July 2017

Summary: Guadalajara trip with Patrick, Danny, Drew, Phil; Honolulu trip for Dad's memorial service; Switched from iMac and MacBook Air to only MacBook Pro

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Sat Jul 1, 2017

Finished watching Russell Peters: Two Concerts ... One Ticket. Breakfast: leftovers, 6 ounces of tangerine juice, one chocolate-coated cookie, 4 ounces of 2% milk. Began packing. Recharge Medical work: Google Ad asterisk and disclaimer edits, email news build. Watched Twin Peaks s2:e20 on Netflix instant watch with Patrick. Dinner at home with Patrick: delivery from Lemonade via DoorDash: texas bbq brisket, white truffle mac and cheese, pacific rim salad, roasted turkey blt, watermelon rosemary lemonade, peach ginger lemonade. Recharge Medical work: email news build. Finished packing.

Sun Jul 2, 2017

Guadalajara trip day 1 of 4. Breakfast at home: leftovers. Recharge Medical work: launched July news, edits for travel health flyer (brochure). Sam drove Patrick and me to the airport. Volaris flight 887 from SFO to GDL was delayed 1 hour. VIP lounge visit courtesy of Phil, Drew, and Danny. During the flight Patrick asked if they had sandwiches or some kind of meal but we were told they had none so Patrick had a bag of potato chips and an apple juice. Watched Twin Peaks s2:e21 on Netflix instant watch with Patrick. Upon arrival, we encountered thundershowers while waiting for a ride. There was a long delay getting an Uber ride. We had what felt like a long ride to our hotel. We checked in to NH Collection on Calle Colon—it's very nice. I liked the wavy imprint in the toilet paper, the USB outlets in the wall for charging, the rain showerhead, the gourmet complimentary toiletries, the modern decor, the newness, the view of Plaza de Armas from room 416. The towels and sheets could have been softer, and the first time we used the shower the temperature inconsistently changed from hot to cold repeatedly, but it's nonetheless a very comfortable hotel room. We settled and refreshed then gathered for dinner in the hotel restaurant called Piso Siete: chips and guac and salsa to start. Patrick had beef tacos, Danny had chili shrimp, Phil had a shrimp caesar salad, Drew had veggie bbq skewers, I had chicken verde enchiladas. Food was good to very good for everything except my dish which was too salty but I was too tired to send it back and I was as able to eat half of it anyway. Service was good. Afterwards we walked around the nearby streets and squares and bought bottled water and snacks from Oxxo.

Mon Jul 3, 2017

Guadalajara trip day 2 of 4. Patrick and I visited the hotel gym, which included a small balcony overlooking Plaza de Armas. Exercise: tai chi and free weights. Back to the hotel room for a shower. Breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant Piso Siete is delightful, with stunningly arranged freshly cut fruit, cups of fruit salad, smoothies, many kinds of juices and juice blends, made-to-order eggs and waffles, many Mexican hot items (like chilaquiles, refried beans, and stewed chicken), gourmet donuts, and more. Afterwards we began our all-day Tequila Tour by Mickey Marentes with tour guide David and driver Raymundo. We started at 9:30 am. It was a very bumpy ride in an old 13-seat van (including the driver). The van's seats had seat belts, but they weren't arranged so that we could easily use them (because they were folded into the seat in a way that did not make them easily available). On the road we saw other people riding in the backs of trucks. We encountered lots of speed bumps, and that coupled with the poor road quality made for a somewhat unpleasant ride, but we lived through it. Our first stop was El Cascahuin near El Arenal where we toured the factory, saw agave hearts before they were to be placed in ovens, and tasted Cascahuin Blanco Reposade Añejo. This was also where our tour guide David mentioned Siembra Valles but we did not taste that on this tour. Our next stop was an establishment called Jarritos where we briefly visited the nearby lookout tower of El Arenal en el Paisaje Agavero then returned to Jarritos for refreshing tequila cocktails in souvenir mugs as well as a round of marengo shots. At around 2 PM we lunched at a roadside eatery that had bbq meat cooking on vertical skewers: chopped bbq pork, ground chorizo with cheese from jalisco, fresh tortillas, tortilla chips and salsas, boiled pinto beans. Our next stop was Hacienda de Oro, where we were greeted by Isabel who led us to a nearby agave field and one of their workers demonstrated how they harvest agave and let us try our hands at the harvesting technique. We returned to a patio for a tasting: hacienda de oro blanco, el ultimo agave reposado. (My notes also say "suave" here but now I can't recall why.) The next stop was Tequila Selecto de Amatitan, maker of Los Tres Tonas and crema tequilas. We watched a 10-minute video, saw live falcons and peacocks, including a white peacock. While attempting to complete a credit card transaction to pay for the tour and some purchases, Phil and Drew borrowed a bunch of pesos from me. Our next stop was the town of Tequila where we stopped at Mundo Cuervo and browsed in the Cuervo store but did not buy anything. Next we visited Iglesia de Santiago Apóstol and Capilla del Antiguo Hospital de Indios and walked a main shopping street. We drove back to Guadalajara, most or all of us napping from the day's exertion. We arrived around 8:30 pm. Patrick remained in the hotel to rest. The rest of us went out for dinner. The line was too long at La Chata, so we ate instead at La Gorda. I had pollo flautas. Afterwards the others left to buy groceries from Oxxo. I went to bed.

