May 2012

Summary: 80's night at The Cafe with Cesar, Danny, and Emery; Kentucky Derby Party with Danny, Drew, Phil, Romy; Escaped jury duty; Game night with Michael and Vernon; Nate's Big Dinner.

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Tue May 1, 2012

Breakfast at home: lowfat plain yogurt with fresh, diced organic d'anjou pear, cinnamon, almond powder, california sage honey. Rode Muni to work. Posted an emergency news story for Susie. Timesheet activities. Followup with Sean S and Bill M about whether we can announce the new 802.11n wireless network. Responded to a request for help from Edgar M. Followup with Teresa R about the Flashback trojan announcement. Listserv management. Web team lunch meeting. I bought chicken nachos to share. Got help from servint to stop runaway linklint processes. Embedded the chancellor's graduation video on our ceremony pages. Forwarded Teresa's announcement about the Flashback trojan to our students. Followup with Trustwave. Trustwave can't stop bugging me after I've chosen to not renew an SSL cert—very annoying. Met 1-on-1 with Paula, showed her how to create the HTML email in Outlook 2010. Archived website data to portable hard drives. Ran a disk check on one of the external hard drives which wasn't working properly. Supp app work in Drupal: confirmed that something is wrong with my current installation, am working with Eric to set up new dev environments. Followup with ETS on their AV setup—all went well, thanks! Confirmed that web archives for job postings are available to non-UCSF email accounts following my request from a long time ago. Scanned articles from a United Airlines magazine for communications ideas. More awards dinner followup: sending thank you messages, prepping messages for next year. Installed Java updates on my Mac Pro. Rode my bike home. Dinner at home with Patrick: breaded cod and shoestring fries from frozen, water. Nap. 80's night at The Cafe with Cesar, Danny, and Emery. We talked about Honolulu, Bacchus, Corazon Juice Bar, Jamba Juice, dentists, fasting, Recharge Medical and Day Spa, Grindr, sex clubs, sex club websites, porn, Truck, Tuesdays at Truck, Ethernet CSMA/CD and Token Ring. (Got you with the ending, didn't I? It's true, though. Ask Emery.) DJ Mark Andrus played excellently mixed videos to a mostly empty bar, but that's nice if you like space to dance. Late meal at home: portabella burger from frozen, hot water.

Wed May 2, 2012

Breakfast at home: 2 hash browns; 5-spice tofu, 2-egg scramble with Dorot cilantro; hot water. Drove to work. (The office paid for parking since it's the graduation banquet tonight.) Responded to a Flashback trojan question from student JG. Followup with Robbie K about confirming my name and email address is on the list for urgent notices for people in our building. Website Core Administrators Group meeting. Used the shared office iPad for the first time in a meeting. Met with Eric briefly to set up new Drupal environments for supp app. Lunch at Burgermeister with Matt S: veggie burgers with side salad. Lava Java with Matt S: ginger chai tea lattes. ICRD work for Rodney. Sent ITS feedback about the new, staged ITS website. Sent Eric D an estimated cost for Drupalcon per person: $1,500. Retested and reenabled linkchecking for all sites. Lots of file organization and email filing. Drove Lucia and Matt S to the graduation banquet. Graduation Banquet at Westin St. Francis. Drove Lucia and Matt S home. Discovered problems caused by the upgrade to OS 10.7 Lion: I received local mail with repeated error messages: "find: /usr/bin/setfile: No such file or directory". I resolved this by resymlinking /usr/bin/setfile (sudo ln -s /Developer/Tools/SetFile /usr/bin/setfile). While I was at it I also symlinked getinfo (sudo ln -s /Developer/Tools/GetFileInfo /usr/bin/getinfo). Then I found Xcode 4.3.2 in the App Store and downloaded and installed it.

Thu May 3, 2012

Breakfast at home: 2 hash browns; 5-spice tofu, 2-egg scramble with Dorot cilantro; hot water. Rain was forecast so I rode Muni to work. Prep for graduation ceremony. C3 technical meeting. School IT meeting. Lunch to go from Subway: veggie delight sandwich. UCSF Drupal Users Group meeting. Followup with Lei L about building notifications for OSACA. Lots of organizing and throwing out of old, unneeded papers. Snack from Panda Express: two veggie spring rolls with sweet-and-sour sauce. Rode Muni home. Dinner at home with Patrick: five-spice tofu stir fry with asparagus and other vegetables, organic jasmine rice from frozen, hot water. Dessert: pear-ginger sorbet, one pineapple crunch. Watched half of Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story on Netflix DVD with Patrick.

Fri May 4, 2012

Graduation ceremony. All went well. Late lunch at Patxi's Hayes Valley with Patrick: we split the butter leaf lettuce salad and a daily deep dish vegetarian (Greek) slice. 2 iced teas. Clothes shopping. Azalea now carries some Topman items. I did not see any Topman items at Welcome Stranger. We stopped at a few other stores. We bought nothing. Strange things we saw today: a men's belt decorated with pink flamingos, made-to-order ice cream made with liquid nitrogen, umbrellas that had handles that resembled a dog's head and a duck's head. I dropped Patrick at Safevay, then shopped there for groceries. He had planned to meet Aaron. Home, relaxed. Nap.

