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Jun. 28th, 2017 12:00 pm
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If you were raised in (or have ever lived for an extended time in) the South, this is hilarious:

"Tennessee Williams with Air Conditioning"

(I read an article somewhere once that attributed the rise of the modern South to the invention of air conditioning, which made it possible for people in that region to actually work from 9 to 5 in the summertime without turning into puddles of economically unproductive sweat. The writer of the article, as I recall, seemed to vaguely resent this.)

Interesting Links for 26-06-2017

Jun. 26th, 2017 12:04 pm

At Least It's Sunny.

Jun. 25th, 2017 11:51 am
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Sort of, anyhow. For a while, maybe. There's a chance of thunderstorms tonight.

Himself is over at Stowe, busking at the Vermont RennFaire -- they pay gas money and provide lodging and a meal chit for their buskers, so whatever he gets in the hat (actually, it's a wicker basket, which experiment has shown works better) is profit. The real goal of the weekend, though, is consideration for paid stage gigs at other Faires and such put on by the same people; they like to try them out as buskers first.

It also looks like he's got a gig in July down in Greenfield MA, doing magic at a birthday party -- this one through the agent he had the successful meeting with right after Boskone. She was off for three months after that, doing something-or-other, but has returned and is back in touch. He gets his mileage paid for that one, as well as his fee (minus the agent's cut, of course), and with any luck this will lead to bigger and better gigs down the road. The real money, apparently, is in appearances at conferences and trade shows and the like.

(Himself's plans almost always work out well in the long run. It's the short run that sometimes can get rocky.)

Interesting Links for 25-06-2017

Jun. 25th, 2017 12:00 pm

Interesting Links for 24-06-2017

Jun. 24th, 2017 12:00 pm

home owner stuff

Jun. 23rd, 2017 02:57 pm
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Met with the condo handyman at 7:15am yesterday (! - we'd set 7:30, half an hour before I leave for work, luckily I woke up a bit early and saw his text about coming 15 mins early).
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Still not happy that I'm stuck with all the on the spot meeting with people, but at least owner#1 is coming by to mow while I'm away this weekend. He seems to have made a decision to be more involved and is following through (second time mowing).

My internal to the condo past due to do item is to settle on and order 3 ceiling fans (the second bedroom one is dying a slow death, the living room was dead when I moved in, and the first bedroom one died at the tail end of summer). I have a quote for installation (2 people, 2 hours, much better than me struggling with it for a day, so throwing money at the problem it is). I've lost the link to the one I found and thought I'd book marked and I'm lost in a sea of choices. I think I'll go with the Hunter brand whisper quiet ones, just trying to decide if I get all three the same, or make fashion based choices on a per room basis. :-) Mostly worried about spending enough that I don't have to replace them again in a couple years. Tips welcome!

Pollen in the Air

Jun. 23rd, 2017 12:38 pm
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Or something, anyhow. It's making me itchy, and all the news reports about that brand-new (or newly-discovered, anyhow) tick-borne disease aren't helping any. Just reading them makes my skin crawl.

This is why I don't actually like summer very much. I like fall, and spring, and most of winter except for the godawful electric bills, but summer is heat and humidity and biting insects and allergens all over.

And today it's overcast and drippy, as well. (No surprise there.)

Interesting Links for 23-06-2017

Jun. 23rd, 2017 12:00 pm
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Lothian Transport are awesome

Jun. 22nd, 2017 09:11 pm
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At 2:06pm on Sunday I posted my feature request for the Lothian Transport app.

At 3:14pm the following afternoon I received an email saying
Sorry, street names and localities should have been added to the search screen before now. I’ve sent an update to the Google Play store just now so you should have an update available in the next few hours.
and about 45 minutes later my phone automatically updated to the latest version and I could see this:


I emailed back saying that this was awesome, but wondering why one of them just said "Edinburgh", and got this in response:
Unfortunately sometimes we can’t control what we get back from Google’s Places API. If Google decides that a place doesn’t need to have more than the town/city listed, then that’s all we get I’m afraid. We also mix in Foursquare and Google Geocoding data where appropriate as well.