Tue Jul 4, 2017

Guadalajara trip day 3 of 4. Breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant Piso Siete, similar to yesterday. Phil and Drew attempt to buy money at the ATM inside the subway station, but it is unsuccessful. Danny decided to be on his own today, so Patrick, Phil, Drew, and I walked to Plaza Guadalajara, visited la asuncion de maria cathedral then palacio municipal and Rotonda de los Jalicienses Ilustres. Then we walked along Plaza de la Liberacion and Paseo Hospicio and Plaza Fundadores to Hospicio Cabañas aka Instituto Cultural Cabañas where admission happened to be free today (but we oddly still needed tickets that said we paid nothing). We saw items from the permanent collection as well as a special exhibition of David Lachappelle's Lost + Found, which reminded us of Pierre et Gilles, but less homoerotic. Afterwards we visited and browsed at Mercado Libertad, aka Mercado San Juan de Dios. We continued walking to Café Boutique Teatro Degollado and sat on the patio above the steps at the corner of Teatro Degollado. The four of us shared a delicious carnitas torta ahogada and various drinks. We walked back to the hotel, stopping briefly at La Rinconada thinking we might want to eat dinner there tonight. (We didn't.) Patrick and I napped. In the mid-afternoon we awoke and joined Phil, Danny, and Drew for an Uber ride to Casa Fayette, which was recommended by Paul. Fayette negronis, tortilla chips and guacamoles, salsas, appetizer sample (more chips and guacamole, grilled chicken scaloppine). I liked this property very much, and Patrick said he might prefer to stay here on a return visit. Afterwards we walked in the neighborhood then dined at La Bodega de León: four types of mini breads (onion, chili, romano, and herbs) with three salsas (salsa piquante, salsa mild, chimichurri sauce) and refried beans. Danny ordered octopus and sent it back for being too salty. Drew had fusilli bolognese. Phil had a tuna steak. Patrick and I shared grilled chicken with fries and cream of pistachio soup. Salad to share. Another Uber ride back to the hotel. Danny gave leftovers to needy persons, one of them blind.

Wed Jul 5, 2017

Guadalajara trip day 4 of 4. Phil had difficulty getting an Uber ride for us, so we ended up asking the hotel front desk to get us a 5-person cab, arriving a little before 75 minutes before our flight's scheduled flight time, but we made it: Volaris flight 886 from GDL to SFO. A mixup at the check-in counter; I seemed to have mistakenly purchased checked bags instead of medium carry-on bags and they would not let us change it. We stopped briefly at a VIP lounge courtesy of Phil, Drew, and Danny for a quick breakfast. Upon arrival to SFO, Mobile Passport worked beautifully. Sam picked us up and drove us home. We dropped our bags, refreshed, then the three of us lunched at Lou's Sandwiches. I walked home; they departed. Unpacked, tidied, and rested. Dinner at Ninki with Patrick, my first time eating at this restaurant even though we've had delivery from them many times. Food and service is very good. Wednesdays they have all rolls half off. We ordered four rolls, which was one roll too many. Walked home. Watched part of Edge of Tomorrow (2014) on Netflix DVD with Patrick.

