WEEK 25 2015
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Saturday - Very hot. It's difficult to compare
with the past week exactly, because the W.U. KWJF site is down (and the
widget above off by over 4 hours now), but probably about 103-105F. One
nearby site claims 112F, but it always ran high by several degrees...
Fortunately it's very, very, dry, with no afternoon thunderstorms, and the
swamp cooler is working extremely well.
It was still 'thumping', so I found some thicker oil in the garage (Zoom
brand) and re-lubricated it, and that helped a bit. Time for new bearings I
guess. After the beach holiday, probably.
I spent several hours working on front yard sprinkler heads. So were just
old, but a couple had been run over, and another, on the west wall lawn, had
a tree root wrapped around it. I also worked on the front rose bed a bit,
but by 11:30am I was completely beat.
In the afternoon I worked on the app, making some more changes to the
layered Gimp XCF versions of the prompts. S
needs to clean up my mediocre artwork again, but with the layered files she
should be able to turn stuff around quickly.
Amazon Prime to the rescue.
Suzy has darted out the back door twice
in the last week. It's not birds, butterfly's or lizards that she's after -
but my tall fescue. She makes a beeline for the lawn and starts chowing down
on the grass. Seeing this I'd ordered some cat grass seed early in the week,
and it has arrived. I'll plant a couple of flower pots full. And I'll give
some seeds to S, I noticed her big male was eating the withered dry brown
grass from last year in her pot on
the window sill. I was going to reorder from last years vendor, but noticed
that they were charging $4 for 0.8oz,
and another Amazon vendor had 1.0 lb for
$5, so I went with that :-)
My low-flow shower-head that I ordered also arrived, and screwed right onto
the existing fitting, so that should help with the water consumption. Now if
I could only get that $15 scale filter on the swamp cooler line to stop
leaking things would be in reasonable shape. I guess I'll buy another, swap
out the brass end fitting, and save the new one for next year. I just have
to remember not to throw the used one out before I remove the fitting.
Lastly I'd ordered the (too tight) replacement belts for my Hoover Upright.
I'll try something someone online suggested - heating one with a hair dryer
before putting it on, to allow some stretch. I'll have to borrow a hair
dryer from someone though...
Friday - Hot again. I could
see the tree moving in the wind when I woke up, and it stayed mildly breezy
all day, but still really warm. The Lancaster page (KWJF) for the Weather
Underground site is now broken too...
I had mowed the back earlier in the week, in order to find the sprinkler
heads; so I mowed, edged, and weed-whacked the front in the morning. I have
a few iffy sprinkler heads there as well, so I'll work on them tomorrow
S sent me some of her her candidate
artwork, so I messed around with it for a bit. I was going to use GIMP and
Photoshop on the old XP machine, but it wouldn't boot. I'm near or past the
end of the trial period for Win7 on the Mac Mini Bootcamp, so I didn't want
to use that. Despite my best
efforts I couldn't get GIMP to install on the MacBook, but discovered it will
run directly from the DMG! "Okeley Dokeley
then", sez I, "I can make that
work". And I did.
Something else came up, and I realized that I no
longer had a word processor. I had an old version of MS Office on
the old Win7 partition on the MacBook, but that's gone now. I can't get
Bootcamp running under Yosemite, I think bits of the old Parallels VM stuff
are still around. Someday I'll wipe down to bare metal and reinstall, after
we ship the app, and then I can put my legal version of Win7 back on.
After some futzing around I was able to install Libre Office under Yosemite,
which is good enough for now, so that's a step forward.
By 8pm I was tuckered out. Dinner was reheated rice and buffalo style
chicken breasts, with some Blue Cheese dressing to cut the burn.
At about 9:00 I happened to check the web, and discovered there was a bright
Space Station overpass at 9:20, so I went out and watched that. It was a
good one, bright and all the way from the NW to directly overhead and down
to the SE. There was a bit of a new moon, and some stars out (the Big Dipper
was directly overhead).
Suzy napping while I work. Note that she
got into the empty box for the external drive I bought
for use with Time Machine, and spread the contents around - and in
particular that she is
napping on the crinkly plastic wrap!
18 June 2015
Another 100F day. It's supposed to stay that way, and get hotter, for the
next week. I had to give my tomatoes an emergency drink of water - they and
the pepper were pretty wilted.
I noticed that Weather Underground is having problems, the clock in the
little badges above is off by three hours recently. The Weather Channel's
neglect of their purchased competitor gets more obvious all the time.
I did get out at 9am and do a long walk, 6.4 miles. While it was hot and I
drank all my water (a liter), I wasn't too
I forgot my ear-buds, sigh. I've put them in the little fanny pack now, so
they should be available whenever I go. The other day I'd a 1973 stream on,
because I wanted to hear Badfinger's 'Baby Blue'. Oddly, though a lot of
other top 40 stuff from my junior year in high school played, that didn't.
