Cancer Surgery

I explained in my previous blog post that I was in hospital with what is more than likely a cancerous growth on the head of my pancreas.  Tomorrow I’m having major surgery to remove the tumour, which will also mean loosing the head of my pancreas, gall bladder, part of the bile duct and part of my bowel.  Yep, it’s pretty full on!

I’m thankful I was allowed to come home for a week, after 10 days of hospital tests, before going back in tomorrow morning.  This morning I recorded a video for YouTube and Facebook to explain to friends and family what’s been going on, and to thank all those special people who have offered their best wishes and support.

Check out the video below.  I will post updated when I can.

Thanks.

I’m in hospital

As I write this, from beside my hospital bed, I’ve spent the last eight days in two different hospitals.  All of that time has been the investigation phase, as the doctors try and work out what’s going on.

It started two weeks ago, just feeling sick.  I thought I had eaten too much, but the feeling didn’t go away.  Then I noticed my urine had become very dark, and it was hurting to pee.  My GP had some blood tests done, when we went in for the test results the she said my liver function was off the chart and I should go straight to hospital.

The early diagnosis was gallstones, but an ultrasound ruled that out.  Then a CT scan found a growth on my pancreas, that was compressing my bile duct.  The lack of bile flowing through was the reason for my symptoms.  An MRI scan has since established a very high chance the growth is cancerous.  Tomorrow they are putting an ultrasonic camera down my throat for a definitive look.

If tomorrow confirms what the doctors suspect, then major surgery awaits.

Simon Yeo, waiting in hospital

Waiting in hospital

This blog post isn’t seeking sympathy (I’m getting lots of support from family, friends and work colleagues).  Rather this, and subsequent posts, are more like a personal diary to keep track of the timeline, and a record (in my own words) of whats happening.

Bushfires

A couple of weeks ago, you probably heard about the bushfires here in Victoria.  The big fire in the Bunyip State Park was pretty close, with plenty of smoke being blown across our house in Pakenham.  However, it was even closer to our family in Garfield and Drouin, who where told to evacuate.  We had a full house that weekend, as we accommodated an extra 4 adults, 2 kids, 2 dogs and 2 cats.

Thankfully our family was ok and didn’t suffer any property loss, except for ash covering everything when they returned.  Unfortunately some people weren’t so lucky, there were lots of properties and livestock lost to the fire.

Over in Churchill, my parents were affected by smoke from the nearby Yinnar South bushfire.  Churchill was on a “watch and act” alert, meaning they had to be ready to evacuate, but thankfully that wasn’t necessary.

I made a short video for my YouTube channel to show the smoke coming over our house, as I played ball with one of the evacuated dogs.  I also recommend another video from a YouTuber based in Warragul.  Hayden Pederson showed how fierce the fires were, and the devastation of a friend of his who lost everything.

A big shout out to everyone at the CFA, and other emergency services, who did an awesome job fighting the fires and keeping us safe.

Australia Day, should we change the date?

There’s been lots of heated discussion around the date we celebrate Australia Day.  I’ve committed to posting a daily video to YouTube for 30 days, so I thought I’d make my January 26 video all about Australia Day.  I talk about alternative dates to celebrate our great nation and give you my thoughts.

Check out the video below…

If the embedded video doesn’t load, click here… https://youtu.be/CFD5I3QzImE 

30 Day Video Challenge

I’m going to be very busy for the next 30 days.  I’ve decided to partake in a 30 day video challenge, issued by YouTuber Scott McKenna.  That means I’ve committed to upload a video to YouTube everyday for the next 30 days, even while working 12 hour plus days at my regular full time job.

The first video is already online, check it out below – or visit my YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/user/smjbk

As I upload more videos in the 30 Day Challenge, they’ll appear in this YouTube PlayList
Feel free to “LIKE” and “SUBSCRIBE”!

10 Years on Twitter

So I received a notification from Twitter this morning, that’s nothing unusual, except that this one said “It’s your Twitter anniversary…

What?!  Apparently it’s ten years since I signed up to Twitter.  If you’d asked me yesterday, I would have said that the social media giant wasn’t even around ten years ago.  Some research this morning has enlightened me, Twitter was launched in July 2006.  I signed up two and a half years later.

As a relatively early adopter, I was able to secure my real name as my Twitter handle @SimonYeo.  Good luck to anyone trying to get their real name as a username today!

I’m only an occasional user of Twitter these days.  Below are some of my earliest tweets from 2009.

