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2014-03-31

Byby rentcar


2014-03-30

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Spirograph hotel art


2014-03-29

Almost the aftermath of the party

Poptart yard from deck

Ex workshop

Ex workshop

Poptart back yard

Poptart's babby shower

Courtyard

Construction across the bayou


2014-03-28

Atempted sunset panoramic

Hotel is nicer than most apt I ever had

Cool sunset after storm

Driving in to a storm

Fueling up

Gangs near our house


2014-03-27

Rent car

Empty lunch room

Notes

Elle sent me a text today that simply said “Learn something.” This is what I tell her when Nat and I drop her off at school. She usually rolls her eyes and says “I’ll try” or something equally tween. The text this morning brought a tear to my eye. My little girl is growing up. I put this up on social media and have gotten a dozen likes on FB which is a lot for me.

Did you know it is not necessary to have a country or a bank to have money? There are choices.

I’m already asking for emails from higher ups ordering me to do things that I know will upset people. Freaking politics. When this was a dictatorship it was assumed who barked all the unpleasant odors.  Ah, the good old days.

“Europe needs to diversify their energy suppliers.” Stop depending on Russia. We told you a decade ago it was a shit idea. Now you are paying the price.

Lunch Conversation

2014-03-26
We went to the seafood shop up the street. Love this place. I normally don’t like fish that much, but I just have to make sure I find well prepared fish.

  • LED lightbulbs
    • Quality of light
      • Better than anything ever that came before for the most part.
      • Soft vs direct
      • Makes a room (kitchen) look a million times better.
    • Price
    • Placement and replacement
  • Online reviews
    • Yelp
      • The place we were in had a good review on crayfish
      • How it affects restaurants
      • How restaurants can rebut.
    • We all had stories of reviewing products online.
    • We all had our own methods of using online reviews.
    • We had all left both good and bad reviews.


2014-03-25

Fire Near AIG CampusAll that playing on the jungle jim pays off.

Sunset

First one on the bus

Morning bus stop


2014-03-24

Bus ride


2014-03-23

Week worth of clips, traffic woes


2014-03-22

Night


2014-03-21

Numbers

Already did DrPepper


2014-03-20

Notes

2014-03-19
I have gotten in the habit of putting notes in Evernote. Lately, I’m running round the house and taking pictures of all those stickers on things that have serial numbers and other information. I did the car last night and got everything except the license plat. It was late and I was tired. I will do my guns next. I intend to do this for everything I buy from now on.

This Logitech keyboard I have at work has lowered the number of types. I switched from a Dell fancy keyboard to a cheap Logitech and my typing has improved in both quality and speed. I do not know if the Dell fancy keyboard was just not for me, or if it was genuinely crap. I did notice other people had issues on it when they used my computer to change their password.

Voodoo script: One of those scripts that turn up occasionally that make no sense, but some process will not work without it. used a lot in project builds.

I want to get rid of cable. Not just for the reasons listed at the link. I want to drop cable, get a good internet connection and just do streaming. It is cheaper and offers more freedom. Nat is set against it. it will come though. I insist.

My stomach is distended. Not much. it just stick out like a pot belly. It is the muscle and some fat outside the muscle. I must have a bunch of fat under the muscle. I cannot suck my gut in any more. I’m 45 and I’m fat. This is a bad combination in my family. Whatever I am doing is not working.


2014-03-19

Waiting on a ride

Notes

I have gotten in the habit of putting notes in Evernote. Lately, I’m running round the house and taking pictures of all those stickers on things that have serial numbers and other information. I did the car last night and got everything except the license plat. It was late and I was tired. I will do my guns next. I intend to do this for everything I buy from now on.

This Logitech keyboard I have at work has lowered the number of types. I switched from a Dell fancy keyboard to a cheap Logitech and my typing has improved in both quality and speed. I do not know if the Dell fancy keyboard was just not for me, or if it was genuinely crap. I did notice other people had issues on it when they used my computer to change their password.

Voodoo script: One of those scripts that turn up occasionally that make no sense, but some process will not work without it. used a lot in project builds.

I want to get rid of cable. Not just for the reasons listed at the link. I want to drop cable, get a good internet connection and just do streaming. It is cheaper and offers more freedom. Nat is set against it. it will come though. I insist.

My stomach is distended. Not much. it just stick out like a pot belly. It is the muscle and some fat outside the muscle. I must have a bunch of fat under the muscle. I cannot suck my gut in any more. I’m 45 and I’m fat. This is a bad combination in my family. Whatever I am doing is not working.

