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Color Blind Color Corrections

An article by former Air Force Colonel William J. Astore titled “The Races of Man” inspired this piece.
https://bracingviews.com/2018/07/13/the-races-of-man/
He used a picture from the 1890’s of a picture depicting human “races” in various colors which showed the racial attitudes of the time, with white “races” as the most advanced.

Astore was showing both how far we’ve come since then in knowledge and how little we’ve advanced in attitudes. As color seemed to be a major delimiter, separating people from each other, I wrote a comment (mostly what I have below) about my experiences in learning to adjust color balances in pictures by understanding flesh color as the same pattern in red, Green, Blue color sliders, regardless of how light or dark the skin tones.

I added that if I could find example pictures from my work which would illustrate this, I would add the link back from their comment section. So here is my reply.

Colors Don’t Work Right for Me

I’ve been shooting since the summer of 1967 when I took a photo course, the only one I’ve had. The next year when I enlisted in the Air Force I hoped for a photographer position. Turns out I am color blind (red/green partial deficiency, as it is termed). So I couldn’t take a photo job.

Nonetheless, I shot picture, both color and B&W developing and printing my own B&W.  I was never able to get a good color pack for color prints just by looking. When I did work in commercial photo labs, I was the B&W section. But I did do a lot of color-to-B&W conversions, usually from transparencies for a color catalog shoot.

For that I had managed, using densitomer readings, to calibrate a set of color packs for various transparency emulsions, Kodachrome, Ektachrome, Fujichrome, AgfaChrome and so forth, so that they would look right on panchromatic B&W film. Otherwise the colors produce odd looking densities.

In 1992, when Photoshop was available on Windows machines I realized that I could do my own color corrections on photos using the RGB numbers. I figured I would also calibrate the RGB settings I needed for skin tones, just as I had previously calibrated color packs for different transparency films.

I got out daylight slides of all my friends from whiter than me and super pale to honey brown, medium brown, charcoal brown and near black, blue black. I just assumed I would need a separate calibration for each, just the way I needed a separate calibration for the various transparency films.

It turned out to be much easier (a relief for me) and also a moment of “Well, du-uh.”

Everyone, no matter how pale or how dark corrected to the same pattern: more red, less blue and the green slider on a straight line between the red and blue.

The slider values need to line up in a straight line
like this fictitious example below.
…………………….RED  90
.………..GREEN  80
….BLUE   70
NOTE: These are only example values. They vary greatly, but as long as you work to line them up, you will get the right skin color.

Although I am color blind and can’t determine the right color change just by looking, it turns out I am very sensitive to the aliveness of the color and the deadness of the color. So I could work the color sliders to the overall generic pattern so that the picture popped up as alive as possible (without letting the shadows go blue).

In other words, a matter of the concentration of colorant, not which colorant. (A colorant is a color used as an ingredient creating another color. i.e. red and blue, colors in themselves, are colorants when combined to make the color purple.)

I use Lightroom now more than Photoshop and Lightroom has a different color correction mechanism. They don’t have convenient RGB sliders for me to use. Instead, I have to put the cursor over an area of skin and use the numerical readings, imagining how they would line up (as in the example above). But the method still works, with a little more effort.

I’ve used that over the years to darken or lighten colors when sometimes correcting a picture when I’ve cut off a limb and need to borrow a limb from another picture.

UMKC Fall 2007 early Dress 31 Oct 2007 - Photo, Copyright 2007 Mike Strong, www.kcdance.com

UMKC Fall 2007 early Dress 31 Oct 2007 – Photo, Copyright 2007 Mike Strong, www.kcdance.com

Some years ago I did an example (above) photo showing the blending of two dancers (white/black) into one image corrected where I had cut off the forearm of one dancer and borrowed a forearm from the other. Below is the result shown larger.

Skylar Taylor and Miyesha McGriff - "Dance Symphony No 7" by Paula Weber - UMKC Fall 2007 early Dress 31 Oct 2007 - Photo, Copyright 2007 Mike Strong, www.kcdance.com - umkcF07b_045xac

Skylar Taylor and Miyesha McGriff – “Dance Symphony No 7” by Paula Weber – UMKC Fall 2007 early Dress 31 Oct 2007 – Photo, Copyright 2007 Mike Strong, www.kcdance.com – umkcF07b_045xac

That is Skylar’s forearm extended out from Miyesha. You can’t tell the difference. We humans are just us. All of us. And we are so much closer to each other than we realize.

“Mango Mussolini” and Other Names for Trump

Current Count – 1,185 – 1:03 PM 12/7/2018
See the full alphabetical list below at “Alpha List here”

So, this is a list I never expected to get past a few dozen names. It just kept growing. I also realized that I needed to add not just name substitutions but also name descriptor phrases.

The go from absolutely gross and offensive to clever and funny and everywhere in between and to the side. At first I cringed at the worst ones (and often still do) but it seemed less that honest or accurate to keep those off the list.

Almost every last one of them are names and descriptors from the internet from articles and comments (most from comments). A few are my own and a couple of friends who contributed but those a few dozen at most, which was about as far as I first thought this would get to.

Often I will find that one name will inspire a set of variations in the same comment thread. A few variations look like typos but I can’t tell for sure from the context so they get added.

At this point I am no longer surprised at the size of the list but that there remains a supply of names not yet on the list.

MARKER:
1,000 Names – Thursday, 27th September 2018

“Mango Mussolini” was the name that first got me going on the list. When I saw that name I went back to old movies of Mussolini and sure enough Trump’s mannerisms and face looked a lot like Benito Mussolini’s. So that is also the name of the text file I keep these in.

Here we go with the updated list copied from my “MangoMussolini.txt” file.

