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At work, we finally ran the numbers again and figured out that, no, $PROJECT is not going to be finished in October. Current target is mid-December, but even that may be a stretch. The good thing is that it isn't all my fault, though I still blame myself for most of the bad planning.

At home, I finished pulling up the bindweed. There are some stragglers, but at least it's no longer covering 50' of walkway.

I finally put in my passport renewal - I found the one place in the area that's open on Saturday, after trying on Wednesday at the courthouse and balking at the metal detector because I knew I was carrying a knife. The process of applying in person has gotten a lot quicker since the last time I did it, but I'm still down on myself for procrastinating past the point where I could have renewed by mail.

It looks like we'll have a second tenant, so we'll be getting a little more rent. Because of initial clustering, she'll be referred to as C''. Our current tenant is C'. (I've picked up that notation from Haskell, in which "'" (pronounced "prime") is considered a letter. Haskell gets it from math, of course, but it's gone out of fashion in CS because programming languages are always hungry for quotation methods.)

I finally ordered one of the newest Thinkpad (KU-1255) keyboards -- it's still good. In some ways, slightly better than my older and much-beloved XK-8855s -- the one I'm using at work has developed a flaky space bar. (Too many aliens hanging out in it, presumably.) I like the fact that it has the page-up and page-down keys in the empty spaces above the left and right keys. Not only does that make the best use of available space, but it means that if I shove the keyboard under the monitor stand to protect it from cats, I can still navigate effectively in the browser. I don't like that the function keys are smaller and require a "FnLk" keystroke, and that it has a stupid micro-usb cable instead of one built-in with a compartment on the bottom you can curl it up in.

Otherwise, not too much to report. Some links on depression, though as I note on Monday, five of the ten symptoms of major depression start with the word "change", which is kind of useless when you can't remember a time when you've been that way for as long as you can remember. (You have to have 5 to be diagnosed as having it.)

awesome-awesome: A curated list of awesome curated lists of many topics is indeed awesome. So is Make a Lisp, which is a collection of Lisp implementations in dozens of different programming languages. The idea of implementing Lisp in make makes (recursion intended) my head hurt. In a good way -- I love GNU make.

Notes & links:
  * up 5:45ish; W=203.6, P=129/86, p=61; laundry, dishes
  @ The Polyamorous Christian Socialist Utopia That Made Silverware for Proper Americans
  @ A court has ruled that time spent traveling to and from work is “work” — Quartz 
  : I like my Gaiam yoga socks -- they're great for around-the-house use on weekends --
    but they're starting to go thin just below the base of the toes.  Grump.
  @ answer to How can I be sure if I'm in love with my best friend? - Quora 
  @ answer to Why are tools like Vim and Emacs still used for coding? - Quora
  ** Bindweed: finished
  * 15min:  brought shopvac up to porch.  For upstairs.
  % Right QL hurting.  It's been doing that for a couple of days now.  Heat helps only a
    little.  Should go to 2 naproxen, and take a hot bath tonight.  Actually I should
    probably take a methocarbamol _now_.
  * 15min: more mail sorting.  
  % P=113/76, p=66
  @ kanaka/mal: mal - Make a Lisp
    Lisp in dozens of different languages.  The idea of implementing Lisp in make makes my
    head hurt.
  @ alebcay/awesome-shell: A curated
    list of awesome command-line frameworks, toolkits, guides and gizmos. Inspired by
    awesome-php. Looks useful for Honu
  @ emijrp/awesome-awesome: A curated list of awesome curated lists of many topics.
  * Mail basically sorted.  Still need to go the urgent stuff, then go through the
    multiples to make sure I have the most recent bill and am not missing anything.  But
    it's sorted into piles, with only a few one-offs.
  * Updated card at Network Solutions (HSX registration) Now auto-renew on Amex.
  % in too much pain to do much, meaning it's around 4.5 or so.

