WEEK 13 2017
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Saturday - Happy Birthday to my sister A.
Doing a bunch of yard work. Mowed the front lawn, about all I can do
in a day these days, before the back gives out. Did a bunch of bills
as well, it's that time of the month.
Lunch with friends at the Red Salmon. Good food, but because of the
interior design (no real ceiling, ducts and pipes exposed style) incredibly
Book #14 was
Shadow of Victory (Harrington #14), by David Weber. Another library
book. These are long and, to be honest, kind of boring. But I've been
reading them for years (the first book came out in 2002) and just keep
reading, though I wait for the library copy.
Friday - Working away on
this and that.
I did go over to Home Depot and pick up a new, inexpensive, Skil Saw.
Technically not Skil, but made by Ryobi. The old saw was so bad that
it had trouble cutting 1" pine planks, and I had a piece of 3/4" plywood
that I promised to cut to size for someone. I did buy a plywood blade
as well, and everything went very well.
It's not nice to hear the motor drop to 200 rpm and be engulfed in a cloud
of burning wood from the cut. And no, it wasn't a bad blade on the old
saw, it was brand new.
This is a backing board and brackets for a little "Free
Library", so I also sanded and gave them an initial primer coat of
good white paint, some outdoor RustOleum that I had. It was a bit
clumpy, but I stirred the heck out of it and will sand the completed boards
again before handing them over to my friend for painting with the final coat
of some other color.
Made more progress with the app sounds. I have both System Sound
players, and AVAudioPlayer items, for short and long sounds, and am working
on getting them roughly in synchronization with the animations. Before
I get too far I'll let S vet them.
Also updating a bunch of other stuff, in particular the dozens
of errors that have cropped up since the last Xcode update, wherein stuff
that was first deprecation in iOS 9 is not supported in iOS 10, including
the video clip player. Sheesh.
I imagine they'll screw with me again when iOS 11 comes out.
Thursday 30 March
Amusingly enough I got an email invitation to enter a lottery to pay for a
ticket to Apple's WWDC next month. Got that? A chance to pay
Apple $1600 to watch them pat themselves on their own back for their second
And yet, people pay it:
Apple: "Hey you Developer Scum, pay us more money, out $200
Billion dollar offshore slush fund, made from the software that
you wrote, isn't enough!"
Developers: "Sure, here's my money!"
Apropos of this, this week's Apple annoyance: System Sounds are limited to
30 seconds. OK, whatever, Apple.
But what sort of message do you suppose you get from Apple's second rate IDE
if the sound is a few seconds longer than that?
I bet you are thinking "Warning, Sound too long" or "Warning:
Sound file will be clipped to the maximum", or something like that.
What you actually get is a message saying "File not found!" and then
you spend an hour of your day trying to figure out why the perfectly fine
file in your media folder, that you dragged into the project, and can see
there, and can be played in the IDE there, isn't found during
Wednesday 29 March
Wednesday - Nice-ish weather.
Starting to get windy again in the afternoon though.
Worked on the app all day, doing punch list stuff.
Added an object for system sounds, button clicks and card flips and the
like. It's acting a little funky, the sounds aren't always playing...
Tuesday - Nice weather. A bit warm in fact.
Worked on various things. I downloaded a newer version of the STARS
testcases, since there was some sort of error with the old set.
Worked on the app for a bit.
Monday - Another nice day.
In the morning I did a chore I'd been avoiding - cleaning out the downstairs
closet. It was packed with various bits of debris. How packed,
you ask? Let's just say that I found an entire upright vacuum
cleaner that was masked by junk and that I'd forgotten I had...
I was just about to hit the computer for work when a friend called and said
he was on his way up from below for poppy viewing. Some popular media
outlet had featured the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve as a 'must see' over
the weekend it seems. So I ended up joining him out there and we had a
nice time - it was a bit crowded and the flowers not particularly
impressive, but the weather was perfect.
Afterwards we went for a late lunch / early dinner at the Rock Inn, then he
headed home to Ventura and I went back home, pretty tuckered out.
It became windy late in the day:
Sunday - Another warm day. A bit windy.
After the usual morning chores I drove up to Tehachapi to visit
M&M. It was just me, the big crowd obviously wasn't there, but I
brought some hamburger patties and fixings, and we had a nice afternoon
visit and picnic.
I headed home about 5pm.
I stopped by a couple of homes for sale in Mohave on the way home, but they
were in far to sketchy a part of town to even be considered. Oh well.