altivo: The Clydesdale Librarian (Default)
Meant to post these yesterday, but stuff got in the way. Like, getting them out of my cell phone to somewhere I could post them from.

Vegetables in containers

This year's vegetable garden is smaller, squeezed in between the barn and the arena. We have not done well with a larger garden out behind the woodlot because it is so far from the house and requires us to run about 400 feet of hose to get water out there for the dry months of July and August. Also, the deer, rabbits, and woodchucks are less reticent to visit out there.

I decided to set up some containers and raised beds in the spot where a gap in the oak canopy allows sunlight for several hours on clear days. In spite of excessive rain until the end of June, it looks promising. In the photo above, from left: cucumbers and miniature sweet peppers in the red "growbox," potatoes in three blue plastic tubs, okra (not easy to see) behind the potatoes, tomatoes (back) and melons and eggplant (front,) and at the extreme right section of the raised beds, more cucumbers, Brussels sprouts, and peppers.

Vegetables 2015

This view shows to the left of the previous, or a bit farther west. These are pole beans that got a late start and are trying to make up for it now. The soil is about 8 inches of aged sheep manure from when the sheep pen was located here. It was spongy and loaded with water until late June, so the beans didn't go in until a month later than usual. If the frost holds off, I still expect a good crop. The purple pods are heavy bearers, and I'm trying a couple of other varieties. The larger leaves at the right end of the trellis are scarlet runners. Not only do those have tasty pods, but they have beautiful red blossoms. Zucchini and butternut squash are between this trellis and the other photo, and the hot frame (uncovered) in the background will get a planting with kale, kohlrabi, and lettuce for the fall. I had lettuce in it for spring but the insects were voracious and devoured it all.

Today's baking

And this bonus photo shows today's baking. I made the peach and blueberry pie using blueberries from out in the old garden. Gary made the sourdough bread with dried sour cherries and chopped pecans.

In other news, after much teeth grinding I have mostly beaten Gentoo into submission. I still haven't managed to create a custom kernel that will boot, but I figured out how to make the generic kernel from the installation CD do my bidding for now. Only the basic command line system is installed, but it's all working and I can even run backups to another drive from the console if I boot into the proper model. I figured out the boot configurations and can boot from either data partition that I created, with or without an intermediate ramdisk image. Next: get X11 installed and working. But I'm taking a break for a day or two to do other things first.


Aug. 4th, 2015 07:10 pm
altivo: Geekish ham radio pony (radio)
On the Alpha, Gentoo is only slightly less frustrating than OpenBSD. While it's clear that the system is (or can be) much more functional and usable than OpenBSD, the documentation is about equally poor.

Review/critique under cut )

Not giving up yet, because I really do want this to work. But: I've been managing UNIX and Linux systems since 1989 or so. I used Slackware, which is almost as geeky a distro as Gentoo, on my own desktop for many years. If I'm having this much trouble getting Gentoo running, there's definitely something wrong and it isn't just with me.
altivo: The Clydesdale Librarian (Default)
Well, the change is not dramatic. I can't complain that I'm busier than before, nor that I'm bored. I finally reached the point today where I was confused about the day of the week. (I changed the calendar page in the dim pre-dawn light, as always, so I didn't see it to remind me.)

Status report under cut )

So... it's beginning to look a lot like Gentoo here. After all, I have endless time on my hands, right? [not]
altivo: Geekish ham radio pony (geek)
I'm fed up with the distorted and incomplete reports from the media, including many sources that ought to know better and provide all the details.

The big terrible dangerous flaw in Java that they are reporting was introduced in version 7, release 10 to be exact. It involves a totally new function call, and poses a risk only for Java run from the web using the Java plug-in (or possibly Java programs downloaded that require version 7.)

Version 7 of the Java plug-in is not present on most PCs yet. Most of us, and especially those who are not running Windows 8, probably have version 6. Scripts designed to take advantage of the flawed function do not work with version 6.

