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All posts tagged with shelter in place

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12 hours ago, for day 188 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 112. Days without ants in the kitchen: 2? Keyboarding: No time. If a highly trained touch typist typed with two fingers like a newbie, would you be shocked? Today I watched an old video of Jean-Michel Jarre playing the Oxygene suite live with a couple...


15 Minutes

1 day ago, for day 187 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 111 (base 10). Days without ants in the kitchen: 1? Keyboarding: Moonlight Arpeggio. Fifteen minutes is all it takes, apparently, just fifteen minutes. We have a big release coming up on Monday. Many of the staff have been working on and off over the holiday...


Ja Ja Ding Dong

2 days ago, for day 186 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 110. Days without ants in the kitchen: 0. Keyboarding: Touched the keys. The title will give it away that I watch Eurovision - the movie - today as I needed something to relax to. Turns out it is an OK movie and - for me...


Best Driver

3 days ago, for day 185 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 109. Days without ants in the kitchen: 0. Keyboarding: Touched the keys. I’m not the best driver of my car. Our house has two cars and two drivers. I’m not the best driver of either car. Karen is naturally the best driver of her own.car,...


Masked Raider

4 days ago, for day 184 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 108. Days without ants in the kitchen: 0. Keyboarding: Touched the keys. If you walked into a bank with a hat covering your head, dark sun tinted glasses covering your eyes and the rest of your face coving you face from the bottom of your...


Pity The Three Day Weekend

6 days ago, for day 182 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 106. Days without ants in the kitchen: they’re back. Keyboarding: I touched the keys. Three day weekends are something to look forward to, but that’s not the case for everyone in the tech industry. The weekend is a three day weekend - 4th of July...


Backup Your Backups

1 week ago, for day 181 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 105. Days without ants in the kitchen: 3. Keyboarding: sustained arpeggio At one point I had the entirety of my CD collection ripped and sitting on a network drive., 20 something gigs of data. One day that drive died. I didn’t have a backup. Not...


Grouty Grout Grout Grout

1 week ago, for day 180 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 104. Days without ants in the kitchen: 2. Keyboarding: moonlighting. No ants in the kitchen today, and to make sure I got the grout out again today and filed in all the small cracks between the window frame and the tile on the windowsill around...


Software Subscriptions

1 week ago, for day 179 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 103. Days without ants in the kitchen: 1. Keyboarding: with gusto. My wife mentioned that my rendition of the Imperial March wasn't ominous enough, not deep enough, not angry enough it needed something else. Imagining it my head I knew exactly what it needed, it...


Is Mad Max Driving?

1 week ago, for day 178 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Having driven on the Autobahn @Rinrae, US driving is completely different - in most cases - 5+ lanes of people going at different speeds. It’s easy to find a lane going your speed and cruise. The Tesla cruise control controls are much better than other cars I have driven. It...


Armchair Driving

1 week ago, for day 176 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: ONE HUNDRED Days without ants in the kitchen: 0. Keyboarding: I don’t remember. The ants are back. There isn’t an antobahn in the kitchen like a few weeks ago, but there are new ants by the sink. The battle continues. I don’t know where...


Listening To The Grass Grow

1 week ago, for day 175 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: (mine’s a) 99. Days without ants in the kitchen: 2. Keyboarding: Played for my boss. When my boss calls, my phone rings, and my computer rings. After I answer the call often the computer keeps playing for a bar (or so) until it gets the...


Air Travel

2 weeks ago, for day 174 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 98. Days without ants in the kitchen: 1. Keyboarding: Silently, I didn’t turn my keyboard on. The air in the USA travels in mysterious ways. There are weather patterns, on shore breezes, storms, tornados, hurricanes and at higher altitude the jet stream. This isn’t the...


Busman's Holiday

2 weeks ago, for day 172 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 96. Days without ants in the kitchen: 1. Keyboarding: Not today. I try not to work at the weekends, I don't always succeed, in fact I very rarely do. Comes with the territory when you run a web service 365 days a year with the...


Does It Count

2 weeks ago, for day 171 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 95. Days without ants in the kitchen: 0. Keyboarding: See below. If you play your entire repertoire and nobody is there to hear it, did I really play it and if I did were you better off by missing it? You would only know the...


Blinded: A E C A E C

2 weeks ago, for day 169 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 93. Days without ants in the kitchen: 0. Keyboarding: With my eyes shut. Biking: 9.1 miles in 30 minutes Every day I practice the same few bars from the songs that I can play. It may seem boring but the repetition helps, I make fewer...


Science vs Religion

3 weeks ago, for day 165 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 89. Days without ants in the kitchen: 0 (three ants today). Keyboarding: Continuing practice of the Imperial March Note: I may not actually write about Science vs Religion, but by titling this post as such it will remind me that I meant to write about...


Sometime Around Midnight

3 weeks ago, for day 163 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 87. Days without ants in the kitchen: 1. Keyboarding: Yes, many times. -- It's 12:03 pm as I start this, so time to set my time-zone to Tahiti. It doesn't really matter what I set it to if I set it to somewhere west of California...


2FA

3 weeks ago, for day 162 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 68. Ants in the kitchen: Three (too many). Keyboarding: Yes, many times. I moved a spare set of speakers from the bedroom to my office. They were plugged into Alexa and she didn't really deserve to have a set of external speakers to announce my...


Raxacoricofallapatorius

3 weeks ago, for day 161 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 58. Ants in the kitchen: One (still too many) Keyboarding: Nope, but there is still time before midnight Got a hair cut - did I mention that before, maybe I did. Karen cut it. Join the Chatty Writers video chat on Friday and you get...


So Fo Mo Lo

4 weeks ago, for day 160 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 84. Ants in the kitchen: ~5 at various times. Keyboarding: I watched a video on music theory, does that count? The California Governor says it is up to each county as to when they want to move to Phase 3 but they can whenever they...


… Who Knows How To Grout

4 weeks ago, for day 159 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 83. Days with no ants in the kitchen: 0. Keyboarding: oh cr*p. The morning started fine, no ants. Later, ants. A long put off job was to fix the cracked grout where the splash back tiles meet the counter tiles in the kitchen. I had...


Tool Time

1 month ago, for day 157 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 9*9. Keyboarding: still (maybe I'll forget how to play). I haven't had the chance to use my mean green drilling machine, but will at the weekend. During today's "Chatty Writers" Skype call I spent most of it dealing with ants in our kitchen. I...


… on the moon

1 month ago, for day 156 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 80. Days to curfew ends: none, it's over. Keyboarding: still nope. The curfew was lifted today in advance of Monday morning. The looters must have gotten bored, lazy, or moved on. I naturally assume that they are lazy otherwise they wouldn't be looters. The shelter...


Ch, Ch, Ch, Changes…

1 month ago, for day 155 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Dragons exist


Breaking Curfew

1 month ago, for day 154 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 78. Nights in curfew: 2.. Days to curfew ends: 5. Keyboarding: nope. Originally there was to be an update announcement regarding the shelter in place order, which has no end-date. A few places are re-opening, especially in states outside California, however the numbers continue to...


It's (Definately) A Lockdown

1 month ago, for day 153 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 77. Nights in curfew: 1. Days to normality: we'll let you know when the US comes to terms with what is normal in the rest of the world. Keyboarding: nope. You may have heard about the riots and looting in the USA that have been...


Broken Early Birthday

1 month ago, for day 152 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 76. Days to normality: Unknown, shelter in place order open-ended. Keyboarding: none. The last β€œShelter in place” order that I read from the county was due to expire In two days, after being extended from the original order of two week. This evening I checked...


Nominal

1 month ago, for day 151 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 75. Days to normality: 3 (maybe). Keyboarding: quick play on my iPad only. It rained today, very briefly and very heavily. I saw some kids outside get caught in the deluge, with no option other than soaked as they ran home. It's the kind of...


No Car

1 month ago, for day 150 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 74. Days to normality: 4 (at least). Keyboarding: live rendition, with mild applause. The car purchase finally fell apart today. The dealer offered to cover the State of California $2,000 rebate if they rejected my claim - 99% chance I suspected - but was adamant...


No BEV

1 month ago, for day 149 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 73. Days to normality: 5 (at least). Keyboarding: skipped. Today has been a crazy hectic day which culminated in a last minute e-mail telling the Mini USA Car Dealer that unless they can find a way to refund me $9,500 off the price of the...


Huzzah

1 month ago, for day 148 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 72. Days to normality: half dozen (at least). Keyboarding: Briefly before bed, but I’m told that counts β€œIt’s gone she said, it was there yesterday. The spreadsheet I have been working on all week. When I try to open it in Excel it says it...


It Ain’t Half Hot Mum

1 month ago, for day 147 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 71. Days to normality: BNL (at least). Keyboarding: Just the once, briefly, but I did. It’s dark outside and 83ΒΊF (28.3ΒΊC). When I came to bed an hour ago it was 88Β°F (31.1ΒΊC). Currently the temperature in the bedroom is 86ΒΊF (30ΒΊC). Of course that...


That's Just Peanuts To Space

1 month ago, for day 146 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 70. Days to normality: 8 (at least). Keyboarding: Just the once, briefly, but I did. In March 1978 I listened to an radio play written by an unknown - to me - author who I later discovered also wrote Dr Who scripts. This...


This Is Not A Drill

1 month ago, for day 145 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 69. Days to normality: 9 (at least). Keyboarding: Practiced several times today. The keyboard practicing is going OK thanks to GarageBand on an iPad connected to my keyboard, this means that whenever I stroll by, I can stop and practice for a while. I'm still...


BBQ Man, BBQ Man

1 month ago, for day 144 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 68. Days to normality: 10 (at least). Keyboarding: Practiced three times today. I can’t get an answer from the Mini dealership on some questions I have on the Electric Mini which surprised me as holiday weekends like this one - it’s Memorial Day on Monday...


Upwards

1 month ago, for day 142 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 66 Days to normality: A Dozen (at least). Keyboarding: Skipped (oh c.) I have long messager exchanges with an old mate - actual lead singer in our High School / 6th Form Band - that always gets to: I know you think hydrogen will...


Onwards

1 month ago, for day 141 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 65. Days to normality: Unlucky Days (at least). Keyboarding: Dane Sessions: Still Sticky. Tomorrow’s suggested title: Upwards. A friends birthday today was organized as a Zoom party. In advance we all received party gift packages with instructions not to open them until party time....


Keyboarding

1 month ago, for day 139 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 63. Days to normality: 15 (at least). Another day, another few dollars (earned). Back at the keyboards. I read my instructions for the day and good student that I am I practiced in the morning and before bed too. The rhythm must be off because...


Arpeggio Moi

1 month ago, for day 138 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 62. Days to normality: 16 (at least). More time spent in front of my keyboards today (both this one and the one that produced music). I can plug it into my iPad and using GarageBand I have either my Grand Piano (for WestWorld) or Church...


Giving Back Power

1 month ago, for day 134 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 58 Days to normality: 20 (at least) First off, congratulations to @KTamas for being the first to 500 days. Well done. We lost power in the early hours of the morning yesterday. I know this only because neighbors were talking about it online and...


Time & Efficiency

1 month ago, for day 133 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: Heinz Days to normality: three weeks (at least) It was odd that Ilya wrote about taking out the garbage today as today is the last chance I have to collect all the garbage around the house, put it into the appropriate trash containers (recycling, garden...


Endless

1 month ago, for day 130 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 54 Days to normality: 22 (at least) No lilies photo or count today. Probably more than yesterday - which was seventeen - but I didn’t go in the garden today so couldn’t count them. The furthest I achieved today was the end of the driveway...


Time

1 month ago, for day 128 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 52. Days to normality: 24 (at least). There are ten of my lilies today. My wife caught me referring to them as β€œmy lilies” and called me on it. - quite rightly so. I pointed out that if she read my posts here, she would...


Progress

2 months ago, for day 127 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 51. Days to normality: 25 (at least) Six of my lilies have opened, and when I say "my lilies" they aren't really mine. They came with the house and if anything, they belong to both myself and my wife. Of course, I tend to them...


Getting Lazy

2 months ago, for day 126 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: FIFTY Days to normality: 26 (at least) Three of my lilies have opened up. When we brought our house there was a large circular planter in the garden. I didn’t think anything of it other than that one day it might come...


Pictures of Lillies

2 months ago, for day 124 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 48. Days to normality: 28 (at least) Spare rolls of toilet paper left: One (ut-oh). You know that order of Toilet Paper that I placed on Thursday and then saw some in the supermarket that night? Well it is due to arrive on Monday. Well,...


Mikel Jollett on Writing

2 months ago, for day 123 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 47 Days to normality: 29 (at least). Spare rolls of toilet paper left: Two (just). Event that is happening today: Well naked gardening day happened but also the book reading and discussion with the author that we were supposed to attend in San Francisco this evening...


It Must Be Friday

2 months ago, for day 122 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place?: 46. Days to normality: 30 (at least). Spare rolls of toilet paper left: Two (I think). Event that isn't happening today: Fly back to California just in time for a book-reading on Saturday as well as a special day in the Garden. When I went...


Everything’s Cancelled

2 months ago, for day 120 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place?: 44. Days to normality: 32 (at least) Spare rolls of toilet paper left: 2 (I found a couple of spares) Event that isn't happening today: wander around Cardiff, check on the restoration work on our flat which has had the floor ripped out for most of...


Bobs Bits

2 months ago, for day 116 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 40 (no end in sight) Spare rolls of toilet paper left: One (I got shouted at for being wasteful) Event that isn't happening today: Unveiling of a new memorial to the WRAF at the British National Memorial Arboretum, see my daughter who lives quite close. ---...


PostIt Note Life

2 months ago, for day 115 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 39 Spare rolls of toilet paper left: One (the rationing seems to be working) Event that isn't happening today: Driving to "The North" of England, possibly stopping off in Birmingham on the way to attend a talk by Debbie Harry about her autobiography. I'm a...


Goodbye Gryffindor

2 months ago, for day 113 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 37 Spare rolls of toilet paper left: One (the rationing has started) Yes, that's a clickbait title, all will be revealed Event that isn't happening today: wandering around Cardiff Bay, visiting Torchwood Tower, Ianto's Memorial and all the Dr Who sites + BBC Studios....


Hardened Web Pt 1/n

2 months ago, for day 110 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 34 Spare rolls of toilet paper left: TWO From the early days of the web and the almost immediate attempts at phishing by "bad actors" we have come a long way to make the web as secure as it can be for users. Some...


Advantages !== Privileges

2 months ago, for day 106 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days Sheltering in place: 29 Spare rolls of toilet paper: 4 (& none available to buy) Today I learned from @Fiene that I - and lots of people - were using an English word incorrectly. I always find it fascinating when somebody who has English as a second language...


Got To Pay

2 months ago, for day 105 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days Sheltering in place: 4 weeks (at least 2 more to go) Spare rolls of toilet paper: 4 Yesterday, or maybe the day before I'm not really sure - my sense of time is definitely all sort of timey wimey at the moment - my credit card was charged...


ToDo Lists Are The New Zero

2 months ago, for day 102 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days Sheltering in place: 26 Spare rolls of toilet paper: 5 (yeah, still, seems we really don't use that much) Once upon a time getting to Inbox Zero was the thing. Maybe it is still a thing, or maybe everyone has given up. I have 101 e-mail messages in...


Day 465

2 months ago, for day 100 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days Sheltering in place: 24. Spare rolls of toilet paper: 5. Quite unimaginable really, the length of the streak. I’m so snowed under at work that I have rarely been looking forward to writing but typing I am - even if it means on an iPhone in the 6ft...


Phone Day

2 months ago, for day 99 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days Sheltering in place: 23 Spare rolls of toilet paper: 5 16th of April 1995 was PhONEday in the UK, this was the day that all the area codes changed. The area code for Bournemouth 0202 changed to 01202, as did all the other area codes which effectively gave...


Is This Just Fantasy?

3 months ago, for day 97 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days Sheltering inside: 21 Spare rolls of toilet paper left: 5 Sophie's Book: Dane Continuing from yesterday's post I can now run 32-bit macOS Intel based apps on my state-of-the-art mac laptop, a machine that is only meant to run 64-bit Intel apps, it isn't everything that I...


Is This The Real Life?

3 months ago, for day 96 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Days sheltering in place: 20 Spare rolls of toilet paper left: 5 Some people claim that we are living in a simulation. Somewhat like the matrix. How do we know all of this is real? How do we know we exist and aren't part of a complex computer program?...


Shelter In Place: Day 19

3 months ago, for day 95 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Rolls of toilet paper left: 5 Well, we are definitely not there yet. Not even close. The peek that is. Maybe another month, maybe things will be getting back to normal by August. I expect the number above to go over 100. I don't want it to obviously, I...


Shelter In Place: Day 18

3 months ago, for day 94 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Rolls of toilet paper left: 5 β€œHere in my car I feel safest of all” - Garry Numan American was always a car nation - or as Kenny Everett would describe it, a country full of rose colored vehicles, a pink car nation. But now, even though there...


Shelter In Place: Day 17

3 months ago, for day 93 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Rolls of toilet paper left: 6 Rolls of toilet paper on any shelf in any store: 0 I’m really getting exhausted with interviewing DevOps people. For those that have only been the interviewee and found the process tiring, being the interviewer is no easy task either especially when you...


Shelter In Place: Day 16

3 months ago, for day 92 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Rolls of toilet paper left: 6 (yes, you don't actually need as much as you imagine) Well, it looks like the count is going to get to at least 50 or close to it before this is over. I say 50 because that is the new "Shelter in place"...


Shelter In Place: Day 14

3 months ago, for day 90 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Rolls of toilet paper left: 6 Two weeks already, it seems longer yet, I get the feeling we are only at the start. Looks like we’ll doing this until the end of April, at least, probably longer. It’s going to be an odd summer. Everything is now closed until...


Shelter In Place: Day 13

3 months ago, for day 89 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

We have less than eighteen years to fix this, eighteen years I say. If we don't, we'll wake up on Tuesday 19th January 2038 and have a really big problem on our hands.


Shelter In Place: Day 12

3 months ago, for day 88 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Rolls of toilet paper left: 6 I made the mistake of going out shopping to get a few basic supplies. Things are getting back to normal with almost everything, except toilet paper/paper towels. The shelves are empty. Nevertheless, even if I run out I have backup plans. I may...


Shelter In Place: Day 11

3 months ago, for day 87 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Rolls of toilet paper left: 6 Trips outside: 3. I went to collect the mail. I went to fix one of the outside surveillance cameras that had been knocked by a bird, cat, possum, squirrel etc and the third time was to cut some roses from the garden a...


Shelter In Place: Day 9

3 months ago, for day 85 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Rolls of toilet paper left: 7 Another day, more infections, more deaths, the new normal. As always I check the US map which you can find here. 95% increase in NY since Sunday. Does more testing provide higher numbers, of course it does? Do higher numbers mean more deaths,...


Shelter In Place: Day 4

3 months ago, for day 80 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Is this a sore throat? Is this just allergies?


Shelter In Place: Day 0

3 months ago, for day 76 by Yorick Phoenix πŸ†

Today my county along with 6 other counties and the City of Berkeley issued an order for everyone to "Shelter at their place of residence" for the next three weeks. Why "The City of Berkeley" was singled out when the city is in a county that was issuing the order...