More bottles

Made with panoramic setting on phone and side stepping.

Bottles

Tire table for our 2005 Corolla


2014-03-18

Dr Pepper

Notes

2014-03-17
I was sick yesterday. I had a headache. It was one of those headaches where if you try to think, you get a punch in the brain. I slept until 13:00. That helped a lot. The headache was just hanging around until about 16:00 in the all concealing shadows.

Today’s speculation on what happened to that flight that vanished a week ago.

Never heard of Automan until today. Totally missed this perfect example of eighties TV. It was a one season wonder that never aired a 13th episode.

There was a SEAL team that freed a hijacked tanker in the Mediterranean. The name of the ship was Morning Glory. This set me off on a bunch of jokes about “What is in that tanker?”, “... seamen ...” ad nauseum.

Bill Gates says we are really all going to lose our jobs to robots. At some point, we will starve and start eating rich retirees.

Found a bunch of awesome pictures on Redit that would be great backgrounds except for the low resolution. Most of these pictures are simply too low res to make good backgrounds. Below are some I liked and that I think could be used for a fair computer background. All of these came from links on Redit. People ask me where I find these backgrounds. Well, now you know.

http://i.imgur.com/Lvh407h.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/JdYk4CG.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/zKJaR.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/4wM08Qs.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/pY3JZsH.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/HG7Jty4.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/l3qPk0F.jpg
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/aa/Yatadera-temple_Kyoto.JPG
http://i.imgur.com/BpwbBHo.jpg
http://ppcdn.500px.org/63912251/430e6d3285cbe1e456b873426bc0d2a6c62fd30e/2048.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/wObIax8.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/NSeqqoK.jpg
http://ppcdn.500px.org/63937239/16c615f0b3d26436156f66ea8eab859585190bb4/2048.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/0JjCCv5.jpg
http://ppcdn.500px.org/63951745/cdfdc6c1ddfd878cc91eee5e25db3d5dae40f974/2048.jpg
http://ppcdn.500px.org/55459106/b983c6bc28c1bc7d2505d74504fd4e89d8f3f244/2048.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/UuYOWtv.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/B4t1ttL.jpg
http://ppcdn.500px.org/63058127/5d12cc12ed11c5fcac73787e5a14a976a4f777cd/2048.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/AlGru8m.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/kSquS2H.jpg


2014-03-17

That tree looks lost.

More clutter headed for the scrap heap.

On the whiteboard this morning

I didn't draw this. Not sure how long it has been up.

I wondered where that cold air was coming from on the bus


2014-03-16

Big Almighty Lake

http://i.imgur.com/JT8nJrA.jpg

Bottomless pit in California

http://i.imgur.com/J2Z9qmC.jpg

Fantastic (as in mystical) landscape

http://i.imgur.com/Lvh407h.jpg

Junk closet at work.

There shouldn't be anything proprietary in this picture. This is just a bunch of junk that has gathered over the years. Probably ten times as much stuff has already gone out the door.

Float or Sink - Cool Science Experiment


2014-03-15

Driveway

Garage


2014-03-14

Climbing the stairs for health, nearly kills me

A keyboard makes a difference

2013-03-12
The new keyboard at work has actually made me more likely to type stuff. I’ve noticed that not only do I typ better on the keyboard,but I am more likely to decide to type something. It is like having a pen that hurts your hand and trying to type with it. Sadly, spelling mistakes have not vanished.

I would say that keyboards are important for development. If you read really old books they were written with the hand and paper and a pen. The hand takes a while to get the writing down. This forces you to think about what you want before you write it. Making corrections is even more of a pain in the carpal tunnel. This method requires more planning.

Keyboards are fast enough to allow an author to write as they think. Well, with practice. It almost as fast as just saying the words out loud.

Saying words out loud (TTS, Text To Speech) does not work. Not for me. I have tried this with several different methods and it always ends up being shit. What comes out is what a say and not what I meant. The method of generating the text does not get it right.l I spend more time correcting the mistakes than if I had just typed it in on the keyboard or, even worse, the on screen keyboard of my phone. If there is so much as a fan running in the next room as background noise, the TTS flips out.

Another problem with TTS is the fact that people don’t want to talk to their devices. When devices develop the ability to have conversations with us it will be different. Right now, if you say something to your device, it has canned responses or very rudimentary, yet complex choices. At some point you will speak with you computer or device about tasks and ideas instead of barking orders at it.

