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  • I keep finding grease or something under the car. Not sure where it is coming from and it is driving me crazy.

  • Work is going well. I am converting over from SOAP UI to Postman. I'll probably still use SOAP UI to generate initial requests and them migrate the stuff I want into Postman for further use. I find Postman a LOT more enjoyable to work with but you can't beat SOAP UI for taking a WSDL and building a bunch of default requests.

  • Health-wise, I am enjoying the nice weather and have been getting some walking in which is nice. The dog likes it, too.

  • If you haven't already, maybe check out https://www.emptywheel.net/ where you can find reporting by Marcy Wheeler.

With all the crap going on in the world today maybe check this out:

https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=EJRdDhnTRoo&feature=share

My take on this:

  • he was ordered to wrap it up, having conclusively proven Russia interfered with the election
  • there is some very damning info in the report that will be redacted re: collusion but no one is on record admitting there was an agreement to do such and such if Trump won, etc
  • these are accomplished liars and Trump did not personally testify so was not implicated (had he testified in person things would be very different)

The “real report” is going to read differently than Barr's summary but will be heavily redacted. Policies against making public any info about unindicted subjects will shield Trump and his family from direct implication and this is just intended to appease him and his base. The rest of the world will know what happened and the real story will slowly emerge but this summary, “no collusion”, will be what people remember and is all Trump's supporters will ever hear about.

EDIT 2019-03-26Rod Rosenstein Didn’t Even Clear Trump on All the Topics He Hired Mueller to Investigate – In this interesting analysis Marcy Wheeler explains that Barr's summary side-stepped one of the three objectives of the investigation... Why?

Tags: #opinion

My first real job was as a dishwasher in a small restaurant. As the steaming trays of silverware emerged from the commercial washer we would polish them with napkins and load them into silverware bins for use by the floor staff. It was important they be clean and not covered in fingerprints. I want this at home too!

I have always loaded my home silverware in with the business end of everything but steak knives pointing up. And sometimes I was finding no matter how clean my hands were I was still covering the silverware with my fingerprints when I unloaded it. Sometimes, too, it wasn't quite clean.

Recently, I changed things up and loaded the silverware pointing “down”. It seems to come out cleaner – possibly because the water is cascading down the utensil somehow getting more water on the bottom of it. And they are easier to unload without touching the parts that people put in their mouths. Win win.

Considering I've been loading dishwashers for almost 40 years this came as a surprise. Why hadn't it occurred to me before? Why has this not become the only way you would ever load a dishwasher?

Tags: #minutiae

We own a 2010 Ford Edge and the air quality was terrible. Having recently learned about Cabin Air Filters I picked one up on Amazon.ca (POTAUTO MAP 1041C Heavy Activated Carbon Car Cabin Air Filter Replacement compatible with FORD, Edge, LINCOLN, MKX, MAZDA, CX-9 (Upgraded with Active Carbon) – https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01C5H0AXW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) and watched some YouTube videos about replacing it.

As you can see from the above before and after, this was a serious problem that was pretty easy to fix. The dealer charges about $100 for this but you can do it yourself for about $15 CDN if you aren't including shipping, etc.

There were a few tricks I wanted to note:

  • there is this cable on the glove box preventing the drawer from falling out when open... use a flashlight to inspect how it is attached, it is designed to be removed so don't break it taking it out. Also, it is often AN ELASTIC so it will snap up into the area behind the dash and be hard to find, keep an eye on it and release the tension very slowly... when replacing it, you can probably hook it onto the top of the box while placing the hinges in place, otherwise you'll need a helper or do the hinge part one handed.

  • I broke the retaining clip by not seating the filter cover properly and then trying to remove it... this put the filter clip into an impossible position and I broke it by forcing (gently) out. The clip was still attached by one connection, though, and seems to work ok. The filter cover should be held in place simply by friction fit but I'll throw some duct tape on there if it comes out, I guess.

When I got it all back together I started up the car with the windows rolled up and was greeted by fresh air, not the mold scented pollution I've been breathing all Winter. I should have done this a long time ago. Also, it has really stepped up the airflow.

Tags: #minutiae

Lately, I've been leaving my phone in Android Auto mode when I want to focus. This basically turns it into a dumb phone but with Google Maps and an easier interface (and podcasts!).

You can still pull down notifications and get into apps that way, of course.

However, when you hit the “switch apps” button or the “home” button, you get a prompt to ask if you want to exit Android Auto. This is enough of a pause to get me to think twice. In Android Auto I have access to directions, phone, SMS, and podcasts. I can also access notifications.

This is what I need for 90% of my work day and my time with family.

Tags: #focus

This week was amazing. At work, we released a huge update and no bugs were found. This is terrifying for a developer. There are always bugs! Finally found one this week (fixed now) so greatly relieved.

Also this week, Spring came to our city (which is fairly “Northern”). It is amazing to go out in a thick hoody when a week or so ago it was parkas and longjohns.

We started our tomatoes inside, chipped 5cm of ice of the driveway, and I'm doing better with diet and exercise. Things are looking up!

Taking the boy swimming then we'll have lunch and go to a park. This afternoon I'm helping my nephew run some errands that require a vehicle with cargo space.

  • My sleeping seems to have more or less returned to “normal”, which is very good. I don't get enough sleep so I can't afford to lose the little time I do have for sleeping to insomnia. I think this is because a large project I was working on at my job has shipped and seems to be working well.

  • Spring has more or less come to the frozen wasteland we call home. Temperatures are above zero during the day for the entire week coming up. Snow is melting. Our seeds have sprouted (INSIDE) and the driveway is clearing itself of the crust of ice that builds up as we get sick of shoveling.

  • Keto – I have been less strict with “Keto”, lately, and find myself stable at a weight about 5lbs over my goal weight for April 1. This means I lost 10lbs since Jan 1st. I am hoping that additional exercise and trying to be more strict about Keto for the final couple of weeks will help but I am OK with where I am at. As long as I lose more than I gain each year, I am at least fighting the tendancy to slowly gain weight as I age. This will help me and I get a little more self-control every year when it comes to food.

  • Productivity has kind of stalled in terms of my personal projects but I am still able to pick them up because I've been working my list of tasks slowly but surely. My biggest TODOs to knock off this month are to complete my son's school registration and to get my taxes filed. I have a bunch of other goals but those are the only two that really matter to anyone but me. The school reg just needs to be dropped off now and the taxes are waiting on documents so things are looking up.

  • Do I have any insights here for this blog post? A reason to read? No, not really. But this week two people in my life have had very difficult health crises. Both seem to be OK right now but it makes me think I am lucky to have not had more issues like this by now and I am glad they both got treatment when they needed it. Fingers crossed, everyone.

Tags: #sitrep, #keto

I sit here having not gotten enough sleep, again. Each night I take my son to use the washroom at 10:30pm (moving to 10pm) and need to get up for work at 4:30am. This means the longest sleep I can get, assuming I immeadiately fall asleep, is about 6 hours. I have tried to sleep before the 10:30 bathroom trip but that seems to make it less likely I'll get right back to sleep after it. I am considering moving the trip to 10pm.

At some point, he won't need me to do this. At some point, his brain will wake his body up and he'll go by himself. Until then, this is my job. I can't ask my wife to do it as she has an even harder time getting back to sleep than I do.

I am working on various solutions. Coffee, for one. Keto diet helps me to stay more alert, and consuming matcha seems to help. I am toying with taking a 20 minute nap every afternoon but that is basically impossibly 3 out of 5 work days, normally. I guess I just have to stick it out until he's older. Which will happen faster than I think. Lots of parents would love it if this was their biggest problem.

Anyway, that's life. I'll sleep in on Saturday (until 7AM but still a big sleep for someone used to getting up at 4:30!).

Tags: #sleep