The One Thing: Chilis

Not eating potatoes or tomatoes or pepper anything except for black pepper these last few months, then a bit of mashed potatoes in one meal, something else with “some” tomato in it. Not much stuff, I don’t know except for this:

I am just as clogged up feeding day in and out and actually I liked the pepper idea, hot chili varieties, in say a sauce to go around ramen noodles or over rice for lunch, I had that at my disposal after quitting using Sudafed and Advil . But then I went further and eventually quit nightshades. 

I actually like not eating tomatoes so much. But I can’t eat things that are made with it if avoiding nightshades, and without ketchup or spaghetti sauce nothing is the same.

White Lasagna, really good, but by the end of one piece, my usual lasagna serving, I was in a desert and miserable wanting my red lasagna back.

Uncured Hot Dog one day, oh, no ketchup to go on it, sigh. I put a slice of cheddar cheese around it. It wasn’t even a bit pleasant. Every memory of Hot Dogs cooked involves ketchup (memories of eating cold hot dogs straight from the package when I was very, very young.)

Mostly food is a non-starter for me. Only a few savory wonderful things I can make, and can ‘t make them every day.

So yesterday I had the things on-hand to make Crock Pot Pepper Steak. Dumpster diving – Tomatoes and Sweet Peppers. 

It smelled wonderful through the day. This is one of my favorite dishes. First bite, so tangy, so ACIDIC!

Oh … Since backing away from tomatoes I can’t not be smashed in the face with their acidic attitude.

There was one day in the past couple of months I tried to eat spaghetti, but it was monstrously acidic, like a pool of poison on my plate. Mind over matter, no, no, didn’t work. Also the point is true, yes, tomatoes are acidic. Limit that kind of thing in your food, then try it, it’s more than noticeable. 

Like money. Learn what real money is, then fake money is easy to spot. 

OK that doesn’t work for everyone. Well, it does. Just use perspective to see the point as I mean it. 

I come down to my thought about missing what the most. Yes, chili flavours, chili sauces and additives and spices …. ah I miss them and if they are bad, are they as bad as having a tsp. spread over something in something, that I only get part of … compared to massive amounts of tomatoes, well, this is where the rubber meets the road.

If it does something bad to me, I’ll notice (I hope). I’ll start using ancho, and other chili spices, tabasco sauce where I want. It’ll help with my tending to be clogged up.

Oh yes, take chili’s in my food, or take Sudafed. Well, I know what I’d prefer. Minimal tomato use, just for flavor on top of meatloaf, for instance, I’ll dive for this, but avoid spaghetti sauce and lasagna, and figure out how to make pepper steak good with less/no tomato.

Music Servers

Always wanting to do something with the music I have, I always want it in a way I can easily listen to it, and basically enjoy it fully. 

I used to sit at my desk mostly to listen to music via my computer. At one point I had an mp3 kind of player, but it wasn’t a good one. It got me discombobulated since I wanted something that worked well. Eventually we got a few sandisk blue & white players, ended up using them for audiobooks mostly.

Next was the SanDisk e200 series. I still use that series of player to this day. I wanted my music in the cloud, had that with Google Music later on, as soon as they LET me do it, that is.

Before Google Music it was always about how to fill one’s device with music. I still deal with that sometimes, using the e280 ,,, it’s rather static, and that’s OK it’s my BASE of what music I have. Last time I did that I used Media Monkey and I don’t have Media Monkey installed anymore.

At any rate, the e200 series I have posted about before. I don’t use the Original Firmware, I use the RockBox alternative, which really rocks. 

So then this past year, I had started to use Plex and used my music in Plex … enjoyed it for a bit, but then… I felt disconnected from my actual music, because of all the effort that goes into the Music libraries in a machine like Plex it was literally like using Google Music ,,, my real files don’t get fixed up if I edit things in Plex or Google Music. Google Music uploads my stuff, and so it’s a second copy in the cloud that is kept separate from my original.

Plex looks at your files and matches but never touches your files, even when you edit metadata … you aren’t changing your files.

