WEEK 10 2016
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Saturday - Since they were predicting so much
rain I made a quick trip down to Oxnard. There were some brief flurries of
rain, enough to make the roads and boat wet, but not enough to make so much
as a puddle.
I put the snubbers on all the mooring lines - there was actually quite a bit
of surge going on and a brisk wind that made it a bit of work, but it should
make things easier on the stanchions and bollards. I also made sure that the
drains were all working well: getting all the dirt and leaves out of them. A
couple were pretty well plugged up.
I was going to put a little spare battery - the jump starter actually - in
as a temporary battery, but decided not to. Essentially the maze of wiring
defeated me - it would take more time than I had available to do since the
jump starter didn't really have the cables I needed. I think it will be OK,
the problem has been the deck and cockpit seating that drains to the
companion way locker, and that has drains that plug up, and I've cleaned
I used the iPhone's camera and took some pictures of the charger (reaching waaaay
around to the side of the engine compartment to make a video of the barely
visible unit), and its a Xantec 20A unit, and does indeed have a (thankfully
front panel) switch for AGM batteries, so I'll swap out the flooded lead
acid batteries and pick up a couple of those.
I always put AGM in the old Coronado 25. There was never a well attached
battery box and the bilges were always flooding due to deck and overhead
issues, just like the NorSea.
Then it was back to the house (through surprisingly heavy traffic on the 14
for a Saturday afternoon) where I .... did nothing. Bah.
Friday - Kept busy, with
taxes, the inspection wrap up, the app, and other stuff.
I haven't, in fact, opened even one
of the new books I picked up at the library. So, for books read this year we
Somehow Turn Coat got in the pages
there twice (I read these out of order), so I'm really just up to 12 books.
I'm too lazy to go back and redo the numbering before this page, but #6 and
#9 are the same.
Another warm day, albeit with high clouds.
I took a few hours in the morning to walk a bit, I've been neglectful of
that lately, for some reason. It was cool enough - low 80's - that I drank
less than a liter of water on a seven mile walk.
I tried using the iPhone's camera in the time-lapse mode, recording most of
three miles. It works ok-ish, a bit too fast to be considered a good time
lapse, compressing an hour or so of walking into less than half a minute of
They are suggesting rain over the weekend, which has me worried, as I don't
have the batteries hooked up in the boat. We'd need a LOT to be an issue,
but it makes me nervous.
I've been plugging away at odd intervals on the as-builts review, but I need
to really knuckle down and get it done and back to the draftsman.
To my horror I realized my tax appointment is Monday.
I just got around to flipping over my kitchen calendar, which has all the
dates on it.... I am completely unprepared. Sigh.
It just seems that the universe is lining up obstacles to keep me from
working on the app lately...
Wednesday - Warm and sunny, kind of
ridiculous for early March. But that's the high desert.
I was reviewing the app, and so I went by S's place with questions on the
new levels. My own notes were unclear, but once she reminded me they all
Five new levels is trouble though. Essentially I was using a bunch of case
statements to control things, but it's getting complicated enough that maybe
I need a more robust "state
machine" approach. I've done similar things before, but I'm not sure
how to approach it with Objective-C.
Amusingly enough, John D. Cook over at The
Endeavour mentions it in a recent post as being one of the things that
continually being re-invented, similar to the re-invention of LISP:
"A number of projects have grown
until they contained an ad hoc, informally-specified, bug-ridden, slow
implementation of state machines."
Heh. But things grow, and three or four levels (states) is one thing, ten
another. Mostly people don't want to mess with elaborate data stuctures and
process until they absolutely have to, and I'm no different...
S was having also some issues with data transfer. It turns out that After
Effects does not, by default, compress it's rendered output file, so she was
attempting to send a nearly 1GB files to the sound guy. He re-rendered it
down to less than 10MB, and added most of the sound effects, sent it back
and it looks good.
S mentioned she was going to the library after lunch, so I went with her and
picked up a couple of Harry Dresden
books, the last in the series currently:Skin
Game, and another that is apparently short stories featuring him, Side
Jobs. And also the latest David Weber Safehold
Tuesday - Another nice day, though there are a
few high clouds. They are predicting rain this coming weekend.
I wanted to use the big 28" monitor to view the CAD as-built's, but the
office was a disaster. So I spent several hours going through stuff and
discarding/putting things away. About the time I finished with this I
received a call from Tim to do a quick review of the soils test results.
So I spent about an hour doing that, just taking a quick pass through it, a
couple of stations per reach, as a sanity check and reporting my conclusions
back to Tim. It's really for the permitting agreement between the county and
the contractor. You have to go back and forth between the tabulated data and
the modified drawings and my hand written notes, so it's kind of a pain,
even on the big monitor.
The good part is that things are cleaned up at least to the point I can find
most of my app notes. And I found some of the new art work, so that's good
I also set up several public folders on the Google Drive, so S can transfer
some video to outsource audio stuff that needs leveling and syncing.
#12 was Furies
of Calderon, by Jim Butcher. This, it turns out, is not the next Dresden
Files book (there's one left, and one I think I missed in that
series), but the beginning of an entirely new "sword and sorcery" series.
About halfway through I figured out that it was a parallel world that a
Roman Legion had somehow been transferred to, a thousand years or so ago in
Actually it was pretty well done, I'll be reading the others. For free btw,
from the library, I'm not paying for 'mind
candy' as S puts it.
Monday - It's a leap day.
Doing this and that.
I had a couple of tasks for the inspection job to complete - namely doing a
final pass through the materials register and another through accounting for
the extra work stuff, so I polished that off with about six hours work. Not
much different from before, a couple of minor errors and additions. My notes
and the tickets agree about as good as one has a right to expect, so that's
I still need to
Mostly I just want to finish this and move on.
- digitize some reports stuff
- look through the soils report
- review the CAD as-built's from the draftsman.
I'm trying to get more into the programming mode, starting to think about
the app again. It's been a while since I worked on it seriously, and as I
recalled I was battling "git" branching on OSX, and other stuff related to
adding more levels. I see in my work journal that I was apparently thinking
of creating a "dictionary of dictionaries" for some reason. What the heck?
I can't find the imagery for the new levels, S
re-arranged things a while back on the Google Drive we share (and,
admittedly, it was pretty messed up before that and needed
The office is a disaster. Sigh.
S apparently visited the office
whilst cat sitting the other day, and left some encouragement on the white
Sunday - Suffering still from the hands, but
they aren't as swollen as yesterday.
I went shopping with S, picked up a bunch of stuff at Winco and the 99 Cent
store, also some nice shaved roast beef from Albertson's.
I never got around to it, but I meant to take those books from last week
back to the library. I did renew them so they aren't costing me money, but I
dislike the clutter.
I haven't done any manual labor again, just waiting a bit. I want to get
back to the app, but it's best to wait on it.
I did a bit of research into preventing Windows 10 from spying on me. Turns
out it's very nearly impossible, without massive continual effort and
vigilance. Well, I didn't plan to use the new laptop for anything but work
I finished Book #12
Days (Dresden Files #14), by Jim Butcher. It turns out that Dresden
wasn't completely dead (only
mostly), and Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness, has no compunction about
bringing him back to life - because he'd agreed to serve her after she gave
him enough power to save his daughter from the Vampires - and it seems that
Fairies take promises very
I did call IA about that lot in Antelope Acres, I'll have to touch base with
him and see what's up.