Wednesday Weirdness #313

The USB charging cables for our both our phones broke when we were on the road this past weekend. Of course, all the stores were closed when we plugged our phones in to charge overnight. Fortunately, they still worked if you carefully connected them in a certain position. What are the chances of them both dying on the same trip?

Monday Monologue #312

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

  • I purchased some new digital music on Friday for the first time in a long time. I like having new songs to listen too. But, sometimes, I get busy doing things and realize I haven’t got any new .MP3s in several months even if I have digital credits.
  • I had a flat tire on Saturday afternoon and had to rush to the repair shop and have it fixed before they closed. Thankfully, the tire was repairable (unlike the last flat we had). But, I didn’t have the lazy afternoon around the house that I was expecting.
  • We’re back on the air after having technical difficulties for much of the day. The web server was still on the intranet. Unfortunately, DNS resolution for our domain was broken. Everything is fixed now. Hopefully this is the last hiccup for a while.
  • Amazingly the checker at the hardware store had never seen a dollar coin before and refused to accept it. Rather than use a larger bill and get a bunch of tattered 1-dollar bills back, I made her call the head cashier who could explained that it was real money to her.

Wednesday Weirdness #311

It appears the plugin that pops up photos and videos is one thing that is broken. Now, I’ll have to fix it or find another plugin. All of the pictures and moves are still there. Unfortunately, the lightbox overlay effect is lost and everything now appears in a separate window. I know that plugin works fine in very similar configurations. Just not the specific one on this blog. If its not one thing, its another.

Tuesday Two For #311

The Wife preparing to apply flavored lubricant to The HusbandI did a major upgrade to the internals of this blog this evening. Please let us know if you see anything strange. Everything seemed to be operating normally. But, software can be very temperamental. Especially with such a big change in versions. It was good to update to the latest version. But, I’m sure something, big or small, is broken somewhere.

Monday Monologue #311

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

  • Unsurprisingly, the replacement cable TV boxes that the technician left both dropped dead and need to be exchanged. He wanted to install a different model but did not have any. So, he used what was on his truck which, of course meant an extra trip and waiting in line for me.
  • We had a long but successful weekend running and rowing. November and the end of outdoor activities will be here soon. So, it was nice to have some good weather to enjoy even if it’s the last time for the year.
  • Transporting racing sculls in strong, gusty winds is no fun! We had no mishaps. But it made for a very long, very stressful trip home. (But still better than sitting at home looking out the window waiting for spring.)
  • I did have time to cut the grass on Sunday. This time of year, it gets dark too early in the evening to cut the grass after work. Hopefully there will be warm weather the next few weekends and I’ll be able to finish mowing for the season before it gets cold.

Monday Monologue #310

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

  • I just got a new case for my phone. The old one did a good job of protecting the phone. But, I hadn’t realized how much the plastic had yellowed. Or, how hard buttons had become to press. I didn’t know it how much I needed a new one.
  • The cable TV technician was able to fix the missing channels issues I was having. I didn’t realize it until I scheduled the service call; but, they work weekends now. They are a lot more customer focused now that they’re losing subscribers to the competition.
  • I cut the grass over the weekend even though it was wet. Unfortunately, there’s going to be a bit of wet grass smell in the garage for the next few days. If it’s warm enough, I’m going to thoroughly clean off the mower next weekend after I cut the grass.
  • I turned on the fire place for the first time this season on Saturday. It came on without any problems and worked fine. But; it’s a bit depressing how quickly the summer has gone.

Monday Monologue #308

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

  • I’m creating this post before it gets published; but, we are back online. Hopefully I can get caught up on everything and get this published tomorrow.
  • It was a GREAT week/weekend for The Wife and I. More on that later. We are both fully recharged and regenerated.
  • It was a good weekend for the college and pro football teams we follow. I am definitely a believer now.
  • It was weird being offline for so long. Looking forward to our next photo session.

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.