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Whidbey Island has wind storms. Last week was punctuated by a pair of power outages: one from 12:40am to 3:30pm Monday, and one from 11am Thursday to 10:55 Friday. I was actually surprised that they got the power up as fast as they did Friday; I was expecting another day's worth. I never did get a good look at the eventual outage map.

In the first outage, I learned that my bedroom UPS will keep my CPAP running for about three hours. It would be significantly more without the huidifier, but there doesn't seem to be a way of turning it off remotely; next time I'll try to remember to take it off if the UPS alarm wakes me up (as it did this time). The IT UPS (in the entryway/laundry room) kept the routers up for about ten, even without shutting down the server, which is probably the biggest power draw.

In the second one, I learned that:

  • Phone service is spotty to nonexistant during a sufficiently long outage. (My phone's hotspot went away just as I was trying to post Thankful Thursday.)
  • I can sleep without a CPAP if I have to. (Actually I knew that already, but recent confirmation is nice.)
  • We don't have water during an outage because the well has an electric pump with no backup generator. Water stayed up long enough for me to fill a couple of gallon bottles, though.
  • We didn't have nearly enough water available for flushing the toilets.
  • Molly, our electric car, can be used to charge phones and other electronics. (On the other hand, we don't have a way to keep her charged; that would have been problematic in a longer outage.) Her WiFi hotspot can be used to network a couple of laptops together even if it can't get to the internet. I like Molly.
  • Although I'm positive we have a hardwired phone someplace in the house or the garage, I have no idea where it went.
  • We did have enough flashlights and LED lanterns to go around, but we probably don't have enough batteries for a longer outage.

N has been up from Seattle for the entire week -- that's been wonderful. (The kids are with their father because their cousins are in town.) She's been staying in the Box Barn (as we've started calling the apartment over the garage). It has hot water, finally; the only thing left to do is some electrical work; that's scheduled for the first week in January.

I'm continuing to have problems configuring a WiFi repeater to cover the Box Barn. You would think that it would be easy to configure a dual-band router as a bridge -- you'd be wrong. Apparently there are some problems with the WiFi protocol and DHCP that make this difficult. It would be easier if it wasn't so easy to break the configuration to the point where it becomes inaccessible and I have to do a hard reset.

I've also learned that my recording and cd-burning toolchain has serious problems, which is not at all surprising. It hasn't been used for years, so the whole transition to MakeStuff has sort of passed it by. I finally have most of it working; it's enough to put together and burn a CD. The parts for publishing concerts on the web mostly aren't working; I've fallen far behind in that department.

Notes & links:

  * up 5ish; W=198.8, S=; shower
  : aaaand - both extenders are non-functional again.  Pretty much has to be DHCP
  @ The browser that puts you in control | Vivaldi
    Another chromium-based browser.  Not clear how it compares vs. Iridium.
    Browser Face-off: Opera vs. Brave vs. Vivaldi - Hongkiat V isn't open source :P
    More customizable.  Poor dev tool integration.  Opera also worth a look.
  : ... and now the GL is back in operation, but North is totally unreachable from gw, but
    it's up.  Weird.
  * resetting West (wap3) and reconfiguring from scratch.  I appear to have bricked it.
    Or else not: it still thinks it's North, and is still out of touch.
    -> took about 3 tries to do a 30-30-30 reset, but it finally worked.
  * Walk: to Middle and back
  * about an hour out in the apartment with N putting the end tables together
  : looks like the critical setting I was missing is DHCP _Forwarder_ on basic setup.
  * bring some TP out to N
  & bring dinner out to N
  * some work on s4s-world-inside-the-crystal.
  & wasted most of the day trying to get the damned router to function as a bridge.
    At the moment I can't even get it to connect to my access point, and it was doing that
    this morning so I know it's possible.

  * up 5:30; ;
  : power outage.  Started at 12:40am
    -> turns out that the UPS keeps my CPAP up for about 3 hours
  : low water pressure -- electric pumps -- but filled a couple of gallon bottles and a
    saucepan for coffee.  Gas range FTW.
  ~ 9am wake N
  : got some nice time with Desti on my lap while sitting on the couch reading.
  * Mike coming btw 9 and 10
  : L said that WiFi, and hence Nova, stayed up until about 11am.  I wasn't expecting that
    but should have checked -- I could have shut down Nova to get more WiFi time.
  & I've been "catching up" reading magazines rather than drain the laptop batteries.
  @ start of Saturnalia
  ~ 12/17 3:15-3:45pm PST with Shawn hangouts Kahn -> postponed
  : power back around 3:30
  * litter boxes
  * up 5:30; W=200.2, S=; shower
  * YD needs tuition funds by the 18th
  @ The Last Train-Janis Ian @AC&T - YouTube special effects by Amtrak
  @ Remembering Cordwainer Smith: Full-Time Sci-Fi Author, Part-Time Earthling
    The Jet-Propelled Couch part 1| Harper's Magazine
    The Jet-Propelled Couch part 2| Harper's Magazine
    (from a Wikipedia dive starting at Hemingway Cat and going to
    Cordwainer Smith Blog by way of "The Game of Rat and Dragon")
  * 10:00 get C up.  Perhaps a little early.
  * 11:40 C Dr. Rochier
  @ Secure Coding Cheat Sheet - OWASP Open Web Application Security Project
  @ Encrypted Messaging App Signal Says It Won’t Comply With Australia’s New Backdoor
    Bill - Motherboard " Signal joins Apple, Google, Microsoft, and other tech giants
    who have already condemned and protested the bill. "
  : Water still brown -- going to run it for an hour and see how it does after that.

