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  1. If you're using 10.5 or older, they're not supporting those anymore, so you're out of luck if that's the case. The only thing you can really do is to disable Java. If you go to /Applications/Utilities/ and open Java Preferences, then uncheck everything in the "General" tab, that should prevent anything Java-based from running anywhere, in your browser or elsewhere. Note: You shouldn't have to do this unless you're running an older version of OS X that's no longer supported, but if you want to do it just to be extra safe and you don't do anything that uses Java (most people don't), go right ahead. It's been one of the biggest security nightmares around for the past several years. You can always go back and re-enable it again if you need it for something.
  2. I've been summoned here by more than one rather terse and unspecific request, so I'm not really sure what exactly I'm supposed to do, but I guess I can make it up as I go along. From what I've heard so far, the old "fake Flash installer" version from last year was not very widespread. The current Java-based one seems to be overwhelmingly most common on sites based out of Russia, including some ones illegally streaming movies. Unless you manually moved or renamed it, that should be the case. Everything (well, almost, but for practical purposes) installs to /Applications/ by default. For anyone who's trying to play along at home and follow the instructions here, if you can't make enough sense out of it to understand what you're supposed to be doing, you probably shouldn't be doing it. The way it's presented is a little more confusing than it needs to be (anything that looks %like_this% is essentially a variable that should be replaced with whatever it's telling you, percent signs and all), but all of those things have to be done exactly how it says for it to do any good. Chances are that most people haven't been affected, and someone will probably release a tool meant for normal people to use at some point soon-ish. Also, Apple has a patch for the bug that this is exploiting as of a couple days ago, so if you haven't gotten it yet, go run Software Update.
  3. I can't believe after all these months no one else has done this (according to Google, at least). With all the videos and images that have been created by combining with everything else imaginable, I figured this had to already exist when I thought of it in the shower earlier, but I could find no trace of it anywhere. It thus became my duty (according to the laws of the Internet) to make it myself: Here's the original for comparison if anyone wants.
  4. That's debatable, and it's still stupid, because it confuses nearly every person who sees it the way it is now. To most people, it implies that it was a deliberate act on someone's part. I'm also pretty sure that it's trivial to change it.
  5. I'm not at all certain that I'm right; I in fact am well aware that it's quite wrong when using proportional fonts. It's just that it's almost as annoying how typographers (and typographic/style pedants) get so worked up about people doing it wrong as the people doing it wrong get protesting that the wrong way is right. I do have to side with the people who actually do it the right way, though, even if just barely. I can't bring myself to stand up for people loudly proclaiming and defending their ignorance, and it's no secret that pedantry appeals to me. Heh.
  6. Bite me. I can use as many spaces as I want between sentences. The vast majority of the time I'm using monospaced fonts, and for things like this, any respectable web browser (or anything else that displays HTML) should automatically condense two spaces after a period to one when parsing it for display (or any arbitrarily large number of spaces, for that matter; look at the content of my post). So there.
  7. I'm also liking the neuropsych idea, because of the nature of the overlapping conditions. I also have the fun combination of epilepsy, ADD, and a mood disorder, and the people you work with either need to be familiar with all parts of it or willing to work closely with the other members of the team who handle the other parts. My neurologist and psychiatrist keep in touch and double check things with each other if they're considering anything that might affect something the other knows more about, just in case, and even my sleep doctors at this point have neuro or psych backgrounds, because it's been too much of a pain to deal with otherwise. I'd be leery of a GP/internist poking at my brain, and mine wouldn't even try and would just refer me to someone else, because she knows what she's not qualified for. Also, I am semi-successfully on a stim at the moment, too. It took a bit of trial and error to find one that helped without causing too many problems, and we had to fiddle with my ACs a bit to compensate for adding it, but it seems to be going ok. It's not quite everything I dreamed it would be, and it took a while to sort everything out, but it has at least been an improvement over not taking it, so that's something.
  8. Before I got bored of testing different browsers, I checked the current version of Firefox on OS X and Win7, IE9 (with and without compatibility mode), and Safari, and every single one of them had it in the border above the text box.
  9. Tagging a thread "nipple clamps" would be perfectly appropriate if that's what it's actually about.
  10. Yeah, it's not really going to knock you out on its own or anything. It might make you a bit more relaxed and have a little bit of an easier time falling asleep, but Klonopin definitely made me more tired/sleepier than it did. You also can't really increase the effect much beyond a certain point by taking more, because the more of it you take, the less of it is absorbed into your system. It drops off astoundingly rapidly, to the point where you can quadruple your dose and end up with something like a 20% higher actual blood level (depending on where on the curve you're starting, etc., but that is not an exaggeration). When it works, it definitely doesn't suck, but it probably won't pull off any miracles by itself, just help out as a member of the team.