Thu Jul 6, 2017

Breakfast at home: breakfast sandwich with sausage, egg, and mixed cheese on english muffin; 6 ounces of orange juice; hot water. Rode Uber Pool to UCSF Laurel Heights. Along the way I continued studying Spanish on Duolingo. Sprint standup. Content inventory updating, full sitemap updating, and linkchecking all day. Lunch at Beautifull!: small chicken curry, side of beets. Rode Uber Pool home. Dinner at home with Patrick: rigatoni with veggie marinara, red wine, san pell. Finished watching Edge of Tomorrow (2014) on Netflix DVD with Patrick. We liked it. Organized and rewrote journal notes from the Guadalajara trip.

Fri Jul 7, 2017

Dinner at home with Patrick: vegetarian ramen. Troubleshot a problem with no internet. After confirming that the router was not the problem, I called Sonic and they walked me through unplugging the ONT and a few minutes later everything was working again. The ONT must be unplugged for 30 seconds, and then it takes a few minutes before the connection resumes. Performed computer maintenance on my non-work MacBook Air. Continued planning new computer hardware purchases. Chatted online with TP-Link technical support to ask them if the Archer C7 now supports HFS+. (I purchased an Archer C7 on January 29, 2017 and installed it and it has been working fine for the past 5 months. Now I'd like to add a hard drive to it. Does my C7 support HFS+? Much discussion in online forums says it does not, but my User Guide says that it is, so perhaps the support came in a later version or via firmware?) Answer: No, since I have hardware version 2. Hardware version 4 of the C7 does support it. Since it's not possible to specify what hardware version you want when you buy, there's no way for me to get a V4 of the C7.

Sat Jul 8, 2017

Slept in. Chatted on Google Hangouts with Dex and Lani. Breakfast at home: leftover rigatoni. Edited photos in preparation for a slideshow for Dad's funeral service. Errands: shoe cleaning, post office. Snack: one egg roll from frozen, tortilla chips and salsa from a jar. Nap. Dinner at home with Patrick: fresh cow hamburger with cheddar on brioche and french fries from frozen, red wine, Spindrift flavored sparkling water. Built the slideshow in Apple Photos, which included buying some new music in iTunes, exported and copied to my iPad Pro and iPhone 6 Plus, converted a copy in Handbrake from m4v to mp4, and uploaded a copy for Dex and Lani to review.

Sun Jul 9, 2017

Slept in. Breakfast at home with Patrick: variation on eggs in nest with sausage patty and cheddar cheese. Lunch at home with Patrick: I prepared Green Chef buddha's delight (saifun noodles, baby corn, portobellos, snap peas), Spindrift flavored sparkling water. Patrick made cornbread and a semolina cake. Watched Hollywood Game Night: Super Duper Store Night on Hulu with Patrick and microwave popcorn topped with cheddar cheese powder from Spice Ace. Vacuumed. Lots of dishes were washed today. Organized and rewrote notes from the Guadalajara trip with Patrick's help. Dinner at home with Patrick: TJ's chicken balti pies, red wine. Dessert: semolina cake, J Vineyards ratafia dessert wine. Recharge Medical work: travel health flyer.

Mon Jul 10, 2017

Breakfast: 3 eggs with mixed cheeses, english muffin with butter, 6 ounces of orange juice. Rode Muni to work. Resolved a schedules problem for Lucia. Answered a listserv question for Rodney. Lunch at Out the Door: arnold palmer, pork bun, chicken porridge, water. Bought a lot of spices at Spice Ace. Followup with Joel and Rick about supp app launch. Rode Uber Pool home. Dinner at home with Patrick: Green Chef harissa-spiced chicken (carrot, orange and pistachio slaw, grilled zucchini). Created a program for Dad's interment in InDesign CS5.

