Archive for January, 2018

Base Fin

Posted on Monday, January 29th, 2018 at 10:32 pm

Done with the content loading on the site, Now it’s all responsive adjustments and tweaking. So to celebrate, I went this way: broiled rib eye
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Fizzle

Posted on Saturday, January 27th, 2018 at 6:00 am

Made a lot of progress on Vince’s site the last couple of days, getting the hardest parts behind me.  The learning curves, html babel, puffy eyes, and scrambled brains are receding, but not entirely gone.  While the bulk is done, it probably won’t be finished until some time in February, as Sarah undergoes stem cell transplant next week.  But most everything is on the pages and just needs responsive layouts and tweaking.  The hard part is done.  Whew.

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The weather isn’t quite as warm as it was, but it also isn’t freezing in the 10 day forecast.  I can deal with that.  February looks to be an early spring, much like last year, though the Gulf isn’t as warm as it was last year.

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Got a portable Canon flatbed scanner this week.  It’s not a top of the line scanner, but the price was right for as seldom as I need one.  I haven’t had the time, energy, and focus to install the software to run it yet.  I’ll probably give it a shake down next week.  It’s USB powered/LED lit, so it can operate on the run from the laptop battery.

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Sketti is gone, multi-thaw in progress.  Steak, chicken, ribs, brats…

Warmth

Posted on Sunday, January 21st, 2018 at 6:57 am

Well, the deep freeze is over, taking the sleet residuals with it.  Days are back in the 70s, doors and windows open to let in the southerly breeze off the Gulf of Mexico.  The steak is also gone, finished off with eggs and toast.

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In a spaghetti cycle.

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Got a toaster and an ultralight vacuum cleaner, both definitely bargains.

Winter

Posted on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 at 12:18 am

In the middle of a 30 hour freeze.  My response to the duty of keeping the pipes from popping is this,

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Tenderized, marinated, broiled sirloin taco meat.

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surprise

Posted on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 at 9:47 pm

I found out today that the rest of Vince’s site is being designed in the next couple of weeks.  Just when I thought I was getting a break…

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Subscribed to muse-themes.com today.  Just what I needed, more learning curve…

Digital adaptation

Posted on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 at 11:13 pm

The learning curve is an amazing thing, starts as opaque and ends up as transparent.  I finished the media kit for Vince’s CD release, which now is slated for April 3rd.  Still more work to do, but all of that is stuff I already know how to do.

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I never did like CSS, XML, and Javascript protocols.  Paper-head technology turned phone-head.  But it’s the future.  What is more annoying than the protocol is those who have learned the curve who insist that one’s fundamentally sound html is ghastly inferior.  They fail to see three things about fringewood.com.

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  1. I don’t cater to people who use phones.  I cater to desktop artists.  Photoshop, 3D, software you do’t see on a phone.  Phones don’t deal with zip archives.  I don’t need a website that is phone friendly.
  2. My website is a hobby site.  I don’t expect any income directly from these pages.  I don’t post my commercial stuff except maybe once in a blue moon, and never more than a small detail.  (Speaking of which, we have back to back blue moons in January and March of this year.)  Why would I want to redesign it in order to make more money with it?
  3. And the implication that I am incapable of creating competitive websites is a little irritating.  I can still handwrite code when the editor gets fussy.

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I like my site just as it is.  Yeah, the 3D is outdated.  But it’s what I shared, my pound of flesh in return on display.  Like I said, hobby site.  I doubt that fringewood.com will ever go to css and xml, beyond the blog and galleries.  At least I have the decency to use php when I do.

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The site is comfortable, where it belongs, on the desktop, a little piece of history.

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That said, the eye is doing well, focus is better.  No more antibiotic gel treatments.

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Will be assembling code for the rest of the month.

Eye surgery

Posted on Friday, January 5th, 2018 at 8:01 am

I had my appointment with the ophthalmologist yesterday, Julie driving me, which was advantageous.  I was expecting a five minute introductory visit, but that notion vanished quickly once I was in the exam room.

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I was given a top to bottom, front to back eye and vision exam by the nurse.  While I was made aware of the deficits of my current vision state, I was not given a prescription for glasses.  Everything was logged in the computer, and when the ophthalmologist finally arrived, he looked at the figures, then my eye, then ran a couple more eye examinations.  After seven or eight minutes in the room, he asked, “Do you want the growth removed today?”  I paused about 1.6 minutes, thinking of Julie, who wasn’t expecting this long of a wait either, and said “Yeah.”

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So after waiting a few minutes while he took care of another patient, the surgery got underway.  Prep took a couple of minutes.  Anesthetic was local only and it wasn’t entirely effective, especially toward the back, which was last to be severed.  And the growth had been there long enough to develop its own vascular system.  So much of the surgery time was dedicated to stemming the flow of blood.

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In the end, after a lot of patience and stoicism, the surgery was completed, the growth placed in a specimen bottle for a biopsy, and me pressing a gauze to the wound to stop the final light bleeding.  After a quick visit, the homeward journey was made, and I came up with the song lyric, “I left a piece of myself in Bryan today.”  Never mind that it was technically in College Station, but the rhythm is all wrong.

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So I’m at home, healing nicely.  The trauma and ordeals from the last couple of days are behind me after a nice solid sleep.  Time to get ready for slice and dice #3, oral  And because of the all in one visit event yesterday, it will be sooner rather than later.  That suits me, because the clutch repair and social engagements in December bumped its spot on the schedule.  I need to consult insurance about confusing statements that I’ve received in the last couple of months.  But that is the final barrier to beginning the end of my butchery.

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Two down, one to go.

ribs 2018

Posted on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 at 10:54 pm

Mopped and popped, baby back 2018.

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