July 2013

Summary: Grandmother's memorial service

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Mon 1

Weight training: door pull-ups. Breakfast at home: one plum, oatmeal with cinnamon and soy milk. Rode Muni to Parnassus. BART strike today, but it did not affect my commute. Chatted with mom and dad briefly. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Listserv rotation work. Investigated a problem reported by Mike W about the main display in the IRC. More listserv work. Chatted briefly with Courtney. Calendar management. Room reservation. Jazzee followup. Chatted with a Verizon representative because I'm interested in buying a 4G LTE hotspot for personal use. Late lunch from Subway: 6-inch veggie delight on italian with provolone, water from my klean kanteen. Ate in the sun on the sidewalk. Chatted briefly with John M who happened to walk by. Kidney project website updates for Sara. More Jazzee followup. Ordered the remainder of new computers for the OSACA. Chatted with James at ITS about call answering rules and call rollovering. Walked to Dan's to return his camera, we chatted for a few minutes. Rode Muni home. Dinner at home with Patrick: thai food delivery from Sri: steamed rice, chicken satay, corn cake, tofu pad see yew, pla jien (snapper with ginger and vegetables). Wireless plan shopping and research. Various stretches. Weight training: side plank.

Tue 2

Breakfast: plum, oatmeal with cinnamon and almond milk. Rode Muni to UCSF Parnassus. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Laurel Heights. Web update: admissions, removed old supp app announcement. Sent a reminder to listserv recipients about scams. Calendar management. Web edit for Stephanie L, Rebecca W, and Eric D: faculty and staff page. Followup with Justin R about static IP and access to a server. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Filed pcard paperwork. Jazzee work. Followup with IRC main display outage. 1-on-1 with Susie. Susie visited my office with the new furniture. We chatted about chairs. Lunch during comm team meeting: leftovers. Followup with Lalit L at ITS about IT Forum chat via IM. Chem bio layout meeting with David and Susie. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Parnassus. Snack from Panda Express: two veggie spring rolls to go, no sauce. Jazzee team meeting. Did some testing of the main display in the IRC, could not get it to work properly. Chatted with Frances, Cathi, and Monica about the IRC. Followup with Joel and the OSACA about new voicemail and how confusing it is because the new voicemail number 415-476-1111 is similar to but not the same as the old voicemail number 415-476-6111. Also it's confusing that the old system does not receive new messages after setting an extended absence greeting but the new system does and in neither system can you change that behavior. Followup with Susie and Eric about orientation photoshoot availability. Jazzee work and followup. Management activities. Followup with Susie and Eric about privacy policy. Rode Muni home. Dinner at home with Patrick: cucumber sandwich for him, leftovers for me. Cocktails: junior mint milkshake (rumple minze, creme de cacao, milk, ice). Scanned and edited images and sent them to Jeanne. Chatted briefly on Facebook with Travis. Why does Apple Image Capture 6.2 (451) let you select TIFF as your file type and also the checkbox for "Combine into a single document" as the same time? I opened the resulting TIFF before realizing that only the last image I scanned was available. (They were not brought in on multiple layers.) Frustrating. Turns out that Photoshop CS as of September 2011 does not support multipage TIFF. I rescanned my images.

Wed 3

Archived a receipt. Breakfast: plum, oatmeal with cinnamon and almond milk. Rode Muni to UCSF Parnassus. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Laurel Heights. Handled a listserv request from a student. Furniture review (guest chairs). Jazzee followup. Phone and voicemail issue followup with Valerie H. Orientation followup: who will take photos? Jazzee followup. Followup with Justin R about a whitelisted IP address. Followup with ITS about IM chat during IT Forum meetings. More Jazzee followup. Listserv management. Lunch to go from The View Cafe: tuna salad sandwich, ate in the sun in the courtyard. Job descriptions meeting. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Parnassus. Code jam with John K, Eric D, and Greg H and I also met Richie B. Rode Muni home. Packed for a trip. Drove to dinner at Source with Danny, Drew, Phil, Romy. danny had lasagne, drew had a curry dosa, romy had a margherita pizza with basil chiffonade, phil had a burger. i asked phil to order me something and he got me a bbq chicken pizza. i didn't know they took reservations, and when we arrived it was packed except for two large empty tables marked as reserved. We waited about 15 or 20 minutes before a space large enough for us opened. Some dishes were spicier than expected, and there was some dish switching. Drove home.

