So 2017 started with an inch of snow on the ground, and the entire week has been unseasonably cold. Welcome to global warming? I spent most of last week trying, with limited success, to catch up on the things I'd fallen behind on over my week of vacaton. I may survive the month.
Now that LJ has moved its servers to Russia (dropping HTTPS and at least a hundred pro-Ukraine blogs in the process), it seemed like a good time to disable comments on my crossposts and direct all comments to Dreamwidth. If you're reading this on LJ you can comment there with OpenID as [yourname]@livejournal.com. But I think you'd be better off making yourself a Dreamwidth account, importing your LJ, and crossposting. Just ask if you need help -- I've been giving out lots of advice.
The other news is that we (N and I) bought a new (to us) car -- it's a 2004 Honda Odyssey which (who?) seems to be going by the name Rosie.
We have also done quite a bit of cleaning-up and downsizing; first order of business is to get the downstairs cleared out so it can have a new floor and kitchen cabinets installed. Needs doing.
... and yesterday I transplanted my storage server into a small case. It's back on the mini-ITX board I'd had it on for the last couple of years; the smaller case makes a lot more room on the shelf. Downsizing.
Looks like it's going to be an interesting year. Lots of adventures. Nasty, uncomfortable things.
0101Su * up 6am; W=204.8; dishes : About an inch of snow on the ground this morning. @ How learning Smalltalk can improve your skills as a programmer Q # so should I post new-year or the weekly first? OK, weekly: that way I can incorporate a yearly summary, and get 2016 out of the way before looking forward. -> didn't feel up for it, so punted on the summary. @ lynnenne | On LJ migrating to Russian servers # disabled comments on crossposted entries. This reduces risk, and lets me stop importing comments into DW -- since there won't be any more. @ catsittingstill | Okay. 2017 is here. Time to quit despairing and gear up. * To Tacoma with N to look at cars. Bought a Honda Odessey - N is a fierce negotiator. @ Charm: a Python client for LiveJournal command line client. Python; currently 1.9.2 from 2013 0102Mo * Up 6am; W=203.6; laundry, dishes * somehow got into a Wikipedia dive on group theory by way of syzygy (from LJ) and Hilbert's syzygy theorem % cold; also scared. Blanket and heating pad helping only a little. % too many things didn't get done over this vacation. I'm -probably- doomed. * I have at least opened my work laptop. That will probably do nothing but add to the list of things I haven't done, but... & no rose parade. Was on at 8; is now after 10. -> Colleen found the reruns on KTLA. Don't know why I was having so much trouble. % 11:42 P=152/85 * A couple of hours downstairs with N and G' sorting books. Done with the books that were in the playroom. : G' helping C apply for medicare and social security. We'll see what happens with that. -> huge amounts of anxiety. % dinner, which was supposed to have been pulled beef and brussels sprouts, did not work out. Colleen says the beef edible; I am in no condition to say. The sprouts, made in a crock pot with butter and maple syrup, are excellent. % Interesting: my weight has gone down pretty much all week. Not clear whether this is because of increased or decreased anxiety. % muscle spasm just above my knee in back. So one of the posterior thigh muscles. I've been having problems there for a while; probably because I overstretched it -- I do hamstring stretches while watering my nose. Heat is helping. @ America Becomes a Stan - The New York Times " The only question now is whether the rot has gone so deep that nothing can stop America’s transformation into Trumpistan. One thing is for sure: It’s destructive as well as foolish to ignore the uncomfortable risk, and simply assume that it will all be O.K. It won’t. " * find cabinets at HD or Lowes -> KraftMaid Edgemont Cathedral White White-RDCDS.HD,EWR4,WH - The Home Depot Unfortunately they don't appear to have the cabinets! Just door samples. Not a good sign. They also have lousy reviews. 0103Tu 41st Anniversary * up 7am; W=202.6; laundry, dishes * 3:30 Anita Brown % muscle problems: right leg; gastrocnemius this time. @ solarbird | so let’s say there’s an emergency % 8ish very sleepy. Felt like I was in danger of falling asleep on the bus ride home. 0104We * up 6:10; W=204.6; laundry @ Hampton Base Cabinets in White – The Home Depot @ Deer Run Cabins | Quality Amish Cabins & Kits 0105Th * up 6:30; W=204.6; dishes, laundry @ The dark rigidity of fundamentalist rural America: a view from the inside (thnidu) It's not that we don't understand them. They refuse to understand themselves. " The problem isn’t “coastal elites don’t understand rural Americans.” The problem is rural America doesn’t understand itself and will NEVER listen to anyone outside their bubble. It doesn’t matter how “understanding” you are, how well you listen, what language you use…if you are viewed as an outsider, your views are automatically discounted. I’ve had hundreds of discussions with rural white Americans and whenever I present them any information that contradicts their entrenched beliefs, no matter how sound, how unquestionable, how obvious, they WILL NOT even entertain the possibility it might be true. Their refusal is a result of the nature of their fundamentalist belief system and the fact I’m the enemy because I’m an educated liberal. " @ Putin’s Real Long Game - POLITICO Magazine (siderea) 0106Fr * Up 6:30; W=204.6; laundry, dishes @ Get your loved ones off Facebook. - Salim Virani (moem) Facebook is not your friend | Andrew Brown | Opinion | The Guardian 0107Sa * up 7:30; W=205.6; laundry, dishes * Down to Tacoma with N to pick up (new van) Rosie * Nova transplanted. Ubuntu is pretty horrible as a server OS, but we knew that. still looking for the top to that case. It appears to have been housekept. Lots more room on that shelf, though. -> on the hearth, behind and partly under a box of partly-sorted envelopes * now updating snowflake. ... and basically done. Some oddness with preferred terminal; Honu/Mathilda win. A couple of glitches, but nothing serious.