WEEK 14 2017
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Saturday - A gorgeous day. Not even
I did yard and garage work most of the morning, trying to get things cleaned
up enough. I need to make a couple of feet for my printer stand, and
add a shelf to it to hold paper, so I spent a couple of hours on that.
I brought over an iPad at lunch and talked to S about updates. She
says the kids have issues with the sliding "Rewards Screen" and had some
ideas about a different exit animation, so I'll look into those. It
may require more work with long press gesture recognizers, which I haven't
had much luck with. I also dropped off my marked up copy of the
Instructions, so she can review it and see what she thinks.
After lunch I did some reviews of "tap and hold" and "touch and hold" for
iOS programming, and have a couple of ideas of things to try out.
Friday - Again, OK weather.
Just ground away at the app. Finally resolved the bugs and things work
OK. There was one place where I wasn't updating the model properly,
sometimes, and that meant I had to play the app dozens of times to get the
error to occur so that I could fix it. Sigh.
Thursday 6 April
Thursday - A
nice day, a little muggy and warm.
I really wanted to do my walk, but decided I needed to knuckle down and
finishing the score-keeping part of the app. Put in ten hours at the
I got things mostly working, still some bugs here and there in it though.
I'm waiting on some help to go get some heavy wood that I've been offered,
and that I've found. I need to get a wedge for splitting wood. I
assume Harbor Freight has them, cheap, or maybe Roger has some tucked away
somewhere from a yard sale or two.
Wednesday 5 April
Wednesday - A nice day. It has
started to get overcast again, and some mild winds came up in the afternoon.
Relatively quiet in the neighborhood.
Working away on the app most of the day. Finalized the optimal number
of plays for each game level possible hand. Ran into a puzzling inability to
get card positions for print out, despite which the code works fine.
Once again, probably a thread thing, since debug printouts are not coming
out in order....
Sent S a link to the WWDC videos, so that she can see the Apple's state of
the art in assistive technologies. It turns out that they will only
play on the latest MAC or iOS release - her phone, her PC, and her old
tablets wouldn't work. Ah Apple, never change, you wouldn't want other
people to see something you are actually doing right!
I never noticed because I keep things reasonably up to date...
Anyway, she was impressed by some of their stuff. They really have,
despite my general loathing of them, made some strides in the assistive
She sent me a copy of the Instructions to review, version 4 essentially,
that had been 'edited' by a Fivver guy. Meh. She says it was worth it,
for the money. It's an ODT, which I can export to PDF and just copy
into the project so that users and use Quicklook to view.
I mentioned to her that I had been looking at writing manuals with Libre
Office, and ran across an article and document explaining how to use just
templates, rather than combining style sheets and markup, which always ends
in tears. I'll have to find that link and send it to her...
Tuesday - Warm again. I did a 6+ mile
walk about midday, a very nice day for it. It's been several week since the
weather cooperated - even when not raining we've had very high winds.
Worked on the app and other things.
One of those days where, at about 8pm, you realize you've been at it all
day, non-stop. Even lunch was eaten while walking....
The job last year in Saticoy has some serious bedding defects causing offset
joints, so that's embarrassing, although I was primarily a components and
materials and placement inspector - I didn't have tools or training to
assess bedding compaction issues - it's covered by the contractor's
guarantee because he swapped out rock and grindings for sand, saying he
could make it work by compaction and jetting (Change Order #1). Still,
it's annoying, and a big pain for the client.
And there might be some inspection work, storm drain camera stuff, later in
the year. I am, reluctantly, interested, despite the tedium of sitting
in a truck watching a screen. There hasn't been a lot of work this
Actually met with Dr. G for a few minutes, who gave me a nice current double
sided printout of the manual. Yay! I told him that I'd been plunking
away on familiarizing myself with the code and interface again...
I saw more wood, some biggish limbs, illegally dumped by the unpaved
roadside while out on my walk - haven't gotten together with Glen yet, but
we might go get that as well.
Of course the fireplace season is pretty much over, barring a nor-wester
from Alaska in the next couple of weeks. It will give things time to
season, assuming I'm here next year.
Monday - Reasonable weather. Working
away on the app and things.
Apple has changed the symbolic debugger. But my usual approach is
pretty crude: put breakpoints in and watch the memory meter to see where the
leaks are. Only now, when you press GO to step the memory meter
Never change Apple, I'm sure there's more bog standard straight-forward
stuff you can screw up still, if you look!
S called, said her tree trimmer had left a bunch of limbs and trunk wood in
her driveway, so I went over and collected all but the two biggest
pieces. I'll texted to Glen to see if he can help me with the others -
really they need to be trimmed down to size. My wood pile is getting
big again, though this old dry bug-eaten stuff would burn quick and hot.
Sunday - Another warm day. A bit windy.
Doing various chores around the house. Mowed the side yard and back
lawn. I really need to de-gopher things, but have been putting off
using the poison out of squeamishness.
The winter Japanese anime season has ended. It was not very good, so,