March 2013

Summary: Magic Mike on DVD with Rob and Gabby; purchased a new dining table; Chris and Nate visit; day with Will, Ray, and Vince; lunch with Mom Ryan and Patrick at Cheesecake Factory; visited Emery at UCSF Medical Center Parnassus; dinner with Ryan and Jason at Koo; Easter feast at PDDR's.

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Fri 1

Rode my bike to work. Encounterd Remy A while crossing the street, hello and a hug. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Followup with all about Java security: we're uninstalling Java from all computers that don't require it and disabling it in the default browser for others. 1-on-1 with Rodney. Responded to a website outage for our main site and others hosted on ServInt. The problem resolved itself within 22 minutes, was likely due to a problem at above.net. Lunch: Subway sandwich. The weather was warm and sunny today, so I ate partly in the shade next to the library talking to Leslie K finishing her lunch then later in the sun talking to Kirk H who passed by. Sent the comm team small edits for the Abate story on the homepage. Met Alex from ITFS, helped him where needed on the Java security request I submitted. Began preparing pcard paperwork. Rode my bike home. Waited for a craigslist buyer who eventually flaked. Dinner at home with Patrick: chinese chicken soup, spiked rootbeer float. Rode Muni to Rob and Sergio's place in the Castro. Met Gabby. Watched YouTube clips. Watched Magic Mike on DVD. Rode Muni home. Late meal by myself at King of Thai Noodle: fried rice with tofu and vegetables.

Sat 2

Installed iPad apps Spideo, Weathercube, and Zen Pinball. Breakfast at home: 2 hash browns, 2 fried eggs with grated cheese, 1 dinner roll, 8 ounces of orange juice, hot water. Laundry. Continued 2nd-pass editing Patrick's first 100 pages of a new book: pages 47 to 62. Long nap. Dinner at home with Patrick: veggie burger with bbq sauce, schmooze. Deleted Weathercube about 16 hours after I installed it because I didnt think I could remember all the gestures required to operate it. Also deleted Zen Pinball because I couldn't figure out how to operate the flippers.

Sun 3

Woke up around 2:30 AM, couldn't return to sleep. A couple from the upstairs unit was arguing, but I'm pretty sure they didn't wake me nor were they the reason I couldn't return to sleep. Ate leftovers from King of Thai Noodle. Back to bed around 5:15 AM, slept until 10:30 AM. Light breakfast: small bowl of granola with diced apple and soy milk. Caught up on journaling. Rode Muni with Patrick to Union Square. Lunch at M.Y. China. Elegant surroundings (in particular the hanging lamps), mostly typical Chinese dishes but, atypically, with much higher quality of ingredients, noodle-pulling demonstration in the dining area was a treat to watch, some of the tableware was extraordinarily beautiful, the glass tea cups in particular. Service quality seemed mostly normal—this is approaching fine dining prices, but this is definitely not fine dining. When our busboy poured our water he spilled it rather significantly and made no apology and no effort to wipe the spill; we did not complain, and we laughed about it after he left. We loved the clean, open kitchen. We could see into the refrigerators even. This place is more about the decor, theatrics, and showmanship than the high quality food, so although you can probably eat a similarly tasty and filling meal in Chinatown for half the price or less, it's worth coming here at least once, clearly a splurge for most people, including us. We sat nearish the kitchen, and the restaurant was nearly full, so it was pretty loud. When the waiter spoke from Patrick's side of the table I could not hear him at all. Patrick noted how calm the kitchen seemed despite the large quantity of orders streaming through. We had complimentary sparkling water, dim sum collection (shiu mai, har gow, steamed bbq pork bao, multi-grain rice wrapped in tea leaf, mongolian beef bao, seafood dumpling)—$19, bowl of wonton soup—$12, half order of peking roast duck (with housemade pancakes, hoisin sauce, green onions, cucumber)—$20, pot of iron goddess king oolong tea—$6. About $60 before a $12 tip. Shopping: Johnston and Murphy (met salesperson Thomas), Zara men on Post Street. At Crate and Barrel I decided to buy a new extension dining table so that we can comfortably seat more than two other people. I've had my eye on one model for a few months. Ruthie helped me through the purchasing process following Trey's assistance last week. Bloomingdale's. Patrick got a mocha with soy milk at Peet's and we sat in Union Square for a bit. Nordstrom men's shoes. Rode Muni home. Weight training: bam bam. Patrick gave me a foot massage. Archived the web page and photos describing the dining table. Prepped and uploaded image galleries for craigslist items. Dinner at home: Patrick had oatmeal, I had wild chanterelle mushroom ravioli with marinara sauce from a jar mixed with leftover vegetables that cooked with baked chicken Patrick prepared last week. More new camera purchase research. Maybe not the PEN E-PL5 like I thought. The 18-month-old, now-discontinued Sony NEX-5N appears to be better in a lot of ways except there's no image stabilization, and I don't know what's going on with the NEX-3N, which was just released. More editing: pages 68 to 71.