Somewhere I read that the song had a brief resurgence in popularity after
being the soundtrack to a 'Breaking Bad' episode. I've never watched that
show, so I wouldn't know.
Then app stuff until early evening.
I see that the OPM got hacked. Probably by the Chinese. And, like the NSA
and Snowden or Sibelius and Obamacare, no one will voluntarily resign or be
fired. Welcome to the world of governmental near-absolute authority without
Wednesday 17 June
Wednesday - Hot, about the same as
Not much else to say about that, except "Yeah
man, but it's a dry heat!".
I reset the lawn sprinklers, so they cycle twice: at just after 1am and 3am,
for a five minutes each, rather than one longer run at 5am. And only every
third day. Supposedly it's more efficient if you do it when it's cool to
avoid evaporation, and a little bit at a time, so it can soak in. I also
spent a bunch of time fixing and uncovering sprinkler heads in the backyard.
There's more work to be done there, even before Xeriscaping, but it got too
darn hot by late morning.
I really need to finish my Xeriscaping plan and send it off. One thing I
noticed last weekend, while out visiting yard sales, was the sheer number of
people doing it up here in the desert. Lots and lots. And funds are limited.
I also drained the swamp cooler and oiled the squirrel cage fan bearings and
tried to fix the scale filter leak, but there is still an audible thumping
and a leak, though it's better.
I think the "bearing oil" is too thin, it seems like 10W or so, I'd prefer
something more viscous I think. I just replaced those bearings, though maybe
the replaced bearings were the ones in the new swamp cooler, now that I
think about it.
I also ordered a couple of low-flow shower heads from Amazon, which might
Working on the app, the switch thing is pretty much under control now,
including the manual touches and the focus frame following a moved image.
Oddly enough, VoiceOver, the original iOS assistive technology, turns
off all the switch stuff when enabled. I was thinking WTH: someone
can have vision problems and
mobility issues after all. But there is a separate option to read assistive
labels under the switches stuff in the Settings, so it's OK I guess.
S sent me some updated graphics stuff for the app, so that good. It actually
looks like pretty spiffy stuff.
I'm about ready to start creating a final version again - I think it was
late February when Version.2 was more or less finalized (sans switches, sans
retina graphics), then rejected as too complicated.
For some reason I've accumulated a whole bunch of fruit:
- a half dozen apples,
- three pears,
- six bananas,
- a cantaloupe,
- a watermelon,
- a pound of blueberries,
- a bunch of grapes,
- a pound of cherries,
- twenty peaches off my tree.
Some of it is going bad, I can't eat it fast enough...
Tuesday - Hot again, 101F.
I took a walk in the morning, just 3 miles, but the first since I got sick a
couple of weeks ago. My legs were starting to cramp up from lack of
exercise. I did it in the morning before it became very hot, just 90F or
Another thing I did yesterday was bills, including quarterly taxes. The
taxes took several days
hours minutes to do.
It's midyear and stuff is starting to show up - car insurance, boat
insurance, stuff like that. Bah.
I did talk to Tim at length about some upcoming work. Inspection stuff that
will probably start in mid-July in Saticoy, and go for 8 weeks or so.
Other than that I fooled around with NSNotification stuff for most of the
afternoon. I thought I was going crazy until I realized that there were two
completely different ways to register as an observer for
notifications with "addobserver:"
that do NOT play well with each other. Apple, Apple, Apple...
Time to add more rusty nails to that sock.
Monday - Hot again, about 100F. But dry, the
swamp cooler is working well, though it needs to be on high to keep the
house below 80F inside.
S came by in the morning and we
netted the peach tree. We did it her way, winding it like a bandage around
the lower outer branches. The upper branches aren't bearing much fruit this
year (we pruned the heck out of it up there in late winter) and she said
birds are too stupid (or paranoid) to fly down through the open center to
get at the fruit.
In return I helped her load up a bunch of stuff from Costco, since R was off
at work. A lot of it is for the 4th of July vacation, now only a couple of
Still working with the switches. A little bug, that I originally thought was
my problem, is probably an iOS issue. Not a big deal, but it took some
debugging (all day) to figure it out. The focus frame, which now works fine,
emulates a physical touch, so I thought I'd try an
actual physical touch while it's running. And then the image moves,
but the focus frame doesn't. But in debugging I printed out the frame's
coordinates, which show it as moved...
I tried turning off the touch for the elements, but then the Bluetooth
switches didn't work. I tried bringing a transparent UIView to the front to
just block physical touches, but that then blocks the switches as well.
I think the Bluetooth focus cursor is displayed on the 'presentation' layer,
in front of everything else (including the transparent UIView that I used
'bringToFront' on). It's the final composition step, and usually developer's
don't have to worry about it, but in the case of UIAcessibilityElements...
Sunday - Another hot day.
I made a morning run with S to pick up some groceries. Mostly veggies, I'm
still living off stuff from the party a couple of weeks ago. I did need some