August 29th, 2015


Late again. Or maybe it's early

almost 1 am. But for a good reason. I was out of $1 bills, which meant I had to scavenge from the emergency roll of quarters in the car in order to buy sodas from the work machine. Yeah, it has a credit card gadget, but it's wireless, and the building is full of RF experts and high level programmers, so no thanks. So I went to the strip club where a $20 bill gets you 20 $1 bills. And a lot of eye candy.

And a lot of eye strain, because the genius who designed the stage lighting used halogen track lights which are intense and aimed to blind you. I found a seat after a while which was not always in the glare. Anyhow I bought $40 in singles, and after tipping the dancers came away with 18.

Not much to do at work except more research.

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Lunchtime I snagged a bagel and a muffin, added some string cheese and American cheese to the bagel and microwaved it (raisin bagel) and ate in the break room, reading on the Kindle app. Mark Twain's Roughing It which was free, and far more readable than most of the current sci-fi for free, which turns out to be YA with an adult fiction cover. It was close to 90° out, hazy, so I decided to spare the air.

Chatted a bit with team leader, and did some more research on a feature which may or may not be in the new product.

Home instead of Starbucks, because it would be packed, and their wi-fi is overloaded, and I wanted to be in air conditioning and a fast wi-fi to do regular updates on my laptop and run a couple of virus & spamware scans.

Logged into the Lenovo forum, and left a question whether the 1TB mSATA drive I had put into my Toshiba would work in the Lenovo (which is scheduled to be delivered Wednesday). Got an answer - no. They are different architectures, and sizes. And the kind in the Lenovo only has 500GB drives max available. So I ordered one on Amazon, since Lenovo does not seem to sell them direct, and it was $25 less than on the manufacturer's site (Samsung).

Which means when I sell the Toshiba, it will be with the big hard drive.

Delivered today were some meds from Kaiser, and a "travel adapter" for the Lenovo. Not what I saw on the page, but still useful. I thought I was getting a travel sized AC adapter, but what they sent was a travel sized 12V car/airplane adapter. Come to think of it, I probably won't use it. Should return it and order a generic AC adapter on Amazon.

In other techie news, I took the Garmin with me to work, and it reminded me how much I miss the Garmin maps. The piece of crap they put in the Prius is mostly unreadable, but it has better voices. I paired it with my phone (which will be handy on the trip) and then diasbled Bluetooth so it doesn't override the better connection in the Prius.

On the second load of laundry. I have too many Hawaiian shirts.

Plans for tomorrow:
Drop off the rent check
maybe drive out to the ocean. Maybe look for that orchid place in Pacifica again, now that I know where it really is.

Move Along, nothing to see here

Total nothing day. Too hot & hazy to justify driving anywhere.
Slept till 11 because Spook woke me up at 2:45 am wanting to play ball on the bed. I threw the ball down the hall, she returned with the remains of a toy mouse. Threw that and she attacked my toes.

Shopped online, watched some youtubes in bed. Finally up and dressed at the crack of 3 pm

Dropped off the rent check. Manager confirmed that if I added a shed to my driveway it would have to be painted to match the house. :-(

Watched some football. Facebooked. Amazoned. Livejournal - read all my friends' posts instead of just my favorites. Some extremely bad news among those. And a reaffirmation of why I rarely read those posts. 96% or more of my LJ friends list have migrated elsewhere. I had a Dreamwidth account until they started charging for it. At that time it was still two dropouts and a special needs student writing the code (or so it appeared to this outsider) so the concept of sending them $$ was not acceptable.

Since Lenovo's support pages are useless, I posted my question about which SSD to buy for the upcoming laptop, and quickly received a succinct, detailed response from another forum member. Which was followed in a few hours by the same answer worded differently. So that's on order.

Did the Werther's Caramel experiment, part 1. The raw sugar recipe made the caramel walnuts too hard. So I melted 2 cups of Werther's soft caramels (it took 10 minutes to unwrap them all) and stirred in the nuts. They look excellent, especially now that they are chopped into squares. But they are too chewy, and stick to my dentures. Maybe I'll bring them to work Monday.

Using Audacity to record from cassettes, and experienced a kind of a FAIL. it does not appear possible to delete a section of audio while the recording is on pause, and if I stop recording, instead of the app continuing from where it was stopped, it erases what had been recorded and starts over again. :-(

And an accident. Rewinding one of my oldest tapes, it came detached from the reel. So I have some empty shells on order so I can resurrect the tape. I won't bother to open it up and re-attach on the existing unit because the piece which holds the tape against the head is almost completely disintegrated.

Watched the Seahawks steal a game from the Chargers. Horrible playing for the most part. And kind of shabby referee-ing. Had to mute the audio because the commentators were all about themselves. And I have a few wants for these broadcasts:
I want:
1. Silence from the booth when there is nothing worth saying about the game at hand
2. To hear every referee verbal call (don't talk over him)
3. Sideline interviews only when there is no play on the field
4. Complete cheerleader coverage. The excuse that cheerleaders are a perk of going to the game is bull - because from the stands they look like ants.
5. No replays from other games except during the halftime reports
6. No replays from earlier in the game (the ones showing the same player in 4 or 5 earlier plays) - it's confusing
7. A limit of two replays of a play (one from each side) unless it is a play being challenged, and in that case maybe two more.
8. More cheerleader coverage
9. No close-ups of players or coaches spitting
10. No on-screen time for the booth announcers unless there is a guy in a gold jacket in there being interviewed

Sat out on the porch, and was astonished at how dried out the lime tree pots had become. So I watered them. Both are showing a lot of new growth, the oldest one has about a dozen tiny limes starting.

Like I said, nothing to see here. I am now 15 minutes past when I wanted to go to sleep, and I still need to take drugs.

Plans for tomorrow:

1:30 concert in the park. Load up the car by noon.
Re-record what Audacity ate. Use Goldwave(?)

Howard The Duck

One more thing

My Medicare card arrived today. From Baltimore. Not valid till November, though. It's a cheap paper card, I make more professional looking ones on my PC.