Sat May 5, 2012

Breakfast at home: 2 eggs over easy with brown clamshell mushrooms and grated various cheeses; 2 hash browns, slices of batard with butter; hot water; 8 ounces of carrot juice. Various house chores. Still haven't received my custom FIKS:REFLECTIVE stripes, sent an inquiry to Nick. Web work for Drew. Drupal updates for Patrick for LLGH. Nap. Kentucky Derby Party at PDDR's with Danny, Romy, Drew, Phil, Dave, Quyen, Vinh, Kyle, Sean, Cricket. Drew sent me home with some mac salad and chocolate caramels.

Sun May 6, 2012

Breakfast at home: organic oatmeal with cinnamon; fresh, diced fuji apple; california sage honey; organic whole grain plain rice milk. Cut my hair, showered. Biked Sunday Streets SF with Patrick who walked. We saw an unusual double-decker bicycle, the bubble juice bike, a few bikes with loud music coming out of speakers, and lots of people. Snacks along the way: grapefruit-mint popsicle ($3), skinny french fries from Urban Burger ($3), banana pudding popsicle ($3), two tacos (Asian Asada Steak and Nun Chuk Chicken) from Kung Fu Tacos truck ($2.50 each). The popsicles were from Pop Nation and were tasty, but not worth $3. Home. Shower. Snacks: bruschetta, leftover mac salad, corn on the cob with salt. Cleaned up journal entries for March 22 and 21. Watched the remainder of Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story on Netflix DVD with Patrick. Watched The Simpsons "Beware My Cheating Bart" on Hulu with Patrick. Began reencrypting the iMac hard drive at home following Lion upgrade. Late meal: minestrone soup from a can and I added leftover brown rice. Day 1 of 5 checking for jury duty: I don't have to go in.

Mon May 7, 2012

Breakfast at home: slice of toast with butter and grated mixed cheeses, hot water, 8 ounces of carrot juice. Rode Muni to work. Sent a reminder to students: listservs are for academic info only. Made live computer requirements for fall 2012. Began encrypting an external hard drive. Listserv management. Made live updates to add info about the new photo upload feature provided by the Registrar for Shirin. People content type spec conference call. Arranged to transfer my participation on the Service Desk Oversight Committee to Michael W. ICRD work for Sue and Kim. Introduced Chris C to Michael W and Greg H regarding the Salesforce Honors and Awards project. Lots of calendar management, arranging meetings for OSACA reviews of the web redesign work with Chapter Three. Webpublished graduation ceremony news. Did some workcleaning (like housecleaning but for work). Patrick picked me up in the car. We drove to North Beach. Bought a few pastries and cookies at Mara's Italian Pastry. Dinner at Comstock Saloon with Drew, Romy, Phil, and Patrick. It was too expensive for what you got. My tasty cocktail ($12) was Saint's Buck: brandy, elderflower, lemon, Angostura, ginger beer. The 10-ounce glass was more than half full of 1.25-inch ice cubes. For appetizers we ordered the corn hominy fritters ($5), the genever-cured salmon gravlax ($12), and the pig in a biscuit ($13). All were tasty. The fritters and pig in a biscuit were disappointingly small for what you paid. My entree ($21) was ricotta gnocchi, asparagus, black trumpet mushrooms, green garlic, fava greens, parmesan, brown butter. It was very rich and the portion was sized normally—not too big, not too small. Phil ordered the roasted game hen ($22?) and was disappointed to find it was only half a game hen. We pulled a Tina and ordered all the desserts ($8 each): bourbon pudding (banana cake, bourbon-vanilla caramel), chocolate parfait (orange marmalade, espresso cream, bitter chocolate cookie), carrot cake (white chocolate-coconut cream, walnuts). The carrot cake was the best—moist, creamy, velvety textures. The orange marmalade in the chocolate parfait overpowered the rest of the flavors. The bourbon pudding was basically runny, imperfect "ice cream" with banana chunks at the bottom. The consistency was not of pudding. I couldn't taste the banana cake—only banana. The flavor was not very distinctively bourbon or vanilla or caramel. Service was mostly good except that late in our meal many of our water glasses ran dry and service frequently reached over my place setting instead of going around. While leaving we realized that the great music we had heard while dining was by several members of Gaucho—fantastic! Patrick and I later decided we had no reason to return to Comstock Saloon. Day 2 of 5 checking for jury duty: I don't have to go in.

