My First Superfuzzy!

Jul. 21st, 2017 04:36 am
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At first I thought a bird hit the window. I opened it to check for casualties, and in she fluttered...

I've been waiting a long time to see a polyphemus in person. She's battered and spent, but still beautiful.

Three sentences about 2017-07-20

Jul. 20th, 2017 11:08 pm
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More halting progress on the big daunting project, but I haven't fully destroyed its dauntingness yet. Maybe tomorrow, or maybe being on call next week will set me back to square one again, we'll see. :^p Made Thai yellow curry chicken and peas and carrots for dinner, forgot to buy the garlic naan, made rice instead. The shower drain is clogged, and plunging and coathangering didn't help (and might even have hurt, oddly), boiling water may have helped a little but hasn't fully cleared it out. Will plunge some more, and maybe either call a plumber or go buy an actual plumber's snake, tomorrow.

Three sentences about 2017-07-20

Jul. 20th, 2017 12:41 pm
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Got some stuff done at work, still finding the big-daunting-project aspect to be intimidating, but continuing to throw myself at it, and eventually I'll get on top of it. Played a couple of games with Q before bed, Go Fish and Memory Game, the latter of which he's quite good at, although it's generally close (and last night I think we tied twice in a row). Fell asleep on Junie's floor doing her bedtime, went to bed early myself.

Three sentences about 2017-07-18

Jul. 18th, 2017 09:40 pm
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Back to mostly normal today. Q's foot owies still hurt, but he could tolerate a sock and a shoe this morning, and was off to camp. It was Wacky Water Day, but he managed to mostly avoid getting wet, go him. I had a sluggish start to my morning, but got some stuff done at work, including a variety of satisfying but not high-priority help-other-people-with-stuff type things, and finally eventually a better sense of what I should actually be doing right now. As it turns out, it's a big daunting project of the sort that I tend to struggle with and have a hard time starting, but I'm in a pretty good position right now to say fuck it and get started, and it's always easier to keep moving once I'm going. So, tomorrow, that! Meanwhile tonight, I coaxed Q through a bath, working on mostly keeping the foot owies out of the water, then washing them a bit at the end, then getting everything re-bandaided again afterwards. He is a good little thing. (Junie is also very excellent, but I had less to do with her specifically this evening. :^) They're asleep now, and I'm gonna turn in nice and early too, and hopefully improve my odds of anything good happening tomorrow.

Three sentences about 2017-07-17

Jul. 18th, 2017 03:27 pm
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Monday Monday! Both kids are doing ABGC day camp this week, but Q's foot was hurting enough that putting on a sock was painful, much less a shoe, so he stayed home, and I dropped Junie off so that Q wouldn't have to go out at all in the morning. Did a bunch of "figuring out what next" type stuff at work, which was good, although I still feel like I'm not sure what exactly *I personally* am supposed to be doing right now, which is not ideal. Home, dinner, a bath for Junie, an extra bandaid for Q on one of the scrapes that we hadn't bandaided before (but which had been bothering him more after all), and some more Hat Full Of Sky before bed. Caught up a bit with Amy after that, until the power went out in our neighborhood; we stayed up a little longer with the laptops and phone hotspots to keep us online, but then headed to bed.

Approximately weekly diet report )

Three sentences about 2017-07-16

Jul. 18th, 2017 02:52 pm
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More kids, more kids! Dim sum first this morning, celebrating Otavia's birthday, attended by Otavia & David & T, Alyssa & Kon & M & S, and the three of us. At China Pearl, where we hadn't been in a while, but which was perfectly suitable as far as we were concerned. The main difference we cared about was that the sweet layer on top of the baked pork buns (cha siu bao?) was a dry yellow stuff that I should probably know what it is but don't (yellow bean paste?), rather than sticky and clear. It was all yummy, in any case. :^) After that, we headed over to Three (Or Four) Playgrounds Park, aka Thompson Elementary, where we met Junie's friend E from ABGC camp, and mostly played in the water on the splash deck. We also bumped into a fellow incoming Hardy kindergartner of Q's, who we'd met at a playground meetup a few weeks ago, so he had some instant buddies to run around with too. A very good time was had by all, until Q scraped up his foot something awful -- I didn't catch all the details, focusing on bandaging him up, but I think he was running barefoot on some of the asphalt and stumbled or some such thing. He ripped a flap of the skin on the tip of his big toe off, and had probably dix or eight other abrasions on the foot of varying degrees of ouchiness. :^( I put a couple of bandaids on at the park, got him home, and we gave the whole foot a thorough (and really painful for him, poor guy) washing with soap and water after dinner, which he did not like one tiny bit, but was very brave about despite hating every second of it. First, though, Jeff and Jenizie and Chaos came home with Amy from Readercon, and we played some games and had some pizza, which was lots of fun. Chaos and Jenizie and Jeff and I played Wiz-War, which I liked a lot, the new set seems pretty solid, compared to what a mess of vagueness and contradictions previous editions have been. Chaos won that, in a suitably close and competitive battle. Then we split into two games, including the kids: Jenizie and Junie and I played labyrinth, which Junie won, while Amy and Jeff and Chaos and Q played Aquarius in the other room (so I don't kow what the outcome was there). Amy and I put the kids to bed, and the grownups then played Niagara, which I won with four purple stones. We said goodnight after that, and got to bed not too late I believe.

