Hopeless

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I’ll never be able to use a terabyte of bandwidth in a month.  I have given up hope, only managing a 15% pace.  I hang my head in shame.

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I am otherwise happy with the new connection.  It does what I ask of it.

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Still a little roughness to work off in getting back my steam.  These drugs are not quick to exit my system.  Woke during a liver dump, and it was a horrid experience, dizzy, nauseous, high blood pressure, a real bell ringer.  But the body absorbed it in a few hours, though I’m still dragging and achy from it.  I just want to get rid of it all.  I’m tired of it.

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Weather at the turning point today.  The front passed through, wind out of the north.  Waiting for the dew point to drop before I turn off the A/C and open the windows.  But summer has departed Texas.

nanas in the mist

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Went out this morning to roll up the extension cord for the wifi range extender, and found these growing right off the back porch, just out of reach.

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nanas

Connected

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24Mbps, 1TB bandwidth/mo, solid, stable feed.  5GHz channel for the new Mac.  The hub is next door, which is sweet.  I can be comfortable with it.  Gave the connection a shakedown for 12 hours yesterday.  Can’t find any reason for complaint.

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I’d be hard pressed to move 34G of stuff per day for 30 days.  A daily 10G would be an effort.  So I’m not going be paying any overages.

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The range extender is down.  Need to take down the extension cord today.  Rain expected for the next four days.

Turning the corner

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Starting to get back a little energy, and the sore spot is finally gone.  A three week ride I don’t want to take again.

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Getting the office set up for the fi-op installation.  Made pretty good progress for the day.  Hoping to order it tomorrow.

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Eating well, steak, jambalaya, chicken and broccoli, lots of good food.

Steaks

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A  couple of T-bones are in the fridge marinading.  Smoke will rise in the backyard today.

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Still not very perky.  I would love to find some energy somewhere.  The tender spot on my leg is taking its own sweet time healing.  It’s getting better, but much too slowly for my taste.  Ten days now since I quit the Cipro, and I’m still feeling the effects.

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It will be a close call on the new Mac in early October, especially if I have to replace the alternator on the truck.  I may be seeing the MacAir sometime in the near future.  Flash has notice that my MacBook is too old with 10.7.5, but it installed and works anyway.  Something has got to happen and soon.

End of the tunnel

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Well, I’ve been off of antibiotics for a couple of days, and I’m still dragging tail.  I’d love to be bouncy, but the body is just not cooperating.  I want to get busy on getting the office ready for fi-op installation.

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Pie in the Sky is pretty much finished and not attracting any attention.  Not really that surprised.  It was fun putting it together.  It will be there for a while.

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Weather is starting to lose it’s summer edge.  Highs around 90°F are noted after a long string of 97°F.

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I’ll be in the kitchen tonight roasting recipe chicken, maybe making jambalaya.

Pie in the Sky

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The Pie in the Sky forum was installed today.  Got some of the basic security nailed down and fleshed it out a bit.  It will take some time to get things ready for it to open.  But it’s finally there.

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The allergic reaction is starting to heal.  And the general assault is letting up as well.  Three pills to go before I’m off the dose and can get back on with life.  It’s been a stint that ate up far too much of my life,

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Sleep is still not difficult to find.  Zzzzz.

4 days to go

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Four days left of the Ciprofloxacin.  I will be grateful to see it end.  Got a spot on my right shin that might be a scrape, might be a side effect.  I don’t remember barking it.  Watching it closely.

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The trip back from Bryan had the voltage regulator on the truck starting to fail, going from smooth voltage adjustment to on/off.  Repairs will keep until next week.  Won’t need to go anywhere unless there is an emergency.  It will handle local runs, just not the highway.  Researching the issue.

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Looks like the SMC issue on the MacBook was solved by using line command to disable Spotlight.  So far, so good.  Looks like an old system/new hardware incompatibility.

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Fi-op delayed a week.  Not up to getting the room ready for installation until I get off the anti-b’s.

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Sleeping a lot.  Eating well.  Issues are being paced.  It’s just a matter of being patient until I can drink some kefir and get my body back to normal.  Until then, staying in the A/C (80°F dew point) and taking it easy.

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Update.  Went into the clinic this afternoon and got taken off the Ciprofloxacin and put on Bactrim DS for the remaining four days.  YEAH!!!  The shin wound was a side effect, and so I’m now listed as allergic to Cipro.

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Went and got some kefir and cheesecake to celebrate.

Bryan

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In Bryan for a short stint.  Not a whole lot happening other than bandwidth.  (I am looking forward to the fi-op installation this week.)  Made my store/gas run this morning while the sun was on the horizon.

