January 20th, 2016


Try as I may

I was *this* close to getting to sleep at a reasonable hour, I even stepped away from proofing the last 15 lyrics, but reading and videos on the tablet delayed me, and it was after 1:30 am.

Spook stayed with me most of the night, she was still there at 5:30 but gone elsewhere by 7.

And the radio delayed me again, the rain was causing major crap on the roads, I didn't get out of the shower till 9:30, and it was raining like this was Seattle, but I took the back roads, which were more crowded than usual because a bridge and a freeway were closed by accidents, making people take the scenic routes.

I walked in a couple of minutes before 10, just in time to intercept a teammate who was on his was to our weekly Monday meeting. Not Monday = Not meeting.

Checked my machine, and it was all good over the long weekend.

Chatted with team lead, turns out that I'm out of tests to run because of one bug which won't be fixed till Thursday, and no source for a special European signal needed to run the others.

So I punted.

I had brought something like lunch, because the rain looked like it would be here all day, so I ate in the break room even though it had cleared up, mostly sunny, and warm. Streets were still wet, though, and there's a lot of construction going on.

Baby sister is starting a business, now that she is retired with a Navy pension. And she is writing a book on nutrition, for which she is taking classes on growing healthy food, something she has done her whole life. She's already a master gardener. Lots of email today between her and me and sister #2 as we try to (a) come up with a fictitious business name and (b) get her to focus on just one of the 47 things she wants to accomplish.

Phone sister #2, mostly to catch up, be also to talk about baby sister. Sister #2 is in Baltimore, which has had no precip in 3 days, despite dire predictions of Snowmageddon.  

After work, CHM for a members' reception and talk on Ada Lovelace, whom I prefer to think of as Ada Byron. The reception was better than the last farce, but only half of what they had been. There was some WIN, I found a seat looking at the back of the Babbage engine, and they cranked it several times. The staff incorrectly thinks the front is the important part, since that's where you enter the numbers to crunch, but the back is where all the mechanical action is. When they obtained this loan in 2008, it was only supposed to be for two years, and it is finally being packed up and returned at the start of next month.

The panel was somewhat interesting, but unfortunately only one of the three panelists was very articulate, and they didn't get into the subject very deeply. I guess they want us to read the one panelist's book. They also plugged a graphic novel which was not represented by a panelist, but is sold in the gift shop. Major FAIL, the gift shop was closed.

Home, experienced once again the rule which was also on the way to CHM: long before your exit, but too close to it to change lanes, someone will slow way down right in front of you. On the way there, the idiot turned on her left turn signal, preventing any thought of passing, but took the exit before mine. On the way back it was a drunk/sleepy driver.

Finished proofing the lyrics, all 30 are done, and in about the same format. I'm surprised how many I had forgotten, but remembered when I read them. I need to do a web search to find out how I can batch print them.

Opened a bottle of coconut water. I like it, and my tummy likes it. And I have at least 5 more on the shelf.

Plans for tomorrow:
Probably will not got to the library's talk on patents.


I Quit - but only in my mind

It was a dismal day at work. I filed a bug, project manager marked it invalid, because he forgot that he had removed a feature from the machine which made another feature impossible to implement. Engineer provided a work-around which will go into the next build, presumably, but when I called PM on it, he laughed it off as a requirements issue, which it was not.

Later in the day I filed a completely different bug, only to find out that the feature, which was in the previous model, is not in this one. But the error message the new one shows is wrong, so at least there's that.

But I was totally bummed out that here I am filing bugs which engineering would rather not have filed.

Lunchtime the plan was to go to the bad Chinese food place or Starbucks in the same strip mall,  but I got trapped. The bozos who are digging up the intersection of El Camino and San Thomas Expy had set up arrow signs to steer traffic away from the center lane, but allowing it into the left-turn lane which was the lane I wanted. After 5 minutes of no motion, cars start jumping the meridian and going back from whence they came. After 3 cars I could see there was heavy equipment blocking the left turn, and did the same. Back to the office, I had a banana and a hard boiled egg (I had brought two today) and that was lunch. In the break room, I continued to read the Crichton book.

6 pm, went to the parking lot intending to go home, but traffic was stopped for as far as the eye could see on the street in front of the building. That's the only way out. I went back inside and read for half an hour, but when I checked again it was the same. So I went back to my desk and played on the PC till 7, and by then traffic was all gone.

The egg report.
Over the past 2 days I have shelled enough of the two recipes to give a conclusion:

katbyte's boil, then turn off the heat, cover for 18 minutes, then cool gave easy to peel eggs which were slightly over-cooked.
howeird's boil, then cover, turn down the heat to simmer for 12 minutes then cool gave easy to peel eggs which were just right.

I'm going to chalk up the difference between her results and mine on the kind of pot I use, anodized aluminum, almost as heavy as cast iron, it probably retains the heat longer than what she uses. She also lives in an area which averages lower barometric pressure, which would slightly lower the boiling point of water compared to high pressure Sunnyvale. But probably not a real factor.
In the background I'm re-installing iTunes, and making some registry changes because a program called Monkey something, which was supposed to delete duplicate tracks actually created duplicates, and even after I removed it it still has locked my music folder. :-(

Plans for tomorrow:
Drop a box off at UPS, the alleged 3-qt pot I bought turned out to be 2 qt.
Work more on lyrics file formatting?