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Re: Random Daily, Personal Adventures and Stuff
« Reply #260 on: August 06, 2017, 08:13:38 PM »
This morning I'm going to the gym as early as possible.
Tonight I've a 'Game of Thrones' viewing to attend with my neighbour and her chums. I pointed out that I haven't seen the first two episodes yet, but that's not a problem because "We won't mind watching them again".  :o ;D

e: and it proved to be one of those early morning relatively quiet workouts when the weights and time both easily fly. :)
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Re: Random Daily, Personal Adventures and Stuff
« Reply #261 on: August 07, 2017, 03:03:28 AM »
Nice!
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« Reply #262 on: August 07, 2017, 09:58:28 PM »
I'm going to stretch my legs via an easy run to -



- in total it'll be almost seven miles (9km?) there and back. I plan to use the time to deeply consider such matters as: if I should move to Edinburgh full time, if I should have my gold capped front tooth replaced with something more natural looking/less yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum, attending https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e2pc8g in the company of a charming young woman (redhead, albeit faux) or going alone to hear http://www.rsno.org.uk/concert-listing/concert-information/?c_id=725&action=Read%20More (having never heard it live before), if I should take my desk or buy a new one when I move house, accepting the request of a former colleague to help with their part in a photography project, and what I should buy and cook to eat tonight.

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« Reply #263 on: August 08, 2017, 09:13:01 PM »
Wednesday. A gym day. Back and biceps day. Only in my case I don't directly train biceps due to the back exercises (chin ups and pull ups, dumbbell rows and barbell rows) hitting them too. Curls are for gymbros. But if you insist on working your arms anyway, concentrate on your triceps because they make up about two thirds of your upper arm and will fill a sleeve nicely when viewed from almost any angle. And talking of sleeves...

...after the gym and food I'm off to continue my search for a brown leather jacket. Something similar to this -



- although there's no way I'll look like *that. ;D Anyway, I've been trying to find such a jacket for a while with no success. So I'm thinking of checking out the import places. If I find one there I can take it elsewhere to have it altered and fitted.

Finally, it's a visit to my solicitor for house sale stuff and then home to stuff spinach and goat cheese and whatever else I can find into some huge portobello mushrooms that are nearing their use by date.

* but in my own way I'll still look good, and sometimes great. 8)

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« Reply #264 on: August 09, 2017, 01:03:16 AM »
Is it a consolation that I have to be at Uni for almost 9 hours tomorrow  :'(

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« Reply #265 on: August 09, 2017, 07:11:23 AM »
Wednesday. A gym day. Back and biceps day. Only in my case I don't directly train biceps due to the back exercises (chin ups and pull ups, dumbbell rows and barbell rows) hitting them too. Curls are for gymbros. But if you insist on working your arms anyway, concentrate on your triceps because they make up about two thirds of your upper arm and will fill a sleeve nicely when viewed from almost any angle. And talking of sleeves...

...after the gym and food I'm off to continue my search for a brown leather jacket. Something similar to this -



- although there's no way I'll look like *that. ;D Anyway, I've been trying to find such a jacket for a while with no success. So I'm thinking of checking out the import places. If I find one there I can take it elsewhere to have it altered and fitted.

Finally, it's a visit to my solicitor for house sale stuff and then home to stuff spinach and goat cheese and whatever else I can find into some huge portobello mushrooms that are nearing their use by date.

* but in my own way I'll still look good, and sometimes great. 8)

Everything comes back into fashion, they say.  But that sort of style has been out of fashion for long enough you might need to stick to second hand shops.  Or estate sales. :P

TD
Started a new job yesterday.  Fundamentally the same as my old job, but a better commute, hours are not as crazy, and overall stress promises to be much lower.  Main problem will be finding health insurance for myself, but thanks to COBRA*, I should have a year or so to figure that out. I just have to hope Congress figures out how they want to destroy health insurance before then.

*For nonYanks: COBRA is a federal law that allows an employee to keep the health insurance they had through their old employer for up to 18 months, provided they pay the full premium every month.

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Re: Random Daily, Personal Adventures and Stuff
« Reply #266 on: August 09, 2017, 08:03:12 AM »
Huzzah for a better commute, less-crazy hours, and much lower overall stress!  I rejoice with thee  :)
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« Reply #267 on: August 09, 2017, 08:35:23 AM »
Everything comes back into fashion, they say.  But that sort of style has been out of fashion for long enough you might need to stick to second hand shops.  Or estate sales. :P

TD
Started a new job yesterday.  Fundamentally the same as my old job, but a better commute, hours are not as crazy, and overall stress promises to be much lower.  Main problem will be finding health insurance for myself, but thanks to COBRA*, I should have a year or so to figure that out. I just have to hope Congress figures out how they want to destroy health insurance before then.

*For nonYanks: COBRA is a federal law that allows an employee to keep the health insurance they had through their old employer for up to 18 months, provided they pay the full premium every month.