If the embedded tweets aren’t loading in your browser, click HERE for a screenshot (opens a new tab).

2018 filmed on my iPhone

I was looking for a video project last weekend, and rather than going out and filming video, I decided to use footage I already had.  I thought it would be a great idea to grab every video clip on my iPhone filmed during 2018, add some copyright free music, and edit it all together into a short YouTube video.  So that’s exactly what I did, and it was actually pretty easy – there was no story to tell, just random clips thrown together to some music.

When I watched the video back though, I realised it needed an introduction, to explain why these non related clips were put together.  To continue the phone theme, I decided to film the intro on my phone too, which actually took longer than editing the main video.  I ended up filming in the doorway of my garage to get reasonable lighting (for the front facing camera) and to get away from household noise (TV, games, kids playing).

So here it is, 2018 as seen through the lens of my iPhone 8.  I like it because every clip is a memory for me to look back on, but hopefully it’s short enough to not bore everyone else.

Christmas Morning Family Photo

SMJBK Yeo Family Photo Christmas Morning 2018

Christmas Morning Family Photo 

Even though our eldest son, Josh, is almost 19, he’s still with us and able to continue our tradition of a family photo on Christmas morning.  We started taking our family group photo in-front of the Christmas tree in 2010, when our youngest, Karla, was still an infant.  Back then, the boys were frustrated with the process (“hurry up Dad, we want to open the presents”), but now everyone knows we have to get dressed and take the family photo before any gifts are exchanged.  

I’ve even started filming the process.  As you can see in the Behind-The-Scenes video I made this year, we actually have a lot of fun posing in front of the tree, and getting our family photo just right.

Once the photo is taken, and the presents have been opened, I try to get the RAW picture edited and onto social media as soon as possible.  This year we were running a little late for a Christmas breakfast, so rather than importing the RAW file onto the computer and processing through Lightroom, I wirelessly brought the photos across to my phone and opened Instagram, applied a filter and uploaded to Insta and Facebook straight away.  I thought I would have had to re-edit the photo in Lightroom when we got home last night, but the Instagram photo turned out so well I didn’t need to do anything else.  Instagram re-saves a high resolution copy of the photo, with the filter applied, that I’ve since been able to also publish on Flickr and this blog.  The filters and performance of Instagram have certainly improved a lot over the past few years.

I’m not sure if Josh will still be living with us in 12 months time, so this may have been our last ever Christmas morning photo with all five of us together… and I’m really happy with how it turned out.

You might also be interested in this earlier blog post – simonyeo.id.au/2016-christmas-family-photos

I’ve shut down my Weblinks Website

Early web publishing and bookmark sharing

One of the first websites I ever made was a simple Blogger (Google’s blogging platform) site to record some of my favourite websites.  This was a long time ago, before social media and before you could synchronise browser bookmarks across devices.  I put a lot of thought into the name of that site, and called it “Simon’s WebLinks”.  If I found a website I thought I might want to share with someone else, or access from another computer, I would write a short post including a screenshot and hyperlink.

Once I found out how cheap and easy it was to register a domain name, I even set up Simon’s WebLinks with a custom URL – www.simonsweblinks.com

Moving to WordPress and a new domain

Fast forward a couple of years and I had discovered WordPress around the same time that new Top Level Domains became available.

(A new Top Level Domain is a web address that doesn’t end in the tradition dot-com or dot-net, such as dot-website). 

I registered the domain name weblinks.website and created my brand new WordPress website.  At the same time, I also imported the old Blogger site into a seperate WordPress site and archived it at simons.weblinks.website

WebLinks Website

The first ever post on Weblinks Website (can still be seen on the WayBack Machine)

We don’t need a WebLinks site in 2018

These days a lot of people don’t browse the web, they browse social media.  If you do have favourite websites, broswer bookmarks can be synced across devices.  There is just no need for a WebLinks Website anymore.

When the weblinks.website domain renewal came up, I had to make a decision whether or not to keep the name for another year.  Looking back over the site, I was suprised at how many of the great websites I frequented years ago no longer existed.  The site now had more bad links than good.  It was time to let my Weblinks Website die.

Now what?

Even though weblinks.website has gone, much of the site can still be seen on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine.  If I do come across any amazing websites worth sharing in the future, you can bet I will write about them here on my personal blog.

NASA Astronomy Picture Of the Day

NASA Astronomy Picture Of the Day – apod.nasa.gov/apod

Vancouver webcam

Vancouver webcam – www.katkam.ca

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