Author Archives: Kaldath

Anime Talk: Top 5 – 2 for 1 Double Take!

In This edition of Anime Talk I am going to be doing not one but TWO separate top 5 lists for you discerning anime fans out there to debate! Why two lists you may ask? The answer is simply, I'm lazy and don't want to write two separate posts!! Yeah I know, I get like that sometimes, so sue me.

Anyway lets get rolling with our first list.

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Once more a KHU!!

Well I went to wound care today and also spoke with the hyperbaric tech. All good news. The xray of my foot came back with no additional infection in the bones of my foot so no additional surgery. The hyperbaric tech said my insurance cleared the treatment and my first "dive" is tomorrow morning at 10 am. Tech said to expect it to take about 3 hours! Here is basicly what the chamber looks like:


40 treatments for 3 hours each monday-friday and hopefully my foot will be fully healed by the end of which! Wish me luck everyone!!!


Another KHU …..

Kaldath Here with ,y newest Health update. As things stand at the moment, I am no longer on any prescription pain medication thus my pain levels have increased a bit but so far nothing I can not bare with the help of OTC pain meds.  I have completed my IV infusion treatments and have had my IV PICC line taken out. I just underwent a battery of tests to see if I can be put in the Hyperbaric chamber to aid my foot in healing, and speaking of the foot the doctor is concerned that one of the 3 injuries is not healing fast enough and that there may still be some bone infection which would result in me lossing more bone from my foot via amputation and I just had a CT scan to check that out so obviously not the best of news, but hopefully the scan shows me infection free. At the very least I have the weekend off for the first time from any kind of medical treatment. Tomorrow is my birthday and I thankfully will not need to spend it in a hospital or doctors office!!

Taking a Step Back

Hey Machiners, Kaldath here with a bit of an announcement. I would like to start off by saying that I love this community and have been proud to be the leader of it in Jeff's stead for these long years  but I had been getting burned out for a long time now and then I had this serious illness. I haven't told anyone in the HM community this until now but I came very close to death. The doctors told me if I had waited just a couple more hours before seeking treatment it is very unlikely I would be here right now. Besides the infection in my foot that resulted in my toe and a couple other bones being removed my diabetes was completely out of control, my blood sugar was over 500 and I was in what is known as Diabetic Ketoacidosis ( you can look it up if you like ) and that is what nearly killed me.


Now I will admit that I have been considering hanging up the cape and resigning my position as Moderator and blog author here at HeroMachine but instead I have decided to step back and go extremely part time  for the rest of this year so I can work on getting my health back in order as well as recharge my batteries. I have just sent an email to Jeff and JR to that effect and wanted to let you all know as well. I will still be around watching over the place from the shadows for spambots and rules breakers ( too much of the security guard in me to stop being a rules enforcer I guess ) and I will still write a post now and then like I have been recently but for the most part I will be leaving this place in the hands of JR whom I have asked Jeff to promote to the same level of authority on the site that I have.


Anyway I will see you all around and hopefully come January I will be back in action ready and raring to go !

Kaldath’s Corner: Babymetal X Rob Halford

Welcome to the next edition of Kaldath's Corner where I showcase things that I like and want to share with you all! Now what I am about to share with you happened a couple weeks ago as the APWAS award show but I was feeling under the weather back then as you all know but I saw this video again last night and wanted to share it!. So I present to you all Babymetal on stage with and performing with Rob Halford of Judas Priest fame!

Now we have 3 songs on this video. It starts with Just Babymetal preforming their song Karate, then after a bit of a video package plays Rob Joins sue on stage to preform Judas Priest classic Painkiller, then Yui and Moa enter the fray for a bit of "Breaking the Law".

Now I have to confess even though I was born in the 70's and was a kid of the 80's and 90's I have never listened to Judas Priest before however after seeing this I went back to youtube and found their videos and am now a fan! Which just proves that Babymetal can indeed be your foot in the door to the "True metal" scene! ( though I consider them true metal on there own!!!)


Hey Machiners, its me again with another Kaldath Health Update. Things seem to be going reasonable well currently. I have now gone two days without having to take a prescription pain pill, not that I am completely pain free mind you, but it seem a OTC Lidocaine Ointment I picked up as well as some Excedrin Back and Body are doing the job of controlling my pain well enough. I have been to a wound care doctor to look at my foot which for those who do not know due to a very badly infected diabetic ulcer I ended up having my pinky toe and two "knuckle bones" for want of a better term ( I always forget the actual name of the bones) amputated from my right foot. Anyway the doctor seems to think I am in pretty good shape but could benefit from treatment in a  hypobaric chamber to promote quicker healing.