Mon 4

Weight training: bam bam. Breakfast at home: granola with fresh, diced apple; flax milk. Rode my bike to work. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Work related to Adobe Flash zero-day security vulnerabilities. Web update for Cindy: grad licensing app checklist. Reviewed Rebecca's new Qualtrics survey. Lots of email followup. Java security followup. Checked in by email with John M. Legal name change work. Listserv management. Lots of email followup. Chatted with Joel briefly about supp app. Followup with Rebecca and Julia about a redirect for BMI. Inbox down to 70. SOP IT wiki work: a notification of a completed limitation. Calendar management. Lunch by myself at You See Sushi: lunch special #3, which was slightly too large of a lunch for me. Lots of email followup. Checked in with Raul from ITS who came to address my request to update all browsers on all computers with the latest version of Adobe Flash. Calendar management. Completed and submitted pcard paperwork to La'Trece. Listserv management for student XY. I had brought my iPad to work today thinking I would do some responsive testing but it never happened—too many other things to do. Rode my bike home. Dinner at home with Patrick: leftover ravioli with marinara sauce, baby kale greens with grilled asparagus. Dessert: chocolate pudding pie with graham cracker crust. Camera research. Today I was really excited about the brand-new Sony NEX-3N and couldn't decide between it and the slightly older NEX-5R until I realized that both cameras had screens that only tilt instead of fully articulating like the screen of my old PowerShot A650IS. Dealbreaker. I returned to the E-PL5 but after seeing a video of it on YouTube realized that it too will not fully articulate. Fortunately, in the process of searching for NEX info I stumbled upon dpreview's camera search feature which is similar to snapshot. So I now have some new models to check out: Samsung EX2F, Nikon Coolpix P7700, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5, Samsung NX20. The EX2F seems closest in size to my A650IS but I'm not sure if I want the same sort of thing as I have had the past 4 years. Organized bookmarks. Image Capture would no longer see my iPhone 3GS. Deleting prefs and zapping pram did not resolve the problem. Repairing disk permissions did not resolve the problem. Verify disk: no problems. Repaired disk permissions again. Cold booted the phone. Still no solution. Gave up for now.

Tue 5

Resolved the problem I had yesterday with Image Capture no longer recognizing my iPhone 3GS by using a genuine Apple cable instead. Weight training: tricep kickback, crunch, wrist curl. Breakfast at home: oatmeal with raisins and cinnamon, flax milk, hot water. Rode my bike to UCSF Laurel Heights. It was my first time doing this, and it went pretty well. I spent about 35 minutes on a bike instead of about 55 minutes standing still at a bus stop or inside a bus. Almost got scraped by a car on California Street. The route Google Maps gave me took me along California Street which is terrible for bicycles—the lanes just aren't big enough, so I'll avoid this street in the future. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Extended one PID reg for Shirin. Calendar management. Content migration work: various, including began writing an rsync script to synch /files folders across environments. Web sprint review lunch meeting: I had spring rolls with orange dipping sauce from The View Cafe: about $7. Afterwards I was still hungry so I got a small plate of fried rice: $3. More rsync script work. C3 walkthrough conf call. More rsync script work. Redirected a logo request to Susie. Installed Find Any File and EasyFind for Mac. More content migration work. iPQB work with Eric D. Rode my bike home. Pretty strong north and east winds, occasionally gusty. Dinner at home by myself: pinto bean and cheese tacos with leftover roasted vegetables, hot water. Dessert: chocolate pudding pie with graham cracker crust, whipped cream from a can. Recharge Spa work for Drew: drafted one consent form so that it fits on one sheet, sent it to him for review. Handled a few inbox items from work.

Wed 6

Breakfast at home: oatmeal with cinnamon and blueberries with flax milk; hot water. Rode Muni to UCSF Parnassus. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Laurel Heights. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Chatted with Susie briefly about needs following moving in to the new office. Calendar management. Followup with a student about a legal name change. Spent most of today writing a bash script to call rsync with certain parameters to help us synchronize /files folders amongst our 5 sites and 4 environments. Lunch JCC cream of potato-zucchini soup, half whitefish salad sandwich, peanut butter frozen yogurt with marshmallows and rainbow sprinkles. Web sprint start meeting. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Parnassus. Rick and Joel: PharmAdMIT problems, moved the master back to the server. Content migration work in Drupal: core curriculum: removed 0.00. Chatted briefly with Lucia about core curriculum courses: prereqs, seminar. Supp app work for Cindy. Began uploading Online Presence graphics assets to The Archive. Installed Win 7 64-bit, encountered problems installing software because my domain admin credentials did not work in it. Sometime within the past week I also installed Windows 8 64-bit and played with it some until Outlook 2013 started exhibiting seriously weird display driver problems. Not sure if it's a VMware Fusion problem, Outlook 2013 problem, or Windows 8 problem. No time to troubleshoot, so giving up on Win 8 for now. It was really hard to navigate anyway, especially since the Start button was taken away. Rode Muni home. I think the 7:30 66 bus left 9th and Judah early or didn't show at all, so I took a 44 to Forest Hill then an L train but it still took me 55 minutes to get home. Dinner at home with Patrick: pizza, egg rolls, hot water. To bed early.