So that means the meaningful changes you did, aren’t in your files on your computers. The wrong article case of letters, the spellings, what you might add to a title … none of that makes it to your original files if you use Plex or Google Music.

Well I had enough of Plex entirely, so I removed my Music library and tried Emby’s, didn’t like music it there, and there’s no scrobbling server side, so I removed that library from Emby (Movies and Tv Show are great in Emby.)

What now? I already have something running, and got it going to the best I can, Airsonic. It’s what I’m looking for, it’s my local music, exactly how I have it, wow it’s great! But I don’t like listening via the browser, both Chrome and Firefox have glitchy sounds here and there.

But there is server side scrobbling, which needs tweaked, it scrobbles twice, thrice and quadruple sometimes.

I installed the Tomcat War version of Airsonic, didn’t work it out (firewall issue) and in the end it didn’t matter because I wanted to start over and have it as lightweight as I wanted. Airsonic War Standalone, worked like a charm. So I’m running it like this:

javaw -jar path-to-airsonic.war

and I don’t have an issue with shutting down my server too easily now.

Adding it as a service in Windows doesn’t work, maybe I’ll get to packaging it up so that it will run as a service one day, but for now I’m fine with this methodology, manually cmd, running in the background.

I also installed mstream or whatever it’s called, and took it off my computer before it had finished scanning. Nice looking, wow yeah, installs in Windows great, but … no scrobbling, no android app … no, no, no.

So I bought the Dsub app on Android, it’s fine with Airsonic, it’s has a lot of good options, and I can use server scrobbling if I want, but on my Android devices I have other scrobbling options that work well, so to avoid problems, I’m happy to cache my scrobbles with Simple Scrobbler, for instance, and submit a batch of scrobbles when I’m ready to.

I still have Google Music, I just hate the Android app, it’s so bright.  On my S3 Tablet it’s horrifying. And on my tablet there are no themes, and I’m not rooting my tablet.

Enter rant: Why does Samsung not allow their tablets to use THEMES?

Why does Google not provide a Dark Mode in Google Play Music?


Well then it comes down to listening on my own computer where the server is, what will I use … I have to explore more, MusicBee, there is a plugin, but I don’t know what happened, if it didn’t install right, it never got anything from my server. When you had MusicBee already and move your music it’s not so simple to say to it DELETE THAT LIBRARY. So I will end up deleting it later on entirely, the MusicBee app, and figure out how to make it work with my Airsonic server once MusicBee is cleanly installed. I want this to work so that I can also do this on my laptop. 🙂


Plex or Emby? Emby Wins.

That first part of the title was my question earlier in this year. By January 2018 I was sick and tired of the mainline online media things. I wanted to keep it easy, make it work, and I disliked how things were changing. 

So I looked into my own media solutions and checked out (via reading) Plex and Emby the most, and went with Plex initially and felt good about it.


I got a PlexPass for 1 year, and enjoyed using the PMP and Android apps. Talk of a new forum, then the forum turning over to discord plus a horrid app UI overhaul (amalgamated dump) had many others jumping ship and I stayed and tried to like it, and that ended yesterday when I’d had enough of the Android jumping through hoops to watch stuff game. My PlexPass goes through the end of the year, to the end of January 2019 actually.


Forget anything I looked up earlier in the year, and as the year went on, about Emby. I downloaded the server for the first time yesterday. That’s Day 1, a New World.

I see what the ship jumpers are talking about. Streaming works, transcoding works. It’s simple looking, deeply customizable to an extent, and a tad rougher looking, but as it goes, the simpleness and control outweigh the Plex behemoth of pretty, glittery mess.

It’s a great relief. Now I can go forward with all the same media in a new server.  Web server, Web Media Player and Android Apps all look the same.  Parity. Thank you and please stay this way Emby, allowing me to group media or not group media. This shines like a beacon calling to all Plex users! 