1,185 NAMES LIST in alpha order here

Related associate names, descriptions and phrases below the names list

#SoCalledPresident
#traitor45
$trumpet
*rump
10th Generation Orangutang (response to Warren’s DNA test result)
A very minor form of president (after calling it “a very minor form of teargas” used at border)
Ab Comedian
Agent Orange
Agolf
Agolf Shitler
Agolf Twittler
AHOTUS
Al Capone Clone
Alberto Fujimoron (I think the commenter mis-applied this one)
Alfa Ponce of the Alt-Right
Almighty Tweetmeister
Alternative CIC
Alternative Fact
Alternative President
Alternative Trump (newspaper mistake using picture of Alec Baldwin’s impersonation of Trump, instead of showing Trump)
American Unhung Hero
America’s First Retarded President
An Asshole’s Asshole
Angry Creamsicle
Anti-Claus (opposed to Santa Claus)
Anti-Human
Aristobrat
Arrogant Old Il Douche 2
Arse of the Deal
Art of the Trumpaclysm
Assaulter in Chief
Assaulter N Thief
AssPestos (comment from story of Trump’s image on pallets of asbestos from Russian mining company)
Atilla the Trump
Authoritarian Dictator Pig
Authoritarian in Chief
Ayn Rump
Baby Blimp
Baby Boy Coward Dotard
baby in Chief
Baby Manh
Baby Snookums
Bad Boy Donny
Bad Grandpa
Bag of Pus
Baron von Bonespur
Basturd
Benedict Donald
Big Bratty Baby
Big Dump
Big Orange Baby
Big Orange Daddy
Big Orange Head
Big Orange Jobby
Big Orange Stooge
Big Orange Twat
Big Orange Twatwaddle
Big Yellow Kidney Stone
Bigly Dear Leader
Bigot Boy
Bigot in Chief
Blabbering Puppet
Blight House Incumbent
Blimpy
Blithering Idiot
BLOATUS
Blond Bomber
Blonde Don
Blondie the Pig
BLOTUS
Bloviating Flesh Bag
Bloviating Horse’s Pituti
Blubbering Trump
BOGUS POTUS
Bone Spur Coward
Bone Spur Kid
Bone Spur-in-Chief
Bonespur
Bonespurs
BoneSpurious
Boss Tweet
Brazen Pukey Brat
Buffoon Extraordinaire!
Buffoonish Balloon
Bull Sheiser in Chief
Bully Puppet
Bully-in-Chief
Bumble Pee
Bumbling Don (in contrast to Stuttering John in prank call-back phone call to Trump on Air Force One)
Bumbling Doofus
Bummer Don
Buttfoon
Buttplug Face
Cadet Bad Spur
Cadet Bone Spurs
Cadet Bullspurs
Cadet Lardass Bonespurs
Cadet Spanky
Cadet ‘Spanky’ Bone Spurs
Caesar Trumpestuous
Caesar Trumpous
CaliguDump
CaliguTrumpa
Candy Corn Skidmark
Captain Bonespurs
Captain Combover
Captain Underpants
Carny Barfer
Chaos Producer in Chief
Cheater in Chief
Cheatolini
Cheeto
Cheeto in Chief
Cheeto King
Cheeto Mussolini
Cheeto Vienna Sausage
CheetoHead
Cheetolini
Cheetolino
Chief Fascist Pig
Chief Graben Haunt Us – comment in resonse to Pocahontas dig at Senator Warren
Chief Shitting Bull
Chiseler-in-Chief
Chooch (East Coast term, from the Italian ciuccio – means dummy, idiot, or moron)
Chrump
Chuck NorPrez
Chump
Chump Dumps
Chump Trump
ChumPeeGo
Chumpster
Clockwork Orangutan
Clown King
Clown President
Clown Prince
Clownface von Fuckstick
Clown-in-Chief
Comb-Over-In-Chief
Commander Bonespurs
Commander Chaos
Commander in Briefs
Commander in Cheat
Commander in Cheese (spoken in interview by KellyAnne Conway, Counselor to the President [Trump])
Commander in Cheeto
Commander in Straitjacket
Commander in Thief
Comrade Bonespurski
Comrade Cheetolino
Comrade Don
Comrade Orange Clown BABY IQ-45
Comrade Spanky
Comrade Trump
Comrade Trumpski
Con Man Don
CONald
Con-man in chief
Con-old Trump
Cootie in Charge
Coward In Chief == CIC
Crime Boss
Criminal money grubbing narcissist
Crook in Chief
Cruella de Trompon
Crumpus
Crybaby Trump
Cult45
Current Resident
Daddy Whorefucks
Daft Twerp
Dandy Don
Darth Cheeto
Darth Deportem
Darth Dumsterfire
Darth Evader
Dastardly Donnie
Dasturd
David Dennison III – (his own alias in NDA with Stormy Daniels that he didn’t sign)
Day Glo Dingus
Deadbeat
Deadbeat Don
Dear Leader
Dearest DonDon
Debaucher-In -Chief
Deferral-In-Chief
Degenerate Donald
Delirium Thrumper
Demented Donny
Demon Dump
Denier In Chief
Deplorable Donnie
Der Gropinfuhror
Der Marmalade
Deranged Donnie
Devil Trump
Diaper Don (play on Dapper Dan)
Diaper Donny
DIC == Dictator In Chief
Dick Tater
Dictator Trump
Dildo Brains
Dim Don
Dim Leader
Dimwit Donnie
Dirty Donald
Dirty Donnie
Dishonest Don
Dishonest Donald
Dishonorable Donald
Dithering Don
Doetard in Chief
Dognald
Dog-Whistle Don
Dolt 45
Dolt45
Doltard
Don “Vito” Trump
Don Don the Moron
Don Donald
Don Fabulist
Don SemiCorleone
Don the Baby Blimp
Don The Con
Don the Dope
Don the Dork
Don the Oink
Don Trumpoté de la Torre
Donalcito
Donald Chump
Donald Do-Little
Donald Dotard Dump (was duped)
Donald Dump
Donald First
Donald Gotti by Crotch
Donald Jesus Trump
Donald Jong Un
Donald of Trumptania
Donald Punk
Donald Putin
Donald Ragin’
Donald the Demon (DTD)
Donald the Menace
Donald the Ranter
Donald the Savior (ref: “And then, playing John the Baptist to Jesus, (Stephen) Miller says … fabulous news”)
Donald the Unready
Donald Trash Trump
Donald Tumor
Donaldo
Donarhea
Dondon
Donel Bobble Head
Donnie “The Chimp” Chumps
Donnie 2 Chainz
Donnie Ali Bawaaw Waaaaw
Donnie Barker
Donnie Blurto
Donnie Bone Spurs
Donnie Boy
Donnie Chumps
Donnie Confabulous
Donnie Darko
Donnie Dastard
Donnie Dearest
Donnie Deplorable
Donnie Dimwit
Donnie Dipshit
Donnie Dotard
Donnie Douchebags
Donnie Golem
Donnie Gotti
Donnie Humper
Donnie John
Donnie Little Fingers
Donnie Pox
Donnie Q. Dump
Donnie Quixote Trump
Donnie Rotten
Donnie Rotten Trump
Donnie Tangents
Donnie the Dick
Donnie the Dude
Donnie the Goombah
Donnie the Scum Bag
Donnie the Stiff
Donnie There’s a Hard Rain Comin’ (after Paris, not going out in the rain to visit WWI memorial)
Donnie Toxic Dump
Donnie Two Bits
DonnieDon’tnosh!t
Donnochio
Donny Disser
Donny Dummy
Donny Grump
Donny Tosser (tosser is a Brit expression == jerk off == masturbator)
Donny Tweetenstein
Donnycon
Donnytinyhands schadenfreude
Donocchio
Doofus Donald Trump
Doonie
Dope on a Rope
Dorito Hitler
Dotard 45
Dotard Donald
Dotard von GolfTwit
Dotard-in-Chief
DOTUS
Doughy Don
Dr. Evil
Draft Dodger Don
Draft Dodging Don
Draft-Dodger-in-Chief
Drumpf
Drumpfenputzen
Drumpfie Coward
Drumpfy
Drumph
Drumpsterfire
DT
DTs
Dumald Trump
Dumb and Dangerouser
Dumb Donny
Dumbo the Elephant
Dumbster
Dumbster Donnie
Dumbster Fire
Dumbya
Dump Truck
Dump-a-Whumpa
Dumpduterte
Dumpkin Head
Dumpmentia
Dumpo
Dumps
Dumps the Merciful
Dumpster Donnie
Dumpster Fire
Dumpty Humpty
Dumpy
Dunnald and his 5″ stiletto concubine
Dystopian Don
Easy-D
Eh-Whole
El Caudillo del Mar-a-Lago
El Commandante
El Donito
El Duce
El Presidenti Paper Tiger
El Supreme POS45
El Trumpo
El Twittler
Embarrassment-in-Chief
Empathy Amputee
Emperor Donald
Emperor Trump
Endless Insane Trump Clown Show
Enemy of the People
Fake President
Fanny Baws
Fare Prince (refering to tarifs)
Fart of the Deal
Fascist Dickhead
Fascist Tangerine
Fat A s s
Fat Boy
Fat Mobster
Fat Orange Moron
Fat Orange Tub of Putrid Goo
Fat wuss!
Faux-kkka-Potus
FauxTUS
FcDonald
Ferret Top
Ferret-Headed Orange Sh!+gibbon
Field Marshal Bone Spurs
First Lord of Drumpfenstan
Fisher Price Hitler!
Fish-Lipped Fraud
Five-Deferment Draft Dodger
Flagellum Dei
Flaming Orange Satan
Flaming Shitmobile
Flash Don (from medieval English where Flash [town name] means Swamp)
FLOATUS (as Trump Baby Blimp floats over London)
Forever 10-Year-Old President
Forrest (evil) Dump
Forrest Trump
Fossil Fool
Fox News Grandpa
Fredo-in-Chief
Fresh Prince of Bad Hair
Fritterhead
Fucking Moron
Fucktarded Dingleberry
Fuhrer Bump
Fuhrer Drumpf
Fuhrer Dumpler
Fuhrer Gump
Fungus Don
Fuzznut Dotard
Fxxkface
Gelatinous Orange Pustule
General Bone Spurs
General Trump
Generalissmo Trump
Giant Orange Anus
Giant Orange Grifter
Giggles sNot
Ginger Mussolini
GNP (gross narcissist producer)
Godzilla Trump
Golden Golem of Greatness
Golem the Trump
Golf Boy
Gotti Donnie
Graft-O-Largo
Great Disrupter
Great Orange Booby
Great Orange Dictator
Grifter in Charge
Grifter-In-Chief
Gropenfuhrer
Groper In Chief
Grump Trump
Grumpy Trumpy
Gutter Prez
Hair Furher
Hair Furor
Hair Hitler
Hair Twittler
Hair-Weather Pwesident
Hamster Heedit Bampot
Handy Don
He Who Should Not Be President
Herr Donald
Herr Fucktard
Herr Gropenfuhrer
Herr Shitler
Hideaway Don
His Majesty
His Majesty King Trumpturd
His Majesty, Orange Julius
His Rotundity
His Supreme Execrableness Trump
His Weirdness
Homo WreckedUS
Horseface Dumpy
House Boy-in-Chief
Huckleberry Spinmeister
Hucksterberry
Huge blubbering pile of excrement
Human Ipecac
Human Skid Mark
Humpty Trumpty
Humpty Trumpy
Hunker Down Don
Hurricane Trump
I Alone
Idiot In Chief – IIC
Idiot of Orange
Idot Clown
Ignorant Buffoon
Ignorant Orange Savage
Il Dookie
Il Douche
Il Duce No2 (II)
Il Dunce
Imbecile-In-Chief
Imperial Wizard
IMPOTUS
Incoherent in Chief
Income Bent
Incompetent Jizztrumpet
Incompetent President
Incompetent Usurper Donald J. Drumpf
Incomprehensible Jizztrumpet
Individual-1
Infant-in-Chief
Inflamed Gland – IG
IQ45
Iron Man Leader
Irregular Donnybrook
Jabba the Frown
Jabba the Trump
Jercules
Jethro P. Trumpkin
Jobbie Jabber
John Pisani Donny Two Scoops (mafia style name from comment)
Julius Cheeser
Junior
Kentucky Fried Nero
Killer Clown
Kim Jumbo Rump
King Bigly Ruler
King Birther
King Don
King Donald
King Donald I (ref: “fundamentalist Christian Dominionist theocratic dictatorship”)
King Jobby (Brit expr)
King Marmalade
King Midas in Reverse
King of Chaos
King of Distraction
King of the Swamp
King PeePee
King Salmon Head
King Shytes
King Trump
Klepto Don
Klown in Chief
Klown King
Knuckle-Dragger-in-Chief
L’il Donnie
Lamentable Purported President
Large BM
Le Tromper
leghumping dullard
Lemon-Yellow
L’Enfant Terrible
Liar-in-Chief
Limp Duck President
LINCOTUS (Liar in chief of the US)
Little Dickie Don
Little Donnie
Little Donny Wetpants
Little Lord Trumperoy
Little Lord Trumpleroy
Little Orange Fuhrer
Little Orange Man
Little Orphan Donnie
Little Small Man
Little Spanky
Little, Little Pseudo-Man
Loathsome Donnie
LOOTUS
Lord Commander Marmilade
Lord Farquaad
Lord Littlefingers
Lord Moldyshorts
Lord Of The Tweets
Loser President
Loser-in-Chief
Ludicrous Tangerine Ballbag
Lump
Ly’in Don and His Deplorables
Lyin’ King
Lying Troglodyte
Lying Trump
Mad King
Madman in Chief
Mafia Don
Mafia Donnie
MAGAss
MAGAt
MAGAt-in-Chief
Magic Don
Malignant Cancer
Malignant Narcissist
Malignant Orange Hate Machine (MOHM)
Man Baby
Manchild
Manchurian Idiot
Mangled Apricot Hellbeast
Mangled Mussolini
Mango Menace
Mango Mussolini
Mar a Cupcake
Mar-a-Corupto
Marmalade Mephistopheles
Marmalade Mussolini
Marmalade Shitgibbon
Master Distractor
Masterbuting Orange Cheese Puff
Masturbating Bar Stool
Mayhem President
Mayhem-in-Chief
McTrumpthy
Me the People!
Mein Golpf
Mensa Moron
Merciful Dumps
MIC – Mocker in Chief
MIC – Moron in Chief
Micro Mitts
Mini-Clapper
Minority President Trump
Mister I Alone
Mob Boss Trump
Mobster in Chief
Monday Morning Quarter Pounder!
MorAn
Moron
Moron in Chief
Moronald
Moscow Don
Moscow Mueller Bait
Mr President Perjury Trap
Mr. Big Deal Maker
Mr. Bone Spurs
Mr. Cheese
Mr. Crankypants
Mr. Fart 45
Mr. Hubris
Mr. Pussypants
Mr. Smoldering National Tragedy
mr. t
Mr. Top Creep in Charge
Mr. Trash
Mr. Treason
Mr. Tweeterpeter
Munster Dump
Mushroom Cap
Naked Emperor
Napoleon Bonaspurs
Nickelback President
Non-Organic Git
Noxious Excrescence
Numbskull-in-chief
Numpty
Nut in Chief
Nuthouse Napoleon
O.J. Treason
Oaf in Office
Oaf of Office
Obese Offensive Obstructionist Puppet
Obese Orangutan
Obscene Bilious Inheritor Billionaire
OIC – Outrager-in-Chief
OL SHIT FACE
Old Orange Head
Old Yellowstain
ONIT — for: Our National Ingrown Toenail
OOO [Oval Office Obscenity]
ORANGE AGENT MA-AN, ORANGE A-AGENT MA-AN! (sung in Johnny Rivers’ voice to theme of “Secret Agent Man” – 1960’s TV drama with Patrick McGoohan)
Orange Angus Beef-on-the-Hoof
Orange Anus
Orange Ape
Orange Assclown
Orange Baby
Orange Bag of Putrid Gas
Orange Blob
Orange Blowfish
Orange Buffoon
Orange Butt
Orange Butt Buddy
Orange Butthead
Orange Caligula
Orange Cardio Event
Orange Charlatan
Orange Cheato
Orange Clown
Orange Clown Fish
Orange Clown Mobster
Orange Clown President
Orange Cockroach
Orange Colostomy Bag
Orange Cracker
Orange Creepoid
Orange Cretin
Orange Cretin Nutter
Orange Cry Baby
Orange Dawn (ironic reference to “Red Dawn” movie)
Orange Devil
Orange Diarrhea
Orange Dictator
Orange doG
Orange Don
Orange Donny
Orange Dope
Orange Droolius
Orange Drumpfman
Orange Dump
Orange Emperor
Orange Failure in Chief
Orange Ferret Comb Over
Orange Finger
Orange Fool
Orange Foolius
Orange Fraud
Orange Front Man
Orange Fucktard
Orange Fungus
Orange Fuzz Man
Orange Grifter
Orange Hair Monster
Orange Haired Shit gibbon
Orange Head
Orange Hemorrhoid
Orange Hero
Orange Hog
Orange Hulk
Orange Hulk Child
Orange Idiot
Orange Ignoramus
Orange Imbecile
Orange Imposter
Orange Julius Caesar
Orange Keeper
Orange KKKracker
Orange Knuckle Dragger
Orange Loon
Orange Lufa Face
Orange Maggot
Orange Maniac
Orange Marionette
Orange Marmalade Head
Orange Menace
Orange Minion
Orange Moron
Orange Mussolini
Orange Mutt
Orange Nazi
Orange Ogre
Orange Oligarch
Orange Pansy
Orange Peckerless President
Orange Pig
Orange Pillock
Orange Pretender
Orange Pumpkin
Orange Rabbit
Orange Satan
Orange Savage
Orange Savior
Orange Schnitt
Orange Sex Pest
Orange Shitgibbon
Orange Snowflake
Orange Sphincter
Orange Stain
Orange Step-n-Fetch-It
Orange Taint
Orange Tard
Orange Toddler
Orange Too Sad
Orange Top
Orange Trashcan Man
Orange Truth Crush
Orange Tumor
Orange Turd
Orange Twitter
Orange Voldemort
Orange Wasteman
Orange Zit
Orange, Lufa-Faced, Shit Gibbon
OrangeRug45
Orange-Tinted Beast
Orange-Tinted Insult to Common Human Decency
Orange-Topped White Supremacist
Orangey
Orangina Clown Crook
Orangubrat
Our Caligula
Outrager in Chief (OIC)
P?esidunce Putinfluffer
Parasite in Chief
Parasitent Dummp
Paris Raindrop
Peacock-in-Chief
Pecker Fungus
Pee Brain (New York Daily News headline)
PeeResident
Perdition Prez
Petty Boy
Petty Cockroach
Phewtin’s Agent Orange
Philandering Felon
Pillsbury Doughboy Trump
PINO 45 (president in name only)
PINO the Donald
Pissy Galore
PoopFace
PoopFace Trump
Pornsident
POSident Trump
POTheTUS
POTURD
POTUS = Piece of Totally Useless Slime
POTUS = POke-and-Taunt-US (after Pocahantas crack in front of Andrew Jackson portrait while honoring code talkers)
POTUS DJT
POTUS Patheticus
POTUSPOS
PPOF President Pants On Fire
Precedent of Uhmerica
Predator President
Present Dent
President “Snowflake”
President Alternate Reality
President B.S. (see above)
President Blunder and Bluff
President Bone Spurs
President Chaos
President Chia Pet Head
President Dennison (named used for him on non-disclosure he didn’t sign with Stormy Daniels)
President Deplorable
President Diarrhea Thumbs
President Dumpferments
President Dumpster
President Dunce
President Garbage Fire
President Heel Spurs
President Jackel and Hide Away
President Kingy Jesus
President Knuckle Dragger
President Laughing Stock
President Little Fingers
President Lurch and Leap
President Marmalade
President Mayhem
President McGuffin
President Mitty
President Of The Deplorables
President Orange Fucktard
President Pee-pee
President Perdition
President Pig Face
President Predator
President Pucherbutt
President Pumpkinhead
President Putz
President Queeg (And who stole my strawberries? )
President Shithole
President Simpleton
President Single-Cell Organism
President Skidmark
President Snowflake
President Spanky
President Swampmouth
President Teenage Girl (“I don’t wanna go! Your gonna make me? Well i’ll just show up late and make a big stink while I pout in my corner. I’m gonna leave early and show them.”)
President Trash
President Trumphole
President TweeterPeter
PresiDUMB
Presidumpy
Presidunce Crooked Trump
Presidunce Odious
Prictator
Prictator Drumpf
Prima Donnie
Prince of Fraud
Private BoanSpurts
Producer in Chief
Projection President
Projector-in-Chief
Provider in Chief (of names)
Pseudo-Presidential P#ssy-Grabber
PT Barnum of the White House
Puffy Orange Head
Pukified Moron
Pumpkin Fuhrer
Pumpkinfuhrer
Pumpkinhead
Pussy Boss
Pussy Grabbing Guy
Putin’s Caddy
Putin’s Celebrity Apprentice
Putin’s Orange Agent
Putin’s Patsy
Putin’s Poodle
Putin’s Punk
PutinTrump
Putrump
Pwesident
Pwesident Twump
Pwesi-dented
Racist-in-Chief
Racketeer in Chief
Ragtop 45
RamBo-neSpurs
Ranter-In-Chief
Reakin’ Jobby
Refugee From the Planet Orange
Reptile-In-Chief
Resident Dump
Resident Trump
Right Wing Bass Turd
Rogue POTUS
Rotting-Fish-Head Leader
Rump and Co.
Rump Goy
Rump Rash
Rump Roast
Rumple Trumple
Rumpster
Russian Bot
Russian Bought
Russian Bought Bot
S.S. Trump Dump
Sad Little Dipshit
Saddumb Hussein
Satan, the Great Deceiver
Scam Man Donnie
Schroedinger’s Douchebag
SCROTUS == So-Called Ruler of the United States
Sham Prezzident
shambly mambly Russian doll Do-nal’id Trump (writing in a Scottish accent)
Shitforbrains
Shlump
Sir Brilliance of the Incoherent
Sir Donald
Slimy Orange Hero
Slouching Tiger, Tweeting Dragon
Slum Lord Million Error
Slump
Smeeeeeeg-hheeeaaadd!!!
Smeghead
Snow Ball Wizard
Social Twit Path
Son of Scam
Spank Me
Spankster
Spanky
Spanky and His Gang
Spanky D
Spanky McBonespurs
Spanky Tee
Spanky the Dumpster
Spankydon
Squirrel-Haired Furor (sic)
Stable Genius (self reference)
Stormy Donald
Stumbling Don
Stump
Stupid in Chief
Super Dump! (as in: Look up in the sky! It’s a cheeseburger, no it’s a drumstick, no it’s a Golden tumbleweed. No it’s Super Dump!)
Super Trump!
Swamp Don
Swampy Don
Swillo Largo
Swine-in-Chief (from “Pearls before Swine-in-Chief.”)
t*
T?aitor T?ump
T?umptanic
Tactless Jackhole
Talking Yam
Tangerine Caligula
Tangerine Freak Show
Tangerine Nightmare
Tangerine Puppy
Tangerine Tantrum
Tangerine Troglodyte
Tangerine Turd
Tangerine Twatwaffle
Tangerine Twit
Tangerine Tyrant
TanTrump
Tariff Man (from Trump “I am a Tariff Man”)
TBone
T-Dump
Teflon Don
Teflon Don Trump
Temper Tantrump
Tent Pole Grifter
The Orange Crush Overseer
The American Gobshite
The Big Dump
The Blonde Don
The Case of The Barking Barstool
The Chaos President
The Cheeto Prophet
The Dalek Trump
The Dastard
The Donald
The Duck
The Flatulent One
The Great Collaborator
The Great Dislusionist
The Great Disrupter
The Great Donald Debacle
The Great Narcissist
The Great Orange Grifter
The Great Orange One
The Great Orange Pumpkin
The Great Polluter
The Great Traitor
The Invincible Mr. Trump
The ManGo
The Moron
The Muscovian Candidate
The National Embarrassment
The National TROLL
The old man ranting and speaking alone in the food court of an old shopping mall at 10am
The Orange Dead Beat
The Orange Finger
The Orange Genius
The Orange King
The Orange Man
The Orange Mushroom
The Orange One
The Orange PimpleNel
The Orange Tramp
The Orangutan
The Prima Wanker
The Prime Wanker
The Puke of Orange
The Putin Apprentice
The Resident
The Siberian Candidate
The So-Called President
The Spy Who Loved Pee
The T Robot/Hologram
The Tangerian Candidate
The Tangerine Hellbeast
The Trump Creature
The Walking Nose (Pinocchio)
The Welchman (as in to welch on an agreement)
The YUUUge Orange One
Thief-in-Chief
Thrumpet
Thump
Tinkles Trump
Tiny Hands
Toadface
Toddler Trump
Toddler-In-Chief
Top Grifter
Top Jobby
Total Tantrum Trumpy
Toupe’d Fucktrumpet
Toupéed Fucktrumpet
Toxic Trump
Traitor 45
Traitor Don
Traitor in Chief
Traitor Trump
Tramp
Trample
TRE45SON
Treasonous Dotard
Treasonous Monster
TreasonTrump
TrogloDon
TrogloDontic
Tronald Dump
Trooper Trump
Trumo
tRump
tRUmp
T-Rump
Trump = Treason
tRUMP and his littlings!
Trump Baby
Trump Chump
Trump Roast
Trump the Chump
Trump the Egotistical
Trump the Fantisizer
Trump the Lump
Trump the Stump
Trump Thumper
Trump Trash
Trumpacabra
Trumpandroid
Trumpansy
Trumpanzee
Trumpasseroid (as in asteroid)
Trumpatsy
TrumpBaby
TrumPeeTin
TrumpenFuhrer
Trumpenstein
Trumpenturd
Trumper
Trumper Tantrum
TrumPerp
Trumpervert
Trumpeschenko
TrumPest
TrumPestuous
Trumpestuous President
Trumpet Mouth
Trumpeteer
Trumpfinger
Trumphole
Trumpicana
Trumpid
Trumpidemic
Trumpie
Trumpie Bear
Trumpig
Trumpigula
Trumpinsky
Trump-ito
Trumpledoor
Trumpler
Trumplestiltskin
TrumpleThinSkin
Trumplorable
Trumply Whiplash
Trumpmanic
tRumpMonkey
Trumpnado
Trumpo the Klown
Trumpocalypse
Trumpolini
Trumpollution
Trumpon
Trumpov
Trump-Owned Bruisenesses
Trumpshit
TrumpTainment
Trumptanic
TrumpTard
Trumptin
Trumptitanic
Trumptrash
Trumpty
Trumpty Dumpty
TrumPuerRico Island Resorts
Trumpunhinged
Trumpushka
TrumPutin
Trumputrid
Trumpwad
Trumpwash
Trumpy
Trumpy Bear
Trunk
TRunt
Trupicana
TRUssiaMP
Tsar Thrump
Tsarina Donalda
Tumpler
Turnip
Tutin
Tweedle Dumb
Tweeter in Chief – TIC
Tweetle Dumb
Tweetledee
Tweetledum
Tweetolini
Tweety Turd
Twitler
Twitter Addict-in-Chief
Twitter Baby
Twitter Fingers
Twitter Tantrump
Twitterer in Chief
Twittiot
Twittler
Twitty Bird
Twitty Fingers
Two Scoops
Twump
Twumpy
U Bum (tweet from LeBron James)
Ugly Orange Front Man
Ultramaroon
Ultramoron
unparDONable
Unquenchable Fount of Untruth
Unsinkable Trumptanic
Urine Top McBonespurs
Urine-Top
US President Putin
USS Me Me Me
USS Trump
Vandal in the White House
Vindictive Little Mushroom
Vladie’s Baby Mahn
Vladie’s Middle Finger
Vladimir_Bone Spur_tRump (an anti-Trump commenter handle)
Vlad’s Fat Puppet
Von Trump Mafia
Vulgar Talking Yam
WAA!
Wailing Anal Aneurysm (the) Or Waa
Waistman Trump
Wanker One
Wasteman Trump
Weapons-Grade Plum
Weaselheaded Fucknugget
Wee Donny
White House Fool
Whittle Donnie
WhoHash
Whopper Don
Widdle Donnie
Widdle Trumpy
Wiggy Slice
Wilted Caesar (regarding a wilted Caesar Salad on China trip which Dumps ordered Rex Tillerson to eat)
Witless Fucking Cocksplat
Wonsit W*nker
Wrecking Ball Donnie
Yellow-Possum Top

