WEEK 8 2019
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23 February 2019
Saturday - Still cool.
Hip is feeling pretty good, did a bunch of chores that have been backing
up. I'll even try sleeping in my bed, rather than on the couch!
Friday 22 February
Friday - Cold
The mice in the ceiling are clever, they apparently licked the peanut butter
off the traps without setting them off. I talked to S and she says to
try walnuts wedged in. So I put some of that in them and reset them. They've
apparently moved from the first bay, near the wall, to another bay or two
further into the room.
The cars are staring at the ceiling with great interest!
Budd looking at the ceiling. All three cats have done this exact
Leg still pretty sore at the joint.
Neighbors dog getting noisy again. I'll have to text him about it
again. Pretty tiresome.
Thursday 21 February
Cold, with snow on the ground in the morning. It melted, but in mid
afternoon we had more snow, though it melted quickly as well. Still,
fun to see!!
There was some mail from Kaiser, they've corrected the stuff on my account,
which is fast work by Covered California to get it to them.
My hip is feeling a bit better, so I'll hold off on going to the doctor.
S says she'd giving up on Premier CC and going back to CS-5 or CS-6.
It turns out that the version of FreeCAD that I downloaded is actually the
newest, unstable, build, 0.18. Hmm. It seems to work, with some
small issues, so maybe it doesn't matter. The stable version is
available as a PPA, whatever that is. Some sort of package archive I
I did a bit of work on Nope as well, but my hip is still way to sort to sit
at a desk for long.
Wednesday 20 February
Wednesday - Cold.
I've been running the pellet stove overnight. If I mix the Heat'rs
pellets with some from the leftover Golden Fire bags from Lowe's it
will stay lit.
Hip is still very sore. Sleeping on the couch seems to help, it keeps
me from turning over onto the sore side.
But the stove, and the various fans to circulate the heat around the house,
all make a lot of noise. My ears are almost ringing after eight or
nine hours of it. I can't really turn the stove down enough, so I have
to have fans to circulate the air to keep the front room below 70F.
Which is fine, I don't like the rest of the house to be freezing.
After a bit of research, and some preliminary package downloads, I cloned
FreeCAD from the git repository and started the compilation using the
directions from CompileOnLinux.
The directions said 10 minutes on a fast machine, and half an hour on a slow
machine. I sort of expected to be "fast", but it took half an
hour. A five year old AMD A8-7600B is pretty weak stuff by today's
standards, I-7's and Ryzens trounce it in modern benchmarks.
OTOH I don't expect to be compiling all that often.
Apple just sent me a notice for "two step authentication", which doesn't
seem to be following what the mildly incoherent directions say should be
Tuesday - Cold.
I've been running the pellet stove a lot, and it really doesn't like the
long Heat'Rs pellets. Some are about 1.5" long - they tend to
clump and all come down the auger chute and put out the flame in the burner
pot. Annoying. Last year I had a different brand, from Lowe's,
and had no issues.
I'm waiting for the Kaiser account stuff to clear before doing anything this
year. It shouldn't be long.
I was started to see I don't have vision covered. I wonder if it got
dropped, I'm pretty sure I had it last year.
Did more installation stuff on the computer, added the 2nd monitor - no new
drivers required, fixed the shutdown hang by adding "acpi=force" into the
/etc/defaults/grub file, and stuff like that. It actually hurts to sit
in office chairs right now, the hip thing, so I can't just sit for hours and
grind everything out.
I did get an email that my tax stuff from Covered California was finally
ready. So now I can start on my return. Sigh.
Monday - Cold. A brilliant moon peeking
Book #1 was Deep
War, by David Poyer. The USA and China are at war, though
(mostly) not nuclear. Things are not going well, mostly due to a
Chinese supercomputer that is hacking the US infrastructure. This was a
library loan ebook, through Libby. It took 8 weeks to get to me, I
read it in a day...
Book #1 at week 8 is a slow start to the years reading.
Sunday - Cool.
My brother tested that it was snowing again in Carson City. He said
he's ready to be done with snow!
Hip still hurts, for whatever reason.
I did a bit of shopping in town with S. I didn't actually get
too much, but more than last week. I bought some potatoes, I might do
a bit of baking.
I Installed Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver) on the system. This took
rather longer than I thought it would, what with a solid state drive and
installing from a USB stick, but it went well, immediately finding the Wifi
and all that.
Having learned my lesson the first thing I did was turn on the firewall - my
router has one, but two is better.
Then it was updates, updates, updates...