WEEK 11 2016
Tue- Wed- Thur-
Picture of the Week
Years Ago, This Week, 2003
Years Ago, this week, 2004
Years Ago, this week, 2005
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Years Ago, This Week, 2009
Years Ago, This Week, 2010
Saturday - A storm blew in, so we have had
wind and rain. I even lit the fire and had to bring in a few logs from the
Doing a little cleaning and stuff.
I want to really get started on chores and computer work, but my hands are
giving out, so i popped some ibuprofen and didn't do much. Bah.
Book #15 was Cursor's
Fury (Codex Alera #3). Young Tavi is sent to keep tabs on a newly
formed Legion, as a sub-tribune (lieutenant, I guess), but treason and enemy
attack take out his superior officers and he takes over and wins (because, astonishingly
enough, he's secretly royalty).
Friday - Working away on
I am trying to get a "splash video" to work. No luck today, despite hours of
work. The tutorials I am trying to use are a couple of years old - stone age
stuff in development years.
I read bit on Swift. Interesting though at only 10% of the way through
Neuberg's first volume on iOS 9 I haven't found anything particularly
I came up with a list of questions about the app for S, who is off
The 2nd and 3rd books in the Codex Alera series arrived, so I went by the
library and picked them up. I already had #4 and #5, but felt like reading
them in order.
Book #14 was, therefore, Academ's
Fury (Codex Alera #2), by Jim Butcher. Our country boy protagonist has
come to the big city, and is being trained as a spy (cursor) for the
Emperor...er...First Lord. It's a very Campbellian storyline, and one can
generally deduce the plot twist and turns chapters ahead, but it's well done
Thursday - Tim
had emailed with some spreadsheet questions last night, and I'd taken a
quick look at it and let my brain think about it overnight. Rather than an
elaborate VbScript approach I just used some "if statements" for extended
but straightforward formulas. Which had an error that Tim caught and I
didn't. It's odd, I know I checked it, but I was moving between Liebre and
Excel so maybe it crept in there (Liebre does weird things during
highlighting I've discovered, but Excel on the old laptop also has issues,
We discussed, and with the built in duplicates finder in Excel I think we
have a decent protocol for finding the information he needs.
Other than that, it was 'work on the app'
day. I spent waaaay too much time
re-provisioning things, working through Apples maze of forms and pages.
I did actually get some real work done, fixing the 'reward screen' that
worked on one iPad but not the other. It turns out that Apple had changed
how the system reports width and height for frames between ios7 and ios8 to
the app, reversing
them. Which, no surprise, caused issues. Which I fixed.
But its a measure of just how unprofessional their development staff is.
I also spent some time reviewing iTunes Connect and Beta Provisioning
Wednesday - Reinstalled system on the
development MacBook. This essentially took all day.
Bizarrely, though I was attempting a 'fresh' install it did an 'upgrade'.
All the stuff that I laboriously checked to be saved beforehand is still on
the hard drive. I think I got burned last time this way. Next time I'm going
to format and repartition the HD and that should do it. For now it's fine.
Downloads (in Gigabytes):
So, about 14GB of new files. And I had to download El Capitan again as the
first download refused to install, claiming to be corrupted somehow.
- El Capitan: 6.6
- iTunes: 4.2
- Xcode: 2.0
- iPhoto: 1.1
And yet, this isn't a big deal with modern connectivity. Huh.
In the evening I checked on that property I was considering out in the west
valley. And found someone has already bought it! Arrgghhh. I wanted to clear
stuff with my taxes first, so it couldn't be helped I guess, though if my
agent had been quicker off the mark I could have probably put down a
retainer. Though probably not, I'm cheap.
Tuesday - Relaxing a bit, doing a couple or
chores around the house, a bit of computer work.
My hands are kind of trashed, swollen up, so I didn't do much. Which is boring...
I don't think I mentioned last week, but I practiced cooking with the
'prepper' small red beans. Pretty easy. Soak overnight after rinsing for
dirt and rocks, then slow cook for about 8 hours, adding whatever you want.
In my case hot dogs, onions, garlic salt. It came out OK, though a bit
bland. A pound is plenty for two days. I put it over rice and steamed some
veggies to go along with it all.
Monday - I spent the morning doing more tax
stuff, then headed over for my appointment after lunch. Things went OK, I'd
forgotten a couple of numbers but mostly it was the same as last year,
I made more, and underpaid my estimates, so I owe the IRS. First time in a
while that's happened!
I'm starting to think seriously about the app again. I need to back up files
and install 'El Capitan' before I
go any farther though.
Book #13 was Skin
Game (Dresden Files #15), by Jim Butcher. This is (currently) the last
book in the series. Not bad, though it doesn't advance the 'arc' much.
Sunday - Spent the day doing tax stuff,
preparation for tomorrow's appointment.
The notes and spreadsheets from last year are coming in handy, so it's not
the scrabble it has been in the past.
Not much else going on.
Our draftsman broke his leg last week, so I probably won't be going down to
review the as-builts with him this week.