Ah, that's okay, because I've been out of fashion for a long time too. ;D In fact, there's a couple of places we used for wardrobe that had old/retro stuff and I could give them a call.

And congrats on your new job. Sounds good. :)

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Re: Random Daily, Personal Adventures and Stuff
« Reply #268 on: August 09, 2017, 11:32:30 PM »
This morning I'm going to the park in a more casual frame of mind. On the way I'll buy a pint of milk. It's usually easy to find a vacant bench. And there I think I'll read -



Piano Stories by Felisberto Hernandez

- I've no idea what to expect from it, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

On the way back I'll check out the new greengrocer that's been recommended to me. If I get some floury potatoes I can do the cheap and cheerful roast potatoes/onions/thyme thing with a sirloin steak. And green beans. But if I take a nap and wake sans enthusiasm I'll just order a pizza and salad.  ;D

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« Reply #269 on: August 10, 2017, 03:07:05 AM »
Reading on a park bench is the height of civilized living, I think.
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« Reply #270 on: August 12, 2017, 10:15:56 PM »
I woke up with a strange tinnitus in my left ear. A day after, it's still there. I think I will need to see a doctor this monday then... I use my left ear to listen to music, please, I hope there is nothing wrong with it!  :(

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« Reply #271 on: August 13, 2017, 12:53:14 AM »
I woke up with a strange tinnitus in my left ear. A day after, it's still there. I think I will need to see a doctor this monday then... I use my left ear to listen to music, please, I hope there is nothing wrong with it!  :(

If you're not feeling dizzy and don't have any other symptoms it might just be a build up of ear wax or an infection. But yeah, it's important not to mess around. A visit to the doctor will be the best way to deal with it, although depending on where you live it could improve by the time you get an appointment. ;D

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« Reply #272 on: August 13, 2017, 02:14:52 AM »
If you're not feeling dizzy and don't have any other symptoms it might just be a build up of ear wax or an infection. But yeah, it's important not to mess around. A visit to the doctor will be the best way to deal with it, although depending on where you live it could improve by the time you get an appointment. ;D

Now I seem to feel better... but... ha... curiously, I slept wearing earplugs (very noisy around this part of the woods...) and the thing started when I woke up... it seems the ear wax diagnosis is right on the spot. Thank you, Dr.Nik!  :)

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« Reply #273 on: August 13, 2017, 02:22:50 AM »
Now I seem to feel better... but... ha... curiously, I slept wearing earplugs (very noisy around this part of the woods...) and the thing started when I woke up... it seems the ear wax diagnosis is right on the spot. Thank you, Dr.Nik!  :)

Glad to hear it.  :laugh:

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« Reply #274 on: August 13, 2017, 05:50:08 AM »
I must admit that I am fortunate to have avoided disaster (in a sense);  it is a long while since I backed up the electronic folders with my compositional work, but the task is now done — when I first hit Copy Here, the estimate it gave for the duration of the task was seven hours plus, but I knew that would prove inaccurate.  Shan't wait so long before running the drill again.
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« Reply #275 on: August 13, 2017, 06:52:38 AM »
I must admit that I am fortunate to have avoided disaster (in a sense);  it is a long while since I backed up the electronic folders with my compositional work, but the task is now done — when I first hit Copy Here, the estimate it gave for the duration of the task was seven hours plus, but I knew that would prove inaccurate.  Shan't wait so long before running the drill again.

Peace of mind.

Until this year I'd four copies (original stored locally, three elsewhere) of most of my professional work. But it's not catalogued with much consistency.

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« Reply #276 on: August 13, 2017, 11:03:22 PM »
Today I'm walking into town to drop off my guitar at the guitar repair guy and then I'll continue on the short distance to the end of the street, around the corner and along a few blocks by the riverside until I reach the gym.



(Panorama by John Knox. About 200 years later my gym is located roughly where the light toned building at the far end of the bridge is.)
If I go early enough I'll have a late breakfast after my workout, but if I don't I'll grab a couple of cheeseburgers from a nearby cafe - and that's a no lose situation right there. 8)


e: on the way home I bought a suede jacket -



I have the same style in grey wool and also another in navy blue brushed silk. But that's enough jackets for now because most of the time I'll still be wearing my leather jacket.

Also, unlike the model in the photo the jacket won't be worn with jeans, because I quit wearing jeans when I was 40 (and when I was 50 I quit wearing gym shoes outside the gym) but it'll still be part of a good number of fits.
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« Reply #277 on: August 14, 2017, 04:05:55 AM »
Yesterday was the day of sleep by stages.  The missus was to return on a bus, and would not arrive in Boston much before midnight—which is well past my bedtime.  The plan was that I would catch a good nap before heading to South Station to pick her up.  A happy improvisation was a 90-minute nap in the afternoon.