So... Disable or uninstall Java if you wish, but don't buy the pile of BS the media is trying to dump on you. It's true that Java security seems to have declined since Oracle took over, but Java 7 is not installed on "850 million PCs" as the press keeps trying to claim. In fact, I doubt that any version of Java is installed on that many machines. A quick check of about a dozen PCs running XP that I could easily reach at work and at home found version 6 with releases ranging from 24 to 30. No version 7, even on two machines with Windows 7.

The actual US-CERT alert is here. If you read it carefully, you will note near the bottom that it explicitly says that downgrading from Java 7 to Java 6 removes the vulnerability.

I believe in most cases you can find out your Java version by entering the following at a command prompt:

java -version

Note that the version appears with a "1." in front of it, so Java 6 is actually version 1.6.0_xx and Java 7 is actually version 1.7.x_xx. If you have 7, you should definitely do something about it.

Of course, caution is always in order when dealing with unfamiliar web sites or untrusted sources.
altivo: Geekish ham radio pony (geek)
But in separate rooms, honest. Notably, a Raspberry Pi, even running fully loaded, doesn't generate enough heat to cook with. This is definitely in contrast to some Intel processors I've used.

Made ratatouille in the slow cooker today. Smelled great for six hours while it cooked. Here's a photo of how it looked at the beginning:

Slow cooker ratatouille

Eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, sweet pepper, onion, seasoned with garlic and hot paprika, a little olive oil and wine added.

Meanwhile, I finally got the Raspberry Pi (now running Raspbian, the Linux OS customized for its specific hardware features, including hardware floating point processor) going with the HDMI to VGA conversion box that arrived on Saturday. That converts the HDMI video and sound output from the Pi to separate VGA (analog) video and audio signals. Hooked up an old VGA CRT monitor and was surprised to find that it was capable of 1280 x 740 resolution without straining. That aspect ratio was wrong though and everything was distorted to tall and skinny proportions. Some quick changes to config.txt and the screen opened at 1024 x 768, which is more appropriate and also needs less memory to process for Xwindows.

Here is the screen, with keyboard and cheap (freebie) speaker at left:

Raspberry Pi screen

The speaker is in the top of the Pringles can to the left of the keyboard. These are given away as a promotional prize and seemed appropriately cheap for use with a $35 computer.

Actually there's more than $35 invested in the project now. The HDMI to VGA converter box was $33. Assorted cables, about $10 total. 8 MB SDHC was about $8, and serves as the system disk. Surge protector with two USB charging ports to power the Pi was about $9. The keyboard, mouse, and monitor were supplied by spares that I had lying around. Total cost, a bit over $100. The resulting system performs as well as any small home computer in the $300 or so price range today. However, it is infinitely smaller than one of those "minitower" desktop units. The Raspberry Pi fits in a plastic enclosure of about 2 x 3 x 4 inches. The processor is a 700 MHz ARMv6, with two USB ports, ethernet, HDMI and composite video outputs. There is a serial port and other interfacing available through an expansion header, but you have to provide a ribbon cable and connector, and break those out for yourself.

Oh, and it looks like we have a recipient for our sheep. Friend of a friend came by to see them, asked questions, went home to talk to his wife, and called to say they will take them. They have horses and cows, so are used to dealing with hay buying. He has a border collie that he wants to train for sheep herding, and I think it sounds like a suitable home for our little flock.
altivo: 'Tivo in fursuit (fursuit)
Weather was tolerable today, a bit warmer and damper than we'd like, but not the blazing steamy furnace of the past two weeks. That is scheduled to return on Monday, though.

Drove up to Delavan, Wisconsin to attend a performance by the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra in Phoenix Park. It was just about perfect weather. No biting insects because it has been so dry, a mostly clear sky, light breeze, and temperature in the 70s. The park is a green square in the middle of an old Victorian neighborhood, and it was easy to blot out the utility poles and electric wires along the streets and imagine the setting in 1890 or 1900, with local residents sitting on their porches to listen to the music since there would be no noise of motorcycles, airplanes, or vehicle traffic to interfere with it. Perhaps there were trolley cars on Second St. but I'm not sure. Delavan may have been too small for that. Traffic would have been horse and buggy, and the streetlights probably gas powered.