Tue Jul 11, 2017

Breakfast at home: 3 eggs with mixed cheeses, english muffin with butter, 6 ounces of orange juice. Rode Uber Pool to UCSF Laurel Heights. Responded to a support inbox request about missing class schedules. Followup with OSACA about Drupal training requirements. Followup with Rick about content maintenance. No lunch but water all day. Two snacks: seaweed snack and a granola bar. I worked on other stuff today but now I can't remember what. Rode Uber Pool to Alamo Drafthouse New Mission for Spiderman: Homecoming, which was great. We had: vieux carre for Patrick, la paloma for me, colombian cooler to share, parmesan truffle popcorn, pepperoni pizza. The perfect amount of food and drink. Rode UberX home. Weight training. Recharge Medical work: business cards.

Wed Jul 12, 2017

I can't remember what I had for breakfast today. Rode Uber Pool to UCSF Laurel Heights. Archived receipts from the new MacBook Pro and sent copies to Eric. I worked on other stuff today but now I can't remember what. Rode Uber Pool home. Green Chef beef gyro flatbreads (cucumber slaw, feta, olives, garlic-dill hummus).

Thu Jul 13, 2017

Sam gave us a ride to SFO. Virgin America flight 51 from SFO to HNL at 8:10 am. Free upgrade from main cabin to main cabin select (exit row) I think because they wanted to seat a different party together. The plane departed about 30 mins late. On the flight, I slept some. In Main Cabin Select we received free food and drink. I had a Dean and Deluca turkey sandwich. I began playing Monument Valley 2, which is just as wonderful as Monument Valley. Chris picked us up at the airport. We stopped at Punahou House to drop our luggage. We met contractor Bryson then drove to the new International Marketplace for lunch at Kona Grill: shrimp salad for Patrick, club sandwich for Chris, potstickers for me. We browsed in the marketplace stopping here and there, including a very fancy candy store called Sugarfina. We got drinks at Hideout at the Lay Low: island julep for Patrick, mai taime for Chris, good morning waikiki for me. We visited Fedex Kinkos to print programs for tomorrow's service. We encountered problems trying to print it ourselves, then encountered a very long wait in line, but I eventually got exactly what I needed after about 30 minutes. Returned to Punahou House. Nate was home. We chatted about the construction and acquired our luggage. Encountered neighbor Diana on the way out. Drove to Surfjack, our hotel for this trip. Upon arrival, we were offered cool and refreshing beverages while we awaited our check-in process with Benjamin and Sai. Machines emit the heady scent of gardenia at various locations. We stayed in room 641. We love the bath floor tile, unique shower drain cover, complimentary snacks, ceiling fan, soap, decor in general, excellent wifi (39 Mbps down, 13 up). Patrick rested while I rode Uber to Like Like Drive-in: mini fried rice, fried chicken for me; ahi dinner plate for dex; saimin for lani, kiana, and akemi; a dinner plate for rob; teri burger and leftover chicken to go for the boys back at the hotel. Rode UberX to Surfjack, laughing at how poorly the GPS pronounced Hawaiian street names.

Fri Jul 14, 2017

Woke at 4:00 am due to time zone shift, returned to bed and rested more somewhat successfully. Shower. Coffee with Patrick in one of the ground floor cabanas. Breakfast at Mahina and Sun's. Rode UberX to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (2177 Puowaina Dr, Honolulu, HI 96813, aka Punchbowl Cemetary). A few minutes of paperwork with Dex and Lani in a trailer office followed by a short ceremony with many family and friends in attendance. Dad's ashes were interred at Columbarium 13. Afterwards everyone gathered for lunch at Empress Restaurant (100 N Beretania St, Honolulu, HI 96817); Patrick and I rode with Jerome. Jerome gave us a ride to Surfjack, and on the way we encountered a stunning fire at the Marco Polo building. Upon arriving in our room, I noticed a handwitten note from housekeeping staff member Marienelle—nice. Shower then nap. Dinner at Mahina and Sun's with Patrick, live music by Jeff Rasmussen. Chris and Nate couldn't join due to road closures from the fire.