Tue May 8, 2012

Weight training: wide-grip door pull-ups. Breakfast: half of a chocolate croissant from Mara's Italian Pastry. Rode my bike to work. SCWG meeting. Began encrypting another external hard drive. Webpublished the commencement speech from graduation for Cindy. Found and secure-erased the old Mac Mini and prepared it for surplus. Created and set new wallpapers in Photoshop for the shared office iPad so that the office phone number is prominent on the lock screen in case it is lost or stolen. Examined with Tran his completion of the Win 7 setup I asked him to perform. Submitted to DLS a change request for James F. Updated the people content type spec with data from Susie on BTS research interests and keywords. Submitted a new surplus pickup request to get rid of a 2005 Mac Mini and a Panasonic LC50 15-inch, 1024x768 monitor that was manufactured in 1999. Rode my bike home. Made brake pad and other adjustments to my bike. 6-minute nap. Met Will in the Castro. Dinner with Will at Jake's on Market: pomegranate punches ($12 each), cobb salad for Will ($12.25), beet salad for me ($8.75), side of garlicky spinach ($4), german chocolate cake ($9). $65 before a cash tip of $11. Our table was a 2-top adjacent to the bar. Our server was a woman who also tended the bar. (My receipt said Sabrina.) Service was very good. Dancing with Will at 80's night at The Cafe. I met Chad, an acquaintance of Will's. Chad was gogodancing for one of The Cafe's bartenders who was celebrating his birthday (and not working). DJ Mark Andrus spun the videos. It's a fun night but there's not enough people. Day 3 of 5 checking for jury duty: I don't have to go in.

Wed May 9, 2012

Breakfast at home: half of a (lemon?-)poppyseed pastry from Mara's Italian Pastry; organic oatmeal with cinnamon; fresh, diced fuji apple; california sage honey; organic whole grain plain rice milk. Erased my iPhone then restored it from backup in an attempt to speed it up. It has been very slow lately. Telecommute day. Deleted the /personnel subsite as agreed earlier with Nancy Jane, cleaned up after the delete. Updated current students page links. Linkchecking, Flickr work, kiosk work. Snack: pine nut cookie from Mara's Italian Pastry. Lots of organization and cleaning in Followup with Shirin about the photo release consent form for entering students. Installed Office updates at home. Uploaded some photos to Flickr using the new web-based Uploadr. I found the interface confusing. Installed OS 10.7.4 at home. The installation turned out to be corrupted. During the first restart following installation my iMac showed a gray screen for 30 minutes. There was no more disk activity to be heard, so I cold restarted and still had a gray screen. I cold restarted with the power switch held in until I heard the loud beep but still had a gray screen. I restarted with my 10.6 disc and ran Disk Utility then ran Verify Disk. It said the drive had to be reformatted and the OS reinstalled. I formatted the drive. I then found instructions about Lion Recovery, but restarting with Command+R gave me a blinking folder with a question mark. Restarting while holding the Option key failed to present my Time Machine drive as a Lion Recovery source. I successfully reinstalled Snow Leopard, then successfully restored from my Time Machine backup. At the login screen OS X failed to recognize my password. I restarted from the 10.6 disc and found another option under the Utilities menu: Restore From Time Machine Backup. I selected this option, then began restoring from the most recent backup presented from my Time Machine drive. Laundry. Washed dishes. Snack: tortilla chips. Dinner at home with Patrick: partly-organic mac and cheese primavera, hot water. Washed dishes. Since my computer wasn't working and we wanted to watch a film, I moved Patrick's computer from his desk to the living room. Watched Red (2010) on Netflix DVD with Patrick. Moved Patrick's computer back to his desk. Checked on my computer restore. Everything seems to be in order again. No data loss! Washed dishes. Ran Repair Disk on my iMac hard drive—no problems found. Ran Repair Disk Permissions—some permissions repaired. Day 4 of 5 checking for jury duty: I don't have to go in.

Thu May 10, 2012

Breakfast at home: organic oatmeal with cinnamon; fresh, diced pink lady apple; organic brown rice syrup; organic whole grain plain rice milk. Rode my bike to work. It was Bike to Work Day but I didn't stop to get a bagel or coffee with the volunteers. Silver shared office laptop maintenance: more Mac and Windows updates including Office 2011 14.2.2 update for Mac. Lisa asked for help with an Excel issue, but Eric happened to resolve it before I could get to her. Surplus pickup request followup. PGP key management for external hard drives. C3 tech conference call. Calendar management. Updated SF PID reg deadline for Shirin. Calendar management. IT Forum conference call. C3 design conference call. Dinner at NKRB with Matt S: noodles. Nightlife at Calacademy with Matt S. Rode Muni home. Last day of checking jury service, and I don't have to go in. Hooray! No more jury duty for a year!

Fri May 11, 2012

Breakfast at home: organic oatmeal with cinnamon; fresh, diced pink lady apple; organic brown rice syrup; organic whole grain plain rice milk. Rode Muni to work. Listserv management. Ordered a webcam for Cindy. Handled an account problem for student BL. Calendar management. Management activities. Helped Lisa with a question about formatting hyperlinks in Excel. Followup with Kevin E about questions about the University Relations media consent form. Lunch at Nopalito with Eric D. The place was packed. I had an almond horchata and a quesadilla primavera. Nopalito was a very good experience. We were told that the back patio opens in a couple of weeks. Eric D and I worked on setting up new Drupal instances for me to do supp app work in and it took several hours getting git configured properly. By the time we finished we were exhausted. Followup with Doug C about the welcome letter. Inner Fog for Matt S's farewell party with Nam D, Mike F, Tina B, Marcus F, Frances K, James F, student MA, and two students whose names I didn't remember. I had a glass of Deschutes Green Lakes Organic Ale. Will picked me up in his car. Dinner at Gaspare's with Will: special salad for two, small veggie pizza, cola for Will, water for both. $30 after tip. Watched Dark Shadows (2012) at AMC Metreon with Will. Today was opening day and the theatre was full. We both enjoyed the film.