And a few names and concepts for associates and actions

Trump Crime Family

BeelzeBarbie (Laura Ingraham)

The KKKracker Lagoon

From Semper Fi to Simper Trump….he traded-in the red, white, and blue for the Kremlin’s stage. – about John Kelley after his remarks about Liz Warren came out
Two malignant narcissists walk into an oval office . . . (comment on Kanye West visit to Trump in oval office)

Rapepublicans

PTSD = post tweet spin disorder
Lindsay Graham Cracker

Even Donald Trump knows that only idiots would vote for Donald Trump

Kellyanne Conjob
He never met a lie he could not embrace.

orange koolaid for brains
The Orangubrat Enclosure
The Blight House
“Yeah, Trump is a problem solver the same way Godzilla is a city planner,” Trevor Noah snarked. “The only way Donald Trump can consider himself a problem solver is if he stops creating problems.”
Linda Shill: Trump, you are the ENEMY!
Christal Keel: LOL… I love the smell of desperation in the morning!
Jim McBride: He forgot one of his enemies, the majority of the people!

Fux News
Pox News
Trumpaloons
TRUMP == Truly Russian Made Product
Twilight Zone intro to “He’s Alive” with Dennis Hopper as a US Nazi working for Hitler (dead but present) – is very current
“Portrait of a bush-league Führer named Peter Vollmer, a sparse little man who feeds off his self-delusions and finds himself perpetually hungry for want of greatness in his diet. And like some goose-stepping predecessors he searches for something to explain his hunger, and to rationalize why a world passes him by without saluting. That something he looks for and finds is in a sewer. In his own twisted and distorted lexicon he calls it faith, strength, truth. But in just a moment Peter Vollmer will ply his trade on another kind of corner, a strange intersection in a shadowland called the Twilight Zone.”
And the end comment:
“Where will he go next, this phantom from another time, this resurrected ghost of a previous nightmare – Chicago? Los Angeles? Miami, Florida? Vincennes, Indiana? Syracuse, New York? Anyplace, everyplace, where there’s hate, where there’s prejudice, where there’s bigotry. He’s alive. He’s alive so long as these evils exist. Remember that when he comes to your town. Remember it when you hear his voice speaking out through others. Remember it when you hear a name called, a minority attacked, any blind, unreasoning assault on a people or any human being. He’s alive because through these things we keep him alive.”

Trump’s already energized his “sturmtruppen” for armed violence against the state should he be removed from power.
Randyrocker :: Trump’s dumber than his own brain.
tRumpstersfromthedumpsters
“Accuse the other side of that which you are guilty.” Joseph Goebbels
LeBron puts children through school. – Trump puts children in cages.
Rudy Drooliani
Colludy Giuliani
Based on looks “Nosferatu” fits him (Giuliani)
“Weekend at Trump’s” ala shades of “Weekend at Bernie’s”
Just another “Dump Dynasty” episode
She is a pothole (said of daughter, Ivanka Trump)
Fux Noise
GOPR = Grand old Party of Russia
GOPussies in Congress
Seventeen Angry Democrats = SAD, as in this president
“Collude? I thought you said Quaalude.”
Mister Vee Pee-Pee (vice pres Pence)
GOP = Gutless Oppressive Person
GOP = Groveling Over Putin
Tick Tock, Motherfucker
The “Kremlin Annex” formerly known as the White House
Trump is full bore incompetent.
Trump’s new book “The Art of the Deflection”
the Kingdom of Trump

Mar-a-Dumpo

From CounterPunch on visit to UK – describing numerous signs held up:

“Bastard has ruined orange forever”,
“Piss off you orange bastard”,
“I could shit a better president”,
“Free Melania”,
“Even Melania thinks you’re a dick”,
“Too many tweets make a twat”,
“Big orange twat”,
“Trump as welcome as a World Cup 3rd place playoff”,
“Tyrant racist umpa-lumpa misogynist psychopath”,
“You’re even worse than Morrissey”,
“In England Trump means fart”,
“All in all you’re just another prick with no wall”,
“Sorry but you’re just not our cup of tea”,
“Take Boris with you”, (Boris Johnson, brexit guy who can’t keep an elected/appointed job)
“Don’t let Trump grab us by the country” (sign held by a woman),
“Go home Trump we have enough racists as it is”,
“If the US government was an orchestra Trump would be its air guitarist”,
“Fake-off Donald!”,
“Can’t comb over sexism”,
“We shall overcomb”,
“No to torture no to Trump”,
“Keep your tiny hands off our queen”,
“Feed him to the corgis”,
“Golden towers & golden showers”,
“This crowd is bigger than your inauguration crowd”
“Yer Maw Was an Immigrant, Ye Nugget.”

He’s a Russian-backed NY mobster posing as Potus!

… there are 2 things that have always disappeared quickly around Donald Trump. Reputations and Cash.
… … (reply) and humanity.