Thu 7

Woke at 4:30 am, couldn't return to sleep. Breakfast at home: oatmeal with cinnamon and blueberries with flax milk; hot water. Rode my bike to UCSF Parnassus. Encountered EB on the way in, said happy birthday. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Followup with student SK about reported problem with email. C3 conference call lasted only about 10 minutes. Listserv management. Followup with many about similar-or-same name issues. Followup with John M about meeting. Walked to Park Chow with Michael, Rodney, Greg, and Eric. Changed a label on my laptop to have a different phone number than I had specified before. Lunch at Park Chow with Michael, Rodney, Greg, and Eric. Eric had a lamb burger and fries with an iced tea, Michael had linguine with clams with an Arnold Palmer, Greg had spaghetti with meatballs with an iced tea, Rodney had linguine with clams with lemonade, and I had a veggie burger with fries with a chai tea latte. Greg had to leave early. Michael, Rodney, Eric, and I walked back to campus. Helped Joel set up a laptop with a Vizio display in 936. They also wanted audio but I didn't have the right cable. Met with Eric very briefly, resolved local development environment problems on my iMac. 1-on-1 with Cindy, interrupted by a student, I rescheduled for next week. Tested audio through HDMI in 936—it wouldn't work for a variety of reasons. Labeled cable connectors in 936. Uploaded Online Presence graphics assets to The Archive, notified the team. Helped Shirin work around a problem with video not playing in slideshow mode in PowerPoint 2010. It played in preview mode but not in slideshow mode. My workaround: take a screen snapshot of the video, then link it to the video file stored in the same folder as the presentation. Press F11 after the click to start. Press Alt+F4 when done to quit Windows Media Player. Removed permission to comment from anonymous users in the SOP IT wiki due to spam. Followup with Tran about my PGPed external hard drive that has been unreadable on Mac for the past 5 weeks. Rode my bike home. Dinner at home with Patrick: vegetable curry from scratch over steamed white rice, hot water. Dessert: dulce de leche Girl Scout cookies with whipped cream from a can and blueberries, pieces of dark chocolate with almonds and cherries. Watched Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) on Netflix DVD with Patrick. Work for craigslist sale items.

Fri 8

Breakfast at home: oatmeal with fresh, diced pear; cinnamon; flax milk. Rode my bike to UCSF Parnassus. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Laurel Heights. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Lab websites followup. Management activities. 1-on-1 with Eric: curriculum views work in Drupal. Lunch: leftover curry. Meeting with Susie, Eric, and Michael N with snacks: lemon wafer cookies, baby carrots, purple grapes. Followup with Joel on audio setup in 936. Followup with comm team about the ITS provisioning of a new domain we requested (pharm). Followup with Valerie about ITFS and MCCA. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Parnassus. Rode my bike home. Dinner at home: I made mung bean noodle soup with tofu and vegetables, fudge slide. Patrick and I began playing an iPad game called The Big Picture which I chose because it was highly rated. To bed earlyish.

Sat 9

Breakfast at home: granola with fresh blueberries and flax milk, hot water, 8 ounces of cappuccino beverage from a powder mix. Researched dining chairs. Researched OS X window management software. Installed Jitouch, not sure if I like it. Lunch: leftover curry over steamed rice. Errands with Patrick: post office, auto parts store, Design Within Reach (dining chairs). Lunch at Togo's with Patrick. I had the daily deal with turkey and cheddar, fritos, dr. pepper with no ice. More errands: car wash, futon store (to pick up a new futon for Patrick). Home. Drove to the Mission. Dinner at Southpaw with PDDR, Chris, Nate, Quyen, Dave, Jon, Cricket, Sean, Ling, Marci and company. Hung out at PDDR's place for a bit. Gave Nate, Quyen, Romy, and Richard a ride to Badlands. Home.

Sun 10

Organized the document safe. More chair research. Installed Spark 3 beta 9 for OS X by Shadow Lab. Installed Jon Smajda's scripts to control windows in OS X. Configured the scripts in Spark—works, nice. Uninstalled Jitouch. Installed Spectacle for Mac, seems to be an easier solution than Spark + Jon Smajda's scripts and it seems to execute faster, too. Uninstalled Spark and Jon Smajda's scripts. Late lunch: cream of mushroom soup over leftover steamed white rice, decaf green tea. Backed a Kickstarter project called Thermodo. Drinks at PDDR with PDDR, Chris D, Nate D, Quyen N, Richard L, James D, David M, Paul M, Chris G, Theora.