Sat May 12, 2012

Resolved a virus attached to an email message that SEP had found. (Deleted from filesystem then deleted all from Time Machine backup.) Weight training: door pull-ups. Breakfast at home: 2 hash browns, 2 organic brown eggs with leftover corn off the cob, 1 plain bagel with organic creamy peanut butter, hot water. Archived my jury summons and other documents. Threw out lots of old paper items like magazines and travel catalogs. Lunch at Savor with Patrick: tuna nicoise salad and small orange juice for Patrick, americano and fresh-salmon-and-spinach crepe (the San Francisco) for me. $38.77 after a $6 cash tip. Grocery shopping with Patrick at Whole Foods Noe Valley. Edited and replaced photos on Flickr from my December 19 trip to Hawaii. Watched The Simpsons "A totally fun thing Bart will never do again" on Hulu with Patrick. Dinner at home: leftovers from Savor. Nap. Dancing at Stallion at Rebel. Ran into Jonathan from the orthotics office, met TJ. I had a glass of Stella Artois on tap. Late meal at home: organic veggie chili from a can, fresh corn on the cob cooked in the microwave, hot water.

Sun May 13, 2012

Breakfast at home: 3-egg omelette with sour cream and organic green onions. Edited photos. Shopping in the Castro. Stopped in at the Lookout briefly. Drupal updates for Patrick's website. Snack: organic vegetable soup with cheddar bunny crackers. Nap that turned into sleeping.

Mon May 14, 2012

Woke up too early. I had left the heater on too high and the upstairs neighbors had the heat on as well, so the room was too hot. Started using Facebook Timeline, added a cover photo of mine of the Golden Gate Bridge. Started using SoundCloud to share random audio clips I encounter in my life. Before SoundCloud I tried creating an account with Houndbite but I never received the email confirmation account activation message even after asking for it to be resent. SoundCloud seems like a much more well-thought-out site after browsing a few pages: terms of use, FAQ, legal section, how to section. Breakfast: dim sum that I regretted eating afterwards because of gristle. Back to sleep for a bit. Woke. Rode Muni to work. Lisa brought delicious strawberries to share with the office. Business card and address style followup with Rodney, Lisa, and Rick V. Various email followup. Service Now introduction meeting with Shawn H. Troubleshot and resolved a problem with the html email web page display from a few weeks ago. Lunch at Palio, ate on the outside patio: veggie frittata, zucchini and roasted peppers soup, bread, water from my water bottle. Timesheet activities. Gave feedback to Sean S about the new web page describing iPad wireless setup. Linkchecking, Flickr work, kiosk work. Management activities. Prepped for tomorrow's staff meeting to introduce them to the web redesign. Followup with a request from student BL. Will picked me and the bike up at work. We parked in GGP and ate dinner at Naan 'n' Curry then dessert at Holy Gelato (fresh strawberry for Will, white pistachio for me). Will drove me home. Created a rule in Apple Mail to delete messages from fakers of my mobile carrier. Phishing is getting harder to detect than before. Set up keyboard shortcuts for iCal so that Next = right arrow and Previous = left arrow. (I would have preferred PgDn and PgUp, but OS X doesn't let me do that.)

Tue May 15, 2012

Breakfast at home: organic oatmeal with diced, organic fuji apple; cinnamon; organic brown rice syrup; organic, unsweetened soy milk. Rode my bike to work. Linkchecking, Flickr work, kiosk work. Don brought bagels to share with the office. OSACA staff meeting: I introduced the staff to the web redesign project. Comm team meeting with emergency snack: bagel and cream cheese. Today was Matt S's last day, so I said goodbye to him. He gave me a rainbow-colored wobbly toy. Lots of calendar management. Lunch to go from Palio: toasted half tuna sandwich, farfalle salad with vegetables, peanut butter cookie: $10. Chatted briefly with Cindy in place of a 1-on-1. Kiosk work. Supp app work in Drupal: ssh setup. Set up a third monitor on my desk—it works! Supp app work in Drupal: began reinstalling modules. Followup with email address problem for student BL. Rode my bike home. Dinner at home: sesame-glazed cod, mashed potatoes from a box, corn on the cob, hot water. Nap. Back to the 80s night at The Cafe. Met doorman Chadwick. I did and didn't have fun. The video mix by DJ Mark Andrus was great, again, but I am thinking now that it's not a live mix because I recall some songs being played last week and, I believe, in the same order. There's not much of a crowd at this 80s night, which makes it less fun because it's nice to see a lot of people enjoying it, but it's also nice because there's more space. There were no more than 5 people on the dance floor at any time. Here are some songs he played with which I was not terribly familiar: the twins - face to face, george clinton - atomic dog, indeep - last night a dj saved my life. Also, here's a track listing of part of the evening along with the times the song started playing:

  1. 23:21 limahl - neverending story
  2. 23:25 kylie - better the devil you know
  3. 23:28 madonna - like a virgin
  4. 23:31 prince - erotic city / when doves cry
  5. 23:39 AC/DC - you shook me all night long
  6. 23:42 depeche mode - i just can't get enough
  7. 23:45 run dmc - it's tricky
  8. 23:47 janet jackson - control

After a while, I left and passed by Qbar where it appears that Tuesday is lesbian night. I went to Badlands where it was a lot more crowded and they were playing a modern mix of mostly diva pop and some R&B. I stayed until they played Beyoncé's "Run the World Girls." If you ever want me to leave a building quickly all you have to do is play this song. The louder it is played, the faster I'll leave. At Badlands I saw a large sign advertising Flashback Wednesdays by DJ Master Blaster. I believe this is 80s and 90s music. Maybe I'll attend next week? I visited Toad Hall where people were singing karaoke, and I listened to one man's song for a bit. I wanted a slice of pizza and my preferred place Escape From New York Pizza was closed, so I ate at Nizario's: veggie slice for $3.50. Shanghai Noon played on the television in the eating area. Home.

Wed May 16, 2012

Breakfast: bagel sandwich with egg and tomato. Rode my bike to work. Linkchecking, Flickr work, kiosk work. ICRD work for Rodney. Shared web redesign wireframes and sitemaps with the staff. Calendar management. Minor web updates to the entering students section (deleted SIS section). Web redesign wireframes and sitemaps review with Lucia. Lunch from the cafeteria: large salad, chocolate frozen yogurt. Web redesign wireframes and sitemaps review with Sammie and Joel. Followup with student BL. Management activities. Rode my bike home. Dinner at home with Patrick: tacos. Patrick made us mochaluas (kahlua and creme de cacao). Watched Quinceañera (2006) on Netflix DVD with Patrick. We both found this film to be surprisingly good and afterwards learned that Todd Haynes and Wash West were involved in its production. Installed 10.7.4 again and again encountered the gray screen crash which renders my computer useless.

Thu May 17, 2012

Weight training: door pull-ups. Breakfast at home: organic oatmeal with diced, organic bosc pear; cinnamon; organic brown rice syrup; organic, unsweetened soy milk. Again restored my iMac from Time Machine backup. Rode my bike to work. Linkchecking, Flickr work, kiosk work. Management activities. Followup with Melanie D about the grads pages. Responded to a question from Gail P about when accounts close. Handled a request from student AL about access to Moodle. Helped Susie with a question about how to use Asana. Sautter award application review for Michael. Followup with ITS about BL's recent support request. C3 technical conference call. Asked Deborah A (who is our new HR contact) how to create a MyAccess account for a contractor (Mark F with C3). Supp app work in Drupal for most of the rest of the day. Lunch at the cafeteria: salmon burger and onion rings, water. Midafternoon meal: mushroom quesadilla, water. Management activities. More MyAccess account setup followup with Deborah A. Rode my bike home. Dinner at home with Patrick: veggie stir fry with organic brown rice (me) and organic white jasmine rice (Patrick). Today I reinstalled OS 10.7.4—for the third time in the past 9 days—and figured out the problem I encountered twice in the past. When I install OS 10.7.4 on my iMac which has PGP for Mac and if my startup drive is encrypted, the computer will not start properly following the install. My symptoms: a light gray screen and nothing happens—including no disk activity—for a really long time. Cold restarting while holding Option presents no options. Cold restarting while holding Cmd+R presents no options. I recovered fairly easily after 4 hours due to a Time Machine backup on a drive that was not PGP-encrypted. (Start from the Snow Leopard disc, from the Utilities menu select Disk Utility, format your startup drive, quit Disk Utility, then from the Utilities menu select Restore From a Time Machine Backup, then follow the instructions that appear.) In the past we were told by PGP that we needed to decrypt then uninstall PGP only when installing major operating system releases (e.g., when upgrading from 10.6 to 10.7). Now it seems you have to decrypt the startup drive and uninstall the PGP application before even minor dot releases. PGP is now officially more trouble than it's worth. Tried resolving a problem with Notes on my iPhone not synching with my iMac. I reset sync services but that didn't fix it. In iTunes I tried synching notes directly (instead of over the air) but received an error: "iTunes could not sync information to the iPhone [name of iPhone] because a sync session could not be started. (OK)".

Fri May 18, 2012

Breakfast: two mini bran muffins, one large strawberry-banana-orange smoothie. Rode my bike to work. Linkchecking, Flickr work, kiosk work. Web redesign wireframes and sitemaps review with Shirin. Graduation thank you lunch in the office: Park Gyros. Web redesign wireframes and sitemaps review with Lisa. Postponed a meeting about the people content type specification. Calendar management. MyAccess account activation followup for Mark F. Worked on the people content type specification and the son of content inventory. Notified grads that I had updated the grads email page. Followup with grad PE about access to services for those transitioning to our residency program. Management activities. Followup with Vick G regarding (I recommended it be called instead.) Calendar management. Worked very late because I was excited to respond to new comps that Garret had sent. Dinner at desk late: leftovers from lunch. Rode my bike home. Installed Office 2011 14.2.2 update.