The performance was nice enough, though really a brass band would be more appropriate to cut through the background noise and carry through the entire square.

Raspberry Pi is now up and running with Raspbian which is specially tuned for the hardware and significantly faster running as a result. The HDMI to VGA conversion box arrived in today's mail, so I can run it with a better display as soon as I clear some space on my desk for it. I will also be able to get it onto the network there and add some packages and do the latest updates.
altivo: Geekish ham radio pony (geek)
Somewhat more than an inch of accumulation in fact, complete with lots of pyrotechnics but (thankfully) no hail or high winds. The power kept bouncing off and back on so we shut down the computers, hence no post yesterday evening. Eventually it went down for about a three hour count, but only after I'd already reset all the digital clocks twice thinking each time that the power issues were over. The long failure came hours after the wind, rain, and lightning were ended. Nice work, Comm Ed. ;p

Dentist appointment this morning, did not go in to work. My dentist is in Park Ridge, quite near to Gary's Mom's house, so he dropped me for my appointment and afterwards I met both of them at a nearby restaurant for lunch and then we took her shopping. It was pretty steamy in the city, not as warm as earlier in the week but the humidity was way up there after the rain. When we got home, though, the temperature was dropping into the 70s and a breeze was picking up out of the northwest. It's pleasantly cooler and drier at the moment, though I guess it will start creeping back upward right away.

The young owls were back at the bird baths last night before the storm hit. They vanished, of course, when the thunder and lightning began.

Not enough rain to save the corn crop, it's too late and too little. It may help save the soybeans, though, and should restart the hay that we are going to need before winter. Next chance of an encore is apparently Sunday. A similar rainfall then would be really helpful.
altivo: Geekish ham radio pony (geek)
The real raspberries and blackberries here this year were completely destroyed by drought. They turned into shriveled brown pellets without ripening.

The Raspberry Pi single board computer, on the other paw, arrived and is functional. At the moment I can only use the composite video output, which is kinda "furry" looking but legible. I'm waiting for an HDMI to VGA breakout box to arrive so I can use a standard monitor.

I've tried out two Linux configurations on it: Debian "squeeze" and ArchLinux. Debian, as usual, comes up fully configured with defaults that you may or may not want. Arch installs with a console only setup, no GUI at all, and requires you to add packages in order to build the GUI and environment you want. There are things to be said for each. Arch, for instance, uses a textual config file that let me adjust the overscan settings for my television easily. Debian has that configuration buried somewhere that I haven't yet found.

In any case, yet another Linux configuration arrived on the scene just today. Dubbed "Raspbian," it's the next release of Debian, optimized to use the available hardware acceleration on the Raspberry Pi's ARMv6 CPU and video. That includes, as I understand it, hardware floating point assist, and some degree of AGP video performance, using a chunk borrowed from the (limited) 256MB of RAM in the system.

Even the default Debian is certainly usable, though not exactly zippy at all tasks. Loading some programs takes significant time, though they run fast enough once loaded.

There is also a version of RISC OS available, though it's in beta at the moment so I'll wait for a final release. I know enough UNIX and Linux to play with a beta, but RISC OS is terra incognita to me.

In other news, it's very hot again. And the baby owls were here tonight. We hadn't seen them since last Friday night, but three were at the birdbaths once again right after sunset.


Jul. 9th, 2012 10:03 pm
altivo: Geekish ham radio pony (geek)
Raspberry Pi, that is. The tiny computer arrived today. In a tiny box. I do mean tiny. It is less than two inches square and an inch thick for the uncased board with all chips and connectors.