Mon 11

Weight training: front raise. Breakfast at home with Patrick: oatmeal with cinnamon, soy milk, and fresh, diced pear. Rode my bike to work. Repaired cable management using sandpaper and superglue. Reviewed new email. IRC checkup: installed toner. Back to desk. Installed Spectacle. TeamWork ticket work. Drupal work: style edits to core curriculum pages, updated quicktabs arguments for core curriculum overview page. Worked with Raul R on various work with the laptops and the roaming user workstation. Lunch with Bill (2nd date) at Perilla: Bill had vermicelli noodles with (pork?) with imperial rolls and (diet coke?), I had rice with vegetables and thai iced tea. Among other things, we talked about holiday weekends, vacations, Boston, consulting, legal issues, Honolulu, Chicago, midwesterners, tourism, New York, feet, jumping rope, sweating, websites, Recharge Spa, massage, housemates, housing, relationships, and whether you can get a restaurant to make food the way you want by paying extra. Errand: Radio Shack. A very fine time with Bill. Lots of email followup. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Parnassus. Social media meeting with Shirin, Eric, Paula, and Sara: began forming a basis for the School's social media strategy, lots of great discussion today. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Parnassus. S936 vidconf testing with Joel and Rick, got it all sorted. Joel didn't believe me when I told him the cable I bought was called a gender-changer. Yes, I purchased a transsexual audio cable with University funds for a legitimate need at work. Labeled another connector in 936. SOP IT wiki work: documented vidconf procedures in 936, sent it out for review. Worked late. Rode my bike home. Dinner at home with Patrick: homemade minestrone, merlot. Dessert: leftover chocolate cake from PDDR. Research for work: best/worst college acceptance/rejection letters.

Tue 12

Breakfast at home: oatmeal with cinnamon and sliced banana and soy milk. Rode my bike to UCSF Laurel Heights. 1-on-1 with Cindy. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Spent pretty much all my spare time today setting up my iMac at Laurel Heights. Lunch at Eliza's: egg flower soup, sweet and sour shrimp with brown rice, hot tea. My fortune: An interesting musical opportunity is in your near future. Rode my bike home. Dinner at home: veggie burger, side of corn and peas from frozen, hot water. Dessert: several fortune cookies, one piece of Dove milk chocolate. My fortunes: Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see. (partial fortune:) spend your time stringing / tuning your instrument / --art making music now! For hate is never conquered by hate. Hate is conquered by love. You know what you want. Go for it. Weight training: tricep kickback. Continued 2nd-pass editing Patrick's first 100 pages of a new book: pages 71 to 77.

Wed 13

Breakfast at home: oatmeal with cinnamon and sliced banana and soy milk. Continued camera shopping, eliminated Samsung EX2F because it has no orientation sensor. Rode Muni to UCSF Parnassus. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Laurel Heights. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Extra long 1-on-1 phone call with Michael W. C3 training conf call. Followup with Rebecca and Susie about iPQB. Lunch at The View Cafe with Susie. I had tofu and vegetables over brown rice, water from my water bottle. Some styling work in Drupal, troubleshot some misbehavior from Codekit. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Parnassus. Rode Muni home. Dinner at home with Patrick: indian food delivery. We listened to a free music set from Crate & Barrel called Get the Download 2 or Dinner Playlist. All the songs sound the same to me, and I didn't like them very much. Shopped for lighting. Today over the phone I bought 8 stacking dining chairs from Restoration Hardware at 60% off from Lauren M at the San Francisco store which neither Patrick nor I knew about until we looked at the Resto website store locations search.

Thu 14

Breakfast: granola with fresh, diced apple and soy milk; hot water. Rode my bike to UCSF Parnassus. Linkchecking, kiosk work. iPQB work: hero image mockups. IRC usage survey work in Qualtrics: edits. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Laurel Heights. Furniture ordering meeting with Yvette, Tami, Valerie, Denetra, and Susie. Lunch at JCC: veggie pizza slice, veggie soup, water from my Contigo water bottle. Long plancomm planning meeting #2 with Susie and Eric. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Parnassus. Calendar management. Rode my bike home. Didn't have to use lights when riding home due to daylight saving time—nice. Dinner at home with Patrick: leftover indian food. Recharge Spa work for Drew: forms. Continued 2nd-pass editing Patrick's first 100 pages of a new book: pages 77 to 85.