Sat May 19, 2012

Breakfast: partly organic 3-egg veggie omelet, 2 biscuits with butter, hot water. Marked by absentee ballot for the forthcoming election. Prepared strategy for car repairs. Downloaded some of Jerome's photos from the Hawaii trip. Washed my bike. Cleaned gunk from gear set. Tried to repair gear problems but failed due to unavailability of the correct-sized torx screwdriver. Cleaned rims thoroughly. Applied FIKS:REFLECTIVE stripes (white, 40-305) to the wheels (tire circumference 16 x 1.50 (1185 mm) and rims Kinetix Pro ETRO 16" 305x17). It took a while, but it wasn't difficult. The strips are a bit stretchy, so it's easy to stick them exactly where you want it. You can also remove and reapply them easily if needed. Lubed the chain. Troubleshot a problem with the backyard faucet, then reported the problem to the landlord. Snack: 8 ounces of organic orange juice. Late lunch: leftovers from Naan N Curry. Nap. Game night at Michael and Vernon's with Vernon, Michael, Patrick, Herman L, Andy M, Emery, Will K, Marck G, Ray F. (Scott was ill.) We played Settlers of Cataan, most of us for the first time (including Patrick and me). I had a great time. Michael and Vernon served us three kinds of Paxti's pizza and had beer available, tho I think instead most everyone drank wine that people had brought. Andy noticed for the first time that I was wearing contact lenses of color. (He called them colored lenses.) A fun night. Herman is an excellent Settlers instructor. Herman pulled from behind to win our game with Ray, me, and Emery closely following. Will won the game in the other room against Andy, Patrick, and Michael.

Sun May 20, 2012

Danny and I had a walking tour planned for today but we realized at the last minute that today's Bay to Breakers event would make that difficult, so we postponed it. Purchased a gift. Followup with about why they trim reviews to 2,049 characters without warning. I reported the problem on April 7 and got a prompt reply from Moni L: "Thanks for writing to us. My colleges and I have absolutely no explanation for the reviews character limit. Since this is something we do not deal with on a consistent basis or any basis really - What I'd like to do is forward your request to our Partner Relations Team so we can get an explanation. I hate to pass the buck, but I want to ensure your concerns are resolved in an appropriate and timely manner with the appropriate department." I never heard back. Breakfast: leftover veggie stir-fry with brown rice. Clothes shopping by myself in Union Square, visited lots of stores but bought only underwear at the boys department of H&M: 3 for $12.95 before tax. Tried to catch a subway train to the Castro but waited over 6 minutes for trains that were supposed to arrive in 2 and 4 minutes. Surfaced, waited 17 minutes for an F and took that instead. Late lunch by myself at Super Duper: veggie burger with cheddar cheese, fries, organic iced tea: $9.40. Got a beverage at Peet's: medium chai tea latte: I think this was $3 and something cents. Stopped at Hot Cookie: one small snickerdoodle, one small chocolate chip: $1. Other errands: CR2032 batteries for Spoke-Lit at Walgreens ($19.51), Kleenex for Patrick at Mollie Stones on 18th Street (about $3). While I was people-watching at Market and Castro Street a bicyclist fell, not exactly sure how—perhaps the Muni tracks? She fell and lay in the middle of the intersection across the old Muni tracks. Another bystander and I approached her and determined that she wasn't bleeding, but her ankle looked severely swollen, and she was in a lot of pain, complaining frequently. I called 911 and reported it. Another bystander came by and offered to run to 440 to bring the friend she had been planning to meet. A few others stopped to help. One bicyclist turned his bike upside down in view of oncoming traffic, and later I vaguely recalled this being a symbol to indicate a bicyclist down. Someone secured a makeshift ice pack probably from a nearby bar. A motorcyclist stopped and parked in the intersection to provide more of a visual indication to drivers that a problem had occurred. Her friend arrived from 440 and consoled her. While we waited she mentioned that she was planning to ride in the forthcoming AIDS Lifecycle. It seemed like longer, but the paramedic team arrived in maybe 10 or 15 minutes. Medics placed her on a gurney and took her away in the ambulance. Someone took care of her bike. I hope she'll be okay. I was a bit unnerved by the event, and after taking a few minutes for myself I rode an L train home. Walking between the L stop and home today's solar eclipse peaked. I wasn't prepared for viewing it, and I did not see anything particularly spectacular. I couldn't tell the sky had darkened, perhaps because it's the Sunset and when fog rolls in the sky darkens, and this happens so frequently that an eclipse would appear to be no different. After a bit Patrick returned home from an afternoon spent with Aaron in Oakland petsitting a pomeranian and housesitting.

