WEEK 35 2016
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Picture of the Week
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Saturday - Yard sales in the morning. I picked
up a laptop case for the mostly unused Windows 10 machine, and that was
Napped the afternoon away (still a bit exhausted from Friday's overly hot
long walk I guess), then did some light app work in the evening, mostly just
setting up a punch list of stuff I need to do. I was going to go over and
show it to S, but she was off at the fair again - looking at goats I
I was invited, but was still kind of dragging...
I had a little project in mind for typists with disabilities, and thought I
had a little Arduino in a box of electronics someone had given to me a while
back. It turned out that it was a small HD teevee, a circa 2010 Ampd
model. I plugged it into the Roku and it worked. I have no great use
for it, it's screen is not much larger than a laptop's, but was mildly
amused. It has a vast number of inputs for some reason, RGB, Composite, USB,
HDMI, S-video and who knows what else. Even coaxial.
Somewhere I have an old wireless Roku, I suppose I could set it up in the
living room or bedroom if I so desired.
Friday - Moderately hot.
100F or so.
I took a long walk in the morning, about 7.5 miles, and was pretty tuckered
out on return. But the foot was OK.
I 'finished' the last game level in the late afternoon - there are still
things that need to be done, and some stuff I have questions on, but it's
99% done, and I need to trot it by S and get her opinion on things.
There's a huge punch list, including the big memory leak somewhere, but it's
probably 95% done overall. Yay me.
Thursday 25 August
Just grinding away on the app, trying to get that last level's logic
A book I'd ordered some time ago, a used textbook, finally arrived. I was
getting ready to report the seller to Amazon, it'd been about a month. When
I looked at the shipping label it made more sense: it
was from England. A three dollar book and four dollars
postage. I remember seeing that the best copy, "excellent", was from
overseas and deciding to pass. Obviously I forgot and ordered from there
anyways. Oh well, no harm done.
I decided against taking the C++ course. It's expensive, time consuming, and
Book #38 was The
Alien Way, by Gordon Dickson. This was an old paperback off my
shelves, circa 1973.
When coding I'd guessed at a method argument type rather than look it up,
and got lucky: it worked. I chuckled to myself "The
Random Factor is in my favor", and then in the evening decided to
go read the book where that phrase is used.
While a bit "60-ish" the book is interesting in that it portrays the aliens
as alien, i.e., not acting like
people in alien suits. The protagonist human is desperately trying to get
across the idea to his superiors that their assumptions are wrong, but has a
lot of trouble. Eventually he enlists the aid of one of the aliens,
who for his own differing alien
Wednesday 24 August
Wednesday - Hot.
Did a six mile walk in the morning. It was unpleasant: hot, smokey, and
rather humid - but my feet held up pretty well. They were sore, but that's
to be expected after months of light exercise.
Got the logic for level=10 mostly working, and the display elements
(placeholders, anyway) working. I need to tie them together, then the level
will be essentially done!
Talked to Dave a bit about our forthcoming Sierra hike. Like me he's
been battling foot issues, but seems to be on the mend. He says that bear
vaults are a must, so I need to see about buying or renting one for myself.
Tuesday - Hot.
Ballard was diving on the wreck of the USS
Independence CVL-22, scuttled off of San Francisco, after being used
as a test ship for two
atomic blasts. They were streaming the dive live and my brother B called and
told me about it. Neat stuff. It was surprising how well she held together,
after wartime service, two atomic bombs, being sunk and sitting there for 70
I had it on for a couple of hours in the morning, but it was distracting me
from the app work so I eventually turned off the iPad.
Working away on app things.
Monday - Hot again.
Did a five mile walk in the morning. I'd planned on 3.5, but things
were going well, no pain, so I upped the mileage. No problems.
Started a new level, the last, for the app. There are still a lot of
punch list items for earlier levels, but I wanted to strike while all the
scoring algorithms stuff was still in my head.
Went to the county fair in the evening. There were some thunderstorms
threatening, and we could see rain in the distance, but the sun set before
the weather reached us, and it dissipated.
S entered in the candy competition, but failed to place for the first time
in years. She'd done a non-chocolate caramel, and despite being
excellent it wasn't memorable enough to the judges. Hard to compete
We walked around a bit at looked at exhibits, had some food, but I was just
beat after the morning walk and working all day, so I was happy to go home
Sunday - Hot. In the low 100's.
I did some chores around the house and yard - in particular mowing, edging,
weed whacking. The cutouts for the sprinkler heads were really covered
up - I miss having a teen-aged boy to do these chores!
There was laundry and dished to do as well.
I also did a bit more house sitting - my friends didn't arrive home until
mid-evening so I did the morning and evening dog feeding and medicating
Too hot to do anything outside in the afternoon, so just stayed inside and
did some reading. It was tempting to work on the computer, but it's best not