Wednesday Weirdness #297

I found an online vendor that sells cheap replacement gaskets for the type pf automatic chlorine feeder we use in packs of six. Yet, people were still complaining that thy don’t last. That’s why they come in a big multi-pack. Nothing rubbery that’s exposed to concentrated chlorine is going to last very long. The name brand ones made out of “premium” materials may at a bit longer; but, basic chemistry still applies.

Monday Monologue #296

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).

  • We have air conditioning! Amazingly, I was able to have a brand new one installed last week in the middle of a heat wave. So, we are NOT roasting on our vacation. At least when we are inside. But it is definitely hot when we are biking or rowing.
  • I installed a new keypad assembly on our pool heater since most of the buttons had stopped working on our old one. I was thinking it would be good to have over our vacation. But, the water was already 85-degrees on Friday. Needless to say, we haven’t been running run the heater.
  • We’ve been having some good rows despite the heat. It’s hot. But, it’s much better than back in the spring when it was cooler and we had to keep moving to stay warm. We just take plenty of water. We really enjoy the long, warm days of summer.
  • I cut the grass this weekend. Its barely growing in the heat. I doubt that I will cut it next weekend. I’m sure my next-door neighbor will cut his although I wonder how he tells which parts he’s already gone over and which parts are left to mow.

Friday Featurette #291

Today’s video is in the category of ” it’s good to know how to do things even if you don’t have a reason”. I don’t often rotate videos during transcoding; but needed to for this one. It’s a mystery why the camera saves videos in the wrong orientation whenever its rotated. But, its good to know how to fix it.

As you can see, The Wife has is starting to get a tan since we’re really been getting outside and enjoying the sun. Hopefully, there will be plenty of sunshine on Saturday and Sunday for us to bike and row in.

Have a great weekend.

Monday Monologue #290

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).

  • We had a good race this weekend with our new boats. Even though we already had one we row together, we did not realize how much of a difference having a good new boat would make in the individual events.
  • We had a great anniversary celebration on Sunday. It’s hard to believe that its been thirty years. Where did the time go?
  • I did cut the grass this weekend despite being busy racing and celebrating our anniversary. Having a lawn mower that can power through wet grass without bogging down is very handy when we have things to do.
  • I updated the version of WordPress which powers this site yet again. The authors keep adding to it. But, despite the frequent updates, whatever is broken seems to stay that way.

Monday Monologue #289

An interior monologue from me (and sometimes the wife).

  • The latest Windows Update installed a new major version of Windows 10 on our home computers. Now, they can’t see each other. It works great otherwise and has some interesting new features, so, I won’t be rolling back. But, that’s an annoying problem.
  • The Girl and her family of dogs was home for the weekend. We had a great Mother’s Day. Although, strangely, one of her dogs can’t swim and needed to be carefully watched whenever they were outside near the pool.
  • One of the “waterproof” electronic items that I use for rowing somehow got water inside the screen on Saturday. So now I have to pay to ship it it back to the manufacturer and pay for repair. I’m definitely not happy.
  • My next-door neighbor did NOT cut his grass this weekend which is very unusual. Especially since I cut mine. I wonder if he’s started to notice the damage all the frequent mowing is causing.

Wednesday Weirdness #288

According to the report from our smart thermostat, in April, the heat ran 197% more than last year. That’s a lot even if April 2018 was unusually cold and April 2017 was unusually warm. We’re definitely are glad to see April in the rear-view mirror. Especially since the temperatures the first week or so in May seems more normal with even warmer weather in the forecast.

Wednesday Weirdness #285

The March Energy Report from our smart thermostat says that “In March, your heating ran 31% more than last year”. Last March was unusually warm. And this March was unusually cold. So, obviously, we expected a big difference. But, actually seeing the report was still somewhat depressing. The cold, wet, dreary winter weather seems never ending.

Wednesday Weirdness #283

I accidentally installed some software that I didn’t want today; mostly because a check box with the “option” to also install some recommended junkware appeared a fraction of a second before I clicked the “install” button on some software I did want. And, of course the “uninstaller” didn’t work, so I had to uninstall it manually. I can’t understand how anyone thinks installing software on the computers of unsuspecting uses is a good business model. I was so mad with the deception, I stated looking at alternatives for the software that I did want.

Wednesday Weirdness #282

Today, I was trying to create an account on one of those sites that asked stupid security questions. The kind that anyone who knows you casually would know the answer too. So, I just had to make something up. Unfortunately, by the time I could write down the fake answers and the corresponding questions, the page would time out and I would have to start all over again. And when it did, it listed a different set of easy to answer questions. So, I had to repeat the process over and over again until I was able invent and save the answers (and questions) quickly enough. It was a gigantic nuisance.