Mon May 21, 2012

I recently started reading M.F.K. Fisher's The Art of Eating which Tina gave us years ago, and neither Patrick nor me has gotten around to reading it. People don't speak anymore like she writes, and she does have an interesting voice, but otherwise I find it antiquated and by page 12 have grown bored with it. We'll see how long I last. Breakfast at home: organic oatmeal with diced, granny smith apple; cinnamon; organic brown rice syrup; organic, unsweetened brown rice milk; hot water. Rode Muni to work. Handled an emergency org chart request from Susie. Minor edit to grads info after receiving info from Tran about VPN. I asked if Med Center still uses a separate VPN. The answer is yes they do (Cisco), but they also have access to the VPN that campus uses (Juniper). Management activities. Answered a question from grad YC about closure of accounts. People content type specification work with Eric. Patrick picked me up in the car, and we drove to the Metreon. Dinner at Coriander Thai Cuisine: we shared brown rice with deep-fried fish and vegetables, two thai iced teas. Watched Marvel's The Avengers (2D) at AMC Metreon with refreshments. Home.

Tue May 22, 2012

Woke with a sore throat, emailed in sick, drank 2 tall glasses of hot water, back to bed. Rested. Gave up reading The Art of Eating. Began reading About Face 2.0. Lunch: leftover slice of Paxti's pizza. Napped. Snack: tortilla chips. Dinner: I made a tofu and vegetable stir-fry with white rice. Patrick had had a late lunch so he ate a bit afterwards.

Wed May 23, 2012

Sore throat again today. Breakfast at home: organic oatmeal with diced, organic pink lady apple; cinnamon; organic brown rice syrup; organic, unsweetened soy milk. Cut my hair, showered. Laundry. Lunch: leftover slice of Paxti's pizza. Snack: an orange; popcorn from a saucepan, with salt; hot water. Some supp app work in Drupal. Pruned local bookmarks. Dinner at home with Patrick: organic garlic gorgonzola ravioli with spinach pasta in organic mushroom marinara sauce with shrimp; hot water. Watched Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961, Centennial Collection) on public library DVD with Patrick. Web work for Drew for Recharge: added John A, changed hours.

Thu May 24, 2012

Breakfast: european-style plain lowfat yogurt with honey maple almond granola, hot water. Rode Muni to work. Working today even though my sore throat is only about 80% better. Edtech committee meeting (my first time). Calendar management. Listserv management for Tim C. ICRD work for Rodney. Emergency people content type review with Susie and Eric. C3 technical meeting. Calendar management. Management activities. Met impromptu 1-on-1 with Eric. Lunch from Palio with Eric: couscous and shrimp salad with bread, small chocolate chip cookie, brought my bottled water ($7). We ate on a sunny sidewalk bench in front of Milberry Union. People content type meeting with John K. Supp app kickoff meeting. Chatted briefly with Eric. Calendar management. Redirected a problem report from David to SCUR. Checked in with Rodney and Brendon (CPFM) about a problem with the IRC cardkey readers. Management activities. Followup with Joe and Tran about the Dean's generic email account. Sent Rebecca feedback that she solicited for the redesigned ESS page. Followup with Brendon about the cardkey readers—all fixed! Management activities. Rode Muni home. Our landlord resolved a minor backyard faucet problem today. I made a drink but I don't know what it's called: one part creme de cacao and one part creme de menthe over ice. The creme de menthe was a little too strong for my taste. Perhaps 2:1 next time. Dinner at home with Patrick: soba noodle stir-fry with peas, pearl onions, green onions, tofu, black sesame seeds. Watched one extra on the Breakfast at Tiffany's DVD: a tour of Paramount Studios. Print work for Drew: new sign with new hours.

Fri May 25, 2012

Breakfast: half bagel with cream cheese. Rode Muni to work. Supp app work in Drupal most of the day: More git setup (Mac). Resolved corrupted git data. More Conditional Fields troubleshooting. Resolved Conditional Fields problem with workaround: change certain chkbox/radiobuttons to select-lists. Imported views. Resolved favicon errors in the dblog. Menu rebuilding. 1-on-1 with Rodney. Lunch from Carmelina's: tostada with salmon: $8.10. Handled an email address assignment problem for resident KN, Cathi D, and Lisa S. Began building an emergency website for the kidney project. Followup with Michael N about Trustwave scan issues. Drinks at Toad Hall with Applers and others, including Andy M, Ben H, Bill C, Marck G, Rob C, Josh A, Scot B. Met Mike. Muni bus 33 to the Mission. Nate is in town for the weekend. Nate's Big Dinner at Southpaw BBQ with Nate, Karen, Hamza, James D, David M, Lil Paul (aka Paul M), Richard, Chris G, Danny, Drew, Phil, Romy, Quyen. Afterparty at PDDR's place, which, today, I have decided shall be nicknamed Centre du Monde (abbreviated CDM), which is a reference to a prominent Salvador Dalí painting called Gare de Perpignan, a reproduction of which hangs in their home. Dancing at Badlands with Nate, Chris G, Richard, Danny. Encountered Marc C, Jonathan T, Chad M.