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— below are the end-notes entries already posted to blogs ############
Dump Tower
the grab-’em-by-the-pussy president
Incompetocracy
Adhocracy
The Reality TV White House Freakshow
Trump Takedown
The White Hose
Swamp-a-Largo
Donnieland == USA
Lugenpresse, Mein Fuhrer?
F Trump and F all rePutincans!
… a huge f***ing tumor. Orange and metastasized.
Ruh-roh! Looks like Dr. Mueller is going to perform a “Cohenoscopy” in Trump
Mueller Mondays!!!
Cohen, just a low level covfefe boy
kakistocracy (/?kæk?s’t?kr?si, -‘st?k-/) a system of government which is run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous citizens
Next up.. the noted scuffed-shoe law firm of Slipp, Skipp & Tripp.
As Curly used to say: I’m trying to think, but nothing happens!
New movie sequel coming out….Saving Private Bone Spurs.
Trump would pass the guy a note saying, “I’ve got a gub!”.
“Only I can fix it”
(me) The McGuffin who owns the company
(me) “A military parade is when your uniform becomes a costume.”
The hyppocritipotomus lives in denial river
“Trump’s Razor” = “ascertain the stupidest possible scenario that can be reconciled with the available facts”
… a careening set of brainless balls like Donald Trump …
Rename ACA from “Obama Care” to “I-vaaan-Kare”
Our Nation is at Steak, Trump Steaks
I wonder if the GREAT WALL OF TRUMP will be visible from outer space?
Trump has changed the meaning of the phrase, “Putting a 45 to our heads.”
Sean (I’m really the president) Spicer
Huckleberry-Slanders (Sarah Huckabee Sanders, press secretary)
Sarah Hucksterbee
Propaganda Barbie (Kelly Anne Conway)
ICKvana
Malaria
Kellyannetrumpbabe
ScaryAnne
Rudy Crudy Fooliani
Rucy Boo-liani, Amirite
Rudislav Giulianski
Camp Runamuck
Trumpanzees
Trumpettes
Trumpflakes
Trumpkins
Stuponics
Trumplandistan (an exclusive realm ruled by and for the billionaire class)
Trumplodytes
Trumpateers
Trumpfpocalypse
Traitor Tot (Don Jr)
Half-Pence
½p
Mike Dence
Steve “Barbarian” Bannon
Republicrooks
teabillies
StormTrumpers
— still others
Debbie does Payday Lenders – Comment about Debbie Wasserman Schulz
Orange is the new Conway
The Orange House (instead of White House)

Forever Trumpers (staff)
Rinse Repeat (Reince Piebus)
Ku Klux Keebler Elf (Jeff Sessions)
Tony Scarface Scarmuchly (Anthony Scaramucci)
Morons making millions
American Tea-laban
NRA (the Nazi’s Right Arm)
General Buttercup Gen Kelley after taking a dressing down from Trump
Fecal Minions for Trample’s staffers
Trumpeteers in Congress
Parasite Enablement and Protection Act (more briefly known as Trumpcare)
Fright House’ (f/k/a White House)
The Sinking USS Trumpster
He hath not the stones…

regularly scheduled panicking

“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.” Albert Einstein

He was paying her not to tell people how small Trump’s “credentials” are… (on Stormy Daniels’ case about Dumps’ lawyer, Michael Cohen)

Side note on DACA person who is a math student, being deported without a hearing by ICE:
she’s a member of Al Gerbra a radical group that often goes off on tangents …

comment on hiring of Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director July 21, 2017
John Pisani Donny Two Scoops just hired Big Tony to get the job done right this time.

Also – a side note from an article in AEon at https://aeon.co/essays/the-macho-violent-culture-of-italian-fascism-was-prophetic
But more: seeking freedom in all things, loathing restraint, the fact of lying becomes an ambition for breaking free of the tethers of honesty, of being ‘bound’ to tell the truth. Libertarians are masters of post-truth misinformation, and their technique is simple. Take a truth (climate change, Rwandan genocide, Serbian concentration camps) and simply declare it is a lie. (A ‘myth’, a ‘hoax’, a ‘scam’, a ‘swindle’.) Sit back and wait a minute, and a very gullible press with little editorial responsibility will happily help you tell the public that they have been conned. No one wants to feel they’ve been duped so, hey presto! You have a ‘war of ideas’. Without evidence, argument or proof. Without expertise or knowledge.

The alt-Right uses ‘cuckservatives’ as its hypermasculine insult to Republicans

He flipped on a light switch and the cockroaches all scrambled into the White House.

time for a whole new category called “Alternative Humans” I’ll start with Kellyanne Conway and Stephen Miller.

Maybe Ivanka could show daddy a nice straightjacket with matching butterfly net from her asylum collection

The American Banana Republic at Mar-a-Lago

Shitforbrains with a side order of imbecile. Sterling qualifications for the job.

Night-Mar-A-Lago

Typo: “If he was a muslin, …”

Russ Baker: “Pwesident Twump, Stop tweeting people like garbage.”

we don’t need editors, we have Spill Chucker

Sky Pete, I carry a covfefe every morning (reply to comment)

M.A.C.A! MAKING CHINA GREAT AGAIN!
MAGA – Make America Grate Again
MAGA – Making America Gag Again
MAGA – Moore’s America Grates Again
MAGA – Morons Are Governing America
MAGA – Mueller Ain’t Going Away
MAGA – Make Asbestos Great Again
MAGAts
MAGBA – Make America Great Britain Again
MARA – Make America Racist Again
MMRA – Make Myself Rich Again
MRGA – Make Russia Great Again
MASA – Make America Shamed Again. And again…and again…
MAWA: make America white again

Huckelberry Spin – for press secretary Sarah Sanders

Trump, the ultimate defucktive
Defucktive Fiction
Mental defucktive

Help us Obi Wan KeMeuller, you’re our only hope!

The head rats, our “leaders” (if it is even possible to lead anybody anywhere inside a cage), have proven to be as mediocre and clueless as anyone else. Which is sort of proof we are a democracy, if we want to look at it that way. While it is a myth that virtually anybody can grow up to be president, we have demonstrated that nitwits have more than a fighting chance. During my 40 years writing media ass-wipe for the public, I have interviewed many of “the best of my generation,” and, believe me, most of them were not much.

Naturally, they believe they are far superior by virtue of having made it to an elevated point in the gilded cage, closer to the feed, water and sex. Because they believe it, and the media–sycophants waiting for quotes–echoes their belief, discussing their every brain fart, we tend to believe it, too. Nothing shakes our belief, not even staring directly into the face of a congenital liar and nitwit like Sarah Palin, or a careening set of brainless balls like Donald Trump or a retarded jackal like George W. Bush.

Trumpers have gone from “drain the swamp” to “the swamp is good, get over it ”

It’s not “felony leaks” that are the problem..it’s the felons in the White House!

Kelly is now encrusted with thick layers of toxic Trump cooties

Trump tweet: We’ve got a great deal for our supporters this Black Friday! Use the code GIVING for 30% off OFFICIAL Trump Merchandise -> http://bit.ly/2i2Xxro
Comments:
The @GOP has turned into the Trump Home Shopping Network. SAD!
I’m getting facepalm acne.
Kristine Parkhill Lovell: A trump dog collar and leash? Seriously? He doesn’t even like dogs. He doesn’t like anyone that’s smarter than he is.
Bryan Moe: Who said the collar was for a dog? This is a Trump product after all.
Andrew Carlson: It’s one of his props from his business trip to Russia…

Could be a halfwit if he applied himself

Veto The Cheetoh!

Comments about the 18-karat gold toilet at the Guggenheim.
Alison Zapata · The University of the Arts
We’re number two! We’re number two! Hahaha
Sharyn Brown
Well, so much for the donation he was just about to send you!
Douglas Housel Sr. · Works at Retired Postal Workers
future home of many cheeseburgers
Motheba Alina Nthabiseng Rakuoane · Senior Crown Counsel at Turks & Caicos Islands Government Press Office
To complement his golden showers I guess??
Emma Noonan · Works at Bum Rogers Crabhouse & Tavern
He just told him where he “Can Gogh”
Jay Scott · Malibu, California
1st Amendment toilet paper in the white house?
Chris Comacho · Stockton, California
More like a Van “Go”. Do the “showers” match the seat? ????
Hilary Marion · New York, New York
Finally! “the king” gets a suitable throne ????????
Evelyn Roberts ·Owner/ President at Yummy Fat
They should have also offered a Golden Shower. He’d totally accept that.
Faye Grubb · University of Evansville
They probably thought he had to Gogh!
Julie B. Trivedi · Medical Director of Infection Prevention for University Hospitals at UT Southwestern Medical Center
A Sh..hole for him to use.

On the military parade he wants
It’s actually really funny that top pentagon officials are being ordered to throw a parade for a reality tv dipshit.

(me) If it quacks like a duck, walks like a duck, paddles like a duck, flies like a duck it should be obvious, it’s an elephant.

Trump: “We’re gonna’ build a wall.”
China: “That won’t work, trust us.”

Phil Newton · Wordsmith at Self-Employed :: Good God. Still waiting for the South to writhe again.

“Ben Carson … tossed out the Hippocratic Oath and replaced it with the Hippocritic Oath …” (HUD secretary)

From comment on Rudy Giuliani exposing payoffs to Cohen to cover payoffs to Stormy Daniels::
old Giulie is like a puppy carpet bombing the WH, they need to follow him around with newspapers

Carl Echevarria · Works at Retired::
Did Trump actually hire Giulliani or is he, R.G., doing it for sport, a la pro bono?
They do make a nice looking couple!
Rudy looks like he swallowed the White House.

And the fact it was bad for women was just a bonus for them.

TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome)

Trump lives in a land of make believe ME.

Dumps wanted to own his own football team, the Brooklyn (Bone) Spurs.

Wanda Watts-Williams
“2 reality stars walk into the oval(bar) office …” On Kim Kardshian meet with Trump on prison reform

Trumptime

After the successes of the left in the 60’s and 70’s, the state turned to counter-insurgency lawfare.

Miracle E Brown: Trump? Think? Quit with the comedy.
Richard Roeder to Miracle E Brown: Sorry, what was I thinking?

Bob Jase: You can summon the devil and sell him your soul or work for Trump – either has the same effect.

Who knew rock bottom had a basement?

On asbestos story with Trump’s face on Russian pallets of the stuff:::
* Given how toxic Tr*mp is, putting his face on asbestos makes perfect sense.
* Asbestos and trump are bad for your health. Truth in advertising!
* more proof that anything attached to tRump is dangerous to humankind….
* It fits. His image should also be on cans of rat poison etc.

Scott :: Trump is our Nero.
ErnestineBass to Scott :: Having never mastered the fiddle, Drumpf plays a dog whistle instead.

on the golf course Dump pees off

on the Trump Baby Blimp over London:::
Wayne George : The resemblance is remarkable. Thin skin and gas.

Was it Adolf Giulliani or Sara Sucker-be Sanders or maybe that Compulsive lying lapdog Wannabe a SCOTUS Justice Kavanaugh that declared that the President should not have to be bothered by the Russian Probe or any indictments against him , he has lots of more difficult things to worry about, like : Playing other 18 holes of golf , crashing weddings with the hope of grabbing some pussy , Or maybe laying around the swimming pool working on his Orange tan and scarfing down a couple of buckets of KFC while he uses those greasy fingers to tweet insults at everyone in the world .

New bumper sticker for trumpers. PUTIN / TRUMP 2020 When you just cannot admit you were WRONG.

Jared owns a building in NYC with address of 666. It is a sign! LOL

“You’ve got to treat the White House and the office of the presidency with respect.”
However, the president himself gets only the respect he deserves and has earned.
There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it. – Lord Acton

T-Rump has turned the presidency into the new version of “The Price is Right”.

Clarity vs Lisinopril

I’m clear again after two weeks on two sets of blood pressure pills. From August 11 through August 24, 2016 I ran a little test using my Lisinopril prescription.

I’ve had the Lisinopril-only prescription since April from the VA but only took a few of the pills. I’ve been reluctant to take the blood pressure medicine because with the earlier Lisinopril/HCTV pills I was prescribed the blood pressure went too low and I came close to passing out. Instead, I embarked on my own experiment to change lifestyle by walking as an alternative to the pills.

I want my data, being an old database programmer. But I also wanted to do an experiment to see whether the new prescription worked for me and in any case to see what the effect was on me.

The short, short story is that 48 hours after dropping the pills this time I felt clear and energized for the first time since starting them again. But I also found an effect (symptom, if you want) that I had not previously noticed. My predictive perception of the world around me was reduced and felt like a thin, almost gauzy film in front of me. Normally we go around in an auto-complete mode. The pills seem to reduce that capability. More on that later.

Here is the narrative.

The pills only come in 20 mg size, at least at the VA pharmacy where I get my pills. The prescription specified 10 mg per day so they also gave me a pill cutter to split the pill in two. It is a little blue plastic doohickey with a V-chute to shove the round pill into and then a razor-blade type of guillotine lid which I press down sharply to divide the pill. It does a pretty clean job.

I decided I would start with 5 mg a day. So I figured out how to cut a pill once (put it in the V-shaped jig and bring down the blade, as I said above). Then turn the half pill just so in the same V and bring the blade down again. One pill gives me four days at 5 mg a day.

I kept this dosage going through the 19th and changed it to 10 mg on the 20th. When I switched I put in my regular annotation in the comment field of my database.

4.2 miles (post office on Gregory east of Wornall), feeling very woozy, I figure because of the increase in dosage from 5 to the prescribed 10 mg of Lisinopril. However, this was also too much as I felt somewhat woozy, increasingly after a week on 5 mg.
10 mg Lisinopril, feeling woozy

The wooziness wasn’t a lot, but it was noticeable. What I didn’t write in the comment and I will now is that I also felt less energy, slightly winded and seemed have legs which were not heavy exactly but seemed to be limbs that I had to pull along, rather than getting pulled along by them.

Then there was the guazy feel, noticeable generally but in particular while driving. It was as if a light gauze was over my or in front of me but a gauze which is so light that I’m not sure it is even there, except that it was just noticeable.

I wanted to see the effect on me with the pills and then again without the pills. But I needed to remain on the pills long enough to experience the effect from the pills. Otherwise I would have nothing to compare.

As it happened the comparison was more marked and specific than I expected. I should first note that the  pills do indeed produce a lower set of readings regardless of exercise. But exercise gives me benefits I don’t get from the pills, such as conditioning, better breath control going up and down stairs and just fast walking as well as a good feeling from just being outside and moving on my own for an hour or so each (almost each) day.