Sat Jul 15, 2017

Woke at 4:00 am and didn't bother trying to return to sleep. Early breakfast at The Lanai at Hyatt Central. Walked the Ala Wai, saw the result of the Marco Polo fire. Back to Surfjack. Rested. Rode UberX to visit the Honolulu Museum of Art. Rode UberX to visit Iolani Palace and the self-guided audio tour. Rode UberX to Surfjack. Rested briefly in the room. Explored the hula party with Patrick joining late: one beer each: pineapple beer for patrick, bikini blond for me. Chatted briefly with halau pal Daniel. Walked in Waikiki looking for a snack or casual and light meal. Snack at Spitfire Rotisserie and Flatbread inside Duke's Lane: Mama Tina's mac salad and toga fries with garlic and togarashi, water. Return to Surfjack. Room still not serviced by housekeeping so we called the front desk to request it while we waited in the living room behind reception, me continuing Monument Valley 2 on my iPad Pro. Return to room, which has been cleaned. Nap. Rode UberX to The Willows for dinner with the Tomiyasus, Tairas, Plunketts, and more family.

Sun Jul 16, 2017

Woke around 5:20 am. Breakfast at Mahina and Sun's with Patrick: avocado toast, eggs with rice and portuguese sausage. Jerome picked me up; Patrick spent the morning shopping in Waikiki. Jerome and I drove to the USS Arizona where we met the rest of our group. Jerome drove us in two trips to Ford Island where we had a guided tour of the USS Missouri with guide Michael followed by the self-guided audio tour. Afterwards we visited the Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor. The rest of the day we had planned to meet other family members further west near Aulani, but I was not aware until now how late it was going to be before we returned, and this conflicted with other plans I had made for the evening. We did some troublesome shuffling of passengers, and Jerome ended up driving me back to Waikiki. Shower, rest. Patrick and I rode UberX to dinner at The Nook with Chris, Nate, and Patrick. Drinks: mai tais and a chai hard fashion. Complimentary amuse bouche, kimchi with polenta fries, tempura frites (fennel and okra). Patrick had gumbo risotto. Chris had an asian pear salad and mascarpone risotto. Nate had a swordfish fish special. I had crab linguine with tomato cream sauce. We also had two glasses of wine with the meal, but I don't recall who had them. One was a Calista pinot noir. The other was a Glen Carlou chardonnay. Desserts: condensed milk gelato affogato, mochi churro with chocolate dipping sauce. Surprise! One of the owners working at the restaurant turned out to be the passenger who had sat next to me on Thursday's flight, and we remarked at that odd coincidence. Chris and Nate gave us a ride home. Patrick and I enjoyed some live music by the pool before turning in.

Mon Jul 17, 2017

Breakfast at Mahina and Sun's with Patrick: eggs sammie, maple waffle, pineapple juice, water, coffee. I packed while Patrick napped. We checked out of Surfjack with Jordyn, and I signed up for the swim club. Jerome drove us to HNL for Hawaiian Airlines flight 12 HNL to SFO. Snack: butter popcorn, water. Began watching Avatar via iTunes purchase on my iPad Pro. Meal: teriyaki chicken with vegetables, side of cole slaw, pineapple-filled cookie, red wine, coffee. Shutterfly free photo book offer included with meal. Continued watching Avatar. At SFO, Sam gave us a ride home.

Tue Jul 18, 2017

Breakfast at home: egg and mixed cheeses on english muffin. Rode Uber Pool to UCSF Laurel Heights. Along the way I continued studying Spanish on Duolingo. Caught up on email. Began orgchart work: CP. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Parnassus. Errands and lunch at Panda Express: orange chicken, mushroom chicken, chow mein. Stopped at the OSACA: helped Joel resolve an issue with Photos and photos on Apple devices. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Laurel Heights.

Wed Jul 19, 2017

Rode Lyft Line to UCSF Laurel Heights. Along the way I continued studying Spanish on Duolingo. Breakfast from The View Cafe: egg, bacon, and cheddar on english muffin. Identity retheme work all day. Helped La'Trece with her computer after she had recently moved into the office next to me. James had moved to the office that Nancy had vacated following her retirement. Lunch at Rigolo: california burger, french fries, mint lemon-lime soda. Al B stopped by to drop off my new MacBook Pro. I began setting it up. Rode Uber Pool home. Dinner at home with Patrick: Green Chef chicken salad wraps (lemon-pesto aïoli, rice, toasted nuts and seeds), red wine, san pell.

