WEEK 19 2014
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17 March 2002
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Saturday - My hands were really
hurting, so I didn't do much again, yard or computer, went to yard
sales, dinner and videos at my friends place.
- My hands were really hurting, so I didn't do much :-(
Thursday 8 May
- Working away on various things. Working with Tim on revisions to the
report on the levee stuff, did a bit of yard work involving sprinkler
risers, and of course, the app. Did a bunch of bills.
hands are hurting again, so I didn't do as much on the app as I wanted.
I guess that lately, between the app, the levee reports and working in
the yard I overdid things again. But it's annoying, I have things to do.
sent me this screen grab of traffic conditions yesterday. He needed to
go from Ventura to down near San Diego. I'm reminded of the old comedy
skit about "You can't get there from here...".
Wednesday 7 May
Wednesday - Yard work in the morning,
little stuff, then out to lunch with S at the 'A Touch of Europe'
sandwich shop, and some discussion about how to handle 'deals'.
app right now just changes things when the work screen is updated, with the standard quarter second or so transition. We
need some sort of segue, so that the kids know that things have
changed. We need to get their attention, show them things are changing,
then get them to react to that. But we can't exactly
show them, because then they're just playing a matching game, which
isn't the kind of discrimination we are trying to get them to make.
I've been working on the implementation end of that, CA layer stuff,
but I need some direction on what will work best with the kiddies.
has been working away on the web page side, getting content and imagery
in order. It isn't going to be fancy, like the app itself, it's gonna
be kinda minimalist/functional.
Also, it seems that the weenies
in NY and Cupertino want us to actually incorporate if we aren't to be
a sole proprietorship in the app store. $800, out the door every year,
if we do it that way.
spent some time talking to Tim about levee stuff. He's grinding away on
this stuff (very dry, levee inspection, heh...) and as someone who was
in the field I can offer (hopefully) useful advice from time to time.
- working away on this and that.
- Did a bit of work in the yard, then worked on the app in the afternoon.
did a bit of spot watering, put away the tools from the weekend work on
the planters and block walls, watered FY and BY dry spots a bit,
checked that there were no gophers in the traps (yet), and so on. It
was a bit windy and I had internal household chores to attend to, so I
didn't get a lot done outside, really.
Fiddling around a bit with the conversion to iOS 7. One of the things Apple did was to deliberately break backwards compatibility of the standard UI button. That button, which ran fine under iOS 5 and iOS 6 now is just a blank colored rectangle - if it can be seen at all. You can make it work, simply by changing the button type from 'system' to 'custom' and changing the image to 'background' - but Xcode doesn't do this by default, or even offer to do it.
had to know this, and since the button is probably the most used
interface item in iOS, it's really hard to ascribe it to stupidity
rather than malice. On the other hand, malice towards the people that make you money is, well, stupid.
- Another cool in the morning and windy later day.
I didn't actually do much. Not feeling 100%. Got up late, partly due to staying up late the night before.
was over at R&S's for "movie night", which didn't go well. (1) We
had planned to watch some "Shawn the Sheep" videos, those being a
spinoff of the Wallace and Gromit series, but discovered that it was no
longer on Netflix. No big deal, we pulled (2) 'Dark Shadows' out of the
pile of DVD's, thinking an amusing comedy from Johnny Depp would be
fun. But dropped that early, after the double murder, the double
suicide and someone with blood running from their eyes... On to (3)
'Blue Planet', streamed via Netflix, Episode 8! R & S had seen episodes 1 through 7 and raved about them. Sadly Episode 8 turned out to be "the baby animal snuff flick"
episode. We stuck it out through seagulls eating baby turtles, eagles
eating baby birds, walrus's rolling over and crushing their
young, but turned it off when they started showing Orca's tossing
innocent baby seals up in the air for fun...
Eventually we settled on (4) 'The Croods', which was fun. But I don't think I got home before midnight.