For those of you who don't yet know, Raspberry Pi is an inexpensive ($35) but full powered (750 MHz ARM11 processor, 256MB RAM, ethernet, USB, HDMI and RCA composite video output) computer designed for educational and experimental purposes. It can run Debian and other Linux distributions, or RISC-OS, using a USB power source and a 4GB or larger SDHC card for storage.

Can't test it until I assemble the needed peripherals and cables. USB keyboard and mouse are easy, I have stacks of old ones at work, left from dead machines that were recycled. USB power source I have. I need to get another SDHC card, but those are easy to buy. The main slowdown is that HDMI output. I think I have an old TV in the garage that will take the RCA composite input temporarily, but I'm sure the quality of the image is poor. I have to either buy a new monitor that handles direct HDMI input, or a monitor that takes DVI plus a converter cable, or a conversion box for HDMI to VGA plus audio. Since I have lots of VGA monitors around, I've settled on the latter and bought one off EBay this evening. Will need some cables and ultimately a case of some sort. There are lots of case options available online.

Saw a great horned owl this morning on the way to work. It was just sitting in a dead tree, about 30 feet up. No leaves, so easy to get a good look at it and I'm sure that's what it was. Haven't seen our young screech owls since Saturday night, but we haven't been here to watch every dawn and dusk either. Did see one very large, fat momma raccoon with 3 babies, though. And another weasel started to cross the road in front of me on my way home, but when I slowed down the little guy changed his mind and turned back just like the last one did.

Weather is much more pleasant now, but still no rain. Some clouds today, especially this evening, that looked hopeful but nothing came of it. Now ranked as the most severe drought in Illinois since 1988, which I do remember very well. The 1988 drought is considered the second worst for the state since records began back in the 1880s. I'm afraid hay is going to be very expensive, and we're trying to give away our sheep to anyone who will take them.
altivo: Blinking Altivo (altivo blink)
Record heat predicted for tomorrow. Please let's have no new fires.

Hectic day today. I really hate summer reading club. I don't believe it achieves that much, but it's one of those traditions that are really hard to get rid of.

Sonic screwdriver surrogate arrived in the mail today, and it will do. The size is acceptable, the sound is adequate, and it looks appropriately weird and alien. (For those who missed it, this is to be a prob for a Dr Who role at IFC in August.)

Now I need a paper sack full of jelly babies. Anyone know of a source? Gummi bears are not the same, BTW.

A small (5 in diameter) dead tree collapsed into our driveway this afternoon shortly before I got home from work. Fortunately then, because it looks as if it would have hit my car had I been at home. There was no wind to speak of, so we can't explain what made it come down. Gary says it was jealous.
altivo: Running Clydesdale (running clyde)
It's Wednesday, and Midsummer's Eve, and (ugh) Summer Reading Club. Today's door count: 1420. Average for when it isn't Summer Reading? About 500. Screaming hyperactive kids, mothers shouting into their cell phones, compounded by hot, humid weather. Yay, lovely. Not.

Sonic screwdriver search ended early when I found a hand drink mixer/cappuccino frother on eBay for $5 and change, with free shipping. Runs on 2 AA batteries, looks to me very much like Tom Baker's version of the screwdriver. Comes with several different mixing attachments too. Hope it makes a suitable buzzing noise.

And that's the news for today. Oh, the new lamb appears to be doing well. I'll try to get some photos soon, perhaps tomorrow if the weather is decent so there's light.
altivo: Geekish ham radio pony (geek)
Succeeded in getting two old/slow SD cards to work with the Kobo eReaders, so putting one in Gary's reader and one in mine. This makes it really easy to swap or share non-DRMed content, and easy to keep our Calibre loaded stuff out of the way of the Kobo internal SQL database.

I gather from veiled comments I've seen that it is possible to strip off the DRM on .azw and .epub files, but no one tells you how to do it in the open for fear of legal or other reprisals. Boo. Sue me for giving away illegal copies, sure. But don't sue me for wanting to remove the pointless shackles you tried to attach to something I have purchased legitimately and want to be able to backup or move from one device to another.