Thu 4

patrick drove me to sfo. security. long line at il fornaio. i returned to firewood grill at 7:50 am because i wanted something closer to table service. they didn't open until 8:00. while waiting at a table i was surprised to learn that sfo wifi was not free. i had thought it was free. waited in line at the register for 10 minutes. i ordered a veggie scramble. she said it comes with bacon. (weird.) i said okay because i haven't had bacon by itself in a very long time. (everything in moderation, including moderation, right?) when my food arrived i was disappointed to have been given plasticware instead of silverware, but i guess silverware isn't permitted anywhere inside the security zone. I was impressed by the JetBlue flight—my first time flying JetBlue. Efficient beverage and snack service, particularly for a short flight (75 minutes). Staff was friendly, seats comfortable. For the snack it was our choice of chips or cookies. At the end of the flight passengers were permitted to alight from the front and rear of the plane. I was also impressed with Long Beach Airport, also my first time. Part of it has open-air facilities, making it feel a little like Honolulu to me. So much nicer than LAX. Immediately after picking me up we went grocery shopping at 99 Ranch Market then returned home to mom and dad's, driving past a home in which my grandmother once lived as well as some apartment properties that my mom and dad still own. Late lunch: assorted dim sum and deli items from 99. Long nap. When I awoke some 5 or so hours later, Dex and Lani had arrived by car. (Lani drove.) Late dinner at home. We realized that it had been about 20 years since we all dined together in this house. Afterwards I did some optimization on Dad's computer and inspected his wifi configuration. New in the past few months he purchased and installed a FreedomPop device. The box claims to deliver 4G speeds, but a speed test I ran found 184 Kbps down and 1158 Kbps up—poor, but better than the dialup connection they had before. He says he paid a one-time $80 fee for the device, then $20 per month for 10 GB. We talked about Gmail. (He's still using Juno.) We talked about iPad and I showed him how to use mine.

Fri 5

At mom and dad's. I had a weird dream last night involving a car show (or possibly some other kind of event), my BMW 318ti, auto parts theft, a restaurant, malfunctioning presentation software, unusual urination facilities. Breakfast: I ate one-year-old organic granola with sweetened soy milk, ginseng tea, grapes, a small bite of papaya. (I requested tea and was served ginseng tea.) Others ate raisin dinner rolls, custard buns, grapes, and papaya. Memorial service for grandmother, reception afterwards at Uncle James's house, then the cousins split off and went to Champion Food at Arbor Center for boba tea. I tried for the first time taiwanese shave ice. We all had dinner at Veggie Grill at Spectrum Center with Auntie Lily.

Sat 6

At mom and dad's. Breakfast at home. Dex and Lani drove home. Computer maintenance. Lunch at home. dinner at home. mom, dad, and i went to downtown disney to see the fireworks. a good place to watch is outside La Brea Bakery, especially if you get a seat on the edge of the magic fountain. Afterwards we ate at Yogurtland in Orangefair Marketplace (next to China Buffet).

Sun 7

At mom and dad's. slept in. brunch at home: two eggs scrambled with chives, garlic leaves, and leftover rice. computer instruction and maintenance. nap. dinner with mom and dad at downtown disney tortilla jo's. afterwards we walked at anaheim gardenwalk, mom bought a few things at Lush. GardenWalk seems to be a mostly unsuccessful shopping mall, but it wasn't clear to me why.

Mon 8

At mom and dad's. Breakfast at home: two eggs scrambled with chives, garlic leaves, and leftover rice. I accompanied Dad to Fry's where he looked at a few things but didn't buy anything. Brunch at China Buffet. They drove me to Long Beach airport, which they say is about the same distance from them as John Wayne Airport aka Santa Ana Airport aka Orange County Airport aka The Airport That Has Too Many Names. I had fries and an iced tea at a burger place with the McKenna's name attached: $13.58. It took a long time for my order to come through, especially for being just fries. I should have eaten at one of the other places with table service so I wouldn't have had to stand for 15 minutes. The kitchen staff was handling a problematic order and seemed like it could improve a bit in customer service. It's confusing that where you order there is no cash register, but the way I think it works is you place your order then move a fair distance to the right to pay. LGB to SFO via jetBlue. Patrick picked me up at the airport. Home. Unpacked. Dinner at home with Patrick: sweet potato and corn soup.