Fri 15

Breakfast: oatmeal with fresh, diced apple, cinnamon, soy milk. Continued 2nd-pass editing Patrick's first 100 pages of a new book: pages 86 to 88. Rode my bike to UCSF Parnassus. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Image prep: iPQB hero. Reported phishing to ITS. Submitted a request to John K: upgrade Link module from 1.0 to 1.1. Uploaded a PDF to The Archive for Susie. Followup with Shirin about social media: admit status. Calendar management. Updated the academic calendar for Cindy. Confirmed Link 1.1 update. Chatted with Lisa briefly about 23andme. Grad ceremony page edits for Danielle. Attempted to make updates to pharmchem but I don't have access, working with Walter S to resolve. Listserv management, legal name change work, same-or-similar name problem work. Followup with Tran about a monitor sleeping problem for Rick. Posted updated schedules for Lucia. Prepped a DNS change request: bmi. Walked to 9th and Irving. Lunch at Arizmendi Bakery: two pizza slices, lemonade, chocolate chip cookie, about $9. Stopped briefly at my dentist's office and chatted with Ada about hours. Walked back to work. Management activities. Followup with John M about tech reqs. Attempted to use BearBuy to purchase a new computer but received an error: "The part numbers listed below cannot be added to the cart. Please ensure these are valid Apple part numbers and that your account has authorization to purchase them. MC965LL/A" Troubleshot mounting problems with a USB drive used by Shirin. Web edits for Joel: reg fee deposit form. Rode my bike home. Dinner at home with Patrick: sausage pizza with side salad, brother thelonious belgian-style abbey ale. Dessert: leftover chocolate chip cookie, Green and Black's hot chocolate with whipped cream. To bed earlyish.

Sat 16

Woke at 1 AM, couldn't sleep. Spent four hours writing a new biography for myself while also writing documentation for the SOP IT wiki: About your profile page biography. Realized we have a problem with the content type specification for UCSF people, will need to talk to Eric about it next week. Breakfast: mushroom scramble, two biscuits with butter. To bed around 6 AM. Woke at 10 AM. Reviewed writing from earlier today. Adjusted spam configuration for home email accounts. Weight training: dumbbell bench press. Shower. Lunch with Will at Pasta Pomodoro Emeryville: he had ravioli di magro with blue cheese sauce and a Coke, I had mezza luna ravioli special with a lemonade. Service was excellent even tho we had to order to go to sit in the sun on the balcony where we wanted. There was lots of live music today. We heard two different bands in the courtyard, one in Barnes and Noble, and again on Bay Street. Back to his place. Watched him pack, sorting clothes to keep or delete. Met Scott and Vince. Dinner with Will, Ray, Vince, ? and not Scott: oven-baked chicken, farfalle in vodka sauce, kale chips, crisped chicken skins. Dessert: lemon meringue pie. During dinner we watched many episodes of Masterchef from a laptop.

Sun 17

Rode Muni to Union Square. My breakfast date didn't show, so I ate on my own at Lefty O'Doul's: corned beef hash breakfast special with two eggs scrambled and wheat toast with butter, a cafe latte: about $15 before a $2 tip. Service was noticeably inattentive, but I didn't care. I did not like that tables were bussed and plates were scraped tableside with a trash-and-dishbin cart rather than in the kitchen, but it's not really something to complain about. I don't know many restaurants that do this. Muni to the doctor's office briefly, Muni back to Union Square. Met Patrick and his mom at Cheesecake Factory. Jeffrey M provided us with excellent service. Tropical iced tea for Mom Ryan, cafe mocha for Patrick, popcorn shrimp to share, chicken and biscuits for Mom Ryan, chicken bellagio for Patrick, lemonade for me, iced black tea for Patrick, dulce de leche cheesecake slice to share. Walking and shopping in Union Square and Yerba Buena Gardens. Muni to Church Street Station, encountered Cody and Scott on the train and chatted for the ride. Walked Mom Ryan home. Patrick and I walked to the Castro and drove home. Nap. Chatted briefly on the phone with Danny. Laundry. Dinner at home with Patrick: leftovers from Cheesecake Factory, biscuits with cream of mushroom soup sauce, hot water. Watched part of The Last Seduction (1994) on Netflix DVD with Patrick. Folded laundry.

Mon 18

Breakfast at home: oatmeal with cinnamon, soy milk, and fresh, sliced banana. Continued 2nd-pass editing Patrick's first 100 pages of a new book: pages 89 to 95. Rode Muni to UCSF Parnassus. Linkchecking, kiosk work. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Laurel Heights. Pushed grad ceremony pages live for Danielle. More entering students edits for Joel. Followup with ITS about MCCA. Comm team lunch planning meeting: Susie bought deli sandwiches, potato chips, carrot cupcakes, and bottled water. Styling work in Drupal: headings: size, color, letterspacing. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Parnassus. Snack from Panda Express: two veggie spring rolls to go, no sauce. My fortune: Look towards the future but not so far as to miss today. Rode Muni home. Dinner at home with Patrick: I prepared gluten-free penne rigate with grilled vegetables in Dorot garlic and bottled marinara sauce, side salad with ranch dressing, a small piece of bread with butter. Unpacked one of the eight stacking dining chairs we received today. The color turned out to be very different than what we saw on the website, but we liked the color we received better. For a label on one of the chairs it was indeed the correct color, but a very deep red rather than the medium red we were led to believe we would receive. The construction seems solid, and the seat is very comfortable. Watched part of The Last Seduction (1994) on Netflix DVD with Patrick. Dessert: Green and Black's dark chocolate with crystallized ginger. Purchased gifts.

