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17 March 2002
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Saturday - Doing various chores around the house in the morning. Didn't get to the ewaste thing.
friends were doing their yard sales rounds and called to say they'd
found some fairly inexpensive windows that might be re purposed for a
solar space heating unit. I went over and looked, but they were all
either too large or too small. Ah well.
We then went off to
lunch, and then to a Boy Scout Court of Honor. Actually it was the Sea
Scout equivalent, which is even more rare than the COH, only 0.5% of
the boys achieve it. Kirk had to drop out of Sea Scouts because of his
college classes, but keeps in touch, which is how we knew about
Williams promotion. Good for him!
Then I went home and
collapsed. My sinuses were killing me - which explains Friday's
malaise, some sort of brief flu or infection I suppose.
Book #3 was The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, by Alan Bradley. This was a murder mystery in the genre of "dark doings at an English country manor".
The twist is that the detective is a precocious 11 year old girl,
Flavia de Luce, who is fascinated by death and poisons - an aspiring
chemist with her own laboratory.
- Working on the app in the morning. Or trying to - inspiration was in
short supply for some reason. So I spent some time re-organizing the
upstairs office, mostly in an effort to make some space on the desk to
did make an run to do some errands, picking up the expensive food for
Riley from the vet, dropping off some books at the library. I tried to stop into the
small Friends of the Library store, but one of the homeless was in
there, and the unwashed reek drove me out in seconds. The poor clerk
was standing by the door - trying not to gag on the stench would be my
I got a
quesadilla maker for Xmas, so I made lunch with that. Worked fine,
really quick, and without all the spattering over the surfaces you get
from putting a tortilla in a fry pan.
then decided to work in the yard, but got side tracked cleaning up the
garage. I couldn't even get to my workbench! Took down the Christmas
lights and packed them away with the rest of the Xmas stuff. Put up a
shelf on top of the work bench. Threw stuff out.
Tomorrow is the 3rd Saturday of the month, so I can toss any ewaste from free down in Palmdale.
In the evening we had an LPAC performance, Kathleen Madigan, the comic. Amusing.
Suzy and her "cone"Here we see Suzy, the escape artist: she has gotten out of her "cone", dropped a toy into it, and is playing at getting it out...
Thursday 16 January
- Warm, windless and sunny. I went for a nice 5 mile walk - and had to
walk home through the parking lot that the street becomes near my house, when school lets out during school
season. Sigh. I just need to remember to leave for the walk earlier or
I did find a 4' chunk of branch in the middle of the street on the way home. I just brought it back,
and will use it for firewood if it ever gets cold again up here in the high desert. Doing well by doing good...
Talked to D a bit about some upcoming work, and to a client about finishing up a contract before the 31st.
Book #2 was (surprise,surprise) iOS Programming: The Big Nerd
Ranch Guide, 3rd Edition. I
liked it. It was fairly dense and had a lot of useful stuff. You pretty
much had to read it from the beginning though, it wasn't a
recipe-per-chapter type of cookbook. That is both a plus and a minus,
but so it goes.
Wednesday 15 January
Working on my quarterly taxes. Sent them in.
replaced the fill valve on the commode upstairs - the integral
corrugated feed line was leaking. I couldn't get the compression ring
off, so I re-used it. There doesn't appear to be any leaking, which is
Worked on the app. Worked with the debugging "Instruments" package. As
I thought, I have a memory leak. Probably in the AvAudioSession
stuff, though I couldn't exactly locate it yet.
continues to improve. I built a little staircase out of old boxes to
allow her to climb up and down from the bed - she just ignores it and
jumps up and down at will. I let her out to play with Jimmy,
supervised, for several hours during the day. She is of the firm
opinion that this is all nonsense and that I should give her the run of
the house again. She also has definite opinions about the taste of
Jimmy is at right
top-of-frame, outside the door to Suzy's quarantine. He
- Suzy continues to be on the mend. I let her out of the spare bedroom
(the warm, south facing room) for a while, and she touched noses with
Jimmy and Riley. Riley is still upset with her - I'm not sure why, but
for now I keep them apart. As I have to do with Jimmy, but because he
friendly, and wants to play.
spends so much time there that I moved a cat bed outside the door for
him on the cool nights.
He lays outside the closed bedroom door, touching paws with her under
commode in the spare bath was leaking again. I took the tank off and
replaced the flange seal at the overflow pipe. There still seems to be
a tiny drip, which, given
that every single seal
is now new, is strange.
home from the Home Depot run I discovered that school is in session
again down the street. The parents were out in force with their SUVs
down on K-4. Which means the loser with the loud car radio will be
showing up at 2:15pm every week day, parked and waiting for his kid,
I cut up some
old tree limbs for firewood the other day, but it was so warm that I
didn't bother with a fire in the evening. It will probably drop to
freezing in the early morning, despite Weather Underground's 36F
The SS Great Eastern
being broken up at Rock Ferry.
- I took Suzy in to get spayed: she's about 5 months now, so it was
It went well, I dropped her off in the morning and picked her up about
4:30pm. She was a bit groggy, but mostly OK.
Since Jimmy wanted to
roughhouse with her and Riley wanted to attack her (??) I just kept her
in the bedroom with me overnight, with the other two outside the closed
She managed to pull her collar off, and crawl under the bed, but she's
not licking the incision, so I think it'll be OK.
She's supposed to be kept from the other cats for ten days, which will
be a bit of a struggle to do.
Other than that, not feeling too well. I blame some Thai, from a
different place than we usually go, for dinner last night.
- Warm and sunny. Did some housecleaning, vacuumed the downstairs.
49er's won. It was a not as close a score as you would expect against
the Panthers in Carolina, 23:10. Good to see the Niners' going forward,
Seattle next week will be a tough game. It's a noisy stadium, and they stomped
the Niners' in the regular season.
came by and we went over the app specs a bit. Took some stuff out,
added a few things in, clarified some details.
I haven't quite finished
iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide, it is, after
all, 787 pages of fairly dense material, but glanced ahead at the Afterword:
Welcome to the end of the book! You should be very proud of all your
work and all that you have learned. Now, there's good news and bad news:
good news: The stuff that leaves programmers befuddled
when they come to the iOS platform is behind you now. You are an iOS
bad news: You are probably not a very good iOS developer.