WEEK 16 2017
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Saturday - R&S found a reasonably priced
used BBQ whilst out on their yard sale rounds, and called me, so I
went over and got it. Another family leaving California, btw.
I just don't want to deal with my 'BBQ of Death' any more. Since I was out
of the house already I just joined them for the rest of the sales (the
alternative being mowing the lawn). I didn't get much, but did pick up
a few picture frames cheap - whenever I get my solar oven built I can use
In the evening I finished reading an online modern C++ tutorial from, I
think, MIT. Not too crazy - I don't recall the whole 'namespace'
thing, but it seems like it's probably a good idea. Other than that
it's similar enough to what I remember and Objective-C that I shouldn't have
too big a problem with simple read/write stuff.
On the other hand, seriously, it's 2017 and not 1977 - we have graphical
IDE's and Unicode; perhaps compiler writers should consider going past the
base 128 character ASCII set for programming? Code blocks are looking like
ascii-character soup these days!
Friday - Working away on
this and that. Not much to say...
Did a 7.5 mile walk, since I missed it yesterday (working hard at the
terminal). I got a warm spot on one foot - it was warm enough (85-ish)
that my feet were perspiring and I didn't have a spare set of dry socks at
the half way point.
Really I need some new hiking boots, breathable with better soles, but it's
surprisingly hard to find good, wide, inexpensive boots. Merrell's were
always narrow. New Balance used to make wide boots, but don't any
more. Generally there seems to be an overall quality decline in boots
- it's all offshore manufacture and you have to have QC up the yinyang or
you get junk.
I read somewhere that NB actually still has a division that makes good boots
under another name, I'll have to look them up.
Budd enjoying the cat tunnel....
Thursday 20 April
Working away on this and that.
I want to import FreeCAD files into STARS, that would be so cool! I could
design Starships and towers 100 miles high.... Also I have some ideas
on thermal modeling for global warming stuff that I want to try out at some
From what I can tell the FEM module uses a solver for statics called
Calculix, which in turn uses either the Abaqus or Ideas input file format
(maybe they're the same?). This in turn seems to be a zipped file with
the nodal and element data in an ascii format, but the loads and bc's and
results in binary... All done in C++. It includes the
modeling flow - the IGES surfaces, the boolean operations, the meshing
parameters as well.
I've ordered a couple of modern C++ books from the library, so maybe I can
read/write to those binary files.
Wednesday 19 April
Wednesday - S sent some more
artwork. I'm falling behind again, but my hands hurt...
Tuesday - Tax day. Picked up my
paperwork, sent in a big check. Sigh. Did some other errands while I was out
Working away on the app and even FreeCad.
From what I can tell, FreeCad doesn't really export as many formats as they
claim. They plan to, but it isn't really done yet. I can
sometimes get triangular FEM grids, and sometimes tetrahedrons, but am
unsure as to why one or the other. A lot of formats just want
triangles - most rendering engines and vrml software for example.
S found the iPad mini, so I'll go pick it up. I don't recall if it's
running 9 or 10 at this point.
I'll also pick up my Easter basket! Chocolate bunnies, Woot!
I did about a six mile walk. I didn't want to, but I've been very lazy
recently, and my ankles and knees are beginning to ache from inactivity and
sitting so much.
Monday - Working away on the app again, S sent
me some updated and resized artwork that I need to put in.
Bizarrely the audio works on iOS8 and iOS10 fine, but sometimes cuts out on
iOS9. There's not an error message, so I don't know how to debug it...
T called to say that we probably got that underground inspection/management
job. We were, if I say so myself, the best qualified, so that's
good. Probably work will start in August officially, so July will have
so setup stuff going on.
On the other hand Saticoy is looking pretty bad. He sent me a couple
of example pics, yikes!
The boys stopped by after school and picked up the wood to be split. They
keep pretty busy so it'll probably be a week or two until it's done, no
Sunday - Another warm day.
I didn't actually do much - trying to let my hands rest a bit.
Book #17 was Monster
Hunter Memoirs: Sinners, by John Ringo and Larry Correia This is
the sequel to last weeks book, wherein our hero has to leave Seattle one
step ahead of an angry father and ends up fighting monsters in the Big