Shirted

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Washed, dried, and folded 26 T-shirts last night. With the jeans from the night before, it makes for a fair size chunk of the wardrobe freshening project. But there is still a fair chunk to go. But I’m not in a hurry, as I have plenty of fresh clothes to wear, and it’s a ways until winter.


Pretty much sleeping days in solid chunks. I’d like to move the slot about three hours later to cover the hottest part of the day, but I have the nights to perform chores and get out of the AC.


Chicken fajita tacos for a late lunch.


I’m not quite healed on my pads, but they’re getting there. Middle finger is the hold out. I wanna play!


Am reminded of The Atlanta Rhythm Section’s Dog Days. We are there.

Well… it’s summer.

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I got my jeans washed, all 14 that are presentably worn in public, to whatever degree of threadbare they might be. T-shirts are next.


The pulled pork in the fridge has been exhausted. Two more bags in the freezer. The avocado spud was yummy. Turkey/dressing casserole, tamales, brats, and boudin will be the main course, plus freezer quick stock as variety. I won’t need to cook for a while, which is a good thing.


Airport got to 96°F today. House interior got to 89°F. Office stayed at 76°F. I stayed in the office unless it was necessary to be elsewhere. I slept a lot today. Fans are running this evening to cool down the house with a draw through. Summer…


Myka has opted to hang in the office atop the long table, nesting on a banker box. I think it’s a matter of AC vs fan in noise level. She hangs where it’s quieter.


There is a mountain of MIDI/VST stuff to install and cross reference. I still haven’t started the dive. I have been looking at 49 and 61 key controllers, but I’m not serious yet, not until I get the 25 working. Plenty of things ahead of one in priorities. Besides, I am a 12 string guitarist by preference. Keyboards are for doodling and fill.


Not much else happening. A lull for the heat, a survival trait, even in AC.

Warming

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This week should see high 90s as a streak for the first time this year. Summer is finally getting here.


The Canary Islands are named Islas Canarias in Spanish, meaning Islands of the Dogs. Woof.


Made a second store run this morning, mostly due to stocking up on a sale. Got a piece of German chocolate cake and some boudin to add to the fridge. Spuds and avocado later today. Plenty of turkey dressing left. I am well set for the weekend, staying cool in the AC, microwave being the only extra heat in the kitchen.


Slept pretty soundly from mid-morning to mid-afternoon. I would have preferred it to have been a few hours later in the day, but I’m not going to fuss about it. I slept well and missed part of the heat.


I should be tackling the audio installations in the next few days. Not looking forward to it, but I’ll be glad to have it behind me and the MPK fully operative. And I can do a second backup.


Need to start a load or two of laundry. I’ve held off long enough to get started.

Drumming the dols

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Got my primary DAWs installed on the laptop. Still a ton of VST stuff to add, but that is in its own sweet time. The important thing is that I have creative software connections for the keyboard and mixer. The audio system is complete, hardware to software, just needs expanding on the library of samples and tools.


I also got the graphics and video extras installed. So I’m on the last leg of assembly, albeit a large leg. Only question left is if I want ArtMatic and Voyager for $320. I played with the demos today.


This weekend, we should see some heat, upper 90s. The 80s and low 90s will return next week, according to NWS. It’s been a suppressed summer, heavily moderated by the Gulf moisture. It will make the transition from warm to heat for a couple of days. I should make a store run before it heats up. The battery is showing 12V, the new problem is the positive terminal connection or the alternator. Hoping it’s the former.


My guitar pads are still sore. I played a song and regretted it. It will take a while longer, repeatedly denying myself the knee jerk to grab the Egee and play. Coconut oil is still the treatment. I should work on the bones and bodhran.


Made the turkey cornbread casserole before trash went out. I’ll have no trouble making it disappear. Another serving of pulled pork left. A package of brats. Plenty of stuff in the freezer to nuke.


I need to start on laundry. I don’t want to rush it, but I don’t want to ignore it either. There is a pile to freshen.