Tue 9

Breakfast at home: oatmeal with cinnamon; fresh, diced apple; unsweetened soy milk; hot water. Rode my bike to UCSF Laurel Heights. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Caught up on email a bit. Discovered that my iMac would not start properly—circle slash upon startup, no key combinations work. I tried separately Command+R, Shift, Option. Job description work with Eric. Lunch: tofu with vegetables over brown rice, ate in the courtyard, only half of the plate; water from my Contigo water bottle. Job description work with Eric. OneUCSF session with Barbara F. Job titles work with Eric. Rode my bike home. Dinner at home with Patrick: sweet potato and corn soup. Began watching Snow White and the Huntsman on Netflix DVD with Patrick.

Wed 10

Breakfast at home: oatmeal with cinnamon; fresh, diced apple; unsweetened soy milk; 8 ounces of tomato juice; hot water. Rode my bike to UCSF Parnassus. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Laurel Heights. Student progression database project kickoff meeting. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Claudia from ITS stopped by to troubleshoot my dead iMac. We tried a few things, all unsuccessful, and I let her take it away. Nancy Jane brought molasses and triple chocolate cookies to share. Management activities. Furniture ordering followup. Followup with ITS about ICRD access, now finally resolved. ICRD work. Jazzee followup with Daliah: PhD program text verification. Followup with Tran and John M about new computers. Calendar management. Helped Danielle and Shirin with a problem with the spare workspace computer. Lunch: leftovers from yesterday. Sprint start meeting. Eric and I met with Susie. SOP IT wiki work: documented process for when someone leaves the school. Calendar management. Listserv management. Followup with Denetra about pcard paperwork. Followup with Sara about new websites: ready when you are. Followup with Valencia H about telephone and voicemail issues. Followup with Eric about orientation and student photos. Followup with ITS, Monica, and others about cardkeys not working as expected following changes in ICRD. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Parnassus. Listserv management: edits from Lucia following the listserv rotations last week. Posted updated schedules for Cindy. Worked late. Rode my bike home. Dinner at home: half of a small veggie cornmeal crust pizza shared with Patrick who ate earlier. Watched more of Snow White and the Huntsman on Netflix DVD with Patrick. Late meal: ramen with salad greens and sliced mushrooms. Edited Filoli photos.

Thu 11

Breakfast at home: oatmeal with cinnamon; fresh, diced apple; unsweetened soy milk; 8 ounces of tomato juice; hot water. Rode my bike to UCSF Laurel Heights. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Followup with Claudia about my dead iMac. Calendar management. Job titles meeting with Susie and Eric. Followup with Mia and Monica about cardkey issues. Jazzee work: prereqs worksheet PDF. Lunch at the JCC: veggie burrito, add cheese; water. Jazzee work: DDS PhD followup, prereqs worksheet PDF. Calendar management. Answered a technology requirement question for entering student LP. Followup with Valencia H about telephone and voicemail issues. Attended the IT Services meeting remotely. Installed Movi for Mac on my laptop. I attended the Drupal users group meeting via Movi. More supp app prereqs worksheet PDF work. Worked very late. Late dinner at Rigolo: garlic shrimp penne pasta saute, hot water. I was surprised at the hugeness of the four shrimp included in my dish. The dish should be called garlic prawns penne pasta saute instead. On my way out the door at closing time I was offered and I accepted a free walnut baguette. So nice! Rode my bike home. After agreeing to take a web survey on bestbuy.com, I submitted this feedback: "Many fonts are too small, especially for older audiences. (Did you test with any of them?) Please make the smallest fonts a little larger by default. The image you show for the Samsung EX2 is misleading—two components shown in the image are optional and not included in the price displayed. This is specified in the Q&A but to me is false advertising and makes me feel Best Buy is untrustworthy in general. If you're misleading people about this item, how many other items are the same way? For cameras you need more than one photo. See camera review sites—they show cameras from all angles. Your site worked well for me on this visit, but it is visually and interactively dull. To improve, I recommend Aarron Walter's Designing for Emotion. For sites with richer graphics and better user interaction and experience, check out the works by thisbythem.com" Read the entirety of the This By Them blog, bookmarked a few cool things in Delicious.

