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Apparently, Town North didn't put all of the parts back into my car.  Neither they nor Rotary Performance wanted to take the time to send the parts over, so I got to be the messenger.  Minor nuisance.

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23/NOV/2k

TurkeyDay

22/NOV/2k

Michael didn't want to be exposed to cold, again

21/NOV/2k

Cold flared back up. Out sick

20/NOV/2k

Never did get ahold of my adjuster, today.  Joel was changing my phone, so I couldn't leave a number for the guy to call back.

Similarly, apparently the head of hockey at Ice Bound wants to talk with me about the fight that broke out at last Friday's game. I wasn't there, but I'm the team rep. I didn't manage to catch him, either.

17/NOV/2k

Out sick

16/NOV/2k

Car: My adjuster told me he would be busy this afternoon, but that I could talk to anyone at his office. Wouldn't you know. As soon as I start calling their phone system goes out and all I get is busy signals. So I don't know if the estimator made it to my car today.

15/NOV/2k

Car saga:

I've had to deal with insurance companies enough to know that you have to call them every day. If you call them, one thing will get done. If you don't you'll fall through the cracks. Thus it was, today. I had to make four calls today to actually get ahold of the adjuster assigned to my case in order to get him started on the next step, getting an estimator out to my car tomorrow.

Oh, and on the voting fiasco:

Grow up people. Take responsibility for your actions. We, the people of this country, gave you the opportunity to vote. The ballot wasn't as clear as it could have been, but it certainly wasn't that hard to figure out. You look at it, notice that it's a little awkward, so you take and extra few seconds to make certain you're punching the hole you intended to. If you're too stupid or too careless to do it right, then tough.

Jay Leno had a great line in his monologue a coupla days after the elections: "Remember when it was embaressing to be stupid?"

In my minuscule opinion, the Florida state election system seems to be handling it about as well as could be expected in today's tabloid culture.  Though, I do think picking and choosing which precincts to recount is a form of gerrymandering, which is inherently underhanded. I haven't heard if they're doing this, but they should recount all precincts that were within some percentage, say 5%.

I didn't vote, because I don't take the time to research the candidates and most of the issues carefully enough. And I refuse to vote based on a couple of very narrow special interests, or alternatively, based on which candidate has the best sound bites.

Take Senator Leiberman, for example. A few years ago I was active on a Compuserve forum where we dealt with his first attacks on computer games.  Based on some first-hand reports from some of the public meetings he held, along with reporting of the Senate/Congressional hearings, it seemed very clear that he was a close-minded zealot following a politically correct agenda. Also, he's pretty devoutly religeous. Me being pretty devoutly agnostic/atheist, that counts as a strike against him from me.

OTOH, in the time since he was chosen as Gore's running mate I've read reports that, for a politician, he's remarkably honest and ethical. And those are virtues I'd like to see more of in our government.

So, if given the choice, would I vote for Leiberman? I don't know. I don't have enough information. It would take considerable time and effort for me to gather enough info that I considered reliable before I could make what I feel would be an informed decision. And I don't know many people who I feel have invested the time to understand the complex issues of today any better than I do.

And that's why I don't vote.

Hey, who put this soapbox here? Sorry about all that. Let me climb off ofthis thing :-)

14/NOV/2k

Really distracted by my car. Turns out it's over $5000 damage.

The guess is that something called a "pulsation dampener" was leaking fuel.   Apparently, that's a device between the fuel pump and the injectors that smoothes out the flow of fuel to the injectors. I found several hits in Google, so I guess that's a standard piece of fluid dynamics equipment.

Started talking with the insurance company to cover it under my comprehensive. I sure hope they don't want to total it. But I'm afraid that's what's going to happen. Not sure what I'll do then.

The really sad part is, I've been smelling gas for quite awhile. I guess my procrastination really cost me big, this time.

On, man.  Here's a guy that had the same problem I did.  Only he was even less lucky than me.  Mine didn't even cook the paint on the hood.

Here are a coupla advertising shots showing one in pristine condition. rx7pub.gif (72663 bytes)   rx7pub2.gif (74588 bytes)  Man, I like this car.  I have a photo of mine that I took not long after I bought mine, but I can't find it right now.

13/NOV/2k

I feel like I need to type up what I did all weekend. I'm so used to doing that. I did borrow Rosy's truck until my car is fixed. I was going to rent a car, but my driver's license is way expired

10/NOV/2k

Yikes! My car is likely going to cost a minimum of $1000, if I'm lucky and nothing important was damaged

09/NOV/2k

Well, my day started off lousy. My car caught fire. Luckily, it happened while I was at a light, so I could smell it and see the smoke. I pulled across the street to a gas station (away from the pumps) and they had a fire extinguisher. I think we caught it before it did a lot of damage. At least, looking from the top of the engine I couldn't see any major damage. And it didn't cook the paint off.

I sure like this car. It's normally very reliable. I hope nothing major is damaged.

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Sheesh, it's been a month since I posted any updates here.  It was a combination of crunch mode eating all my time and a coupla weeks of burnout where I didn't get anything done worth mentioning.  I'm finally back in gear and getting lots done.   We're pushing hard to get this thing finished.

And, I want to post this, but our cable modem is down, again.  I haven't been able to use it much, but from what my roommates say it's down for at least a few minutes every day.  It may be time to switch to DSL.  I know a few people who have it, and I haven't heard them complaining.