Got time off work for Indy Fur Con (Aug. 9-13) and registered online for the con. This year's theme is "Furs in Space." So wondering how to make Argos look "spacier" than he already is. Not so easy to do, I think.
altivo: Geekish ham radio pony (geek)
You know that thing I mentioned a couple of days ago? About how my car sound system won't play MP3 CD-Rs written by either of Gary's Windows computers? It is now confirmed to exist. Hell if I can explain it, but sure enough, load the unreadable CD into either of my Linux machines and it seems readable. So I copy the files off, put in a new blank CD-R, and write them back. The new CD created by Linux is perfectly readable in the car. The former one written by Windows is still not readable.

First week of Summer Reading Club ends in a noisy flurry as 50 or so kids descend on the library for a "craft" session. I was definitely glad to get out of there and take Gary to dinner for his birthday tomorrow.

Dog has a vet appointment at 8:30 am tomorrow, so I'm about to try to get some actual sleep. Lightning bugs are flickering occasionally outside the window.


Jun. 14th, 2012 09:38 pm
altivo: Geekish ham radio pony (geek)
Saturday is Gary's birthday. He's very difficult to buy gifts for. I've got him a basic e-reader (Kobo) and I think he'll like it but it will take him a while to warm to it. (He had the same reaction to MP3 audiobooks but now he's addicted to them.) I charged the battery and loaded a dozen free books that I think he will like, on top of the 100 or so that already come pre-loaded. Thanks to the Baen free library ( I could easily get free copies of several complete books. I'll show him how to check out and download library books, of course.

I've also got a locomotive for him. N scale, of course, but he wanted a Diesel switching engine and we still haven't found a good one. I got a Kato NW2 in B&O/Chessie System colors after hunting for months. Those things are pricey. (Yes, it cost more than the Kobo reader.) I'm still looking for an unpainted shell for the NW2 so I can do a custom paint job for him in any line, real or imagined, that he chooses.

And Sunday is Father's day, which means I should also get him a gift from the sheep, ducks, horses, and his dog...

I'm sore. As if I'd been gardening all day. What I actually did was uninstall a five seat multi-user Linux workstation and replace it with a newer six-seat version this morning. This entails lots of crawling around on the floor and pushing cables through small openings. Hurray, it's working. I think.

Oh, and we cleaned the fans for the horses' stalls. Or I should say Gary did while I handed him tools and such. It's getting really warm and humid, so this is a good thing.
altivo: Geekish ham radio pony (geek)
We have a consistent but mysterious CD incompatibility. If Gary writes MP3 files to a CD-R they will play back in his computer and in his car audio system. The same disc will usually play on my computer, but will not play in my car audio system. (We both have Fords, with almost identical radio-CD players in them.) I can, however, copy the files from his CD on my computer, and write them to another blank CD-R and the copied disc will play in my car player. I thought perhaps his Windows software was leaving the disc open rather than fixating it, so I tried fixating one he had written but it still plays only on the computers and not in my car.

It's a mystery.

Interesting "experiments" at supper. We had a salad made of avocado, zucchini, tomato, and lime juice that was quite good. We also had a pasta dish made with arugula (rocket to the EU folks I think,) olive oil, garlic, and grated asiago cheese. That has potential, but we used whole wheat linguini and I think it would be more successful with the normal linguini as those are less sticky when cooked. The asiago I had on hand was very strong and clashed with the arugula a bit rather than blending, so we're thinking perhaps a milder Parmesan or even mizithra or gruyere would be better. Even so, it was good, just a bit astonishing.


Jun. 6th, 2012 09:51 pm
altivo: Blinking Altivo (altivo blink)
The guitar is a vice that requires constant practice. By neglecting the instrument for years, I have of course lost all the callus on my left hand and consequently I now have sore fingertips. At least it's a familiar condition and I know it will go away.

