WEEK 32 2014
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17 March 2002
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Saturday - Hot out. Went to yard sales in the morning, lunch was down at the Yard House in Palmdale.
I had a late night Friday (wide awake until after 1am!) and ended up falling asleep while reading in the afternoon.
In the even I went over to R&S's and we watched some movies that were streaming on Netflix; Muscle Shoals,
about the recording studio in a little town in Alabama that's famous
for producing great songs (and it's competitor across town, equally
prolific, run by the 'Swamp Boys'), and Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings, about the worlds best Ukelele player. Both very entertaining in a low key (heh) sort of way..
- Hot again, pushing 100F officially, unofficially probably beating that.
decided to mow this morning, the grass in the backyard in particular
was about 6" high, and finished both the front and back. Was feeling
more than a little warm by the time I was done. No edging or weed
whacking, maybe this weekend.
Apropos of that: on Monday I
noticed the gardener across the street with a leaf blower (at 7:30am!).
I didn't think much of it, until he started blowing the leavings and
dirt across the street into the gutter in front of my house.
The one I am always having to shovel partially rotted gunk out of. I
looked straight at him and shook my head "NO" and he stopped. In fact
he not only stopped, but put his blower in the back of his old pickup
and drove away. Hah.
I have a friend who always wondered why
her rose bed was always full of leaves and debris, and put it down to
Lancaster winds and living nearly at the end of a cul-de-sac. That is
until she happened to be home from work one day and saw the neighbor's
gardener blowing stuff into her flower beds!
I think I'll talk to the homeowner, this is just laziness on the part of the gardener.
has now learned to jump up into the small peach tree - I'll have to
come up with a barrier. In general I may need to raise the walls in the
side yards and make the wooden front facing walls less climbable.
At least now I know the answer to the question about why cats climb trees - to get to the birds.
Book #34 was Objective-C for Dummies, by Neal Goldstein. Antique, but I enjoyed it and got, I think, some good things out of it.
Thursday 7 August
- It's starting to get hot, almost 100F again. For some reason I therefore decided to do yard work in the morning...
thing was to get the sticks and branches and logs out of the Explorer,
tossing them over the wall. Then I swept and vacuumed the Explorer.
Next was to move some dirt into the new planter, in this case about
five or six wheel barrow loads. I watered it a bit, and I'll let it
settle, before putting another 'lift' in. Then it'll be weedblock and
some river rock. I put a drip head on one of the sprinklers there for
use with the plants, but I can't find my 1/4" poly tubing, which is
annoying. It's cheap stuff, but it means another trip to Home Depot.
Then I trimmed a few low hanging limbs from the fruit trees, I'm really
tired of crouching down to the ground every time I have to mow under
there, and the grass there needs mowing...
a rest, shower and lunch I worked on the app until early evening.
Actually I was mostly reading the Goldstein book, a lot of good stuff
in there. I did work a bit on a graphical background for the new app,
code name 'NOPE'.
went out in the evening, and it's a nice waxing moon, more gibbous than
I expected. Not much to see starwise because of that, but I think that
Mars is in the southeast sky.
Wednesday 6 August
Wednesday - Warm and sunny again. In the 90's, nothing too special.
went over to S's place, and had lunch with her and Kirk. We discussed
the negation app, and some of the issues for the settings page. I just
need to get on things and get it done.
S said her mother had a
major sewer backup, and had to call in cleaners it was so bad. This was
after a plumber removed stuff last week, and after a roto-rooting job
just before the 4th of July. I keep telling people to get a video
inspection, some places do it for free, but it hasn't happened yet.
I picked up the last of the firewood from their driveway - I took most
of it before the 4th, but there was a little pile still left, and I
think Roger and Kirk want to try to park the Volvo's side by side and
the branches were in the way. I brought my tarp, so the Explorer won't
get too dirty, and I'll unload them tomorrow, over the wall. Which
reminds me, I still need to get out with the chain saw and cut a pile
of limbs down to size.
alarmingly I found a piece of tooth in my food. It looks, after
inspection with my tongue, that a bit of molar has come off. There's no
pain, but I guess it's another expensive dentist visit soon.
