WEEK 20 2018
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Saturday - Reasonable weather.
I worked on the fence with P for a bit, and went into town and bought some
2x4's and some fencing material. We were back by mid afternoon, but I
was too tired to do much.
For some reason SFTP isn't working for uploads. Sometimes the hosting
company is doing stuff on the weekends and things don't work, so I'll try
again in a day or two. I don't think it's the new version of OSX or
the new drive, but I suppose it's possible.
Book Read So Far
Friday 18 May 2018
Warming up in the afternoon. Mid 80's I'd say.
The cats are still enjoying the grass, though not as obsessed with it as
they were the other day. I started some for S's cats as well.
I did more work on the new bench in the garage, only to run into a
roadblock. The 2x4's that I bought the other day, that aren't even
nominal 2x4's in cross section, also turned out to be 92" in length, not
96! I need full length for the shelves underneath, so it was a
I was unwilling to go into town for just a couple of 2x4's. I could
always just cut some short pieces and join them with a doubler, but I need
to go into town this weekend for other stuff, so it will keep until
then. I could return the existing lumber, but I'm sure I'll find a use
The tax lady is done with stuff, and I can pick it up and sign for it on
That abscess in my jaw was hurting again in the late afternoon and evening.
Thursday 17 May 2018
Nice weather. I went for a 3.5 mile walk in the morning, dropping off
that letter to K at the market mailbox. I suppose I could use the
"flag" to send from my own mailbox, but apparently there is a issue with
mail theft around here, on occasion. This also happens in town, my
friends with individual mailbox's say, so this is no reflection on the
honesty of AA people specifically but rather on the general decline of the
morals of the US.
Speaking of mail and missing things, it's been a while since I sent my
change of address into the DMV, and I haven't heard a thing. I guess I
need to check into that next week.
I did finally install the new solid state drive into the Mac Book Pro.
After a minor issue, due to my not plugging the connectors in firmly enough,
it seems to be working just fine. In particular the Simulator for Xcode now
boots in 13 seconds, instead of twenty minutes!
There was a nice new crescent moon in the west in the evening. Also a very
bright Venus in the west and Jupiter in the south-west.
Wednesday 16 May 2018
Wednesday - A nice day, not even
particularly windy (for the AV anyway).
The wheat grass I planted last week was three inches high already, so I
brought it out of the closed off bedroom and into the house for the
cats. They were so happy. I think they ate the whole planter
down about 2" by the end of the day. There was the usual vomitus
afterwards, but in a day or so they'll be used to it and that shouldn't be a
Met up with S for a quick overview of some of the stuff she's been doing on
the app. She's got some nifty artwork going, using sprites, for the
We had lunch out at Dickies, then I dropped her off and went and picked up
the rest of the 2x4's that I need, and another piece of plywood.
She gave me K's new address, so I'll mail that letter off tomorrow.
I went by Harbor Freight and picked up a set of small screwdrivers: what I
needed specifically was a Torx T6, so that I could get the hard drive out of
the Mac Book Pro laptop. I started, but couldn't proceed without it,
but now I can finish up tomorrow.
For future reference, the software I am using to clone the Mac Book is the
free version of Super
Duper, by Shirt Pocket. It's excellent, I recommend it.
There was a version of Acronis included with the hard drive purchase from
Crucial, but it seems to be only for Windows.
The cable I used is an Anker brand USB3-to-SATA, and it seems quite
spiffy. It took hours to move everything from the internal spinning
platter to the SSD, but the laptop then booted from the external version
(hit the option key when the MBP chimes on startup) just fine, indeed, maybe
even a little faster than the internal drive! We'll know soon.
Interestingly enough, while reading up on the new hard drive in reviews I
ran across a comment by someone who mentioned they'd increased their ram
to 16GB. I was surprised (as were other readers) since Apple
claims 8GB is the max, but apparently that was just a marketing move by
Apple to push sales of their more expensive 15" Mac Book Pro. Had I
known I would have tried that first, since I regularly hit 6.5 to 7+ GB with
Xcode, Simulator, and Safari running at the same time. Add in Gimp and
it's swapping to disk. And the new OSX uses a solid 250MB more than
the old one even when nothings happening - I guess it's Spectre/Meltdown
preventative changes to the code and all for the good, but RAM is getting
The tax lady called back, and we discussed things. Fortunately I had
already sent her the documents she needed, as the Mac was not
operational. But it sounds like I'm going to have to pay back some of
the health care premiums - all the house sales to help buy this place jacked
my income up, via capital gains, so it can't really be helped.
Book #17 will be Oregairu,
Volume 5, by Wataru Watari.
Book #18 will be Oregairu,
Volume 6, by Waturu Watari. I actually read fan translations of
these, as Yen Press is very slow in releasing, but they follow fairly
closely to the anime from a couple of years ago. The novels are a bit darker
than the animation, with more Japanese style ambiguity.
Apparently a new volume has been released this year, after a very long
hiatus (years), but there aren't any translations anywhere (even by fans)
My brother mentioned he is flying first class on a 737 to Connecticut.
Hmmph. I offered to send him some light reading, copies of the current
Airworthiness Directives for 737's (lots of wing and fuselage crack
advisories) but he declined.
Tuesday - It has cooled off, but the winds are
I did a 3.3 mile walk in the morning, about 9am. The start time is
late enough that my muscles aren't tight, early enough it isn't too
hot. But I needed my bandanna, nonetheless. So far I haven't
needed that #4 iron I've been carrying.
I'd left the trash bins by the southwest fence, and I noticed on walking
back that the wind loading was enough to bend the conduit the posts are made
out of. I am supposed to kennel my brothers dog for a few days next
week, I'll have to fix that. Also get some shelter out there.
The old bench from the garage could be re-purposed as a dog house I think.
I worked a bit on the new bench in the garage, cutting the legs to the
correct height and so on. I ran out of lumber to do the lower shelves,
so I need to make another run to the store.
Starting the second season of Stranger Things...
Fiddled with the scope a bit, got the eyepiece adapter working again.
The eyepieces themselves are filthy, so I'll have to clean them.
Monday - Temperatures were just below 80F,
some wind in the high teens. Not bad.
Spent the morning looking at some tax things, talked to Tim about it, tried
calling my tax people without success. I'm a bit disappointed in them.
The big problem is my own, and really wasn't their fault, but they aren't
I planted some of the wheat grass seed last week, it's already about two
inches tall. The cats will be happy I think.
Working on the app in the afternoon.
Sunday - "Happy Mothers Day!"
It's twenty years now since I could say that in person - make sure to tell
them you love them if you still have them around!
Happy Mothers Day Mom!
A nice day, not particularly windy.
I woke up about 4am yesterday or the day before, to a waning crescent moon
rising in the east. The new moon is next week I would think. I
need to find out what's wrong with the telescope. It may just be that
multi-eyepiece adapter and not the whole scope. Jupiter is high and
bright in the sky, just pass opposition. They say the Great Red Spot
is getting smaller, it could disappear any decade (or century) now...
I really need to get blinds on that window, the sunshine in the morning is
also waking me up early these days.
Apropos of solar angles and timing, I looked up how far north the sun rises
and sets. It's approximately equal to the tilt of the earth divided by
the cosine of your latitude, so 23.5 / (cos 34) = 29.5 degrees north
of due west. So if I was to put a pergola or sun blocking wall out
front for the office and bedroom windows, it would need to block sun from a
maximum about 30 degrees north of west, on June 21st.
I did go grocery shopping in the morning, as I was out of a lot of stuff.
I wrote another letter to K, away at OCS, but he's changed addresses again,
so I need to get that from his mother next week sometime.
Again, trying not to do a lot around the house.
Book #16 was The
Lawdog Files, by D. Lawdog and Larry Correia. This is a
collection of short stories (mostly true according to the author) of a
sheriff's officer's experiences in Bugscuffle, Texas. Obviously the
name has been changed to protect the innocent (and guilty). Fun, if
occasionally a bit sad.
I did go over for dinner with my neighbor A. I'd picked up some pie
and stuff as a gift in the morning. Walking over I saw when looked
like (to me and to others) the tracks of a sidewinder snake in the dirt
road. And a big one! I knew we had Mojave Greens, but was
surprised to learn that sidewinders
are also native to the Antelope Valley.
We watched the final episode of Season
1 of Stranger Things. Fun.