WEEK 37 2016
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10 September 2016
Saturday - Warm.
Worked on the app in the morning, did various chores in the afternoon...
Friday - Hot.
Probably 100F+ at the house.
I have a few hot peppers and cucumbers - now that I'm annoyed and no longer
attending to the garden so diligently. Maybe the plants needed stress
to start bearing fruit? Not a single tomato though. The Bell Peppers
have been sunburned. I didn't know that was even a plant thing...
Worked on the app, got a couple of the major punchlist items done. Yay me.
I guess Apple had it's big fall shindig this week, and the big announcement
was that you won't have a headphone jack on the iPhone 7. Huh. Now if
they announced wireless charging, that'd be something, but they are really
starting to look antiquated next to the advanced Android tech and
features. I think they are a bit more secure in both OS and App's, but
I don't know if that's enough to keep people paying premium prices.
As an App developer I hope so. But maybe it's time to start looking
into the Android versions of our apps.
Book #42 was Earth
Awakens (The First Formic War), by O. S. Card. This is the third
prequel, I think the library might have the fourth. The Formics,
hive like ant aliens, have landed from a mother ship in orbit, and are busy
killing pretty much everything in
mainland China. Their technology is better, and the divided nation states on
Earth have a hard time combining to fight them.
Thursday 8 September
I took a longish walk in the morning, about 7.5 miles. I used the Motion X
GPS app, and it worked pretty well. Every five minutes it pings and
tells you how far you've gone, and your current (instantaneous) speed.
A bit too intrusive for me, but it's probably settable somewhere.
People dump stuff. This chair
wasn't out there earlier in the week.
Grinding away on the app. Pinning and un-pinning the tiles as needed
gets a bit tricky when you also have rules that change the other rules... I
mostly have it, but it needs a bit of polishing. Then there were some
auto-correct issues to be addressed.
Book #41 was Earth
Afire (The First Formic War), by Orson Scott Card. I had some books to
return to the library, and the little branch actually had the next two books
in the series.
Wednesday 7 September
Wednesday - Warming up again.
Not much going on, working on the app, going through the punchlist.
I went by in the evening and dropped off an iPad with a newer version of the
app for S, but it's still terribly buggy. She said her students were
pretty frustrated - one even pinched her. I'd have been further along,
but I took a break over the long Labor Day holiday.
I also bummed a haircut, since R was getting one at the time. Long
hair is yucky when taking long sweaty walks in the desert.
Book #40 was Earth
Unaware (The First Formic War), by Orson Scott Card. The is a
prequel to Ender's
Game, set about a hundred years earlier. We meet a young Mazer
Rackham, and a bunch of new characters.
Not bad, though more a Young Adult book than adult. Well enough written for
both I guess.
I should watch the movie at some point I suppose. I've been meaning to,but
I was just web surfing for something easy to read in the afternoon, and this
turned up as a free - and actually available - download from Amazon via the
Los Angeles Public Library.
Tuesday - Warming up again, perhaps 90F or so.
Did the laundry and dishes, now that I can bend (very carefully) at the
Back to work on the app. I did fix things on the bug list, making slow
S called in the evening - one of the outstanding punchlist issues is that
the "pinning" in upper levels is buggy and sometimes keeps kids from moving
cards that they should be able to. She was demoing the latest version
and they find this (understandably) annoying, so I'll work on it tomorrow.
They do seem to enjoy the challenges of the new levels when they are working
right! But, little card sharps that they are, they've already figured a way
to finesse one of the levels to make it easier, so I'll have to fix that
There was also an issue with audible prompts, but that was probably due to
my not emptying the NSNotificationQueue after each hand, so I think it's
My friend Dave injured himself, while getting ready for our hike, so that's
delayed indefinitely. It's a bummer, but so it goes - he's the same
generation as me and it's easy to do (see my back injury of earlier in the
week). He's the kind of guy who would just suck it up and go anyway, but the
doc says "no".
And all this just after I'd just spent the ginormous
sum of $1.99 on the Motion X GPS app
Monday night! Sheesh.
Monday - Labor Day! Warm but nice.
Took the dog for a walk in the morning, about 5 miles. It wasn't too
hot, but I brought along some water for her and gave her as much as she
Her presence really upset the yard
dogs along my route - lots of angry German Shepherds and Pit Bulls, and
Chihuahua's. Much angrier
and louder than when I'm alone. Some of these dogs are big enough to look
over the fence without standing on their hind legs, which concerns me a bit.
Her family picked her up in the early evening, she was happy to go.
In the afternoon S stopped by, and
we finished most of the sewing on the sail cover, a task that has been
hanging fire due to various issues since spring. Yay! The bolt rope
and the grommet's need to be added, but it's 95% done now.
I managed to hurt my back, by twisting while lifting a box in the garage.
Sigh. I know better than
to do that, but it's easy to forget -and now I'm in for a few days of
discomfort until it fades.
The marina called, they've finished repairs on B dock, I can move the boat
back when I want. So probably in the next couple of weeks I'll try to get
down there, put the new cover on, replace the diesel impeller, and move it
back. Nothing against C dock, but the outer end of B dock is nice and
quiet (when the sea lions aren't visiting there).
No app work - letting the hands rest. I was getting "trigger thumb"
towards the end of last week, the break is very welcome.
Sunday - Warm. Cooler than it has been.
There was shopping in the morning, afterwards I mostly just took the day off
apart from various little things.
Too tired to do anything in the afternoon - maybe a bit of summer
cold? Mild fever and chills for a few hours. The dog wanted to walk,
but I just wasn't up to it.