Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday: I finished that poster, but it took all evening.

Since I spent all day at work doing the million other things that had to be done.
I did see this mantis on the ledge outside my boss's office.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thursday: I finally started working on the poster that I need to put up on Monday.

I had this fundraising thing from the Democrats in my mailbox today.  It pretends to be a poll asking me what I'm concerned about.  I just thought question 3 was kind of funny.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wednesday: I have too much crap to get done.

The salad place was out of chicken, so they substituted turkey.  This was awful, as the turkey is shredded, and formed a matted mess with the cheese and dressing.


Different cat.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tuesday: Cookie Sampler.

Cookie sampler.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunday: How did I forget to take a picture?

I'll just reuse this one from a previous ramen trip.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Saturday: I did the minimum amount of work necessary today.

Carrots, lettuce blend, smoked gouda, oven baked tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms, onion confit.  Image packing all that together, and then adding a bomb so it is scattered all over.  That's pretty much what eating this burger was like.  Nothing stayed together, which is unfortunate, because it could have been very good.  The cabernet mustard (the grey stuff in the middle) is good too.

  • Whatever, goat.  You're always saying that.
  • "Angry pterodactyl."
  • This is the important point:  it doesn't matter what fancy technology you're using, if the basic business plan is "reduce worker protections by claiming they're not really workers to keep more money," then that's a serious problem.  This is also what led me to switching to a different local cab service, which seems to better address these issues.
  • Wonder Woman.  I finally cracked the secret behind the old TV show:
    • Bad guy comes up with a plan.  That plan always involves "kill Diana Prince" or "capture Diana Prince."  Occasionally it's "kill/capture a friend of Diana Prince."  These are all bad ideas.
    • Bad guys show up to do that part of the plan, causing Diana Prince to look at them like she's really disappointed that they would try to pull this shit again.
    • Diana Prince turns into Wonder Woman.
    • Wonder Woman doesn't punch the stuffing out of the bad guys, mostly because she's just so amused by how much they think they can "punch her" or "shoot her with stuff" or "not immediately lose."
    • The bad guys are arrested.
    • The bad guys/Diana Prince repeat all these actions as she systematically dismantles their operation from low-level thug to top level CEO-bad guy.
  • Marnie.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday: Fuck it.

I have no picture, and only one link.  Today has been a bad day.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thursday: Pastrami

I discovered that there's an "extra meat" option at the sandwich place by work.  I went with that instead of onion rings, and ended up with too much sandwich, so I brought the second half home for dinner.  This was a good plan.

  • Germany.
  • Princess Kaguya.
  • Ok, Leviticus has what, nine letters in it?  If you get to the midpoint of your canvas, and you're only at the "v", then you've clearly fucked up.  So, just go ahead and cram in six letters in an illegible mess.  And here's a tip: if you're going to be right-justified, like in the word "burn" there, why not start with the "n", and work backwards?  Then you can control the kerning a lot easier.  "Lies" almost works, but it looks like the "s" is too far away to keep the same letter size.  Finally, if you're going to be a bigoted jackass, at least try to plan your vandalism better.  Otherwise, your message gets lost in the fact that you're clearly a moron.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wednesday: Too many things.

"No, see, I'm cosplaying.  I'm Pyramid Head, from Silent Hill 2."

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tuesday: Book report.

The fact that it took me so long to finish it kind of says something.  The movie is better.  Part of it is that the movie flows better.  There's an overlap between the "Marnie" section and the "new family at the Marsh House" section.  That's not here in the book, so there's less of a "Marnie is a ghost" feel, leaving just "Anna is only remembering things from her childhood/is crazy."  I also don't understand the family dynamic in the book, either.  Auntie sends Anna to stay with friends on the coast, but when the new family moves into the Marsh House, Auntie gets a "visited and talked and went back home" and the friends get a "here's your toothbrush" bit, and then it's all assumed that Anna will just live with that family now.  WTF?  The movie also slimmed that family down.  There are five children in the book, only two of which have any distinguishing characteristics: the girl who finds the diary, and the baby.  All the other children blur together.  Finally, it's unclear to me why Anna's birth father and mother have to divorce, so her mother can marry someone new before she dies.  It doesn't serve any purpose for her to be married twice, unless this is some 1950s moralizing.  

Monday, July 20, 2015

Monday: I hate meetings.

These pidgins are from last week.  I had no pictures from today.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sunday: Sure. Why not? Let's drive over the mountains again.

The problem is that something I watched last night mentioned ribs.  I haven't had ribs in some time period measured in years.  This led to a search through yelp to try and find a place that does ribs.  Not so surprisingly, most places that list ribs on yelp here are talking about Korean style.  This was not the kind of ribs I wanted.

