WEEK 18 2014
Mon- Tue- Wed-
Picture of the Week
17 March 2002
Years Ago, This Week 2002
Ago, This Week, 2003
Ago, This Week, 2006
Ago, This Week, 2007
Ago, This Week, 2008
Ago, This Week, 2009
This Week, 2010
Saturday - Fiddling about with things
in the yard all morning. It looks like Aaron and his boys can't make it
by this weekend, so I mowed the front yard myself. It's fairly small,
and it's a self propelled mower, so it's not a big deal. I gave me a
chance to realize that the dry spots in front are back, so I made a
point of hand watering them. My roses are in full bloom, or just past,
so I need to deadhead them, and apply some rose food.
I also made sure the drip sprinkler lines for the tomatoes and peppers were working, and made a couple more tomato cages.
lunch I went out and visited A at his new place out in Antelope Acres.
It's pretty great - I wish I was living there, rather than in the
middle of town!
- Strange weather this week. Hot, then cool, sunny, then overcast.
with the new Auto Layout in iOS 7. I got it to work, though the
tutorial example I used did not work properly, which tells you how
messed up things are! Oh well.
Thursday 1 May
- Keeping busy, not much to say. I'd thought I might go down to Ventura
this week, but Tim says there is no need, so I can save about $50 in
fuel by staying home.
bought the last 25 landscape blocks and put them in. It looks OK now.
I'd also bought some small half-brick sized blocks of the same color
and style, to use as spacers at the ends, and that worked very well.
also need to decide on whether to put another layer of blocks in,
just some cap stones. Caps, I think. I an urge to put blocks in, but
make it about 16" above the ground at the end nearest the patio, which
is visually too much I think. I need to also line it with
landscape fabric on the inside, to prevent added dirt from leaching
gaps. I thought about creating a "french drain", but it's not really
needed for such a small area. And I need to raise the sprinkler
hard part is done. I'll see if the lawn boys can move the dirt this
weekend. Their dad and I have been playing phone tag - he's busy
prepping to move, already moving a lot of his shop tools and stuff I
Wednesday 30 April
Wednesday - Did some more yard work
in the morning, leveling the original base course of landscape blocks
that I'd laid some time ago. I'd leveled along the course, but not front-to-back,
and they were way off - it was clearly visible once I'd stacked several
blocks high. I guess it's like being a pilot, trust your instruments,
not your eyeball! There wasn't any digging involved, just more sand and
a tedious block by block re leveling. It looks OK now. I took out as
much of the bow as I could, it's vertical, and looks OK. I need another
25 blocks though.
You can clearly see the front-to-back tilt of the blocks at right of frame, compared to vertical at left.
also fooled around a bit with the receptacles in the kitchen, and got
them working again. The circuit breaker seems to be working now, but I
still want to replace the outlet that was sparking before.
Unfortunately it's a strange style: according to Tim it's of a type
they don't allow in residential construction any more.
- Working away on various things in the morning, yard stuff and
cleanup, then on the app in the afternoon. I'm trying to move from
Xcode 4 on the Mini to Xcode 5 on the MacBook. This has to be done
sooner or later, (the app store will only accept code that compiles
under iOS7 now) so I thought I might as well hit it now. They've
apparently changed the positioning elements, struts and springs and
such, and the views and subviews are all messed up. I'm also getting
some sort of integer casting error that I wasn't before. Bah. And the
background images for buttons aren't showing up properly.
actually had an interesting weather event the other day. For the first
time in decades (that I know of) there was a lenticular cloud directly above Lancaster.
These are common, to the north over the Tehachapi's, but almost never
do they come this far south. In fact there was another on the same day south of
Lancaster, over the San Angeles. As standing wave events they last for
hours, and the sunlight filters through them in the oddest ways. In
late afternoon, for example, there was this strange brown light,
similar to that a forest fire might make. Almost surreal - and it
lasted for hours.
As did the repeated windstorms. Not one, but two
trees had to be chainsawed down to size in my neighborhood. Not only is
the wind strong, but it sometimes is coming from odd directions, not
our usual westerlies.
- A nice day, but one that became windy late in the day. I did various
chores, but didn't get as much done on the app as I'd hoped.
They are predicting about 90F by the end of the week.
thing I did was to find the little video renaming script I'd written
years ago, and change it around a bit to rename photos. It was oddly
harder than it needed to be - for some reason the folder/path options
didn't want to work correctly on my Windows 7. Last time that I know it
worked was on the old Vista laptop. I'm not sure if it's a
change in VbScript, in the Windows Scripting Host on Win7, or some
weirdness in my Win7 virtual machine on the MacBook. After messing with it for a half
hour I just stripped that folder/path detection stuff all out, and told
people to use a fixed
folder name for the renumbering operation. It's not that big a deal,
Tim's done tens of thousands of these renames with me, back in the bad
old Facilities Integration job day. A few dozen here isn't a big deal.
ran across a description of Chicago as "The Windy City" the other day,
which is a description that, as a High Desert resident has always
grated a bit. I finally took action and investigated the claim. As
Chicago doesn't even compare to Lancaster. Shown below, taken from WeatherSpark
[interesting site!], are two plots of the average wind speeds (scaled
vertically to about the same by me), side by side. As can be easily seen Lancaster handily beats Chicago in "daily max" and "daily mean".
- Another cool and windy day.
I vacuumed upstairs in the morning, and a few other chores. The younger
cats were upset, but got over it fairly quickly. I'll do the downstairs later in the week, or next weekend.
I did a bit more work on the little landscape block retaining wall.
Laid the base course of blocks and discovered that there was a bow in
it - I'm not sure how it got there, I used a straight line to lay it
out, but it's a definite 3/4" curve. What the heck? I hate to do any
more digging under the trees right now, in growth season, so maybe I'll
just let it be, finish stacking, and redo it next winter. I'm short
about 25 blocks - I misjudged the grade of the slope and had to step
the base course down, so more blocks are needed. And now that I've an
idea of what it looks like I'm tempted to go up one more layer, another
35 or so. We'll see.
Not much else going on. Lots of chores, as always, and some reading on
app stuff. I haven't added anything to the "Books Read" for a while, but that's not
a big deal I guess: I was up to
Book #18 several weeks ago.