Mainly hanging at the house. Plenty to keep me as busy as I want to be, and consequently as lazy.

Space, mosquitos, and Arcade stuff

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I am now manager/admin/owner of a permanent chatroom, called I ❤️ Space n Stuff. The existing informal chat crashed, and I made an interim. The ownership was gladly dropped in my lap with a sigh of relief. Oh well… At least I have the machine to handle it.


I just nailed the mosquito that has been biting me for two days. Splat!


The Apple Arcade issue was resolved, an invitation dropped in my Apple Store app on the iPad. After getting the refund and having the account dropped, leaving me with nothing, my very disappointed post-support survey had its results. “I guess those days are over.” hit its mark. (That being the days that one could take Apple for its word.) After much ado, things are finally as they should be. I can play Patterened again, for the next three months.


I completed system updates and backups (MBP went to 8T drive.) I still have Graphic and Video plugs to install, and all the audio stuff. But the rest is pretty much locked down. Won’t be too long until I have navigation finalized and can start using it in earnest without the distraction of taming it.


I let up on the laundry. I have my immediate stuff freshened. I don’t want to run up the electric bill by leaps and bounds, so stretching it out is not a bad thing. It will get done in due course.


No complaints at the moment. Finished the tamales. Now I can move on to the chili and pulled pork and turkey.

Moving on

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I am currently copying the contents (1.17T) of the catch all (2T) to the until now empty and idle 4002 drive (4T). This will be the new DVD burn alternative for backup. About 3 to 5 hours before I can start culling the catchall or send mails. The SSD will go to the 8T soon.


Opened a chat room online as an interim for the one I usually visit. It has gone offline under mysterious circumstances. Not much to the setup. I’ll see if anyone bites. I won’t lose sleep if no one does.


Made the jam last night. Wore my fingers out. Brought home chili. Light crowd, light group.


Doing laundry. Got my daily rotation (5 sets of jeans, briefs, socks, gray pocket T) freshened. I have my basics freshened, now for the rest. Plenty more loads to go before I’m done.


Store run made, I’m ready to hunker for a while. Got plenty of projects close at hand for the rest of the summer. No need to wander.


Volt meter on the truck dash is showing on the low side. It’s either a bad connection on the positive terminal or the alternator just blew something else. I hope it’s not the battery.


Apple canceled the Arcade access. No sign of the refund yet.

Rotten Apple

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BAD PR DEPTARTMENT: Apple just cheated me out of a 3 month trial for Apple Arcade.


I waited until I got the laptop squared away to apply for the AppleTV+ and Apple Arcade trials. I used the emails they sent me for the links to apply. The TV+ went through okay, but instead of a three month trial on Arcade, it gave me 30 days. I contacted tech support via Messages, and they canceled the 30 day trial, and they arranged for a call back this morning. When I got the call, I was instructed to apply again and got charged for a month subscription. I was then informed that Apple can not allow a second trial on a User ID. I requested the refund, and it should be reviewed after 48 hours and could take up to a month to refund. To add injury to insult, I was charged $2 for the phone call. (Honestly, I found Arcade to be rather unappealing.)


Add that to the APFS drive formatting issues I have been fighting for a bootable clone, and I am not pleased with Apple right now, to put it mildly. Apple has stuck its head up its posterior. This is not the way to run a business.


Trash is on the curb. I will start the dryer experiment with an Hawaiian shirt. A few forks to wash. Ice bin will be empty on the next refill, which is imminent. Otherwise, I’m free of my own accord.


I’m not having much inspiration. I mean, I got the laptop squared away with the installation marathon. I made the clone. I’ve been dealing with construction. No shortage of focus and demands on my attention lately. But being done has left a hole in my ambition, especially with the Arcade issue souring my mood.


But there is a jam this week. That should pick up my mood by tomorrow.

Holey

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The hole for the dryer vent has been cut, and the vent is in, but not secured or connected. It’s not a very sturdy vent either, pretty cheap construction. But it will work. It should be finished by noon.