What struck me on the second day after dropping the pill was my sense of clarity (mental and physical) and me sense of energy. My legs felt as if they were taking off on their own with the rest of me following along.

On the first day after stopping the pill (24th) I entered this in my comment field:

pre-walk – going off the BP pill as of this morning. Have been feeling woozy, slow, loss of energy, less stamina, breathy – not severely, indeed extended the pills a bit to feel sure.  Now will try without again to see the contrast.

On the second day (25th) I entered this before my walk:

pre-walk – day 2 after bp pill 10 mg Lisinopril, most syptoms cleared

and this after my walk

2.4 miles, chicken tender and iced tea – seem clear of the last previous bp pill from two days ago, no woozyness getting up, no slight, tiny layer of mental & visual “fog.” Seems like gauze only too little to ID as gauze. Clear conditioning and stamina.
I would say “better” but “clear” seems more descriptive

The fog interrupts the predictive auto-complete awareness which is part of normal operation. As such it feels disruptive or just “foggy” or slightly befuddled (but not confused), a slight tinge of “at a loss.”

Here are the average readings from before and after. As usual, the pre-walk readings are higher than the post-walk readings. I normally take three readings or more. If a reading seems to be an outlier from the other measurements I take another, or more, until I see a pattern of close readings. Then I average those readings minus the “outliers.” The “avgN” field gives the number of readings used.

Average BP readings from 8/11/2016 through 8/25/2016
DateTime Pre Post avgSys avgDia avgPulse avgN Comment Other BP_Pill
8/11/2016 10:38:37 AM Yes No 132 87 66 3 pre-walk   No
8/11/2016 1:36:54 PM No Yes 96 63 87 3 2.4 miles, one hour after 5 mg, day one Yes
8/13/2016 8:51:06 AM Yes No 136 82 55 3 pre-walk 5 mg – third day Yes
8/13/2016 3:42:45 PM No Yes 120 77 73 3 2.4 miles, nearly 7 hours later 5 mg Yes
8/14/2016 12:00:15 PM No No 124 76 64 3 measure 5 mg -day 4 Yes
8/15/2016 10:11:12 AM Yes No 141 90 57 2 pre-walk 5 mg – day 5 Yes
8/15/2016 11:19:41 AM No Yes 124 82 96 3 2.4 miles 5 mg, 7am Yes
8/15/2016 12:10:34 PM No Yes 118 81 88 3 2.4 miles at 1.3 hours later 5 mg Yes
8/16/2016 12:10:42 PM No No 115 80 71 3 measure 5 mg Yes
8/17/2016 6:52:28 AM Yes No 131 90 59 3 pre-walk 5 mg Yes
8/17/2016 8:48:53 AM No Yes 122 82 85 3 2.4 miles 5 mg Yes
8/18/2016 10:05:41 AM Yes No 128 89 75 3 pre-walk 5 mg at 6 am outlier (pulse) Yes
8/20/2016 7:20:17 AM No No 118 75 60 2 measure 5 mg (yesterday) Just took 10 mg Yes
8/20/2016 11:44:15 AM No Yes 94 59 89 4 4.2 miles (post office on Gregory east of Wornall), feeling very woozy, I figure because of the increase in dosage from 5 to the prescribed 10 mg of Lisinopril. However, this was also too much as I felt somewhat woozy, increasingly after a week on 5 mg. 10 mg Lisinopril, feeling woozy Yes
8/21/2016 5:45:33 PM No No 114 82 80 2 measure 10 mg, early morning Yes
8/22/2016 11:25:45 AM No No 112 74 71 2 measure, just took today’s bp pill 10 mg, outlier Yes
8/23/2016 10:26:49 AM Yes No 115 79 71 2 pre-walk 10 mg Yes
8/23/2016 1:25:33 PM Yes No 120 78 73 3 pre-walk 10 mg Yes
8/23/2016 3:26:42 PM No Yes 93 67 107 3 2.6 miles 10 mg outlier Yes
8/24/2016 9:49:04 AM Yes No 106 78 69 3 pre-walk – going off the BP pill as of this morning. Have been feeling woozy, slow, loss of energy, less stamina, breathy – not severely, indeed extended the pills a bit to feel sure. Now will try without again to see the contrast. outlier Yes
8/24/2016 11:21:13 AM No Yes 114 79 83 3 2.4 miles, large iced tea at Shell pill yesterday Yes
8/24/2016 11:57:17 AM No Yes 104 81 72 3 2.4 miles – one hour later – 127/78/70 – at start, after battery change bp residual from yesterday Yes
8/24/2016 5:05:47 PM Yes No 105 69 80 3 pre-walk (to orientation on campus) bp pill 1.5 days ago Yes
8/25/2016 9:25:36 AM Yes No 129 89 56 4 pre-walk – day 2 after bp pill 10 mg Lisinopril, most syptoms cleared BP pill symptoms seem mostly cleared No
8/25/2016 11:28:52 AM No Yes 108 72 103 3 2.4 miles, chicken tender and iced tea – seem clear of the last previous bp pill from two days ago, no woozyness getting up, no slight, tiny layer of mental & visual “fog.” Seems like gauze only too little to ID as gauze. Clear conditioning and stamina. I would say “better” but “clear” seems more descriptive No

Blood Pressure: Pills vs Walking

Blood Pressure And
An Unintentional Baseline Experiment

Note: I intend to break this into smaller chunks, later.

As well as Related Thoughts on Measuring and Evaluating

This is a longer piece than I originally intended. In the meantime I’ve had a couple of tries at an article, gotten a bit behind and then started again. I sometimes covered the same territory and sometimes other topics. What I will do here is to collect the bits and pieces and arrange them under various headings. So you may find some duplications of information. I would try to do a tighter edit but it is time to get this out. It has been nearly 12 months since I started.

The intent was (and is) to send this to my doctor with the database. Each time I think I am almost ready something else shows up which leads me to think that my data is not yet ready. Maybe it will never really get there but at some point there should be enough data to at least look at it overall. So, with apologies for incompleteness, here goes.

Headings Below

Before-Walking and After-Walking Baseline
Communicating Across Divides
Lessons From The First 7 Months
Conditioning, Walking and other Exercise
Lifestyle versus Pills
Database Creation and Modifications
Measuring
Sampling
Fixed-Interval Sampling:
Event-Load Sampling:
Design of Blood Pressure Monitors
The Readings Themselves
A Couple of Queries From the Database
Averages by Month
Along the way
Pain Meds
Other non-habits
On And Off the BP Pill
May 4th, 2015 – BP way too low
October 6th, 2015 – from just right to way too low
Back to the present
A Reflection
A few more dated entries in October 2015

Before-Walking and After-Walking Baseline

I will start with this chart prepared from a little more than 2,100 individual blood pressure readings, before and after walking and averaged for each month. This is a little less than 12 month’s worth of readings (not a full April and not a full March). This is the frame for most of the rest of the discussion. I’ll repeat this is better detail later in various ways.

Pre-Post-Walk_Chart

If you are reading the clinical reports they will show higher blood pressure readings. I’m not entirely sure why this is. I have a number of possible factors but for the most part it just seems to be higher in the clinic (VA and dentist). There is the “White Coat” effect but I also run into this at times here, depending on how much time I give myself to relax into the “mood.” I’ve never quite pinned it down. That makes it a bit irritating because I want the clinic reading to reflect what I get at home. I go into that later under “Measuring.”

Communicating Across Divides

Software developers and their users share some similarities with doctors and their patients. Both sides of the conversation are often talking to each other with the same words but understanding different things. Both sides of the conversation are trying to make “it” work whether “it” is a human body or a software program. And both sides think they are having a conversation when there may not be as much meeting in the middle as hoped for by both sides.

As a decades-long software developer I am always aware that no matter how long I’ve been in the game I can never relax into thinking that I know how each user or machine operator will understand and use my programs. I still remember an early set of user interfaces I created for a mailing-list program in the early 1980’s.

The firm I was working for decided to try out their first computers and would use them for a 20-year anniversary for old and current clients. They needed to enter all their old clients as well as new prospects across the country. So I needed to construct an entry program usable by temps and an envelope and letter printing program also easily usable by temps. This is what I found:

⦁ The temps needed to understand what to type into the address fields (seems easy at first glance)
⦁ But the information in the cards and phone books and class listings didn’t conform exactly to the fields I had designed. There was always some other format for names, or added information or another category not originally planned for
⦁ So the temps found ways to shoe-horn information into the fields where it didn’t belong such as putting things in parentheses after a name in a field (last or first), or after a comma or vertical bar (|) and so forth. The equivalent of writing in the corners of a paper form.
⦁ Because the temps were trying to make the job work out and
⦁ Because the temps were not understanding (or even seeing) all the screen prompts and
⦁ Because the temps didn’t always know what to bring to my attention because they thought they understood or they didn’t recognize errant behavior on the part of software or a need to add a field type
⦁ And because the temps “made do” with something just to get on with the job and then forgot to get back to me or they assumed they had taken care of “it”
⦁ I quickly realized I needed to monitor the temps (over their shoulders) to catch mis-understandings and non-fitting data as well as to open up dialog so that they better understood what to bring to my attention
⦁ So that I could make changes at my end based on my observations of what worked and what went sideways, which as developer, was my responsibility (both the “worked” and the “sideways”)

Everyone was trying to make the “whole thing” work. There were no “slackers.” Everyone seemed eager. We just didn’t always meet in the same place in the same center. And we didn’t always realize it. I, as developer, would catch on to problems sooner only because I knew what I had in mind and I could more easily detect when things were going sideways. But I still managed at times to miss early signs that an operator might not quite understand some parts of the task.

I caught something similar in my conversations with the doctor. I don’t watch my health that closely and tend to let possible health needs slip at times. For example, I totally let my periodontal disease go for too long. I had to be convinced that what I thought was minor, because my mouth didn’t match my expectation for pain, might be major. It was.

I also tend to either push on through things like headaches or take as few pain relievers as I can. So I found myself in a similar position to those temps we once hired for data input. I thought I was doing “the job” but I wasn’t really hearing and comprehending everything I should have been watching for. Also I had somewhat different concerns. Money for example.

I think the doctor figured me for an anti-vaxxer because I hadn’t gotten any of the current shots recently. I am anything but. I was one of those kids back in the 1950’s who stood in lines for the first polio vaccines that you see in pictures. No pictures taken of me, just that I was in one of many such lines across the country. I remember the concerns. And I remember how many people I knew then and later who had been crippled by that disease.

I had some reluctance to take the vaccines right at the moment because I didn’t know how much it was going to cost me. I was still used to needing to have the money up front before I headed for the doctor’s office. Even though I was getting treatment at the student dental clinic it could sometimes be quite a hit on my income. But they would tell me ahead of time how much to expect to pay. I wasn’t unwilling, I just needed to plan.

As an adjunct my income has dropped below half what it was as a response from the UM system to cut hours to avoid benefits from the ACA. Pretty shitty of them. I’ve taught at UMKC, mostly online, in 1999-2000 (grant program) and then from 2003.

So I was worried about cost at the VA. I was new to the VA so I didn’t realize how much I wasn’t going to pay. I was (and am) pretty impressed.

I would recommend what the VA does for the rest of the country. I’m guessing the doctor didn’t give me a dollar figure because he doesn’t have to think about that for his patients. This is the way health care should work for everyone. I just wasn’t used to it.

I hope that I’ve learned enough from that to communicate a little better with the doctor.

Lessons From The First 7 Months

When I was first prescribed blood pressure pills at the VA I really meant to be a “good boy” and follow the instructions. But after three days I nearly collapsed with an 85/61 pressure. So I dropped the pills temporarily, intending to return to them after a few personal experiments.

I’ve never really gone back except for one occasion. I keep thinking I wasn’t ready with the information I need, that my measurements are not adequate enough (yet) to be either conclusive or at least useful.

Still, I did have some early observations which I figured I could probably support. Not being a doctor I decided that I needed to come in with data.

1 – Walking will lower blood pressure, dependably, (I have a data trail to show it)
2 – A lot of us with active schedules or work actually have sedentary work
3 – Sedentary is dangerous
4 – Blood pressure is both a “thing” (hydraulic pressure) and a symptom
5 – I’m want to fix what causes the “symptom” rather than “hiding” the problem with a pill which gets me the “right” numbers
6 – Walking also conditions the rest of me including breathing
7 – I prefer to change lifestyle rather than taking pills in place of life changes (though I am grateful for medications which do the job)
8 – the usual way blood pressure is measured and recorded gives inadequate data
9 – the BP monitors are all similar, and all need updated engineering

Conditioning, Walking and other Exercise

I learned three things when I started walking:

1. My blood pressure could be lowered just by walking (no running needed)
2. My overall conditioning got better (better breathing)
3. I had gotten sedentary despite an active, hard-working, long-hours schedule and had been so for a long, long time. Because it was such a full schedule I didn’t recognize that it was also sedentary. Working well into the wee hours of many mornings grading classes online or working on pictures and video on computer is busy and intense and also sedentary.

Walking (rapidly, as if I am late for something) gives me the pleasure of being outside, open air, sunshine (usually), under my own power, especially because I am buried so long inside, on the computer, toiling away. Sometimes I listen to the radio or to music from my “phone” or take a camera and shoot the “scenery” just to have something to do. I also usually head for the grocery store giving myself a small task to do, something to pickup, a chicken tender to eat, frozen orange juice to fix later, a few grocery items or other errands. I like to save small errands for my walks.