Three sentences about 2017-07-15

Jul. 17th, 2017 08:32 am
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A busy Saturday full of kids! Shotokan in the morning, where Junie got her second stripe on her purple belt, go her. Home for a quick lunch; we then dropped Junie off at a playdate at a friend B's house, and then Q and I headed over to Joey's park to meet up with his friend A. They ran and played and had a generally good time, and then we threw a frisbee a bit towards the end, which was fun. We also saw JDMS and Z there on a playdate of their own. A had to leave at 15:00 or so, but Q and I stuck around for another hour after that, a big chunk of it with one of us shooting the outdoor volleyball at a goal formed by the posts of the fence around the tennis courts there, while the other played goalie. Both sides of that were fun, but it'd had gotten pretty hot over the course of the afternoon, so we were pretty tuckered by the time we finally headed out. Picked up Junie at around 16:30, and headed to Friendly's for dinner, with the usual tasty array of fast ish food and ice cream for dessert. Home after that for some baths and bedtime, including a bunch of Hat Full Of Sky. I then stayed up stupidly late working on a Button Men thing that turned out to be a big waste of time, but meh, that's how it goes sometimes, so.

Three sentences about 2017-07-14

Jul. 17th, 2017 08:20 am
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Heading into a weekend of kids! Amy's going to Readercon for the weekend (well, during the days), so I worked from home today, and wrangled some kids. I picked up Junie after the last session of her day camp for the week, an Arlington Community Education arts & crafts program "Fairy Habitats", in which they built daollhouse house sized things out of various wood, cardboard, plastic, and cloth materials, including furniture and decorative bits as well. We brought that home, and she hung out and read while I got a bit more work done. We then went to pick up Q from his, "Young At Art" at the Arlington Center For The Arts, where today was the end-of-week performance, in their case of a song they'd been working on. The theme was transportation type things, so he also had a bunch of art along those lines, a train and a car and a hot air balloon. Home, mac & cheese for dinner, and then probably some games or something, I was too zonked to write at the time and have now forgotten. Amy got home in time for some bedtimes, which was nice because there had been some fightin' and sorrow, but we ended on a pretty good note.

Three sentences about 2017-07-13

Jul. 14th, 2017 10:05 pm
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Up at 04:30 this morning for the release itself, which went mostly fine, although there was a certain amount of needless flailing around when a new thing turned out to need some network access it didn't have, and the process of opening up the relevant stuff at 05:30 when no one else was around to review or approve things was fairly hackalicious. But it worked, and was all fine in the end. Headed to the office after that, got some stuff done during the day had a good meeting at the end of the day that clarified some important things and led to a good plan for a thing, albeit a sort of minor and tangential thing, but still. Home, made tacos for dinner, mm tacos; then some baths and bedtimes, and very tired, and to bed myself.
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Remember a few weeks ago when I expressed some dissatisfaction with my AmScope's picture quality?

Well, I've put another iron in the fire: Collecting parts off eBay to build a once-top-of-the-line Olympus SZH. Now waiting for more bits to start trickling in.

Three sentences about 2017-07-12

Jul. 13th, 2017 08:50 pm
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Up at 04:30 this morning for release prep work, whee... And actually at more like 02:30, when I woke up and couldn't fall back asleep, bah. But then it was off to Kimball Farm for an IT department outing team-building whatevery thing. :^) We started with a round of mini-golf, which was fun; their two courses are slightly more obstacular than pure putt-putt, but not the full-on windmills and dragons and looping ramps variety that I think of as classic mini-golf. We then had lunch, fish & chips for me, yum. After that, we picked three of their other activities, and different people did different things; I hung out with a group who did the bumper boats, the zip line, and the arcade, more or less together (with some splitting and recombining). At the arcade, we had a four-person air hockey tournament, which I won, and I then beat another latecomer for an undefeated 3 - 0 record, woot. We collectively scored enough tickets playing skeeball and shooting hoops and whatnot to win the head of the group a bright blue stuffed chicken, which he duly appreciated. :^) After that was ice cream, and we then headed home, where I was too tired to do much other than the belated afternoon release prep work. I also ate more damn M&Ms, which I'd bought a couple weeks ago to put on ice cream some time with the kids as a special treat, but finally gave up and got into on Monday night I think. My favorite peanut butter variety, and also a new caramel kind, both of which are great, and which are especially great together, sheesh. I have now sworn them off until we actually do the ice cream thing. :^p

More Help Wanted

Jul. 13th, 2017 02:03 pm
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Damn, it's been a month since I posted. Things are looking up in general — I started what's already a much longer post maybe three weeks ago about a small round of good luck, not least of which is the place I'm moving to, and I've been adding to it in fits and starts since. But right now, I'm really pressed for time. So ... later!