Fri 12

Breakfast: granola with fresh, diced royal gala apple, unsweetened soy milk. Rode Muni to UCSF Parnassus. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Laurel Heights. Linkchecking, kiosk work. ICRD work: OEIS and student lounge accesses. Cashnet training meeting remote meeting. Followup with Monica A and Sarah S about network folder access. Impromptu Jazzee meeting with Jon J and Lisa D. Followup with Valencia H about telephone and voicemail issues. Followup with Richie B, John K, and Eric D about headshot placeholder images and attribution. Jazzee work: prereqs build, sent prereqs instructions and PDFs out for review. Management activities. pcard followup with Denetra. SOP IT wiki: began a page for people data integration. IRC usage stats followup with Rodney and Cindy. Privacy policy work for Susie. Management activities. Handled a legal name change request inquiry from an entering student. Calendar management. Followup with Michelle A about her new lab website. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Parnassus. Quick snack from Panda Express: two veggie spring rolls to go, no sauce. Rode Muni home. Dinner at home: leftover soup with toasted slices of walnut baguette. Finished watching Snow White and the Huntsman on Netflix DVD with Patrick.

Sat 13

Laundry. Pre-breakfast: half of a leftover bran muffin that Patrick brought home. Breakfast with Patrick: sunny-side-up eggs, mine open-faced on walnut baguette slices, hot water for both, 8 ounces of tomato juice for me. Laundry and shopped online. Late lunch: leftover veggie soup with slices of walnut baguette, water. Nap. Early dinner at Bombay Indian with Patrick using a restaurant.com coupon: $10 off after spending $20. Afterwards we walked around the Castro a bit, stopping at a new underwear store called Hero adjacent to the space formerly vacated long ago by Tower Records (which is still empty). They have a lot of brands I had never heard of before. We bought nothing. We shared a slice of black forest cake at Cafe Flore. The cake was a little on the dry side. Patrick took Muni home. I went to QBar. Met manny lewis, reencountered seb (wearing dodger blue boxer briefs, met juliane, reencountered fox, met tyson (wearing sesame street grouch boxers) stephane (with seb and juliane) jamie (who i didn't see again after briefly chatting) kevin (tall, vegan from stanford and germany).

Sun 14

Breakfast: two eggs scrambled with grilled mushrooms and green onions; spelt toast; two hash browns; sliced banana; hot water. Lots of folding and ironing from yesterday's laundry wash. Cut my hair, showered. Camera purchase research. Decided, finally, to not buy the Samsung EX2F and to wait one month when a successor to the Nikon Coolpix P7700 should become available. I eliminated the Benq G1 because Benq has no history of being serious in the market segment it just entered with the G1 and because reports that the image quality was not as good as its competitors. I eliminated the Canon PowerShot G1 X because it's notably larger than my current camera and because it's not suitable for macro shots closer than 20 centimeters. I had previously eliminated the Samsung EX2F due to no orientation sensor, but I put it back on my shortlist because it was still closer to what I wanted than anything else. However, it has unreliable JPEG quality, and although I could shoot RAW+JPEG its RAW files are unacceptably large at about 30 MB each. I don't have time for that. The Nikon Coolpix P7700 is only a hair larger than my current camera but is 7 years newer and takes better quality images and also has the full swivel screen, which I eventually decided was a requirement for me. (I would not be happy with a screen that only tilts.) If Samsung resolved the JPEG problem I'd prefer the successor to the EX2F, but I'm thinking I'll end up with the successor to the P7700 because Samsung is unlikely to release a successor to the EX2F before September 2013. Dinner at home with Patrick: large salad with boiled egg, sliced mushrooms, diced green bell pepper, and sliced avocado. Watched part of Ip Man (2008) on Netflix instant watch with Patrick and popcorn. Late meal: leftover food from Bombay Indian.