I think I am at the bottom of the problem with the Literati upgrade. It appears that the firmware update, which is downloaded as a compressed tar archive, does not download correctly if you are using a current version of Firefox. It ends up with many spurious characters (probably carriage returns or linefeeds) inserted into it, corrupting the file. At first I thought this was because I used a Linux system to download rather than Windows. However, repeated tests have now shown that if the file is downloaded by Internet Explorer it is saved correctly and has the expected length and checksum. If downloaded by Firefox the file is longer than expected and has an incorrect checksum. I suspect that the server offering the download is set up improperly as well, so that Firefox doesn't get a correct mime type for the file and tries to handle it as text. IE assumes from the file suffix that it is an unknown binary blob and as a result performs a correct download. In other words, FF follows standard more strictly than IE does, and this server isn't following the standards either, so the results are unpredictable.

I know have what should be correct copies of the update file, and will attempt the upgrade again very soon. But not tonight. I'm too tired and might mess it up.

Got up early, turned out horses and sheep, and went to a practice session for Saturday. Went directly from the practice to work for eight hours. Came home from work, had supper, and I'm more than ready for bed. Tomorrow we do it in a reverse order. I'll go to work first, and we'll practice in the afternoon.

Had an interesting GPS malfunction too. After practicing this morning, Gary and I had lunch on the east side of Woodstock. We debated what the shortest route through town and out the west side would be in order to get onto US14 and head for Harvard. Finally I decided to just let my GPS choose. Very odd. I plugged the Garmin in and turned it on. It acquired satellite fixes. Then I asked it to plot a route to the library in Harvard, an address it has stored in memory. Two attempts produced an error message: "Unable to calculate route." I've never seen that. It's the GPS equivalent of "You can't get there from here," I suppose. The third time it claimed to have a route, but I should have been tipped off by the fact that it was estimating travel time at 2 and 1/4 hours. It should have been closer to 25 minutes.

So I started out and it immediately told me to turn away from the direction I knew I had to go. It kept trying to get me to turn around and head for Chicago, preferably by way of the Northwest Tollway. This made no sense at all, so I ignored it and picked my own route. It never quit trying to turn me around. I didn't shut it off because I wanted to look at it and see where it thought I was going.

Once I was parked at the library, I examined the entire plotted route. It was trying to take me to Portage, Indiana to a friend's apartment. How it got that turned around I have no idea. When I left work I let it calculate a route home, and it did that correctly. Or at least as correctly as it ever does. It makes one odd choice that may shave a few feet off the distance covered but just seems illogical. However, it has alwasy done that on this particular route.
altivo: Geekish ham radio pony (geek)
The antibiotic seems to have helped considerably. Gary is almost his normal self this evening. The endodontist looked at the tooth and said it was OK just finish the round of anti-biotic and see how things were then.

Printing issues at work still not fixed. Guess we need an antibiotic there too.

Still struggling with vague information about the Literati ereader. I have a better understanding of the technical setup now, but still no confidence in getting it to upgrade. I've found any number of people who say "Oh yeah, I got mine upgraded but I don't remember how," which is tantalizingly useless. Having killed one by trying to follow the recommended upgrade procedure, I'm thrice cautious about repeating it again.

Two of them give a specific length for the upgrade file, KoboRoot.tgz. The file downloaded from the Kobo website is not that length. However, when you run it through gzip to unzip it, then it matches the length being specified. Of course then it isn't a .tgz but a .tar file. I've found one place where someone instructed you to rename the .tar file to .tgz and use it that way. Bizarre, nonstandard behavior.

In any case, examining the content of the upgrade file, it becomes obvious that the Literati is running Linux. The file contains replacements for existing files on the root disk, and possibly some additions. It contains a lot of stuff that seems irrelevant, such as dozens of different keyboard maps for devices that have no role here. Apparently there are three "partitions" or "virtual drives". One is the actual root device from which the software runs, one is a data storage that contains an SQL database and some configuration files, and one is a restore device that contains a copy of the operating software that is restored onto the root device when a factory reset takes place. This last would be a great fallback except that when an update fails disastrously, the device won't boot at all. And when it won't boot, you can't invoke a factory reset through the settings menu. There should be some hardware trigger, like holding down certain keys while turning on the power, to trigger the needed reset, but it remains undocumented and so far no one has revealed it to me. My Kobo WiFi has such a trick: hold down the "menu" button while turning on the power.