  11. Dammit, Joe! Uh, I mean... Dammit, Invision! They got rid of the setting to disable displaying images and emoticons. Good thing I can do all that kind of stuff manually on my end, but I'm going to end up writing my own entire theme at this rate, along with a few pages of Greasemonkey hacks, just to get this thing usable again. If I end up irritated/motivated enough to go through with it, I'll see about possibly making a custom theme for other people to use who might have peculiar tastes similar to mine (primarily making it play nicely with narrower screens, have the option to replace inline images in posts with links, replace emoticons with text, disable the obnoxious fade in/fade out mouseover effects, and do something about The Vast Whiteness with nothing to break it up), along with posting the Greasemonkey scripts that might be necessary to do some parts of that properly (which I probably already should've done with the chat ones I made months ago, except they're semi-obsolete now with the new version). No promises, though. I have a tendency to get sidetracked by other things, especially after I get used to the weird quirks of the new versions of things. Heh.
  12. I'm torn between it being too good to be true and too bizarre to have been made up. Either way, it's awesome.
  13. Yes. It really, really is. There isn't really a good reason for it to force the page to be wider than the window and make you have to scroll to read it instead of just wrapping it like it used to. It's kind of pissing me off, too. You'd think with all the people using netbooks and tablets these days, Invision would try to make their stuff work better with smaller screen/window sizes in new versions, not worse.
  14. To be slightly nitpicky, it's a GABA analogue, not "made of GABA", so it's structurally very similar to it, but it's not identical. It is indeed pretty much not metabolized and weight neutral for the most part, though. In theory it's an anticonvulsant, but I have yet to encounter anyone using it for its anticonvulsant properties. It's mainly known for being good for anxiety and neuropathic pain, at least when it works, and for being almost inert when it doesn't work. It can kind of sort of help with other stuff, but it's hit or miss and not really reliable. It's mildly sedating, too. I personally had a horrible negative reaction to it, but that's freakishly unusual, and no doctor I've mentioned it to has ever encountered it happening to anyone else. Heh.
  15. Topamax can/does interact with some types of hormonal birth control (among other things), but at an extremely low dose like that, it's unlikely to have much of an effect on the levels of anything else you're taking. On larger doses, it's definitely significant enough that it has to be taken into account, but the liver enzyme-inducing effect (which is what causes some other medications/hormones to be metabolized a bit quicker) Topamax has is less strong than the other anticonvulsants that do it, and it depends on dosage and how long you've been taking it, to some extent. That's no guarantee of anything, of course, just like condoms aren't 100% effective and birth control pills aren't, either, but you're probably ok. The only way to be sure is to wait and see/pee on a stick and see what it tells you/etc. Definitely good to be aware that some meds can interact like that so you can mention it to your doctor that you're on them, since not all of them know about it. As far as Lamictal, the main issue is that some hormonal birth control makes Lamictal significantly less effective, but I have heard from a couple people and seen a study or two that said that at high doses it can very slightly lower the levels of some types of hormonal birth control. I haven't heard of it actually being a problem for people in practice, though. If I'm remembering right, the study I'm thinking of seemed to suggest that it would only really maybe have a noticeable effect on "morning after pills" and things like that, if anything, but this is all stuff I read at least a year or two ago, so don't quote me on that. Heh.
  16. In theory, maybe, but no one actually does that as far as I know, and there isn't really an established target level that anyone goes by, either. The interactions with other meds that affect its levels are pretty well understood, and the change in dosing of Lamictal necessary to compensate can be estimated easily enough in your head (and is printed out on all the starter packs and PI sheets) that the expense and inconvenience of extra lab work isn't worth it. The main reason they do bother doing it with the meds that it's done for is that they either have a very narrow range between therapeutic and toxic or a high risk of dangerous side effects that can't be monitored in other ways.
  17. I've seen a few things claiming ranges like 10-37 µg/mL (or 20-30, or whatever), but I have yet to personally encounter a doctor who actually went by any of that, or even talk to anyone whose doctor does. It's kind of like getting Lamictal levels done. You can, and every once in a great while someone will, but why?
  18. Yay for a question that isn't about Lamictal for a change! Heh. Why would they suddenly have your blood level checked after that long if you're not having any side effects or anything? 2250 mg/day is right in the middle of the normal dosing range, which goes from 1000-3000, so unless you've been feeling weird, I'm not sure why they'd do that. It's not a med that normally has blood levels tested for, because there isn't really much danger of toxicity anywhere near the therapeutic range like with something like lithium. For now, you should keep doing everything exactly as you have been doing it if your doctor hasn't told you otherwise. Unless your blood level is absurdly high, like from taking half the bottle at once (or being one of the few (un)lucky people who for some reason end up at a really high level while taking a low dose), just the fact that the number is high doesn't mean too much on its own if you have zero physical/mental side effects from it. Even people who OD on it look like they tend to recover just fine, although after somewhat of an unpleasant experience. Still seems weird to me that they'd randomly decide to do a check like that when you've been fine for so long. I've been on Keppra for years, too, and even when I did have problems from taking too much, my neurologist didn't bother wasting time and money with lab work. He just told me to take a little bit less of it. It really isn't an "oh god oh god we're all gonna die" med that needs to be monitored like that. Oh well. She's the doctor, not me, so I guess she must have some reason.