The roof is also on the porch. It cuts the light level in the kitchen, and the sky can’t be seen from the back door. But it won’t rain in the screen door unless the wind is really blowing from the west.


I got the installations done and a clone of the system on the USB-C stick. It’s not bootable, thanks to Apple’s new encrypted APFS drive formatting. Reminds me of Windows with segregated system and data. Many faithful Mac users are not happy, me included. I will make another attempt at making a bootable clone after I do more research. The important thing is that the laptop is finally ready for a clone. (YEAH!!!) It has become the goto device in the office for production and communication.


I’m about ready to get the AppleTV+ and Apple Arcade trials (12 and 3 months respectively). I only have a week left to apply. They will both be canceled when they run out. But for the meantime…


Once the dryer is running, I can put the kitchen back in order and cook. The fridge is getting a little bare, but not desperately so. Three days, at least, before I clean the middle shelf. Not sure what I’ll be thawing, but I’m leaning toward turkey.

Partied

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I had the pleasure of singing with Alicia for a couple of hours yesterday. It was Tom’s 70th, and he was selling Hawaiian shirts at the art and music festival downtown (Ant Street). He was pleasantly surprised.


The horde left behind what is probably a opossum carcass at the corner of the house. Whew.


The work crew didn’t return on Friday, so still no dryer vent or roof.


Not a whole lot else going on. A day of R&R.


Crew

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The work crew has been at it for two days, new platform and wooden steps out the back door. Porch roof goes on the completed frame today, weather willing. So does the dryer vent. Maybe a handrail.


Sweater drying rack was much too flimsy for my massive alpaca sweater when wet. So adding a couple of 1X2 slats and left over hardware cloth made a dripping rack that spans the tub. And once it stops dripping, it can be moved atop the scissored clothes drying rack where it gets better air flow. And it has the advantage of being able to bathe.


The chair cover fit perfectly on the office chair. The velvet has a nice feel, the dark blue a nice shade, easy on the eyes. Better than a beach towel in staying put.


The roof started leaking last night. Drip is in the hallway.


Rib eye tacos tonight. The spuds are gone, but the mac and risotto have reserves in the fridge. Out of bacon. Not enough else lacking to prompt a store run.


Feeling better, but not enough for truck brakes/alternator, haircut, or installations. Everything in life happens at the proper time.


Myka bit me again yesterday. I was brushing her, and she didn’t like it, probably aggravated by the loud noise of nail guns, power tools, and bludgeons. Blood was seen on the wipes, but none flowed, so she got the cold shoulder and no perks, along with an occasional “Get out of my way.” But she is back in grace again.

Graviless, graven gravity

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I decided not to make sausage gravy. Instead, I made scratch mashed potatoes and tuna mac. They didn’t use as much milk, leaving me with three cups to use up in the next couple of days. I may make another batch of cheese risotto.


I have been fighting gravity for over a week. I manage to get things done, but I’m chronically tired and achey. It might have to do with the valsartan. My blood pressure is consistently low. It might just be me getting old. At least I’m managing to get the chores done despite the impedance.


I’m off the clock on sitting. All went well, except for the nervousness from fireworks in the neighborhood. That didn’t last all that long.


I ordered a slip-on office chair cover and a sweater drying rack from Amazon. End of the week, if not sooner.


The folding tables in the office were swapped, smaller for larger, now a hospitality area, no electricity or devices. Easy to move out of the way, more room for playing music, less distraction and neck craning.


My communication is all sorted out, all configurations properly set and tested. New habits are set. Now to install and create the bootable clone.




All finances except storage rent are completed for the month, being the second business day of the month. The dust has settled. The Amazon order, an office seat upholstery slip on cover (dark blue velvet) and a sweater drying rack has shipped. Fulfillment from San Marcos. A quickie.


Getting chores done in a paced rhythm. Bit by bit. Better than it was, an uphill battle. Washing the same pot three times in one day. Three tubs in the fridge, The milk used before expiration date. No cooking for days; pasta, rice, spud for easy options. Myka is thrilled about the tuna juice. She won’t be happy about the next serving being the last. Such ambrosia, no cat is immune.


