November 9th, 2011


Day Tue

Got to work a little early 'cause I was leaving a little early. Finally learned how to send programs to the set top boxes in the lab. Turns out the reason it didn't work the first time is the distributor box I was assigned was down. Got that rebooted and everything worked. So I was able to finish a project I started yesterday. Ended the day verifying one of those long-setup, short-test bugs.

I kept checking my email to see if there was a package for me, I was going to need more kitty litter, and the order I had in online was due today or tomorrow. No email by lunchtime, so I went to Petco and got one refill, and a case of canned food. Had lunch next door at 99 Chicken, a Korean place localinactivist introduced me to a long time ago, which makes excellent chicken in all forms. I had the fried, which was great. Took half of it to go.

Home after work, the box with 4 litterbox refills was at my door, Fedex had delivered i directly instead of to the office. Fine with me. Stayed home long enough to change the litter, open the mail and then headed to CHM for a reception and talk. seamoose was there, we chatted for most of the reception and sat together at the talk. It was two top guys from Dreamworks being interviewed by one of the CHM directors, who did a pretty good job. It was not as interesting as it could have been, there was minimal video about Dreamworks, and they ended with a clip from Puss N Boots which I had just seen Sunday. There were some interesting bits but I started to doze off a couple of times. Packed house, well stocked reception.

After the lecture I hit my old Safeway for some essentials - ice cream, apples, limes, bananas, ding dongs and devil's food donettes.

Plans for tomorrow:

Work (1-on-1 with the boss)

Hump? What Hump?

A very productive day at work. Found one bug, and at my 1-on-1 the boss discovered a show-stopper I filed had slipped through the cracks, and asked our comrades in Belgium to see if they can reproduce it, because (a) it is about European video formats and (b) the time diff means they can have an answer by the time we start work tomorrow. Also closed a few bugs, it's all good.

My Vietnamese next door neighbor picks my brain from time to time about things American, and today he wanted to know what Ivy League School meant. It took a while.

I had packed an emergency lunch, so instead of going out to eat I went WAY down to the megacenter on Coleman by the CalTrain repair depot, and looked for things which would do for bookends, a runner carpet and a hutch which would serve as a place to put the center surround sound speaker under the TV set. World Market and Target both had things which came close, but not quite. Ordered bookends and a booster step online, but will try elsewhere for a runner. It's to hide one of the surround sound rear speaker wires.

Called the advice line at Kaiser. Someone who was not a nurse, and maybe not in this country answered. Person did not get it that we could skip the GP and go straight to orthopedics. So had to make an appointment with my PCP.

Worked till 7, then headed for the Mercado and redeemed my free drink card at Starbucks. The place was almost empty when I arrived, but is jam packed now. My original Pike Place card's reg numbers are nearly unreadable and the mag stripe is not long for this world. I picked up a new card at the counter, but could not get it to activate online, so had them do that at the cash register.  Went online and entered the new card into my account, and transferred the balance from the old one. Maybe some day I will put some cash into the gold card.

Back at the gate, tried my code # and it worked. It rang my cell phone, I hit "9" and the gate opened. Yay!

Plans for tomorrow:
Football (Raiders!)