February 2018

Summary: Preservation Hall Jazz Band at SFJAZZ, Emery visits (Smokestack at Magnolia Brewery), Nate visits (Poc Chuc), Hearst Castle vacation with Patrick

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Thu Feb 1, 2018

Breakfast at home with Patrick: scrambled eggs with scallions, hash browns, ciabatta with butter, side of yogurt with mandarin orange slices and cinnamon, hot earl gray tea with milk. Rode Uber Pool Express to UCSF Laurel Heights. Sprint standup. Styling work for over half of the day: make accordion open and close transitions smoother. Lunch at Picnix: vietnamese egg rolls special with rice noodles and salad greens, lemon sparkling mineral water. Linkchecking with Total Validator Pro. Rode Uber Pool Express home. My repaired headphones arrived today from fixheadphones.com. They seem to work fine, and I have a 90-day warranty for the repair. Dinner at home with Patrick: meyer lemon chicken with butternut squash and salad, san pell, white wine. Dessert: Whole Foods fantasy cheesecake. Patrick and I took typing tests on the web just for fun. He is surprisingly fast for using only his two index fingers. Continued playing The Room: Old Sins with Patrick, exploring The Curiosity Room. Gathered tax documents. Continued troubleshooting and repair of the remote control for the Logitech Z906 speaker system from January 28 last month. This time I opened the remote and inserted enough felt padding to make it work more reliably, even if the buttons felt a little stiff. It seems to work better now.

Fri Feb 2, 2018

Today I learned after receiving help from their support team how to change the default stylesheet for results in Total Validator Pro (aka TotalValidator Pro): edit the results.css file in the application folder. To find the application folder, open Total Validator Pro, then select Help > About, then select the Open button on the line that says Install. For me in macOS 10.12.6 Sierra, the results.css file was found in "/Applications/TotalValidatorPro.app/Contents/Resources/Java/images". (If you had found ~/Documents/TotalValidatorTool/images/results.css, that is the wrong file to edit.) I had wanted to make the font size larger, so adding font-size:1.15em to the body element did it. Breakfast: one banana, one pint of hot water. Rode Uber Pool Express to UCSF Laurel Heights. Sprint standup. Deleted lots of old, unpublished content from all our sites to help with linkchecking. Lunch at Starbucks: flat white, chicken wrap protein box with cucumber slices. Microsite work: revisited Desai pubs at KK's request. Continued reading from Richard Rutter's Web Typography (PDF version). Rode Uber Pool Express to the Mission. Met Patrick at Bear and Bull for drinks then dinner and a movie at Alamo Drafthouse New Mission: Call Me By Your Name. Pre-film drinks: turkey in the coop for Patrick, shanghai bastard for me. In the theatre: beer for Patrick, little gem salad but with a different dressing than they normally use at Patrick's request, fennel sausage pizza. Patrick also received a coupon for a free snack as part of his movie theatre membership, so we also got a large bowl of popcorn. My receipt for the bar portion said our server's name was Bull. Rode UberX home.

Sat Feb 3, 2018

Slept in. Breakfast at home with Patrick: yogurt with diced apple, pecans, and honey; 8 ounces of orange juice. Cut my hair, showered. Nap. Cut my hair again, resolving some issues I missed fixing the first time around. Today Patrick made four loaves of New Orleans French bread using a recipe from Tom Fitzmorris' Hungry Town, and it came out pretty well. I walked/hiked to Grand View Park, stayed a while, then returned stopping at Twisted along the way. Watched part of Christopher and His Kind on Netflix DVD with Patrick. Dinner at home with Patrick: leftover pasta, spinach salad with roasted scallion dressing, Patrick's french bread with butter, Alta Palla, white wine. Dessert: we split one Twisted chocolate-glazed donut filled with bavarian cream. Changed the last of three bike registrations to Grant. Continued playing The Room: Old Sins with Patrick, completing The Study and exploring The Maritime Room. Unloaded photos from my phone, filed paperwork.

