September 23rd, 2014


Progress and regress

Work was strange today. Latest build broke something, but backdating one build and setting it up there, then updating fixed it. Monday meeting we all changed from our usual seats. I started it. Confused Boss somewhat.

Beta test guy gave a clue, which sounded strange but I said I'd try it when I got home.

Lunch at Togo's by Levi's stadium which had the added attraction that one of the cheerleaders and two of the field crew came in. She is in model mode, they weren't. Nice view of her, anyway.

Costco after work, Monday is pretty light during football season. Got everything I wanted except bleach and limes. Bleach was a 6 year supply in jugs too big to store safely anywhere, and limes have almost doubled in price, quadrupled actually because I can never use more than half a bag before they rot.

Home, tried the beta fix, did not see any immediate results.

BASFA, where I had a set of the Wordcon newsletters and one of the Finnish bid's genre marketing booklets to auction, but Diane once again brought her whole collection and took up the whole table with it. This time it was VHS tapes. Who uses them anymore? Not her, obviously. She would be better off giving them away the this weekend's convention. She continues to be a reason not to go to the meetings. Not just the inconsiderate using the auction as her personal dump site, a few other annoying things as well.

During the incredibly long auction I fired up my webcam app and saw the beta trick worked. When I got home I fixed all 6 cam settings, so we're good. I'm not going to keep this unit unless they make a couple of bug fixes and add a feature which shows all the devices on the network.

Triple fast forwarded through the Bears-Jets game, was happy to see the Jets unable to pull it out despite some major penalties and questionable first downs called in their favor.

Janice had asked if she could play DVDs somehow on her android tablet, if she bought one. The answer is not easily. The tablets don't have DVD drive drivers, and you need an illegal program to decrypt a DVD to a series of files and then another program to convert the files to MP4s. Then transfer them to the media/Video folder, which you may have to create,  on the tablet. And get a player like VLC to play them, and it may not be seamless. And you lose all the chapter marks.

Plans for tomorrow:
Maybe ship the euphonium

Ship shape

Two more bugs filed at work. Could have been 3 but I didn't want to be anal about the two symptoms of the same issue. Solved the mystery of why an automation script project which I just worked on yesterday was saying its deadline expired in October 2013.

Lunchtime took the boxed up euphonium to Fedex, where it cost about $20 more than expected to ship, but that just means the guy I bought it from ate some of the shipping costs when he sold it to me. It is going to a new buyer, who paid way less than it is worth, but that's life on eBay. Afterward went to Starbucks for a snack, but my phone app had somehow gotten deleted, along with my password, so I had to pay cash. I don't carry their plastic with me because I have the phone app.

Back at work I reset the password to something I can remember. I'm pretty sure I had done that before. The clowns at Starbucks don't let you set a hint or tell you what the password rules are until you reset the password. At least 6 characters, one upper case, on lower case and one number. I have a couple of passwords I use for that combo, but none of them worked. Hmmm. Nothing's missing from the account, so it wasn't hacked.

After work made a quick stop at the CU and got some cash. Broke the last 50 from my vacation money yesterday.

Home, the pillows from Overstock finally arrived, and the Asic shoes from Amazon as well. I was expecting the mugs from eBay, but they are still not here.

Went straight to work making Penang curry meatballs for the potluck,  after balling up a pound of ground beef it was clear this needed to be a double recipe. Which meant 12 leaves sacrificed from my Thai lime tree. And 4 tablespoons of curry paste, so now I'm pretty much out of the stuff. Mashing it into the pot of coconut milk it looked like poop. Smelled good, though. Took about 2 hours. The house smells like Thai lime leaves, which is a good thing. Let it cool for an hour before porting it to the ceramic pot which goes with the slow cooker. The lid didn't fit in the fridge so I Glad wrapped it. Sunday it can go into the cooker and re-warm in the kitchen during the concert. I hope it doesn't rain on us.

While it was cooling I watched Married At First Sight, paused it to do some stuff on the computer, so I could FF past the almost interminable BS at the end when the couples decided on whether to stay together. A couple I thought would stay split up, and I think it's because the hunk of a man could do a lot better than the chubby lazybones he was matched with. A couple which should have split stayed together because the absolutely gorgeous nurse couldn't bring herself to admit there was no future with a homely dork who lies. And a couple stayed together which needed to stay together, but the guy has a problem with a woman who wants to take care of him, so it probably won't last.

Plans for tomorrow:
Company picnic. I'll have some food,  take some photos, and grumble about how cheap they are being having it at a local park.