Mon 15

Breakfast at home: granola with fresh, diced nectarine and almond milk. Rode my bike to UCSF Parnassus. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Followup with various issues: privacy policy, telephone issues, computer setup for a new hire, new computers for OSACA, orientation student photos, spare hardware. Investigated Flickr account changes from May. Snack: pretzels. Lunch from Panda Express: chow mein with mixed vegetables, about $4. Chatted briefly with Tran. Student progression database project meeting with Rodney, Greg, and Eric. Jazzee work. Snack: pretzels. Chatted again with Tran, examined Joel's new computer. Chembio content and styling work. Fortune cookie: Soon, a visitor shall delight you. Rode my bike home. Dinner #1 at home: ramen with fresh cabbage, celery, and mushrooms. Finished watching Ip Man (2008) on Netflix instant watch with Patrick. Recharge Spa work for Drew and Phil. Dinner #2: two kinds of gluten-free pasta with alfredo sauce from a packet and albacore tuna from a can. Recharge Spa work for Drew and Phil.

Tue 16

Breakfast at home: oatmeal with fresh, diced nectarine and almond milk. Rode my bike to UCSF Laurel Heights. Jazzee work most of the day. Calendar management. Met 1-on-1 with Susie. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Followup with Kevin S about ISIS. Followup on a lot of web redesign asana tickets. Followup with Ian G about telephone issues. Began some new documentation in the SOP IT wiki about CASHNet. I can't remember what I had for lunch today. UC proposed IT accessibility meeting via webconf with Stephen L. Jazzee work. Late dinner at Artesano, a new restaurant in Laurel Village promising authentic South American flavors. They opened on July 12. I enjoy seeing a restaurant in its opening week. Ordering food is awkward because the large board menu prominent at the entrance makes it seem as though you order and pay then seat yourself and they deliver your food. However, after I spent several minutes deciding what to eat, when I ordered I was asked if I wanted for here or to go and I said for here. Then I was offered a seat and a menu. I accepted the seat but refused the menu (because by then I knew what I wanted) and placed my order. Several minutes later someone else attempted to take my order, then was stopped by the person who took my order, then he retook my order (just in case?). Awkward. I'd prefer if they chose one model over the other instead of leaving it ambiguous. I sat next to the fireplace which was likely much too hot for most people (but I did anyway). A pretty pot of flowers in front of me had wilted on the side closer to the fireplace. While waiting I was offered a very large jicama salad at no charge which I politely refused because it was too much to eat. It was unclear to me whether this was complimentary due to opening week or a kitchen error being turned into good. My order took a long time to come out, but props to the deliverator who apologized sincerely for the delay. (I find it common for deliverators to say nothing at all when this happens, so when an apology is given it's special, unfortunately.) My food had arrived, but I still had not received the beverage I had ordered: hot water. When I got the attention of a staff member, I changed my order to water no ice since the fireplace was so hot. Finally received my water. For the remainder of my meal staff seemed to behave as though it was a full service restaurant - awkward. The food was tasty. I ate a grilled fish sandwich with french fries and water. The kind of fish was unspecified, and I forgot to ask, but there's a lot of yellowtail elsewhere on the menu so that would be my guess. The sandwich included a pineapple salsa which was tasty, but the sandwich also had a strong French mustard flavor that overpowered all the other flavors. It was served on a ciabatta roll. The fries were perfectly crisp and flavorful and surprisingly long. $16.23 after a $1 tip. The price for this meal seems a little high compared to all of San Francisco and because, hey, it's just a fish sandwich and fries, but this is Laurel Heights where nearly all the other good dining options are annoyingly clustered at the high end, so they can probably get away with prices higher than the SF average. The front-of-house staff seems very eager to please but is not yet seasoned enough to provide more than average service. I saw one table go unwiped before new customers sat and wiped it themselves with new napkins from the dispenser on the table. Nonetheless, Artesano shows promise and will likely draw customers due to the area's thin dining options if not for the quality of the food and service. Interesting note: From the takeout menu Artesano appears to be a sister restaurant of nearby, successful Rigolo. Rode my bike home.

