WEEK 51 2014
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Picture of the Week
17 March 2002
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Saturday 20 December
Saturday - Oddly cold, despite the
thermometer saying it was around 55 midday. I did various small things
about the house, went out to lunch with friends. We had planned on the
Jalapeno Grill, but they were closed, so we did the Miso place instead.
No much else to say. I've the urge to work to on the app, but am trying to rest my hands...
- Overcast, cold at night, just about down to freezing again.
working on the app, trying to get the screen rotation thing going.
Essentially I'd hard coded locations of various views & buttons, now I have to
put a layer of indirection in so that landscape left/right and portrait
up/down are correct. It's a bit odd, because each of these is slightly
different, to allow for variations in use by students with various
It shouldn't be too hard, but there are, as always,
weird scoping issues to debug. Things mostly work, but there are now
some issue's with the animation for correcting wrong answers - I was
perhaps a little aggressive with my cut and pasting the new indirect
variables for the view centers.
Book #43 was Revelation Space,
by Alastair Reynolds. Not bad. Nothing to do with religion, despite the
title, but more on Fermi's Paradox. Coming down on the berserker side
of things, as far as I can tell from this first volume of a trilogy. He
wrote Blue Remembered Earth, which I liked.
Thursday 18 December
- Cool, but warmer than yesterday.
much to say, working on the app, doing some Xmas shopping with a
friend. She's having a rough Christmas, one brother in the hospital
with cancer, another just out of the hospital after a surgery, and
daughter going to the doctor for an illness.
I went over
and talked to my neighbor (again) across the street about his loud
music. He was not very receptive, but turned it down a bit, and hinted
that he planned to be real loud over the weekend. We'll see I guess. I've fought this battle before, and usually (though not always) win.
Wednesday 17 December
Wednesday - A cold and blustery day.
I cleaned the garage in the morning, enough to be able to put the car
inside again. Yay!
Yeah, I did miss the green waste pickup yesterday. Oh well. If it's dry
and calm I'll rake up some more leaves this weekend and add them to the
I worked on the
app, in this case provisioning the physical iPad2, and transferring the
app to it. It took several hours, not the several days I was worrying
It's a big step, next I need to do a few more things,
then set it up to where people can get invitations to beta test it over
the internet - not everyone can come to my house after all!
dinner we went over to A&L's place, S having made some homemade
pizza. We had a great dinner, sitting around the dining room table,
laughing about life in general and the college life in particular, both
S and A have boy's in the local JC right now.
- A little light rain, starting about 3am. I know because the cat woke me when he walked across my head to get to the window and check it out...
I got up late and put the trash out, just
missing the first truck of the day. Since they are more or less random,
it could have been the recycle, the garbage or the greenwaste truck.
Hopefully the first, because I only put out garbage and greenwaste.
much to say, otherwise. Working away on various household and app
things. I want to "provision" the iPad, but, to be honest, it was such
a terrible chore the first time that I'm reluctant to even attempt it.
I did get (most)
of my cards done and mailed. About 20 this year, a few less than years
before, sadly. People die, move, get lost track of... I have a couple
of queries out, trying to get addresses for a few more people.
That said, I have, myself, received a grand total of two; the first one was from Tim's parents, then another from my brother Bob.
Christmas stuff that I ordered is starting to come in. I need to open
the outer packaging and check that stuff isn't ruined I guess.
reviews I've read of Ascension are pretty negative - apparently it's
plotted as a hoax, where the people in it (the starship) believe
it to be in space, but really it isn't. I'm trying to imagine what kind of people you could sucker with that idea - Orion
class propulsion would be hard to mistake in the first place (atom
bombs being set off a 100' behind you to push you along makes an
impression), and there isn't any possible way for 1960's era
spaceships, or todays, to maintain a constant 1 Gee thrust for years or
decades, not even Orion..
See, I said SyFy would mess it up!
- A cool but not miserable day. They predicted a front for the
but when I checked the weather radar in the morning the storm was far,
far to the north. Not until this evening I suspect.
I did a bit of grocery
shopping, remembering that I needed this-n-that as I went, eventually
going home with a fairly large set of goods. But using the 99-cent
store and Costco means it wasn't particularly expensive.
Someone random stranger button-holed me at the 99-cent store, and
starting going on about 'Ascension'.
I finally realized it was the SyFy Channel's generation starship show
that was premiering in the evening. I don't get SyFy, and it honestly
didn't sound very interesting since SyFy has a positive genius for screwing up, so I'll check up on it later.
I never got around to doing my cards. Tomorrow, I guess.
- An OK day. I did a few chores, cleaned up a bit. I need to finish the
shelves and put stuff away in the garage, so that I can re-garage the
Explorer, but other stuff has been getting in the way.
I did remember that I'd saved the cards and envelopes from last years
Christmas Cards, so I've dug them up and will do cards, soon.
I pulled out the old Mac Mini and booted it up. I can see my
provisioning profile, expired, on it. Now to get it on the new MacBook.
It's odd not having TV, so that I can watch football, but so it goes.