WEEK 37 2018
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15 September 2018
Saturday - Nice weather.
I went out pre-dawn to watch a rocket launch from Vandenberg AFB. This
was the last launch of a Delta II, they've been launching them since 1960 or
so. I imagine that the Delta II of today has a much in common with a
Delta II of 1960 as a Chevrolet Corvette of 2018 has with a 1960 model,
i.e., none to speak of.
It couldn't compete with the Falcon, so it's history now, like a lot of
other launch vehicles.
As a launch is was unspectacular - the engine flame wasn't as bright as a
Falcon, and the sun was too far below the horizon to illuminate the
plume, After staging it became completely invisible.
I was keeping track of the delayed launch on my cellphone. At T-60
seconds I could see the rocket ascending - the "live stream" was more like
an "undead stream" I guess...
I understand that the satellite, the IceSat, was inserted into orbit
Friday 14 September
Friday - Warm.
Not much to say, working away on this and that...
Warm. Nice in the evenings.
Ordered some stuff from Amazon - wiper blades, more window magnets, filters
for the turtle tank pump, and so on. Some prices have gone up, I'm not sure
if that's because of inflation or because they are gouging me as a repeat
customer. I guess it's getting easier and easier to track what people
are doing online.
The eaves have some nails popped out. I can hammer them in, go up one
size from the 8d that is there now, or replace with #8 decking screws (it's
the fascia and not a load bearing item).
A mentioned that they've knocked down most of the solar concentration plant
over on Division street. It's only been up for a few years - what a
scam. I wonder what we paid for it? Tens of millions I am sure.
The AV is covered with solar electric farms now - they might actually cover
more square miles than the housing developments do.
There are all sorts of reports of wild animals coming into town - with their
native habitat's destroyed and fenced off they really don't have much
choice. In the end it's a death sentence for them.
Talking to Tim, he said electric prices in San Diego are far worse
than up here. They are paying billions to decommission a nuclear plant that
was never turned on...
Wednesday 12 September
Wednesday - Warm, but not too hot.
The big task was to clean the turtle tank. It hasn't really been
cleaned since I put it up in the spring. I change the water regularly,
but the gravel gets filthy after a while. This took hours - I'm going
to get an electric pump & hose for emptying next time, 80 gallons at 4
gallons/trip takes forever. Also it's dirty, smelly and gets all over the
Stumpy is pretty happy in the new clean tank, swimming around and
rearranging the tank furniture, though not eating just yet.
Talked to Tim a bit. He says the job has been delayed, again. Not
starting until December sometime.
Worked on the app. Apple's Core Data implementation is...complicated.
On page 822 of the second volume of Matt Neuburg's book IOS 7 book, (the
first volume being 400 pages) he writes;
"It is important to stress that Core Data is not a beginner-level
technology. It is difficult to use and extremely difficult to debug. It
expresses itself in a highly verbose, rigid, arcane way."
He goes on like that for a bit. He forgot to mention that it's also
hard to stay awake when reading this stuff...
I put the trash out last night, so the garbage men didn't come until
mid-day. They did take the green waste as well this time, so that's good.
11 September 2018
Tuesday - Warm. But cool enough that at
time during the day I had to turn off the air conditioner!
Fiddled around in the back yard a bit, taking down the temporary awning,
laying out some old PT 4x4's for a flower bed along the house near the
french doors. They've warped from just sitting out in the sun. I
need two or three more, and some stakes, and a bunch of landscape gravel to
do this project. It's easy and quick.
More important is the eaves, which need re-nailing here and there, sanding
and priming and painting. Then I can paint the house itself, before
I was doing bills and discovered that Chase wants to charge me a $20
service fee, if I don't keep $15k in savings. Actually they've
already started, as of August. Wow.
Time to drop them, just like I dropped Home Savings and Wells Fargo when
they tried that stuff, and go back to my credit union. Amazing
greed. They are paying 0.25% interest on the money in there, and
loaning it out at credit card rates, say 20%. An 80:1 ratio - but it's
not enough, they want me to pay them to loan them my money.
The only real reason I had an account there is that they bought my old home
loan at some point.
This kind of greed is almost Satanic, but I guess, as someone once said,
corporations are "disproportionately psychopaths at the top".
The annoying part will be setting up the bill pay stuff set up on the new
I received another bill from SCE. It was for about $50, which works
out to 18.5 cents per kilowatt hour, for base tier. Highway robbery.
It will go higher as the fascists in Sacramento destroy the state's economy
in the next few years.
Monday - Warm, but not crazy.
S came by about noon and picked up the dogs. Feeding them less at
night seems to have cured Angel's pooping issue, thank god. S says she
does that out of spite sometimes.
Talked a bit about the app.
Sunday - Nice. Didn't do any
shopping. Did do some laundry.
I fed the dogs early last night, then let them out before I went to bed, but
Angel still cr*pped in her kennel again. Cleaned stuff again. No soft
food for her tonight!
She also dug a huge hole, twice her body size, right next to the little
patio. I filled it in with dirt and gravel. I wetted it down
with a hose, and it took forever - apparently she was chasing an animal
burrow. She does that.
S&R are home from San Diego, and S will come by and pick up pets
I had ordered some hamburger with blue cheese from Albertson's, and donated
that for a little BBQ get-together next door with the neighbor. It
tasted OK, not as good as I recall. It is also, we discovered,
extremely flammable on a outdoor grill...