July 27th, 2017


After Midnight, but there has been Progress (as opposed to Congress)

But first, why do I often make these typos:
top instead of to
PLay instead of Play
Enquiring mind wants to know.
It took about 5 minutes this morning to realize the lights were on and the radio was squawking some inane commercial on KGO. What got me up was needing to hit the "off" button before the traffic report. Because, frankly, I don't give a rat's ass that there is a backup on Sir Francis Drake Blvd or an overturned big rig in Uranus.

Having not done anything even remotely aerobic yesterday, skipped the shower and let Rot Guard perform its chemical magic. Spook went into the shower after I left the bathroom. I've stopped asking why.

Spent a little more time online than usual, lots of email and some people wrong on the Internet.

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Work was dead boring. I ran one automated test only because I had the machine available. At about 4 pm Boss had me fill in a spreadsheet which we do monthly, checking which versions of Android apps are on the reference Android TV set.  And she copied me on email asking one of our software partners when would be a good time for us to visit them. They're a few miles away.

Lunch was tuna casserole. Lots of people in the break room again. Mostly men, mostly suits.

Break time I made an egg cream, and am reading a short story which started out great, but has devolved into a xenobashing diatribe. Well written, though.

After lots of FB input and online review reading, I decided to bite the bullet and spend too much money on a new pair of BT noise canceling headphones for the trip.   Sony 1000X was at the top of the list, Bose Comfort 35 a close second.

But first, my calendar reminded me it is manicure day. I had actually made an appointment. My favorite sweet young thing was ready for me. She found a lighter color silver gel polish, which looked like it was gold coming out of the bottle. Manager assured me it was silver. One finger painted and UV cured, and it was exactly the color I wanted. Miracle.

On to BestBuy. Tried the two headphones. Sony sounded better, and is more solidly constructed. It did a better job of canceling the chattering Asian boys next to me. Bose is lighter weight, slightly more comfortable and $40 less. I bought the Sony phones. I also, out of curiosity, tried JBL (very cheaply made) and Beats (they weigh a ton and sound like crap).

Home, traffic was a mess all the way. Probably partly from the World Cup soccer game at Levi's. 

Email from Avanquest included MICR fonts, and re-installing them plus rebooting the PC fixed the check printing problem, so now I have the rent ready to hand in. Probably will do that Saturday and give them my vacation dates.

Next project, trying to use Word for the business card was a FAIL. I couldn't come close to the layout I wanted. Even with the Avery template. Avery had a free template online for inDesign, but it's only one page, and adding more pages loses the guides, so I had to make one file for the front of the card and another for the back. I made some more changes for the international nature of the con, like adding 1+ to my phone number and USA to my address. I took Twitter off, and added Dreamwidth and Instagram. Everything worked first time, so now I have 50 cards, and can make more (but probably will come back with 47).

Late dinner was a pair of Jimmy Dean breakfast croissants and two corn on the cob quarter segments. Cole slaw on the side. Root beer float for dessert, this time with actual root beer.

Charged the headphones, paired them with my cell phone (something my older Sony headphones refused to do) and played me some Meatloaf Bat Out of Hell tunes. One thing about noise canceling headphones - you have to sing along VERY LOUD to even start to hear yourself. 

Accepted a BASFA friend's invitation to be on another Worldcon panel. This one on Cosplay photography. She always bids on my calendars each year.

Plans for tomorrow:
There should be a brand new version of the James Bond machine to test
Print address labels. Which means checking addresses.

I will go to bed Real Soon Now

Another late night last night - like 2 am. Tonight's address label project was foobarred for about an hour, I had to actually read a help file to get it working. And the help file was not quite right - but close enough.

So now I have the address list I used to mail the calendars, plus extra labels for family, ready to put somewhere. MSWord mailmerge is weird, it only shows the first page of labels. But then it prints all the pages (in my case 2).
Morning broke. KGO got me up out of the shower around 8:30, didn't get drugged and lunch packed till almost 9. But on 101 it's only a 10-minute drive after 9. AG phoned at almost 9.

The automation test was updated, I ran it on a newly updated TV, and the results were the same as before - not all the tests were reported. Boss' boss thought compiling results of tests every week would be a simple cut and paste, and it should be, but there's something wrong in the code design.

So I spent about an hour lining up all the columns to show gaps where sometimes a test or series of tests didn't get recorded. & updated the bug report.

Lunch was chicken a la king and 3 tollhouse cookies. I saved the 4th for later, but later will be tomorrow.

No break, I was busy columnizing.

To pass the time I watched I Can See Your Voice -Thailand which had compiled last season's most memorable moments. Most of them were cases where the judges guessed that the contestant would make noise instead of music, but the contestant sang like a pro. In one case he was a pro. In two cases people born male pulled off soprano songs - not falsetto. One was dressed as a very tall, elegant woman, the other was dressed like a young man with a translucent shirt and bikini top underneath. I love how the panelists enjoy being surprised.

The kicker was this tiny Isan woman wearing a really cheap Halloween Valkyrie costume, who surprised everyone by belting out an almost coloratura rendition of Queen of the Night's piece from The Magic Flute. I will share it here. She comes pretty close, but I had to listen to Callas's version to not have to wash my ears out with acid.

Straight home. 101 was at about 40 mph, the back street was 45, but with stop lights. Home in 20.

Lots of email - I've been put on another panel at Worldcon, one on cosplay photography. I had volunteered to be on such a panel but was passed up by the con schedulers. Turns out a BASFA friend is in charge of the costume track. The moderator is an Israeli woman. She has an impressive software developer resume on linkedIn. And some really nice nature preserve baby animal photos on FB. She has a thing about stark lighting.

 Dinner was Boston Market beef & noodles.

Time to shoot up and crash.

Plans for tomorrow: