WEEK 20 2015
Tue- Wed- Thur-
Picture of the Week
This Week, 2003
this week, 2004
Years Ago, this week, 2005
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Years Ago, This Week, 2009
Years Ago, This Week, 2010
Saturday - Not much to say, just working away
Amusing: the Blue Griffon people also want you to pay to create a table. I
guess the plan was to monetize KompoZer. I suspect it didn't work out. I,
for one, have a lot of old table templates handy...
Friday - Spent the morning
working on the app. Not a very productive morning, but I found another bug,
so that's something...
Just mostly cleaned around the yard and house in the afternoon, did some
Books so far:
14 May 2015
Grey and cool, a bit windy. By midday we had sprinkle's, which turned into a
light rain by late afternoon. Well, any rain is a godsend right now.
G was going to come by and work in the afternoon, but the weather wasn't
good enough (although the rain would have kept the dust down).
I worked on the app. I gave up on Apple's transformation function and wrote
my own - elapsed time 10 minutes. I wasted the better part of a day
on trying to get theirs to work reliably. I'm sure it does, if you hold your
mouth right, but time is money.
No one answered my SO question. Oh well. I can finesse that bit by using
multiple 'containers' it seems. Stupid, but there it is.
Apple has a grand total of two examples for UIAccessibility BTW. One is
ancient and simple and deprecated, and one is new(-ish, iOS7) and shiny and
complicated - and asks if it can modify my
key chain and cert's when I try to run it. No,
no and no!
Did I say no? NO.
Tomorrow I'll work on enabling Notifications for device rotations and such.
The UIView automatically picks up rotations and the view rotates properly,
but the screen layout changes wrt the hardware coordinates, which means
emptying the UIAccessibility Containers and refilling with the correct
updated frames for the Accessibility Elements for whatever the new
orientation is. Bah.
Wednesday 13 May
Wednesday - A nice day, actually.
I worked on the app in the morning, and still can't get the transform from
view to screen coordinates to work right. It's mathematically trivial, but
it doesn't work for me and I don't know why. I can easily write my own, but
any programmer worth his salt has a touch of OCD. I'll try a couple of other
things, then bag it and use a method of my own, rather than the canned
thing. I understand it's changed in iOS 8 anyway, so why knock myself out?
I also did a year-by-year backup, from the web site, of all my blog files.
It took a while - 13+ years, at 52 separate weekly posts per year. I put
them in separate yearly folders, so I could check on them individually as
they downloaded. Then I burned a CD of them and the images. I've done this
before, but couldn't find them...
G came by and we excavated some more, and exposed the sprinkler lines that
need to be moved and capped. Tomorrow we'll get some base, sand and pavers,
In the evening S and I went over to the lab for the class project. So
noisy... I really wish I could do After Effects at home.
Tuesday - A nice day, coolish, with a bit of a
breeze. We may get another Alaskan storm later in the week they say.
I did some shopping in the morning, and priced some yard construction
materials - ouch! Traffic was insane around town - visiting just Walmart and
Home Depot and Lowe's took over two hours.
G showed up around lunchtime, and we
mowed and edged the front yard, mowed the back, and started excavating for
the patio and path pavers. By 'we' I mean he
mowed and dug and did pick-work and I supervised...
I loaned him a pair of leather boots - people using a pick in tennis shoes
make me nervous.
Book #26 was Monster
Hunter Alpha (Monster Hunter International #3), by Larry Correia. Heh.
And I've a couple more on order from the library.
Monday - Doing bills and various housekeeping
things in the morning.
Class in the afternoon. I took a pass on the project for this week, it'll be
due next week. We had our last lecture, and got assigned our final project,
which doesn't look too hard, and isn't due until June 1. And the instructor
talked a bit about the final, which sounds pretty comprehensive. Bad news
for someone with a memory like mine.
Book #25 was Monster
Hunter Vendetta (Monster Hunter International #2), by Larry Correia.
What can I say, they're amusing. Our hero managed to annoy a Lovecraftian
'great old one' in another dimension in the first book, and it has,
essentially, put a hit out on him in our dimension - so all sorts of evil
creatures are after him.
No replies to the SO post.
Sunday - Another nice day. I decided to eat
breakfast on the patio.
Unfortunately the guy down the street, who just moved in, is a metal 'music'
fan. In particular, of that metal variant where the vocalist essentially
just screams into the microphone, not words
mind you - just screaming. For hours
he played this stuff, starting in the morning at about 8:30am while he
putzed around detailing his car. So, I didn't do much outside.
I did measure things out back, so I can gen up a landscape plan for the
'Cash-For-Grass' people at the water district.
I did two things for the app. One was to post a question on StackOverflow
about the problem.
Secondly was to try putting each row in a separate container. That actually
works, but it's a hack, and complicates things. though it's not really a big
deal with this app. Hopefully someone from SO will respond with a simpler
Book #24, was International
(Monster Hunter International #1), by Larry Correia. This is kind of a
silly book, but I felt like reading something silly - "monsters
are real and the government gives you a bounty to kill them (and keep it
secret)". Lots of violence and mayhem involving vampires, zombies,
Apparently there's a whole series.
I should have gone over to S's place and worked on my Adobe After Effects
project, but didn't feel like it. I really dislike the whole program, so
I'll just take a pass or something on this particular project, maybe. Or
just turn it in next week.
My brain is refusing to even think about it while wrestling with iOS stuff.
Amusing. If you want an image to link to something (as I do every week with
the Picture Of The Week) the Blue Griffon people want you to buy
an addon. It's actually a standard HTML item, so I'm just going to
hand code it from now on I guess. Unless I download the source code and
Huh. And now it won't allow an image and link at
all. Pretty effed up - I guess the BG people are either evil or
incompetent, maybe a bit of both. Ah well, I'll find something else