I worked out various distances from the house using Google maps. Heading north to work at PACE on the UMKC campus is 1 mile and to the performing arts center in the Dance Division another 0.3 miles. Heading west to The Market in Brookside is 1 mile, to Price Chopper is 1.2 miles. I prefer Price Chopper as it is more blue collar, also because the extra 2-tenths of a mile means that I have a 2.4-mile round trip instead of a 2-mile round trip. For a little more distance I may go to a shop on the far west end of Brookside for a 1.4 mile distance one way.

On the return I may stop at one of the Quick Trip type stores to get a large unsweetened iced tea to sip on on the way back and to finish later. It may not be gourmet tea but it is tea and I really don’t care for sweet drinks and very seldom for sodas.

When I first started it might take 10 minutes or so for my breathing to catch up. Within a few weeks that was down to no time at all, literally. Better still, I began to notice that going up a couple of flights of stairs on campus was now taken smoothly. It had not been labored or difficult previously but it was breathy for me. I had gotten used to this condition when I should have realize that it wasn’t right.

Changing a part of my lifestyle to “fix” a one problem turns out to have all around benefits and an overall better feeling for problems I hadn’t considered. I’m reasonably sure that the BP pills would have given me the right numbers but wouldn’t have produced these other benefits.

Lifestyle versus Pills

I am often enough tempted to take a pill without changing anything else. It does seem easier at times, especially when I seem to have higher blood pressure than whated I want to see.

For me, what I’ve found is that I not only feel better all around with lifestyle changes I also feel more in charge and I feel better physically in several ways. I’ve also found that looking at blood pressure not just as a condition but also as a symptom gives me a monitor, an instrument on my “dashboard” to tell when other things go wrong. If I am having other problems I want to know about them, not find that I’ve hidden the indicators.

I would rather change lifestyle than take pills. That is a bit glib and I don’t mean to just throw it around. I am fully ready to take meds as needed. Once in a while I really need to push myself out the door but once out there I am just fine.

Database Creation and Modifications

Whether shooting pictures, designing a survey, creating online learning software or setting up a database you need to determine what your data or record represents and what to sample.

I started with basics: Date/Time, Systolic, Diastolic and Pulse. For most purposes that is enough. As measured BP I found that I wanted to look at the data in different ways. That meant changes and additions to the database.

Events would occur, such as a headache, which would clearly seem to raise blood pressure readings. I wanted a way to correlate events or symptoms with the readings.

I wanted some way to define or certify that I had reached a baseline for my data before making a comparison with the pills. I still haven’t reached a good set of data to look for on a regular basis which might define the effects on me and how that is reflected in blood pressure.

For example I added a field to indicate when i took a blood pressure pill. I quickly added a comment field and then fields to indicate whether the reading was pre or post exercise. Then a second comment field. Next came fields to hold only averages of a set of readings, sys, dia, pulse. After a while I wanted some other types of queries which were hard to set up as designed so I added duplicate sys/dia/pulse fields for before and for after exercise.

Even a temperature field after I came up with a 102-degree temperature in late December. It doesn’t have anything to do, as far as I can tell, with BP. I just wanted to keep track of it and this was available so I tacked on the field. I’ve considered fields for diet as well and maybe sleep or lack of sleep. But so far I’ve resisted the “mission creep” of all kinds of fields. Partly because I am not that obsessed by keeping the database, though a nurse at the VA thought it was pretty unusual.

I also needed to create an entry form as well as numerous types of queries (stored/saved questions which can be repeated as wanted).

Mostly I dealt with a need for other data types by having two text fields, one of which is a memo type which is flexible in size. Of course that changes the way I would search for records in the database.

One major problem with any database is that it requires very consistent ways of referring to the data. That may mean having enough fields for types of data measured, enforcing consistent spelling (an old problem in database maintenance) or even just a usable entry form.

The one thing I am certain of after more than 3 1/2 decades of database programming and design is that no matter how much experience I have and no matter what I begin with some fields will be un-needed, some will need to be re-designed for either more flexible entry or more constrained entry and some will need to be added. Over time some entries will have to be standardized later with corrections to early entries so they all match and some will have to be teased out into other fields while I will also have to add implied fields within the context of larger text fields.

Measuring

Normally blood pressure is measured during a small interval of time within the day. That sample is limited to a tiny spot of time but is usually used to represent the full day or even a particular period in someone’s life.

The data is very limited in terms of representing the state of anyone’s blood pressure. The general and most common recommendation is a measurement once a day at the same time. It is a tiny part of time compared to a year.

One year is 365.25nn days (so an average month, for easier calculation, is 30.4375 days). If the measurement takes say 5 minutes it is 1/288th of a day, 1/8766th or an average month and or 1/26,298nd of a quarter year (depending on doctor visits.

Yet that single reading in the doctor’s office is assumed to represent the larger span of time across a variety of activities. Most people say, “My blood pressure is ….” What they should realize is that is just the blood pressure in one tiny slice of time between doctor visits and at the doctor’s office. A very paltry sampling.

This is the prime measurement used for almost everyone, as a matter of daily practice. As a data guy, it bothers me that there is not more data related to more life events.

My own experience indicates that each of us needs a great many more measurements than that, distributed across a range of time, across the day and comprising more than one set of measurements averaged. I should note that while I am certainly taking more measurements than my doctor (better) I still think of my own measurements as not giving me the best information, yet. I’m always my own worst critic.

I keep promising myself I will do a better series but I haven’t gotten there yet. Which is partially why I haven’t returned to my intended series taking the BP pills. Also, even though I take a lot of readings by comparison, I don’t feel confident trying to correlate other events (meals, tea, working a concert, etc) with blood pressure in any way which is consistent, other than exercise (walking, in this case).

I should note that there is a definite correlation around other sources of pain. After a particular tooth extraction more than 3 years ago my blood pressure dropped to normal. I also realized that I must have gotten used to a considerable level of pain because suddenly I was missing something, pain. It took me several days to realize that I had dropped a certain level of chronic pain. So now when I am aware of headache or other source of pain I look for a correlation with blood pressure. In general, that seems to correlate.

Sets of measurements can be grouped around events (such as exercise) or sampled at set times during the day. There are justifications for each. Certainly the ideal would be both but I confess I am just not that obsessive. What I believe is that the patient is the best person to monitor and record the data (assuming the patient will do this) and the doctor is the best person to interpret it – as long as the patient is a cooperating/observing partner.

In looking across the web I noted that there are monitors designed to be handed out to a patient for 24 hours or so and returned. During that time these monitors measure blood pressure at preset intervals. That is a recognition of a need for better data but it also has problems and doesn’t continue for weeks or months. To get those longer times really requires that the patient does their own measurements, during which the patient may make lifestyle changes, all recorded in a secondary record somewhere. It also measures only blood pressure so I am guessing some sort of record or diary would be extremely helpful to include.

Sampling

The terms I use are my own inventions, “fixed interval” and “event load.”

Fixed-Interval Sampling:

In this method we determine what times during the day we would like to have data, then try to set up measurements at those times.

This provides a nicely time-organized data matrix for the convenience of calculations. Biggest advantage is that it looks nice and makes a nice report. It has the dis-advantage of missing events which provide any kind of load on the body.

That brings up another factor. When I am testing out a piece of software or a website I need to see what kind of load it can bear up under. Testing software functions or page delivery without putting a load on the server doesn’t tell me much. I already know whether some function works but I may not know how well it works under load.

The usual recommendation is to sit upright and calmly. This all standardizes the measuring system for the convenience of the measurement process but it means stopping whatever is being done in order to change to a “calmer” mode. That is pretty much needed because the instruments for measuring blood pressure don’t function well during physical activity. That leaves a range of data unmeasured and wanting.

Event-Load Sampling:

In this method we are measuring physical reactions before, during (as possible) and after physical events such as running or walking. I take a set of measures before walking and then after returning and sometimes during a pause part way through the activity. Each time I’ve found the after readings are in the standard BP range.

Methods

Then there is the way of measuring. I early decided that a single measurement would not suffice. There are simply too many changes or inconsistencies which crop up. Generally the first reading in a set is higher and the rest are lower overall. In particular, following exercise the range of readings depends on how soon after exercise you start reading. Immediately after, as you are cooling down, it is interesting to watch the readings steadily go downward until it starts to stabilize which usually takes about five minutes.

It is also interesting to note that systolic readings tend to vary the most and sometimes go either very high or very low compared to the other readings in the set with no apparent reason. My guess is that the monitor itself doesn’t always “listen” clearly enough for the first sound of a pulse as the pressure in the cuff is released.

There are no wires going along the air line to the cuff so that means any microphone or other pressure-sensitive diaphragm has to be in the machine with the pump, “listening” for the sounds of returning circulation transmitted through the air line and over the sounds in the monitor from the release valve and contending with room sounds or hits of the line against objects between the cuff and the monitor body. Then again maybe systolic really is that variable.

For the purpose of averaged readings I tend to throw out some measurements when they seem to be outliers. That may mean a full set of systolic/diastolic/pulse readings or just one of those readings. Although they are related they are measuring different things.

Diastolic and pulse readings are normally more consistent as are temperature readings (something I started adding in late December when I had a high fever for a few days). Though temperature readings don’t seem to have anything to do with BP I just wanted to add that data to the readings records.

While I usually try to do three readings and average them sometimes I take more readings depending on the presence of “odd” readings, some of which are clearly outliers. So the number of readings can vary. Basically if the readings across those first three are not fairly consistent I keep measuring, chasing down something which feels like a more consistent pattern.

In reading recommendations and getting suggestions from a range of people I got a variety of recommendations about how to take readings. I’m not sure they are all well thought out or tested. They vary from old tales to repeated “rules.” So basically I just kind of wing it. Sometimes I leave the cuff as is and sometimes I re-position the cuff.

Or I might measure all of them as close to each other as I can and other times I let an extra minute or so go by for each measure. I’ve had persons recommend waiting five minutes between but with that large an interval I lose a sense of a “pattern” from the measurements. Also, the way I take readings I might wind up with a long series anyway.

In a similar manner sampling blood pressure at specific set times is almost certain to miss the times when the body is under load. Something I kept finding myself wanting was information around “events” (the data content) rather than some measurement at set times which may or may not reflect the rest of the time.

Design of Blood Pressure Monitors

As a software engineer and as a tinkerer from way back I have a few suggestions for improved monitors. Apparently people have gotten used to these things as they are. There seems to be nowhere to really talk to. Right now they all copy each other’s operation pretty closely. If the original design was truly good this would be okay. For the most part the basic design is pretty handy though it does suffer from several problems. It is well past the time someone should have made a better one at the same price level.

Controls:

Any good control design uses one control per function. Controls should never be cross connected or multi-modal. This is most evident in the “setup” for items such as date and time. Multi-modal controls offer too many opportunities for error and they are too difficult to “discover.” “Discovery” means that you should be able to determine function easily with little or no training or instructions. In any case the controls need to be more clearly labeled.

Settings:

Monitors should have their own panel behind a protective covering. Simple things such as setting time by using a physical control for each part of the data and time. Operating controls should allow you to not only take a reading but to scroll back and forth among readings. On all the montors I’ve seen so far you get a reading, maybe a memory bank (user1, user2, etc) and you can only go backward through previous readings.

Features:

Some of the monitors take a series of readings and average them. Usually they are set to take three readings. That’s much better than one but it misses inconsistencies in readings which may require more than three readings to come up with a reasonable looking set of measurements.

Memory storage:

1 – Memory – should remain intact when batteries are jostled or changed. It should not disappear. So far they all lose memory when batteries are changed or if the gizmo is dropped or the batteries jostled.

2 – Data Export – In addition they should all offer a simple output via USB port or better, via either sdhc or micro sdhc card slot. I would prefer the larger of the two as it is easier to see and handle. This should include a simple tab-delimited export for databases or a spreadsheet format. Some monitors use wireless, such as Bluetooth, which is okay if you wish to keep and manipulate your data on a smartphone.

Software:

I would like to see it include portable software, usable by plugging the device into a USB port, which would massage the BP data stored and offer screen and printer output as well as data export to other databases. As with other portable (on USB stick) software it would not need to be installed on any particular machine but would work entirely from the USB drive.

Instructions:

All devices should have a holder for the instructions so you can’t lose them. And they should be printed in type large enough for any of us to see without magnifying glasses, preferably in clear language (not bad translations). It would be nice if the prompts printed on the controls and buttons on the machine were clear, in contrasting colors and fully spelled out. And as for those symbols, I really don’t read symbols. Just give me the text.

The Readings Themselves

Not every reading is all that clear. For example Jan 8th (2016) I started my pre-walk readings and they shifted from 145 systolic to 140 then 132. Usually I take about three readings and average them. When the readings change or something looks like an outlier to the other readings I take more than three. So, I took another reading and I got 120. That was low enough again so that I wanted another reading which was 118 and then a sixth reading for 117. In a good range without walking.