Getting close to a major installation. Everything is sorted by folders (graphics, 3D, text, video, audio, internet, utilities…) Then I can generate the bootable clone on USB-C stick. Then it should be settled. (Audio/MIDI/VST comes later.) In the last stages of assembly. Then comes honing workflow on the structure.


Burned the roof of my mouth. Not that bad. More annoying than anything else.


It looked like rain today, most of the day forecast, but then it dissipated, More on the way, though. Big cloud mass sitting in the northern Gulf moving west. Hard to say what it will do next.

Retired

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The MacBook is retired. Everything remaining of importance has been copied over to the catchall drive. The management folders are empty. It can be booted at any time and still be functional, and there is still the firewire backup. But it will be sitting in a carry case unless there is need for it. It got me out of Webberville when my widescreen lost its screen, it will be well remembered.


I got the font manager up and functional on the new laptop, with my full library of fonts, all 25 years worth of gathering. No beast is complete without quick access to its full font history.


Just put up the girls next door. Biscuits are the trick to get them all in bed without a moment’s hesitation. One of four tendings down. Chow in the morning and daily release. Fair chance of rain tomorrow, so they probably won’t appreciate it. Fair chance of rain all week.


I bagged up the contents of the big table in the office, and I need to sort it and prep for laundry for the wearables and covers. The rest needs to be boxed. Another hot day in the AC chore, once the dryer is functional. Penciled in for Monday. As it stands now, it’s an elevated kitty highway from the door to the window. Won’t be when the table gets pulled, the bridge drawn.


Got the last of the details of the email transition down, including a complete address book in text format. Fluffed out the contacts. I’m done except for the daily routine. The phone is functional too. I’ve seen all the basics in action, verified working.


One more chore tonight, the litter box. Maybe laundry if I feel up to it. Ice bin is getting low. I may just go to sleep and tackle it after I’ve nodded awhile.


I’ll have a chance to cook this week. Sausage gravy will be first. I had fish and shrimp for dinner. Made a store run after the rain let up, pharmacy, insect control, munchies.

And don’t July

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I did not make the jam, too tired from cleaning the house, and my throat irritated from the dust. I was not up for a jam on several levels. And I have slept heavily and often since. Plenty in the fridge without chili. And it gave my neighbor a chance to perform for his family without me as a distraction.


I was here for the installation of the second pair of lines for the internet upgrade. The new arrangement (same modem) is giving me 82 mbps, a gig in 95 seconds. I have already gotten used to the pace of 10.25 M/s. It’s quite helpful in the area of VST, with all the audio samples.


I also have the new email client set up and properly configured with accounts, notification, etc. One IMAP and one POP3. A good combo for all the different accounts and integrating with browser, etc. The MacBook is no longer receiving mail. Games and QT7 are its only assets at this point. It is close to being retired and the table removed.


I am due an installation marathon, as soon as I have recovered. My body is rested, but it’s still sore and tired. Sitting the horde this weekend. Otherwise, it’s a relaxing time, building steam. Nothing slated until I feel up to it.

Mid-year flip

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Got the emails archived for the half year, and closed up Sweet Mail. Mail is now on the new laptop, both IMAP and POP3. IMAP on the phone and pad too. Big change of habit, as I’ve used Sweet Mail for a couple of decades. The good news, spell checking as I type.


I was expecting a work crew this morning, but none showed. Just as well, I slept.


I got an email from HostPapa, telling me that my listed credit card had expired, and I can’t tell if I’m getting charged for my domain or not. It shows a $17 fee for 1 year, whereas it has always been free. I won’t get charged for the hosting until next year, and I don’t know if I get grandfathered from the merger or if they are going to raise the price considerably and drop 2 years off my plan. Time will tell.


Most of the chores are done today. Tomorrow will be a busy one. Payday, recycling, modem, work crew (?), jam, etc. I’m glad I got the emails archived today, a few hours ahead of time.


