Alphas

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Here is a quick render from modo 10, using a TIFF alpha image (ZBrush, etc) as a displacement texture.  The refurb seems production ready.

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I’m also experimenting in Muse, starting to learn the ropes.  I’m hopeful that I will be ready to use it for production soon.

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Done

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Okay, the refurb is done.  All the apps, all the plugs, all the tidying.  It’s ready to roll as soon as I add a few folders.  It’s still not my mail machine, but that is a matter of time before I decide to move the preference folders over with the mail since 1/1/17.  But for all intents and purposes, it’s ready to start working.  I wish I was.

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Next few days are lazy days.  Get back into the routine of grazing.  Do laundry.  Start checking the mail box by the road.  Feed the fish.  Check phone messages.  Tomorrow is a heavy rain day by the forecast, so not much to do except sit tight.  I have plenty of movies to watch.

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After that, I start the learning curve, starting with Muse.  After all, the reason I purchased this refurb was for modern internet production.  It’s time to start learning how.

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Two and a half weeks before I return to Brenham.  Spring is popping out here, red buds, honey suckle, hawthorne trees are all blooming, the grass is turning green.  The wild flowers should be starting by the time I head back.

Done

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The refurb MBP1 (from which I’m typing my first entry here) is officially loaded.  That doesn’t mean it’s entirely prepped, but the software is all there on the hard drive.  I still need to do navigation config, setting preferences, moving documents over, and other things that make a computer one’s own.  But by and large, the refurb is ready for production.  Yes, there will surely be more applications to accumulate over time, but for now, the installation frenzy has been completed.

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*sigh*

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It’s been an arduous twenty days whipping the rascal into shape.  Some things I’ll miss, like QT7Pro, GoLive, and so on, but the digital world moves on, whether it’s for the best or not.  Then again, it sure is nice to have the browser not be rejected because it decrepit and ancient.

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My USB sticks got a real workout.  And I added a 32g stick to the collection, as they have dropped to under $10 (my traditional standard for buying one).  Now I have a 4g, an 8g, a 16g, and a 32g, and each is a different style.  It’s easier than using the WiFi here with file sharing.

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One issue with the WiFi is the introduction of the Amazon Fire Stick on the TV at the main house.  It has been playing havoc with the DHCP on the old dlink.  So tomorrow I’ll be installing a Linksys with a lot more capacity and power.

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Only a few more days before I take stewardship of the property for three weeks.

New month

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I just changed the strings on the Maha.  First time they’ve been blessed with fresh strings, the set removed was the store set (manufacturer supplied).

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The refurb is 80% there as a production tool.  Most of the primary tools are on board.  There is still work to be done though, to bring it up to full specs.  But I can do it at a more leisurely pace.  The focus is starting to lean toward the learning curve, and Muse is the primary study at this point.  It works much like InDesign, so part of the curve is already behind me.  But the variables for multiple formats (browsers, phones, tablets, etc.) is something I need to tackle.  Ah, virgin computer systems and the headaches they generate.

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Been eating very well.  Stephen is on a very pleasant run of Caribbean recipes with tamarind in the fore.  I can’t complain a bit.  Had fried boudin for the first time ever…

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Myka is not complaining.  She is having a great time.  Today was cool and windy and she came in shortly after noon and slept the rest of the day away.

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One more month before I head east again.

Deep in installations

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In the nut and bolt stage for almost a week.  It’s been a lot of relatively slow downloading, with much of the stuff piling up in a folder.  Mixed in with this is looking at the new features of the ones I have installed, some massive learning curves ahead.  This is going to take several more days to get everything squared away on the hard drive before I put installation brain behind me.  (This doesn’t mean that I won’t be adding software for quite some time, it just won’t be the big ticket stuff.)

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Been eating a lot of traditional meals lately, lots of bird in the mix.  Turkey dinner, chicken pot pie, etc.  Not that it’s all been traditional.  I am eating quite well.

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Sleep has been pretty erratic, too many technical details bouncing around in my head, keeping me from easily falling asleep except after a big meal.

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But the end result is that I am getting back in the digital swing with the new refurb.  It should be a lot fun to play with in a few weeks.

RIP ribs

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Just ate the last rib from the freezer. (sniff)  R.I.P.

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Today was a day of sloth  I had spent the previous five days working, rolling, installing, configuring, burning DVDs, and much more.  Today was my weekend where I practiced sloth with a vengeance.  I didn’t even boot up the refurb.  A nice long soaking bath (thanks to the stopper for the tub that I bought last week), the last rib and ribeye tacos, with cheesecake chaser.  Sunny day in the low 80s made for a joyful day of utter laziness.  (Okay, I did laundry, but hey…)

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I ordered 8G of RAM for the refurb, much better than 3G.  It is scheduled to arrive Thursday, so no big installations until it’s operating with a full deck.  (It will only upgrade to 10.11.6, won’t take 10.12, but I can live with that obsolescence, as it doesn’t exclude any software that I’ve seen so far.)

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The new muffler is oh so nice.  I found out why I had so much trouble getting the muffler off, it was welded on (so expertly welded that I couldn’t see any trace of the fact).  But that begs the question, why were there clamps on the muffler?

