12:12 PM Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Completely missed an October update. And now it's November, and the the world feels different than it did 2 weeks ago. The world is different than 2 weeks ago. And it feels like the direction changed. Before that day, the usual: enjoying the kids, the internet, working, still not riding bikes besides with the family to get places. And after? Still the same activity, but with a general feeling of unease, maybe even dread, sadness. And probably when it comes down to it, not many changes for me and mine in this very diverse and democratic big city I live in, but I start to wonder if this is the country I want to raise my kids. And then I realized that the country isn't raising my kids, I am, and Tracy is, and we can hopefully have them turn out different from what the electoral college has determined. Just keep on keeping on, and will have to figure out where we can help, what we can do. Going to try and host Thanksgiving at our house, which means doing my first turkey. Should hopefully be good. Work moved to a different floor at the Sears/Willis Tower, only 3 floors up. Much bigger space. But before that, I got to work from home for October because we were still in the old space and had to consolidate offices with another company we purchased earlier in the year and their office shut down before the new spacious office opened up. Much bigger, much nicer, and also much nicer not having to help out too much or organize or move. Much more relaxing. Also, feels like a bigger company. I know maybe a quarter or less of the people in the office now. All new to me. Definitely weird. A little bit like when I started, and I just knew the small group of people in IT. Started reading again, well, the same books as always. Started out with Soon I Will Be Invincible. Starting up Ready Player One so I know how to handle the upcoming dystopia. Also decided to rip the DRM from my iTunes Video purchases and use Plex for my streaming needs. Just so much faster for my local media files, of which I have a lot. But slow going because I had to setup the older Mac mini with Lion to run Requiem, and then copying about 200 GB of files back and forth to remove DRM. But Plex is pretty sweet. Also started VPN'ing through home when on my personal devices at work.
9:23 AM Monday, September 5, 2016
Whoops, August came and went. And no monthly update. Finally took the Miyata 610 out, fenderless, for a spin. Rides nice. I miss riding. Still have to strip and repaint the fenders. Been playing Pokemon GO on my commutes. Might be another reason I don't want to get back on the bike for commuting. Can't really hit all the Poke Stops while riding safely. Also means I've been taking longer walks and sometimes getting off stops earlier or later. Passed 10K steps a couple times; I usually don't come close. Trying to do the Gorilla Workout app/program. Made it all the way through Level 1. Started Level 2. Much harder. Aggravated something in my left foot. Not sure what, but annoying. School starts for Lucy tomorrow. Later than pretty much all my Facebook friends who have already posted their first day of school pics. Got the Raleigh Super Course completely disassembled. Need to clean and reassemble at some point. Tried a giant bubble recipe. Didn't work all that well. The corn starch never really stayed in solution. Been taking the kids on playground tours when I have them and Tracy's working on the weekend. Went up to Winnemac Park last weekend, but the better playground was at McPherson Playground. The kids also liked Vogel Park. Taking Clark up to Lawrence is very bike friendly. Had my credit card number used by someone else, but caught by fraud department. Had to get a new number. Went ahead and also applied and this time got approved for the Barclaycard VISA with Apple Rewards. Ended up using the special financing offer on an iPad Pro (9.7-inch). It's so much easier for doing remote work than the iPhone 6S Plus. Also stopped syncing up RDP connections in Jump Desktop because device specific resolutions work better (1600x900 on the iPhone, 1600x1200 on the iPad, and full screen on the iMac/MacBook). PictureLife officially went under, and worked out a deal with SmugMug to host photos there. So I paid for a year and will slowly work on downloading them all again.
2:11 PM Monday, July 25, 2016
Figured I should get a blog post in for July. I have been keeping up on Current events in the Memex mostly, so I at least have that life logging still going on. Finally decided to go to a doctor and get a physical. Got my lab results back and everything checks out ok. A little overweight. Probably a little dehydrated, probably because of the flu I had a week before. But overall, ok. No hypertension, no diabetes yet. Figure I should try and lose a little weight. Not sure how I'm going to go about it though. Lessen the food intake and up the activity. The right things. Hydrate more, and sleep more. Shouldn't be that difficult, right? While I was sick, I went like 4-5 days without coffee. I was a little worried about going back to it, but it's not like I needed it. And actually today, I haven't had any yet. Got almost enough tools that I have the Raleigh Super Course completely disassembled. Just have to get the freewheel off. Then have to clean it all and reassemble. My attempt at painting fenders to match the Miyata 610 failed (too almond, not white enough), so hopefully I can add just another translucent layer of white that will fix it. Been more than 30 days since I've biked to work. Got the backyard landscaped, or more like restored. Have a real patio and a little sand pit play area that's Jackson's favorite thing. Always looks forward to playing in it on the weekend, coming home from daycare (both from Children's Learning Place and from the grandparents). Went to Slide the City in Carpentersville last weekend. Fun, only got a couple hours in since we showed up late and they shut it down early because of a lightning warning. Fun as usual. We brought Lucy this time. Jackson's way too small though. Saw someone try and get their toddler down, didn't look very successful.
5:19 PM Monday, June 6, 2016
Finally got over the sickness a couple weeks back, started riding again, then did Bike the Drive with the family. Went out late so on the way back as directed off Lake Shore Drive. Hung out at the festival for a bit, then up to the Clocktower Cafe for what may become an tradition. No issues with the Xtracycle that day. I did clean it up, which helped with the shifting. Or course with that biking, I got sore, so took the week off from commuting. Got more stuff to fix up the Raleigh Super Course and Miyata 610. Just need to make a plan, and start spending time getting them up and running. Really for the Miyata only have to add fenders, but want to paint the ones I got to color match. Hopefully that turns out well. Managed to get a front flat on the Xtracycle at some point, tried to patch it a couple of times, but ended up not working. Ran out of tubes, so had to wait for them to come in. Also ordered some rim tape, because the existing stuff was probably original to the bike (circa 1996?). So maybe about time. Then yesterday bringing the kids back from lunch and got a rear flat. So had to walk them home (only a mile or so), then head back out to replace the tube and bring a pump because I didn't bring the spare tube with. But I thik that's good now. Hopefully. I'll be bringing tubes and C02 with me on the Xtracycle going forward. Found Cheerwine at Jewel the other day. That was cool. Tried working out again via the 7 Minute Workout, but that only lasted for a week. Have to start that up again as well. Made it to the beach for the first time this year (Montrose), but they had a giant pool of standing water between the park and the water. It was weird. Also ended up sitting right by Meghan Stromberg, but didn't realize that until we were both getting ready to leave. That is a very very small world.