Tue 19

Breakfast at home: granola with sliced banana and soy milk. Rode my bike to UCSF Parnassus. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Laurel Heights. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Small web edit for Cindy: grads email. C3 followup for Michael: Style Elements 2. Listserv management. Pushed recently staged edits live for Joel: entering students, orientation dates, transcripts, change of schedule, reply. iPQB image work with Eric. Comm team lunch meeting. I brought summer rolls with spicy dipping sauce and had fruit salad and a brownie that Susie brought for the group, water from my Contigo water bottle. iPQB image work with Susie and Eric. Purchased VMware Fusion 5. Lots of frustration with purchasing, downloading, and installing Adobe Design Standard CS6 for my iMac at Laurel Heights. I ended up ignoring the failed order I placed with Adobe and instead purchased from Amazon which was less expensive. Left work a little early today. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Parnassus. Snack: jalapeno bagel with cream cheese. Rode my bike home. Sold three rackmount shelves to Jordan K for $62. Unpacked more chairs. Dinner at home by myself: soft tacos with refried pinto beans, taco seasoning, diced tomatoes, grated cheese blend. Tried installing Windows 7 from the DVD I burned but Fusion wouldn't find the disc perhaps because it wasn't bootable. Successfully downloaded the iso file from work but the unzipping failed. Began prep work for Lani's school's newsletter with which I'm helping. Late meal: leftover pasta. Dessert: some Vosges chocolate with cherries and rooibos.

Wed 20

Breakfast at home: granola with sliced banana and soy milk. Rode Muni to UCSF Parnassus. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Laurel Heights. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Chatted on the phone with Michael W mostly about deliverables. Deliverables review meeting. Sprint start meeting. Installed Adobe Design Standard CS6 on my laptop. Continued setting up dev environment on my iMac at Laurel Heights. Recopied the Win 7 iso file I needed, this time as data using Burn instead of as an ISO burn with Disk Utility. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Parnassus. Rode Muni home. Dinner at home with Patrick: leftover cream of mushroom soup, fake chicken burgers, side salad with ranch dressing. Finished watching The Last Seduction (1994) on Netflix DVD with Patrick. I liked that the ending was not a typical Hollywood ending. Recharge Spa work for Drew: nails consent form form fields and push live. Resolved my Fusion and Windows 7 installation problem from yesterday with the newly burned data disc, completed Win 7 x64 install. Installed Office 2013. Encountered problems activating Office 2013.

Thu 21

Weight training: standing dumbbell curl. Breakfast at home: oatmeal with fresh, diced pear; cinnamon; soy milk. Continued setting up Windows 7 VM: installed Chrome, SEP. Rode my bike to UCSF Parnassus. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Followup with Brenda G and Suya C about the kiosk. Followup with student CR about Android, Razr, UCSFwpa. C3 conf call: only Greg, Eric D, and I appeared—we thought there would be one last conf call but I guess not. Reviewed C3 stylesheet work, sent it to Michael and Eric D for review. Web edit prep work for Susie regarding new dean announcement. Pharmchem web edit for Rebecca, Nicole, and Millo. Followup with Walter S about admin access to the pharmchem website. Set a preview session to close on a certain date for Shirin. Edits to the 13-14 academic calendar for Cindy. Submitted at ticket to ITS requesting the postponement of a wireless outage at Mission Bay housing. Lunch at Soi Gow: bento box #5: bbq chicken, pad thai with tofu, spring roll, soup, small salad. Encountered Dr. Lee, said hello. Stopped at Arizmendi Bakery for a ricciarelli and a ginger shortbread. Walked back to work. Wanted to install sshfs, but couldn't; I needed FUSE. I tried installing fuse 2.9.2, which failed: [error: sys/statfs.h: No such file or directory.] I tried installing osxfuse 2.5.4, which failed: [configure: error: The pkg-config script could not be found or is too old. Make sure it is in your PATH or set the PKG_CONFIG environment variable to the full path to pkg-config.] I tried installing pkg-config 0.28, which failed: [configure: error: Either a previously installed pkg-config or "glib-2.0 >= 2.16" could not be found. Please set GLIB_CFLAGS and GLIB_LIBS to the correct values or pass --with-internal-glib to configure to use the bundled copy.] I reran sudo ./configure but this time with --with-internal-glib—success. Accidentally reinstalled the Mac installer for OSXFUSE because I had forgotten that I had installed it successfully. Found new instructions on the web, somehow successfully compiled pkg-config. Needed to install glib but found that I need to install gettext before installing glib. Installed gettext 0.18—successful. Downloaded glib-2.34.0.tar.xz—successful. Didn't know how to unwrap a file ending with xz. Tried extracting files with 7-Zip in Windows XP but it failed: [Can not open file ... as archive.] Checked my version of 7-Zip which is 4.65. Downloaded 7-Zip 9.20—successful. Tried running the installer but failed even using Run As... and providing administrator credentials. Logged out of Win XP. Logged in as admin. Installed 7-Zip 9.20—successful. Tried installing glib, which failed: [configure: error: Package requirements (libffi >= 3.0.0) were not met: No package 'libffi' found]. Successfully installed libffi-3.0.13. Returned to installing glib—successful. Returned to installing sshfs—successful. Somewhere along the way I also installed xcode and its command line tools. Chatted with Terry M about postponing a scheduled wireless outage. Installed SSH GUI but upon running it failed: [SSHFS is not available. No implementation found...] Tried running a variety of sshfs commands with debug output but nothing useful. Considered installing Sublime SFTP, decided to give up on this for today. What a waste of time. Management activities. Followup regarding wireless outage—they cannot postpone. Attempted to resolve a problem with Prey Project and WorldPay, failed. Announced that the new iPQB website was live, but this turned out to be incorrect. Rode my bike home. Dinner at home with Patrick: delivery from Sushi Raw. Shopped for gifts online.