Thu Jul 20, 2017

Breakfast at home: leftovers from last night. Rode Uber Pool to UCSF Laurel Heights. Along the way I continued studying Spanish on Duolingo. Identity retheme work all day. Continued setting up my new MacBook Pro. I encountered a problem with Box Sync and called UCSF IT. Part of the problem resolved on its own somehow. The other part resolved after a folder within the problem folder was unsynched then synched. Weird. Lunch at Rigolo: la campagnarde (egg, hickory-smoked bacon, mozarella, mushroom) with mesclun greens, water. Rode Uber Pool to Polk Gulch. Waited at Hi Lo Club for a while before finding out that Phil told me to meet at Hi Lo but meant Hi Tops instead. Rode Uber Pool to the Castro, met Phil, Drew, and Paul at Hi Tops. They were finishing an order of nachos and some drinks. I had a blond ale and we chatted for a while before dinner at Super Duper Burger. I had a mini burger and lemonade, Drew had a chicken burger, Phil had a few bites of Drew's burger, Paul had a burger and fries. We also shared an order of fries with three dipping sauces. Afterwards we had another round of drinks at Lookout. I rode Uber Pool home. Drew and Phil gave Paul a ride home.

Fri Jul 21, 2017

Breakfast at home: oatmeal with diced pink lady apple, cinnamon, soy milk. Rode Uber Pool to UCSF Laurel Heights. Along the way I continued studying Spanish on Duolingo. Sprint standup. Followup with James J about OLPPS. Followup with various faculty members about security notices from UCSF IT. Followup with Greg C about a possible Drupal replacement to the NMR scheduler. Updated the Checklist: Transcripts page for Rick and Joel. Calendar management. Lunch at Beautifull! but I can't remember what I ate. Continued setting up the new MacBook Pro. Rode Uber Pool home. Dinner at home with Patrick: Green Chef baby broccoli salad (capers and hard-boiled eggs, couscous, pine nuts).

Sat Jul 22, 2017

Archived documents. Updated iOS devices to 10.3.3. Lunch at home with Patrick: Green Chef shrimp po'boy sandwiches (chard, snap pea and red pepper salad, plantain chips), san pell, hawaiian iced tea. Encountered "Your iCloud account couldn't be removed at this time" while trying to log out of iCloud in order to resolve duplicate movies in iTunes. I attempted to resolve it by signing out of all devices, but after starting this I realized I had seven devices to sign out of, several of which were at work, so I gave up on resolving this for now. Later I resolved a problem in which Apple Reminders did not synch correctly to some devices; this was resolved by signing out of iCloud on just those devices; turning Reminders synch off then on did not resolve it. Vacuumed and cleaned. Repaired a loose towel bar in the bathroom by tightening some screws. Completed some Sugru projects, repairing cables, a pill organizer, and adding rubber feet to our Squatty Potty. Cut my hair, showered. Snack: rice crackers from Hawaii; they taste similar to Funyuns but are crunchier and have a shrimp or fish flavor in addition to onion. Began watching Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me on Netflix DVD with Patrick and popcorn. Completed decisions about new computer and networking hardware for home.

Sun Jul 23, 2017

Made some changes to the home network and rearranged items in our charging station. Breakfast: leftovers. Mid-morning light meal: other leftovers. Snack: tortilla chips. Patrick prepared some treats, and I assisted. Dinner at Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company: kat's call and peru peach for me, brown sugar porter for Patrick, we shared fish and chips and an arugula pizza. Dessert at home: bread pudding. Finished watching Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me on Netflix DVD with Patrick.

Mon Jul 24, 2017

Breakfast at home: Patrick prepared for me applewood-smoked ham with cheddar and egg on whole wheat english muffin. Rode Muni to UCSF Parnassus. UCSF shuttle from Parnassus to Laurel Heights. Restored local dev for Calpoison. Met with Susie about Calpoison, made a few homepage styling changes. Continued setting up the new MacBook Pro. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Mount Zion. Stopped at Spice Ace to chat about ranch on popcorn. Lunch at Roam: french and fries beef burger, mighty leaf iced tea: $15.84 before a $1 counter service tip. UCSF shuttle from Mount Zion to Laurel Heights. More computer setup. Rode Lyft Line home. Dinner at King of Thai Noodle by myself: won ton soup with egg noodles, hot tea. Set up a new portable external hard drive that acts as an NAS device, configured backups. Had a hard time finding an application that would play MIDI files on my iMac until I installed timidity via Homebrew. VLC didn't work. QuickTime didn't work. GarageBand was supposed to work, but I couldn't figure out how. In timidity, the MIDI files seemed to play slightly faster than normal or otherwise a bit weirdly, but at least I could hear them. Late dessert: Patrick's bread pudding and bourbon hard sauce, J Vineyards ratafia.