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The new laptop is getting closer to being a reality.  All I have to do is be frugal.  Fortunately the existing laptop seems stable.  I think I have tracked down the problem.  I’ll have to test it out when I get home.

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Not enjoying the antibiotics, but at least I’ve pretty much gotten the infection licked.  I’ll be glad when the next week is over and the dosage runs out.

Ciprofloxacin 500 mg

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On antibiotics for the next two weeks.  Bleech!  At least the visit and scripts cost me a grand total of $2.40.  There are advantages to being retireded.  Have to stay out of prolonged sunlight and drink lots of fluids.

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Hoping to have the new fi-op connection by next week.  I still have some cleaning to do.  Mid-month at the very latest.  Not sure how long I can endure this.

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Shifting projects when I get back to working condition.

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Saturday morning

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Friday was burn day, burning DVD backups from the new drive arrangement, 32 disks so far, another 8 to go.  But I ran out of jewel cases, and they are no longer available in Brenham.  Grrr.

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Starting to get the office cleaned for the fi-op installation.  Stuff getting restacked so that the desk can be moved aside.

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The internet connection is particularly bad tonight.  Typing the into TextEdit for copying later when I can access my site.

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Trying to switch to day shift, but it’s not coming easily.  Fever sprouting again.  Grrr.

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Sunday

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Internet has been down.  Finally got it back for a little while, at least.

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The fever escalated to 102.6°F this morning when I woke up.  So I’m going to get clean of sweat and go to the clinic for some antibiotics.  This is the tough ones that survived the first round.  I hate to go that way, but it leaves me little choice.  Oddly enough, my temp is now 98.6°F.

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At least I finished the DVD burns before this hit me like a ton of bricks.

Quo

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Well, the hard drives are all in order like ducks in a row, three 4TB USB 3.0 externals and the 500G Firewire system clone/catch all.  The backup drive still has the old folder order, but the backup files are all there, just needing a little shifting.

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The desk has more room with two drives removed, making Myka happy.  That is not likely to last long, with the Mac Air addition expected this week or next.

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I am trying to get the Esther’s photos retouched.  Eight have been completed and uploaded.  Almost halfway there.  My eyes are a little sore, but I did a pretty good job on the first ones.  One or two more days of Photoshop and I’ll have the existing scans delivered, internet willing.

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Looks like the rain is finally drying out.  Temps will be returning to the low 90’s for summer’s finale.  Forecast is not calling for any more upper 90’s.  Not complaining.

New drive

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Well, the new 4TB drive has been erased and formatted, and all the 3D files have been copied over from the backup drive.  The 1.45TB transfer took 25 hours 14 minutes.   I am basically back to where I was before the SMC problem and the fry job on the 2TB.  Hopefully there won’t be any further problems.

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I will be transferring the contents of the two 500G drives over to the 4TB and retiring the pair of USB 1.1 drives from the line up.  That will give me three USB 3.0 4TB drives and the 500G Firewire (+USB 1.1) system clone/catch all drive.  It will be a reduction of external drives from six to four.

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Still no headway in finding the 2TB drive outside of the USB port reader in System Information (profiler).  Two options, get a USB 3.0 housing, if it doesn’t show up on the MacAir (when it arrives).  If neither of those work, the drive is dead.  $20 – 30 to verify would be worth it if the 2TB hard drive is still intact, and not too big a price if it’s a door stop.  It’s a 50/50 chance of it being the drive or the controller.  However, because the SMC was to blame, my suspicions lean toward the controller being fried.

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Anyway, I will have old USB drives for whatever purpose.  But it feels good to be back to quo.  Now I can move the desk and get the new fi-op internet feed installed.  That was a delay that neither I nor my wallet needed.  The MacBook Pro is slipping further away.

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On a lighter note, the Myka and the gecko story continues.

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more baby back ribs

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Cooked another rack of baby back ribs.  Yummy, yummy.  Taking advantage of the cool August temps.  (Not everything is working against me.)

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2 TB down

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Well, the 2 TB USB drive (3D collection) crashed.  Fortunately, it was all backed up and cataloged on the 4 TB backup drive.  Whew.  I have been having cut out problems with the USB in general, but I reset the SMC (System Management Controller), and that might have solved the problem.  Unfortunately, it may not have been soon enough to save the 2 TB drive.  I was able to bring up the drive, though there were problems, but now it won’t mount and it won’t display in Disk Utility.  I don’t know if it’s the drive or the USB controller, though probably the latter.  The data is still probably on the drive.  It’s probably cheaper, not to mention easier, to get another drive unit than a new housing for the hard drive.  Another expense I don’t need taking away from the new Mac purchase.  But at least there is no loss of data.  But I won’t be doing any 3D for a while, until I get another drive.