—My latest Music Which Just Sends Me Into the Blissful Deep-Relaxation Zone is, Schoenberg’s arrangement of Joh. Strauss II’s Roses From the South for harmonium, piano & string quartet.  This is not at all the same as “boring music,” no, no, no.—

I was awakened from the nap by a call from my old mate Paul, who rang from the beach down Boca Raton way.  He caught me up on his new job at St-Paul’s-in-the-Cabana (it’s all going splendidly).

I then relaxed by watching the 1966 Batman movie and the fourth Indiana Jones adventure, eating a lovely broiled salmon during the latter.  At eight o’clock, the missus confirmed that she was aboard a bus, and trundling up West 59th Street.  So I lay down to rest again.

When my alarm went off at 10:50pm (my alarm plays the CD and track which I have selected, in this case Granados’s Allegro de concierto), I felt very fresh, felt that I had gotten good rest, and it was not any wrench to get up, attire, and make my way to South Station.

Maria’s bus had left a bit more than half an hour later than scheduled, but the traffic is light enough at that time, that I counted on their making up the time.  Which they did, and then some;  my mom-in-law & I did not have a tedious wait at the station.

When we got home, the hay I did hit, and passed back into sleep without great effort.  And this morning I awoke perfectly well rested . . . I am not at all the “work zombie” I might have been.
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Re: Random Daily, Personal Adventures and Stuff
« Reply #278 on: August 14, 2017, 06:47:30 PM »
Today I'm walking into town to drop off my guitar at the guitar repair guy and then I'll continue on the short distance to the end of the street, around the corner and along a few blocks by the riverside until I reach the gym.



(Panorama by John Knox. About 200 years later my gym is located roughly where the light toned building at the far end of the bridge is.)
If I go early enough I'll have a late breakfast after my workout, but if I don't I'll grab a couple of cheeseburgers from a nearby cafe - and that's a no lose situation right there. 8)





e: on the way home I bought a suede jacket -



I have the same style in grey wool and also another in navy blue brushed silk. But that's enough jackets for now because most of the time I'll still be wearing my leather jacket.

Also, unlike the model in the photo the jacket won't be worn with jeans, because I quit wearing jeans when I was 40 (and when I was 50 I quit wearing gym shoes outside the gym) but it'll still be part of a good number of fits.

Huzza on finding the jacket.  But really:  I am 58, and when not at work (where we are expected to dress "professionally", I wear jeans all the time. When I want to feel dressy I have designer jeans, mostly Guess. Otherwise I wear Levis and Old Navy. Khakis and chinos make me feel overdressed.  I don't wear sneakers every day, because I like to wear sandals.  This is South Florida after all.

My one concession to age is not wearing skinny jeans.  Slim fit is sexy enough works well for me.

Funny thing is, that although I was a child of the 60s, and was a teenager in the 70s, I never wore a pair of jeans until I was 20, in college, and living away from home.

(BTW, my mental picture of you pegged you about 40 y.o.)

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« Reply #279 on: August 15, 2017, 05:04:23 PM »
I started to typeset on the computer a set of very detailed notes (nearly three notebooks) on a subject in general relativity (called global methods) which I took five years ago when I was studying it (and a bit obsessed). The final goal would be to make those notes into a textbook. I think this is the right time for this because, with all the new stuff about colliding/merging black holes from the ligo gravitational waves detectors, likely there will be a new peak of interest on this from many young researchers. These methods are necessary to prove some very hard theorems that give some very general results about the dynamics of such systems. These results were obtained in the 1970s, mostly by S.Hawking, so there's nothing really very new (maybe except for some few things). Nevertheless, any researcher entering into the field of black hole mergers has to be familiar with these results since they provide the general big picture on which one further investigates the details. The theorems as well as the methods are presented in a book by Hawking which is infamously hard to read because it uses an awkward notation and redaction style. Worse, the proof of one of the most important theorems (the one that says that the resulting black hole stabilizes to a configuration that can be described by only three parameters, which are mass, angular momentum and charge, and which is called a Kerr black hole) is scattered in many different papers by different authors, where each contributed to solve some part of the proof. This theorem can actually be seen in the wave profile obtained by ligo, since the merging ends in a ringdown (in my opinion, that should be enough to give a Nobel prize to Hawking and all the other authors that contributed to that proof). My book aims to be more accessible and readable.

On the other hand, I have been also typesetting for some time now another set of notes with the hope to complete a very ambituous  book about mathematical quantum mechanics which goes from the basics to quantum gravity. I have two and a half chapters of eight so far, as well as several appendices which develop with some detail many topics that are needed for reading the book.

So far, progress is steady but somewhat slow. I wish I could do it faster.

I have been working quite hard on these projects lately... again, progress is steady but somewhat slow. I really get very tired after so many hours of such a monotonous task (from the physical point of view, intellectually is quite fun) of being seated in front of a screen in the same position... and I still have a whole very dense, minuscule calligraphy notebook of handwritten stuff which I want to include in these things... not sure if it's worth the pain... I mean, the prize is beautiful... but the process is really draining.

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