I still have another week of IV antibiotics to take before I find out how my MRSA is. From the way my chest is feeling over the last several days I am hopeful I am will be Infection free and not in need of additional surgery. I am still getting tired quickly and having lower back pain if I walk around for more then 20 or 30 minutes and my upper body strength has not yet returned in full ( mostly because back and shoulder pain has kept me from doing a lot of lifting or carrying ). All and All though I am still far from being my old self again I seem to be well on my way to recovery and god willing I will continue in that direction!

Kaldath’s Corner: Review – SCANDAL “Take Me Out”

EDIT - I replaced the video with a version that has english subtitles

Hello Folks, It's me Kaldath with my first true post here in what seems forever. I am still not 100% and will not be returning full time for some time yet however I am feeling reasonably well today, at least while under the effects of my pain killers so I figured since my favorite band "SCANDAL"  just dropped a new video for their latest single  "Take Me Out" that i'd do a quick review.

First let me share the video. The only place I could find it at the moment was on the SCANDAL Heaven Facebook page which you can watch below:

Well now for the review.  At first I didn't think I was going to like this song because it starts out feeling way to "popish" for my tastes, but it quickly grew on me especially at around the 1 minute mark when the pace and sound transform to a more standard SCANDAL rock sound. I haven't yet seen an english translation for the song and my own poor japanese is no where near ready to try and translate it especially with my most recent medical issues disrupting my study so I have no idea what they are saying and don't know what the girl performing martial arts in the middle of a bust tokyo street has to do with the song but I have to say the visuals are very nice indeed! Speaking of visuals I have to take a moment to say that I think Mami's hair ( the lead guitar player ) looks fantastic in this video with her current dye job but I kind of question the rest of her fashion sense as I think she does not look all that flattering in the ultra baggy clothes she is wearing.

Back to the Song. While I enjoy Haruna's voice and her singing is superb I find myself disappointed that they are continuing to follow the trend from their last album "Yellow" of focusing on her as the only "lead" singer instead of the more typical format of sharing the singing with Tomomi and occasionally Mami. All four ladies in the band are excellent singers and though like I said I enjoy Haruna's singing I would like to hear more from the others, Especially Tomomi ( I just adore Tomo's voice ) . In the end I have to give "Take Me Out" a rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. It is an enjoyable song with a nice video but not quite up to their old music in my book!


Hey eveyone, I am here with another KHU ( Kaldath Health Update). Going to try and keep this brief as sitting at my computer hurts my chest and I hate using my phone to write posts. Bad news first, the daptomycin that I am taking to battle the MRSA continues to  cause me a little more pain everyday. Everyday I am on the stuff I find it harder to make it through the day without having to resort to percription pain killler and the less ibuprofen and tylenol help me. To make matters worse I had car troubles the other day and in the process of getting the car running again ended up spraining my wrist which just adds another spot of pain to my already growing list.

The good news, my left shoulder which has been in agony for over a month now due to the infection has begun to feel better. The pain is mostly gone so long as I do not over do things with it which is hard not to do at times considering I am left handed.  Also since I had gotten out of the hospital ( the first time ) I have been very sensitive to cold temps. What used to feel comfortable for me in the past is suddenly now freezing cold,. Not sure if this is due to the Mrsa, my medications or a combination of the two, however things have begun to improve on that front in the last couple days. While I find the temps my family keep the houses Air conditioner set to still to be comfortably  chilly I no longer need to put on a jacket and wrap myself in a blanket to stay warm. So in summation pain is still a very big issue with me at the moment but there are some promising signs that the meds are working to knock this nasty infection right out of me!

Yep another update!

Kaldath here again to keep you all updated.  i'm being released from the hospital again today which is good news the bad news I've been diagnosed with MRSA I have several small pockets of the infection in my chest.  I now have to have daily IV infusions of a very strong antibiotic for the next five weeks and then get retested. If the antibiotics don't work I'm going to have to have surgery to have those pockets of infection drained.  i've already had one pocket it drain and  and dealing with a great feel pain right now and I'm afraid that I might be MIA for a few months and weeks at this point but I'll try to keep you updated on my condition  if you'd like me to.  I'm not in the best of spirits but I'm not no in the worst if spirits either. I'm hoping the antibiotics work and that I'll be back to my normal self in a month or so.  wish me luck everybody!

Back in The Hospital!

Kaldath here, well I am back in the hospital after some complications with my foot and other things. Needless to say I am notva happy camper and suffering some nasty depression right now not to mention bored out of my mind!! FML!!!