2017 Update

August 4th, 2017 No comments

Hi everyone! Sorry I haven’t posted in a long time. There isn’t really anything new to talk about, so I’ll just share a summary of what’s been going on.

My health is still 24/7/365 bad. The past two months, for whatever reason, have been particularly challenging. I’m lucky if I can handle going out of the house for a bit. There are many days where I am basically stuck in bed. The symptoms are the same as listed in the Earth Axis Syndrome article.

I looked into Lyme disease again (using the Western Blot test this time), but the results were again negative. The current theory is still Utricular Dysfunction, but there is no good way to prove it.

I have been seeing a psychologist for cognitive behavioral therapy to help deal with all the anxiety that comes from these symptoms. I also take anti-anxiety medications. Anxiety is a secondary symptoms though. As far as balance therapy or meds go, nothing I’ve tried has helped. I try to go out each day as a form of physical therapy to push my balance system.

I need to file for disability. It’s been a long time coming. The application process itself is overwhelming. They want to know every doctor, test, test result, treatment, and treatment result. I have 10 years of history of seeing so many doctors, that getting all the data together is like writing a book. In the end, I expect it will be a difficult challenge to get recognized as disabled without a diagnosis that could more easily explain what is wrong with me.

I appreciate the emails I’ve received from others having similar symptoms. This gives us a chance to exchange information and encourage each other. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or information related to these symptoms. It may take me a few days to reply, depending on my health.

You can also contact me if you would like to talk about MangAI. My health doesn’t let me program these days, but I can answer questions related to digital manga processing and do simple things such as adding new device profiles to MangAI’s built-in library.

Best wishes to everyone!

MangAI notice about installing ImageMagick v7

May 20th, 2016 1 comment

Attention MangAI users:
When you update to ImageMagick version 7, make sure to tick the box “Install legacy utlities (e.g. convert)” during installation. IM v7 changed the way its executables are organized, and without these legacy utilities, MangAI will give you an error about not being able to find ImageMagick.

If I get healthy enough to work on MangAI again, I can update the program to use the new IM executables structure.

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Utricular Dysfunction

November 17th, 2015 No comments

A new article is up describing my recent trip to the doctor and the suspected diagnosis of my bizarre balance disorder: Possible Diagnosis: Utricular Dysfunction

I will also update the Earth Axis Syndrome article to include my current health status. This section will be updated regularly.

Health update

October 4th, 2015 3 comments

Hi everyone! Long time no post.

As some of you already know, I’ve been very sick for months now. For reference, check out the Earth Axis Syndrome article. While I’ve been dealing with this disability for many years, something triggered the symptoms to get worse earlier this year. As such, I have not been able to program for a while now or engage in many other enjoyable activities like playing video games. Just walking can be difficult and there are times I’m too sick to sleep at night.

I am visiting a neuro-otologist in October who suspects I may have utricular dysfunction. I really hope to find some answers and help to get me healthy again.

Please continue to email me with software or medical questions. I apologize in advance that I will not be able to reply in a timely manner. Thank you for your patience.

I will post again with the results of my doctor visit.

MangAI v1.15 released

March 18th, 2015 No comments

New to version 1.15:
-AI improvements to MPM and MSM interpretation
Improved detection of string chapters (chapters with names instead of numbers, such as “Omake”).
Improved detection of special pages within string and special chapters.
Better ordering of string and special chapters.
Added automatic conflict resolution of string chapters.
Find pages that don’t have a number in the filename but should be considered page #1.
Better handling of preceding chapter sort. This is used in rare instances to help sort pages by page number regardless of chapter numbering.
Various logic tweaks.
-Various fixes and improvements
No longer allows output_folder to be the parent (one folder up) of source in order to prevent potential conflicts.
Added a few non-English chapter delimiters: chapitre, capĂ­tulo, capitulo.

I focused on the AI of handling special and string chapters. These are tough to deal with and occur more frequently than you might expect. A lot of work went into this which is why the update took so long.

The addition of non-English chapter delimiters made a huge difference when I was debugging a problem someone sent me. In that particular case, MangAI was coming back with “chapitre” as a string chapter multiple times. All MangAI needed to know is that “chapitre” means “chapter” and it started working correctly. I hope in the next update to allow the user to specify their own volume, chapter, and page delimiters to better support the languages used in their filenames. Or you can email me which terms I should add to the code.

One feature I didn’t get to finish was intelligent ePub table-of-contents. MangAI currently only uses separate folder names to determine bookmarks in a toc. It would be much better to leverage the data collected during MPM and MSM analysis to set the best bookmarks possible. The more I worked on this though, the more I realized how difficult this is going to be. I unfortunately have to put this requested feature on hold for the time being.

Download the latest version from the MangAI project page.

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