Plenty to eat in the fridge. Avocado got devoured last night on a spud (pork and cheddar). Need to focus on the risotto, a couple of servings to go. Rib eye, pork tenderloin, smoked turkey, boudin, brats, tamales… Brisket chili tomorrow.


No one has called me since I got the phone set up. I don’t know if the ringtones work or not. It should work, but proof would be nice.

Discounted upgrade

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Well, I got the COVID internet discount, starting next billing cycle (I think, it might be immediate). I also got a 25 mbps > 75 mbps upgrade at no extra cost, not counting the $100 installation fee for swapping modems (I think, I get contradictory signals on the info). I will let the smoke clear before I pay anything. The scheduled swap is Thursday afternoon. I need to do some cleaning.


A quick calculation shows that I have burned 346G of bandwidth in the 2.2 months since I acquired the new MBP. With 1T/mo, I am way under limit.


Made my first call on the new phone, acquiring the above discount. It works okay, a little different from the mini-slab. I’m getting used to it. I also sent my first SMS from the phone, while I’d had the day paid. It’s my day to experiment with the cellular.


I have a rib eye steak in the fridge to broil. I was going to do it last night/this morning, but I fell asleep and missed the cool window. I also thawed pork tenderloin and a pack of boudin, plus bought gourmet tamales. Flautas and taquitos went in the freezer. Spuds and avocado are on the counter. Pound cake too. No shopping for a while. Spud, pork, cheddar, avocado for lunch in a bit.


I still need to cut my hair. Finding both the right temp and adequate focus simultaneously has proven difficult.


Payday is 36 hours away. It will help alleviate the dent I’ve taken in June. At least I’m not hurting. Thursday is also jam night.

iPhony 2

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I paid the phone bill this morning, prepaid for a year. My phone related payments are done until June 2022. I have everything set up correctly on the phone, from wallpaper to original ringtones. Now I can turn my attention back to finishing up on the MBP.


Not much else happening, being summer. Risotto will be made this morning while it’s still cool, if I achieve my intentions. The fridge looks pretty bare.


I qualified for the federal COVID internet discount that started last month. While there is still a declared emergency, the discount will apply. I need to call in tomorrow during business hours to get it applied, first use of the new phone. I might be able to double my speed as well. I’d seen that I’m paying the same rate as a 75 mbps line for 25 mbps, but it really wasn’t that big of a deal, as I’ve been pulling 33 mbps, and the tested ceiling is around 65 – 70 mbps. The discount is more important.


Myka is flea free. The Seresto collar worked as advertised. And the price is now more than double what I paid for it, from one third to five sixths MSRP. Good timing. The only thing that Myka is scratching now is the collar.


Finally got my script.




Found my new email client, I think.

Dol’s drums

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It’s summer. A string of days in the 90s, approaching July, which is where the heat kicks in overtime, or is that overdrive? Ten weeks of oven outside the office.


Still waiting on word from the pharmacy. I need to switch the phones and get a protective case for the iPhone. I found a 10 foot drop case for $12, an iridescent finish. I will go ahead and get a full year on the plan if I can get it switched over on the same plan like they told me. If I don’t get a text on the script, I’ll go ahead and take of the phone this morning.


Looking for a new mail client for the new MBP. Mail, games, and QT7 are the only things keeping the old MacBook up and running on a daily basis. July 1 is when I cycle the email, so that is my target date for a new POP3 client.


I need to cook. I got milk and pan sausage for gravy to help whittle down the two loaves of bread. And there is cheese risotto on the menu too. Gouda and bread is a quick item for a cool lunch.


I am starting to miss the ability to get on the road. Not that summer is the time of year to travel in the old truck. But I would enjoying seeing familiar faces.




Myka got a Seresto collar placed on her this evening to combat the fleas. She is not thrilled about it, but they are effective. Her fleas should be dead by this time tomorrow. I’m glad I got a discount on it, costing less than a third of its base price. They are expensive.