Sat May 26, 2012

Lately Patrick has been reading Mayumi's Kitchen: Macrobiotic Cooking for Body and Soul by Mayumi Nishimura and has been inspired to integrate macrobiotic recipes into our meals. Today our breakfast was slow-cooked amaranth with black sesame seed; miso soup with tofu, shiitake mushrooms, seaweed, and scallions; and blueberries. My sore throat had been resolving but over last night it got a little worse, and my nose is runnier than it was earlier this week, so today I stayed home and did little. Lunch at home with Patrick: seitan tacos, hot water. Nap. Dinner at home with Patrick: stir-fried vegetables with side salad.

Sun May 27, 2012

Sore throat still. Out of hash browns. Grocery shopping at Safeway on Taraval. Breakfast at home: 2 hash browns, 2 eggs scrambled with grated cheeses, 2 biscuits with butter, 12 ounces of carrot juice, hot water. Began reading a paper called "If money doesn't make you happy, then you probably aren't spending it right" but got tired partway through. Nap. 12 ounces of orange juice, hot water. Continued and finished reading. Snack: tortilla chips and mild salsa. Dinner at home with Patrick: organic 3-grain tempeh tacos, hot water. Dessert: ambrosia. Watched 1 hour 24 minutes of Dreamgirls (2006) on Netflix DVD with Patrick.

Mon May 28, 2012

Sore throat still, but resolving. Watched a couple of Golden Gate Bridge 75th Birthday fireworks videos on YouTube. Breakfast at home: 2 hash browns, 2 eggs scrambled with grated cheeses, 3 biscuits with butter, 8 ounces of orange juice, hot water. Finished watching Dreamgirls (2006) on Netflix DVD with Patrick. Lunch at home with Patrick: soba noodles in miso soup, hot water. Watched Star Trek: New Voyages (aka Star Trek: Phase II) "World Enough and Time" (internet mp4 download). Dinner at home with Patrick: green curry with tofu and vegetables, hot water. Revisited a new design in progress for the spa and threw it out. Began anew, installing YAML 4 and having fun recoding CSS and along the way converting XHTML to HTML5.

Tue May 29, 2012

Cold symptoms this morning: sore throat going away, some nasal and chest congestion. Yoga: standing warmup practice, strengthening practice. Breakfast at home: organic oatmeal with diced, organic fuji apple; cinnamon; organic brown rice syrup; organic, unsweetened rice milk. To drink: hot water, 8 ounces of orange juice. Still not feeling 100% recovered from the cold I've been having, so I rode Muni to work. Linkchecking, Flickr work, kiosk work. Web redesign meeting with CBW. Followup on resident KN incorrect email address with Mike F. Listserv management. Answered a question from entering student TN about the computer literacy requirement. Looked at Qualtrics for the first time. Kidney project sitemap review. 15-minute lunch at the cafeteria: grilled tilapia with lemon, vegetables, white rice, water from my water bottle. Residency application meeting with Cathi D and CBW. pcard paperwork. Sent an update to Michael W about web redesign work. Initiated a request with Ed C and Sarah P to migrate some communications content to the Communicators site. Dinner at home with Patrick: corn on the cob, leftovers, hot water. More Recharge work: redesign.

Wed May 30, 2012

Breakfast at home: organic oatmeal with diced, organic granny smith apple; cinnamon; organic brown rice syrup; unsweetened rice milk. Still not feeling 100% recovered from the cold I've been having, so I rode Muni to work. Responded to web redesign requests from Susie: Garret is using 960 grid, exported images from the PDF comps he sent us. WebEx meeting with John K and Eric D: people content type specification. Followup to entering student TN about the computer literacy requirement. Lunch at desk: leftover curry. Linkchecking, Flickr work, kiosk work. Meetings and travel time pretty much the rest of the day. Web team meeting: people content type specification. IndieGoGo and Kidney Project meeting. Kidney Project meeting: lots of sitemap and content work. Susie gave me a ride back to Parnassus. Worked late: more people content type specification and other work. Very late, unsatisfying dinner at Moffitt Cafe Express: mushroom pizza slice, sundried tomato panini: $8.30. Rode Muni home.

Thu May 31, 2012

Did some work: people content type specification. Pre-breakfast: 8 ounces of orange juice, 8 ounces of hot water. Still not feeling 100% recovered from the cold I've been having, so I rode Muni to work. Breakfast to go from Carmelina's: breakfast burrito. Linkchecking, Flickr work, kiosk work. Management activities. C3 technical meeting: people content type specification. Helped Lucia with a question about SEP. Calendar management. Minor edit to research buckets for David and Susie. Followup on MyAccess account activation for Mark F. Calendar management. Staged a new admissions calendar, sent it to Joel and Sammie for review. Management activities. Late lunch at desk: leftover curry, water. Reported a dist list problem for Chris W. Management activities. Followup with Julie C and Darlena T about a problematic ticket. Supp app work in Drupal: role code adjustments, figuring out scp issues. Rode Muni home. Cleaned under the sink somewhat. Dinner at home with Patrick: ravioli in marinara sauce with asparagus. Watched The Simpsons "The Spy Who Loved Me" on Hulu with Patrick. Recharge web work: layout adjustment. Late meal: 8 ounces of orange juice, one banana, tortilla chips and salsa, one microwaved corn on the cob, hot water.