WEEK 23 2018
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Saturday - Warm.
Book #21 was Black
Storm, by David Poyer, 7th in the internal order. This doesn't take
place at sea, but rather ashore in Iraq, during the lead up to the invasion.
There were some results from the bloodwork for Jim, but not all of
them. So far: no bad results. He does like the new food, which is
supposedly scented to make it smell like tasty road kill or something - I've
been giving him quite a bit and he is keeping it down. He was a bit
dehydrated, so the vet did give him some injections yesterday.
He wasn't actually showing any serious signs of distress (other than
vomiting all the time), but he seems happier today.
They should have more results on Monday.
He is five, almost. Hard to believe.
Working in the garage, doing stuff that doesn't tweak my back, getting
organized in there again. It was getting hard to move around, let alone
build a bunch of window screen sets. Just putting up a couple of
shelves took hours. I ran out of matching brackets, so I'll hold off
on putting more up.
I moved the LED shop lights over the benches the other day, but one has
already failed. Sigh. They came with the house, so they could be
a decade old. They are about $20 for a 3200 Lumen unit, and I should
get three or four of them.
One nice thing is that I have lots of other storage, out in the RV shed and
containers, so everything doesn't have to fit in the garage!
Friday 8 June 2018
Hot, 100F and more.
I took the Explorer in for an oil change, tire rotation, and air
conditioning recharge. Scott's says the rear brakes are low, but OK
until the next oil change.
The a/c is icy cold now, which will be nice for the usually hot trip through
the central valley and coastal mountains.
The Explorer rolled over 270,000 yesterday, btw.
I took Jim into the Vet. They took blood for testing, did an x-ray and
ultrasound, and didn't really come to any firm conclusion. They are
sending the x-rays to a specialist, and gave me some special food and said
to keep him separate from the other cats with his own litter box, to see how
well he's eliminating.
I did a bit of work on the app, researching the new movie player, but it
wasn't a particularly productive day.
My friends son K is graduating in late July from OCS. He'll be
assigned to the USS
New Orleans, LPD-18, one of those huge San Antonio class LPD's, for
his first assignment. Eventually he'll be a nuke guy, but I guess they
season you on the other types first tour.
I mean, diesel's, nukes, no big difference, am I right?
Thursday 7 June 2018
Warm, but not crazy.
I did a 6.1 miles walk in the morning, the mild temperature and a light wind
making it fairly nice.
The cat, Jim, is still vomiting quite a bit. I have to take the
Explorer into town for an oil change, tire rotation and a/c recharge, I'll
see if I can fit a veterinarian visit in as well.
Some more of Dave Poyer's "Dan Lenson" novels have showed up from the
library (shown below in red). I screwed up and 'The Threat is actually an
audio CD. Then again I suppose I can save it for the trip to the coast
in a few weeks.
In "internal order", and noting those I've read in bold, the series
- The Circle [Ship Class: Gearing,
Disposition: torpedoed,rammed - sunk] ,
- The Med [Ship Class: Wasp,
Disposition: -no damage],
- The Passage [Ship Class: Kidd,
Disposition: naval gunfire, -afloat],
- Tomahawk [Ship Class: Iowa,
Disposition: -no damage],
- The Gulf
[Ship Class: Perry,
hit, shore gunfire - sunk],
- China Sea [Ship
Disposition: -naval gunfire, -afloat],
- Black Storm,
- The Command,
- The Threat,
- Korea Strait,
- The Weapon,
- The Crisis,
- The Towers,
- The Cruiser [Ship
- Tipping Point,
- Hunter Killer,
Wednesday 6 June 2018
Wednesday - Hot, but not crazy hot, and
cooling off early.
Doing a bit of this and that - helping the neighbors with a couple of
Tuesday - Hot and dry.
Working away on the app. I wonder if all my problems were a result of
GIT? I doubt it. Some, for example, were the Simulator throwing an
error where there isn't one. I'd actually seen that one before, and after
finding the solution on Stack Overflow remembered: the solution is to change
the breakpoint trigger to Objective-C only.
My reflective screening showed up. The FedEx guy drove right up to the
house, about six from the door, where the lawn would normally be - a fence
and some Xeriscaping is on the agenda, but not right away. Now I have to
build frames for the screens.
Voted. Not much to say there. Not a big Gavin Newsom fan.
Actually I'd have to think hard to come up with any California
politician I like.
Monday - Hot and dry again, though only in the
Got a couple of letters, of the type you don't want to get: one from the
Franchise Tax Board and another from the Los Angeles County Tax
But it turned out OK, the State just wanted $25.12.
The tax people were sending me my new appraisal notification, which is about
125% of what I actually paid. The appraisal seems a bit high, but I'm not
sure if it's worth contesting. I'll look into it.
I installed the 16GB of RAM from Crucial (Micron re branded) in the
morning. It went well, though I had to re-seat one stick when only 8GB
showed up after the first attempt. No swap used!
With a typical load-out of Xcode, Simulator, Safari and Gimp all running.
Worked on the app in the afternoon and early evening. I'm trying to
clean up the GIT mess on the last
version. This seems to be proceeding, at least from the command line.
I eventually was able to merge everything right down to the 'master', after
six hours of work. Tomorrow I'll see if it can actually produce an
What did people do, in prehistoric times before having StackOverFlow
as a resource?
Here is a typical error message: "Files cannot be merged because there
are unmerged files..."
Apropos of Git stuff, GitHub was acquired
by Microsoft today for $7.5 Billion. Billion with a "B".
And Apple just put all that work into integration...
No one is sure why Microsoft bought GitHub, it's been losing about
$100M/year, but the best guesses are (1) steal the best of the open source
stuff there and then kill it off, or (2) they just want name recognition as
a big player in the cloud space, and this is one way to do it. We'll
see. Lots of freaked out Linux and Open Sources types on the forums.
Sunday - Hot and horrible. About 100F, but
with nearly single digit humidity. The swamp cooler is working well.
I did go grocery shopping in the morning with S, but didn't really get all
that much - the stores were very crowded, this being the first Sunday of the
month. I'd planned to go to Home Depot, but by the time we were done it was
pushing 11am and I had ice cream and meats in the cooler that really needed
to be in the fridge. No rush I suppose.
Saw another car (pickup actually) run a red light, turning left from K-8
across six lanes of traffic on 10th street.
I almost ran a light myself later, but in my defense I was distracted by
emergency vehicles coming up behind me...
My back is much better, stiff in the morning and after sitting, but I am
much more flexible.
Nine years since Dad passed. Time goes by so fast.