Archive for July, 2011

Interesting Values

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

The Snoqualmie Tribe has legalized marijuana for the duration of a Willie Nelson concert at their 24×7 vegas-style casino. The Hereditary Chief, Jerry Enick, says “This goes against all Native values and morals”.

Selling liquor, tobacco, fireworks, and gambling are OK, but pot is just too much?

OMB WTF BBQ Seaplane Landing

Thursday, July 28th, 2011
P7240043 by Xymon
P7240043, a photo by Xymon on Flickr.

You could tell it was these ladies first kayaking trip on lake union. When the seaplanes started landing, they started freaking out, screaming and yelling in literal panic. Now I will admit the pilots like to cut as close as they can, but this guy isn’t touching down anywhere near as close as I’ve had them land next to me.

Renter No More

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Turned in the keys to the old place yesterday. Charge what you want to clean it up, it’s not my problem any more =)

I did realize this morning, though, they I left the key to my padlocked storage pod, on the keychain I gave them. D’oh. Will have to call see if they haven’t thrown that out yet.

UPDATE: Not only did they save my key for me, but a few weeks later, when an overly cautious Kickstarter sent packages to both new and old addresses, they held it for me to come pick up, instead of returning to sender. very nice of them.

Easier vs Cooler

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

I know which is easier, but I’d rather attempt that which is cooler.

Living across the street from work, and with a view of the lake I kayak on, I’ve been thinking of cool things to do with the potential configurations. I want to setup a long-distance self-portrait, with the camera on my deck at home, and me in the yak on the lake. I want to setup a way to play with my cat while at my desk.

Easy would be to setup the camera fixed on an easy to get-to spot on the lake, and then a really long timer to trigger the shot. Cooler would be some sort of laser-targeting system that would let the camera find me anywhere in it’s view of the lake.

Easy would be to setup a laser attached to some sort of remote controlled servo, in the new place. Cool would be to setup a mirror-chain from my office to the office of someone with an exterior window, to the window of my place.

New Joys

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Got some snail-mail spam today, 2 different attempts to sell me mortgage insurance, both with clear if tiny denials of association with the actual lender, and a 3rd party bi-weekly program, which is funny since my lender already provides the service for free. I’m sure more junk is on the way.

And it turns out I can hear my neighbors stereo perfectly well, both from a reflection of the treble range off his deck wall and into my bedroom window, and of the bass range through the walls. In hiser defense, it was at midday with construction noise going on outside. They haven’t kept me up at night yet.

Still between this and the hardwood floor above, whenever I do end up looking for the next place, there’s got to be some way to spend a couple nights at the place before anything is committed to.

There’s a Light

Monday, July 18th, 2011

There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, a bed in the bedroom, and internet on tap. It’s almost like everything is coming together. I still have some stuff at the old place, mostly things to go to goodwill, or the e-cycler. And the on-site guy still hasn’t added me to the callbox yet, will have to message him about that one today.

Inside the new place is still a bit of a disaster, though the living room and bedrooms are at least usable. It is going to be a long time before I can make/record anything musical though.

And it sounds like the person above me put in hardwood floors, that they only walk on in hard-soled shoes. Time will tell how I really feel about that one, now that I can make masking sounds of my own.

First Sunrise Pics

Monday, July 18th, 2011
DSC_0013 by Xymon
DSC_0013, a photo by Xymon on Flickr.

The first sunrise pics taken from the new balcony.

Sleep Country GRAR

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

You’d think spending a hefty chunk of change on a new bed, you’d get top-flight service. They had to deliver the mattress before the frame, because it was a end-of-life’d floor model, OK, that’s understandable, but when they show up minus the slats, shrug their shoulders and leave my mattress leaning against the wall (on top of a painting, which thankfully wasn’t damaged), and then don’t return calls trying to resolve the problem? That’s not OK.

Will try very hard not to take my frustrations out on the poor sap interviewing for a job with me today.

UPDATE: I eventually got a call back from ‘Joe’, who claimed he would have the problem taken care of by today, but then never called back. I have no meetings past 10am today, so I think I will just keep calling back myself until I get a firm delivery date and time. Or I’ll just run down to Lowes, get some wood cut, make my own slats, and then call Discover to initiate a chargeback on the slats part of the purchase. I just want this part of the move over with already.

UPDATE2: I called ‘Joe’ again this morning, and he says the delivery IS scheduled for today, and he just forgot to call me back and tell me. I’m crossing my fingers, but not holding my breath.

UPDATE3: They did eventually show up, and the bed has been a dream ever since.

Google+ first annoyance

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Two different people invited me to google+, so I figured what the heck. It’s a little annoying the way it keeps putting up a red box on my gmail tab saying “1” notification, but when I click on it, it isn’t showing me anything that hasn’t already been viewed/responded to.

Home D’oh

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

I am putting away my clothes, hanging up stuff in the bedroom closet, and I wonder to myself just what the capacity is on this wire shelving system they have, and thinking I should be careful about exceeding it, since I will have to fix anything that breaks myself. I put what seems like a reasonable load on each shelf and go to the bathroom for a minute. A few seconds later, crash and clatter, and sure enough, one of the support braces for the shelf that only goes halfway across the closet gave way. D’oh.