It helps to include a bit more in your search, such as ‘Morrisons Granton’ or ‘Morrisons Ferry Road' rather than just ‘Morrisons’. The more you type in, the more accurate the results. It also takes into account your current location – typing in ‘Morrisons’ while you’re near Hyvots Bank will give you results geared towards South/West Edinburgh rather than North/East Edinburgh.

As to your other point (distance to search result) - at the moment, showing distance isn’t possible. We use Google Places to match search queries: that service is great because you can type in anything - ‘Morrisons’, ‘Tesco’, ‘pizza in Leith’ etc. and it comes back with accurate results. However, it doesn’t give the app the location of each place. Instead it gives the app a ‘Place ID’ - once you’ve tapped on a search result, the app sends the Place ID to Google which sends back the exact coordinate of the search result. If that changes in the future, we’ll be sure to include distance as part of the search result.


Which was a fascinating look at how their systems work in the background.

If only more places were so responsive to users taking an interest.

Interesting Links for 22-06-2017

Jun. 22nd, 2017 12:00 pm

A Bit of Sunshine

Jun. 21st, 2017 01:09 pm
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Also, the air is cooler today, and despite sleeping very late this morning† I managed to get the most pressing chore on today's schedule taken care of before noon.

Meanwhile, Himself is putting together the last touches on his garb and gear for this weekend's gig, doing busking (walkaround magic on a pass-the-hat basis) at the Vermont RennFaire over in Stowe. If you're in the area, do feel free to stop by.

The changing weather kept me awake and restless most of the night, and when I finally dropped off about 4;30 or so when the temperature dropped, I didn't wake up until well past 10 AM. This is what happens when there's nobody in the house who has to get ready for school or anything -- your internal clock can get way out of sync with that of the wider world, and it doesn't matter. (Until, of course, it does, but that's what alarm clocks are for.)

sore feet

Jun. 21st, 2017 12:58 pm
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According to Fitocracy's summary emails, over the last two weeks I've travelled 22 + 23 miles. Only 6 of that is biking, and I did a 3 mile run on Monday that's not included. Longer runs + a long hiking trip = sore feet. I stepped wrong on a cobble during a 6ish mile walk to look at the tall ships for Sail Boston on Saturday and had to rest a bit to let my big toe joint calm down, but it was fine for a run two days later, but I'm happy to be in my ramping down/rest period before Tough Mudder on Saturday, that will add 10+ miles to this week, but on grass and mud, so no more concrete for a while. Coincidentally, talked to a colleague today who's in a boot since she just had bunion surgery. She hadn't been able to run because of it. I'm not looking forward to that possible surgery in my future, but I'll give up running if I can still walk. I did find a nervy part on my foot when I was stretching the other night - sitting legs straight, toes pointed, the top of my foot is often tight, but this sparked.

Interesting Links for 21-06-2017

Jun. 21st, 2017 12:00 pm
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Dear Lazyweb! How do you manage keeping spring boot applications up to date?

We run an arseload of Java webapps. Our devs have taken a strong liking to spring boot, where everything including the Tomcat is uploaded as a JAR. A delight for them, but somewhat of a concern for the sysadmins who are the people first dealing with security issues.

So I've been asked to come up with recommendations to deal with this, and I haven't a clue as to how to do this other than laborious iterative checking, or automated versions thereof. Nor can I find recommendations.

Has anyone else got this problem or one like it? (Where applications are uploaded as a package that then runs.) What do you do?

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Yesterday morning, I attempted to make some scones. I have, historically, not made terribly good scones so thought I'd branch out and try a different recipe.

Scone but not forgotten )

Lothian Bus App - a feature request

Jun. 18th, 2017 02:06 pm
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I love the Lothian Bus app - it allows me to really quickly find a bus from my current location to wherever I want to go in the city, using current locations of buses (as opposed to the bus timetable, which can be error-prone during rush hour).

However, it has one feature which could do with some work. If I want to get the bus to the Morrisons supermarket where my Amazon parcels are delivered I get a search results screen like this:

Which is completely useless, because I have no idea which of those Morrisons it is that I want to go to.

I'd actually like a search results screen like this:

(Yes, I know I've got East and West the wrong way around. Can't be arsed fixing it, and it's not important to the feature request.)

So I figured, why not spend two minutes writing a blog post, and then forward it to them over Twitter and see if I can get it on their backlog :-)

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