Wed 17

Breakfast at home: granola with fresh, diced royal gala apple and unsweetened soy milk; 8 ounces of tomato juice. Rode my bike to UCSF Parnassus. PharmAdMIT install for Joel. Answered questions about Skype and vidconf for Joel. Jazzee work. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Lots of various followup in email on various things. Answered a question for recent grad JO. Listserv management. More Jazzee work. Lunch: angel hair pasta in marinara sauce with vegetables that Patrick made last night. More Jazzee work. Calendar management. Today I learned that an "e-check" is, according to CASHNet, when your debit card has a credit card symbol and you use it to pay using funds from your bank account. No one else in the office today knew this is what it meant, either. Rode my bike home. New luggage arrived today. Since spring 2000, the largest piece of luggage I have owned is a soft-shell carry-on which I purchased through Rick Steves' website. Recently I have noticed that when I use it backpack-style I later discover reddish marks along my shoulders, so I decided to purchase luggage with wheels. Dinner at home with Patrick: taco night, hot water. Chatted briefly online with Nate.

Thu 18

Breakfast at home: granola with fresh, diced royal gala apple and unsweetened soy milk; hot water. Rode Muni to UCSF Parnassus. Forgot my keys at home today. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Laurel Heights. Picked up some items. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Parnassus. Helped Joel find his mail folders. Jazzee work: build and test. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Lunch at the cafeteria: veggie burger with cheddar, onion rings, hint fizz peach. Said hello again to Dean at the cash register. Jazzee work: build, documentation. Followup with a web space request for Savic's team. Calendar management. Physically locked Joel's computer and monitors. Rode Muni to Taraval and 28th. Waited about 30 minutes in line for dinner at Kingdom of Dumpling: vegetarian dumplings (12), shanghai-style donut, tea. I asked for a glass of water but it was never delivered. $12 after tip.

Fri 19

Breakfast at home: oatmeal with almond powder; fresh, diced plum and apricot; dash of cinnamon; unsweetened soy milk. Sent one my banks the following feedback: "your opt-out form is frustrating in that it won't accept 94116 or 94116-1750 as my zip code. it will accept 941161750. this was a very frustrating experience and it makes it seem like your systems are broken." Rode my bike to UCSF Parnassus. Jazzee work. Followup with Tran about computer upgrades. Updated admissions website to say late July instead of mid-July for the supp app. Calendar management. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Lunch at the cafeteria: curry with shrimp over basmati rice, side of grilled green beans, hint fizz blackberry. Purchasing paperwork for Denetra. Answered a question from Rebecca about data not appearing as expected on biophysics. Followup with Karen H and Robin C about changes to their site. Management activities. I'm waiting on Lisa and Jon to complete some Jazzee updates, so I did some image uploads to The Archive and provisioned web space for Ron K for Rada S. Did a lot of inbox cleaning. Followup with Ed C about Section 508. Planning for upgrading Adobe software. Had lots of authentication problems with the SHI website. After I set a new password it lets me in, but I cannot log in after that using the new credentials. Rode my bike home. Dinner at home with Patrick: delivery from Chaiya Thai: blanketed shrimp, tofu pad thai, sweet pumpkin basil, sticky rice, two thai iced teas. Watched various videos on YouTube and elsewhere.

Sat 20

Brunch: leftovers. Nap. Dinner at home with Patrick: veggie burger and fries, hot water. Dessert: we shared a leftover shanghai-style donut from Kingdom of Dumpling. A very unproductive day. Did some Jazzee work for about two hours late tonight. 8 ounces of 7-Up. Installed StartNinja.

Sun 21

Pre-brunch: one cripps pink apple. Day with Danny. Muni to Powell Street Station, met Danny at Union Square. We ate dim sum at City View, then stopped at Brooks Brothers for Danny to take care of some orders. We stopped at Britex, but it's closed on Sundays. We walked around Union Square and found some wood sculptures in which Danny was interested and we chatted with the artist for a few minutes. We hiked to California Street and enjoyed Huntington Park. We stopped at Trader Joe's at California and Hyde. I bought a carrot juice and a nonfat black cherry yogurt, then ate them in the spa. Danny started work. I took Muni home.

Mon 22

Breakfast at home: granola with unsweetened soy milk. Rode my bike to UCSF Parnassus. Jazzee work most of the day. 1-on-1 with Rodney. Followup with Shirin and Lucia about the religious observances form. Inquiry about TreeAge licensing with the library and central licensing. Prepped for Adobe software upgrades. Followup with Nirav about SHI credentials—they're working now. Lunch at the cafeteria: vegetarian food from New Eritrea: okra, collard greens (hamli), and allicha. The okra serving was a tad too spicy for me, water from my klean kanteen. More Jazzee work. Rode my bike home. Dinner at home with Patrick: delivery from Sushi Raw via Eat24: gyoza, unagi ramen, futomaki, ebi nigiri, sushi raw veggie roll, free california roll.

