WEEK 20 2014
Mon- Tue- Wed-
Picture of the Week
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Saturday - Did yard sales with my
friends in the morning, picked up a couple of small items. One
place had this handsome guy outside:
odd day weather wise. It started out as if it was going to be in the
90's, then cooled right down and was overcast by sundown. Huh.
Book #19 was Like a Mighty Army (Safehold #7),
by David Weber. Another in the 'Safehold' series. If you've read one,
then you've read any of them. I long ago gave up on buying them, but it
showed up at the library, so....
And, I almost forgot, it being Week #20:
I'm a book behind, but whatever...
- Did some yard work, but my hands are aching again. Guess I overdid things this week.
did pick up some marigolds, which I'm going to pot, and then rotate
between the sunny back yard and the shady front yard. The bugs and
shade mean it hard to grow anything colorful in the ground there, so
this is a workaround. I had some rather beat up plastic pots from a
'curb alert' a month or two ago, and they rather smelled of dog urine
so I washed them in soap and water and Petzyme. I picked up some
spray paint and gave them a coat, inside and out. That seems to have
done the trick. They need a little more paint, but I can probably start
using them this weekend.
I also, as long as I had vehicles out
of the garage, painted the handles of various yard implements. The wood
handles were bare, and the fiberglass handles were leaving slivers of
glass fiber in my hands, so it was time.
Thursday 15 May
- Another warm day. But the humidity is also low, in the 10% range, so the swamp cooler is working well.
got a call from her mother, with all the fires in San Diego she had
evacuated to a friend's house, then tripped on their unfamiliar stairs
and broke her wrist, and spent an uncomfortable couple of hours in
urgent care alongside some fire victims. It never rains but it pours.
crazy down there. I said years ago - decades ago, now - that we need a
dedicated water bomber in the 1,000 ton class. The State of California
needs it - but what we are getting is a bullet train to nowhere. Every
time I see a newscast video of WWII era bombers and helicopters
doing the firefighting I cringe.
Wednesday 14 May
Wednesday - Not too much going on. Some app stuff, a few discussions with Tim about work. Warming up - I had the a/c on.
- Vacuumed and dusted the downstairs and stairs, much to the cats
dismay. They are getting braver however, and ventured out from under the bed
after I stopped in perhaps half an hour.
years ago I'd just finished repainting the house eaves here. They're
holding up pretty good in general, but the eaves in the back that face
directly south need a redo. I painted the patio eaves last year, I
think, but the underside white coat on the patio needs a redo as
Also, I noticed that the trim paint is completely
gone on the chimney trim. I can't recall if I repainted that or not in
2004 - it'd be hard to get too. In any case it's pretty much bare wood
Afternoon was spent on app stuff, mostly.
Tim called, he's in Ventura, and we discussed the inspection results
for the levee stuff .
- It's supposed to warm up, but it's only getting into the 70's
I couldn't stand looking at the long grass, so I mowed the back yard.
It's hard to enjoy your morning coffee looking at fescue a foot high
and going to seed! I may have lost my yard workers - they live a long
way aways and I can't expect them to show up like they did when they
lived two miles away... I took it easy, tied the safety bar so that I
didn't have to clench it, and pushed the mowed with my body as much as
possible, and took it easy manhandling it through the turns. And I
wasn't too much in pain afterwards, so that's good.
Afternoon was app stuff, reading up on iOS Core Animation mostly. Also
installed Drop Box and Google Drive on the machines I'm using.
- Another cool in the morning and windy later day.
I didn't actually do much. Still resting the hands. Fiddled with little
stuff, sprinklers and so on.
had given me a tough Calculus problem on Saturday night. It took me a
couple of hours to solve, I'm so rusty. Essentially it was a 'change of
variables' double integral problem. After the first change it looked
like you needed to do another, but that was a red herring. Actually you
just needed to expand out the polynomial - 5th order I think - and
individually solve them. You ended up with an term involving ln|x| from
0 to 1, which is undetermined at zero, making you think you were doing the problem wrong - but there was a similar but negative term
in another portion that canceled it out. All in all fairly tricky for
someone who last really studied this stuff in the 1970's...