Tue Jul 25, 2017

Breakfast: applewood-smoked ham with cheddar and egg on whole wheat english muffin, two pints of ginger tisane, 8 ounces of milk, 8 ounces of orange juice. Various task followup. Lunch to go from Noah's Bagels, ate in the courtyard next to The View Cafe: chicken club on whole wheat with honey, potato salad, Honest Tea. They forgot to give me my pickle slice. Continued setting up the new MacBook Pro. Handled two content emergencies for Susie and Eric. Chatted with James J about the shuttle schedule and how the Nextbus mobile app entries are erroneous and confusing. Rode Uber Pool home. Dinner at home with Patrick: tacos, red wine, san pell. Dessert: peach bread pudding with bourbon hard sauce. Watched movie trailers on YouTube with Patrick.

Wed Jul 26, 2017

Breakfast at home: one hash brown, two-egg omelette, two sausage links, one english muffin with butter. Continued setting up the new MacBook Pro. Lunch at b on the go: b nut and seed salad with grilled chicken, water. Dinner at home with Patrick: delivery from Perilla via Amazon Restaurants: brisket satay noodle soup, five spice chicken with garlic noodles, shrimp rolls with peanut sauce, iced vietnamese coffee.

Thu Jul 27, 2017

Breakfast at home: leftover brisket noodle soup. Began the installation for macOS Sierra 10.12.6 and was dismayed to find it hung before the restart with 15 minutes remaining: "Installing software update: about 15 minutes". I left it alone based on advice I found on the web. Rode Lyft Line to UCSF Laurel Heights. Sprint standup. Eric and James H helped me troubleshoot a problem in which landing hero images appeared differently in local dev environments between two computers. James fixed it somehow by changing my display settings a lot of times and clearing Drupal and browser caches a lot of times. We still don't know how it had occurred, but all seems well now. Continued new MacBook Pro setup and data flee from the 2012 iMac and MacBook Air. This transition is going smoothly. The new keyboard on the MacBook Pro has a very different feel from any Apple keyboard I have used in the past. I don't think I'll have too much trouble adapting to it, though. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Mount Zion, chatting with Nada H along the way about reading glasses and other things. Lunch at Yum Yum Hunan: drunken salmon lunch special with brown rice, hot tea. My fortune: Begin ... the rest is easy. UCSF shuttle from Mount Zion to Laurel Heights. More work same as this morning. I encountered a problem with the new Time Machine external hard drive. Hooking it to the iMac and erasing it resolved it—I think. We'll find out when I start the new Time Machine backup. Also continued documenting undocumented features of our websites. Unloaded photos from my phone: mostly photos of recently received new hardware. Rode Uber Pool home. Dinner at home with Patrick: cast-iron-cooked beef filet, creamed spinach, potato canelés; red wine, Spindrift. Dessert: we shared one Whole Foods handheld cherry pie and fig ice cream. Dessert wine for me. Attended to my hung 10.12.6 installation from this morning. Did a cold restart and was surprised and relieved to find that all was well—no visible problems.

Fri Jul 28, 2017

Pre-breakfast at home: leftover shrimp rolls with peanut sauce, hot water. Breakfast at Moffitt Cafe: 2 eggs, 2 hash browns, 2 sausage links, 2 slices of wheat toast, 9 ounces of orange juice. Followup with Julie E about Cathi D's profile page. Chatted with Zoraida on the phone about a support inbox request. Filed pcard paperwork. Dinner at home: tacos night redux. Dessert: pineapple crisps with kahlua hot chocolate. Watched 46 minutes of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on Netflix DVD with Patrick. Ran an internet speed test for the first time using the new MacBook Pro and our Sonic fiber internet: about 260 Mbps up and down—amazing! Installed macOS Sierra on a Samsung 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit (MUF-128BB/AM) that I received today. Also used the AUKEY USB-C to USB 3.0 Adapter for the first time. Like all the reviews say, the older USB device plugs into it with a super tight fit. The installation took a lot longer than the estimated 7 minutes. We'll see how well the performance is.

