WEEK 37 2015
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12 September 2015
Saturday - Hot and very humid again.
Yard sales with friends in the morning, lunch at Mahli's in Palmdale.
In the evening I visited with friends out in Antelope Acres and showed them
the app. They were impressed. Of course they also
pointed out that I'd created a bug in the last few days - the symbolic
prompts are no longer showing up.
Gahhhh. Well, its probably something simple, and I'll fix it Monday...
Friday - Hot and humid.
Looking back I can see episodes of this in the past, but this seems longer
and worse. Perhaps because I'm at home so much.
Working on the app. I've pestered S for information on the new levels for
the last couple of days, and she sent it, so I then pestered her more
throughout the day as I sketched out the logic and came up with questions.
Thursday - Hot
and humid still. Ugh. I didn't even bother with the swamp coolers, just ran
the mechanical as needed upstairs in the office.
Just heads down programming, but I got the suits working, eventually.
Wednesday 9 September
Wednesday - Hot and humid again. Indeed,
with thunder in the near distance I had to unplug all the computer stuff
Not much to say, just heads down programming. I'm trying to add in new
"suits" of targets, to present similar but not-quite-identical targets. S is
making the real imagery, but I created placeholder images by adding an
overlay with a number.
Of course Apple decided to do me dirt.
Yesterday I created a new 'branch' for this stuff. Which worked. Then today
I wanted to go to that branch, but couldn't, because there was 'a file not
committed' in the parent. Hmmm. I committed it, then tried again: same file,
not committed. So I closed the project, closed Xcode, shut down and
rebooted. Tried again, same message. Hmmm.
Essentially Xcode was trying to save the user preferences file about every
second - you could see the screen flicker as it did so. You
literally couldn't commit the 'change' and switch to a new branch before it
was updated and marked as needing a new commit. Yes, having tried and failed
to create their own source code management system, Snapshot, the guys (and
gals) at Apple managed to eff up git as well.
The trick is to tell 'git' to ignore that file and not commit it. This is
easy, you just go into the git preferences pane in Xcode and.... Hah!
Ahahahaha! There is no git preferences option in Xcode, you have to exit and
do everything from the command
So I did all that, and was finally able to get into the new version.
Then I took the new sets of images I'd created, all 72 or so of them, and
added them to the project, via Xcodes 'add Files' option. Whereupon it
promptly lost track of them, and said they were unavailable because they
weren't there, but wouldn't let me re-add them: when I tried it would tell
me they really were there. Yep. There
and not-there at the same time.
I'd had something similar happen before, and the trick was to go into the
project control panel and delete them from the resources. Only this
time they didn't show up there. Eventually I used Finder to view the bundle
and delete them all, closed the project, re-opened the project, and then
imported them again, no more than 12 at a time.
BTW the Xcode 'add Files' menu doesn't remember where you were last time, each
time it starts on the Desktop and forces you to drill down to
wherever you created your files. Six times in a row...
Anyway, once that was done, and I had lunch (it took all morning to fix this
stuff) I started coding up stuff, and had it at 90% by the time it was time
to knock off and protect the computer from lightning strikes by
disconnecting everything from the wall.
Apple had their big fall shindig, but apparently it was underwhelming. A new
version of the iPhone 6, a new iPad (great, another resolution to support),
and, I guess, iOS9.
Microsoft always tries to take the shine off Apple's big event. Their thing
this time is apparently trying to 'push' a Windows 10 update to Win7 and
Win8 users, and this includes a 'telemetry' module that is essentially
spyware. These updates & installs ignore all current preferences and
settings for privacy and such - you have to very carefully reset everything
if you don't want "your" computer phoning home non-stop. "Your" computer is
now, essentially, Microsoft's.
Book #47, actually finished a day or
two ago, was Nemesis
Games (Expanse #5), by James S.A. Corey. A library book that I'd been
meaning to get around to, and that was due in a couple days. Not bad, though
there were a few too many coincidences for my taste.
I took a few minutes when it cooled a bit, and wiped down the old chair with
some Lacquer thinner, to get off wax and stuff. It's a bit more worn than I
realized, lots of bare wood.
Tuesday - Hot and very humid. It makes it hard
to sleep at night. The a/c in the morning was essentially blowing out
uncooled air - swamp coolers don't like 50% humidity. And it never got very
dry, down to about 25% mid-afternoon, with temperatures hovering around
To work in the afternoon I had to turn on the little mechanical window a/c
I got quite a bit done on the app however. More 'anti-streakiness' stuff,
per a request from S, also some other game level modifications that she
asked for. I did a 'commit', then created a new branch to deal with the
multiple suits of targets stuff.
In the early evening S called, and we did dinner at the new Dickie's BBQ in
town. It's where the old Radio Shack used to be, next to Target. It was
pretty good, maybe not quite as good as Dave's down in Palmdale, but they
just opened so there's plenty of chances for improvement. I'd go back...
Monday - Warmer, and a bit humid.
I went for the same long walk that I did last week, and this time it really
affected me. Last week the weather was cool and dry, this week it was warm
and humid - and I started late. By the time I got home I was really
I did some minor work on the app in the afternoon, but was really extremely
tired and didn't make much progress.
Sunday - Warming up again. It is supposed to
be hot and humid next week, yuck.
I did some minor yard work, then some more garage cleaning.
I also took some soap and water to an old wooden desk chair that S picked
up. The varnish is worn off the handles, and since she gave me about a dozen
cans of mixed varnish a while back, I offered to see if I could improve
things. The chair was made by the Johnson Chair Company, probably in the
first half of the 1900's. From what I can tell they made many many tens of
thousands of these for various government and business agencies, it's not
particularly special. In pristine shape, with the leather seat in good
condition it might be worth $200, but the varnish is bad and worn off in
many spots and the leather cushion is bad, gone for half the seat. Fixing it
up is not the crime that the Antique Road
Show would make it out.
No app work, since it's a weekend. Also hot upstairs.
Not much else to say. I read some more in the afternoon, starting the most
recent 'Expanse' novel by Corey.