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All posts tagged with shelter in place

SuperGlue Bicycle Art

2 hours 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

2 days 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

5 days ago, for day 256 by Yorick Phoenix

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


Chocolate Chips

6 days 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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

2 weeks 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

2 weeks 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

2 weeks 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

3 weeks 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

3 weeks 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

3 weeks 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

3 weeks 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

3 weeks 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!

4 weeks 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

4 weeks 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

4 weeks 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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

2 months 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

2 months 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...

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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…

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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?

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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

2 months 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

3 months 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

3 months 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

3 months 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

3 months 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

3 months 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

3 months 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

3 months 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

3 months 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

3 months 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…

3 months ago, for day 155 by Yorick Phoenix

Dragons exist


Breaking Curfew

3 months 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

3 months 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

3 months 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

3 months 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

3 months 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

3 months 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

3 months 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

3 months 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

3 months 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

3 months 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

3 months 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

3 months 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

3 months 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

3 months 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

4 months 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

4 months 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

4 months 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

4 months 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

4 months 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

4 months 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

4 months 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

4 months 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

4 months 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

4 months 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

4 months 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

4 months 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

4 months 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

4 months 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

4 months 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

5 months 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

5 months 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

5 months 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

5 months 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

5 months 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?

5 months 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?

5 months 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

5 months 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

5 months 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

5 months 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

5 months 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

5 months 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

5 months 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

5 months 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

5 months 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

5 months 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

5 months ago, for day 80 by Yorick Phoenix

Is this a sore throat? Is this just allergies?


Shelter In Place: Day 0

6 months 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...