Sat Jul 29, 2017

This morning I abandoned my plan of using an external USB 3.0 usb drive to run a separate installation of macOS for home stuff separate from work stuff on my new MacBook Pro provided by work. It's just too darn slow. Running Sierra from a USB drive is tolerable in a situation in which your built-in drive fails and possibly a few other scenarios, but I can't imagine anyone trying to work or game that way on a regular basis. The Samsung 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit (MUF-128BB/AM) I am using is not the fastest USB drive available today, but it is one of the smallest, and that's why I chose it. Even if it were the fastest, I still can't imagine it being very usable. Since I probably can't return it, I guess now I'll just keep it in case Patrick needs it or I'll use encrypted disk images on it, which is still acceptable for work use as far as I know. Recently after having a new MacBook Pro for about a week or so I did a full shutdown and then realized in a panic that it had no on-off button so for about a minute I didn't know how to turn it back on. Instinctively, I pressed and released the Touch ID button, since that's the location that the on-off button used to be on older models, and to my surprise it worked. Breakfast at home: three-egg mexican scramble with two hash browns, 8 ounces of orange juice, 8 ounces of milk, and lots of hot water. Spent the day continuing to set up the new laptop and preparing to stop using the home iMac. Today I learned that it is possible for a Mac to search volumes that are physically connected to other Macs (and maybe other computers?) on the local network but that the trick is: (a) you need to be in a full Finder window, and (b) you must select "Shared". This reverses my belief for the past seven (?) years that it simply wasn't possible with OS X or macOS, and it's an example of something Apple does that just doesn't work they way you expect. I had simply thought it was something that was broken and Apple didn't care enough to fix. It seems that Spotlight won't ever show these results, but in Spotlight during a search if you scroll to the end and select "Show all in Finder" and then in the resulting Finder window chose "Shared" then you're able to see your results. If you still don't, then you might need to manually run "mdutil -i [volumename] on" to turn on indexing for that volume. Tonight I began using our new electric toothbrush, an Oral B White Pro 1000, as recommended by The Wirecutter. It is louder than I had hoped, but it leaves my teeth feeling cleaner than I could have reasonably done with manual brushing.

Sun Jul 30, 2017

Breakfast at home: two hash browns, two chicken apple sausage patties. Repotted an orchid and then realized that the new pot didn't have a proper drain hole even though it looked like it from the inside. Recharge Medical work: editing new blog posts. Began reading a dead tree version of Tom Fitzmorris's Hungry Town that Patrick had recently bought. Nap. Dinner at home with Patrick: Green Chef barbecue chickpea patties (feta, cucumber, kale salad with pickled beets), white wine, Spindrift. Dessert: coconut lime jello. Watched exactly half of Raiders of the Lost Ark via iTunes purchase with Patrick. Encountered the problem described in "Can't quit Steam in macOS 10.12 [closed]" on Ask Different, installed the beta, and the problem is gone.

Mon Jul 31, 2017

Breakfast at home: leftovers from last night. Rode Uber Pool to UCSF Laurel Heights. Sprint standup. Content work: Wang site updates, resolved missing class schedules for Cindy, updated the Bowl of Hygeia page with a photo. Announced availability of a new job postings feature to mostly MSOs. Created an Email on Acid account for Marisa. More content work: current students work for Cindy. Realized in standup today via Eric that UCSF Box is now unlimited storage for us, so I began moving every file I own to Box. Lunch at As Quoted: chinese chicken salad. Stopped at A Runner's Mind and purchased a new pair of Asics Gel Nimbus 19—excellent service from Jordie and company. Helped Katherine K with replacing Tejal's CV. Rode Uber Pool home. Dinner at home with Patrick: Green Chef sumac-sesame steak (pea-studded rice, chickpeas, carrots, tahini sauce), Spindrift. Repaired an Atlantis Cruise bag whose zipper pulls had broken by looping strips of thin leather through the unbroken part of the zipper pull—successful. Packed for the forthcoming whitewater rafting trip. Prepared an expense report for the Hawaii trip as recommended by Lani.