  * up 5:30; W=199.2, S=6:28;
  : sudo chmod 4711 /usr/bin/wodim; sudo chmod 4711 /usr/bin/cdrdao # needed to make k3b
    work.  It still fails both in DAO and TAO modes; possibly a problem with the external
    drive.  Also, k3b cannot reopen a saved project!  Also, Raven's CD drive appears to be
    broken.  Or else it's read only.
    -> I'm just going to have to fix tracks.make, I guess.  Which means reconstructing it
       almost completely.
  : sudo bash -c 'echo 15 > /sys/class/backlight/acpi_video0/brightness'
  % 3ish kind of wrecked.  Finally offered to help C get her online banking password
    reset; she kept calling back rather than re-trying in case she'd mistyped something.
    I hate hearing her in distress, but she usually turns down offers of help, and I was
    already feeling fragile and incompetent.
  % totally unable to focus.
  * putting together the flat-pack coffeetable with N.  Arduous - requires a lot of time
    on the floor, and the instructions require a magnifier
  : salad and leftover chicken-barley stew for dinner
  : k3b worked great when I used it in 2007 for mastering CC&S.  Now it's unusable.
  * humira
  * up 6:30; S=;
  & add fix-bright and fix-net to sushi (hack to exec commands as superuser)
    specifically commands to fix screen brightness and restart network-manager
  * wake N if not heard from by 11
  : power out ~11am (windstorm).  Just _after_ I made microwave bacon for breakfast
    -> shut Nova down to save power.  Only problem is not having apcupsd running.  Minor.
  * 11:30 am Shawn Kahn Academy -> seemed to go pretty well
  : 1:50 the UPS on the WiFi finally gave up.
  : switched to Raven and the phone hotspot when Cygnus got down to 9% battery.  Things
    are behaving oddly - charm gives errors, pulls from hang.  Giving up on net for
    now -- I can work offline and there are fewer distractions
    -> looks like the cell tower is out, too.  If we need phone I'll have to plug the base
       station into the bedside UPS, which fortunately I turned off.  I _have_ a hardwired
       phone, but I'm not sure where it is.
    -> being without phone data service and SMS is _really freaky_.
  & in to town with N.  pantsu, potato chips, fruit, pretzels; 9v batteries, shower
    curtain amd rod for N's bathroom.  payless and Ace running on generators
  & hellish time getting C out of her recliner - she'd put the footrest up.  Even with
    fresh batteries it barely worked, amd mostly after she was out of it because the
    batteries couldn't handle her weight.
  : there's AT+T service on the back deck and in town.  Enough for emergency calls.
  & down ~9pm because dark and not charged.  No CPAP.
1221Fr solstice
  * Up 4am; S=7ish;  Did okay without the cpap but more congested.
  & charged phone from UPS in bedroom -- mistake: it had only 10 minutes left ~5.
  * out to Molly to continue charging, and to charge laptops.  No cell phone service.
  : Raven seems to charge a lot more slowly than Cygnus.  4 hours?  skip it.  Was able to
    get them both synced up via Molly's hotspot, using direct pull from *.local:...
  : We've been getting hail.
  & looking for the spare phone battery.  No success so far, though I did find the
    charging cradle.
  x 9-11 refrigerator repair person (scheduled by C)  We'll see if that happens.
  : 10:55 power and internet back on.
    water and cell phones, not yet. -> phones came back ?1ish?.  Water still marginal
    14:16 called King -- a technician is on the way down.  So there _was_ a problem.
  ~ respironics for CPAP SD card errors -> seems to be ok this morning.
    Phillips Customer Service department at 1-800-345-6443
    support Tel: 1 (855) 699-6276
    ask Island Drug about battery
  : some very nice time with Desti in my lap.
  : funds low on Union Bank.  Depositing Mom's check there, but I'm going to have problems
    next month.  Now pretty definitely scraping the bottom.
  * ice maker repaired.  Required $75 worth of replacement parts.  On the whole we got off
    cheap -- I was expecting more.
  ~ Most of tracks.make appears to be working.  Some weirdness.  But I'm not making any
    progress with actually _writing_ CDs.
  * actually succeeded in writing -one-_two_ CD(s).  LOTS of coasters.  So something is
    flaky, but the process seems to be okay.  Fortunately I have about 150 blanks on hand
  % lost track of time; got to bed after 2am
  * up 6:30; S=3:51; seriously underslept, obviously.
  * made two more CDs on Blackroot, which seems to be completely reliable, possibly
    because I did it in the console without logging in on X.  Required some updating.
    Raven did _not_ work.
  % right shoulder hurting, clearly due to laptop table positioning in the bedroom.
  * Shopping with L at Haggen
  : !? idiot bear!  Apparently recorded the record at 78!? => it's an EP 45.
    At least it'll go faster with the programming mostly done.  And the artwork is done.
    This time I'll leave the recorder on between sides.
  @ What the media gets wrong about opioids - Columbia Journalism Review (jesse_the_k)
    " The result of this skewed public conversation around opioids has been policies
      focused relentlessly on cutting prescriptions, without regard for providing
      alternative treatment for either pain or addiction "...
    " This would be a mere semantic issue if it didn’t have such awful effects on
      policy. Conflating addiction and dependence results in harm to pain patients,
      children exposed to opioids in utero, and people who take medication to treat
      addiction. "

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