Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thursday: Except oops, it does work.

I called, and the guy on the phone said it was "weird" that my old sim worked fine in the new phone.  He suggested I go to the store and get a new one.  So I did, and the guy there told me that he couldn't make the system accept it for my phone, because it's incompatible with my plan.  Because I have the infinite plan from years ago.  I don't know exactly what I'm going to do, but I think it might be a good idea to bring my old phone with me on this trip.  Just to be safe.

Anyway, new phone:
New phone taken with old phone.
I went with the Moto X4.  The Pixel looked cool, but it sounds like they have quality issues with them, and they're expensive, and they don't have a headphone jack.  This phone is basically identical to my old one, with the following exceptions:

  1. It is more square.
  2. It is like a half centimeter longer.
  3. It doesn't have the dimple on the back that I used to spin the old phone around with.
  4. The camera sticks out as a little round bump.
  5. It is all new with a fresh battery and everything.
I think it's going to work out ok.  It was also $400, which is a far better price point than $1000.  Now to order accessories and have them shipped where I'll be.

Old phone taken with new phone.

  • A new way to evaluate the Faddeyeva function?  Cool!
    • No, seriously, this is cool.  This is the complex form of the Voight function, and I spent a long time trying to find a good differentiable form for that.  I still am not happy with what I ended with, so this gives a new starting point.
  • Random witches from the tumblr queue.
  • A random good dog from the tumblr queue.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wednesday: It was a giant hassle, and it still doesn't work.

But I have a new phone, and after calling and complaining tomorrow, it will likely work just fine.  Ugh.

But look at this.  This is what was installed.  This is the purest cleanest phone I have ever owned.
I'll do "details" when it works.  that's the important thing right now.

Also, I probably solved a problem that's been bothering me at work for months.  It was most likely a typo.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Tuesday: That database repair worked.

It took a long time, but it came out ok.

This is supposed to be a picture of cheese fries, with a statement about how much I like cheese fries.
But my phone decided that it was going to die, even though it claimed to have 40% battery still.  This makes me think that I should just get a new phone, and move on.  I'm thinking about just doing the cheap option, and getting the new Moto X, and give google another year or two to sort out their phones (the reviews I've seen haven't been super impressed).


Monday, November 13, 2017

Monday: I spend way too much time fixing databases.

This one is at work, and hopefully, will be ready for me to rsync a backup and start using tomorrow.

I also am concerned that my car A/C is broken.  I guess it'll have to wait until after Thanksgiving.  It seems a bit suspicious that this happened a week after taking my car in to get the oil changed, though.




Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sunday: Chicken sandwich and talk prep

It was the same chicken sandwich I got a few weeks ago.  The entire time I was there, however, some asshole had his phone out playing a football game.  He didn't even try to not be an annoying ass, and had the volume up as loud as possible.  People like that are terrible.
Ok, how do these belts stay up?  Carol maybe has it stuck in place with her hip-star, and maybe Medusa has a special rigid belt that holds that position.  But what's up with Jen?  That isn't going to stay there.

Jen.  Brilliant tactician and leader.

  • Monsters.
  • This is stupid, and tells me that I should just ignore everything that isn't explicitly Wonder Woman 2.
  • This is legitimately the best Reed Richards writing I've ever seen.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Saturday: Another productive day.

Mostly spent watching the RT charity stream.  I then decided that I wanted pancakes, because it was cold and rainy today.
After ordering, I had just enough time to beat up the Team Yellow people at the gym.
 They were already weak, so I just had to have Rhydon smash everyone.
Cloyster was my choice.

Kalbi and pancakes.  Delicious K&P.

Other people added stuff while I ate.
It was super rainy when I got home.
That prompted me to look at the weather for San Francisco, and that's when I remembered that other places have seasons.  I don't think I'll need my heavy coat, but it was still a surprise to see high temperatures in the low sixties.


  • Excellent.  The entire movie series basically depends on Gal Gadot now, so I'm glad to see her using her position to fix things.
  • I'm pretty sure I had a link about this years ago, when it showed up on Gawker (probably).  This is a good development, but like I saw on twitter, "suspended isn't fired."

Friday, November 10, 2017

Friday: Veteran's Day


I felt like Five Guys.

It was rainy today, too.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Thursday: A three day weekend.

Three day weekends are always good.

Nine years ago, my car was covered with snow.  I have no idea where I was going at 9pm on a Sunday, though.  Oh, apparently Pizza House.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Wednesday: Waking up sick.

Is not fun.  I thought I was ok, but after almost slipping in the shower due to dizziness, and feeling like I was going to puke, I should have realized that that wasn't the case.  I sat on my couch getting ready to go to work for about an hour before accepting that that wasn't going to happen.  I still got a decent amount of stuff done from home, and I'm feeling better now, but it still wasn't how I planned to spend the day.

A plot.

  • I just realized that this entire article is old people.  I think that's what makes it so frustrating.  These old racists are angry that things aren't the way they used to be, and so they want somebody to basically burn it all down, just because they aren't happy.  They know it's not going to change, and that they're being lied to, but they don't care.  They just want to lash out and hurt other people before they die.
  • This seems obvious.
  • Since I was home today, I was able to watch Odd Squad.  It prompted me to find this article, but the article isn't important.  What is important is all the grown-ass people complaining in the comments about how the show "isn't good anymore" because they replaced the old Odd Squad kids with new Odd Squad kids.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tuesday: Finally a good day.

After the past year of increasing dumpster-fire-itude, today's elections went well.  I'm hoping that this means that the horrible tax bill is dead as well.  Not only is that good, but it will hopefully fragment support further.  And, when I went to look up a story I saw earlier about the tax bill losing support, I saw this:
Story I was looking for in the insert, hilarity at the bottom.

  • Why the tax bill is so bad.  Basically, they're all stupid.
  • The 1939 World's Fair.
  • Good?  I mean, after the disaster of Civil War II effectively killing Captain Marvel for the near future, this sounds good to me.  Plus, his dialogue was just tedious.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Monday: A productive day.

Scheduling a doctor's appointment and an oil change for my car at the same time helped.

View from Diamond Head, from eight years ago.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Sunday: A lazy day.

I spent most of the day watching videos in bed and reading the news.  The depressing, depressing news.
A squirrel from eleven years ago.
I couldn't decide what I wanted for lunch, and I continued to not decide until it was dinner time.  Then I went with sushi, because I kind of felt like getting ebi fry.

This menu is from seven years ago.  The prices have increased, and they've dropped items since then.


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Saturday: Of course it's Clancy Brown.


Thor.
I will admit, I was not expecting the movie to open with Surtr.  I also should have realized that Clancy Brown was doing his voice way before the end credits.  It's a loud, low, rumbly voice.  Who else is it going to be?

The movie was good.  Hopefully they'll keep Valkyrie in as much as possible in the future.  The Beta Ray Bill sculpture cameo was a good addition.

And then I got Greek for lunch, because that's how these things work.


Friday, November 3, 2017

Friday: What an asshole.

When Obama would visit, he almost always arrived late in the evening, and he stayed out of the way, which minimized any extra traffic.  Then this fucker arrives:
Look at this shit.
He flies in, shuts down H-1 so he can go to his hotel in Waikiki (which is also all shut down), has a fucking nap because he's a feeble old fuck, shuts down H-1 again to go to Pearl Harbor, doesn't actively shit himself, then shuts down H-1 again so he can go back to the hotel.  They also had all the cross streets shutdown as well, so the only way to get from mauka/makai of H-1 was to take University.

The Inhumans was again a bunch of crap.  At the beginning of the episode, Medusa says, "We can't go around killing everyone!"  My first thought was "that doesn't sound like the Medusa I know."

I mean, here she is throwing a giant energy monster into a building.
Then, at the end of episode, I made the note, "How bout you go stab some people?" because that is literally the plan.  Green Inhuman Knife Guy kills like six guards, then punches Maximus a bunch before taking him to Black Bolt.  Then they have a "twist ending" that if they kill Maximus, the city is destroyed because he made a backup plan/they needed to fill out one more episode.  It's stupid, this whole show is stupid, ugh ugh uuuuuugggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhh.