Sun Feb 4, 2018

Slept in. Rode UberX with Patrick to Mom Ryan's, picked her up, then continued in the same ride to Hayes Valley. The three of us saw Preservation Hall Jazz Band at SFJAZZ's Miner Auditorium for what I think Randall Cline said was SFJAZZ's first 11:00 am performance ever and the last of five PHJB performances following the 2018 gala opening where they received the SFJAZZ Lifetime Achievement Award. We sat in left terrace row TH seats 17, 19, and 21. They played for about 90 minutes with no intermission. Musicians: Ben Jaffe, Charlie Gabriel, Clint Maedgen, Ronell Johnson, Walter Harris, Branden Lewis, and Kyle Roussel. Near the end they invited a Latin band to join them for a few numbers. Ben Jaffe said it was the band's 50th year playing in San Francisco. We had a great time. Tickets were $80 each. Afterwards we walked to lunch at Lers Ros Thai: crab roll cakes to start, prawns asparagus with steamed white rice and thai iced tea for Mom Ryan, lek tom yum and thai iced tea for Patrick, nuer pad pak with steamed white rice and thai iced coffee for me. Water all around. $80.07 before a $13 tip. Rode Lyft home, dropping off Mom Ryan along the way. Note: Lyft handled a multiple destination trip perfectly whereas Uber did not show the first destination correctly to the driver even though it was specified correctly in Patrick's phone. Nap. Dinner at home with Patrick: bone-in pork chops with French Market spices from Spice Ace, Patrick's french bread and butter, san pell, white wine. Afterwards we watched Superstore s3:e12 (Groundhog Day) while eating dessert: chocolate cake from the freezer. Continued playing The Room: Old Sins with Patrick, completing The Curiosity Room and exploring The Garden. So satisfying. Resolved a problem in which I am prompted with "Enter passphrase for key" when attempting to execute git pull or other git commands or when attempting to push journal updates to Bluehost. I thought I had found a solution to this two days ago, but that solution lasts only for your current session. I found a new solution today that seems to work better in a Stack Overflow solution called "SSH Key - Still asking for password and passphrase" asked by HelloWorld. The answer that worked for me was the one given by ChrisJF on Jan 5 '17 at 18:51. I don't understand why this came up for me only now, though. In any case it seems to be fixed for now. Tried and failed setting up the Switch Control accessibility feature so that I can control the MacBook Air from my iPhone 6 Plus for media server purposes; Apple's instructions were too hard to figure out. Installed VNC Viewer for iOS and got it working easy enough, but it's too cumbersome for our needs.

Mon Feb 5, 2018

Breakfast at home: leftovers from yesterday. Rode Uber Pool Express to UCSF Laurel Heights. Listserv work: added an alum to the jobs listserv. Followup with IT about the iMac reimage. Styling work: removed unneeded code that was causing linkcheck errors. Sprint standup. Restarted very old OWASP online training: Security Awareness and Software Development Lifecycle Project (SDLP). Helped Katherine K via WebEx with getting started with Slack and with replacing Tejal's CV on the Desai Lab site. Lunch: sushi to go from The View Cafe. Letterhead work for JoAnne W. Rode Uber Pool Express home. Nap. Late dinner and Emery's birthday at Smokestack at Magnolia Brewery organized by Tim C and Andy M. Rode Uber Pool Express home.

Tue Feb 6, 2018

Breakfast: an apple. Rode Uber Pool Express to UCSF Parnassus. Professional Staff Development 4 of 5 with David. Mid-morning snack: one blueberry fig bar. Lunch at Picnix: vietnamese chicken sandwich, watermelon slice, Crystal Geyser lime: about $13 before a $1 tip. Continued and completed OWASP online training: Security Awareness and Software Development Lifecycle Project (SDLP). Content work for JWG: Student Profiles. Filed a possible bug with square crops. Rode Uber Pool Express to the Mission. Met Patrick at Alamo Drafthouse New Mission for The Shape of Water. We enjoyed the film. Rode UberX home.

Wed Feb 7, 2018

Rode Uber Pool Express to UCSF Parnassus. Breakfast from The View Cafe: bacon and egg on croissant, Cafe Verona with half and half. Sprint standup. Delivered list of accomplishments to Eric for forthcoming annual performance review. Resolved for Paula and Eric a display problem with code that Lemonly provided to us: a hidden character was embedded in the source and revealed itself only in certain browser-platform combinations. Walked to lunch at Sqwers Izakaya and Sushi Bar: two-item bento with chicken teriyaki and gyoza, water. The gyoza was lukewarm and seemed like it had been prepared about an hour or more beforehand, but I did not complain about it. $13. Walked back to work. Lots of task followup. Encountered a disastrous problem with Box Sync and had to log in to the website and dig files out of the trash. Met with Eric: mailing list updates. Rode Uber Pool Express home while continuing to watch My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman: Barack Obama which I started a week or two ago and neglected to mention then. Dinner at home with Patrick: roasted chicken breast with farro and golden beets, white wine, san pell. Finished watching Christopher and His Kind on Netflix DVD with Patrick. Organized Box files and strategized synced folders.