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Got 6 packs of Kountry Boy boudin while in Brenham.  One went to Lyse, another will be given away.  I can survive on 4 packs.  The manager let me have a sausage/cheese kolache and a cheese danish that was part of my order for free.

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The house in Brenham is in chaos.  It still has a lingering odor, but ZorbX should handle it.  The ice trays and ice bin were salvaged, much to my relief.  I’m using the bin here.  I can wait until March to return.

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Plenty more details about the five days of grunt, but they’ll just have to take flight on the wind, as I’m too lazy to elucidate.

Esther’s photos

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I added the photos of Esther’s Follies that I scanned for the new book about the history of Esther’s to the photo section.  Click the Esther’s button up top.

http://photo.fringewood.com/

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I will be staying on in Elgin for the most part of the rest of the month and for February (house sitting again).  I’m off to Brenham this weekend, with a stop in Bryan.  Looking forward to replenishing the boudin stock here.  Lots of errands to run.

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Tomorrow, I head north to Taylor and get the muffler fixed.  Then I head west to Pflugerville to purchase a refurb 2009 MacBook Pro.  It will fill the bill for html design and browsing with up to date software until I can get the production machine.  I can afford the monster now, but internet inadequacies here have me delaying the purchase even further.  (And I’m paying the service contract not to use the FiOS.)

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But life rolls on.  Rib-eye tacos, all sorts of goodies.  Down to three surviving items from the freezer.  Things could be much worse.

Still waiting

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The days keep rolling by and I am still waiting to head home.  It’s been two months since I left for the Thanksgiving party.

wink

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Made a GIF of Myka winking every three minutes.  (Yes, you have to watch it for three minutes to see it wink.)

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Okay, okay, you only have to wait 5 seconds for this one.

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2017

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The New Year’s party was definitely fun.  Lots of energy.  Myka got out and refused to come back in until I woke at 5:30 am, and she was at the door wanting in, after everything had settled.  She was not used to that sort of energy level and definitely anxious being inside.  There were fireworks and firearms going off everywhere, and lots of hooting and hollering.

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I have two to three more days here.  The fridge is being replaced, so I am awaiting word that it’s installed and running.  The old one died, taking with it everything in it.  All those rib eyes that I never got to eat, along with the  ribs, loins, tenderloins, steaks, chicken, ham, and everything else.  What a waste.  If I had only been there when it failed…

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Not a lot to do at this point except wait.  I was ready to make the transition home, so I’m just biding time.  I got all the new year digital duties done, but I badly need to do a burn session when I get back.

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The MacBook Pro is still on course, though delayed a few days.  Trying not to spend any money that I don’t have to.

Staying over

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I’ll be in Elgin for New Year’s.  I’m staying over a few extra days to see the new year in before heading back to Brenham.  Stopped packing yesterday, fortunately I hadn’t gotten too far when plans changed.

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It’s considerably cooler today, a brisk wind out of the north dropping the temp inside a bit.  Yesterday’s 80’s won’t be around again for a while, but neither will freezing temps.  Myka has opted to stay inside this morning, as I haven’t been out to keep her company in this blustery weather.

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One fringe benefit is that the extended stay allowed me to order takeout from Morelia’s.  Enchiladas Del Mar and Cajun Pasta, two of my favorites.  Dining on the porch here yesterday in the 82°F gentle breeze with Myka buzzing around my ankles was a delight that helped end the year properly.

T – 3 days

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Starting to gear up on the logistics of heading back to Brenham, what goes where now, what has to wait for packing, errands to run.  The holidays have slowed things, but there is still ample time to get everything done.

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It got up to 84°F today.  Whew!

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Tabbed Killing Time in Texas today.  Not that hard to learn from having played it Donnie so many times.  And I can do it in E (capo) as the original or in C as I’m used to doing.

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Thawed out one of the packs of pulled pork for Christmas Day.  That stuff is yummy.

Winding down

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Less than a week left in the remote operations.  Starting to plan for the packing, the shopping, etc.  Got the quilt and blanket washed yesterday.  Myka loves the quilt folded into a cat bed.

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I still need to swap out the muffler.  I have let myself become distracted on a daily basis.  A chance of rain in the forecast for the next five days, so doing the muffler myself is iffy now.

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I need to make a run to the storage unit.  I may do that today.

Holiday card 2016

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Finally got my greeting card made and distributed.

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Pulled

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The pulled pork got made today, and it turned out yummy, everyone wanting seconds.  The Bowmans and Donnie Green and Sharon showed up for an afternoon jam session, and we had a very good time celebrating Lyse’s birthday in absentia.

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Got yet another batch of homemade cookies for my birthday.

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Didn’t get all my chores done today.  I dozed off after getting everything in order.

Birthday blues

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Another one of those birthdays where I didn’t hide well enough.  Numerous cat scratches and a bite atop my head, and it looks like Myka is an indoor cat again.  A shame.

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Pulled pork got delayed, but I think I’ll get it going tonight.

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Grumble, grumble.

