24 September 2022
Saw Ani Difranco at XL Live in Harrisburg
Didn’t think I stood so close to people, but no mask.
Show was great.
Helped a stumbly drunk guy find a seat, so he could stop bumping into people
Had a work day
Ran ben around to sports practice
Helped with fixing the well pump at parents'
Got home at 12:30am or so
Woke with a sore throat and stuffy, not a big deal
Took a Covid test in the afternoon - negative
Went to Penn Cinema drive-in to see Goonies
Marie and Emily in the car
Doug, Sarah, Fizz, and Sarah in other cars
Rained and cut short
Took Marie home
Woke with sore throat and whole-body soreness
Covid test again at emily’s suggestion: positive
Notified kids, movie friends, and parents
Tried online appointment, but no one available but receptionist
Ran to Penn State Health walk-in clinic, got Paxlovid RX
Sat around all night watching Love, Death + Robots
Noon: Emily picks up Paxlovid and groceries and drops them off
Paxlovid day 1
Watched lots of Love, Death + Robots
Paxlovid day 2
Terrible sore throat
Start trying throat spray
2 Ibuprofen every 4-6 hrs seems to manage throat pain
Paxlovid day 3
Terrible sore throat. Is this Strep?
Call nurse line at doc: this is fine.
Paxlovid day 4
Throat not bad!
Bad taste in mouth sometimes for past couple days: like bitter, old tea
Gargled full-strength white vinegar. emily then informed me it should be dilluted.
Paxlovid day 5, last day
Last dose, then went to bed pretty early: tired and cranky
Tested (slightly) positive today
Test expires today, so i’ll use them all over the next couple days
Listening to "attack surface"
Finished 30 Days Lost in Space Arduino kit — pretty cool
Tested negative at 7pm or so.
Finished "Attack Surface"
Finished Love Death + Robots
Tested negative again at 11am
First bike ride in over 2 weeks: 28 miles on Northwest River Trail
28 January 2022
My Google Assistant on my phone has been refusing to turn on and off the 2 devices I have on smart plugs: "Can’t reach SmartThings."
I found an article about the Google Home doing the same thing. Fortunately, the advice there worked: go into Assistant’s settings → Devices → Add Devices. Upon clicking on the SmartThings entry that was already there, it gave me the option to re-link. Once I authorized access, I could again ask Google to control those devices.
21 September 2019
Google Calendar makes the world go 'round, especially for kids who travel between households and have lots of school events. There are a couple things you can do to get the most out of your calendar.
Calendar events obviously come with times and fixed reminders so many minutes before the event. It doesn’t matter where you are or where the event takes place: that notification is coming at the same time.
With a location set on each calendar event, other software, like Waze GPS, can continuously watch your current location and offer you a more useful notification giving you time to travel based on distance and current driving conditions along the way.
Most my calendar events have just one start time, but my kids' events aren’t that simple. A marching band performance may be at 7pm, but the bus to the stadium leaves at 4pm. Since we live by notifications, it’s important to get those notifications at the earliest time at which we need to act. The other times are likely just extra details that can go into the event title or event details. I can get a notification for 4pm and realize I don’t need to be there until 7pm, but I can’t tolerate a 7pm notification if I was supposed to be dropping a kid at the practice at 4pm.
If I find it’s important to see notifications for all the potential times of an event, then it’s probably best to break that event into more than one event: drop-off, performance, and pick-up.
This is the first and most useful collaboration feature of Google Calendar. A personal calendar benefits one person, but invite the other participants (the kids), and then they can start adding and maintaining events and following these rules as well.
12 August 2013
Bachelor Week 2013 (where Claire and kids ran off to the beach and left me behind) started out with photographing at the Menges Mills Tractor Show for the third year, and the week ended with a quick road trip after work to join the family for a day on the beach.
In between, I got to a party with some photographer friends, sat in front of the computer for many, many hours catching up on photo processing for the Project 365 (whew!) and beyond. I also managed to have some friends over for an Xbox night to play a little good old Halo 2 and Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed.
While continuing to go to work, I listened to podcasts like crazy (at 1.5x speed!) to get caught up on all the news in technology and photography.
It was a much-needed reset, and I was glad to rejoin the family at the end of the week (and start adding to my photo backlog again)!