  19. Considering that the seizures have a tendency to get progressively worse over time if they're untreated, which then makes them even harder to treat when you do decide that you can't put up with them anymore, the doctors are unfortunately right about that. That doesn't necessarily mean that you have to put up with those particular side effects, though. My neurologist and I went through a variety of meds until we found something that both worked well and didn't make me feel like crap, and we occasionally tweak things here and there or mix and match stuff when I need a bit of an adjustment, like when what I'm doing with my psychiatrist changes. It has kind of sucked at times, but overall it's slowly and steadily improved over the years, to the point that I have fairly minimal side effects/problems from any of that stuff these days. It is possible, but it can take a lot of persistence and willingness to keep trying new things until you find the one(s) that work(s), even after some of the previous ones have made you feel pretty miserable.
  20. That is pretty great. I'm only marginally better/more cultured, though, as my favorite Jane Austen novel is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Heh. I'm reading...wait, nope. I'm not reading that. I was attempting to start reading some short Japanese novel my BIL brought home from the library and recommended after he finished it, but my ADD meds didn't get back in working order before he had to return it, and now I'm totally failing to remember what it was. The Kite Runner is probably next, in theory, because that's been on my shelf for probably six or seven years since my mom gave it to me. Maybe once it's quiet enough around here to read, or when I'm awake late enough in the evening/night that I can do stuff like that without interruptions. Better pull it out as a reminder while I'm thinking of it, just in case.
  21. 400 mg/day is only the normal maximum for mood disorders. 500 mg/day is frequently used for seizures and I believe is the normal upper limit for that use, although people can and do go higher from time to time. Also, it's somewhat unusual, but you can have your Lamictal blood level checked to see if it's unusually low. They may both be ACs, but other than being in the same very, very broad category, they're incredibly different meds and don't have a whole lot in common with each other. I got along pretty well with Trileptal (oxcarbazepine, carbamazepine's close cousin), but Lamictal was no good for me at all.
  22. It really is strange. It's not as ridiculously common as TLE is (I don't think anything else comes close, really, from what I remember), but it's still up there. All the articles/studies/reviews I pulled up and skimmed through seem to agree that it accounts for somewhere between 4-10% of all people with epilepsy worldwide, or about one out of every 1000-2000 people in the general population. That's a lot of people. I'd have to do some looking around to be able to say for sure, but I don't know off the top of my head of any strong connections. There's a slightly higher incidence of various psychiatric conditions in people with JME than in the population at large, but BP doesn't really stand out any more than anything else does. The main thing mangling your frontal lobes is notorious for is executive functioning problems, but they are of course responsible for doing a lot of other things beyond just that, and JME is considered one of the generalized epilepsies that affects more of the brain than just the focal point it starts in (unless you're lucky enough that you never made it past the myclonus stage to absence, tonic-clonic, or even clonic-tonic-clonic, I guess).
  23. Just TLE for me. I'm a little surprised sometimes that there aren't more of you around, considering that JME is at least in theory supposed to be relatively common...
  24. This is such a perfect example of several features of TLE and in some ways reminds me of my own experience. I didn't have panic attacks, but I did have anxiety that was getting progressively worse over time starting as a teenager, along with depression, too. I eventually started smelling things that weren't there (although for me it was always food for some reason, not the stereotypical unpleasant ones like things burning), and then got a bit of deja vu but mostly jamais vu (which is basically the opposite: instead of the feeling that something new has somehow already happened before, you have the feeling that something that should be familiar for some reason is not). It finally got to the point where someone sent me to a neurologist, I had an EEG, and I got the same results as you. Got some Topamax, stopped the seizures, and improved my mood. Good stuff. It wasn't perfect and didn't work perfectly forever for me, so now I have a mix of Topamax and Keppra, but between the two of them that seems to have the seizures covered and the mood and anxiety stuff dramatically improved. The temporal lobes (and their connections to their neighbors) are responsible for a bunch of things relating to how we perceive the world, I guess is one way you could put it, so if you're only having partial seizures (i.e. not the stereotypical flopping around generalized tonic-clonic ones that involve the whole brain), they can be mistaken for something completely psychological in nature sometimes. Both the seizures themselves and their aftereffects can influence your mood significantly in a variety of ways, and a whole lot of memory-related stuff happens in the temporal lobes and can be disrupted in all sorts of fun ways. Lots and lots of other weirder things can happen, too, but that gets outside of the realm of "can be mistaken for psychological problems". Heh.
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