WEEK 18 2017
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Saturday - Nice weather.
Met up with J. Meek midday, did a bunch of work with FreeCAD. We met
up at the Quartz Hill library, and used one of their study rooms - very
nice. Wall power, USB power, an HDMI overhead projector and
Friday - Cooler.
Working away on various things.
Took the cat into the vet's again. They are very worried about the
infection - concerned that it's MSRA or the feline equivalent. They've
sent a sample out to be cultured, and warned me to be very careful to use
gloves and wash thoroughly after any contact the little guy. It'll
take a few days to get results. I'd like to irrigate with Betadyne and
such, but they've recommended against it for now.
I have a preliminary version of an Ideas-to-Stars converter working.
Just does one element, but that's all I have as a sample file right now
anyway. The documentation on the nodal winding of the tetrahedron
element seems incorrect.
Thursday 4 May
Warm in the morning, but starting to get some clouds and humidity in the
S called and wants to make the top level a bit easier for the kids - she's
been watching them and they are really struggling with how big a leap that
last level is. It shouldn't be too big of a change, though Xcode still
isn't quite right. In fact it's starting to lose track of even more
When I checked on the cat in the morning he had some open sores on his legs
that weren't there yesterday, so I called the vet, and took him in
again. It's not good - it's a massive bacterial infection. They
washed the sores, gave him more and stronger antibiotics and fluids, and
gave me more pain meds and ABs for him, and a collar, and I took him home
Poor guy. He's a trooper, hanging in there, but I had to tell C that
it wasn't looking good.
Wednesday 3 May
Wednesday - Hot. About 100F.
Glad to have the swamp cooler going.
The injured cat really doesn't seem to be coming around, but he's eating and
drinking, so that's good.
Worked on some STARS stuff, since I couldn't bring myself to battle with
Xcode all day. I wrote a small translator to take the FEM file
generated by FreeCAD and turn it into a sample STARS file. Not a big
deal, but the document ion on the nodal ordering of tetrahedral elements was
wrong for FreeCAD, and some issues with the Windows version of Cream/Vim,
and so on. But I got a rough version working and sent a screengrab off
to somebody to show I'd done it.
My brother had his surgery, is home, and doing well he says.
I really need to start my Kaiser stuff. As long as I'm being forced to
pay for it I may as well take advantage...
Tuesday - Warm again. They are actually
predicting a front passing through later in the week - hard to believe, it
feels like summer already.
Working on various things, though a bit distracted.
My brother texted to say he's going in for some minor surgery
tomorrow. I offered to come to sit with him after for a few days -
it's outpatient - but his GF has offered to do that for him.
I found an injured cat curled up on my wet lawn in the morning. I
assumed he was a car strike victim - he was barely moving - and took him
into the vet. To my surprise they diagnosed him as having fallen from
a great height, landing on his legs, and spraining three of the four.
So I made him comfortable in the garage, in a pen, with lots of food, water
and some painkillers. They gave him an IV and ABs at the clinic, so
hopefully he'll recover. He's a pretty sorry looking fellow right
Monday - Warm, hot even. Glad to have
the swamp cooler going.
Working on this and that. Xcode and GIT are getting strange
again... It's rough when you can't trust your tools for this sort of
S stopped by with sandwiches, tamales, and a punch-list of stuff for the
app. Sigh. I informed her of the Xcode issues, and that I was
attempting to fix them without creating a new version.
Sunday - Another warm day.
Some minor yard chores, and shopping, but mostly working on prepping the
It is supposed to be hot this coming week, so it was time. I bought
pads at Home Depot, and put them in. Then I oiled the bearings and
cleaned out the bottom of the cooler and fired it up. And....the water
pump was dead. Apparently it died over the winter. I had a
spare, though used, pump in the garage, so I swapped it out. This time it
worked fine, and the pleasant scent of aspen filled the air inside.
There was a bad leak at the fitting from the main, so I took it off and
re-taped it. And...it still leaked, even worse. I tightened it,
no joy. Finally I took it off and inspected it closely, and discovered
that the barrel had a crack.
A hard failure to see. I just assumed poor QC on the thread
cutting at first.
So I made another trip to Home Depot and picked up a new fitting, and things
were finally copacetic, except for a little leak due to a bad washer on the
valve. So I replaced the washer as well.
Actually I do need to get another inline calcium filter - when I removed the
failed unit late last year it was amazing how much buildup occurred in just
the last month or two of use of the swamp cooler.
In the afternoon I finally cut wood on the solar oven. I've been
dithering for a while, but want my garage back for the Explorer, and this an
another project are taking up space. So I pulled some dimensions out
of the air, sizing it big enough to fit a big pot, but small enough to just
use one 4' by 4' piece of 5/16" plywood I had. Then I did a
preliminary assembly with screws, and knocked off about 6pm.
I'll sister some of the internal supports, to get a bit more width than the
2x2's I used as a frame, then insulate with some free fiberglass batting
that a friend says they have.
I'd been vaguely aware of noise in the neighborhood, but when I took off the
ear protection, yikes. Mariachi and hiphop or something, echoing
through the neighborhood. The usual noisy neighbor has been
conspicuously absent lately, so I guess these guys are picking up the slack.
I want to move so bad...
Book #20 was Onslaught,
by David Poyer. The US and China get into a shooting war in the China
Sea, there's a rapist aboard, the on-board disease is still raging, they are
running low on fuel and only using one engine, and Dan and the Savo
Island are trying to defend Taiwan all by themselves, American battle
groups are getting nuked...and more.