My Help Wanted post a month ago yielded amazing results — thank you! I couldn't be happier with the people I hired to help me on y'all's recommendations. But of course the problem with people who are good is that they tend to also be busy. In particular, the two-man crew who've been doing the tote-that-barge, lift-that-bale work will next be available to me on Tuesday July 18. But I could really, really use some help bringing stuff up from the basement this weekend. So if anyone knows anybody who'd be up for that kind of work and might be available on short notice, please let me know.

And thank you!

Three sentences about 2017-07-11

Jul. 13th, 2017 12:48 pm
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Getting back on track at work, slowly but surely. Lunch at favorite nearby Indian buffet restaurant Singh's today, ka-yum. I've continued to eat too much sweet stuff, probably some combination of depressed and tired. Made orange chicken for dinner, nibbled at a little of that but mostly was full from lunch. :^) (But that didn't stop me from eating a bunch of M&Ms before bed, fah.)

Three sentences about 2017-07-10

Jul. 13th, 2017 12:44 pm
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Back to work, and ... hmm, I don't remember much about it, but I'm pretty sure I got some stuff done but not enough. Oh, there were a bunch of meetings, which were useful and fine. Amy's parents headed home this afternoon; I think Amy made pasta for dinner. Sheesh, my brain. :^(

Approximately weekly diet report )

Library review: Cowboy, Sumo Rest

Jul. 13th, 2017 09:02 am
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The other end of the Erlang experiment is the libraries I was working with. My application was built on the Sumo Rest stack, built on top of the Erlang Cowboy HTTP server.

I found this finicky and prone to vague runtime errors. That's not important, though. The overall style of the system was pretty reasonable, and is probably a good way to write REST services in general.

Read more... )

The layout implications of this are useful and generic: one source file per type, where each type file defines its storage, serialization, and documentation; and one source file per route, where each route file has its own URL path, complete machine-processable documentation and metadata, and understands the standard failure cases. You just need the right high-level REST library in your language of choice to support this.

Programming language review: Erlang

Jul. 13th, 2017 08:27 am
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What do you get if you combine Haskell's basic functional style, Lisp's type system and object representation, a unique concurrency system, and a very good runtime?

Read more... )

In short, Erlang looks like a good language, a little dated, but I'd rather have good static checking and a robust library stack than an excellent runtime with okay libraries, especially if I can avoid peeking "under the hood".

Three sentences about 2017-07-09

Jul. 10th, 2017 10:40 am
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A nice and relaxing day, started off by some waffles and bacon for the household, of which all but like two got eaten. :^) I then kicked back in the hammock and read for a bit while the kids played with the grandparents, and then took a nap while they headed downtown to ride on the swan boats. For dinner, we went to Machu Picchu, a Peruvian place in Somerville that we hadn't been to for a while, but we found some things on the menu that sounded good to the kids, and decided to give it a try, with relatively solid success -- it's not Junie's favorite new restaurant, but there's stuff there she can eat, so it's nice to have it back in our repertoire. Home and to bed and that was pretty much that.

Three sentences about 2017-07-08

Jul. 8th, 2017 09:42 pm
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A friend of Junie's had a birthday party today at the Arlington Reservoir from 11 - 1, and there was some rain and possibly thunderstorms forecast, but the skies stayed clear for quite a long time, and a good time was had by all. Junie swam and splashed and played with her friends, Q swam and splashed and played with his grandparents, folks had pizza and cake and stuff. Q was feeling tired and wanted to head home, so I drove him and the grandparents home, and then came back for Junie, who was back in the water playing again. :^) Amy and I hung out for a while until the clouds finally rolled in at around 3, and we all made it out without getting soaked or anything. I took a nap when we got home, and a shower when I got up, and then made my third trip of the day to the Res, to retrieve Junie's towel which she had left behind. It was right where she'd left it, though, so that was all right. Jim made steelhead and broccoli for dinner, Amy added a potato salad, and Jim also made blueberry muffins for dessert, yummy stuff all around. The kids played and read and stuff, a bit more, and then headed up to bed, and now I'm gonna go read for a bit and then join them.

Three sentences about 2017-07-07

Jul. 7th, 2017 11:27 pm
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Happy tenth anniversary! (smooch) Had another blah day at work, but then home and off to a delicious anniversary dinner with Amy at Central Square small-plates restaurant Little Donkey while Jim & Sue babysat the kids. We had six things: Tuna tartare with some little flakes of sun choke chips, which was super good; black pepper popovers with beef tartare, which was also nice but maybe not quite as good (it had some horseradish-y sauce on it, which I liked, but Amy didn't); two big fat stalks of white asparagus in a tasty creamy sauce; morel mushrooms and gnocchi, another really good creamy sauce; a pair of BBQ scallops, served in a reddish buttery sauce in an actual scallop shell; and a big fat grilled blackened octopus tentacle, which was crunchy and super delicious. The plates were a little small, but everything was really very good. We then got two desserts, a profiterole thing with hot fudge sauce and a dense chocolate mousse thing, both of which were also super yummy, but surprisingly large compared to the dinner plates -- in retrospect, maybe we would rather have ordered another dinner dish and only one dessert. Still, ka-yum; definitely recommended, would go back.
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