Dan Price (thwack) wrote,
Dan Price

Overdue Update

I no longer have bragging rights for having four living grandparents. My mom's dad ("PopPop" to me) had been having heart problems lately and passed away Thursday afternoon in his Idaho home with his loving wife and family by his side, including my mom who had just flown in that day. I'm grateful that I got to see him last summer when we drove out for the family gathering.

That's not the reason I decided to post this long-overdue update, but it would seem wrong to post anything else without mentioning that.

Today we braved the high winds to go out for lunch at Red Robin and go looking for some velcro and a sewing kit to attempt a repair job on our gazebo. In storage over the winter, the elastic tie-backs for the side panels just disintegrated like a dried-out rubber band. In the high winds today, everything's getting tossed around too much with the panels closed and acting like sails (even though all four corners of the frame are tied down tight to the deck railing) so we wanted to open them up, but that means we need to replace the broken tie-backs or else they'll just blow all over the place. So we're hoping some velcro straps will do the trick.

Earlier in the week the weather was nice so we could enjoy a nice cookout dinner under the gazebo. Jamie made some super-healthy and delicious faux potato salad (using cauliflower) and cooked up some buffalo chicken sausage on the George Foreman grill. (Yeah, we don't have a real grill yet.)

Jamie has been doing really well with her weight loss, and I'm proud of her for that. Although lately she started playing WoW again. ;) But at least she's not letting it interfere with her weight loss goals, so I can't criticize.

I started using Google Chrome lately. I'm not sure how I feel about that, but FireFox was just pissing me off lately. It sometimes takes 40 seconds to launch. WTF? Chrome just pops right up like it's already running (maybe it is?). Besides, this. But, I have to wonder, why is there no Google Toolbar for Chrome? I miss search term highlighting and seeking.

In other computing news, I think I need a bigger hard drive. HD video files from my camera just eat everything up, and I hate deleting things. I'm a digital hoarder... "What if I want that clip of snow falling in the field behind our house someday?" (And it turns out I used that in this at 1:48, so I'm glad I kept it!) A particularly bad case of that lately involved several hundred frames of fractal animations that were rendered to 4GB worth of transparent PNGs. Unfortunately I can't find any way to encode those into a video format that maintains transparency, so there's no way to compress that 4GB. I ended up burning the files to a DVD.

But if I get a bigger internal hard drive, that means I also need a bigger backup drive. I currently backup my important files (including HD videos) to an external hard drive, which right now is already full because I put some things only on that drive if I care less about having a backup of it than I do about having free space on my internal drive. So this gets the proverbial ball rolling and eventually I realize I just need an entirely new computer because this one is 5 years old. But I can't afford that right now. So, what, just 2 new hard drives? My mobo can raid them... Then I could dedicate those drives to space-eating stuff like the HD videos and free up space on my system drive without needing to reinstall. That might be a doable plan.

*steps out / steps back in* I just went out to put a cinder block over the base of one corner of the gazebo frame that kept kicking out at an angle in the wind. Hopefully that'll hold it. I also located an end cap that popped out of a corner of the frame of the upper canopy that came loose.

Well, now we're going to the grocery store, so that'll have to be the end of this update. I can't think of anything else anyway.
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