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Since the SMC reset, the mouse has been steady, the catch all drive works fine on USB again, and things look okay, at least for now.  I’m hoping it stays that way.  There were a number of small problems, such as the temperature monitors, that were also giving me problems right before I’d lose the mouse.  So I think the solution is the right one.

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Looks like I’ll be getting internet here, AT&T looks to be the choice.  Another $50/month drain on the finances.  I was hoping to sign the contract today, but alas, the USB issue has prevailed, setting the cleanup back another day.  I need to get some sleep.

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For what it’s worth, the temperature has been downright pleasant with the Gulf system keeping everything overcast and rainy.  Had a low of 72°F last night.  I haven’t seen a temp that low since May.

three digits

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It finally hit three digits for the high temp, so this definitely qualifies as a mild summer.  And rain off the Gulf is headed in this direction, as well as approaching from the west.  It should give me a couple of days for cooking.

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Still haven’t nailed 98.6°F, though the deviation is less than 0.5°, mostly subnormal.  I haven’t been expecting a swift recovery, but two weeks, with over a week of that being residuals, is better than three weeks of potent wide spectrum antibiotics.  I’m just about there, symptoms are all but gone.  Feeling pretty good by comparison.

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Net connection has been the pits.  Can’t download anything without it dropping the handshake before it’s done.  I’m ready to get a new connection.

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Blew out the kitchen sink drain with the puffing nozzle, and it drains better than I’ve ever seen it.  Well worth the money spent.

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Pinching pennies.  I’m hoping that I can get a new laptop at the first of the month, but it may be October.  We’ll see.

Non-24 hour bug

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The fever lasted after the 24 hours in a couple of relapses.  Seems longer than 60 hours.  I’m ready to start eating again.

24 hour bug

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Just got done with a particularly nasty 24 hour bug.  Everything hurt, muscles, nerves, head, plus dizziness and nausea.  About the only thing spared was my respiratory tract.  Fever hung between 101° and 102°F for most of the time.  Lost 10 pounds of fluid.

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Now to get cleaned up and back on with my life, which is already in progress.

Two years prior

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Me at Liberty Lunch in 1978.  Photo by Dan Hendricks.

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scans and cameras

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Been giving the new 35 mm film scanner its first heavy assignment.  Some of the film has damaged emulsion, not real bad, but a Photoshop retouching nightmare.  Not all are bad and some will have quality image alternatives.  But it adds up to extra time.

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Anyway, I found the original 4X5 copy negative of the Ratchett and Rose photogram, and I shot it with the Nikon at 14Mp, then subjected it to all sorts of Photoshop, and it came out rather well.  Not quite the original, being digital, but good enough for printing.

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And I fond a few photos of me in my late 20’s up to 30.  This one was taken by Jeanne Baxter at 29, upon a return trip to visit Austin.  This was the look that won me second place in a Halloween contest for “coming as myself and having no one recognize me”.

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Esther’s

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Been going through the proofs from Esther’s.  Songs and memories emerging from every corner of the brain.  I have everything set up for the scanning, the proof and negative boxes with quick and easy access.  New compressed air and cleaning brushes.  I’m just about ready to roll, four images to go, the ones that I knew would take the most work finding.

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Did a major meat conversion this morning, from frozen raw, to frozen delicious.  Pork loins were $1/lb, so I thawed and marinaded the frozen one and froze the new one.  I’m working on the last section of cooked pork loin, so it was a timely endeavor.  The early morning aromas confuse the neighbors.  I have a pretty good selection of cooked stuff in the freezer now, easy on the summer diet.  I also thawed out a tub of strawberry puree.  After all, it is the middle of summer, and there is no pie, danish, cheesecake or other delights.

BBSCCIC

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Blue Bell Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream exists no longer.  It died this morning in the very wee hours.  Will Blue Bell resurrect it?

Summertime

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Summertime lulls have arrived, cooking late at night, holing up during the day, and sleeping a lot.  Inspiration and ambition is hard to find.  It’s just so much easier to let time pass when the weather gets warm and muggy.

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Focus is on not spending money.  The last two months have been expensive, spending most of what came in.  The good news is that I’ve gotten everything I need for now.  And I still have ample money in the bank.  But I need to clamp down if I’m going to get a new MacBook Pro any time soon.

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Things are okay.  Can’t complain.  Just can’t get excited much.

Off to Bryan

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Heading to Music School today.  My fingers and voice have been sorely neglected the last six weeks.  Tonight will reveal just how badly the neglect has set in.

Relieved

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I am relieved from kitten duty.  I think Myka misses her, as strange a twist as that may be, considering all the hissing.  Or maybe it’s just disbelief that the kitten is truly gone.

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Time will tell if she’s wrong.