Recently, I has an episode of my wrist hurting. I have been trying different things to identify if something specific is causing an issue. I think this keyboard swap may help.

Notes

2014-03-12
Now low fat milk is bad for you? -Einstein-a-gogo

They are studying brains for remodeling, fixing of itself from injuries and disease, by scanning for cells that have been changed since the cold war with all the nuclear tests. Fascinating stuff. -Einstein-a-gogo

There are links between behavior and gut bacteria. -Einstein-a-gogo

A buddy of mine is in a 39 story building. I used this site to calculate his potential impact velocity.

PowerPoint is not the enemy. Learn how to communicate. Not just anyone is a good public speaker. Not Just anyone is a good author. Not just anyone is a good teacher. Not just anyone is a good student. These are all different things.

I got told I asked a good question in the weekly development meeting this morning. I’m such a dork. I’m all proud of myself.

Is QTPy (and QT) realy the industry standard for GUI?

Does anyone learn to read and write before learning to listen and speak? Then why are we trying to teach computers that way?


2014-03-13

XP to Ubuntu with an 8yr old Hacktop - Computerphile

One of Nat ' witch signs


2014-03-12

Stairs to nowhere

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The splat calculator

http://www.angio.net/personal/climb/speed


2014-03-11

Home

Wifi at work

The guest wifi at work for internet access only. It is ridiculous. We have network wifi for work stuff. The network wifi works pretty well, but the the guest wifi is jacked. Let me count the ways.

Often, it just gets you nowhere. You sign on to the guest wifi without a password. You then go to any web page and you get prompted for a login. We use our user log in and it lets you on the internet. This works well for phones and personal devices so they do not intermingle with the business wifi. Keeps the networks separate. The guest wifi never works properly.

Half the time you sign on to the guest wifi and never get prompted. All your internet applications default to using wifi so you phone sits there not connected at all. No texts and in my case no phone calls because that is over wifi when connected as well. If you don’t remember to turn off wifi, you are just offline.

When you are prompted for a login, you get flopped back and forth between access points until your battery goes dead. This means really bad connections and missed data. This just lures you in to thinking you are rightly connected when really, you are just dangling on a cliff near the internet and not on it.

The only solution is not to use the wifi. This leads to using my 4g more, but I don’t really stream anything. I don’t know if it is just my office (the access point nearest me) that is the issue, or if it is a systemic issue thought the building.

When I tried to get help from the help desk about this, they didn’t even know what I was talking about. I got the chat window equivalent of a blank stare. Clearly the person on the other end was helping multiple people at once. Just gotta love that chat support.

Plane mistry

I’m talking about the Malaysian Air jet.

Recently, a bunch of antiaircraft missiles came up for sale on the international market. Apparently someone disarmed the Ukraine before all the recent protests and other troubles. Makes me wonder if the jetliner that vanished over the East Pacific was a dry run. That part of the ocean is littered with fishing vessels this time of year and would provide ample cover for escape.  Not sure what kind of missiles were available, but that plane would have been pretty high up by the time it ran in to trouble.

Then I hear that some of the passenger's mobile phones were still pending as of Sunday evening. If that proves to be true then when the hell is going on with these poor people?

Someone came by this afternoon wondering what everyone’s consensus was about the plane crash> It turns out we have all heard several different accounts of what happened. Some of the news sites are not even calling it a crash any longer.

Notes

I’m trying not to be a fat bastard and there are donuts in the lunch room.

No lunch conversation today. Went to the parking garage and held a conversation with noone. Yes. I talk to myself. Sometimes not too quietly. The security guard hung out near me and just sort of waited around.

Swapped out my keyboard at work. I did have a fancy Dell keyboard. It looked snazzy and had some interesting layout that seemed to be ergonomic. I could not type on it reliably. I used it for many months. I grabbed a $20 keyboard out of a $25 bundle keyboard and mouse. the keys are much quieter, but the rubber feet make a squeak noise as I move the keyboard. Something I had no idea how much I do of course until I used this keyboard. Hopefully the feet will break in or I’ll park the keyboard in a good spot. So far so good.

There was a felony stop outside our office this afternoon. The whole side of the building was glued to the windows. Several guys were pulled out of a car and handcuffed. It was very LA if I’m honest.

This is the kind of ladder I'm talking about wanting

Notes

2014-03-10
Pepsi was the first U. S. company to invest or do business in Russia.