Tue 23

Breakfast: leftover sushi. Rode my bike to UCSF Parnassus. Jazzee work. Followup with Shirin and Lucia about the religious observances form. Followup with Orlando about the Adobe Acrobat deal. 1-on-1 with Susie at Palio. Bought a bagel with egg and cheese to go. Helped Tran and Joel test his new webcam and headset. Jazzee work. Prep for CentOS upgrade on servint. Legal name change followup for a student. Jazzee work. Some cleanup activities for the list of websites spreadsheet. Posted an updated P3 schedule for Lucia. Staged career fair and white coat ceremony web pages for Danielle to review. Followup on TreeAge licensing. Followup with Transportation about wifi on shuttles. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Very late lunch: tuna melt with provolone, side salad, water from my klean kanteen. Worked late. Rode my bike home. Late meal: leftover unagi ramen. Dessert: one chocolate-covered cherry.

Wed 24

Breakfast at home: peanut butter granola with fresh, diced royal gala apple; unsweetened soy milk; 8 ounces of tomato juice. Rode my bike to UCSF Parnassus. Followup with web ownership of CDDS and other sites. OSACA staff meeting. Jazzee followup. Ordered webcam gear for Shirin and a Brother ADS-2500W scanner for Joel. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Calendar management. Lunch at the cafeteria: unexpectedly spicy grilled salmon, steamed white rice, green and yellow beans. Chatted briefly with Tran who completed Shirin's computer upgrade. Made some travel arrangements for attending UCCSC in Irvine in August. Lots of various email followup. Rode my bike home. Dinner at home with Patrick: minestrone from the whole foods deli, saltines, chianti. House chores: waxed the dining table, laundry, vacuuming including in the laundry room. Folded laundry. Snack: some sesame rice crackers. Late meal: bing cherries, double order of ramen with fresh broccoli and gourmet mushrooms. Lately I've been enjoying reading Quartz aka qz.com.

Thu 25

Breakfast at home: oatmeal with diced beurre bosc pear, cinnamon, unsweetened soy milk. Rode my bike to UCSF Laurel Heights. Followup with chair ordering and TreeAge licensing. First day seeing my Laurel Heights iMac following the encryption problem encountered last week or so. Claudia from ITS decrypted the drive, removed PGP, then reencrypted using FileVault. Some of my data was restored, but none of my apps were. Began reinstalling apps and configuring everything. Linkchecking, kiosk work. More computer setup. Comm team meeting. Lunch at Eliza's: cashew chicken with broccoli lunch special: about $8 after tip. More computer setup. Helped Julia resolve some issues with the Bioinformatics website. More computer setup. Jazzee work: testing. Rode my bike home. Dinner at home with Patrick: vegetable barley soup from a can, cornmeal-crust mushroom pizza, chianti. Watched some of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert on Netflix DVD with Patrick. Dessert: one chocolate-covered cherry.

Fri 26

Breakfast at home: oatmeal with diced beurre bosc pear, cinnamon, unsweetened soy milk. Rode my bike to UCSF Laurel Heights. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Lots of computer setup and Jazzee work all day. Branding update meeting with Nada and Susie. Lunch at Rigolo: savory crepe, iced tea. Encountered an access denied error while selecting the CDWG punchout in BearBuy. I reported the problem to ITS and about a minute later it started working as expected but in the interim I had made my purchases on Amazon instead. Jazzee work. Unplanned meeting with Susie about orgcharts. Jazzee work. Rode my bike home. Dinner at Dante's Table (415-529-2797, 544 Castro) with Patrick: burrata, orecchiette, pizza with proscuitto, tiramisu, half carafe of pinot grigio, two decaf espressos. Rode Muni home. Watched more of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert on Netflix DVD with Patrick.

