WEEK 33 2016
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Saturday - Hot, 106F officially. 80F inside
the house by late afternoon. I had to turn on the mechanical a/c as an aid.
I went to yard sales with S and R, more out of boredom than anything
else. I picked up a file folder, a USB laptop cooler, and an unused
bandanna kerchief - all for a dollar. And a new-to-me metal rake,
since my old one fell apart this spring.
Lunch was Mahli's in Palmdale, my treat since I actually got paid a week
ago, and then everyone went to their respective homes and hid inside from
Actually I need to pick up the laptop cooler and the rake from them at some
Which reminds me: I've been meaning to build a yard tool holder for rakes,
shovels, and such like for a while, just haven't gotten around to it.
I have the little tines, I just need to drill and paint up a board and
attach the tines, and then (probably) attach it to the block wall.
Friday - Hot out.
Still unwell, though better than yesterday. I'd canceled my dental
appointment for the morning, glad I did.
On S's advice I took a Bonine tablet, and either that or time helped, and I
was able to keep food down by evening. Flat 7-up and some chicken soup
anyway, all I dared.
Book #37 was Hollow
City, by Ransom Riggs. The sequel to yesterdays book.
Entertaining, but not as good.
There's a third book, but it's still back ordered at the library.
Thursday 11 August
Feeling unwell, with quite the stomach upset. Something I ate or the
flu? Worked for a couple of hours in the morning, but really wasn't up
to much for the rest of the day. Antacids and (after painful
experience) nothing to eat and nothing but an occasional sip of water for
the rest of the day.
Book #36 was Miss
Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs. Entertaining.
Wednesday 10 August
Wednesday - Hot, a bit over a hundred I'd
Not much going on. Too hot to work outside...
Worked on the app. Had to debug an intermittent off-by-one thing, but
finally got it done about 6pm...
Tuesday - Average hot. High 90's.
Did my short morning walk, then did a bunch of necessary chores in the side
I'd heard some rustling, walking there in the evening yesterday, and was
concerned. With good reason: it looks like mice or rats had found the
bags of birdseed on the metal shelves near the chimney, and chewed them
open: the seed was scattered everywhere. So I cleaned things up and put the
birdseed into containers. I also had a box of diatomaceous earth
there, for which the bottom had fallen out, so I put that into containers as
well (my containers are actually old kitty-litter containers, the 20# size,
with sturdy sides and covers).
Realizing I was now almost out of birdseed, and finding that the old
hummingbird feeder had failed (sunlight destruction of the plastic after six
or seven years in the high desert) I made a quick trip by Winco and
Home Depot and picked up seed and a new feeder.
And, as long as I was out and about, went by the bank and deposited a check;
and also went by Walmart and picked up a bin to put old financial records in
- they are scattered all over and I wanted to consolidate. And with
the back-to-school sales the price was right.
I had a reasonably productive day on the app afterwards. Debugging the added
language feature, which is occasionally
wrong. The worst kind of bug is the intermittent type... Fixed one bug,
Monday - Hot.
I took a walk in the morning, about 6:30am. Cool and clear, with the sun
just up. Just over a mile, but it felt so good to start getting back in
shape. I'm getting overweight, even by my own lax standards.
I'll bump it up to 2 miles in a few days.
It looks like the teachers are back in school, which suggests the students
will start in a day or two. It seems early...
When I went in the office later in the morning I noticed the laptop fan was
running. I'd noticed yesterday, but just assumed it was the external
drive backing up stuff. Not so!
Apparently there is a bug in the OSX search/indexing daemon for Spotlight
that can cause it to run continuously, using as much of the CPU and disk as
I think I mentioned this happening on the Windows 7 partition last year or
the year before. I was never able to fix it then.
Now it's happening on OSX El Capitan. But when a couple of the simpler
fixes didn't work (removing some items from the search, rebooting, ...) I
found a command on an Apple forum to let one nuke the process from the
$ sudo mdutil -a -i off
and it worked:
You can see the Processes drop from 40%
to almost nothing.
Later in the mid-afternoon the neighbor was going crazy with his
music. I endured it for a while, then went over and asked him to stop.
So, with all the distractions it really wasn't a good programming day.
Sunday - Hot. In the low 100's.
I did some shopping in the morning, then small chores around the house and
I went by Home Depot to get some mite oil, which upon reading the
ingredients, is just water diluted mineral oil. Hmm. I just picked up
the concentrate, but it might be cheaper just to buy mineral oil in bulk
online and use that.
I also picked up a 3-pack of Philips "60W" LED bulbs on sale (9.5W, 800
At the 99-Cent store earlier I had picked up a couple of inexpensive solar
yard lights, and a couple of LED lights. Upon inspection the LED bulbs
were 6700 degree color - way too
blue. They were some no-name brand, but would be suitable for the
garage. The Philips from Home Depot were 2700 degrees, and appear very
natural. I'll replace the lights in the upstairs office that are on about 8
hours a day. These new bulbs are mildly semi-directional unfortunately, so
the light I use downstairs the most - the reading light, isn't a good
Reading the blog, this is the two
year anniversary of starting on the app code named: "Nope". Yikes.