The last three are what I would have expected to get after my walk. Who knows why. Because of ice and other activities I wound up not walking on the 7th so I was puzzled not at the starting higher readings but at the lower readings which were all close to each other. Remember, still no BP pill in the mix. Also remember, I have no idea why the change in the readings, just that there seems always to be a certain amount of variability which I am seldom able to predict.
So here is a chart with my readings for the 8th of January 2016: The blue entries are the pre-walk readings and the red entries are the readings after returning from my walk of 2.4 miles. (the house to the Brookside Price Chopper [1.2 miles] and shopping, to Tuesday Morning [also shopping] and back to the house)

DateTime Pre
Walk
Sys Dia Pulse Post
Walk
1/8/2016 12:36:49 PM Yes 145 85 72
1/8/2016 12:38:23 PM Yes 140 81 63
1/8/2016 12:40:04 PM Yes 132 77 60
1/8/2016 12:41:52 PM Yes 120 74 59
1/8/2016 12:44:52 PM Yes 118 74 63
1/8/2016 12:46:47 PM Yes 117 74 62
1/8/2016 2:12:09 PM 114 70 106 Yes
1/8/2016 2:14:39 PM 106 73 107 Yes
1/8/2016 2:16:08 PM 116 70 100 Yes
1/8/2016 2:17:37 PM 108 66 93 Yes
1/8/2016 2:19:18 PM 119 78 100 Yes

 

As per usual my readings prior to my walk are higher than the readings after the walk. That has been the pattern from the start with only one or two exceptions.

The first three pre-walk readings January 8, 2016 were puzzling which is why I took another reading. That fourth reading was low enough, and lower than my expectations, so I took a fifth reading, which, because it was close to the fourth reading, I took still another to confirm. The last three of the six readings were very close to each other.

Statistically it is tempting to say that the sampling consistency of the last three readings is cause to throw out the first three when taking an average. Instead I decided to leave the third reading (132/77) and average the last four for my blood pressure pre-walk (132+120+118+117)/4=122 and (77+74+74+74)/4=75. It might have been just as valid to use only the last three because they are closer values (would have been 118/74) and might have indicated settling down for a reading.

The after-walk readings had enough variance in the first three that I wound up taking two more readings. Because they tended to measure in the same areas I kept all five measurements for the average.

So I used these averages:
Before walk: 122/75/61
NOTE: using only the last 3 gives 118/74/61 while
using only the 1st three gives 139/81/65
After walk: 113/72/101

Basically, what I mean to say is that even choosing which readings to use in the averages is a bit of art rather than mechanical data collection. It is not totally consistent.

A Couple of Queries From the Database

Anyway because I normally take, readings before and after exercise (usually walking) I made several sets of querys comparing readings before and after walking or other exercise. After a while they got a bit long so I made shortened versions which took just the previous six weeks of measurements. Here are two separate data sets showing averaged readings before and after (copied and pasted from MS Access database).
(“Number” is the number of readings taken for the average)

A Couple of Queries From the Database

Anyway because I normally take, readings before and after exercise (usually walking) I made several sets of querys comparing readings before and after walking or other exercise. After a while they got a bit long so I made shortened versions which took just the previous six weeks of measurements. Here are two separate data sets showing averaged readings before and after (copied and pasted from MS Access database).

(“Number” is the number of readings taken for the average)

Pre-Walk query for the most recent six weeks (as of Jan 9th, 2016):

DateTime avgSys avgDia avgPulse Number
12/2/2015 6:40:33 PM 127 86 77 6
12/5/2015 1:34:07 PM 116 80 71 4
12/6/2015 3:35:37 PM 116 75 80 4
12/9/2015 10:38:19 AM 141 83 76 3
12/11/2015 11:22:53 AM 126 84 70 4
12/12/2015 11:04:59 AM 136 87 60 2
12/14/2015 12:22:48 PM 138 89 70 2
12/24/2015 1:51:45 PM 124 82 85 4
12/26/2015 11:24:53 AM 137 87 65 2
12/26/2015 11:47:12 AM 131 83 71 3
12/31/2015 2:45:50 PM 147 84 69 3
1/2/2016 4:26:28 PM 131 85 82 3
1/3/2016 12:19:54 PM 146 89 56 3
1/5/2016 2:37:23 PM 130 82 76 3
1/8/2016 12:40:04 PM 122 75 61 4
1/9/2016 12:02:15 PM 133 75 60 3

After-Walk report for the most recent six weeks (as of Jan 9th, 2016):

DateTime avgSys avgDia avgPulse Number
12/2/2015 7:55:02 PM 123 88 100 3
12/5/2015 3:28:34 PM 95 68 104 4
12/6/2015 5:21:56 PM 124 87 98 5
12/9/2015 1:10:33 PM 119 81 76 4
12/11/2015 1:12:39 PM 116 70 88 3
12/24/2015 5:41:14 PM 123 77 108 4
12/25/2015 3:01:49 PM 124 79 81 3
12/26/2015 1:11:05 PM 114 72 112 4
12/31/2015 4:15:56 PM 118 83 92 4
1/2/2016 5:56:46 PM 112 79 104 3
1/3/2016 1:56:07 PM 109 73 104 4
1/5/2016 4:15:08 PM 112 79 106 4
1/5/2016 4:20:13 PM 99 73 105 4
1/8/2016 2:12:09 PM 113 72 101 5
1/9/2016 1:58:41 PM 117 74 84 5
1/9/2016 2:01:44 PM 113 70 83 3

It takes just a quick glance to realize that the pre-walk readings are normally higher than the post-walk readings. There is a lack of walks between the 12th and 23rd of December when I was too exhausted, too busy working and/or too sick (very unusual for me as it is) to take my regular walk.

Averages by Month
I finally decided to look at the averges across time, grouped by month. That meant another query.
So these are averages for each month.
A Table of Averaged readings, grouped by month visualized as a graph.

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The systolic averages are the line pairs at the top and the diastolic are on the bottom. The topmost of each pair are the pre-walk readings and the lower line in each line-pair is the post-walk average of readings.

(Created in the Excel spreadsheet above and copied first to Photoshop, then to this page. Photoshop was used to remove the empty lower readings to save vertical space so that basically the chart’s Y axis starts a little below 80.)

(xr) xrSys and xrDia refer to readings after exercising. In this case it means walking.

Notice that the averages tend lower until October 2015 when they shift upward. This was the same time that my dental implant was put in. I went in in early October to get the implant fit determined. The titanium anchor shaft and cap were put in months before. Now the cap section was removed for fitting and then replaced. Two or three days later I had a severely stiff and painful neck (which has remained through March 2016) on both sides down the back, into the trapezius. Later in the month of October I went back to get the implant set into the anchor. The BP hasn’t been quite the same since.
If the implant were the only event occurring at that time I would have a pretty close correlation with the opening of the titanium screw in my jaw. However, at about the same time that I got my stiff neck, my partner, Nicole, also suddenly got a very stiff neck. We are still working on her neck as well although she has had other, severe health problems in the aftermath. It seems to do with exhaustion at the end of the year followed by intense work at the start of this year. She lost a lot of weight and strength. She is looking better now but her platelet count is very low.

Along the way

A couple of years ago the dental college needed to remove a couple of teeth but wouldn’t do so until I lowered my blood pressure. So I headed for a clinic where I got the same pills prescribed this year by the VA doctor and after that the dentist removed those teeth. You might stop there but some other things happened as a result of the dental work.

In lowering my blood pressure I killed all salt and a number of other items from my diet. Before long I began experiencing a much richer and more nuanced palate, realizing that salt, far from being a flavor enhancer tended to obliterate the rich tastes of the food, substituting its own taste. And I was into heavy salt. I do use salt today but very much reduced, just a touch, and spices. I get better flavor without overwhelming the food with salt. I also read labels like crazy and will not normally buy anything which claims more than 6-percent of daily salt dosage per “serving.”

More interesting, to me, after the tooth extractions was a sense of nothing or maybe I could describe it as a sort of blankness. It took me a while to realize that this was a lack of pain and that I must have acclimated myself to a level of pain in my head and possibly other symptoms such as neck and shoulder muscle tightening as a result of those teeth which were now extracted.

So far I can’t recall any similar muscle tightening, something which used to happen fairly regularly. At the time I just took the tightening to be posture or hunching over to shoot pictures. Not only did I have a lack of pain but that came with a lowering of blood pressure. So much so that I decided to drop the pills. Then I stopped thinking about it, until the VA.

It is the VA which got me started on this new track on my life.
1) the doctor looked at my blood pressure readings taken at the VA and prescribed pills
2) sent me a blood pressure monitor in the mail. Even though I already had three monitors I had not made a point of checking and working with my blood pressure. Almost all the BP readings in the database are taken with this monitor. I call it the VA monitor in the comments. It is actually a Life Source UA-767 Plus.

Pain Meds

For the most part I don’t use much in the way of pain killers. Over-the-counter Ibuprofen is about as strong as I go with. I was prescribed some industrial strength pills by the dentist (hydrocodon and acetaminephen) but stopped after taking two. I went back to the OTC pills. I don’t remember what the side-effects were now, just that they were unpleasant and as soon as I got away from the heavy-duty pain killers I felt better. The regular over-the-counter pills worked as well for me and usually I didn’t use those, except to counter inflamation (generally ibuprofen) following each dental operation.

Other non-habits

No alcohol (I did have a dark beer last summer on one very hot day so I’m not a teetotaler, I just do a good imitation of teetotalling), no drugs, sometimes vitamins but never consistently, not vegan but light on meats, mostly some chicken and fish, often with brown rice, sweet potatoes and so forth. Little sugar. Maybe one soda a week or two but usually tea – sometimes hot tea (normally loose, seldom in bags) but mostly iced tea NO sugar (I would gag).

Coffee? Seldom, though I make it fresh from beans for Nicole. I won’t usually buy ground coffee, only the beans (so much fresher). Generally yogurt each day, often as part of a lassi (yogurt smoothie). And I don’t smoke, anything. I tried to get started a long,long time ago but I just didn’t like smoking, either type.

For that matter, the type of photography I do rests on a knife edge. I shoot performance dance, in production. I have to shoot at the exact moment of right elevation, position and technique. There are no do-overs, this isn’t a studio. I need knowledge, I need to listen closely to the music and I need reactions, but mostly I need knowledge, subject knowledge.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre at Kaufmann in “Memoria” – Photo, Mike Strong – the optimum moment to get everyone in grande jeté

So, no alcohol (even a few sips of wine keeps me from reacting in time, missing what I can see go by me) and no heavy meals (which keeps me too sluggish to stay on top of the action). I took a few sips of wine before a performance once at the Folly during an early promotional reception some years ago. It took me a good half hour before I could feel that I was shooting at full function. Luckily I was mostly doing video at the time, only a few stills needed.

Below, a typical warm-up set for me, here shooting sequences of repetitive actions, in this case a whip turn (fouette) on stage. The successive frames are numbered below. Note, there are no deleted numbers and there were no missing frames (although you can’t tell that from the frame numbers alone). You can’t get a sequence like this by hitting continuous (motor) drive.

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Mark Geiringer in a series of fouettes. One turn per (numbered) frame, no deletes, no waiting. Photos Mike Strong

On And Off the BP Pill

I should go over the reason I turned this prescription into an experiment.

May 4th, 2015 – BP way too low – the first time

I had just started taking a course of blood pressure pills from the VA. I was several days into this when I needed to take headshots for the Wylliams/Henry dancers. This was May 4th. I started okay, just a bit weak and light headed I thought. As I moved through the session I began really stuggling. Finally, all the dancers were done and I started to re-pack my equipment. That is when I had to sit quickly on the floor as soon as I began to sense it, sweaty and clammy). I thought I was going to collapse. After I felt stable again I finished packing my equipment on the cart, headed for my car, put the equipment in the car, rested a bit in the driver’s seat then drove home (a little more than a mile).

At home I left the stuff in the car. Inside I took my blood pressure. The average of three readings gave me 83/58. Important to note, because I have something similar going on now is that I was on a course of antibiotics as well.

I had just had a root canal (Dr. Kip Sterling in Endo at the dental school) and two days prior to that I had been to the VA about a high PSA level (12.5 which should have been less than 4.0). They prescribed a pretty powerful antibiotic, Cipro (Ciprofloxacin), guessing that I might have a prostate infection rather than possible cancer and as an alternate to doing a biopsy which could be done later if needed anyway.

The Cipro solved it by the way and my PSA returned to less than 4.0. In the language I returned to a “full stream” very quickly – though it had hardly been blocked before just a little less than what I now recognize as “full” – which is where it remains (something I didn’t pay attention to before).

In any case, the antibiotic from the VA overlapped the root canal operation. Dr. Sterling would have prescribed an antibiotic for the root canal but because I told him what I was already taking we left it as is. Usually I don’t take much of anything anyway after dental work, even operations, except for anti-inflammatories.

It was possible that the antibiotic was also working against something which contributed to blood pressure. That was a matter of concern for me over whether the antibiotic or the blood pressure medication led to the near collapse. I didn’t want to shorten the antibiotic dosage. I looked at the listed side-effects of each and figured I should drop the BP pill first, then see what happened. I figured I would drop the rest of the antibiotic only if this didn’t do the trick. It did.

Ciprofloxacin has some alarming warnings about physical exertion both while taking it and for months after but I would still try to take the full course of any antibiotic unless there were very strong indications otherwise. Interrupting such a course takes me back to square one. I haven’t had many antibiotics over the years but I’ve always taken the full course of pills.

October 6th, 2015 – Tuesday – from just right to way too low

I pulled a dumb thing in October. I took one of the blood pressure pills again, after months of not taking it. I had a dental appointment scheduled for 9 am in the morning Tuesday and was concerned that I might not have time for my walk in the morning and maybe I would get a much higher reading at the dentist than I normally do.
If so they might not go ahead with the operation (happened once). Why I worried this time, unlike so many other times, I don’t know. Silly. But I might also finally get started on the comparison baseline using the BP pill. So anyway, I took the pill late Monday night. A mistake, but a useful mistake which gave me some needed information (data).