Thu Feb 8, 2018

Breakfast at home with Patrick: scrambled eggs with smoked gouda, english muffin with butter, hash brown, mixed greens salad with meyer lemon dressing and quartered bosc pear. Rode Uber Pool Express to UCSF Laurel Heights. Digital letterhead templates work. BTS Beat template work. Backported improvements to the PharmD Education template. Met with Katherine K and Eric D about BTS Beat mailing list and subscribers. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Mt. Zion. Lunch at b on the go: chicken grec salad, root beer. Walked back to work. Met with Eric: BTS Beat mailing list work. Followup with Kim D about editor access for Medication Outcomes Center. Followup with Marissa L, Alma A, and Yvonne M about digital letterhead templates. Calendar management. Rode Uber Pool Express home. Dinner at home with Patrick: Good Eggs parsley pesto pasta with chickpeas and ricotta salata to which Patrick added zucchini, san pell, white wine. Dessert for me only: leftover slice of chocolate cake from frozen, milk with Bailey's. Patrick recently renewed our subscription to CBS All Access, so tonight we watched the last 15 minutes of Star Trek: Discovery s1:e9 then we watched s1:e10.

Fri Feb 9, 2018

Breakfast at home with Patrick: scrambled eggs with smoked gouda, english muffin with butter, hash brown, sausage link, orange juice. Rode Uber Pool Express to UCSF Laurel Heights. Notified James F and Marisa M that accordion transition jumpiness was now resolved. Submitted an email forwarder request to IT on behalf of Katherine K. Lunch from The View Cafe: veggie california on wheat with pickle slice, ate outside in the courtyard. Digital letterhead work. Small edit for EE for Marisa. Rode Uber Pool home. Nap. Rode UberX with Patrick to The Cafe. We split up, him to meet Jonathan G at Poesia, and me to meet Paul at Hi Tops. At Hi Tops I joined Paul. The opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics was playing on some of the televisions, and we watched some of it with subtitles. We had missed the procession of the athletes. We shared nachos with pulled pork. Karl arrived. We decided to go to Beaux next. Some kind of women's event was taking place in part of the bar. I met Karl's friends Rodney and Victor. We sat upstairs where it was quieter and chatted for a while. We next went to Toad Hall where I met or encountered other friends of either Karl or Paul: Jesse B, Hien, Arnoldo, Patrick, Jason (whom I also knew through Brian and Kelly), Tuan, Gogo Miguel. We next went to Badlands where I met or encountered on the dance floor Urian and Andrew and Andrew and elsewhere in the bar Thomas, Joseph, Andrew, Nick from LA, and ECB and his work friends Carl, Jessica, and Avana. ECB now lives in San Jose. Afterwards I got a cow burger and Snapple iced tea from Gyro Express. Upon leaving I encountered Tony S and we chatted a while. On the corner I met Myles and Myles and Gabby.

Sat Feb 10, 2018

Slept in. Breakfast at home with Patrick: pancakes and chicken apple sausage, hot earl gray tea with milk. Resolved a flickering video / redraw problem on my mid-2017 15-inch MacBook Pro (Intel HD Graphics 630 1536 MB) while browsing certain pages or using WebEx in Chrome. The problem did not occur in Safari. I resolved it by enabling hardware acceleration in Chrome's advanced preferences settings. This solution was not intuitive because many web pages described the solution for this problem to be to disable hardware acceleration. Recharge Medical work: html email editing and prep. No lunch. Nap. Rode Uber Pool to Shotwell House. Met Nate, Drew, Phil, Romy, and Paul for dinner at Poc Chuc. Nate is in town newly starting a San Jose job with Nvidia. We started with tortilla chips and salsa and an assortment of platillos mayas. I had the poc chuc. Everything was delicious. Service was rather neglectful at times, occasionally apologetic, but we didn't make a big deal of it. PDR shared news that they have placed an offer on a home in the Richmond. Afterwards we returned to Shotwell House and chatted for a few hours. Afterwards I attempted to meet with Tony and Hector at Lookout, but we missed each other due to a friend of theirs falling ill. I walked through the Castro then rode UberX home.

