Last modified on May 21st, 2007

I realized this morning that I haven’t really written a blog entry in quite a few days. Truth is, I’ve just been feeling a little under the weather with the surgery and everything. I’m definitely healing, even though my face is a weird shade of yellow now. I don’t really feel that much pain since the left side of my face is still completely numb, but my eye socket hurts from time to time. The last few days I’ve woken up in the morning with extremely itchy eyes, and have spent the better part of 20 minutes just trying to get them to stop watering. I’m not sure what causes that (probably the body’s natural response to suddenly having a foreign body implanted in it).

The drugs are keeping me rather level, although I don’t really have any mental capacity right now (I tend to drift in and out of sleep throughout the day). I don’t think I’ll be back up to par for at least another week or so, which matches roughly when I get my stitches out.

I’ve been including the odd photo into my RSS stream for people interested in how I’m looking, but for those that don’t subscribe to RSS, here’s a shot of me last night down at Jer’s place in Gastown.

As you can see, I still look tired and dopey, but I’m healing slowly. I lost a piece of tape on my face, so I had to improvise and split the other piece in half. If that doesn’t work, I’m gonna have to resort to putting duct tape or some other shit on my face to hold it all together.

In the few hours I’m actually awake, I’ve been trying to figure out how to write standalone applications on the Mac. Matthew Good recently released a custom Mac RSS Dashboard widget for his blog, which I think is a rather cool idea. So, I’ve spent some time reading up on how to make Dashboard widgets, and how to make standalone apps on the Mac (since I’ve developed many on Windows).

Which is sort of interesting in itself, because developing on a Mac hasn’t been very straightforward for me. The first hurdle is understanding the difference between the two Mac frameworks, Carbon and Cocoa. Carbon is a bit dated, but allows developers to do development in C++ using Carbon APIs. This is the route I first started to go down but then I realized that Apple recommends that most new applications use Cocoa. Unfortunately for me, Cocoa is Objective C, and not C++, which presents a rather unusual learning curve (considering I know both C and C++). If I feel up to it, I may head down to Chapters later and pick up a book on Cocoa and Objective C. I have a simple idea in my head for a neat social networking application that would piggyback Facebook, Twitter and Flickr, but I don’t have the know-how to put it together on the Mac yet (and I just can’t be bothered to fire up my Windows machine ever again). If I feel up to it, I might stroll down to DemoCamp on Thursday night and pitch the idea.

Other than that, I think I’ll be at home for most of the week sleeping. Speaking of sleep, I think it’s that time again.

5 responses to “Posts”

  1. Tracy says:

    Hey Duane,

    Glad to hear that your surgery went well. Hang in there with the rough recovery! It will hopefully be only downhill (e.g. improvements) from here on.

    tracy =)

  2. Beth says:

    Wait a sec… did you say that you have TAPE holding your face together??

  3. Duane Storey says:

    No, I have stitches there, but the tape is holding the two ends of the stitch on my face until Thursday. It’s a non-iterrupted stitch under my skin, and on Thursday they’ll undo both ends and slide it completely out.

  4. Beth says:

    Does that type of stitch cause less scarring than stitches that don’t require taping? I’m unfamiliar with this medical technology…

  5. Duane Storey says:

    In theory yeah. It gets rid of the railroad-track-marks that most stitches have since the stiching is done entirely under the skin. The disadvantage is that it’s a bit weaker, and you have to have string taped to yoi for a week or so. But, hopefully it heals better.

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