Sat 27

Brunch at home: two-egg mushroom omelette with grated mixed cheeses, two hash browns, two slices of spelt with Earth Balance spread, 8 ounces of orange juice, hot water. Minor repairs to my green New Balance athletic shoes. Organized stuff. Researched home and mobile broadband solutions (WebPass, FreedomPop). Chatted briefly with mom and dad. Installed netuseapp.com. Finished watching Priscilla, Queen of the Desert on Netflix DVD with Patrick. Dinner at home with Patrick: fried rice from a frozen bag. My drink: V8 fusion mixed with club soda. Dessert: a chocolate chip cookie from Rigolo.

Sun 28

Breakfast at Quan Ju Fu (2140 Clement Street) by myself: green onion pancake, shrimp dumplings, jasmine tea: $15 after at $2 tip. After my meal I received complimentary green tea ice cream in addition to a fortune cookie—nice. My fortune: Trust others, but still keep your eyes open. Stopped at work to drop off batteries to recycle, apply Goo Gone to gooey things on my desk and door, wipe up foodstuff splattered on my walls from before I moved in, fill my Contigo water bottle, and pick up my bicycle and helmet. Dropped the bike off at the bike shop; need new brakes: $63. Home. Edited and uploaded photos. Edited photos. Picked up the bike. Washed the front door entryway of mold. Snack: popcorn with salt. Edited photos. Finally finished editing photos from Filoli. Dinner at Destino with Patrick. We used a $25 restaurant.com coupon which required us to spend $50 before we could use it. Cocktails: maka for Patrick, loca-ipirinha for me. Risotto balls. Glass of malbec for Patrick. Prix fixe for both: Patrick had seafood ceviche and sirloin with fries. I had butter leaf lettuce salad and sea bass. Dessert: pistachio cake for Patrick, bunuelos for me. About $100 after the discount.

Mon 29

Breakfast at home: oatmeal with diced cripps pink apple, cinnamon, almond milk. Rode my bike to UCSF Parnassus. Linkchecking, kiosk work. Jazzee work. Lunch at You See Sushi: lunch special #2, hot green tea. Dentist appointment. Ada is no longer with the office. Jeannette is now at reception. Stephanie did my x-rays. Angela did my cleaning. Back to the office. Lots more Jazzee work. Poster work for Cindy. Dinner to go from Subway: footlong veggie sandwich with provolone, water from my klean kanteen, ate at my desk. Rode my bike home. Did some lab sites testing on iPhone. Late meal: double order of ramen. To bed late.

Tue 30

Slept through my alarm. Breakfast at home: oatmeal with fresh, diced cripps pink apple; cinnamon; almond milk. Left for work late. Took Muni L train, thinking that I'd missed the rush hour crowd. First train that arrives passes with OUT OF SERVICE displayed. I walk to 19th Avenue and wait for bus 28. Bus arrives, I board. At about Kirkham, the bus traveling at about 30 miles per hour demolishes the rear-view mirror of a truck parked a little too far out into the lane. The bus stops. After about a minute, I get out and walk to Judah. I wait for an N train. N arrives. I ride it to UCSF. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Laurel Heights. My commute this morning: about 90 minutes. On the way I'm testing browser issues on my iPhone and notice a problem with the School of Pharmacy website. I send email to Eric to see if he can reproduce the problem while I'm seven minutes away from getting in to the office. I get in the office and Eric is fixing the problem. We discover that servint accidentally executed our CentOS upgrade last night instead of August 13 as we had previously agreed with them. Some sites are broken. We put out fires. I send communications. It's a mess. Jazzee work. Rodney stopped by. Our sprint end meeting was canceled at the last minute. I chatted with Rodney about various issues. Jazzee work. Late lunch by myself at Beautifull: salmon stew over golden quinoa, caesar kale, water. Jazzee work. Worked late. Observed three Muni 1 buses in a row stopped at California and Presidio. Rode Muni 43 to 9th and Judah. Late dinner at Nan King Road Bistro. Rode Muni bus 66 home. Jazzee work.

Wed 31

Telecommuted today. Jazzee work. Breakfast at home by myself: two eggs scrambled with grilled alba mushrooms and green onions, two hash browns, two slices of spelt toast, 8 ounces of apple juice, hot water. Jazzee work. Late lunch: leftovers from last night. Jazzee work. Dinner at home with Patrick: green soup with spelt toast for him, toasted brioche for me; water. Jazzee work. Late meal: star pasta in sauce from a can, hot apple juice. Did a bit of work late working with Lisa D to make the supp app live.