Myka’s day out

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Myka spent the majority of daylight outdoors for the first time in almost a year.  She came in at 4 pm and slept like a rock until after 8 pm.  The first three days in Elgin were full of details, and I managed to get Myka outside after she became comfortable with the inside.  Now it’s a constant mewling to be let out.

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She also got to meet Yobi and Jango.  She stayed beside me when Jingo started his charge, and I wagged him off with a finger within two steps. So I’m hoping there can be peaceful co-existence.

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Making pulled pork for tomorrow.

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Got a muffler for the truck.  The front collar came off.  Haven’t installed it yet.

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As I said, days with many details.  I could go on and on.  On the back side of a cold front.  It was cool in Grandmas when we had 30 mph winds with 40 mph gusts and a wind chill in the 20’s.  The heater has been throttled back.

packing again

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In the process of getting ready to head west tomorrow with Myka in tow for the first time.  Truck is ready to roll.  I just need to get stuff back into it, plus Myka’s needs for three weeks.

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Still not 100%, a lingering set of very mild symptoms that sap my energy more than I appreciate.  Temp is consistently subnormal.  The symptoms only show up now and then, nothing steady or debilitating, but stamina is not back yet.

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Tomorrow, I’ll be in Elgin, and I can kick back and let Myka explore the outdoors.

another bug

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Back in Brenham for a short spell.  Getting over the sinus virus that took me out of circulation for a number of days.  Still a little lingering bit of symptoms.  Hit my sinuses first, then my throat.  It tried to get in my lungs, but it ran out of steam.  It won’t quite go away, but at least I have some energy.  That sends the 2016 illness span to over four months total, and there is still another month to go.

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So the stay in Austin was not quite as peppy as it might have been if I had only the party to recover from.  But I made it through it.  And I fund the source too.  Now the turn around is back to Elgin for three weeks, through the holidays.

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Still looking forward to being peppy.  I’m hoping that it’s not far off.  I have Myka to transport.  It’s only an hour, but I’m not looking forward to it.  But maybe she will enjoy being outside a bit.

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Truck needs some attention, nothing critical yet, but there are symptoms.  I’ve got the funds, butI need the MacBook Pro if I’m going to get any work done.  I’ve been obsolete far too long.

Post-partium

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It has been several years since I had to recover from a major party.  The party was fun.  Lots of music, plenty of food, lots of fond familiar faces.  Lots of exercise, guitar pad blisters, blown voice, all sorts of aches and pains.  But it was lots of fun.

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And recovery is taking about the same schedule as usual.  Slept like a hibernating bear, ached something awful.  But one difference is an elevated blood pressure that just doesn’t want to go away.

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Staying indoors today, avoiding Black Friday anything.  Got plenty of food, so there is no need to go anywhere.  I may go to the Apple Store on Monday to check out the details on the MacBook Pro.  No need to do it now.

Party prep

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Getting started on party prep.  There will be music a week from now.  Wednesday is departure date.  Trying to eat up the perishable stuff.

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Got my license renewed on Wednesday.  It should be here when I come back to swap out the load between Austin and Elgin.  New photo…  My eyes checked out better than they did 12 years ago, especially the left one.  That is encouraging.

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Sleep schedule has gotten real funky.

Bryan turnaround

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Music School, Vince and Sarah, conversations, migas, truck testing, and plenty more made the Bryan run a force to be overwhelming when I got back home.  It was lights out in very short order.  But it was fun and advantageous.

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So, things are sort of getting back to normal, except my sleep schedule. And the ibuprofen use.  But I think I needed it for as a warm up for the party in two weeks.

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Finally got to see the MacAir that came close to being mine.  But I have to say that it ended up going to the best possible place.

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Counting the days until this disgraceful election comes to an end.

Ping Pong

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The winter ping pong game has begun, the alternating warm and cool weather patterns we have for what passes as a season.  60’s to 80’s for the next week.  It looks like Halloween will be a mild one.

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Politics has been interesting, watching the growing rejection of a demagogue by the American people.  Breitbart is beginning to realize that maybe they aren’t the will of the US people after all.  I’ll be glad when it’s over.

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I have fully settled on purchasing the MacBook Pro in December.  It makes more sense financially.

Journals

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Finished construction on Vince’s Journals package, so I’m finally off the clock on that project.  For something that simple, it turned out quite well.

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In the 40’s tonight, so I cranked up the oven and cooked a pizza.  One quarter gone.  Freezer is less than 10% available space, even with the pizza removed.  Every time I open it, I want to thaw something.  Ugh!

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Put my mukluks on tonight.  And the central heat kicked on for the first time this fall.  I seem to be handling it reasonably well so far.  I do like the cheap ottoman under the desk (small plastic storage box).  It makes a nice little pocket off the floor for my feet.

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I’m thinking that December wold be a better time to get the MacBook Pro.  My finances would be a lot more forgiving then.

Ribz

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Thawed and cooked the two racks of spare ribs in the freezer, replacing them with two more racks (individually wrapped this time).  One of the racks had Rib Tickler rub and the other mesquite bbq sauce.  12 packs of ribs will go in the freezer, should last me a while.

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ribs