10:19 PM Monday, January 5, 2015
Took the El to work and back. Ordering goggles now so I can bike in this weather. Had to leave early to pick up Lucy. Been a while since I"ve done that. And I get to bring her to school tomorrow. I needed to work from home anyway, since I've got to be at the house so the water dept can come in and check the new service and program the meter. Then I need to head in to work because I've got to move my stuff, since they're doing construction and I'm getting shuffled around. We also got a 90" TV installed at work, replacing a 4x55" video wall because the consumer grade equipment had too much of a bezel around individual TVs. New construction is bigger offices with actual doors for the president and CFO. Probably going to work from a laptop for the 3 weeks it's under construction. Should be interesting. Not looking forward to having to shovel some more snow tomorrow. Won't actually do it until I head over for the water dept guys. Saw that Sony's TV announcement at CES included all smart TV's running on Google Android. Smart for Google and Sony. Google extends their reach, Sony doesn't have to worry about the OS. Will there be an Apple TV? Things I have to start checking on for eventually outfitting the new house. Nice to see some HomeKit stuff getting announced. Not sure if that stuff will be ready by the time we move in.
11:38 PM Sunday, January 4, 2015
First off, my uncle Tony, my mom's brother, passed away today in the Philippines. My mom was on the way there when it happened. He's in a better place now.

Ok, let's try this again. Last update was September, 3 1/2 months ago. So new house still under renovation/rehab/construction. House next door finished up and is for sale at $2.5 million. So we'll have rich neighbors. Speaking of new house, had to go and shovel the sidewalk out front for the first time today. Easy, since it's only a little section of sidewalk, but a pain up until we start living there, since I have to drive over (didn't feel like biking). And estimate is now finishing up in March or so. Hopefully. Work's work. Busy. Always. Interesting, always. Wife and kids are good. Jackson was sick for a month or so, went through 3-4 issues, cold, flu, stomach bug, but he's finally back up to speed. No snots even. Lucy's good, she also had a flu or something for a week or 2, but she got antibiotics to kick it. Christmas and New Year's was good. Thanksgiving too. All pretty low key, nothing big. Lucy like's to stay over at the grandparents condo during the school week. Helpful, but hopefully it's not because she doesn't want to come home, but that she likes staying at grandma's better. Been biking to work. Swapped out to Power Grips instead of toe clips so I can wear boots. And the Bar Mitts as usually have been great. The Revolights work well too, but installation was a bit of an issue, at least on the front wheel, because I had to trim those little fins off the brakes in order to prevent it from rubbing. Pretty annoying. In December I actually had to take off the Bar Mitts a couple of times because it was too warm. But with windchill's estimated down to -20 tomorrow, I'm going to pass on the biking, at least until I get some goggles, so I can not have any exposed skin. As of now that's the only part that gets cold on my rides. With Mom in the Philippines, I get to go back to taking a more active part in Lucy's school commute. Going to try and start writing here more. I've started journaling again, with Day One. I'm back to logging locations, this time via Path instead of Foursquare/Swarm. Going to try and go paperless at home, for reals this time. Got a Doxie One scanner and will use Hazel to process, as suggested via Tools and Toys. So maybe that'll prevent the mail buildup on the counter. Tried out using a work laptop, but ended up giving that back because I didn't know how to carry a full size laptop on my bike (I don't want to wear a backpack). Found out the newest DisplayLink drivers support up to 14 monitors, so I'm up to 10 at work. Got a Dell Chromebook 11 to check out Chrome OS and a Dell Venue 8 to check out Android. Neither are very usable for work stuff right now. Finally finished up How I Met Your Mother. I had been spoiled by a tweet or website so I knew what was coming, but Tracy had no idea and she got blindsided. I decided to start over from the beginning and see how long I make it. Plowed through Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., first season on Netflix and the second bought on iTunes, so I'm all caught up there. I watched the relevent movies at the appropriate times, so that was cool to see the interplay between TV and Film. Love the coherence. Finally finished the Magician's Series, reading the first two and finishing with The Magician's Land. Pretty good. Neatly tied up loose ends. Liked that. Also thoroughly enjoyed The Martian and hopefully the movie version will come out ok. Back to using the Zagg Cover Keyboard for iPad mini. Works better now that I use the Zagg Autofit 8 for the Dell Venue Pro 8 and they have the same key layout, so I'm getting used to the eccentricities.
8:43 PM Tuesday, September 16, 2014
So, June, July, August and half of September roll on by without an update. Whoops. Let's see if I can remember what's gone on the last quarter or so. Have I mentioned we bought a house? Back in April. It's a 3 flat we're deconverting to a single family home. Working with Carlo as our architect. Had tenants, they left in June, ended up taking 2 months to get permits, but work finally started at the end of July. Currently getting an extension put on the back. Current estimate is January/February for completion. Should be interesting. Speaking of home repair, finally got someone else to get the front juliet balcony leaking to the 3rd floor fixed, which is good because 3rd floor bought a place of their own and sold the condo. All pretty much within the time we've had our new house. Doing some work on our current place, in hopes of it being ready to sell eventually. Basically it means moving stuff on the deck around while Tracy stains it. Got to use a powerwasher though. That was cool. Plowed through Season 3 of Continuum when it became available on Netflix. Currently powering through Firefly now. Drobo had a couple drive failures, taking around a week to fix itself last time, and still ongoing now. Seagate's suck. Started buying a bunch of TV/Movies off iTunes Store because of it, since there was a chance I'd lost my library on the Drobo. Flew out for Bryan's 40th birthday as a surprise with Mina, Kevin and Akira. That was fun and a trip down memory lane. Started the process for a 10 year reunion at Great Wolf Lodge in February with the gang, kids included. Should be fun. Might be my next post. Also, Idaho was nice. I wouldn't mind going back. Might be hard to talk Tracy into it though. Got a soda maker, so that's been a new fun thing to play with. Best thing so far? Honeydew soda. Malbec, not so good. And the Earl Grey wasn't strong enough. Oh, also started making our own ice cream. But after a handful of batches, moved on from that. Still biking to work, got a tune up so the Pacer's running like a dream, just in time for the North Shore Century this weekend. Had to take a trip to Canada back in June for work, and taking another one next week.
1:12 AM Saturday, May 31, 2014
This time last week we (Tracy, Lucy and I) were rolling through downtown Minneapolis getting to our hotel room. Jackson stayed with the in-laws while we went north for Booter's wedding. Good time. Al, Nicole, and Luke were all in town as well, so the whole family went up. Good times. Didn't actually do any dancing. Did get to go swimming at the pool one day. That was nice. Also, the Westin in downtown Minneapolis is cool because the lobby/bar/restaurant is in a former bank. Driving wasn't too bad. Lucy's a great road tripper. Listened to a lot of This American Life while I drove. Except for that stretch around Eau Claire. No AT&T Data Coverage there. Hard to believe it's almost June. Hung out in Woodstock on Sunday night, picked up Jackson on Monday. More family hangouts on Tuesday, to see Lucy's Ballet Recital (no idea we were supposed to bring flowers), then went to the Shedd Aquarium, followed by dinner at Flo & Santos. And then a very short week at work.