9:33 PM Saturday, September 29, 2018
Figure I should get a September post in. Still playing a ton of Pokemon GO. Currently at Level 32. Even managed to go on a couple Mewtwo raids while on break at work. At egg hatch, it's pretty cool to see all these random people standing around by themselves doing a raid together, or even walking between hatches downtown. Should have figured out that's what was happening and I could have done the legendary birds in the previous raids. Oh well, should be able to get them somewhere down the line, right? Kids still playing too. Lucy's smart and has me take my phone with me to work, so I plug hers in, connect it to the Go-Tcha, and it auto spins a couple poke stops reachable from my desk and auto catches all day long. Not to mention the distance when taking the El on the commute, since I haven't started biking again. Just today though, they've got me started playing Jurassic World Alive, which is similar to Pokemon GO. It pushes the market/in app purchases a lot more though, kind of annoying. Other big news is that I started a keto diet a couple weeks ago. Trying to get the high blood pressure down. Definitely losing weight. Probably the lightest I've been in years. We'll see if I can hit my target weight and then maintain. Only a couple days I've really missed carbs, one of those being last night when we got sushi delivered. I got sashimi, but all those rolls look really good. And I'm missing dessert. But can't argue with results. Oh, in the middle of getting a new garage. Pretty cool. Did the North Shore Century again, only the 75 mile route again, so all in 92 miles door to door. Rough, since I hadn't been commuting or doing any sort of training. Only got 1 compliment on the bike this time. Rear fender came loose and started rubbing. I have bad luck with fenders on that ride. Go figure, I went Keto the day after, after I stuffed Papa John's pizza in my belly. Maybe I'll get back to riding to work when they have a proper bike valet/garage again. Upgraded the only Mac capable in the house to Mojave. I was running the public beta on the MacBook anyway, but kind of annoying no other Macs in the house have it. Maybe upgrade next year? All the phones got iOS 12. Kids adapted to Screen Time pretty well. They've started sharing, or at least watching each other's phones so they get double the time. Controls aren't perfect, but they'll do. Example: I want to allow Pokemon GO all the time, because they can play while I'm biking, but putting it in the Allows Allowed list doesn't exclude it from being counted in the App Limits (if set by category). I just checked my stats and I use and pick up my phone a lot. Not much thoughts on the updated iPhones and Apple Watches. My turn is next year.
5:00 PM Sunday, August 5, 2018
I'm picking today as the anniversary of Daily Dose, even though the site wasn't actually publically available until August 17, 1998. Either way, twenty years is a long time. Started as hand coded html, copied and pasted posts from main, to older, to archive pages. Then moved into perl scripts moving posts around in html files locally before ftping updated site to a hosted account. Not sure if I can remember moving to a database structure using cgi-bin and perl still, or if I jumped directly to PHP. But pretty much been there ever since, technology wise. Content wise, started much like Twitter, short little posts, what I was doing, what I was planning on doing, getting to eat. More than a few a day even. Then fewer and fewer, but longer and longer, eventually daily, less than daily, and just barely monthly now. But moved to Memex for daily posting and recording of activity instead. So that might explain the lack of posting here. But still, there was a break from August 1999-July 2001, however, looks like I was doing Musings in the interim. I guess I missed the 20 year anniversary of Musings (which would have been January 13, 2018). But yeah, I've seen a lot of online life. Haven't necessarily contributed much to the online world, but I've been here for a while.
11:07 AM Monday, July 30, 2018
Took a vacation toward the beginning of July, went and visited the Cases for a week. Good times. Got to go to the Delaware beaches, which felt like Florida. Waves from the Atlantic are pretty rough, but fun. Went crabbing (blue) for the first time, managed to catch enough to at least taste some. And Lisa got me back into Pokemon GO, and then I got Jackson into it too, so we're both playing. Lucy hasn't caught the bug yet. Managed to lose my main credit card (BarclayCard Apple Rewards), which I didn't realize until I was at the airport on the way there. Never got used, so no one stole it, but never found it, and got a new card/number. But I went ahead and switched over all my payments to the Amazon Prime Rewards card instead. Definitely get more use out of that one I feel. Also notifications on usage is much more immediate from Chase vs. Barclays. And supposedly next year Apple will be coming out with a different branded card with Goldman Sachs? Not sure if I'll bother. Oh, cracked my iPhone X screen the 2nd day of vacation, so I then put a case on it. Got it replaced, along with my iPad (which I also cracked the screen on), both under Apple Care, so that's nice. Had to wait for a replacement iPad to get delivered to the store for pickup. Saw my Auntie Agnes a couple times (visiting from the Philippines), had dinner at the house (ordered way too much food from Aurelio's. Got stuff to put up another shelf in the basement for LEGO display/storage. Also had to get a couple more hard drives (got a low space warning on the Drobo 5D. They had a sale on Seinfield, and also added Impulse (YouTube series based on Jumper) and Zebra Gamer gameplay of Paper Mario Color Splash.
11:57 AM Thursday, July 5, 2018
I'm really looking forward to the iOS 12 release this fall. I'm looking forward to the Screen TIme stuff, finding out how often I pick up and look at my phone, finding out which apps I use the most, adding App Limits. Mostly this is for myself, but also for the kids. They're not gonna like that, I'm probably not going to like what I see as well. But in the meantime, I tried to limit myself to just the News app and Unread. I've been off Twitter for a while now, and only went back on to check on the start of NBA Free Agency. I also stopped checking Reddit for a while, but then I reinstalled the app. I should delete it again. I'm also trying out Nuzzle again, but I should delete that too. I have to try and let go of my desire to catch breaking news. Still haven't found the ideal balance. Completely forgot about my now page, so updated that, and made a more in depth version (now) in the memex. Good things to know and keep track of. Always interesting to look back and realize I've been wearing the same shirts for 5-6 years or longer, or even shoes for the same length of time. Just good things to write down and know. I went ahead and installed the public beta for macOS Mojave on my MacBook. Not bad. I thought I'd have to do a fresh install, but nope, just like a regular OS upgrade. It's interesting. Basically wanted to try News and Dark Mode on the only machine I have that will support it officially. Still haven't started bike commuting back into work yet. Soon. After reading an article about UniFi home user, I figure I should do a real config for my access points. I guess the Auto stuff isn't so Auto. It has been pretty rock solid for me though. Sitting on a 40d uptime for the network.