The iPhone has been activated and is in service. Same everything in the plan as before, $2/day, no data, same payments, so I’m a happy camper. Sunday is the next payment, a full year. All the contacts have been transferred (manually), minus a few that are never used any longer. New wallpaper that I made, with more to come. Custom ringtone, with more to come (*clacking bones* “Jerry, someone you don’t know is calling you. Ignore them.”). I will certainly flesh it out a little more, but not drastically. I have it in basic service mode now, the money traps turned off. I wasn’t able to get the iridescent case, so I settled for a black, rubbery, grippy, opaque thing with the same drop specs. I can live with it.


The old phone has had the battery pulled. It is permanently retired. It served me well.


I need to get back to finishing out the laptop. I still have a long learning curve on the MIDI/MPK mini. The installation folder is loaded again. This weekend will see another push.


I need to cook.

iPhony

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I bought an iPhone SE today, now titled jPhone. It’s black, set for AT&T, and the apple Pencil won’t connect, but the Bamboo stylus will. I can live with that, because it will fit in a pocket, and the pencil won’t. The good news is that I can retain the $2 per day plan without data, which is how it currently stands. Wifi works just fine on it. I will head over to the AT&T store tomorrow morning to make the switch. A year payment to be made on Sunday.


I am currently upgrading the phone’s system to iOS 13.4 using the MBP. 5.3G transfer. Then I can load it with the phone apps I want on the phone, won’t be that many. 57.2G capacity (64G), 45.8G available. More than adequate for my needs.
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Fresh Apples


I am trying to find a painless way to transfer PDFs en mass to the phone. I’m pretty sure that I can find a way. No big hurry. (I found it, all the tab sheets are on the phone, albeit a tad hard to read.) Music has been transferred too.


Another warm day, sunny and warm. 93°F. Good thing I have office stuff to do on the new phone and laptop.


Script was sitting in limbo, as they were trying to contact Dr Vaughn instead of Dr. Pierce. That’s okay, as I need a protective case for the phone. I wanted to wait on that to make sure I’d keep the phone. I will. But I got everything else on the shopping list.

Chicken in the corn

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A slow weekend. A store run Sunday pm. Otherwise, it was hunkering in the cool cave, same ol same ol.

Sore pads

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I was the only strong leader at the jam last night, though there were four leaders total. But I had to support the others as much as I could. Hence, my pads failed me toward the end of the evening, about two hours of music total. It was a warm night, so the crowd was minimal. It was fun, and I brought my own stool, so my glutes survived. And I brought home the chili, as usual these days.


There isn’t a whole lot else going on. Summer is keeping things down. The dryer was connected and runs, but there is no wall vent for the hot air to escape. So there is still no dryer in operation.


I am looking at toolboxes. I decided that the one I have is inadequate, too small for the tools I have. They fit, but only with the skills of a topologist. I need something a little more forgiving, but something that fits in the same spot in the pickup bed. So I am looking for specific parameters.


I have lots of projects to tackle this summer, outside truck repair, when I have the energy and ambition. Tool handle dipping, purpleheart bones, wash and wax the truck, MIDI set up, backup the drives… The list is a long one. I will stay as busy as I like.

Dryer Stick

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The installation of the 220V line for the dryer is done, all that remains is connecting each end and cutting a hole in the wall for a vent. A work break is in progress, so Myka is freed from the office for the time being. Myka was perplexed by the sound of drilling under the house. Ironic that my clothes finished drying while the installation was in progress.


I got the 512G USB-C stick, and it has been reformatted, excluded from Spotlight (while it’s empty), and otherwise readied for use as a bootable clone for the new MBP.


Ordered more vanilla Piroulines from Amazon using the Texas card, my first online purchase with it. Another batch of Knorr too. Shouldn’t take too long to get here.


Haven’t cut my hair yet, but any day now, when the distractions let up. Haven’t cooked either. I did get the list of installations done, excluding the MIDI/VST stuff. That is notorious for issues, so I left it for later to make the process smoother. I’m getting close to having the drive set for action.

