Inner Ear Hacking

A couple fo weeks ago I had vertigo when getting up in the morning or laying down in the evening.

I initially thought it was just my body telling me to rest, so I added a few extra hours of sleep in my daily routine.

I quickly discovered that it was a little more complicated than that because I was heavily dizzy every time I was getting up or laying down, with an acute symptom when turning my head on the left side.

I had the same problem a few times in the past, but it usually lasted for a few days and then I was back to normal. Every time I blamed a low blood pressure, or the stress.

Today, I went to my doctor for my regular check-up and I told her about this unpleasant situation that it was protracting for more than two weeks.

She asked a few questions to better understand the situation and suggested me to see an ear doctor. They call it HNO (Hals-Nasen-Ohren-Heilkunde) here in Austria.

An hour later I was at the HNO waiting for the doctor to see me.

He checked a few things, performed a hearing test, and it was all perfect.

He explained that my symptoms are called positioning vertigo and they are common at younger ages (I take it as a compliment, Doc!) , but they disappear over time.

In any case there is a set of exercises to do at home that solve the problem.

The instructions came in the form of a paper with 11 steps to follow.

According to the doctor, in a few days I should get things sorted out just following those steps.

Anyways, I got home and jumped on Youtube, when I have found this explanation and a more straightforward exercise.

Well, I performed it once and my vertigo is gone. Completely gone.

Like magic, but for real.

Wow!

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How to avoid ticks

Letizia and I enjoy hiking and since our recent sabbatical in New Zealand we take any opportunity to hit the tracks up the mountains and though the woods.

One of the downsides of this hobby is the occurrence of ticks. They can make it a terrible surprise if not carefully prevented.

Here a great article on how to avoid ticks and eventually remove them.

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Kellie Peterson on working at Automattic

I had the privilege to have Kellie as my team lead for the last two years at Automattic.

I recently switched to a new role, but I could not agree more with her about how great is working in such an inclusive environment at Automattic.

We are hiring!

Black holes: how do they look like?

In a few hours, the first ever image of the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A* at the center of the Milky Way galaxy will be released. What should we expect to see? How will it look like?

Here a video to explain what we expect to see: