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All posts tagged with shelter in place

Lord of the Dings

3 months ago, for day 144 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: None Piano Song of the day: Lord of the Rings (80%) When I say 80%, I don't mean 80% speed, I mean 80% of the notes are correct. Not a big fan of this piece of dull music but challenging to play so I battle on trying and...


Wait 'till you grow up

3 months ago, for day 143 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Gathering leaves Piano Song of the day: Godfather Theme It took three sessions at the piano today to crack the godfather theme. Often I can crack a new song in 10 minutes, but not this one. While I could play it all, I couldn't play it all the...


Bubble Trouble

3 months ago, for day 137 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: 20 minutes on the cross trainer Piano Song of the day: Mission Impossible (at 100% speed) At first Mission Impossible did seem like it was going to be impossible, but not too bad. Yes, a little fiddly but in the end it became mission possible. Having seen...


Question of Style

4 months ago, for day 134 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: 2+ Mile evening walk Piano Song of the day: Pink Panther Theme (at 80% speed) It's movie theme week on the piano program I'm using, which is always fun. Here's a question for all you keyboard players out there, I know there is at least two of you...


No Mask on This Face

4 months ago, for day 133 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: 2+ Mile evening walk Piano Song of the day: James Bond Theme (100%, note perfect) As I learn new songs it is always interesting to see just how simple most of the melodies are, and the classic James Bond Theme is no exception. Sure it's the bass line...


Discounted Life

4 months ago, for day 132 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: 2+ Mile evening walk Piano Song of the day: None today Life of Brian: The Haggle I've written about this before, but it still bugs me, so I find myself writing about it again. The price is negotiable. The price advertised in the store is not the price...


Debugging

4 months ago, for day 130 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Walk around WalMart (& Michaels) Piano Song of the day: James Bond Theme (much better) A lot of developers seem to think that learning the latest frameworks, or learning the latest features of their favorite language makes them a better developer. Using code formatters to make their code...


Tracking

4 months ago, for day 129 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Garden / Yard Work Piano Song of the day: James Bond Theme (much better) I've been using Tile Trackers since around 2014 - generally as soon as they became available, and I may have been a participant in their original crowdfunding effort - I'm not really sure anymore....


Clickity click click

4 months ago, for day 125 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Time to COVID Maxination: ~12 Hours Exercise: 2.7 Mile walk (in 87°F heat) Piano Song of the day: Almost cracked Burn @ 100% (by Ellie Goulding)      “I don't want to die now! I've got a headache!       I don't want to go to heaven with a headache,       ...


Vaccinated Life

4 months ago, for day 124 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days to COVID Maxination: 1.5 Exercise: Shopping Piano Song of the day: Almost cracked Burn @ 80% (by Ellie Goulding) My Noon on Thursday I will be fourteen days past my second vaccination, which means that I will be officially fully vaccinated (AKA: Maxinated) for as long as the...


AirLife

4 months ago, for day 123 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days to COVID Maxination: 3 Exercise: None Piano Song of the day: Almost cracked Burn @ 80% (by Ellie Goulding) Two packages arrived today, one from Apple, one from Amazon, both contained Apple Products. First the box from Apple. It wasn't due to arrive until Wednesday, but came early....


My Problem

4 months ago, for day 121 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days to COVID Maxination: 5 Exercise: Walk to FedEx and Trader Joes Piano Song of the day: Burn (by somebody) Karen asked me how my piano playing was going and what I was playing - she doesn't know because I wear headphones if she is home. I gave her...


Almost AirTags

4 months ago, for day 120 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days to COVID Maxination: 6 Exercise: Walk to FedEx and Trader Joes Piano Song of the day: Burn (by somebody) I have nearly cracked "Burn" at 60% speed. Of the 374 notes, I keep getting one wrong, and it is frustrating. The Belkin Key Ring Holder for my...


Your call

4 months ago, for day 119 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days to COVID Maxination: 7 Exercise: Only in my mind Piano Song of the day: Burn (by somebody) You'll read the subject of this post before you read these words, while I will write these words and from them I hope will come an appropriate title. Often I start...


PSA

4 months ago, for day 118 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days to COVID Maxination: 8 Exercise: Walk around WalMart Piano Song of the day: ???? If you have an Apple Device, any device, go update it. Yes, right now. Go on, just do it. I don't care if it's an iPhone, iPad, AppleWatch, iPod, homePod, AppleCar, macBook or AppleTV,...


Raw

4 months ago, for day 117 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days to COVID Maxination: 9 Exercise: None Piano Song of the day: ???? So here I am again. Approaching eight hundred and fifty posts - writing out numbers in full like my typing teacher taught me, but also to pad the words here. Yes, this is going to be...


Societal Politics

4 months ago, for day 116 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days to COVID Maxination: 10 Exercise: Quick 1 mile walk + shopping Piano Song of the day: Cracked Sam Smith Today there was a post by Basecamp on Societal Politics at work, it's worth a moment to read, which you can do here, it's OK, I'll wait. I then...


Screwed

4 months ago, for day 115 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days to COVID Maxination: 11 Exercise: Deconstruction Work Piano Song of the day: Practicing Sam Smith Yes I'm still playing Sam Smith. While I can play it all the way through most times and it takes a few warm ups with bum notes. I'm determined to sit down and...


Debugger Debugger Debugger

4 months ago, for day 114 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days to COVID Maxination: 12 Exercise: Gardening (Karen says I'm not allowed to call it yard work) Piano Song of the day: More Sam Smith I come from a time where source code debugger didn't exist. When I first started programing on the Mac you had better learn some...


Achy Breaky

4 months ago, for day 113 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days to COVID Maxination: 13 Exercise: None Piano Song of the day: More Sam Smith Well today I wasn't sick, and I wasn't well either. Karen told me to stay in bed and even encouraged it by bringing me breakfast in bed and coffee, followed by snacks and drinks...


Tempted by the New Shiny

4 months ago, for day 110 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days to COVID Vaccine Part 2: 2 Days Exercise: 2 mile walk Piano Song of the day: Back to Mr Smith There is something about the C -> Am -> F chord progression that makes it an easy one to learn and every now and again I can throw...


...and then there were three

4 months ago, for day 107 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days to COVID Vaccine Part 2: 5 Days Exercise: gardening Piano Song of the day: Perfect - Ed Sheeran I crack Auld Lang Syne so I'm already for the New Year way ahead of schedule and have moved on to a much harder song. I trimmed my roses...


Period Piece

4 months ago, for day 106 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days to COVID Vaccine Part 2: 6 Days Exercise: None Piano Song of the day: Auld Lang Syne I as I was watching Bridgerton on TV, and watching I mean, it was on and I was in the room, it got me thinking about all these period dramas that...


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5 months ago, for day 105 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days to COVID Vaccine Part 2: 7 Days Exercise: Walk to the Shops Piano Song of the day: Auld Lang Syne Having broken the writetogethert slug generator yesterday so nobody could read my post until Owen fixed it I'm taking things a little more gently this today. I figure...


5 months ago, for day 104 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days to COVID Vaccine Part 2: 8 Days Exercise: Shopping Piano Song of the day: almost all of some James Blunt number It's late, I'm tired (or as we would say in Welsh: dw i wedi blino). I'm still doing my Welsh lessons everyday for the 111th or 112th...


Pictures Pt26 - Poppy

5 months ago, for day 103 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days to COVID Vaccine Part 2: 9 Days Exercise: None Piano Song of the day: almost all of some James Blunt number This is the last of the large photos in the house that were taken by either myself or Karen. The large ones tend to be 16" x...


Pictures Pt25 - London

5 months ago, for day 102 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days to COVID Vaccine Part 2: 10 Days Exercise: None at sea-level'ish Piano Song of the day: Not sure yet This next photo hangs next to the Zabriskie Pt one in what used to be the used once every few years dining room and is now Karen's craft room...


Pictures Pt24 - Downhill

5 months ago, for day 100 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days to COVID Vaccine Part 2: 12 Days Exercise: 4.9 mile 13K step hike at 6,000 ft in snow Piano Song of the day: No Piano today I was going to talk about the next framed photo in our house but realised that I can't because while I have...


Pictures Pt23 (Santa Monica)

5 months ago, for day 99 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days to COVID Vaccine Part 2: 13 Days Exercise: 4+ Mile (10K+ steps) Mountain Hike at 6,000 ft Piano Song of the day: No Piano today Next up is one of mine, which is hung in the guest bedroom. Should you visit this will hopefully encourage you to relax...


Pictures Pt22 - Cardiff Bay (again)

5 months ago, for day 98 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days to COVID Vaccine Part 2: 14 Days Exercise: None Piano Song of the day: No Piano today And for the next Photo that was framed, we are back in Cardiff Bay. Home of the Welsh Assembly (or Parliament) or in Welsh: Senedd Cymru. Also home of Torchwood -...


Pictures Pt21 - Zabriskie Pt

5 months ago, for day 97 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days to COVID Vaccine Part 2: 15 Days Exercise: None Piano Song of the day: Still Struggling with: You're Beautiful (James Blunt) Todays framed photo is the second large photo in our home and was presented to Karen shortly after the previous one in yesterday's post. It is hung in...


Pictures Pt19

5 months ago, for day 95 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days to COVID Vaccine Part 2: 17 Days Exercise: None Piano Song of the day: You're Beautiful (James Blunt) Well now we get to post number 19 on the subject of pictures, or photos which is the medium in which I create pictures and I don't have a prepared...


Pictures Pt18

5 months ago, for day 94 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days to COVID Vaccine Part 2: 18 Days Exercise: Walk to the shops, plus some gardening Piano Song of the day: You're Beautiful (by whoever sung that) This year I decided that while I am really not a fan of cut flowers, the roses that I tend to in...


Pictures Pt16

5 months ago, for day 92 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days to COVID Vaccine Part 2: 20 Days Exercise: 2+ mile walk Piano Song of the day: Faded (by Alan Walker at 100%) I finally cracked Faded at full speed, I tried at 80% and it was unplayable so I had to go for full speed. Thankfully the app that...


Pictures Pt15

5 months ago, for day 91 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days to COVID Vaccine Part 2: 21 Days Exercise: 2+ mile walk in 86°F (30°C) heat Piano Song of the day: Fade (by Alan Walker at 100%) I got my first vaccine jab today. But I didn't get a sticker, lollipop or even a marching band or 10,000 airmiles....


Pictures Pt14

5 months ago, for day 90 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days to COVID Vaccine: Tomorrow Exercise: None Piano Song of the day: Fade (by Alan Walker at 80%) Having rented a Canon T7i twice over the Oct 2018 through August 2019 time period along with the occasional Prime Lens, 400mm Super Telephoto, and various wide-angle lens it was time...


Pictures Pt13

5 months ago, for day 89 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days to COVID Vaccine: 2 Exercise: None Piano Song of the day: Fade (by Alan Walker) Having cracked Stay with me at both 80% and full speed I actually prefer it at 80%, it sounds better that way. I followed with a quick rendition of "Born in the USA"...


Pictures Pt12

5 months ago, for day 88 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days to COVID Vaccine: 3 (Maybe) Exercise: None Piano Song of the day: Stay with me (still getting there at 80%) I may have COVID, or I may just be sick. Of course when you get sick right now you instantly think, COVID. Well I feel sick, and I...


Pictures Pt11

5 months ago, for day 87 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days to COVID Vaccine: 4 Exercise: Gardening, Home improvement Piano Song of the day: Stay with me (getting there at 80%) I was awake at 6:30 this morning, should we buy the house we looked at yesterday or not, arrggghhhh!!!!!! We lost the 18-55mm lens and if you...


Pictures Pt10

5 months ago, for day 86 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days to COVID Vaccine: 5 Exercise: Hiking Folsum Lake Piano Song of the day: Stay with me (getting there at 60%) Now that we had a decent camera it was time to go take some pictures and what better than a road trip. We were heading to Gallifrey One...


Pictures Pt9

5 months ago, for day 85 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days to COVID Vaccine: 6 Exercise: None Piano Song of the day: Stay with me (getting there at 80%) Karen was really happy with her new Camera, but I knew that it was not going to be enough. Sure it was 16 Megapixels and it had 42x optical zoom...


Pictures Pt8

5 months ago, for day 84 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days of COVID: 1 Year, 8 Days. Exercise: None Piano Song of the day: Stay with me (struggling) I had an iPhone 5, Karen had a cheap Kodak point and shoot and some old Android Phone (HTC I think). Karen always wanted to do more photography but didn't know...


Pictures Pt7

5 months ago, for day 83 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days of COVID: 1 Year, 7 Days. Exercise: 2+ Mile walk to get milk Piano Song of the day: Stay with me (attempting at 60%) Stay with me has C, F & Am chords. Which is not bad as you only have to move one finger between them, but...


Pictures Pt6

5 months ago, for day 82 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days of COVID: 1 Year, 6 Days. Exercise: None. Piano Song of the day: Don't know yet (Piano less after writing) With my new 6.2 MegaPixel camera I took photos all over the USA and Canada, travelling to Banff, Austin, the Grand Canyon, Arches and many other places. It...


Pictures Pt5

5 months ago, for day 81 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days of COVID: 1 Year, 5 Days. Exercise: None. Piano Song of the day: I'm a believer (full speed). I now understand why keyboatrd players sway from side it to side. It's to play those G, C & F Major chords. Swaying left or right helps me move the...


Pictures Pt4

5 months ago, for day 80 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days of COVID: 1 Year, 4 Days Exercise: 2+ mile walk Piano Song of the day: I'm a believer (at 80% speed) Having cracked "I'm a believer" at 60% speed, today's task was to crack it at 80% speed, which after two sessions - one this morning and another...


Pictures Pt3

5 months ago, for day 79 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days of COVID: 1 Year, 3 Days Exercise: Nope Piano Song of the day: I'm a believer (at 60% speed) I cracked the Dreidel song at 100% speed last night, so moving on to an even faster speed. I like that the app I am using has good 60%...


Pictures Pt2

5 months ago, for day 78 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days of COVID: 1 Year, 2 Day Exercise: TGIF Piano Song of the day: I Have a Little Dreidel (I am two notes for perfection at 100% speed) After my Zenith died I didn't take many pictures. The odd one here and there with disposable cameras, of which the...


Pictures Pt1

5 months ago, for day 77 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days of COVID: 1 Year, 1 Day Exercise: Went to the bank? Piano Song of the day: I Have a Little Dreidel (attempting full speed) [Instamatic(https://i.etsystatic.com/9044097/r/il/f3ee2b/2926351042/il_794xN.2926351042_hhop.jpg) I take photos. I have always taken photos since I was a child and had my own instamatic camera (see above if the...


Slowly But Surely

5 months ago, for day 76 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days of COVID: 1 Year Exercise: Walk to Trader Joe's Piano Song of the day: I Have a Little Dreidel (attempting full speed) After posting last night I finally cracked all 244 notes of "Dreidel" at 80% speed, both hands, reading music, full chords and melody. Now I'll attempt...


Santa

5 months ago, for day 75 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days of COVID: 365 Exercise: 30 mins on the cross trainer Piano Song of the day: I Have a Little Dreidel (still attempting 80% speed) Oh no, I'm run out of homes to write about (for now). What does this mean, maybe I'll write about all the schools I've...


Flat Bars

7 months ago, for day 37 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days of COVID: 327 Exercise: Err, housecleaning? Welsh word of the day: siopwr (Shop or Shopkeeper depending on the context) OK, can somebody track down the lazy musician who decided that marking a flat note just the once in a bar was good enough and everyone would remember that...


Blue Plaid

7 months ago, for day 36 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days of COVID: 326 Exercise: Walk to Trader Joes and back. Welsh word of the day: Garej (Garage). I had a really interesting discussion earlier this evening and I thought, oh I could write about that, that might be interestings and satisfying to write down and articulate as a...


Thumb Thight

7 months ago, for day 35 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days of COVID: 325 Exercise: 20 mins on the cross trainer New Welsh word of the day: Newydd (New) So the piano playing is continuing. I'm using SimplyPiano which is a lot of fun, although it really does let you get away with a lot of bum notes. Now...


Run

7 months ago, for day 34 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days of COVID: 324 Exercise: 2+ mile walk Welsh phrase of the day: Athro di-waith (Unemployed teacher) The next two weeks (starting Monday, maybe Sunday) are going to be very intense and exhausting so I may forget to post and if I do, well, such is life, seven hundred...


New World Swag

7 months ago, for day 33 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days of COVID: 323 Exercise: 20 mins on the crosstrainer Welsh phrase of the day: Sut dych (Are you) I received a FedEx from Twilio's marketing company today. I was expecting it to be a copy of the "Ask you developer" book that their CEO wrote. I expected this...


Space

7 months ago, for day 32 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days of COVID: 322 Exercise: Shopping Welsh word of the day: Heddwas (Police)           “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”                     - Douglas Adams If there is one thing that Douglas Noel Adams (aka: DNA) is very useful for is easy...


Catchup

7 months ago, for day 31 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days of COVID: 321 Exercise: Chores Welsh word of the day: Garej (Garage) "Have you or has anyone you live with flown on an aircraft in the last ten days?" That was the first question I was asked when I went for my eye appointment today. I was due...


Books

7 months ago, for day 29 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days of COVID: 319 Exercise: 2+ mile walk Welsh word of the day: Covid (which is Covid, but with a Welsh accent). Wondering which book to read next, do I continue with the non-autobiographical part of the book on John Peel that I received for Christmas or do I...


Chores

7 months ago, for day 27 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days of COVID: 317 Exercise: None. Welsh word of the day: gwr tŷ (house husband). It's becoming a chore. Sitting here every night writing my words. I shouldn't feel like this but I do. Maybe I'm completely out of ideas - for now - and that is why it...


Piano

7 months ago, for day 26 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days of COVID: 316 Exercise: None Welsh phrase of the day: Dych chi'n gweithio mewn swyddfa?           Adult: I am the music man and I come from music land, and I can play.           Children: What can you play?           Adult: I play the piano           Together: p-i, p-i,...


Spectrum

7 months ago, for day 25 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days of COVID: 315 Exercise: None Welsh word of the day: Ffermwr (Farmer) Everything is a spectrum. Autism is a spectrum, intelligence is a spectrum, light is a spectrum, and if you ever watched Captain Scarlet you would know that "Spectrum is Green" not a spectrum at all. ...


Dydd Santes Dwynwen Hapus

7 months ago, for day 24 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days of COVID: 314 Exercise: 2+ Mile walk (in the rain). Welsh phrase of the day: Dydd Santes Dwynwen Hapus Tomorrow is St Valentine's Day. Yes you read that right. You thought it was on February 14th didn't you? And this is true, it is indeed on the 14th...


Is My Birthday Still In July?

7 months ago, for day 23 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days of COVID: 313 Exercise: Up and down lots of stairs Welsh word of the day: Diolch (Thanks) I think my Birthday is in July, but sometimes I have to wonder. Yesterday I said: buy yourself a piano stool and find a house that will fit a baby...


Relative Fingering

7 months ago, for day 22 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days of COVID: 312 Exercise: dancing in my office. Welsh word of the day: Nyrs (Nurse). I'm been watching Season two of Dickinson. Somehow it doesn't seem to have the same hold as the first season. I don't know why. I can't put my finger on it, maybe my...


Commercial Break

7 months ago, for day 20 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

We got a new president here today, but that's not what I actually write about.


My Kind Of Bank

7 months ago, for day 19 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days of COVID: 309. Exercise: Went shopping. Welsh phrase of the day: Dw i'n hoffi dwisgo sgert (I don't like wearing skirts). Actually I might like wearing skirts I don't know I've never tried it really. Plenty of men wear kilts which are basically the same thing in my...


Languages

7 months ago, for day 18 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days of COVID: 308. Exercise: Taking out the trash. Welsh phrase of the day: Dw i'n hoffi dwisgo dillad (I don't like wearing clothes). If I have to type "Dw i'n ddim yn hoffi" into duolingo I'm going to scream, or even "Dych chi ddim yn hoffi". The first...


Goodbye TV

7 months ago, for day 17 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days of COVID: 307. Exercise: Shopping. Welsh phrase of the day: Dw i'n dwisgo siwmper a menig (I'm wearing a jumper and gloves). I grew up in the UK where we had three TV Channels (BBC1, BBC2 & ITV) and later they added Channel 4. They weren't 24 hour...


Look Two Hands

8 months ago, for day 14 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days of COVID: 304. Exercise: None. Welsh word of the day: Cot (Coat). Hi my name is Yorick, and I'm a developer. I've finished the first section of the book "Ask your Developer" where Jeff Lawson covers how any company that has any kind of processes should in...


Sheets of Joy

8 months ago, for day 13 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days of COVID: 303. Exercise: 2.2 mile walk (to buy yogurt and butter). Welsh word of the day: Ffrog (dress). I'm learning the words for clothing in my Welsh lessons. This will be the first week that I won't get promoted but (hopefully) I won't get demoted either. I'm...


Ping

8 months ago, for day 12 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days of COVID: 302 Exercise: none Welsh phrase of the day: Dw i ddmin hoffi yn bwyta llysiau (I don't like eating vegetables) A new book arrived in the mail, "Ask a Developer" by Jeff Lawson the CEO of Twilio. I'm a fan of the Twilio service - or...


Wedi Blino

8 months ago, for day 11 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days of COVID: 301 Exercise: 2 mile walk Welsh phrase of the day: Dw i wedi blino (I am tired) I am tired. I don't know why. I slept OK I think. It is probably the stress of finding a new home, the impending software release - which I...


Gramadeg

8 months ago, for day 8 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: nope. Welsh phase of the day: Dw i ddim yn hoffi smwddio (I don't like ironing). #739 Hopefully you are picking up some Welsh along the way and you to will soon be saying:             Dw i'n hoffi coffi da Dw i => I Hoffi => Like But...


War-ter, water, dŵr

8 months ago, for day 7 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: two mile walk Welsh phase of the day: Dw i'n ddim hoffi yfed dŵr (I don't like drinking water). #738 I missed a meeting today. I hadn't planned to miss it, but our house sprung a leak which meant I had a plumbing emergency with the consequence that...


Triplely So

8 months ago, for day 5 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: fifteen minutes on the cross trainer. Welsh phase of the day: dw i'n hoffi coffi da (I like good coffee) #736 For those wondering the difference between:           dw i'n hoffi coffi da           &           dw i'n hoffi coffi One of those is coffee and one of those...


Hi Ho

8 months ago, for day 4 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: fifteen minutes on the cross trainer. Welsh phase of the day: Dw i ddim yn bwyta pys (I am not eating peas). #735 First day back at work for most people, which started well with a slack outage. I tried letting the rest of my team know that...


Rosy Haircut

8 months ago, for day 3 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: assembled a cross trainer. Welsh phase of the day: Dw i'n hoffi coffi (I like coffee). #734 I big heavy box arrived today. Which I then spent a couple of hours assembling with only two minor mistakes that were easily fixed and one missing nut which if absolutely...


Taming The Snake

8 months ago, for day 2 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: none. Welsh word of the day: Bara (Bread). #733 Last year, or was it the year before. I've lost track. I'm pretty sure it was the year before, I wrote about all the languages that I have programmed in and mentioned in my last of the series posts...


A Brief History Of Hard

8 months ago, for day 1 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: 4.15 mile walk. Welsh phase of the day: Yn well, diolch (Better, thanks) This is day 732, or 367 as the WriteTogether Counter will say that it is because there is something that you learn when you write software that involves dates and times.           **Dates and Times...


Sell, Sell, Sold

8 months ago, for day 365 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Nope. Welsh phase of the day: wedi blino (tired). Well this is almost it. Two years of writing. Today should be day 730 which as everyone knows is 365 + 365 so two years, but not quite. This year was a leap year so that means one more...


Sell, Sell, Sell

8 months ago, for day 363 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Nope. Welsh phase of the day: sut dych chi (how are you). You'll probably heard that we are due for a financial market correction. The US Government providing second stimulus checks of either $600 or $2,000 depending on what happens may just move that along. You see to...


Gruntled or Not Gruntled?

8 months ago, for day 362 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Took out the garbage. Welsh word of the day: Diolch (Thanks). I don't think Duolingo is going to make me a great Welsh speaker. It may not even make be a poor welsh speaker. I can pass the reading and writing exercises with relative ease so maybe it...


Building, Left.

8 months ago, for day 361 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: 4+ mile beach walk Welsh word of the day: Croeso (Welcome) It's not a case of if a hard drive will completely die, it's a case of how soon as it is a given that it will, one day, probably with no warnings. One of the partitions of...


T’was The Night After Christmas

8 months ago, for day 360 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Lifted my legs and put them on the coffee table Welsh phrase of the day: Nos da (Good night) I can finally reveal what was in the Home Depot box that I accidentally noticed being delivered 60 days ago. When we opened our presents this morning, none of...


Bora da

8 months ago, for day 358 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Brought the bins back in. Phase of the day: Bora da. I read an article the other day that that many people have taken up learning a new language over the covid-19 period, and one of the languages stood out. I’ve never been any good at languages, well...


Fog

8 months ago, for day 356 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Christmas Shopping. Keyboard: frosty played badly. Actually the runs on Frosty the Snowman are actually quite fun. They are short but for somebody with barely any skills, if I succeed in getting to the end of a few bars I'm a happy man. Saturday when we woke...


Testing 1, 2, 3...

8 months ago, for day 355 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Nope. Keyboard: Nope. I spent the whole weekend getting a release out of the door, pulling in our engineers to fix bugs that they shouldn't have released to QA as needed. QA (AKA: Karen) spent the weekend testing the release - and finding the previously mentioned bugs -...


Another One Bites The Dust

8 months ago, for day 354 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Nope. Keyboard: Nope. Pissed off at the situation: you betcha! I cancelled everything this morning. I'll add it to the long list of things that we cancelled this year. Our trip to the UK, more concerts than I can even remember, and now our Christmas trip because we...


Hotel California

8 months ago, for day 353 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Nope. Keyboard: Frosty Something. Why do I have to be the responsible one? All my life, the responsible one? Not leaving people in a lurch, doing what I promised even if I didn't want to after I had agreed? Even if it was a disadvantage to me, Dictum...


Big Violins

8 months ago, for day 352 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Nope. Keyboard: Just Jammin' (or something). Of the headshots I submitted, one was chosen. It was a casual evening photo taken by Karen, back lit by a street light at dusk. Rather grainy but the company wanted something not too formal as I was the CTO - the...


Hexaflexagon

8 months ago, for day 351 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Went shopping. Keyboard: Just a little Sound of Music. A long long time ago, in a country far far away, there was a guy called Ivor Woodfield. My Dad was an accountant. He had a slide ruler and a mechanical typewriter. Probably still has both of those items....


Big Iron

9 months ago, for day 350 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Took out the trash. Keyboard: Random instruments care of GarageBand. My first experience with a computer was probably when I was twelve, maybe I was eleven I'm not really sure. It was somewhat like a scene out of a Isaac Asimov I, Robot short story except the lack...


As Good As It Gets

9 months ago, for day 349 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Nope. Keyboard: Plink Plink Plonk. I watched somebody play Moonlight Sonata at the 2020 Royal Albert Hall Proms last night. It was beautiful and intense at the same time. While the sheet music was on a stand I don't think the pianist looked at it once. She played...


Prom Bucket

9 months ago, for day 348 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Shopping. Keyboard: Everything Christmasy. Prom: noun: a concert of classical music at which part of the audience stands, in particular one of a series of concerts performed annually at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Also… Prom: noun: a paved public walk, typically one along a...


Belgium Man, Belgium

9 months ago, for day 347 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Nope. Keyboard: Forgetful Sonata.           "Belgium man, Belgium"                   -- Zaphopd Beeblebox in the Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy Deaths from COVID per 100,000 population, seems to be Belgium. I'm sure I'm playing Moonlight Sonata all wrong by now, but isn't that how many popular songs start. They...


Seven Eleven

9 months ago, for day 346 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Nope. Keyboard: Slaughtering Slade. Pushed a new release today, possibly the last one for the year, although we may slip another one in next Friday if I’m left alone by the rest of the staff, we’ll see. I have three DevSecOps engineer interviews Monday & Tuesday next week...


Cheerful pt3.

9 months ago, for day 345 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Walk to Best Buy. Keyboard: Frostier Snowman. I wandered over to Best Buy to look at the iPhone mini. My, what a cute phone. If it wasn't for the fact that I like having Telephoto and Ultra-wide lenses on my phone I would be so tempted to buy...


Flight Of The Snow Birds

9 months ago, for day 344 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Walk to Trader Joe’s. Keyboard: Little Frosty Dummer Boy. My iPad is updating to the release candidate of iOS 14.3 so this post is being written on my iPhone. Thankfully my Bluetooth keyboard supports three devices so it’s easy to switch between my computer, iPad and iPhone.


The Fine Art Of…

9 months ago, for day 341 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Gardening. Keyboard: More Holiday Tunes. The more I play a few notes here and there and my ability to remember everything that I have learnt to play all year gives me hope that if I actually bite the bullet and either take some lessons, or try some online...


Tree Time

9 months ago, for day 340 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Put up the tree Keyboard: Frosty Jingle Bells Sonata. As it's now the first weekend in December it is time to finally put up the tree and hang the stockings over the fireplace ready for Santa. Note to those less informed: For every person or family that...


AAAAA BA BA

9 months ago, for day 339 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: relaxing evening in front of a log fire. Keyboard: Frosty the Snowman. The request came again tonight. Could I play some Christmas Tunes. I guess Karen has gotten so used to me plonking on the keys that she actually asked me to play something seasonal. Apparently Edelweiss isn’t...


2753

9 months ago, for day 338 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: planed to, but didn’t. Keyboard: not today Josephine. Two thousand seven hundred and fifty three. It’s a number that is much bigger than it should be. It’s a number that has been steadily getting bigger. It’s not the number of words I write here each week, although I...


Sm Sh Su

9 months ago, for day 337 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: 2+ miles walk Keyboard: A little bit of this and a little bit of that. My temperature is OK, my taste buds can still taste chocolate. I think I'm doing OK. There was a discussion on the Charged Tech Podcast about not buying anything on Black Friday...


🥁 🥁 🥁 97.7ºF 🥁 🥁 🥁

9 months ago, for day 336 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Nah, under the weather. Keyboard: A little bit of this and a little bit of that. When was the last time you felt gruntled or over the weather? As it is now December and we can officially put up our tree - which we will do at the...


OMG: Seven Hundred !

9 months ago, for day 335 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Nah, I'm back at work. Keyboard: Full on everything I could remember, which was surprisingly a lot. Back at work, two spare rolls of toilet paper, spent the day catching up. I've been watching a series on HBO called Industry which is about the finance industry in London...


Masculine Ass

9 months ago, for day 332 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: 4+ miles of hiking. Keyboard: nah, I’m on vacation. Lots of hiking today in snow and packaged ice at 6,000 ft, which if you are used to living at sea-level means a distinct lack of oxygen to fill you lungs. Hiking on the level is OK, and evening...


Radio Radio

9 months ago, for day 326 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Gardening. Keyboard: Sonata in the Dark / BoRap in the Light. Only three bum notes playing my Sonata without looking at the keys. Not bad for a first attempt, I'm going at assume at this point that I can get better. One of the first things that...


Infrared Happiness

9 months ago, for day 325 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Shopping. Keyboard: Scribblings Sonata. I almost forgot how to play the imperial March, then it came back to me, whew. Only the important bars you understand, I'm a two-four bars kind of musician. My aim at this point - other than to learn another song I have in...


The State Purple

9 months ago, for day 324 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Shopping. Keyboard: Nope. Do the member of the Blue Man Group, vote Democrat? Most US States are not Blue States or Red States, but some combination or Red Counties and Blue Counties. Of course counties are really Blue Counties or Red Counties but really Blue Districts and...


Audio

9 months ago, for day 323 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: 2 mile walk. Keyboard: Remembering sonata. I figured I should stop pretending to be Jean-Michel Jarre and see if I remembered how to play my Sonata. Glad that I did because it took a few attempts before I remembered all of it. Whew. Today a new device arrived....


Upgraded Backup

9 months ago, for day 322 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: oh no, not again. Keyboard: just a little. The reviews of the new M1 Apple MacBook are coming out and they are pretty glorious. Plus every day a new Apple Silicon native version of something popular that I use gets out. First Things & 1Password on day one,...


Annual

10 months ago, for day 320 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: not really. Keyboard: just a little. Today completed my annual. Like other events that occur once per year, this is mine that I get to spend several hours doing and then reaping the reward every day next year. I have written about this before and it is the...


Soon

10 months ago, for day 319 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: not really. Keyboard: oxygene pt IV. It’s the 243rd day of March, 2020 and we are all tired. I remember going to an event on the 8th of March, my house being broken into while I was at the event, and the realization that life was never going...


Eventually

10 months ago, for day 318 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: work stress. Keyboard: oxygene pt IV. While I type this in bed on my iPad, my computer is being upgraded to the latest macOS release (Big Sur), which according to the timer will take 29 minutes, but I know quite well that it will actually probably take a...


Large Lad

10 months ago, for day 317 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: 2 mile walk. Keyboard:nope. If macOS Big Sur is installed on a machine and nobody is around to watch it, does it install faster? Cars don’t come with a lug wrench anymore. You know the one. You use it to undo your lug nuts on your wheels...


Duck Under With Me

10 months ago, for day 316 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: 10 mile bike ride. Keyboard: Back to Scribblings Sonata. Following on from yesterday's discussion on hibernation and why we discovered that it is generally lack of food & cold. If you Googled some stuff you would have discovered that Polar Bears don't hibernate because their food shortage is...


Bear With Me

10 months ago, for day 315 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Nope. Keyboard: G G A G C B, G G A G D C, G G+ . . . It was a friends sons birthday so I learnt to play the above (well all the bars) again, I learnt it before but forgot due to the lack of...


Silly Apple Con!

10 months ago, for day 314 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: 2 mile walk. Keyboard: I seem to remember that I did. Tomorrow, at 10 AM PST, Apple has their "One More Thing" event, where it is expected that they will announce one or more new Apple Silicon based machines. Some people are of the view, never buy "version...


Sunday Teatime

10 months ago, for day 313 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: shopping. Keyboard: just a little. “In the end, it was the Sunday afternoons he couldn't cope with, and that terrible listlessness which starts to set in at about 2:55, when you know that you've had all the baths you can usefully have that day, that however hard...


Value Used Up!

10 months ago, for day 312 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: 2.5 mile walk around a lake. Keyboard: just a little 5 note melody Some capital purchases go up in value (such as residential housing), some stay the same (such as commercial property) and most go down in value (anything you buy from computers to cars). When you sell...


97.7777° %

10 months ago, for day 310 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: 2.5 mile walk. Keyboard More C, G D# G, C- I woke up this morning to a LinkedIn request (which I generally ignore, unless I actually know the person relatively well, and ideally have had a working relationship with them), but it wasn't the LinkedIn request, it was...


Nada

10 months ago, for day 309 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Nope. Keyboard C, G D# G, C- No we still don't have a new president, either the same one we already have - and i use the term "President" lightly here, or a new President Elect, who will become the President in January after a lot of legal...


Nope

10 months ago, for day 308 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Couple mile walk. Keyboard Practice: IV. Four years ago I was watching video comments posted on the now discontinued Beme app and I became very discouraged. In some ways, what they were saying but mainly the justifications they were giving for their line of reasoning. It was around...


Finally

10 months ago, for day 307 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Er, stood in a line? Keyboard Practice: maybe. Well, it's been a long time coming. It's been a very long wait. Counting down the days, weeks, months, and absolutely counting down the years. I finished watching The Queen's Gambit on NetFlix, which was a fun ride. I'm...


Cake, and Eating It.

10 months ago, for day 306 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Sunday. Keyboard Practice: quick practice before bed. I finished reading all the propositions today to make decisions on them prior to voting. The one that has had the most publicity is Prop 22 as to whether app-based drivers should be classified as employees or contractors. The California State...


The Box

10 months ago, for day 305 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Mowed the lawn. Keyboard Practice: full bedtime production. I won't know what is in the box until late December. My wife commented that I hadn't been playing so much lately, but I played everything I could remember tonight before bed. The fact that she mentioned it I took...


Case of the New Custom

10 months ago, for day 302 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: does work stress count? . Keyboard Practice: quickly before bed. I have always kept my smart phones in cases. My non-smart phones, never were. But having broken at least three smart phone screens it’s a case for me. But I am very particular about my cases. For my...


Letting the Sun in

10 months ago, for day 301 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: shopping. Keyboard Practice: nope. It's post number 666. it's a number, it's 999 upside down, the number of the emergency services in the UK.     When I wake up in the morning light     I pull on my jeans and I feel all right     I pull...


Day 300, Eight Days to Go

10 months ago, for day 300 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: nope. Keyboard Practice: nope. I don’t write political posts, or rather I didn’t, apologies and all that jazz. Today is the three hundredth post for this year as we close in on a 700 day streak - pass day 666 shortly, closely followed by the two year mark...


Accommodating Decisions

10 months ago, for day 298 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

here-in-my-car


Making decisions with flare

10 months ago, for day 297 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Not only do they speed up all our static assets, but are the world leaders in DDoS protection, the fastest scalable and distributed DNS Service, the fastest CDN, provide Software Load Balancers, traffic analytics, Traffic Routing over their private backbone to speed up our customers access to our sites, provide...


See DecisoN

10 months ago, for day 296 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Walk to Trader Joes Keyboard Practice: Silent Sonata (wasn't plugged in) Links to Parts One & two are underlined Back in 1998, Akamai and quickly became the goto company if you needed to broadcast video on the internet - YouTube wasn't going to be invented for many more...


I came here to talk about...

10 months ago, for day 295 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Fixing a bike seat. Keyboard Practice: twice (at least). Pro tip for fixing a recurring loosening bicycle seat, power tools. The "use a bigger hammer" solution to not getting it tight enough with your allen key / wrench. Part 1 of this post is here In the...


Decisions

10 months ago, for day 294 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: 2+ mile shopping walk. Keyboard Practice: twice (at least). Tonight is Tuesday night, I wheel the garbage cans from the house, down the driveway to the curb. All decisions have consequences. Often different consequences depending on the decision you make. The consequence maybe minor, or the consequence may...


Ever...

10 months ago, for day 290 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: shopping? Keyboard Practice: nope. Spare Rolls of toilet paper left: one


5am

11 months ago, for day 289 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: a couple of mile walk. Keyboard Practice: one full sonata (I think). The problem with Midnight is that it is 3am in New York. Midnight: I used to work into the late hours of the night. Going to bed when I couldn't stay awake anymore, sleeping until I...


Blah

11 months ago, for day 286 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Couple of mile walk. Keyboard Practice: Tocacta Sonata Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. That's all I want to write, two hundred blah's and I will have hit my target and can go to bed. If only I could do that and get away with it. Well I could...


[Continued] Reputation

11 months ago, for day 285 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Stress from being a Salesman. Keyboard Practice: Full live 37 bar sonata. I have a better reputation for doing deals than Donald Trump. OK, it doesn’t take much to be better at doing deals than the current President of the United States, but I still believe it to...


Reputation

11 months ago, for day 284 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Yes, no not saying. Keyboard Practice: Touched the keys. People have mixed feelings about Facebook and with good reason. I use it less and less myself but do use it to keep in touch with old friends in the UK, and people I went to school with -...


Tyre’d

11 months ago, for day 283 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Lugging in heavy boxes. Keyboard Practice: Nope. It’s been an exhausting week - which is why I’ve been writing private posts that weren’t worth reading for three day. Yesteray my boss told me to take the day off, even the entire weekend. Normally you don’t need your boss...


Rebate Saturday

11 months ago, for day 277 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Shopping, tasks. Keyboard Practice: Played my Sonata. My Sonata might be recognisable as Moonlight at the start, but I've be playing with the timing to make it less robotic and more ebbing and flowing. Maybe I'll start throwing in the odd extra note here and there and forgot...


Long Way Roam

11 months ago, for day 276 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: not today. Keyboard Practice: simple Sonata. I've been watching the new "Long Way Up" series on Apple TV+. It's the one where Ewan McGregor and his mate take motorbikes and ride long distances. In this case from the southernmost tip of Argentina to Los Angeles. Previously the rode...


Thirty Seven Bars Electric

11 months ago, for day 275 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: not today. Keyboard Practice: parallel Sonata. Everyday I start every "office day" by playing thirty seven bars of Moonlight Sonata. I play them myself, and when I say play, I only play the simple bits with just the one hand. And when I say thirty seven bars, that's...


Sometime Around Midnight

11 months ago, for day 272 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: not today. Keyboard Practice: not today (either). It's sometime around midnight and I'm performing real-world disaster recovery testing on our live servers. In the first test we switched over from the East Coast Infrastructure to the West Coast with a 19 minute downtime. Not ideal. My target was...


Panic

11 months ago, for day 270 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: nope, it's Saturday. Keyboard Practice: chilled out sonata. I woke up on the middle of the night the other day (or rather night) and had difficulty getting back to sleep. This is unusual for me. While I may have difficulties getting to sleep - after all it is...


Playing In The Dark

11 months ago, for day 268 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: 2 mile walk. Keyboard Practice: Eyes closed sonata. I've been practicing my keyboard playing with my eyes closed. This is the nearest I can get to "touch-type" playing. Yes, I could stare straight ahead but the temptation to glance down is too much, so I close my eyes,...


Sonata Quasi Una Fantasia

11 months ago, for day 267 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: 2.6 mile walk Keyboard Practice: Boring the sonata 1.. 2,3... 1... 2,3 - goes the fingers of my right hand as yet again I play Sonata quasi una fantasia (AKA: Moonlight Sonata). I have played it so many times now that I can play a whole 20 bars...


Pion(s)

11 months ago, for day 266 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: 2 mile walk Keyboard Practice: Perfecting a sonata Our house smells of lavender, an extraordinarily strong chemically laced lavender. Our garden quote potentially smells the same. I went for a walk and for at least the first mile all I could smell was lavender. Somehow it had managed...


Phoenix Rest Stop

11 months ago, for day 264 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: Watering the roses. Keyboard Practice: Lean on Me (yes a new song). Q: Why do birds fly south for winter? A: Because it is too far to walk!         - Big Red Rock Eater Book of Jokes For a long time, my wife has wanted bird...


Notorious RBG

11 months ago, for day 262 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: shopping, shopping, shopping. Keyboard Practice: Perfecting Sonata. If you use Apple devices you are probably know that there are new versions of iOS, iPadOS, tvOS and watchOS. I’ve been a beta tester for iPadOS 14 and it was been pretty rock solid for me so I would happily...


SuperGlue Bicycle Art

11 months ago, for day 261 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Exercise: couple mile walk. Keyboard Practice: No time for Sonata. SuperGlue and the Art of Peddle Bike Maintenace That is what the title should have read but it would be way too long to fit and the title I came up with - I feel - is much...


Life’s a Beach

1 year ago, for day 259 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 183. Exercise: nope. Keyboard Practice: I'm forgetting the order, but it sounds OK out of order, it's a Sonata! There used to be a poster in my - then local - Body Shop store in Bournemouth that said: I only remembered that when I...


Saturday Surprise

1 year ago, for day 256 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 180. Exercise: nope. Keyboard Practice: less wrong key sonata. Lucy Brown


Chocolate Chips

1 year ago, for day 255 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 179. Exercise: working? Keyboard Practice: endless repeating sonata. I have learnt some more notes as I now progress on to the third postIt™ note stuck to the whiteboard behind my keyboard. I don't look at them for the same reason I don't look at music,...


Cold Baffle Shoes

1 year ago, for day 254 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 178. Exercise: shopping. Keyboard Practice: fumbling moonlight notes of sonata. I'm going to have to learn to read music. Not because I want to, not because I'm going to enjoy it, no, because I have reached the point where I am not going to be...


Orange Day

1 year ago, for day 253 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 177. Exercise: nope. Keyboard Practice: 9 more moonlight notes of sonata. Originally a “Red Letter Day” was the way religious holidays were marked in a calendar. To me when I think of the term “Red Letter Day” I don’t think of calendars or...


And So It Was

1 year ago, for day 252 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 176. Exercise: small shopping expedition. Keyboard Practice: Little Sonata. It was an orangey sky again today. You could barely see the sun, the solar panels only reached about half of their peak-power, whereas on a normal overcast day they can get a good 90% of...


iFixedIt

1 year ago, for day 250 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 174. Exercise: er, nope. Keyboard Practice: Moonlighting Sonata some more. Taste the meat, not the heat         - Hank Hill (propane salesman), King of the Hill It's a three-day holiday weekend which means two things, go away to some crowded holiday destination with the...


Everybody Happy Now

1 year ago, for day 249 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 173. Exercise: er, nope. Ants in the bathroom: 0. I sealed the edges of the large mirror in the bathroom and no ants since. We shall see. Roombee (the vacuum robot) and Moppie (the floor mopping robot) did an excellent job after Husband (the...


Boxes

1 year ago, for day 248 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 172. Exercise: er, nope. Keyboard: solve the bar repeat issue. And then then they came, and came, and kept coming, day after day after day and in the end I have a bit of a box problem. _[Sorry I should have scaled down that...


Moody IKEA

1 year ago, for day 246 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 170. Exercise: walking around IKEA. Keyboard: time for a new song. I’m really not in the mood to write tonight, but here I am giving in and writing anyway. One day I won’t bother, I’ll break my streak, others will eventually beat by streak and...


Robots Are Coming

1 year ago, for day 244 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 168 Exercise: 2 mile'ish walk Keyboard: I fumbled on the keys You've probably heard that before, that the Robots are coming, and when they do we'll either all be out of a job or the SkyNet scenario and we'll all be dead - well not...


Making America Clean Again

1 year ago, for day 242 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 166. Exercise: 4.5 mile hike Keyboard: less finger fumbling I have concluded that American households are the cleanest that they have ever been and Americans - or people or live in America - have the cleanest hands they have ever had. I base this not...


Where did it all go

1 year ago, for day 240 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 164. Exercise: two much work. Keyboard pop goes the piano I’m tired so this may be incoherent ramblings - or scribblings as I like to refer to them - filled with punctuation and spelling errors. But the challenge was to write words every day a...


Lost

1 year ago, for day 239 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 163. Exercise: 2 mile walk, outside! Keyboard trickly fumbles. No not the show, although if you want an odd show, I started re-watching Twin Peaks. I also re-watched 2001 for the first time in ages. 2001 is an odd film, you can skip the beginning...


Vaults

1 year ago, for day 238 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 162. Exercise: does stressful work count? Keyboard practice: practice, practice. And it's a half past four and I'm shiftin' gear           - Radar Love by Golden Earring Today I learnt that if you play the US National Anthem in a minor key, it sounds...


Covid Accounting 600

1 year ago, for day 235 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 159. Days writing here: SIX HUNDRED. Keyboard practice: just a little. Every Saturday, or Friday if I know I'm going to be away, or Sunday if I'll only be away on Saturday, I do my accounts. This consists of entering all my receipts, reconciling my...


And Then There Were Three

1 year ago, for day 234 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 158. Exercise: nope (it Friday, rest day). Keyboard practice: touched the keys, even if they were on my iPad. Another big number is coming. Today is the nine hundred and ninety ninth post, With Saturday being the six hundredth, which I might write earlier in...


Fire!

1 year ago, for day 233 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 157. Exercise: 10 miles on a bike (indoors). Keyboard practice: E A E, E F E, E A E C E D E D E F C, C D C Yes I started new tune and like any good JavaScript engineer who doesn't like the...


SoBe || !SoBe

1 year ago, for day 232 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 156. Exercise: shopping. Keyboard practice: just a little entertainment It's an orangy sky Always it's some other guy It's just a broken lullaby Bye bye love       - Ric Ocasek. The Cars It's still stupidly hot, plus there are wildfires not...


Little Things

1 year ago, for day 231 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 155. Exercise: 5. Mile bike ride at 20mph @ 85ºF. Keyboard practice: sick of für. Well I was right about needing the full 88-keys for BoRap. I got to bar five and found my right pinky with nowhere to go. I do have an octave...


Epic Fail!

1 year ago, for day 230 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 154. Exercise: 5. Mile bike ride at 20mph @ 85ºF. Keyboard practice: a quick für or more. Well the whole Epic vs Apple thing is blowing up. As I don’t play fortnite I’m not affected. As I don’t play video games at all, don’t won...


Unsolveable

1 year ago, for day 227 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 151. Exercise: too hot hot hot. Keyboard practice: -G F E D, -F E D C, -E D C B, -E E; -E E; -E E D# E D# E I just made it all the way through Für Elise, OK, OK, right hand only,...


Sole Coder Joy

1 year ago, for day 225 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 149. Exercise: indoor bike, 8 miles’ish. Keyboard practice: practice, practice, practice. The joy of being a sole coder on a project is that you are your own boss, you are the architect, you set the standards and you decide whether they should be followed or...


Zen & Bicycle Maintenance

1 year ago, for day 224 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 148. Exercise: Bicycle Maintenance. Keyboard practice: C E; A B, E G#; B C For those of you eagerly refreshing the Write Together page waiting to find out what the second kitchen appliance birthday present I received was, well read on, and all will be...


Two Gifts

1 year ago, for day 223 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 147. Exercise: Erm..., nope. Keyboard practice: Full repertoire & encore. I got not one, but two kitchen appliances for my Birthday and I’m really happy about it. Of course the main kitchen appliance was the fully automatic espresso maker which, as I have now run...


Just Another Sunday

1 year ago, for day 222 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 146. Exercise: Household chores. Keyboard practice: Bohemian Chopsticks. An e-mail from Tesla reminded me that as it hasn’t rained in many months I should clean my solar panels to remove any dust build up. They suggest a garden hose, or hire a professional. I have...


Blackberry

1 year ago, for day 221 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 145. Exercise: 3 mile ramble. Rolls of toilet paper left: 16 Supplies are still a mess here. It’s hard to get bread flour, although normal flour is back in stock. You can’t hand liquid hand soap, you may not even be able to get bar...


Syncronicity

1 year ago, for day 220 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 144. Exercise: Hmm, nope. Keyboarding: Live renditions by Skype, intros only. We watched "radioactivity" tonight, an Amazon Original. It was OK, and taught me some history that I didn't previously know. Most of the modern stuff in I knew, it was, the early 1900's type...


Thursday

1 year ago, for day 219 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 143. Exercise: Weekly shop. Keyboarding: Ding/+, -Ding/+. -Ding is the same as Ding but one full tone lower. Basically move to the left. “Thursday, it must be Thursday. I could never get the hang of Thursdays”         - Arthur Dent, The Hitch-Hikers Guide...


Baggage Reclaim

1 year ago, for day 218 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 142. Exercise: Walked to Wal-Mart and back (2 miles). Keyboarding: Bb/D F Bb D ; +G/+  +F/+ Yes, that's right I'm inventing my own musical notation. I probably don't have to do it as a simplified (non-stave based) notation probably exists already. x/y =>...


Garbage Out

1 year ago, for day 217 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 141. Exercise: Walked to target and back. Keyboarding: slightly better entertainer. My wife asked when I would start playing Bohemian Rhapsody. Even if I could learn, it, and I think I need a full 88 key piano to do it justice, I don't think I...


Monday Update

1 year ago, for day 216 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 140. Exercise: Watered the lawn. Keyboarding: bad entertainer. So lets see what is left over from the Sunday list: Take out the trash Feed the new lawn food that arrived today to the lawn I fed the lawn the lawn food. The sprinkler...


Sunday Update

1 year ago, for day 215 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 139. Exercise: Working in the garden. Keyboarding: finally annoyed my wife with my playing. So let's see how I did on my Sunday tasks Trim the hedges - the big one trimmed Water the roses Bills and reconciliation Claim two free...


Saturday Update

1 year ago, for day 214 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 138. Exercise: On my feet all day. Keyboarding: D E C, A.. B G, D E C, A.. B G, D E C, A.. B A Ab G, G Maj. So lets see how I am doing from the list I wrote last night.... Done...


Finally

1 year ago, for day 213 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 137. Exercise: None. Keyboarding: D E C, A.. B G, D E C, A.. B G, D E C, A.. B A Ab G, big chord. Yes, Scott Joplin would be horrified to hear me bang out those notes. Maybe if I really really practice...


Whatev’s

1 year ago, for day 211 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 135. Exercise: walking around IKEA counts, right? Keyboarding: E A C E A B Why can’t all this famous classical composers write simple stuff that I can play. Yes I realize that Moonlight Sonata and Für Elis are meant to be simple stuff, but you...


Thermaling

1 year ago, for day 210 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 134. Exercise: shopping like people of WalMart. Keyboarding: little time, but a few bars. One of the major complaints about the Apple MacBook Pro over the last five or more years is that it has a thermal problem. It machine gets too hot and as...


Joe Cool

1 year ago, for day 208 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 132. Exercise: walking around Home Depot count? Keyboarding: tinkling the midi Another day in the garden - all the accounts safely finished yesterday. I mowed the lawn yesterday so today I pruned the roses, weeded the lawn, trimmed some growth off the poplar trees, watered all...


Mystic Drive Through

1 year ago, for day 207 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 131. Exercise: walking around JoAnne’s probably doesn’t count. Keyboarding: Ludvig van Bach. Listen to Albatross, go on, you may never of heard of it before. It probably “old” by your standards, but is a classic We went out today - to discover that somebody...


Für Elise

1 year ago, for day 206 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 130 Exercise: wishful thinking. Keyboarding: Ludvig van Scribbblings. Another exhausting week over, celebrated by movie and popcorn. The movie was “Blinded by the Light” as I’m as sucker for any movie set in the UK that is related to music especially if it was set...


All In My Fingers

1 year ago, for day 205 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 2^7+1 Exercise: I wish. Keyboarding: just a little It seems learning to play the piano is like learning to touch-type, which is something that I did a long time ago on a mechanical typewriter (yes, I'm old, and I am qualified to use that expression)....


Mystery FedEx

1 year ago, for day 204 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 2^7. Exercise: does shopping count? Keyboarding: E Eb E Eb E Eb E Eb E B D C A Today I received an e-mail from FedEx letting me know that a package was on its way from FedEx. This wasn’t a surprise, stuff arrives by...


Long Days

1 year ago, for day 203 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 2^7-1 Exercise: nope. Keyboarding: a few simple melodies The days are long, not just the number of hours of sunlight, but the work days too. I’m in bed when I know I really should finish the work that I didn’t get done today. At least...


Mail Surprise

1 year ago, for day 202 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 126 Exercise: nope. Keyboarding: still noodling around. I received an express package today from Wal-Mart. As I have a store within walking distance of my home, ordering for delivery wouldn't make sense except for two reasons: It is heavy The store doesn't have...


State Of The Backup

1 year ago, for day 200 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 124 Keyboarding: a new bar of the west world theme I finally watched The Lion King, meh, it was OK. Bambi all over again with Disney killing off animals' parents before their time. Still don't see what all the fuss was about, still, at least...


Gasoline

1 year ago, for day 199 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 123 Ants in the kitchen: NONE!!!! Keyboarding: live rendition of chopsticks It's my birthday, and I'll cheat (a little) if I want to. People, Buildings, Litter, Earth         Window, Staircase, Magic, Birth Kitchen, Sleeping, Laughter, Tears         Airplane, Paper, Coffee, Beer ...


Alas, Holst, Freddy & Kenny

1 year ago, for day 198 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 122 Ants in the kitchen: NONE!!! Keyboarding: touched the keys. Lack of exercise due to the poor shopping experience during covid-19 is finally catching up with me, that and my absolutely insane workload. It's 11:33 PM and I've just finished for the day. Tomorrow however...


Late again...

1 year ago, for day 197 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 121. Ants in the kitchen: NONE!! Keyboarding: a little of everything. If a group of lions is called a pride, what is a group of web servers called? Late again today, he'd be in trouble though he'd say he was sorry...           - Diary...


Customers & Golden Ratio

1 year ago, for day 196 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 120. Ants in the kitchen: NONE! Keyboarding: no time :-( I’m tired, so if this entry is riddled with typos, grammatical mistakes and bad grammar so be it, it’s the best that I can do tonight. We are in week two of a five...


RCA

1 year ago, for day 195 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 119. Ants in the kitchen: NONE. Keyboarding: a little westworld chopsticks. California has closed down, again before it is too late. Given the infection to death time period is 25 days apparently, it is possibly too late. No wonder Mexico closed their border. There is...


Arrggghhhh

1 year ago, for day 194 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 118. Ants in the kitchen: too many. Keyboarding: Chopsticks on violin. The war on the ants has started in earnest, they are banned from coming inside and they will either get the message or will no longer be in a state where they are able...


Tic-Tok

1 year ago, for day 193 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 117. Ants in the kitchen:1. Keyboarding: Chopsticks. Tick-Tock      - Vijay & Sofia Zlatko I’m a sucker for the sound of stringed instruments or rather large collections of them. Give me orchestration of a song and I’m hooked in. Great producers know how to...


4 June 1979

1 year ago, for day 191 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 115. Days without ants in the kitchen: 0. Keyboarding: Touched the keys. On the 4th June 1979 a mobile recording studio was setup in Los Angeles Dodger Stadium to record the University of Southern California's Trojan Marching Band playing a tune that was a variation...


Normal

1 year ago, for day 190 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 114. Days without ants in the kitchen: 0. Keyboarding: Quick noodling of Moonlight & WestWorld. I went shopping today. This shouldn’t be news or anything worth writing about, but as I generally avoid shopping if it can be a avoided then actually it is. Maybe...


Keep Spinning Those Plates…

1 year ago, for day 189 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 113. Days without ants in the kitchen: 3? Keyboarding: Full repertoire, piano, organ and string section. Over the last few weekends I have been participating in to a “lock-down quiz” with other members of my wifes family back in Wales. It’s fun and some weeks...


In.... 3, ... 2... 1

1 year ago, for day 188 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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 year ago, for day 187 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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

1 year ago, for day 186 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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

1 year ago, for day 185 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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

1 year ago, for day 184 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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

1 year ago, for day 182 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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 year ago, for day 181 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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 year ago, for day 180 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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 year ago, for day 179 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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 year ago, for day 178 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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 year ago, for day 176 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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 year ago, for day 175 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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

1 year ago, for day 174 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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

1 year ago, for day 172 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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

1 year ago, for day 171 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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

1 year ago, for day 169 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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

1 year ago, for day 165 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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

1 year ago, for day 163 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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

1 year ago, for day 162 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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

1 year ago, for day 161 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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

1 year ago, for day 160 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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

1 year ago, for day 159 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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 year ago, for day 157 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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 year ago, for day 156 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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 year ago, for day 155 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Dragons exist


Breaking Curfew

1 year ago, for day 154 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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 year ago, for day 153 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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 year ago, for day 152 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 76. Days to normality: Unknown, shelter in place order open-ended. Keyboarding: none. The last “Shelter 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 year ago, for day 151 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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 year ago, for day 150 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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 year ago, for day 149 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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 year ago, for day 148 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Days sheltering in place: 72. Days to normality: half dozen (at least). Keyboarding: Briefly before bed, but I’m told that counts “It’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 year ago, for day 147 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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


That's Just Peanuts To Space

1 year ago, for day 146 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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 year ago, for day 145 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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 year ago, for day 144 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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 year ago, for day 142 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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 year ago, for day 141 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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 year ago, for day 139 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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 year ago, for day 138 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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 year ago, for day 134 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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 year ago, for day 133 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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 year ago, for day 130 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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 year ago, for day 128 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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 “my lilies” and called me on it. - quite rightly so. I pointed out that if she read my posts here, she would...


Progress

1 year ago, for day 127 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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

1 year ago, for day 126 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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

1 year ago, for day 124 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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

1 year ago, for day 123 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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

1 year ago, for day 122 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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

1 year ago, for day 120 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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

1 year ago, for day 116 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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

1 year ago, for day 115 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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

1 year ago, for day 113 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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

1 year ago, for day 110 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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

1 year ago, for day 106 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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

1 year ago, for day 105 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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

1 year ago, for day 102 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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

1 year ago, for day 100 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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

1 year ago, for day 99 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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?

1 year ago, for day 97 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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?

1 year ago, for day 96 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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

1 year ago, for day 95 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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

1 year ago, for day 94 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Rolls of toilet paper left: 5 “Here 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

1 year ago, for day 93 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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

1 year ago, for day 92 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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

1 year ago, for day 90 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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

1 year ago, for day 89 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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

1 year ago, for day 88 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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

1 year ago, for day 87 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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

1 year ago, for day 85 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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

1 year ago, for day 80 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

Is this a sore throat? Is this just allergies?


Shelter In Place: Day 0

1 year ago, for day 76 by Yorick Phoenix 🥁

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...