WEEK 2 2017
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Saturday - Sick.
Battling cats are a PITA when you are not feeling well.
Friday - Cloudy and
windy. Sick as a dog.
Thursday 12 January
Cloudy and gusty weather.
Started feeling a tickle in my throat in late afternoon, and immediately hit
the multivitamin jar. I really don't want a flu or a cold right
now. I never got around to getting a flu shots, and I was around all
sorts of strangers last weekend, so...
I fiddled around with the STARS model from Steve (the only remaining NetZero
mail user in the world) without a lot of immediate progress. But stuff
is coming back to me, the executive deck, the parameters, the log file, the
various CARD types.
I installed minGW on the Win10 laptop (which I should name!) so I have VI
and a FORTRAN compiler (and C and C++) available, so I feel less like I'm
wearing boxing gloves when working with the data. I still haven't gotten a
working model out of NSTARS, but I will.
Note: spellcheck changed Fortran to FORTRAN. Technically Fortran-90
and all versions since FORTRAN-77 are Fortran with just the first character
Wednesday 11 January
Wednesday - Cool and mildly overcast. A
big storm is predicted to be blowing in again.
Did some shopping. Out of cat food, wet and dry, and of kitty litter.
Also out of birdseed, ice cream, milk, and some other stuff.
S's daughter called and said their house, in near sea level Emeryville, had
a bit of flooding caused by a high water table level after their huge
rainstorm! Other than that she likes the new place - hasn't seen vomit or
human feces on the sidewalks yet, she said. Which says something about
what San Francisco is like these days.
My brothers rain gauge in Martinez recorded over 3" last weekend:
Over 3" in a single weekend, in Martinez.
Cleaning up the house here a bit, re-organizing stuff, and generally trying
to get my brain back into programming mode. Installed some programming
libraries on the Win10 laptop. Trying to get a Fortran compiler on it, but
am unsure of what to pick. I always liked Intel's compilers, but $700
is a bit rich for my blood. I suppose gFortran.
Updated the web pages a bit. Added another year to the top, and
finally fixed the color spectrum. Also fixed the Weather Underground
links to Oxnard, Lancaster and Concord, that the Weather Channel broke last
year by moving stuff around on their recently purchased WU site.
It occurs to me that the Mac, as a Unix derivative (BSD, Darwin), probably
has a command line ftp/ftps client, more than likely, which is good enough
for what I do. I'll try that tomorrow. Supposedly there is a way to do
it through the Finder as well.
Tuesday - Installing more software onto the
MacBook Pro. Sigh. This all takes forever.
Audacity, Gimp, Blue Griffon among other things.
Oddly I can't find a free ftp client - I was using Yummy, but they
now want $30. I tried the lite version of Commander One, but
it didn't work - no transfer and no error message. Sigh.
There's Filezilla, but I hear bad things about SourceForge, though
they claim to have seen the light about not installing malware on peoples
Monday - Cool and mixed weather, sprinkles at
Very tired, naturally. But by mid-morning I had enough strength to go over
and help S unload the van(s). Some of this was going into their
college-aged boys room, so we took a couple of hours to clean out a lot of
the junk in there, hang some pictures, vacuum, and then unload the stuff and
arrange it in there. Then we returned some other furniture to her work
office, then finally filled up the vans gas tank to the appropriate level
and dropped it off at 2:55pm - it was due in at 3:00pm!
Since my trash bin was empty I went over and collected the older derelict
stuff, and will knock it apart for disposal.
An interesting experience coming back: while driving up the grade to the top
of the CA-138 near Wrightwood it was stormy and raining hard.
And...believe it or not...there was a dust storm going on at the same time!
Sunday - In San Diego all day, then heading
back in the evening.
We had hoped to be on the road by mid-morning, but A found a good
place to stay, and since we were there, we moved a bed and some furniture to
the new place.
We were also slower than expected loading the vans - there was more than I
expected, and since it was nice furniture it needed to be carefully tied
down, so as to avoid damage (and mars from the tie down restraints).
So, in mid-evening, we left.
We arrived in Lancaster about 2am, then I took the high school boy back out
to his parents, who were very happy to get him back....
Essentially we only cleared out one room of about seven, plus a full
garage. S's mom is, naturally, loathe to part with her possessions,
but they just won't fit into a small place and the costs of storing it all
would be hundreds of dollars per month. We tried to get her to set
apart the actual stuff that was valuable to her for storage, rather than
random stuff that has just accumulated, but....