Sun Feb 11, 2018

Breakfast at home: leftovers. Resolved a recent problem with accidental data loss in Notational Velocity. I realized that I have Simplenote or Notational Velocity on multiple devices and that each copy has old versions of the data that are available offline. I found a device on which I hadn't used Simplenote or Notational Velocity since before the data loss, disabled wireless on it, and then opened it and was able to recover the known-lost data. I pasted it into another application before pasting it back in to Notational Velocity. Troubleshot a problem with TouchID failing on my 2016 iPad Pro. It is likely a hardware problem since if I try to add a new fingerprint to the two that were already there I can see that the sensor is failing to sense anything when I tap tap tap. A few hours later TouchID works again. Very strange. Upgraded MAMP PRO. Nap. Began setting up Shaarli 0.9.5 locally, then realized I should try to move all home websites to https and began investigating that. Bluehost doesn't support Let's Encrypt on shared hosting, so it looks like I need to leave Bluehost. A lost/gained domains chart on webhostinggeeks seems to support this decision, and Siteground seems to be a likely good choice. Dinner at home with Patrick: Good Eggs simple black bean street tacos with fixins, san pell. Played The Room: Old Sins on my iPad Pro with Patrick, completing The Maritime Room and exploring The Japanese Gallery. Installed Unified Remote server and iOS app on the MacBook Air that serves as our home server and entertainment system. I encountered an autodiscovery error that resolved after I quit and restarted Unified Remote on the MacBook Air. I installed a few remotes and it seems to work as expected except the Spotify Advanced remote. Will troubleshoot further later.

Mon Feb 12, 2018

Breakfast at home: oatmeal with diced pink lady apple and cinnamon and milk, 8 ounces of orange juice. Rode Uber Pool Express to UCSF Laurel Heights. Sprint standup. BTS Beat template work and build and list subscriber updates. Lunch from The View Cafe: baked pork bun, two shau mai, two ha gow, water from my water bottle. Orgchart work: CP (Bret -> Rosa). Email on Acid BTS Beat review and template edits. More BTS Beat template work and build. Rode Uber Pool Express to the Mission. Met Patrick at Alamo Drafthouse New Mission for Science vs. Cinema: Alien. Drinks: glass of Sebang for me, LaFuerza for Patrick. Regular popcorn, deviled eggs, pepperoni pizza. $54.89 before a $12 tip. Rode UberX home.

Tue Feb 13, 2018

Breakfast at home with Patrick: cheesy scrambled eggs, biscuit from frozen, hash brown, sausage links, orange juice. Rode Uber Pool Express to UCSF Laurel Heights. Rode Uber Pool Express to UCSF Parnassus. Professional Staff Development 4 of 5 with David. Mid-morning snack: fancy trail mix. Lunch at Artesano: chicken vegetable soup, limeade. HTML email template and build work for both BTS Beat and PharmD Education. Rode Uber Pool Express home. Dinner at home with Patrick: Good Eggs turmeric baked chicken and chana masala with raita and chutney. Watched part of Sideways (2004) on Netflix DVD with Patrick, as recommended by Chris and Andy in December. Stayed up late making a labrador pup popup Valentine's day card for Patrick via Ray Marshall's website.

Wed Feb 14, 2018

Breakfast at home with Patrick: yogurt with nuts and diced mixed fruit, 8 ounces of orange juice, slice of toast with butter. Rode Uber Pool Express to UCSF Laurel Heights. BTS Beat inaugural issue subscriber prep and final delivery. Lunch at As Quoted: chinese chicken salad, cafe au lait, sparkling water, and bought a small chocolate bar to go: about $22. Errand: Bryan's grocery store for eggs. Spent about an hour trying to figure out how to change the foreground and background colors of curly braces (aka curly brackets) in Sublime Text 2, failed miserably, then gave up for now. Styling work. Rode Uber Pool Express to the Castro. Errand: optometrist. Rode Uber Pool Express home. Dinner at home with Patrick: Good Eggs butternut squash lasagna, red wine, Palla Alta. Finished watching Sideways (2004) on Netflix DVD with Patrick; we liked it. Recharge Medical work: html email template work and two campaigns, task cleanup.

Thu Feb 15, 2018

Breakfast: a banana, 10 ounces of hot water. Rode Uber Pool Express to UCSF Laurel Heights. Sprint standup. Lots of letterhead template and styling work today. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Mt. Zion. Lunch at Sweet Lime thai restaurant: kaeng jued, hot thai tea, ice water. Errand: spices from Spice Ace. UCSF shuttle from Mt. Zion to Laurel Heights. More work of the same from the morning and lots of task followup. UCSF shuttle from Laurel Heights to Parnassus. Rode Muni home. Dinner at home with Patrick: Good Eggs borscht with brisket and beans, red wine, san pell.