Fri 22

Breakfast at home: granola with soy milk. Rode my bike to UCSF Laurel Heights. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Plancomm team planning all day with Susie and Eric. Susie brought snacks and lunch from Bryan's: mini muffins, veggie lasagne, baby carrots, lemon water, assorted fruit tarts. Rode my bike home. Dinner at home with Patrick: leftovers from yesterday. Unpacked more chairs.

Sat 23

Breakfast at home: granola with lowfat milk. Laundry, vacuuming, organizing. Chatted briefly with Ashton and Corey. Began prepping Patrick's old iMac to sell: exterior clean, secure erase. Began prep work for filing taxes. Installed Windows updates, Steam into Windows 7. Lunch: soft tacos. Sanded rough parts of the new dining chairs, tested restaining one. Second lunch: dinner roll with harvest corn soup from a tetra pak. Watched YouTube clips with Patrick. Manicure. Folded laundry. Dinner at home with Patrick: I made a mushroom risotto which we ate with dinner rolls and butter. I decided today that I needed a new iron. I've had a Black and Decker F410AL (S8F410AL) for so long I can't remember when I bought it, but it must be around 20 years old. I stopped using the spray and steam features a long time ago because they stopped working properly. Lately I've noticed that the soleplate has something on it that occasionally leaves some kind of residue on ironed objects. I could clean it, but I wouldn't know if I were doing it properly, and I'm overdue for a new iron anyway.

Sun 24

Breakfast at home: two-egg broccoli scramble with green onions, honey dan chong oolong. Bought an iron: T-fal FV4476. Investigated stain and clear finish processes. I had to sand the new dining chairs in a few spots, and this resulted in the original stain being removed in a few spots. Prep work for tax filings. Lunch at home with Patrick: veggie potstickers and veggie eggroll from frozen. Began preparing tax filings. Completed my federal tax return, but TaxAct doesn't let me complete form 8958 the way it's supposed to be completed. When I try to delete it, I receive an error: "Due to previous entries on other forms, this form was automatically recreated." I requested help, since there's no way to proceed until this is corrected. More of Patrick's iMac reset work. Dinner at home with Patrick: leftover mushroom risotto, side salad, dinner roll with butter, steamed broccoli for me; dinner roll with butter for Patrick. More tax work. Completed Patrick's tax return. Began 1st-pass editing Patrick's second 100 pages of a new book: pages 102 to 109. Late snack: popcorn with salt.

Mon 25

Weight training: crunch, leg lift, standing dumbbell curl. Breakfast: oatmeal with fresh, diced apple and cinnamon and hemp milk. Rode my bike to UCSF Laurel Heights. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Spent most of the day working on the synch files script. Also: iPQB followup, JACS problem with Apple punchout followup, filed a small reimbursement request, listserv management, Rx for Change followup, more listserv management, followup with Cindy about IRC window cleaning, calendar management. Very late lunch at Pasta Pomodoro: daily special: bread with dipping pesto, spaghetti funghi with pancetta in cream sauce, vanilla latte, water. More script work, chatted with Eric D. Rode my bike home. Dinner at home with Patrick: grilled green bell pepper and green onions with ravioli in pesto, dinner roll with butter, hot water.

Tue 26

Weight training: tricep kickback. Breakfast at home: granola with fresh, diced gala apple, hemp milk. Rode my bike to UCSF Laurel Heights. More iPQB followup. Followup with student RB about a podcast. Calendar management. More followup with IRC window cleaning. Management activities. Lunch at Beautifull: half albacore tuna sandwich, carrot-ginger soup, water from my Contigo water bottle. Chatted with Peter A and Marisol G about listserv and mailing list solutions. Listserv management. More iPQB followup. Disabled comments for QBC websites due to spam. Began examining theme work to be done. More Rx for Change followup. Calendar management. Got a ride from Mike C in his Subaru to Parnassus. We visited Emery at UCSF Medical Center Parnassus. Among other things, I learned that Emery doesn't like olives or mushrooms. Emery had many visitors other than me and Mike C: Alan, Ted, Ray, Ryan, Jason. We discovered that Emery's night nurse was Canadian because she could list Canadian comedians. Sushi and sashimi dinner at Koo with Ryan and Jason. We talked mostly about restaurants and food. Received my replacement bicycle light, used it on my my bike ride home.