Hazy Laze or Lazy Haze

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It’s summer, and the distinction fades in the haze. I am still a cave dweller. 95°F at the airport, 91°F outside the window, 89°F in the house, 77°F in the office. No brainer. Had a soak, getting hair ready for the annual lop.


Jambalaya is gone. Next, I think, will be chicken penne alfredo, I think (maybe shrimp too). The future is a bit hazy. There is pastrami, Popeye’s, smoked turkey, brats, and freezer stuff to hold me until it’s cool enough to cook.


Have a new list of installations, more than a few gig. Many are updates, but a fair chunk is MIDI/VST. I’ll get to them soon enough, when I find the ambition in the haze.


Having a chance to get my sleep, which I have been doing. I’m about caught up, feeling a little better for it. I want to make progress on the truck.


It’s summer. There is a rhythm to it.

Yes, Virginia, there is a summer

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It’s summer. Cave dwelling, vampire shift, minimal cooking, movie watching, waiting for sunset summertime. From here to September.


I’ve already accumulated another installation list. However, a fair portion is updates. Not in any hurry to get them in place.


The new electric lines have been installed by the city, ending the upgrade (I think, they might remove the old ones). I’m wondering if they got the street light reconnected.


Made the store runs, finally got a 90 day script for the spironolactone. Did some maintenance on the truck, but it still needs work. I added some fuel cleaner to the gas tank, which should help the roughness. That leaves brake cylinder and alternator.


Had avocado spud today with pork tenderloin. Put me down hard for the afternoon.

What gets wetter the more it dries?

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A: Texas


The interior of the truck’s hood was fairly dry today, and the ignition was good. I might be able to start a decent diagnostic. It needs attention.


I’ve been a homebody lately. I need to refill a script, grab a few other things. I think the truck will manage that during daylight.


I rescheduled the ophthalmologist appointment to December 10th, the first slot available. My primary is okay with that, after seeing my blood pressure readings. I’m doing well, in no hurry for medical attention.


There is not a whole lot going on. Made the jambalaya, but haven’t been all that hungry. Haven’t washed the dishes either. Again, no big hurry. Laundry, ice bin, those are on the list. A lot just waiting for it to dry out a little, with the dew point consistently forecast for the mid-70s. In the 90s this week. It’s finally summer, here to September.


Laptop continues to progress, not in huge leaps very often, but it continues to shape up. To remind myself: Art is a state of fascination applied to a sensory medium that results in a state of fascination. Subjective scheduling, everything happens at the proper time. Not in a hurry.


My pads are peeling after half a dozen songs. They need a coconut oil soak. And more playing.


Ordered a 512G USB-C stick as a bootable clone for the MBP. $30, less than I expected.

Head keys

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The headphones are nice. A nice long cord. Proper sound quality, excellent isolation. Well worth the $30.


The Akai MPK mini MK3 is a tiny monster. The software manager app is a royal pain. Registration at four websites. No moving the apps once installed. Security at the expense of the user. Nice for getting started, but the DAWs will be the meal ticket. It plays notes, I laid down some basic progressions (1-4-5-4, 1-5-4-5, 1-6m-4-5, etc), but hardly music yet. Give it time. It will be a gem with a learning curve.


Truck seems to run okay, though I need to reset the battery terminals. Too wet to get serious on diagnostics, though hopefully I’ll get a dry spell to work it. (Eau d’ lemon eucalyptus.)


Piroulines (dark chocolate) due today. I won’t need to ration the last can of the first batch.


Gravy and risotto are gone. Time to cook, probably jambalaya. Popeye’s, brats, pastrami are the remaining fridge stock.


There was no jam session, called on rain. (No chili.) Just as well, because I was not ready on several counts. Lake Somerville is 5.4 ft above stage. There is no drought anywhere in eastern Texas. Skeeter Fest 2021. Indoor living.


I could probably use a bit more sleep. Not suffering from a lack, but I could use more.