So I have my Plex Server running and Emby, I can use either, but don’t have Emby Premium yet. I can download Plex stuff on my Android devices, if it wants to work out. One nasty bug is synced movies don’t show progress while watching. Oh, watch dvd vobsub movies, you lose subtitles after a short while. Chokes on other subtitles, buffering, buffering. Plex, oh Plex, one of these days I’ll be able to compare you to Emby Premium.  When I have that sorted, I can use the Android app for more than browsing and server management. Well, that’s one part of the solution already, browsing I get more Posters for Movies and Music way faster in Emby than with Plex. Can I manage my server well within the Plex app? No. 

On my tablet I can use Chrome to load my server, manage it and use the Web App for my media, it’s just like the Android app, honestly it’s perfect for streaming, I just need a scrobbler for my music through Emby Web Android Chrome App on tablet/phone.

I do have the Scroball app (it also scrobbles YouTube Music app, which is why I downloaded it in the first place,) it’s not what I want to use, but it does work as long as I’m playing music in the browser with Emby. If I cast to Emby Chromecast the Scroball app stops. This is so unpleasant: if I want to listen to music via my Chromecast (connected to an old speaker system) and scrobble I have to cast/mirror my phone screen.

Server side Last.FM account scrobbling is important to me, the one stickler in this mess since and Emby are not working together and no one else knows what to do to fix it, and I’m only WANTING it fixed, don’t know the coding for this kind of thing so … Plex server scrobbling is solid since it was fixed some months ago. FWIW.

The Bottom Line

So on Day 2 with Emby, I still like it, and the problem is my biggest complaint. It’s a workaround to scrobble here and there.

The promise of Plexamp features coming into the Plex apps was a nice future idea, but that’s not enough to hold me, video and syncing of video and music and so much … too much, not enough fixes. UI changes, no problem, just let me have more customizable control to avoid all the mess but … in the end that’s not even going to hold me any longer.

Continuing on

Having stopped taking over the counter drugs of any kind for the most part, I have taken some of the Red Pill Sudafed … but only one pill, and days apart, maybe three pills since I started this.

I took one Liquid Advil last week, in the middle of the night when I had some horridly achy pain I couldn’t sleep well. Finally fell asleep and woke up feeling fine the next morning. That’s the only time I have taken any Advil, and it was only one.

I haven’t gotten any Iodine yet, and also I do want Boneset tinctures.


I have stopped eating most Nightshade veggies. Specifically Tomatoes I have had a better time with, but I love tomato in so many things … It’s going to be something that I have to stop for the time being, get things that will aide me, then later try minimal tomato applications.

Potato is another that I’ve stopped eating over the years here and there. Really I feel so much better if I don’t have any potato, but honestly I am really super German and Irish and English so … it’s very miserable not to have a baked potato, mashed, fried, browned, hashed, oh boy. Taters, Precious, what is it?

Bell Peppers, I didn’t like them when I was a kid. (My Mom wasn’t a good cook.) I learned to really appreciate Red Sweet Peppers when I was an adult, not having this is disturbing. I’ll try some things with these in minimal usage sooner than later.

I love many things I’ve made that I consider not American cuisine, Mexican, Italian, Thai.

Grains and Meat

Of all the things there are, my more recent Thai-like cooking is best, but that’s exactly something that I can’t make for the family often, they like it, but … so anyhow I love Rice, and there is a lovely Quinoa/Rice Ramen I can find at Costco, it’s really nice.

Already I don’t eat a large amount of things, but fish and seafood, keep it away from me. This means I really don’t have much in the world of food to draw from.

I love beef, bison, turkey, pork, chicken, in that order.

Beef first since I can have most any cut available to me. Bison second since Bison can be gotten sometimes, and cut is spectacular. Turkey, need I say more? It’s wonderful. Pork, pastured pork, step 5, yum. Chicken, I am sick of chicken breasts. We have that in the freezer, no cuts, just boneless chicken breasts.

So what can I do with chicken breasts … yes, Thai. Rice or Ramen. 

Quinoa I like too, but I haven’t figure out how to use it with anything but butter, stock and onions. 