Eventually I found someone complaining that the ribs they had weren't that great, and that Ruby Tuesday's (of all places) had better ones.  The RT that was at Ala Moana is gone now (according to yelp), so I decided to go to the one in Kaneohe.  Because why not.

Fact I didn't know: there is a little kid train that drives through Windward Mall.

They're very proud of their salad bar at RT.  Disturbingly so.  It's a salad bar, RT.  Also: I have no clue how to use a salad bar.  Do you just accept that everything is going to spill all over?
I forgot to take a picture of my strawberry lemonade.  It was served in one of those super tall beer glasses that I don't think I've ever used before.

I went with the full rack, so I'd have leftovers for tomorrow.  I also have leftover green beans.  There were no survivors of the mac&cheese party.
Good thing:  the ribs were cooked to the point where the bone comes out cleanly.  Not good thing:  somehow, they were still dry.  Not excessively so, just enough to make me a bit sad.

  • I didn't know we had a comet up in the southern hemisphere.  We find quite a few, so it's hard to keep track.
  • Maneki neko.
  • Nine page paper that largely explains the underlying economics that fuel the current Greek crisis, based on the underlying fact that the Euro zone is not in fact an optimal currency area.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Saturday: Adventures!

A week and a half ago, I did the eye test and chose new glasses, and was told that it would take three weeks to get them in.  That was a lie, as they called me yesterday to tell me that they were in.  They're only open until noon on Saturdays, so I had to get up early.

They're clearly better at the "things glasses are supposed to do," but I haven't completely gotten used to them, so things often look weird.  This is especially true at the far periphery, as they're slightly wider, so there's more not-fuzzy area than before.  I'm also thinking that next time I should get the more expensive thinner lens material.  These are a bit thicker than I was expecting.
And the case is this weird triangle prism thing that magnets shut.  Also I went to the movies.
Mr. Holmes opened here this weekend, so I wanted to go see that.  It's not a bad movie, and does avoid many of the "modern Holmes story tropes" that plague many of these kind of things.  There are a few issues that didn't make sense, but it holds together pretty well.

And then I thought about getting stuff at WF, but decided not to.  I started driving home, decided that I wasn't quite hungry enough to get a late lunch, and then decided that I probably should have gotten something at WF for dinner.  So I went to WF.  In Kailua.  Because I wanted to drive over the mountains again, I guess.  I took the Likelike, but then couldn't get over into the lane I needed to get on to Kamehameha.  While driving I saw Mokulele Drive, and I know that that connects.  It is also the street that has one of the best views of the Koolaus:

Stolen from street view because there was too much traffic to try taking my own image.  Which is unfortunate, because street view doesn't have a sunny sky.  The mountain on the left has a nice flatter area halfway down that you can kind of see.  That was super bright.  The range on the right has a bunch of ridges (that you can again kind of see), that were alternating with shadows today.
These are older links, but they check out.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday: I think I'm getting sick.

Also, I forgot that I cleaned a frowny face in my window, but that's because you can only see it when the sun is in the right position.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Thursday: Ugh.

I have too much stuff to get done.

I think this bird ran into my window.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Wednesday: Banana bread.

Banana bread.

There was a really nice rainbow at Foodland this evening.  And then it started raining.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Tuesday: It is generally true that dumping the SQL results and doing it in perl is easier than trying to craft the sufficient set of JOINs.

This is a picture of the sky being a jerk.  See the rain?  See the bright sunshine?

Monday, July 13, 2015

Monday: Eh.

I forgot that this happened on Saturday.  I have not searched for petco, pet supplies, pets, animals in general, or return policies.  This isn't helping me in any way, google.  "Look!  Shops exist!  There's one now!"  Good job, google.  Way to AI.

  • I saw something about this on twitter, that took the insane other view.  You're at a place to advertise.  Now you're upset that people who are there being advertised to are sharing your advertisement with people online.  This is misunderstanding the concept of advertising.
  • This is pretty funny, but probably only if you watched enough DBZ.  
  • I don't see how Greece isn't basically trapped in a payday lender situation.
  • Cats are dumb.
  • Kat Leth + Kat Leyh.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sunday: "Sidewalk sale"

Which means Hello Kitty vomits her wares out of her store.
And I had sushi, but it was super busy, so I didn't take any pictures.  One thing I noticed is that the okonomiyaki is gone from the menu.  I guess other people had the same impression I did.

  • If the actual deal is anything like the leaks, then Angela Merkel is possibly the most evil leader of a modern democracy.
  • Pockets.
  • I hate reboots.  How is this going to be indexed in the trade paperback?  "Squirrel Girl 2015a" and "Squirrel Girl 2015b"?

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Saturday: Because it seemed like a good idea.

There's a crappy tropical storm that broke up north of the islands, and is basically being a jerk with the weather.

Stupid jerk weather.
I decided (probably partially due to the fact that Greece has been in the news all this week), that I'd drive out to the Greek place.
It's at the marina.
Not the best ever saganaki, but it was still tasty.

