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Parthenogenesis? [Aug. 30th, 2015|11:14 am]
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Jocelyn is back from camp. She was scrutinizing her fish tank, to be certain no more fish had died while she was away. The new plants had died, which she was sad about. But no fish. Indeed, she said "Hey! There's a baby fish!" We were skeptical, and thought it was plant detritus. She insisted. "It's a baby fish! Right there!" It took several tries before it stuck around long enough between her sighting it and us being able to get there and see it, but indeed, it is a baby fish! We're like, um, we only bought male guppies? Well, maybe one of the guppies was badly sexed. What else could it be?

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I bought my first app on my phone [Aug. 23rd, 2015|11:00 pm]
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So far I've just been getting the free versions of things, but finally I decided to pay two bucks for something to get the non-crippleware version.

We're going to get Jocelyn at camp next weekend, and on the way Perry and I are going to stop and do a little geocaching. So I've been downloading geocaching apps and cache data, and I bought a little app that will play with your gps settings and stuff. It had an ad-based version, but that required a connection to the internet. Which, since I'm on the pay-as-you-go plan, probably would have added up to $2 just for the data connection in the woods.

I've managed to spend about $10 in calls, texts, and data over the past month. That seems pretty reasonable. The biggest data user was $3 downloading a bunch of apps to try to find out the status of a late train; obviously I should have downloaded "where's the train" apps EARLIER but I didn't think of it til I was stuck in the station. That was many megabytes. So I'm trying to be proactive about the geocaching trip by getting stuff while still connected to wifi.

Perry is annoyed because the GPS in my phone appears to be superior to the dedicated GPS we gave him 6 years ago for his birthday. I'm excited that it appears to have a built-in compass! I had no idea.
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Trying to kill twitter [Aug. 21st, 2015|12:46 pm]
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Since everything I seem to join and come to like dies, it is time for my assault on twitter. Tell me your twitter handle and maybe I'll follow you... I'm nosrednayduj. Not sure how I'll use twitter, cuz the size of post is shorter than I would normally post. Probably I'll stick with posting here, and maybe tweeting a synopsis and a pointer.
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Bike to/from work Mon/Tue [Aug. 19th, 2015|11:30 pm]
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Monday 26.01 from work in 2:29 for an average 10.4. Odometer for the year at 1234.0
Tuesday 25.77 to work on a completely different route in 2:15:19 for an average of 11.4, edging out my record of July 21.

Turns out it's actually truncation that accounts for the difference in average speed; the actual averages are different by 0.027mph if you compute it out further, and the 11.3 is 11.39977...
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ROTFL [Aug. 19th, 2015|11:29 am]
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I don't usually do this but this one had me rolling on the floor. I tried embedding the comic but it didn't come with the mouseover text, so you'll need to go there anyway, so I unembedded it. Click away.

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We got a new dishwasher! [Aug. 16th, 2015|10:58 pm]
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Our new dishwasher is really excellent in terms of cleaning. I put in a bunch of unscraped things, and silverware we found that the old dishwasher hadn't cleaned, and it did a very good job. We have a fancy setting (that I’m probably not going to much) that has superfast jets to get pots and pans cleaned - I put in an untouched casserole dish with baked on crap and it got 99% clean.

So the new drill is going to be, scrape off the large particulate matter, but go ahead and throw it in, even if it has baked on cheese. There's some theory that you use less water if you use the dishwasher for your pots and pans, which may now be true, now that we don't have to rinse them to get them clean. I'm sure it wasn't true for our old dishwasher, since it pretty much got no pot clean ever unless it was clean already. We will have to clean a filter every few months.

However, I'm not thrilled with the new lower rack. It holds fewer dishes, because it's missing the middle lanes we put the little bowls in. Also, the silverware tray is smaller. So I'm trying the old bottom rack (which I retained). It seems to fit. We'll see if it actually works in action or causes the dishwasher to not close properly and leak everywhere.

They randomly charged us an additional $95, which we're wondering if it's on the up-and-up, because the check was made out to the installation company rather than Best Buy. So I'm going to call and find out about this.
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Another camp! [Aug. 10th, 2015|08:06 pm]
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Jocelyn is in NY for her circus and theater camp in Long Lake. I dropped her off at the Albany airport today, and she took the camp bus the rest of the way. It turns out she wishes she'd made a different decision back in January when we were signing up for camps, and wishes she were going to an all-circus camp. So she may concentrate on the circus aspect and not be in any plays. She's going back and forth about it; I'll have to wait 3 weeks to find out what she actually does when I go for parents weekend. Next year we will look into Circus Smirkus (which is apparently fairly serious despite the dorky name).
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More beany experiments [Aug. 7th, 2015|01:24 pm]
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So, after black beans failed, I thought perhaps the problem was that I had used a brand which leaves a lot of particulate matter in the packing juice. So I bought Progresso kidney beans, which I recalled had a smoother juice with less bean bits and tried again. Voila, pink frothy foam! Made the meringues again, but since there was a significant bean flavor (chickpeas are less strongly flavored) I added some chocolate and cinnamon to make Mexican Chocolate meringues.

The results are, well, mixed. They're OK. But you can definitely taste the beans, even with the disguising flavors.

Probably I'll stop doing this, since in fact I am NOT a vegan, and egg whites produce a much better result.
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biked monday [Aug. 7th, 2015|10:30 am]
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23.34 to Waltham in 2:05:45 for an average of 11.1.

Thursday Ken had a doctor's appointment in Dedham, and didn't really want to end up with a car at work, so I biked to the doctor's (16 miles) and took him to a convenient train and drove the rest of the way to work. But, no other long bike rides in my recent past or expected future, so we won't be having any 100 mile weeks for a bit, I think.
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belated bicycle blog [Aug. 1st, 2015|03:32 pm]
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Wednesday I rode to work, after abandoning my car (the new leaf! Which got a full charge at work.) 26.86 (I used the old route) in 2:32, average 10.6. I started out strong (there's a traffic light at about 5.5 miles that, if I'm doing well, I get to in 25ish minutes elapsed, and poorly in 30ish minutes. I seem to recall it be 26 when I got there), but then somehow slacked off to a somewhat normal finish.

In electric car news, we used our Leaf a lot today, first taking Perry to camp for a Saturday outing (49 miles round trip), then to the farmer's market (about 15 miles) and then to BJ's and the grocery store (25 miles round trip). Charged in between but still ran the battery down below 20% by the time I got to the grocery store. It blinks a warning message, puts on a charging station icon (gas pump with cord coming out of it), and starts flashing the "estimated remaining miles" (which was 13, because I was using the A/C and driving on route 1 at 50mph, so not exactly economical driving). Fortunately, the grocery store, has a charging station, so I was able to suck up a little juice while shopping, but only to 35%. We only have 110V charging at home, because we have to get some stuff installed in order to charge this car at 220V. So charging at home is slow. We'll have to use the Prius to get Perry from camp at 5pm; no way we will have gotten enough charge back.
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