WEEK 15 2017
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Saturday - Did a few chores around the house,
lunch with S&R.
I gave S an iPad with some of the new stuff on it, so she can review and see
what needs changing. We're missing the iPad Mini - I thought she had
it, she thinks I have it, so we'll both need to search around a bit.
All the cleaning I did several weeks ago has me not knowing where everything
Friday - Working away on
things. The app. I'm playing around a bit with FreeCad
which is interesting...and frustrating. It's sort of a poor man's
Pro-Engineer or Catia, but very beta...
Taxes, for another thing. I needed some deductions, got them, sent
them to the accountant, whose computers then crashed... So right now I
don't actually know how much I owe. The Obamacare fine can't be
zeroed, for one thing. So, hundreds and hundreds of dollars illegally
collected by a non-constitutional law. Sheesh.
Book #15 was Monster
Hunter Memoirs: Grunge, by John Ringo and Larry Correia. I think
Ringo got permission to write a novel set in the 'Monster Hunter
International' world created by Correia. It's pretty well done, though
the protagonist is a bit of a Mary Sue.
Thursday 13 April
Some sun, occasional high clouds, and a great deal of wind.
About half a cord of wood now. I'll get the boys to split the bigger
Indeed, I was in the office in the morning, working on the app, and it was
25mph and gusting to 30mph, roaring under the eaves.
And the nut across the street was outside again, cursing and swearing loud
enough to be heard over the storm and through my closed doors and windows
and over the radio. Fortunately he left after an hour or so of vocal
exercises, which is nice when one is trying to concentrate on something like
I worked on the app all day. This was a continuation of yesterday's
stuff, fixing some bugs and refactoring the whole Reward Screen thing.
By 5pm I was mentally exhausted but it's working pretty well.
I still need to do a bit of cruft removal, to make sure the new object is
the thing always doing the work, that was one of the things that bit
me yesterday, some old inline stuff was still active and interacting with
the new stuff. As I pulled the cruft out and ran testcases things would
break in strange ways...
And then add in my new touch-and-hold algorithm for the buttons. It
works great for temporarily fading the Reward Screen, so it should be good
for buttons as well.
And add in a no-touch barrier screen during dealing animations. If you
move something during an animation the code gets very confused. S
says, after reviewing a bunch of user reviews therapist apps, that the Number
1 thing causing people to abandon or not buy an app is it crashing or
working wrong, so...important.
So, things to do before a Beta release:
- no-touch barrier
- update reward screen visuals
- update long press button feedback
- built in documentation update
- web page with more documentation and video.
- Synchronize/fix/add sounds
- memory leak | generic error fixes
Other stuff for commercial release:
- small data base for student scoring (hippa compliant)
- fremium limiter & app store integration
- icons update
- fixes to whatever the beta tester's discover
By the way, Budd's been very helpful during this persnickety
It's a form of extreme
Guessing which parts I typed and which parts the cat typed is left as an
exercise to the reader :-)
Tuesday night I washed and soaked some small red beans, and all day
Wednesday had them in the slow cooker. I added a couple of leftover
brat's, a ham hock, a couple of Hebrew National dogs, an entire onion, an
entire bell pepper, and a bunch of seasoning mix. By mid-day the house
smelled wonderful, and dinner was pretty awesome (if I do say so
myself). A lot more flavor than last time, although I actually forgot
to add the pack of gumbo seasoning I'd bought.
This evening I had some left-over's on rice, still darned good! I also
have frozen about four small baggies worth - my freezer is getting pretty
well stocked these days!
I've been wanting the equivalent of Google Sky for a while on my iPhone, an
augmented reality type of thing. It was always fun on my old Android
devices. It finally occurred to me to ask my brother Bob what he
used. He texted that he used SkyGuide
by fifthStarLabs. It was only $3, so I downloaded it and tried
it. Seems like what I want. Indeed, after about five minutes it
notified me that there was an ISS overpass happening in five minutes, so I
went outside and watched that. Woot!
Wednesday 12 April
Wednesday - A nice day. Glen came by
in the morning and turned over the vegetable beds for me, added in some
chicken manure and potting soil.
He found a bizarre looking grub in the bed while doing that and showed it to
me. I assumed it was a dead tomato worm but when I described it to S
she said it was a Japanese
Beetle, very damaging to plants and lawns, and what I had sprayed for
a couple of years ago. Yuck.
Ground away on updating the app all day. I wanted to work in the
garage and yard, but really need to finish things with the app and get it
out to Beta.
Trying to add the new stuff, and "objectifying" it at the same time. Sigh.
Still, it was mostly working by 6pm. the 'completion' block stuff doesn't
really do exactly what you'd think, and it always takes a bit more work than
I estimate to make it work right. In general messing with the animation
queue and its timing is always a bear.
The compiler was giving weird error messages, so I spent some of my valuable
time verifying that it was an Apple screw up in parsing their Framework
libraries. It's been around since at least last September, multiple OS
releases. Fortunately it doesn't affect the code, just a warning of
duplicated Framework libraries for handling images. Amusing to see the
Apple can't get their own stuff to work right...
Tuesday - Worked on researching things in the
morning, then coded up a little sample app with the things I want, and got
them to work OK. Tomorrow is the fun part, adding them to the
spaghetti code that I call an app...
I screwed up and left my car on the street, on a street cleaning day, $38
down the drain for a ticket fine. Bah.
Ran out of whiskey, started on that gifted bottle of bourbon. A very
different taste, I'm not sure I like it, but it's very different from the
whiskey, a much stronger flavor though the alcohol content is 80 proof, same
as the whiskey.
Monday - Reasonable weather. Windy now
S wants a different transition for the "reward screen", apparently the
current transition, which moves off screen, is too distracting for some
kids, they keep asking "Where did it go?". Perfectly reasonable,
really. So we'll just fade away, kids watch a lot of TV and are used
to that. And once again, I need to fix the long press progress
animation. Also add a "touch and hold" option to something, which Apple
can't be bothered to include as a standard UI element....
In other words, lots of looking at impenetrable documentation and aged and
incomplete tutorials... Yay.
Sunday - Another warm day. A really nice day
actually, temperatures about 70F, just a light breeze now and then.
Doing more firewood stuff. The boys are available, so we all met up at
S's house and used an axe and some wedges to split the huge boles that were
left there by her tree trimmer, and used the chainsaw to cut up a bunch of
other stuff. [And by 'we' I mean 'them'!] A nearby vacant house had
some dead limbs in the drive and S had gotten permission from the owner to
collect that, so we cut that up as well. And policed the smaller debris
there as well.
Then we brought it over to my house and stacked it, though they kept some of
the bigger stuff and will split it and return it to me at some point.
Now that the fireplace season is over I have plenty of wood...
That pretty much took up the entire day, so I paid the boys, went in and
took a long hot shower and some ibuprofen.