I heard a couple people say they were not tired on the bus this morning. They were talking about the DST time change that happened Saturday night. I don’t know why people don’t remember, but it is this evening and Tuesday where the time change starts to hit you. Say you are not tired again tomorrow morning. Then, I will believe you are one of the tough ones.
All sides are getting setup for the midterm elections coming up later this year. I wish they spent as much time worrying about running the country as they did about getting elected. This is what term limitations are for. They prevent regime building on this scale.

Lunch Conversation

2014-03-10
  • Plane crash
    • We spoke a lot about the plane crash that happened earlier this weekend.
    • We also cracked some rather inappropriate jokes about it.
    • IBM exec on the plane that went down
  • Kids
    • Kids on flights
    • Kids in hotel rooms
    • Kids in cars

I pondered the number of flights in the world and wondered the number of them that have an IBM employee on them at any given moment. I bet every fifth flight in the world has someone from IBM on it.

The real talkers were not with us today apparently.  The ride back to work was nearly silent.

Then in the afternoon we did something at work we hadn’t done in a long time. We actually took an afternoon break about fifteen minutes long in the lunch room. It was spontaneous. Just a bunch of people who walked by.

  • Old TV shows
    • McGyver
    • Max Headroom
    • Jim Henson did a show with Muppets and real people that was cool stories.
    • Dark Crystal (movie)
    • Quantum Leap
    • That Andy Griffith show where he made a rocket and salvaged stuff from orbit.
    • Airwolf
    • Erkle
    • Twilight Zone
  • Time change
    • Some love it and some hate it


2014-03-10

Notes

2014-03-07
Of course tomorrow is going to be cloudy. Clear Thursday and Friday and nasty on the weekend. Dag Nabit. This is how it goes. I need to mow the backyard so I’m not too worried about it. Cloudy and dry is better than sunny and dry.

That rule I made a long time about that said “Everything goes on the blog.” is not holding up. It is just easier to put things on Google+ and Facebook from my phone. I do most of my publishing from the phone these days. I would use a tablet if I had one, but I’m not up for spending any money on one. I have an awesome phone that doubles as a tablet. I’m good. My next laptop will be whatever I can find used because I don’t want to spend the money on the operating system. I will put Linux on it and go about my day.

I walked in to the little deli at work this morning intent to get some breakfast. They were busy and the food just stopped smelling good. It is funny how emotion affects us. I couldn’t face not being able to read the menu and having to ask what stuff was. Every one else seems to just know what was available and how to ask for it. There is a bit of a language barrier as well. I’m hungry.

Unemployment for disabled jumped to 14%. Yikes.

Had to deal with some tax stuff today. I could feel my heartbeat in my head. When I say taxes are going to kill me, I am not exaggerating.

Tombstone idea.
“I know the truth.”
“Nervus?”
“Should haved ducked.”
“I wish I had worked more.”
“Finally, some fucking quiet.”
“I can see your house from here.”


2014-03-09

Yard lights and such.


2014-03-07

Notes

2014-03-05
My wrist hurts. I do not know what I did to it. I hate that. I’ve hit some age where random shit hurts for no reason. I honestly think I slept on it funny and pulled a tendon or the weed eater did me in the other weekend and the injury just didn’t present until a couple days ago. I put an ACE bandage on it last night and it helped greatly. The bandage dug in to my skin and left some marks so I have asked Nat to pick me up a wrist brace from CVS.

I typed the above paragraph and the only spelling mistakes that were made were two words stuck together without a space between them. This is a symptom of an uncomfortable keyboard and typing too quickly.

I just used Evernote to take some information and email it to my wife. I did this on my phone. I am freaking happy this worked. This makes me think this whole phone tablet thing is workable. I used multiple cloud services in the process of completing this simple task.

2014-03-06
Yesterday, I walked on the street on the way in. Probably should have done the same thing today. I slipped in the mud and fell on my ass. I’m in the danger zone because I’ve noticed I’ve been falling back and to the left a lot. Then, I twisted my ankle. Between this and banging my knee yesterday, I’m a mess.

An episode of the Simpson’s taught me that evil people are evil and making them act good just makes them more evil. The same is not true about good people. They are the most evil of all when they turn.

Had a couple machines flip their shit this morning. They would not get IPs. They could thus, not find any other machines on the network. I played with one of them for 45 minutes. I ended up walking away to try again after some time doing something else. I went so far as to locate some hardware to replace the server if need be. The waiting strategy worked. I simply rebooted the machine after about three hours and it just worked. This means it was external to the serves with the issue. Heard later I was not the only one with the issue.