Smallhouse Log

Maundy Thursday

A computer crash has become the impetus to finally revert my music player of choice to an outdated version - before they killed off the feature that made it worthwhile in the first place. I am talking about iTunes Party Shuffle, obviously. This has lead to some necessary maintenance on my music library, which is going satisfactorily. Maybe next I can finally get around to organizing my photos again - something that is much more involved with a spouse, I've found.

The crash has also led to me replaying some NES classics on emulator. I finally beat River City Ransom, and I cannot really understand why I had so much trouble with it before. I think because I never figured out how to jump when I was younger? I was also cruising through Crystalis, until I accidentally deleted my savegame. Haha, just like the original NES!

Saturday
"Some sea creatures are meant to die." -Claire, 2016-02-19

So, it turns out that the FTP client on the phone inserts a bunch of weird characters that mess up webpages and really mess up Javascript. So I scrapped that. I'm just glad I hadn't bought a bluetooth folding keyboard yet.

That said, my little JQuery Mobile app is coming along nicely.

Friday, second week of Lent

So, it turns out installing an FTP client on my phone is completely legitimate; now I develop web apps on my commute using JQuery Mobile, which took surprisingly little time to learn. Honestly, the hardest part was the JQuery part, which seems to be all generic functions and callbacks and other such backwards frippery. I was told I should already know JQuery before learning JQM, but I'm a rebel who plays by his own rules.

This past weekend was the Folk Festival. It seemed to go pretty well despite almost not happening at all. Will there be one next year? Probably. The year after? If things go well. Specifically, if we can attract more undergraduate involvement. This year, we were down to two. Total. Not good.

Two.

Saturday, week after All Saints Day

Was it wise to install an FTP client on my phone?

Monday, Fourteenth Week in Garfield Park "Arts District"

It's been a busy weekend. Both grandpas were in town for double birthday, starting with dinner at the restaurant. It was really cool to learn that all the things my dad liked best on the menu were the same things I like best. It made me feel connected with him in a way that's not as easy to obtain as it used to be.

Of course, our fathers get along beautifully, and all I had to do, during the one awkward pause in conversation, was to mention that the Cards were the best team in baseball right now, huh? and we were off to the races for the next four days.

The low point of the weekend was having a bullet fly past my shoulder on the way back from the community garden. I thought it was fireworks at first, until all the yelling started. I didn't want to think it could be otherwise, and as a result my reaction time, even with Claire yelling at me, was not ideal. I don't want to say, "Next time it will be better," because I don't want there to be a next time.

I wasn't particularly upset at the time, and as traumas go, it's certainly not the worst I've suffered this past year. But it was the most impersonal, the one hardest to see coming. And, of course, it could have been the most fatal. If I had been hit? If one of our dads had? The babies? Hours and days later, these scenarios play through my mind in idle moments. I'm not scared, exactly, not nervous, but I am upset. Disappointed, distraught that the neighborhood I chose to live in is not as safe as I want it to be. Embarrassed that it happened in front of our parents. Angry that someone could be so cavalier with a deadly weapon, bullets flying and striking buildings a block away.

Weary from thinking about it, replaying those alternate futures in my mind, trying to not let this one event color my perceptions of my neighbors.

Monday, forty-third week in Garfield Park and first week in the "East Garfield Park Arts District" aka. "South Humboldt Park"
"I could live in this bathtub." -Margot, 2015-04-26

Whew! Yesterday, while Claire was busy with the board meeting of the community garden, I loaded all our livingrooom furniture, and most of our other furniture, into a UHaul, drove it half a mile, and unloaded it again by myself. This was a ten foot truck, and I can truly say that all my time spent playing Tetris in my youth has paid off. I know you didn't see it, but let me tell you, it was a thing of beauty. Not only was it packed to the brim, it was rock-solid steady to boot. I should have taken pictures.

Of course now my biceps are full of lactic acid and my heels are sore from jumping down out of the back under load, but I can't argue with the results. One more load in the truck this morning to get books and cookpots and I dare say the rest could go over by hand if need be.

Not that we won't still borrow a car, mind. We're not masochists.

Wednesday

Spent my day off working on a Javascript-based roguelike. Well, the beginnings thereof, anyway. Very refreshing. But it's a six-day workweek, nine hours a day. Oh well! They promise they'll be hiring soon. We'll see. At least I'm making money!

I'm supposed to be working on a portfolio, of which the JSRL is only a part, but let's be honest... it's the interesting project right now. I'm also helping the garden ladies make a website for the community garden, and teaching them how it works so they can maintain it. To that end, we looked at the source for this blog, and let me say, I knew I needed to update it, but.... whew. So that's another project.

Now if only I had some actual free time.