- Warm and sunny.
cats and I were out for an hour in the morning. There are a number of
huge flying beetles about, not too much smaller than a small
hummingbird, and the cats watch them with great interest. The beetles
are far too fast to catch, and fly a good four or five feet above the
ground. They aren't grasshoppers or crickets, so I'm not sure what they
Working on the app in the afternoon. Mostly just reviewing
stuff I'd done, trying to figure out how to simplify things and improve
the programming. S had bought several old iOS books at a thrift store
for 75 cents, Xcode 3 and 4 stuff, but there's still some good meat in
there. One is Goldstein's book: Objective-C for Dummies, written back before ARC (2009!),
but still with some good points.
remembered to put out the trash, for once. I put the pail of rotten
fruit in, but accidentally spilled a bit of the putrid liquid on myself
- despite having the lid closed on the old kitty litter container. OMG.
Eventually I had to throw my clothes in the wash, and shower myself, it
was that bad!
I need to 'weed and feed' the lawn, the dandelions are rising up in rebellion once again.
In the evening I finished Book #33, Origins of a D-List Supervillain, by Jim Bernheimer. This is the prequel to 2011's Book #91, Confessions of a D-List Supervillain, and was quite well done.
- Mixed clouds, but clearing up a bit. Still humid.
picked up a few more (20) landscape blocks for the back planter, since
I was at Home Depot on other business anyway (window insulation). I
need perhaps another 10, but that's on the end I'm letting go fallow
until winter, to provide cover for Mr. Toad, so there's no urgency. I
noted that there has been minor subsidence in a couple of places, but
only of consequence enough to make me restack it, in one place.
Some of the near dead plants in pots have come back, just from sitting neglected over in the planter. Huh.
working in the yard I picked up some of the apples that had fallen from
the tree, and opened the little bucket that I leave them in ... big
mistake. It had gone rather putrid and really stank. Gah.
a bit on the app, then S came by with some notes on the "new new app".
We had considered a 'Latin Squares'/Sudoku like training app ("the new
app"), but then decided to reduce things even further down from there,
hence the "new new app". The 'look and feel' will be similar to what I
was working on, and the internals will be similar, but it teaches
something different. It will be so similar in L&F, in fact, that my
current problem with disappearing views will still be a problem...
was so excited that I forgot to stop programming until late, and ended
up wide awake at 2am. I hate that, I don't bounce back from late nights
like I did when I was 20.
Things are progressing with the State, apparently.
looking at Tumblr I ran across a picture someone had posted of a
scuttle Clemson Class 4-piper, on the Napa River about a mile from Mare
Island. Wow. There aren't any in existence any more, they were mostly
all scrapped due to the Washington Naval Treaty in the 1930's (and
sorely missed in the beginnings of the 1940's!). There's just a hulk
left, but you know, that's enough to start a restoration!
The former USS Corry, DD-334:
- Humid and overcast again. Indeed, while I sat outside with my morning
coffee it was sprinkling. Then it turned to rain. The kittens were not
happy and stayed on the patio mostly. It was a cool day and while I had
to run a fan to keep the house cool it wasn't as bad as it's been.
should point out that the overcast and clouds and rain coincides, once
again, with the dark of the moon. My brother emailed to say there was a
nice star/moon/planets conjunction going on, but this just wasn't meant
to be an astronomical weekend.
forgot to mention, Friday I'd gone over and helped R&K install a
new ceiling fan in Kirk's room (this was part of the reason the garage
shelf thing hadn't advanced much). I had a small fan sitting in the
small bedroom, still in its box, that I bought two years ago and never
used, so when he mentioned that his was bad I volunteered it. It went
in quickly enough. The trickiest part was figuring out which circuit on
the much modified house built in the 1970's the fan was on, the rest
was pretty much straightforward. The old fan, even after we cleaned the
blades and tried to balance it wobbled alarmingly, the new fan is quiet
and very stable.
Afterwards I asked him when his fan went bad, and he said "About the time I was born I guess." Apparently it's always been broken.
Of course K only got to enjoy it for 24 hours, before heading out hiking in Yosemite with friends...
did a bit of work on the app in the afternoon, trying to get the
UIViews to show up. Debug statements say that they are there, and positioned and of a size to be clearly visible, but
despite various efforts, including writing a little test case just for
this and setting everything else to transparent, nothing was visible on screen. Nothing, nada, zippo.
Not much else going on.