Sure enough, Tuesday morning early, without doing anything else my blood pressure was 118/77 (average of three readings). The graft operation took connective tissue from the roof of my mouth to cover the gum line in front of three teeth on the right lower front area. This took about three hours. I left the clinic a tad past noon paying the money on the way out.

At home I measured my bp at 113/73 (average of 3 readings). Then I headed out for a walk to CVS and The Market. I had a prescription from Dr. Mike Fullem, my dentist, for the antibiotic, Amoxicillin. The Brookside CVS is about 1.1 miles or so and is a regular known distance for my daily walks.

So I dropped off my prescription, headed to The Market (about 0.1 miles from CVS) for smoothie makings, yogurt and other items then back to CVS, a little waiting and finally, getting the prescription. From there I headed back to the house completing about 2.4 miles, my usual amount for a round trip to the nearby Price Chopper.

During the walk I realized that I could avoid my walks and take the pill instead. I would get the same numbers. The idea of having a low-enough BP had made me briefly consider driving to CVS rather than walking the mile or so. After all I thought, I had taken the BP pill, I had the numbers, why bother walking? With the pill I could get a “good” reading (even if for the wrong reasons).

This was much more tempting at that moment than I like to admit, though the idea really felt as though I was cheating myself. Taking the pill to replace exercise would also lose for me the satisfaction I get just by being outside and walking around. There is always a bit of inertia which needs to be overcome but once overcome leads to a satisfying activity.

Back to the readings. When I returned from the 2.4 miles I did the blood pressure as usual after my walks. I was a bit alarmed. It was 80/61 (average of 4 measurements), way too low. Also, the monitor indicated irregular heartbeat on the last of the four measurements. (I had to look up the symbol, which to me, as a programmer, is a design error.)

I waited a little and made three more measurements. This time they averaged 88/61, marginally better but not what I wanted to see. No irregular heartbeat indicated but it gave me pause. This was almost the same as the May 4th reading (83/58 avg of 3 readings. This occured after taking a single pill. I decided to not take more pills without a substantial reason. I caught myself worrying about driving . What happened if I fainted at the wheel from low blood pressure?

Back to the present

When I dropped the BP pill in May I was determined to get a data set for how this affected me. Along the way I kept wondering when I should start retaking the pills to get a comparison data set. Each time I thought I had come to some conclusions about walking rather than “pilling” I decided I was uncertain about my data or reading methods or other concern and needed a longer data set.

In a very incomplete way, taking the single-pill in fall gave me a quick look at my suspicions about a pill-filled alternate data set. So, what would be the purpose of a pill? Especially when substituted for more rounded routines? (Not meaning to question the value of BP pills, I simply want to make sure I am clear on what is being accomplished and on the best method.)

A Reflection

If anything my dental “adventures” in periodontics taught me, it is that symptoms may not always be obvious and may disguise themselves. Before the last two extractions (for which I got an implant in October 2015) I had stiff neck pain and headaches but I didn’t think that much of them and either ignored the pain or simply took some Ibuprofen or Tylenol if a headache seemed to be coming on before a job. Because I wasn’t feeling any severe pain directly from my teeth I really didn’t relate those other pains to dental health. What I know now is how sneaky such an infection (perio/gum disease) can be. It didn’t feel as serious as it was.

What’s more I became acclimated to the level of discomfort and/or pain. Those last extractions eliminated those conditions and it took me a week or two to realize that I was missing something, then a bit longer to realize that I was missing pain. By the time I was first persuaded to head for perio (because of a couple of loose teeth, with no real pain) I needed a lot of work. So, I am always of two minds about medications, sometimes contradictory minds. I am thankful for the meds but I am also wary of disguising possible conditions.

If I’m taking a pill rather than working a full program of better care then a BP pill, or any other kind of pill such as a pain killer, then I am merely masking some underlying need, making me think I am healthier than I am, or at least helping me get away with the deception rather than encourage healthy habits and discourage my worst habits, such as sitting.

You may think I am kidding about the sitting. I didn’t think of myself as sedentary because I work long and hard but I also spend a lot of time sitting in front of computers, working. After I took up walking each day, moving for a good hour or so, I also found that my overall conditioning improved. Certain sets of stairs at UMKC on which I had been getting breathy were no longer breathy for me (in Royall Hall and in PAC heading to and from the dance division).

There are a couple of things I think I can state in general.

⦁ The first reading in a set (to be averaged) is usually the highest. I don’t really think anxiety is the reason, maybe more just taking time to settle down for the reading(s). This is also cited as “white coat syndrome” in doctor’s offices but after looking at a similar response when I do my own measurements I suspect this is probably normal in any situation. It may even have to do with the way I am sitting which tends to feel a bit apprehensive, certainly not relaxed an on a bit of an edge.
⦁ A mile or so of walking (roughly 45 minutes or so and with a shopping stop usually an hour) will reliably drop the reading from a pre-exercise reading which may be high to a bit high down to a post-exercise reading in the right range, nearly every time. This is very consistent. More importantly, this is repeatable, at will. My guess is that this is also duplicatable with others.
⦁ Single readings on single occasions do not provide a very good picture. They are much too limited to tell you much. I can’t imagine a doctor’s office or clinic which would normally keep detailed records, monitored over a period of time or blood pressure and other items in making a diagnoses of anything.
⦁ Being an old-time database guy I very much understand the great desire to find ways to normalize data and to standardize the collection of that data. I can’t tell you how many database problems I’ve cleaned up. It was part of the reason I wanted to find baselines for myself. But after months of measuring my own blood pressure at varying periods of time and in various sitting or other stances, and without throwing away standardized measurements, I have to wonder what exactly a standardized data-collection procedure really measures.

In particular how does a measurement sitting-still find usefulness evaluating an active working body. By changing my normal position to a sitting upright feet on the ground stance for a measurement means I’m not measuring blood pressure under my most normal sitting, standing, etcetera positions. Seems a bit of a data cheat.
⦁ When I am testing a website for load capability I want to see how it performs under a lot of loading, not a simple, in-the-office test of a page. One of my old bosses would check our programs by throwing anything un-anticipated at them. If our program could survive 5 minutes with Ken without crashing we figured it was pretty robust. So, are there simpler ways of measuring human bodies at varying levels of physical stress? And always, is it meaningful/useful?

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Above is a chart prepared partially with Google’s “Datawrapper.”
These are all the averaged readings from May to October 2015 overlapping in bundles. So I drew a white line down the middle between nodes, added in the red dots and blue dimension lines with arrows. The Systolic and Diastolic are higher before exercise. The pulse is lower before exercise. I didn’t check the one red line going to the bottom. My guess is that I will find a pulse entered somewhere as zero, a clear error, unless of course we are shooting a zombie film.
Probably easier are the figures directly so I went back to the database and made a query to give me averages of all readings (leaving off decimals).

From the 275 averaged readings from May to October I got these averages of the averages
Measurement Sys Dia Pulse P.Pressure
Pre-Walk 132 85 63 47
Post-Walk 115 79 88 36

 

Boogie Ball

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Here are a few pictures from Saturday Valentine’s Day Boogie Ball, a fundraiser at the TWA Airport Museum for the Culture in Ballroom Dance program run by Dr. Will Adams and Paula Marie.

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The band for this hanger dance  was the Abel Ramirez Big Band. Light ranged from good for interludes and candle power only for the regular open dance. I used an ISO of 25,600.

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Dance and Life Lessons

Nutcracker 2014 American Youth Ballet

Nutcracker 2014 American Youth Ballet – Molly Cook

“Annie, can you take responsibility for the costumes for …(I don’t remember which costumes) and tell Miss Jennifer.” I heard over my right shoulder. Kristopher Estes-Brown was addressing Annie Cook, a young dancer in the American Youth Ballet. I glanced up to my left and saw Annie put on her “business face.” She asserted she would and was clearly in task mode.

Miss Jennifer is Jennifer Tierney. Kristopher and Jennifer are husband and wife and are owners of American Dance Center, a studio teaching dance, ballet in particular in Overland Park, Kansas (11800 Quivira). American Youth Ballet (AYB) is the performance company for their older young students, ages 13 through 18. Each member of AYB must audition to get into the company and there are several levels from apprentice to junior to senior company.

Annie had not been asked to carry out an errand as such but to take on a job with responsibility. That is the way Kristopher and Jennifer treat their kids in the ballet. It is how they speak to them. Not orders and demands as such, but responsibilities. And as I looked around you could see the effect of that in all the activities as they prepared for their upcoming two performances with two slightly different casts of the Nutcracker.

As a photographer and videographer this was my fifth Nutcracker with them. My first was in 2010. It is my practice to shoot as much rehearsal as I can before I get to the dress rehearsals and the performance. I long ago learned that showing up with camera, pointing it at the activity and pressing the little button does not mean you’ve taken a picture of the activity. First you have to be aware enough to truly see the actual activity, not merely some vague motion.

Nutcracker 2014 American Youth Ballet

Nutcracker 2014 American Youth Ballet

Even knowing the general activity to photograph but not the specfics of the piece or the way the individual dancers move leaves you shooting only technique which can look good to an editor but is shallow otherwise. Better to see and shoot relationships and characters as you become aware of the actor/dancers both as colleagues working together and as characters in roles with each other, but more about that later, if it seems to fit and if I remember to get back to the subject.

I remember being impressed in 2010 at the way the children were handled and how they responded. Kris and Jen are managing a multilayered operation with each production from the people to the choreography, the performance space (JCCC’s Yardley Hall), the live musicians (Overland Park Orchestra), publicity, social media, props and the costumes with endless changes, repairs, modifications and new costumes.

There are basically three levels of performers, 1) adults who range from parents in service to professional dance veterans, 2) youth ballet members and 3) ADC (American Dance Center) students who will be included in small parts such a cherubs and mice, getting these children used to performance later by providing parts for them.

I remarked to Jennifer that ADC reminded me in many ways of a one room school house with the older children taking responsibility for the younger ones so that a family-like community of support developed across the learning levels. My own grandmother taught in one for years in the early 1900s and my father and uncle walked a couple miles each day in the 1930’s and 1940’s to a one-room school from their farm home near Stanton, Nebraska (north east Nebraska).

As a child I remember visiting the farm many times and going past that school on the way into Stanton to visit a cousin’s grocery store. As a young student in Columbus, Nebraska my school had more rooms but the walking (or biking) distance each day was about the same (which took me fully across town). With all of today’s door-to-door SUV commutes and rigid age/grade separations I think we’ve lost something of community. I like to think that the adults, older kids and younger kids in these productions, all working together, is a restorative for that loss.

The adult dancers bring many seasons of both professional and college dancing providing work-along examples of both work habits and technique to copy for the younger dancers. At the same time they are alert to make sure they set that good example. The youth of the company learn from the adult dancers next to them and from each other as they trade information about having played such and such part previously. As they do so the 13 to 18 year olds in the company take responsibility for helping the little ones in their roles and help the smallest children get on and off stage.

Spending time in rehearsals also shows the older company members being given the responsibility to help with the arrangements. It is common to watch them take on the role of repetiteur at times. You might mistake some of the arm movements for a set of engineers or surveyors on the site of a big construction project.

 

The adult dancers bring many seasons of both professional and college dancing providing work-along examples of both work habits and technique to copy for the younger dancers. At the same time they are alert to make sure they set that good example. The youth of the company learn from the adult dancers next to them and from each other as they trade information about having played such and such part previously. As they do so the 13 to 18 year olds in the company take responsibility for helping the little ones in their roles and help the smallest children get on and off stage.

Spending time in rehearsals also shows the older company members being given the responsibility to help with the arrangements. It is common to watch them take on the role of repetiteur at times, reconstructing the ballet based on their previous experience in prior years. You could mistake some of the arm movements for a set of engineers or surveyors on the site of a big construction project as they move and space dancers on stage.

I’ve said this to people before, for years, actually, that there is a difference between dancers and other students. Especially in the last 3-4 years both my partner, Nicole English, and I have noticed that our students at UMKC have been losing the ability to focus, to concentrate on tasks which they used to handle very well. Except for our students who are dancers, and a few others who have to do a lot of concentration to perform with accomplishment.

Recently there have been a number of news articles about learning and concentration. It isn’t really news among various teachers we talk to. The timing corresponds with the major invasion of smart phones and their distractions. We can tell the other (non-dancer) students are getting to the material but they seem to be skipping and skimming it instead of learning the material – which is the same material previous such students understood easily.

You could think of dance as two kinds of hard labor. (1) Physically dance requires intense training. Those svelt dancers may not always look like iron pumpers (though some are) but they are very tough in in terrific shape. (2) Mentally the kinds of memory, adjustment and modifications required to hold literally thousand of tiny details and sequences in choreography and to make it look as natural as free styling takes an ability to focus well past most of the rest of the population. And that physical activity in turn assures an oxygen flow to the brain which keeps those little grey cells ticking.

Our dance students are usually so busy in performances and rehearsals as well as intense training that when they get to our non-dance courses, they have little time to spare and they really dig in. It is their dance training, which requires intense mental concentration skills, which gives them the ability to zero in on these other subjects and to excel at them even in limited time frames. We noticed this in previous years but it has only become very obvious recently. So the next time you see a dance concert you might also keep in mind the mental work which makes it possible.