Thursday, November 2, 2017

Thursday: A thing finally worked.

Which was a good thing, so now I get to run it through the comparison stuff, and see if there's a plausible signal in there.

Follow up from Tuesday: Wyoming is boring to drive through, as well.
 And despite there only being a finite number of history photos to fill in, I'm pulling in the shower I had in Taiwan.
This is the shower, showing the reflection of the bed.

This is looking at the bed through the shower wall.

This is watching the TV through the shower wall.
There was a switch to blur it, but it still seemed a bit odd.  I also don't think I've talked about it before.

  • Not sites I regularly read, but a) we probably shouldn't have billionaires, just in principle; b) shutting down a company to stop a union shouldn't be legal.
  • Damn it.  Sold out.  Maybe I'll look at the lego store at the mall this weekend.
  • It's possible I should be reading this series.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Wednesday: As I've said many times, the thing works at a far higher reliability than anyone is willing to believe.


I accidentally an incense while trashing potions and fruits.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Tuesday: Halloween

Which doesn't mean anything to me.

Thirteen years ago, I was driving across Nebraska.
Nebraska is not fun to drive across.


Monday, October 30, 2017

Monday: And that was when I realized that I'd left my wallet at home today.

Unfortunately, it was while ordering two slices of crappy pizza from the slightly less crappy pizza place by work for lunch.  I did a quick search to make sure it hadn't just fallen out of my pocket, but after not finding it, went back home, opened the door to see it sitting happily on my couch, went back to work, and ordered different two slices of crappy pizza, because they'd sold the last meatball one to the lady right in front of me.

So it's been that kind of day today.  At least it's Indictment Day, so that's good.  Another actor turned Milkshake Duck, but at least people are starting to name these people.

Supergirl was better this week, mostly because she just got to be awesome, and her enemy was "Cult who worships Supergirl."  She defeated them with the power of "you're a terrorist who is trying to kill a bunch of people, also you brought kryptonite, which is literally my only kryptonite.  IT'S THE THING THAT DEFINED THE WORD!  DUMMY!"  Alex and the cultist had to push the bomb into an explosion hole to save the day.  Then he went to jail.

I've been reading Yotsuba& again.

  • This article is a mess.  Unreasonable faculty shouldn't be accepted as "just how it is," and pointing out that only 2/50 faculty members are women and that that means they have to be unreasonable ignores the obvious alternate solution.  The counter letter is far better.
  • Conservatives are dumb, and honestly believe stupid Nazi propaganda because of that.  There are more and better points, but it's a long read.
  • Also: just regular dumb, as shown here.
  • This sucks.  I've been reading them since they were part of Gawker, which wikipedia tells me stopped being true in 2008, so almost a decade, and now I feel old.  At least there will be a new RSS feed, so it probably won't be a noticable change for me.
  • This is cute.  Almost unreasonably so.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Sunday: I spent all afternoon trying to decide what to get for lunch.

Until it was sufficiently late that the places that only open for dinner at 4 were open.
Including the middle eastern place that I could walk to.
Twitter didn't send the tweet I made with that, so you have to imagine the hearts, the cow, and the flower stickers.  Also, I'm pretty sure I'm not a fan of their hummus or house salad dressing.

And then I came back and watched more stuff on youtube.


  • If this is true, then that explains the identity of some of the Sea Peoples.
  • "So making something 'American' just means cramming a bunch of cheese in it?  Yeah, ok, that's fair."
  • The Beatles.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Saturday: It was rainy today.

See?
And I drove to Kailua to buy a new fan, because my old fan keeps wobbling and being squeaky, and the "adjust speed" button doesn't work reliably.  So I bought the exact same model again, and now if I really need all the fans, I can use the new remote to turn both of them on.


Friday, October 27, 2017

Friday: At least it's Friday.

Also: that trash truck from yesterday leaks oil all over the floor.  Good job, trash truck.
Lunch was eventful.  I decided to get a Safeway sandwich, because that's generally easy, and I could pick up more stuff for my work fridge.  As I'm walking through the pop aisle, I see this:
"What are you doing in the grocery store, tiny lizard?"
That's when I saw people behind me, laughing.  Whatever, jerks.  You go be the kind of person who doesn't talk to small animals and enjoy your boring world.

Then I went to the sandwich counter, and was told:

  1. They can't make the special chicken/gouda/bbq sandwich, because they didn't have any chicken.  Ok, that's a lie, because I can see the chicken, but whatever, ham and swiss on 8-grain.
  2. We don't have swiss.  Havarti then, because sure, why not.
  3. Also we don't have 8-grain.  Wheat?
  4. We don't have any wheat bread at all.  How about this hoagie roll?
And that's when I literally said, "fuck it," grabbed my grocery bag from the basket, leaving the basket on the floor with the two things I was also planning on buying, and left.  I got an unsatisfying bacon/cheese/maple syrup crepe from the crepe place.  I don't know what the deal is, but the crepe place just opened, and "unsatisfying" seems to be their main attribute.  It never has a pleasant eating temperature, and they always are soggy.  I thought this one, with no veggies (which I assumed was the problem with my previous ones) would be better, but it wasn't.

Agents of Inhumanity was awful again.  So much so that I ignored most of it.  Here's what I don't understand: the team got back together, because Spark Girl made lightning from Puu Ualakaa at night (Tweet: Watching TV shows filmed where I live is weird. "Wait, they can't be there. That closes at sunset."), and so they were able to get her and Lockjaw.  But instead of bringing everybody, they sent half the team to go fight the bad guys on Earth.  Why?  Just go home, kill Maximus, and then call down like, "oh, hey, Maximus is dead, and you're stuck on Earth.  Would you like to surrender, or should I just call the Earth cops on you?"  Instead, they waste a bunch of time with nonsense "what do the people want" talk.  The people probably don't want Maximus, since he's such an asshole, so maybe get the power again, and then set up democracy or whatever.  He's a tyrant, you're a tyrant, but you're also nominally the good guy.  Plus, he's trying to kill you, so you know.

And they killed Gorgon, but no one cares, because no one cares about any of the characters that is not a CGI teleporting dog.  

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Thursday: Just when I thought everything was working

It isn't, so I spent like two hours today manually checking a bunch of stuff.  I think the first thing just needs some configuration changes.  The second thing looks like a scale issue, but it's not totally clear.  Ugh.

And then I got home and saw this shit.
This ugly ass truck doesn't fit in the parking space.  It's too wide, and it's too long, because no one actually needs to have a damn customized block of stupid.  I've watched the asshole who owns it park before, and he had to have his gf get out (because since he's backing in like an idiot, there's no space for her door to open), before inching it back and forth while I was waiting to get past his stupid ass.  Yesterday, he had it parked with the wheels on the yellow line separating it from his neighbor.  Today he apparently decided that he could just let his stupid-bus stick into the driveway by three feet.  If the stickers are true, this dumbass is a cop, too.


  • Great.  Now we have racist kids.
  • Nutella.
  • Generally it's bad to make fun of how someone looks, but this is Mamoru, and that outfit is awful.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Wednesday: The code is ugly, but the stupid thing works.

Spooky.
Six years ago, we got kolaches.  And now I'm hungry.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Tuesday: I think I'm getting a cough.

Which I hope doesn't mean I'm getting sick.  That would suck.

Seven years ago, I was on a boat.

  • I had never heard of gynandromorphs until last night, so I googled it, and it was interesting.  And yes, it was the cardinal that I originally saw that made me look it up.
  • So this is now the best webcomic ever.  They don't all have squirrels, though.
  • I never knew Monica's origin story.
  • All of this.  Kate is one of my favorite characters.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Monday: It's like madness designed this thing.

