Monthly Archives: January 2013

#Unfit2BTied – The Vasectomy Live-Tweets

From December, 2011:
It being my first vasectomy, I didn’t know what to expect…aside from wanting to tweet the event, of course.
To read this properly, begin at the bottom and work your way up through the document.
I did not think to capture these until a while afterward, and I think I may have missed a few, but whatteva.
My twitter: they might still be available on Twitter via the #Unfit2BTied. <- Click me to check it out on Twitter.

The Tweets:
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@vlmedina To be clear, the ‘blows out the gunk’ comment was with regard to positive #writing effects & not the #Unfit2BTied thread.
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Too soon for the standing desk apparently. A day of pillows commences. #Unfit2BTied
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To those of you who Facebook-poked me today, know that I am not allowed to poke you back for several days, per doc’s orders. #Unfit2BTied
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And before I take a tweet break, my final #Unfit2BTied (or is it?): Go forth and DIVIDE BY ZERO ERROR
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For some reason I’m feeling less of an affinity with bunnies.#Unfit2BTied
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A friend advised an underwear-based supporter from the hockey store. Was going to buy it but it didn’t come with a goalie mask. #Unfit2BTied
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When I retire I’m thinking a return to the work force as a surrogate is now off the table. #Unfit2BTied
ebsewi ebsewi 
Whoever started “No White After Labor Day” was a frickin’ prophet. #Unfit2BTied.
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1 more for the playlist-end: ‘Swing low, Sweet Chariot’/’Lay Down Sally’ mash-up. #Unfit2BTied
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Those worms from Dune were awesome. I wonder if they minded those hooks. #Unfit2BTied
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That couple with 19 kids can afford to expect less, proportionately, from each kid. #LoweredExpectations #Unfit2BTied
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“So, what attracted you to this line of work, Doc? Moments like this, or the money?” #Unfit2BTied
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I wonder why no one offers me giblets at Thanksgiving. Always dug ’em as a kid. #Unfit2BTied
ebsewi ebsewi 
Should have worn a big red nose & brought a buzzer. #Unfit2BTied #Operation
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“Expect a brief prick.” Sounds like my mother-in-law’s advice to my wife. #Honeymoon #Unfit2BTied
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Humming “It’s Cold Outside” & thinking I should have made a playlist. #Unfit2BTied #Pandora
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Should have worn shades. Feeling naughty when I make eye contact #Unfit2BTied #CatholicUpbringing
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Is it inappropriate to ask my doctor what scent he is wearing? #Unfit2BTied
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Entering the building. I had expected thunder & lightning. Seems too cheery. #Unfit2BTied
Live-Tweeting, during the procedure, begins above this line.
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Off to bed, People. Look for #Unfit2BTied around 10:30AM CT/ 4:30PM Greenwich time 2011-12-23 for my live reporting from my vasectomy.
ebsewi ebsewi 
#Unfit2BTied will be thoughts that occur to me during my vasectomy but they may not be directly related. 2011-12-23 apx 10:45 AM CT forward

"Portal", "Portal 2", and Steam

Below is information I sent to a friend of mine recently.  I've had a few messages from people asking me “What's this Portal game you've been going on about?”, and “What's this Steam thingie?”  

Some background for you before diving in the links:


“Portal” and “Portal 2” are multi-platform games capable of being run on PC, PS3, Linux (I think), Xbox, and Mac.  Players on any platform can play the multi-player portion of “Portal 2” with each other.

The game is non-violent, unless you count the various AI entities trying to kill you.

“Portal” and “Portal 2” are often available on Steam for crazy low prices.  One can even buy multi-packs so as to gift copies to friends.  As I type this, “Portal” is $9.99 and “Portal 2” is $19.99, but I bought both of them, as a package, for under $10 over the holidays.  All you need to do is add them to your wishlist, on Steam, and then you'll get an email when they go on sale.

“Portal” has no multi-player, but “Portal 2” has one that is great fun.  Voice works across platforms, by the way.


I play the game via the Steam gaming network ( ) .  Steam happens to be owned by Valve, which also created “Portal”, but this is a coincidence.  That is, I play other games that are simply downloaded and played, via Steam, that were not created by Valve.  Steam is a free online service via which you can buy and download games and connect up with your friends, within Steam, for playing the games.

A Steam account is FREE.  Several games, such as “PlanetSide 2” (hilarious review at are amazing…and again, FREE.  To get the hang of Steam, I suggest creating an account, installing their client software, and downloading a free game.  

Note that the client software has a low overhead.  I set mine not to launch at Windows boot and only launch manually, but it can of course be there all the time if you want it to be.

Steam often has enormous specials where games are .99 or a couple of bucks.



Portal 2:

Official Site at Valve:

Sign up for a Steam account: