WEEK 22 2014
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17 March 2002
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Saturday - I did a bit of yard work in
the morning, moving a bit of dirt around. The jarring of the shovel and
pick really bothered my hands, I guess they haven't quite recovered, so
I left most of it for another day. I discovered a toad in the new
planter; I guess I'll leave him some cover, though originally I was
just going to put in landscape fabric and rock between a few plants, to
economize on waterings. I put a couple of old roof tiles down - between
Riley and the ravens he's living on the edge....
I bought some new bird netting, but will wait for help to get it over the tree.
the watering schedule to 'every day' has helped the front lawn
tremendously, the bare spots are now showing growth and the color has
turned from a yellow-green to a deeper green. I'm sure the fertilizer
helped too, but it generally doesn't do much for the bare spots - which
is usually a sign of hard soil, something the gypsum should help with
The marigolds in the planters don't seem too
happy. It hasn't been ferociously hot or anything, so I'm not sure
what's going to happen with them. Well, they're cheap, if they die off
it's not a big issue.
out to lunch with friends, R&C. We went to the Olive Garden - it's
a while for me, maybe a year or more. Seems like prices have gone up,
$19 for the 'Tour of Italy' plate that I usually get. The nice thing
about a late lunch is that there is no waiting, important when you've
small children with you!
we swung by Trader Joe's and picked up some stuff. I'd recommended
their house single malt, but they didn't have any in stock. I did pick
up a bottle of their house Merlot, just on spec. R, like myself, is
supposed to drink a glass of red wine every day, and like me, sort of
got out of the habit when he got busy, so this was my way of
evening my jaw was sore - too much eating and talking I guess, and I
was glad to get home and take a painkiller and antibiotic.
- Speaking of "everything is broken" in software - my library woes continue. I
received a notice that an ebook was in, but can't download it because
(it says) I am putting in the wrong account number. I'm actually
reading it from the back of the actual physical card as I'm typing it in,
and I verified
that the PIN was correct earlier in the week. So...? Naturally you have
only four days to download it. I'll see if I can get by the library
Not too much else going on. A spot of yard work, and a bunch of app stuff.
iOS gotcha: the affine scale transformation in animation makes a bitmap
of the view that you are scaling, and just scales that,
rather than doing a redraw during and after the animation. In other
words, if you have a 300x200px image, and you've set it as a 30x20px
thumbnail, when you scale up the view it's in, iOS just scales the
reduced bitmap, so you end up with a big blurry image. Gahhh.
Thursday 28 May
- Warm, but cooler than yesterday. Some high clouds. The humidity is up
as well, but the lower temps mean the swamp cooler is still effective,
though it gets pretty humid inside the house at times.
down 50# of gypsum, front and back. I'll wait a week and then put down
another 50#. And maybe some bone meal mixed in. Actually I have a book
on lawns that I picked up for 25 cents at a yard sale, I'll see what it
says. I' pretty sure aeration and dethatching is in order, but don't
have the hand and back strength for it right now! If the lawn tractor
was working there are dethatch and aeration tools you can buy, but it
isn't, and I'm giving it away anyway.
I noticed that the grass in back, under the fruit trees where I fertilized with orchard food, is growing at a much faster rate of the rest of the lawn. I mean, an inch a day or more! Crazy. I don't want that, I just want green and healthy.
to the dentist, and he looked, and it is probably a bad root canal. I
don't want to spend the money on it right now, but it'll need to get
done eventually. I did get a prescription for painkillers and
amoxycillin, but didn't feel too energetic for the rest of the day.
I need to get the app(s) OUT, and therefore vast sums of money IN, so I
can pay for a new post and crown (best case) or maybe an implant (worst
In other news, I
found a little piece of rope while cleaning the house, probably one of
Suzy's first toys. When I showed it to her she went absolutely nuts,
grabbing it in her mouth, growling at me and then hiding under some
furniture with it. Later she brought it out and dropped it at my feet,
eager to play. Who says cats don't remember being a kitten?
Wednesday 28 May
Wednesday - I made an appointment to
see the dentist about that bothersome molar. The specialist had warned
me back in March that the infection might come back, and last week it
started aching. Woke me up in the middle of the night recently. It
might be cracked, it might have a post that wasn't deep enough, but in
any case it's probably major $$. So, I've an appointment for tomorrow.
In the meantime Ibuprofen is my friend...
and windy. I put weed-n-feed on the grass in the front and back yards,
and some of the dry fungicide. I need to put some gypsum down, but the
winds started kicking up and I didn't want the powder blowing all over
my and my neighbor's cars. I also set the front yard watering time to
'daily', from 'every other day'. It's actually predicted to cool down
for a couple of days, but summer is here.
I thinned the peach
tree a week or two ago - over a hundred fruit. But now I need to cover
the peach tree with nets, which is always a pain. My nets are old and
torn up, but I hate to go buy new ones. On the other hand it's a pain
to try to repair them as well. Stupid birds.
Speaking of which,
I think there was a ratty looking road runner eating the bird seed the
other day. A fairly large bird, bigger than a pigeon, anyway. I'll try
to get a picture.
stopped by the little branch library in Quartz Hill, and they claim my
account is unchanged and should work. Hmmm. Maybe the database was down
got an email from the library in the evening, that an ebook was
available for me. Huh. First time that's happened in a while, have to
see if I can download it to the kindle, ipad, or nook.
- Mowed the back yard. Put in the pebbles in the front, and carried a
few flowerpots out and placed them. Did dishes. Cleaned out the upstairs
office again - it was getting just too cluttered. But most of the stuff
I just piled in the library, so I'll need to clean that
at some point. Put away the clothes that I washed yesterday, mostly.
I'm going through my shirts, purging them, too small, too torn, too stained, etc.
cleaning I noticed a couple of books sitting out, unshelved. And
remembered that I'd read these, several weeks ago, but forgot to add
them to the list. Old SciFi that I probably bought new in the 1980's.
Therefore we have Book #23, The Unwilling Warlord, by Lawrence Watt-Evans.
Book #24 was The Wizard and the War Machine, again by Lawrence Watt-Evans.
first book is in a series that has a number of books I haven't read.
I'm not sure I enjoyed these enough to buy another, even at Amazon
ebook prices. They fall in the category of "realistic fantasy", i.e.
there is magic, but the people are just normal people. Think of a
somewhat less violent 'Game of Thrones' world. Actually, despite being written in the 80's, they kind of give off a 50's vibe. Hard to describe, but it's there...
received an email from the Los Angeles Public Library that I needed to
renew a couple of books. When I tried to log in I had an "incorrect user name or password"
message pop up. This hasn't changed for me in years and I used it just
a couple of weeks ago. Looking at it I noticed that the login page
style and colors has changed, and that it now specifically
states that password has to be the last four digits of your phone number. My card is ancient, and I strongly suspect that I have no number or the wrong number on file.
I'll have to physically drive over to the library, stand in line, and
hang out with the bums, wino's, and screaming four year olds that make
up the majority of the visiting patrons to get this fixed.
Thank you COLAPUBLIB, for making my life just a little worse. It's these little things that count, after all...
Speaking of morons and software, there's a wonderful little essay out, entitled "Everything is Broken", by one Quinn Norton.
|Once upon a time, a friend of mine accidentally took over thousands of computers.|
had found a vulnerability in a piece of software and started playing
with it. In the process, he figured out how to get total administration
access over a network. He put it in a script, and ran it to see what
would happen, then went to bed for about four hours. Next morning on
the way to work he checked on it, and discovered he was now lord and
master of about 50,000 computers. After nearly vomiting in fear he
killed the whole thing and deleted all the files associated with it. In
the end he said he threw the hard drive into a bonfire.
And goes on from there. It's a mostly true snapshot of the
software environment at this point in time, if a bit over the top.
Software of all kinds sucks. Stuff that affects everyone's lives sucks.
- Memorial Day. I put my flag out, as did one other person. Lot's of parties and loud music until nearly midnight.
And one guy, washing his car truck, from noon until about 7pm. Life's too short....
- Another day mostly spent helping A&L move. Starting to get hot, in the low 90's in the afternoon.
One thing I did yesterday
was to grab about 20 moving boxes out of the eaves in my garage, which
helped a lot. There was some furniture, and a bunch of other things,
but I think the house was at 90% moved by the end of the day. A bunch
of little things left - the boys closets and pictures on the walls,
but the big stuff was done.
S helped, she's known them for years, and helped L set up the kitchen at the new place. We bought a nice lunch for
everyone - chicken from Albertson's, as well as home made pizza on
Saturday night. With the kitchen in the process of being
moved I think this was a really helpful thing.
I found two parties going on in the neighborhood when I got home. So
that's five, so far, for the holiday weekend.