Eating breakfast is something I always want to do, but no potatoes limits that, eggs don’t sit well most of the time, and cereal … most cereal is either oats or corn. I can’t eat oats, makes me feel bloated and disgusting.

Sometimes I make Cream of Wheat. I try other things, I need to get more Kamut and make my own breakfast cooking cereal. Texture is important to me, or the lack of a smooth texture is. Don’t like chunky, gratey kinds of cooked cereal. I don’t like slimy either. Smooth and creamy, that is what I like.

Yogurt is something I abhor unless is just an ingredient inside something, or frozen yogurt. It’s the texture. Eating yogurt is like eating sour cream with sand. Ugh.

So I like natural, organic everything, but I don’t like hardly anything in the first place. This is hard. I like green beans, peas, carrots, cauliflower, yams. I like some lettuces. I can’t eat spinach, it swells my tongue. I don’t like broccoli, it’s bitter as dirt. Don’t get me started on what I think of most other veggies. Yeah, I’m a supertaster. It’s miserable.

Dyson DC14 Wand Cap Replacement

I am amazed that I never blogged about my Dyson vacuum cleaner. I love the thing, DC14 Animal … oh, had it for years now. At any rate, the wand cap broke off long ago and I always fancied I’d get a replacement for it, sooner than later. Well it was later. I was on Amazon last week and saw a Dyson on sale … which prompted me to look for Dyson parts … oh boy I can replace almost anything on this fine piece of machinery.

DC14 Wand Cover set.

There were two in the package. The darker one is for my machine, and the other is not. It’s shiny, dark and new, covering up the nasty scratched up purple end of my extension wand. It’s darker than anything on my machine, quizzical as to why it’s made in that color, the old one was lighter.

This vacuum is listed as a 2004 entry for Dyson, and End of Line in 2012. We definitely have had this since mid-2000’s. The best way to find when something happened is in blog posts. If not there, ALL MY PHOTOS. At least most of them are digital from then forward.

My dear cat, Bubba, who died this past June (2018) sitting by my Dyson DC14 Animal on August 2, 2008.

So I did just look at pictures for awhile and found a few pictures in 2008 with my nice purple Dyson in them. So it’s been 10 years, I have no plans to ever replace it as long as it runs. I’m happy knowing if the canister cracks in any way I can get a replacement. 🙂

Socionics INTp

I have always known I was P in personality ending. I always knew I was an Introvert.  I always knew I was an NT. (Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s anything about personality I soaked up, and it was everywhere, so many differing tests and systems …)

Anyway, Myer-Briggs gets it all wrong.

I am not an INTJ, nope. I am not INTj either. INTp .. INTP … but I don’t like MB, I like Socionics. Which makes me ILI “Intuitive Logical Introvert”

Socionics nuances way better on functions, and it was great more than a decade ago when I first read about it, this is precisely what I’ve been thinking. I grew to understand it more, and I’m no expert, but I had to know about myself, and why I am the way I am.

I hate coming up with dinner

I mean, I make something great this one particular day, the next day, I haven’t a clue. One can’t make awesome dinners for a family of six every day, day after day. It just eludes me. (I feel weak, pathetic, and useless to make dinner.)

Now one good thing is using the Crock Pot, with the right cuts of meat in the freezer and enough time … magic. But this last week I did that. Two days in a row. My children made meatloaf and macaroni and cheese another day. Yesterday, it was “Hamburger Crap or nothing” which is my bottom of the barrel ‘oh I hate making this for dinner but what else is there?’

This dish “Hamburger Crap” is the name it got because of the every day problem, “What’s for dinner?” years ago. It’s been a long time, but we had it just last night. It’s simply Hamburger Stroganoff , which has ruined beef stroganoff for me forever.

Parameters of my personality: I am an Introvert, Intuitive, Thinking, Perceiving — Socionic-wise. I don’t do everyday so great. Let me cook for Holidays and Birthdays and days I have the energy and ideas and resources to want to cook.

1+ Week – Update

I’ve had more migraines now. This week I had one all day on Wednesday, not really bad, manageable.

