Archive for September, 2010

Warming hut

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Here are LRN2 and LRN4 warming up.  At the warming hut, of course.  Ignore that “Closed” sign.  They look open to me.  Great Art taken at Calaveras Big Trees State Park, of course.  Part of my famous Camping and Vacation series.

Greetings from the train!  I’m on the early train today – spent an extra hour at work last night, so I’m home early today – and enjoying having the work week done.

Lots of plans for tomorrow.  I finally hope to hit a bucket of balls, I need to check LRN1’s Gmail account and write him my weekly letter, and I want to do some programming work.  Plus, I should probably clean the filters.  Also whatever LRN4 has planned for me.

General conference is this weekend, so we’ll see at least a couple of sessions.  Probably won’t have time for all ten hours, but we’ll get caught back up later, I expect.

My computer’s backup continues.  After two nights of work, It’s still not even ten percent complete, but it’s doing its best.  I hope to plug it in for a while during the weekend and maybe it’ll go a bit faster.

The hot days continue, although it’s finally cooling off a bit.  I think it was supposed to only be in the mid-nineties today.  Definitely Indian Summer.  Whatever that really is.

The train’s getting ready to pull into the station.  See you shortly.

I’m back.  Had a nice dinner and I’m sitting in my comfy chair.  Thanks for asking.

The Time Machine backup has started again.  It’s down to 199 GB left to copy.  Any minute now.

And I’ll leave my Loyal Readers with this shocking food violence news: exploding chicken lawsuit!

See you tomorrow.

Tunnel stander

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Here’s LRN2 standing inside a tree.  Well, inside a tunnel inside a tree.  Yet another piece of Great Art taken at Calaveras Big Trees State Park and part of my famous Camping and Vacation series.

Extreme Short Shrift.  It’s late already.

My new network-attached storage drive is working great.  The Time Machine backup continues.  It transferred a total of about 2.5 GB overnight last night.  So far tonight, it’s gotten a total of about 2.8 GB transferred.  At this rate, it’s going to take many days.  That’s okay, I guess.  I’m not really in a hurry.  I already have one Time Machine backup on my 500 GB drive, which I don’t plan to erase until this one is done.  So what if it takes two weeks to get my first backup done?  The incrementals will go much more quickly after that.

Forgot to download indexing batches last night, so I watched three Get Smart episodes on this evening’s train instead.  Good show and highly recommended.  One of my favorites.  Another desk came from Netflix today, so I’ll watch its episodes Real Soon Now.

And I need to go to bed already, so I’ll leave my Loyal Readers with this exciting Morrowlife employment opportunity: security monkey!

See you tomorrow.

River stander

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Here’s LRN2 in a river again.  This time, he’s standing.  Great Art once again taken at Calaveras Big Trees State Park and part of my famous Camping and Vacation series.

Another day.  Got a few things done at work, but mostly went to meetings.  Tuesdays are like that.  So I guess that’s the same thing as working, no?

I received my new SATA drive enclosure from Amazon today.  Got the old Terabyte drive from Old Larry installed in it in just a few minutes and got it formatted and set up on my new router in short order.  Now I’m trying to get Time Machine to talk to it so I don’t have to plug the machine into my 500GB external drive up in the office to make it back up.  Success so far is limited, but I still expect to prevail.  We’ll see.

Update a few minutes later – I’m trying for the third time, and I think this one is going to work.  Had to create a sparse bundle with a certain name and then copy it over to the server.  So far, it’s gotten much farther than before.  Keep your fingers crossed, Loyal Readers!

Anyway.  It’s been another quiet evening.  LRN4 is on the phone getting help with one of our friends who is in the hospital and not doing well.  LRN2 is at Young Men.  And I’m fiddling around with computers, as usual.

Update a few more minutes later – It’s working!  I’m not sure my sparse bundle correctly limits the amount of space it will take up, but we’ll see.  I’m cautiously optimistic.  Sure is going slowly, though.  Which is to be expected, since I’m doing it wirelessly.  Only have to copy 260 GB of data, which corresponds to 1.3 million files.  What do I have in all those files?  I’ll let it run all night, and if it doesn’t finish, I’ll interrupt it and let it finish tomorrow night.  What could possibly go wrong?

Anyway.  Time for dessert.  I’ll leave my Loyal Readers with this shocking Muppet violence news: Elmo attack!  Key information – Elmo won.

See you tomorrow.

Rock sitter

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Here’s LRN4 sitting on a rock in a river.  Hence the title, “Rock sitter.”  Seemed appropriate to me.  Great Art taken at Calaveras Big Trees State Park and part of both my Camping and Vacation series.

Well, another weekend has come and gone.  Not much to show for it, other than a concrete post holding a fence post into the ground.  But that’s enough.  Also went for ice cream with LRN4.  Also rested.  So it was a big success.

And things are normal around the office.  Got lots done there today.  I had several annual performance appraisal tasks that were due on Friday, so I did them all today.  Also arranged for some money for my subcontractor.  Unfortunately, didn’t arrange for any money for myself.  Maybe tomorrow.

LRN1’s letter sounded really good this week.  He appears to be really enjoying office work, much to his surprise, and he’s gotten the routine a little bit better under control, so he’s happy.  Good on ‘im.

It’s time for home evening (activity: jacuzzification, plus swimming in 78 degree water for any hardy souls who care to try it), so I’ll leave my Loyal Readers with this shocking food violence news: biscuit harassment!

See you tomorrow.

Stump standers

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Here are LRN2 and LRN4 standing on the stump of a tree a Calaveras Big Trees State Park.  Yet another entry in my famous Camping and Vacation series.  Turns out that trip was the last one in our old trailer.  There are sure a lot of good memories in that thing.  But I’m not really sorry it’s gone.  I think.  Mostly.

Extreme short shrift – it’s late and, besides, I don’t have much to write about today anyway.

Thanks to LRN26 for the excellent biblical interpretation on the Zucchini post.  I think he has something there.

Worked, ate, and commuted today.  Also wrote my weekly letter to LRN1.  Now I’m planning on going to bed.

Tomorrow, we plan to re-secure a post on the little mini-fence that covers up the pool equipment.  Otherwise, not much in the plans.  I’m sure we’ll think of something.

And I’ll leave my Loyal Readers with this shocking food crime news: honey smuggling!

See you Monday.