Wed 27

Weight training: front raise. Breakfast at home: granola with hemp milk. Filed pcard paperwork for La'Trece. Sent a request to John K about Drupal, UC, GPL, and licensing. Phone call check-in with Michael W. Began work on technology requirements edits. Lunch from The View Cafe: tofu and vegetables with brown rice, water from my Contigo water bottle. Plancomm planning meeting with Susie and Eric. Dinner at home with Patrick: indian food delivery from Naan N Curry. Leah H via craigslist picked up the free cardboard boxes from our chair delivery.

Thu 28

Breakfast at home: granola with hemp milk. Beau L via craigslist picked up the rolling rackmount which I sold for $199. Worked from home today. Chatted with Lisa D and Jon J about supp app and PDF and InDesign. Spent most of the day working from home on technology requirements edits. 1-on-1 phone call with Cindy. Lunch: leftovers. Pointed Jason H to the Drupal Web Starter Kit. Rx for Change followup. RB podcast transcription testing with YouTube: failure due to "Disabled tracks - These tracks do not display on your video - Unable to generate automatic captions". Posted updated spring schedules for Lucia. Sent tech reqs review requests to Housing and Student Financial Aid. Kiosk work. Applied velcro to the audio system remote control so that I can mount it under one of the shelves in the bookcase next to my desk. Dinner at home with Patrick: leftovers. Finished watching The Artist on Netflix instant watch with Patrick. Caught up on journaling. Allergy symptoms all afternoon, evening, and night.

Fri 29

Finished prepping Patrick's iMac for sale, began writing a description for posting to craigslist. Third date and brunch with Bill at Zazie. We split a single gingerbread pancake with poached bosc and lemon curd. I got poached eggs St. Trop (wild smoked salmon, capers, red onions). I believe he got poached eggs monaco (Zoe's proscuitto and tomatoes provencales). Picked up a package I had received at UCSF Parnassus. Rode Muni home. Unpacked items, including the new iron. Tested the new iron. Sold my Sony STR-D715 AM/FM receiver/amplifier to Ali E for $50 via craigslist. Dinner at home with Patrick: fish tacos (breaded, deep-fried sole fillet pieces; soft tortillas). Watched The Dictator on Netflix DVD with Patrick. Patrick made us delicious cocktails.

Sat 30

Breakfast at home: 2-egg omelette with cheese, avocado, and green onions; hot water. Made Carol Klein's turtle cookies. Recently I lost the helmet mirror that I use when bicycling, so today I purchased a new one. Sewing projects: mended my Uniqlo jeans, Patrick's sword case, and a pair of long underwear. Vacuumed. Set up all my mobile and portable devices anew on the free plan for Prey Project. Was confused by "awaiting instructions" but after searching Google it appears that this message is normal. Snack: star-shaped pasta in marinara sauce from a can. Nap. Easter feast at PDDR's with Danny, Romy, Drew, Phil, Jane, Mom Ryan, Patrick, Richard, Quyen, Dave. Appetizers: chocolate-covered marshmallow eggs, almonds, pistachios, seasoned peas, savory crackers. Main courses: various wines, rosemary roast chicken with purple and beige new potatoes, olive focaccia, roast lamb, gravy, quinoa with chickpeas, diced carrots and parsnips with sausage. Dessert: various cupcakes, chocolate bread with mascarpone, peanut-butter pie from Southpaw, young coconut ice cream, english toffee ice cream, coffee, tea. Patrick brought a green bean, walnut, and feta salad. I brought Carol Klein's turtle cookies.

Sun 31

Breakfast at home: 2-egg scramble with albacore tuna in evoo from a can with fresh dill, leftover olive bread from last night, 8 ounces of tomato juice. Organized stuff. Nap. Shower. Finished federal taxes for Patrick and me. Snack: leftover green bean salad, two prunes. More tax work: completed federal pro forma then California. Patrick and I drove to work. I sold a pair of soccer/football cleats to Josh K. (I had intended to use them for a halloween costume but decided long after I purchased them that it really wouldn't work out.) Tried to dine at Burma Superstar but the wait was an hour. The greeter referred us to B Star instead. Dinner at B Star (415-933-9900, 127 Clement Street) with Patrick: mango mojito for me, i know kung fu for Patrick. We shared everything else: hot osmanthus tea, tea leaf salad, salmon pot pie, jook with shredded chicken and thousand-year-old egg, platha, black rice pudding. About $78 before tip. All service was excellent, a fine time. Watched part of Red Rock West on Netflix DVD with Patrick.