The next day, Friday, it was so bad by before dinnertime I had to beg off from finishing what I started and hide in my office with my head down on the desk.

This was a switcher migraine. It took hours to fully switch, fooking misery to the upteenth counting.

Saturday morning I did some things, and it got worse then better by evening, but who is kidding who? I knew not to expect nothing.

Sunday morning, I awoke with the worst symptoms, light sensitivity that never ended all day. I ended up taking two showers just to get away from it all. It help, some, at the time, but not for long. Obviously, I took 2 showers.

I tried to sleep, it was too bright in the room, so I put my arm over my eyes. (Something I have long done at night because of horrid little lights everywhere from this and that that I try so hard to get my hubby to not use, but to no avail.)

I had music on my little Sansa Speaker system by my bedside. That helps me to get to sleep. This was The Cure – Faith album. By the time All Cats Are Grey was on I was still conscious, but the song got me really sad. My dear Grey  cat, who I called Bubba, but was officially named Blueberry Bear, and who I also called Blue, Bluebear, etc. died on June 9th. He was 13 1/2+ My entire self aches for him to return. So this migraine was really sappy by this point, and I fell asleep and awoke with no music playing.

I felt some better, but was still in miserable pain.

I had taken a shower first, then tried to sleep.  I was then awake for a bit and ended up just getting in the shower again. It was a long day of … pain. Eventually the pain moved back, meaning I didn’t have the front quadrant of the left in full pain, a line of smooth wonderfulness appeared. I felt like doing things at this point, even though my head felt so poisonously sick on the side.

I played EDF a bit, but couldn’t take it anymore. Decided to go to bed, looked at my Plex, it was offline. What? Well, having this long migraine, lets see, I was using my computer that has Plex Server, and it was fine. I don’t know what went on all day, but at that point at night it was a matter of going down and turning that computer on, it was off because  a cat walked over the power button (yes, that happens too much.)

So turned it on an left the room, shut the door, others said within minutes, do you smell smoke? Damn it!

Something went wrong in my computer setup. It wasn’t on fire, but stinky plastic electric smell permeates my office and I have that horrible job of finding out how much of what is fried. My lovely 5+ year old computer, built in January 2013.

I had a terrible night watching the one movie I had synced to my tablet weeks ago, and music later.  I was in enough pain to be really worried about how I’d be in the morning. So waking up it was yup. It hurts. Ugh I’m really light sensitive still.

I’ve just been here looking at twitter on my laptop, and then writing this, on my second cup of coffee and wow, oh wow! My pain is receded!

All this time I’ve also been taking Turmeric Ginger supplements. Not as much as three a day most of the time, but one or two if not three this whole time.

I know I need to approach this migraine stuff as mineral … salt does help. I need to force a salt loading full session for getting rid of anything plaguing me, and I do need to get some iodine in the house. I grew up with it, so many uses. As it is, my skin is getting nicer with the Turmeric, I think. I had scratches and other things that come from Summer, cats, mosquitos, etc.

Everything is resolving all the sudden. Clearing up. Nice. Salt, Turmeric, Ginger …whatever, as long as I have improvement in how I feel and feel about myself therefore… 🙂

Post 3 Self Detox

Yesterday I had the beginning of a new migraine. I thought about things, worked up my courage, and tried the 1/4 tsp. sea salt on my tongue chased with a lot of water method (not bad, not something I’d want to do every day though)… afterward I was very distracted since I stepped on a sliver of glass (not a good story, broke a mirror last week, and it was obviously a left over fragment we missed) and had to extract that, time, how much time … well, my headache pain vanished. No drinking or eating would normally do that.

Talking to my daughter she does use the green gatorade when she has a migraine and says it helps. (She has massive migraines like I did when I was younger.)

We long ago abandoned Table Salt. I have had a very iffy relationship with supplemental vitamins etc. so it comes down to now, I miss having iodine around. It’s so handy, I grew up with it for cuts and more. It’s useful to purify water, and we need it inside as well, and if food doesn’t deliver enough, well then … it’s a part of the missing pieces in my life.