There are two main classes in the script, and they do similar things.  They both encode the model as a series of polynomials.  The first one uses a dict of arrays, and packs the two polynomials is uses as [a0, a1, a2, b0, b1, b2].  Fine.  The second one packs the two polynomials into a dict of array arrays, such that there is [ [a7, a6, a5, a4, a3, a2, a1, a0], [b7, b6, b5, b4, b3, b2, b1, b0] ].  First up, I'm pretty sure that you could constrain this model with a far lower order curve.  Second, why use such different formats?  Third, the second model uses millimeters for the first polynomial, and micrometers for the second.  Why be so difficult?

It was also super rainy this evening, and this is the sky lit up by a lightning bolt out of frame.

  • This was a good episode of Supergirl, and I liked Supergirl driving in to the white martian base in a car while doing the Bugs Bunny thing.
  • This is kind of a cool thing, and I might steal this implementation (without the shiny interface, because I don't need that).  The syuzhet library it uses for sentiment analysis looks interesting.
  • I had the exact same thought watching the first new Star Wars movie.  These are big complicated machines, and even though they're designed for "wars around stars", all the things they have are important parts of those machines.  You can't just have something not work.  If you don't need that thing to work, then it probably isn't going to be in the design.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sunday: A lazy day.

I didn't know what I wanted for lunch, so I did the "take the google suggestion that my phone has popped up."  So La Tour Cafe.
Angry chicken sandwich.
It's a special item now.  "HOT N’ SPICY CRISPY CHICKEN BREAST, PHO AND JALAPENO MAYO, HONEY, CRUNCHY ASIAN SLAW, ROASTED ALMONDS, FRIED SHALLOTS, TOASTED BRIOCHE BUN".  It was delicious and weird.  The mayo made it taste like pho.  The flavors blended in a way that I wasn't expecting.  I almost got the J-town burger ("WAGYU BEEF, EGGPLANT SHISHITO PEPPER DENGAKU RELISH, KABOCHA CREAM CHEESE SMEAR, ARUGULA, OKINAWAN SWEET POTATO STRINGS, BRIOCHE BUN"), but I had a burger yesterday.

Then I battled a gym because it was weak.

Is this screen new?  I don't fight gyms very often, since it's not fun when everyone is strong.

In any case, I put my Angry Fish in.
Only to be knocked out by the time I was finished getting groceries.  Yep.  Gyms are super fun now.  Great how they made it such a fun time.


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Saturday: I drove a lot.

Mostly because I wanted to get lunch, and it was far away.
I just woke up and felt like cajun fries.
Then I kept driving when I was coming back, because I didn't want to stop listening to the music.
And kept driving until I got to Kaneohe.
And then kept driving until I was in Kailua.  Which doesn't sound far, but I took the long way of "back to town, then around the east side" route.

I justified it by taking a walk when I got back, partially so I could listen to a different album.  I saw 22 lizards while walking, because 6:00 is when all the lizards go out to warm up on the sidewalk.


  • Seeing this just confirmed that Five Guys was the way to go today.
  • Owls, and not just because I closed all my tabs and this was one of the only ones left.
  • Cat and dog, but totally for that same reason.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Friday: It's Halloween time.

Because Pokemon Go said so.
 While I was waiting for lunch, I discovered that I'd Go+ed a Shuppet.
Cool.
 Then, when I was leaving work, I sat in my car to catch a Duskull.
Slightly less cool.

But it meant that I got a medal.
 And, after Go+ing more stuff on the way home:
Finally.
I've been planning on doing a bunch of new Pokemon evolutions this weekend, but I guess it's less important now.  That also meant I could buy the sweater.
I can't believe that my trainer blinked while I was taking the screenshot.  SIgh.
 It doesn't quite match as much as I would have hoped.  Oh well.
I guess this becomes the backup style.
The Inhumans was dumb and annoying again today.  Although this happened:
TV show: "guy deflects bullet".
Me: Isn't that just going to hit his girlfriend standing next to him?
TV show: "bullet hits girlfriend"
Me: LOLOLOLOLOLOL. 
It's just so pointless and dumb.