I've found suggested hacks for allowing telnet, ftp, and ssh into the device, all of which are installed by making a custom KoboRoot.tgz file and installing it. In normal configuration, you get USB access to the data partition, and to the SD card if one is inserted, but not to the system root partition. One hacker says that there is a mini-SD inside the device, but getting it open to examine the contents directly (or replace them) is not easy.

Oh, and in the process of hunting this stuff down, I discovered that the regular Kobo WiFi I have contains an Easter egg. A sequence of five unlikely key and menu selections brings up a pair of casino card games: blackjack and draw poker. Obviously they have room to spare in that system partition.


Jun. 1st, 2012 09:27 pm
altivo: Running Clydesdale (running clyde)
And then some. Not that this weekend will be any more relaxing, but still.

Printers are a pain in the a**. People who make a fuss about printers are even worse.

Yeah, a good chunk of my time today was wasted on printer bullshit. Not the fault of the print hardware, though. That functions as designed. It's the print queue management, and the lack of formatting capabilities in typical software, and worst of all the horrendous sloppy inefficiency of PDF files. It seems that library users invariably want to print huge Acrobat files that make print queues gag and stall or that overrun the available memory in the printers. Worse, after you make voodoo sacrifices and stand on your head while reciting spells in dead languages to force these awful documents onto paper, then they say "Oh, I only needed this page here. Do I really have to pay for the other sixty?"

Software vendors are no better. Exact same software installed on two machines with the same parameter definition files (copied, so identical) but on one machine the print jobs have a banner sheet while on the other they do not. I want the banner on both, can't make it come out on the second machine no matter what I try. Same printer, so it's not that. Same queue definitions, identical server software and hardware on both machines. Vendor has now been trying to resolve this for TWO days without success.

Ducks: three eggs a day looks like the new normal production rate.

Me: I think it's bed time.
altivo: Running Clydesdale (running clyde)
Just too much going on at work and home, not enough rest, no time for blogging. This hasn't been so much of a problem in years.

Most of it isn't that interesting either. We finally got some real rain today, starting before sunrise, a steady drip all day. Over an inch that accumulated so gradually that it has gone mostly into the ground rather than puddling or running off, which is good. We've been under red flag warnings (fire hazard) several days in the last month and that's extremely unusual here.

All three ducks are starting to lay eggs on a daily basis. That's more eggs than we know how to use, so soon we'll be trying to give some away I expect.

In the war of the e-readers, the Kobo WiFi has now lapped the Literati, mostly because the Literati still hasn't made it out of the starting gates. Until I find a way to get it to accept the required firmware update, it's not very useful.

Second clustered workstation setup went out on the floor today, so there's only one left to go. Next week for that one, I hope.


May. 27th, 2012 10:17 pm
altivo: Trojan horse image (wheelhorse)
At least for May, 88F is pretty warm. Actually, the humidity was fairly low, and rain held off all day.

Kobo reader is working up to the whole list of features now. The only thing I haven't done is to put an SD chip into it. Successfully downloaded a library book. Successfully purchased a book from and then downloaded it to the reader over wireless.

Otherwise played it lazy, reading and snoozing. I did clean stalls and feed horses, of course. And we made a festive dinner by grilling some poor dead cow pieces over charcoal. Large salad from our garden greens, plus an avocado (alien beast) and some gorgonzola crumbles. Sweet corn, which has been bred too sweet now for my taste but Gary likes it, baked potato, and probably the second to last asparagus cutting of the year.

Strawberries (actually ripe) and a dab of ice cream were dessert.

Did not do laundry. Good thing tomorrow is a holiday.

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