Mix souvlaki plate.  Chicken/lamb/shrimp.  Lamb is super yummy.
The clouds always look good over the marina.
 This was the point I decided to go home the long way.
At the Lanai lookout.

Looking the right way.  And if you look super closely, you can't see it because I had to rescale the image, but
These people were taking wedding photos in the "place those signs on the left of the panorama clearly state is super dangerous."
Then a series of "I'm pretty sure if I just stay on this road, it hooks up to H-3" thoughts, after which:
I found H-3 and stopped to take this at the scenic lookout.
And then I drove through the coolest thing ever: clouds pushed up against the Ko'olaus so H-3 is super foggy until you get to the tunnel and it magically clears.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Friday: No I did not spend an hour on this.

Somewhere today I found a link to this spirograph simulator.  I never had a spirograph as a kid, and all the people I knew who did thought they were boring.  Because they were dumb, I guess.
Wobbly orbit-like things.
The inside.

Adding the outside.

This one nearly looks 3-d.

This one I really like.  The plank had 150 pins, and the gear had 50, so there's a nice small number of repeats.  Unfortunately, there's no "reflect gear" option, so there's no way to make the pattern completely symmetric.  Still, I really like the dispersion pattern that comes out.

  • Steven Universe.
  • Squirrels.
  • Yeah, Star Wars would have been far better with this kind of writing.
  • It probably wasn't the best idea to let all the airlines merge in the first place.
  • Dr. Isis is pretty much wrong on this one.  Or, as the one comment suggests, "becoming evil."  Why?
    • She basically suggests that strikes can't be done by postdocs, because they'll be fired and replaced with someone else.  Sure there is a general excess of postdoc candidates, but this isn't the same as firing the cashier at McDonalds.  Those kind of jobs usually don't have to do a candidate search as intensive as is done for postdocs.
    • She explicitly suggests that not working overtime would result in bad recommendations, and that because some postdocs would work overtime without added pay, it would force everyone to do so.
    • The "I have to work overtime, so why shouldn't you?" comment completely ignores the concept of an exempt worker.  Are you in a managerial position, making more than the salary threshold, and doing work requiring advanced knowledge?  Then you are exempt, because you theoretically have control over your time.  The proposed rule will increase the salary threshold, making postdocs no longer exempt.  This reflects the fact that they generally don't.  Since, you know, they're not the boss.
    • "Blah blah, there's only so much money."  Yes.  That's the underlying problem: science is insufficiently funded.  This problem means that PIs put in requests for grants that assume everyone works 80 hours a week while being paid for 40, because even though the job really requires two FTEs, that would make it uncompetitive against those grant requests that are underpaying workers.  To claim that trying to fix things on one end is somehow wrong doesn't make sense.
    • It really doesn't matter much to me personally, as I'd be above the proposed threshold anyway.  It also doesn't change the fact that this year, like I have for the past three years, I will point out during my performance review that we really should have about twice the number of people on our project than we do.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Thursday: Action birds.

There were three birds sitting here to get out of the rain, but they flew away when I turned around to look at them.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Tuesday: Just choose a notation, stick with it, and then just write the damn covariance out.

Otherwise I have to read through nine papers with nine notations, all of which are mutually conflicting in symbol usage.  Only two (or three?) of those actually discuss the covariance at all.  The rest are like, "well, we gave you a solution to the problem.  Isn't that good enough?  You want limits on how accurate that solution is?  Picky!"

"Gettin Cool!"

Chocolate chip melon-pan wasn't as good as I'd hoped.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Monday: I am grumpy because every day I don't give this stupid make-up talk is a day that I make the current slides out of date.

I'm quickly reaching the point where I'll have to throw out every slide and replace it with a new one.  I generated three plots today that probably should go in the increasingly dominant "Updates" slide.  

I was going to take a picture of a bird, but it flew away, but I already had the phone out, so I took a picture of the tree.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sunday: I mostly just wanted to go someplace.

So I went to get curry.

And surprisingly enough, my Korean import version of the Marnie not-soundtrack was in my mailbox.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Saturday: Fourth of July

Wonky city panorama.  I didn't care to do it manually or to try and fix it.  The cool thing is you can see Jupiter and Venus above downtown.  The brighter spot in the sky is a helicopter that was circling.
Then the fireworks started:

And then I realized it would make more sense to zoom in.
You can see a green dot above the fireworks.

It's moved in this one.
 I'm pretty sure it's a drone.
If I had to guess, it's the guy who made this video last year.

I like this one.

It's hard to see, but it's turned red here.  That's why I'm pretty sure it's a drone.  If it's like the one I've seen on youtube, there are green lights on the front, and red on the back.

Green again.

And then it was over.

And now I'm going to go eat some hot dogs.