2016 can go hang itself. In the last week the filk community has
lost Lucy Stern, Kira Heston, and JoEllyn Davidoff. Colleen's friend Bev lost
her fiance. The folk world lost Oscar Brand. Enough!
The rest of it seems kind of lame. I'll try. Meanwhile, there's this infographic of the stages of grief vs reality.
I successfully replaced the USB port on Colleen's tablet -- I am now feeling
fairly confident of my ability to fix modern computing devices. Meanwhile,
though, Colleen had expressed an interest in replacing both her tablet and her
kindle with a Kindle Fire, so when I spotted a used Fire HD 6 on sale at,
well, a fire sale price, I got it for her. So now I have a Kindle
paperwhite. I may go back to reading books on the bus instead of news. It
would be good for my blood pressure.
My hypertension also provided a convenient excuse for not watching the
presidential debate. I already know who I'm voting against, thanks. First
election I can remember where Darth Vader and Cthulhu dropped out early.
At work, my sit-stand desk showed up over the weekend. Having a desk that
goes down to a proper typing height, which for me turns out to be
25.5 inches, is wonderful. Tried standing a couple of times -- it hurts to do
more than a couple of minutes. I'm supposed to work up to 15 minutes out of
every hour. Probably not happening, but we'll see.
Also got my Microsoft ergonomic keyboard; it took me most of the week to get
used to it, but it may work. If not, I can always go back to the Thinkpad
keyboard. I bought one of the newer ones for home, which means that I could
swap the older one I'd been using there for the one at work, which had
developed a dicey space bar.
Finally got around to paying a few bills. I suck at that kind of thing.
My depression and anxiety numbers were down -- 5 each -- at my session with my
therapist on Tuesday. I'm not sure the therapy is doing me much good except
as a way of getting something of an objective reading on my mental state, but
that's probably a good thing in its own right.
Somebody sent me a link that his daughter found and suggested putting on Interesting Places for
Kids. Which I did, but it's so horribly out of date that most of
its links are broken, including all of the links to it, now
that I've dropped the
places.to domain. (Tonga raised the rent,
and I didn't think it was worth it.) Oh, and also the build system, which
relied on the no-longer-maintained cPIA: XML Macro Processing in C for templating. Need to put that on
GitHub. Thought I had, actually.
Oh, yeah: the link:
As the father of two 6th grade girls (twins) I've been looking for weather
resources to help them with their natural disaster project in their Earth
Science class! Your weather guides have been a big help. As a thank you, I
wanted to send you this page that one of my daughters found: http://www.aaastateofplay.com/staying-safe-outdoors-in-severe-weather/.
And I'm primary oncall next week. Oh, joy! It's probably going to be a busy
one, though hopefully not as rough as the last one.
( Notes & links, as usual )