range of features. Calc provides a number of features not present in Excel, including a system which automatically defines series for graphing, based on the layout of the user’s data. Calc is also capable of writing spreadsheets directly as a PDF file.
  • Impress — a presentation program similar to Microsoft PowerPoint. It can export presentations to Adobe Flash (SWF) files allowing them to be played on any computer with the Flash player installed. It also includes the ability to create PDF files. Impress suffers from a lack of ready-made presentation designs. However, templates are readily available on the Internet.[6]
  • Base — a database program similar to Microsoft Access. Base allows the creation and manipulation of databases, and the building of forms and reports to provide easy access to data for end-users. As with Access, Base is able to work as a front-end to a number of different database systems, including Access databases (JET), ODBC data sources and MySQL/PostgreSQL. Base became part of the suite starting with version 2.0.
  • Draw — a vector graphics editor comparable in features to CorelDRAW. It features versatile “connectors” between shapes, which are available in a range of line styles and facilitate building drawings such as flowcharts.
  • Math — a tool for creating and editing mathematical formulae, similar to Microsoft Equation Editor. Formulae can be embedded inside other OpenOffice.org documents, such as those created by Writer. It supports multiple fonts and can export to PDF.
  • Quickstarter — a small program for Windows and Linux that runs when the computer starts for the first time. It loads the core files and libraries for OpenOffice.org during computer startup and allows the suite applications to start more quickly when selected later. The amount of time it takes to open OpenOffice.org applications was a common complaint in version 1.0 of the suite, and Quickstarter was a solution of sorts. Substantial improvements were made in this area for version 2.0.
  • The macro recorder — is used to record user actions and replay them later to help with automating tasks, using OpenOffice.org Basic

As you can see, they seem to have most bases covered, and OpenOffice.org provides a good substitute for Microsoft Office, and allows to user to open documents from the Microsoft set of programmes.

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Many people are now mirating to open source software, and this also includes larger intitutions such as the French Police Force, who along with OpenOffice.org have also switched to Mozilla Firefox as a substitute for Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Thunderbird instead of Microsoft Outlook.

The OpenOffice.org project aims “To create, as a community, the leading international office suite that will run on all major platforms and provide access to all functionality and data through open-component based APIs and an XML-based file format.

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