  * Up 6ish; W=203.6, P=108/81, p=61; laundry, dishes
  : I can haz spudgers.  Ticia can haz litter box mat.
  @ 21 Tips to Keep Your Shit Together When You're... - Rosalind Robertson (the DIY
    Couturier) (kyburg)
  @ In Men, Depression is Different - WSJ f(Mary Anne Mohanraj)
    " Psychiatrists and health care professionals define major depressive disorder as five
      or more of the following symptoms present for two weeks: depressed mood most of the
      day, irritability, decreased interest or pleasure in most activities, significant
      change in weight or appetite, change in sleep, change in psychomotor activity such
      as either agitation or sluggishness, fatigue or loss of energy, feelings of guilt or
      worthlessness, changes in concentration and recurrent thoughts of death. "
    ... but if it's been that way for years, all the "changes" measurements are useless.
  * Family dinner:  Colleen made beer bread and cock-a-leekie soup.  Good.
  * Music: Sang The Travelers and The Bears for (tenant) C'.  If her GF moves in with her,
    she'll be C''.
  @ Why I Won’t Apologize for Having Fun While Sick f(Rachell Diane Spencer)
  @ Self-Care: How to Take Care of Yourself When You Have Depression | The Mighty 
  @ Dysthymia: The Self-Doubt That Comes With Depression | The Mighty 
  @ 21 Tips to Keep Your Shit Together When You're Depressed - Rosalind Robertson 

  * up 5:45; W=206.4, P=128/90, p=59; dishes
    % very unhappy about the weight.
  * 11:15 Colleen UNW

  * up 6:15; W=205.6, ; laundry
  @ Depression’s Upside - The New York Times
  ~ passport office on the way to work? -> metal detector.  Taking knife out of pocket.
    (and now I can't remember where I put it, but that's ok. -> on the lower shelf of my
    monitor stand, next to the nail clippers :P
  * Got the back off of Colleen's tablet, only to discover that I'm going to have to take
    the screen off as well.  :P

  * up 6:30; W=205.6; laundry
  & probably WFH -- Colleen needs an appointment at UNW
  * 2:45 Colleen UNW
  * fill in estimated effort on $PROJECT tasks
  * Dialed in to the status meeting at work.  $PROJECT is in a lot of trouble.  I blame
    myself for a lot of the bad planning, but not all of it.
  & Taking half a day off as sick time.  The appointment ate my spoons.
  * Finished Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs
    Damned good intro to programming
  & Made pasta marinara for dinner - C wasn''t up for it
  % chipped a tooth - same one as before, I think, only this time it wasn't popcorn, it
    was a gummy bear!  Just came down on it wrong, I guess.
  % 9pm a bit drifty.  headache, aches in right lower leg.

  * Up 6:15; W=203.6, P=107/80, p=61; laundry, dishes
  @ answer to What would I miss if I switch from Linux (like Ubuntu) to OSX? - Quora

  * Up 5:15; W=207, ; laundry
  * Seattle Passport Agency & Seattle Passport Office Information for Seattle
    residents open 10-2 on Saturday -> done.  About time.
  : We can haz second tenant.  They'll be moving from the middle bedroom upstairs into the
    one formerly occupied (sequentially) by our daughters and their SOs.  So now we have
    C' and C''.  C'' is very much a cat person.
  * N. did a little work on my right leg and QL.  I believe she said it was the peroneus
    that's been hurting; that would proably be due to compensation for the QL when _it_
    was hurting.
  % Wasting too much time on Quora.  "It's easy to give without asking the price/so let us
    be nobly profuse of/The bountiful treasure of moral advice/We anyhow never make use
    of" -- Piet Hein.
  % The "3 fictional characters" meme:  The Middle-Sized Bear, Digger, ?Sherlock Holmes.
    @ Black Bear Gentleman I'm more of a brown bear, though
      maybe this one. Not too fond of the red cap, but...
      Basil Rathbone and Ida Lupino in "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" 
  " QOTD: me: Here - I brought you a goddess.  She was demanding to be taken downstairs. "
  @ answer to What is the most absurd code you've ever seen? - Quora stupid-sort 

Date: 2016-09-25 08:53 pm (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
I very much enjoyed reading your notes and links. Thank you for choosing to post publicly.

Date: 2016-09-26 03:08 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Personal accountability and tracking important data and remembering positives are all important! The bonus effect appear to be that since your friend like you they like hearing about your life. That's the number one thing for me - I like talking with you, I think you're awesome and tremendously fuzzy, and finding out that you aten't ded is definitely good.

Date: 2016-09-26 03:09 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
PS Sorry for tyop and I really like your cat-goddess quote.

Date: 2016-09-26 03:24 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
But of course! *smiles*

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