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By dev trash (Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 06:40:44 PM EST) (all tags)
After the gym I felt like I didn't want to be in the apartment until tomorrow morning, since it was a decent clear and sunny, albeit cold day out there.

But first, this should amuse our Aussie friends:

And by amuse I mean piss off, but in a happy way.

Work is weird.  And by weird I mean stressful, because some people thinking that the collection of data will eventually mean the end of our group.  As they say the writing on the wall is becoming more clear.  It'd be nice if I was able to parachute out ahead of the event  but that's all contingent on me not being lazy, and the right new event coming along.  I'm not optimistic.

Slightly related my brain has atrophied.  This is my own fault, but there it is.  I need some kind of challenge to code against.  I downloaded the VS Express, but have not had a chance to get into it.  Next weekend is already booked, going home to go over taxes with the parents.  I am not sure they need to file.  Also will be having lunch with a friend.

I wish I had more friends.  Again this is something that is all my own fault.  Some of which I can change and some of which I can not.  I'm just sayin'.

When I was kid I always hated getting up in the mornings in the summer and hearing my mother talk about going over to the garden to weed.  What she meant was that we all three plus her would be weeding.  Weeding the leaf lettuce and the onions were the worst.  I hated it. Yet today I sit here thinking about that time and miss it dearly.  My grandfather planted a huge garden, and we got to have some of the spoils by just providing labor.  There was leaf lettuce, corn, onions, peas, brocoli, cabbage, some years watermelon, and potatoes.

Memorial Day?  Yeah we had a picnic, but not before heading up the hill and planting a lot of potatoes.  Red and white.  Mostly white.  Labor Day was when we harvested, although my uncles thought that was either too late or too early, I'm not sure which.  We had five gallon buckets and we had to follow the plow and pick em up, and dig em out.  So many taters.  One year we planted in the bottom, with the sandy moist soil.  Never had I seen such large potatoes.

My answering machine was full.  87 messages.  I'm saving some, of course, but some were ones I just didn't press delete before it was too late.  So I cleaned it out today a bit.  That meant I had to listen to a message to make sure it really needed to be deleted.  There were a few from my nephew.  Kept those.  A few from friends, the funnier ones I kept.  One from my grandmother I kept because it was sorta funny, she thought she was talking to me live and didn't comprehend why I was not saying anything after "hello, I'm not here right now".  Some were people looking for my brother.  Which is odd, we're three area codes away from each other.  I deleted about 20, but grew weary, and left it at that.  I should get them all onto another medium and wipe the whole machine.  Start fresh.

For the life of me, I can not find a damned kitchen scale in the local shops, and I just do not want to drive to the big city for one item.  I'd prefer a digital version, but I'd even settle for analog.  Part of my weight er plateau is related to portion size.  Like when I have chicken or whatnot I'm guessing, and I'd wager I'm under guessing.  I've started to track my food input with Cron-o-meter, a lil Java app.

Friday after work I stopped at the new place and picked up a 6 pack.  I was going to go with some Dogfish Head, but instead was intrigued my the Woodchuck Cider, Spring Cider, Limited Release. It was, it was pretty good.  A hint of honey.  I did in the entire 6 pack.  Perhaps in two weeks I'll get a 4 of one of the Dogfish Head's they have, or even one of the Appalachian Brewing Company's selection.

Anyway, have to reboot the third of three servers to try to get the latest kernel installed.

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Was anyone in your family PA Dutch? by muchagecko (2.00 / 0) #1 Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 06:51:41 PM EST
Not that you have to be PA Dutch to have a garden, but as I was reading your story of weeding with your mother, I imagined a quaint scene in a place like Kutztown.

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not really by dev trash (4.00 / 1) #2 Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 08:04:02 PM EST
Mom's side is all Welsh and Irish and Scotch-Irish and English as far as I can tell.

I've only driven thru Kutztown once, and I guess it's was sorta like that.  rural, but not so far out that one couldn't get to the mall and civilization. In fact the largest town in the county was the largest between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, or so I've been told.


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Escali by Bob Abooey (2.00 / 0) #3 Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 08:36:48 PM EST
I got an Escali kitchen scale for my birthday this year. It rocks. I think they have them at Target although mine came from Amazon.

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yeah by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #4 Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 09:12:46 PM EST
I am sure Target has common household items in stock.  The local stores here, including Walmart do not.  Target is in the big city.  What I wouldn't do to have Target here and not Walmart.

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Do you know Fortran (preferably F95)? by FlightTest (2.00 / 0) #5 Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 11:17:30 PM EST
I need a routine to read in a configuration file.  I can do fixed-format easily enough, I would like "free form" like

LENGTH               60
STRENGTH         200
SPEED                 40

Could be (should be?) tab separated.

Where LENGTH, STRENGTH, SPEED are variable names in the program I want to assign the values to.  I kinda gave up after a little searching and figured I'd just make it fixed format .

Oh, and it would be nice to be able to have comments, I'm partial to '#' or ';' for comment placeholders.

And yes, it HAS to be fortran.  If you don't want to bother, it's fine, I really don't expect you to.

fortran by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #8 Mon Mar 01, 2010 at 09:15:52 PM EST
Not since college.  I wish I used more languages I learned in college, like FORTRAN and COBOL.  I did use a bit of C at $S, but none recently.

It does intrigue me though.  I guess that's good, but however off the top of my head I do not know.


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Not sure COBOL is worth the effort by FlightTest (2.00 / 0) #9 Tue Mar 02, 2010 at 10:32:19 AM EST
And typically the stuff written in fortran is written by the engineers that use it.  We have a lot of fortran code here, but we don't employ anyone to maintain it, the analysts do it themselves.  Unfortunately, they all just use fixed-format input decks, none of them have a clue how to do what I want either.  I suspect fortran doesn't easily lend itself to this task.

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Scales by hulver (2.00 / 0) #6 Mon Mar 01, 2010 at 07:12:31 AM EST
Weighing my portions has helped me enormously in controlling what I'm eating.

Turns out that my portions were double the size of normal peoples portions.

Having a scale that I can just bung the plate on, press zero then start serving is great. Meat on, measure, zero. Potatoes, measure, zero. Etc.

I can do it by eye now, although I still measure occasionally just to make sure I'm not starting to fall back into old habits.

Get one, they're great.
Cheese is not a hat. - clock

yes by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #7 Mon Mar 01, 2010 at 08:59:57 PM EST
This has to be a part of 'why the hell did I work out for 70 minutes on average the last three days, and ate close to but not over my BMR and STILL I gain weight' issue.

Case in point, I had a baked potato tonight and well, I had to guess, hoping I was guessing high, on how much it weighed.

I need to get a scale.


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