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03/OCT/2k

We won the softball game.  Made it to hockey on time.  Got humiliated 8-0.   That wasn't much fun.

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Went to C league hockey tryouts at Ice-O-Plex. It didn't go well. I have no stamina. I started running last week. Hopefully, it'll start making a difference in a month or two. In addition, it was very disorganized. And Whip didn't put any effort into urging the team reps to pick anyone.

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Our first outing with the "company plane."  A Hobbico Avistar Trainer.

This plane is much more responsive than the club trainer was.  It can easily finish an aileron roll before losing much pitch.  And I didn't realize just how much difference dihedral makes when yawing a plane.  The wing on this plane is nearly flat, and rudder input causes very little roll.  And the turning behavior is much closer to the sim than I had thought, before.  It yaws several degrees and then sticks there.  I didn't take time to try a flat turn, though.  Next time.

The wind was much more mild than last time.  Probably under 10 mph.  Only Michael and I flew.  Chad didn't want to.

It was a very busy night at the field.  At the end I heard the guy coordinating everything telling John that they'd had 44 flights by 18 students.  There were almost always four planes in the sky.

Our first instructor, Bob, was very conservative.  When I took the controls he got upset when I started yanking the plane around.  Apparently, I was too confident on the controls.  He wanted nice, smooth turns.  So I just flew around the pattern and tried to keep him happy.  Near the end he had me doing some low-speed passes over the runway.

Our second instructor, Alan, was much more confident that he could get me out of trouble if necessary.  I did some figure-8s with him on my second flight.  Then on my third I asked about possibly shooting some landings.

He had me flying low and slow over the runway.  Again, with the crowded sky, I let the plane climb a few times to clear traffic that was taking off or landing.  Then one time, I'm about 20 or 30 feet off the deck, a little on the far side of the runway and he tells me to cut the throttle.  I guess he was going to have me land.

Anyway, I had messed with the throttle trim before taking off.  With the club trainer, with the throttle trim all the way up, cutting throttle left the engine running too fast.  It turned out our engine was running a bit slow.  So with the trim in the center, when I cut the throttle, the engine quit.  So I was landing whether I wanted to or not.

That didn't bother me too much.  I felt I was in control.  I kept the nose level or down and tried to let the plane settle onto the runway.  As it was losing altitude I pulled back and didn't see a response.  So I hauled back all the way and it still banged down pretty hard and bounced.  I let it climb and tried to keep my airspeed up.  Once again, it went in nose down and full elevator didn't level it out in time.  On the second hit the front wheel popped off.  The plane stayed upright as it slid to a stop.

Alan said that he didn't think I had hit hard enough that it should have taken the wheel off.  Possibly the collar that holds it on was a little loose.  Nobody checked it, specifically.

So, while my first landing wasn't as good as it could have been, but it wasn't a complete disaster.  It's too bad the plane wasn't still flyable.  Even if we had collars, it was dark enough that there wasn't time to fix it and try again.

Here's a picture:

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31/JUL/2k

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29/JUL/2k

Took Michael up on his offer to take the day off

28/JUL/2k

Non-work, trying to get hockey firmed up for next season

27/JUL/2k

26/JUL/2k

Hmm, it's been awhile since I've posted to my web site.  Time to rectify that

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CDs:
Heavy Metal soundtrack
Stars game

2/JUN/2k

CDs:
Yes Drama
Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack

1/JUN/2k

How about id?  Wow

Today's CDs:
Collective Soul Hints, Allegations & Things Left Unsaid
Alan Parsons Try Anything Once
Pat Benatar Precious Time
Stars game

31/MAY/2k

Today's CDs:
Weird Al in 3-D
Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Rush Debut album
The Who Odds and Sods
Rush Fly by Night

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John Reed, an instructor at the North Dallas R/C club, offered to meet us out at their field.  I think he intended to hand us off to another instructor, but apparently not as many showed up as he expected.  So he ended up taking us up one at a time.  We had brought our Alpha 180 glider, but there was way too much wind.  Also, apparently the battery only lasts a few minutes.  So he let us fly the club trainer.  A Tower Trainer.

What we learned was, the program works.  By using the actual controllers on our PC, along with being diligent about flying from the pilot station view, we found we were very comfortable flying the plane.  All of us were careful because we were flying someone else' plane.  But we had absolutely zero trouble with control reversal.   The real plane behaved very similar to the trainer in the sim.  John only had to take over from me one time, and I probably could have recovered that one myself, but John was being prudent.

One difference in the plane itself is that our sim plane defaults to full throw on the controls.  The real trainer was set up very conservatively and responded pretty slowly.

Also, our planes don't roll enough on rudder input.  The real plane rolled pretty sharply.

Finally, our wind is far too tame.  I put gusts in there, but they're too far apart and they don't ramp up quickly enough.  Also, we don't have any turbulence.   And finally our wind doesn't change direction.  So even with wind in our sim, the planes fly too smoothly.  We found the real plane was constantly being upset one way or another by the wind.  Not so much that we had trouble, but we were constantly having to adjust for it.  We should be able to have the sim doing that when I need a few minute break from my current task.

Like Michael said, John told us that if hadn't been for the wind he expected that he could have had us landing by the third flight.

Every time I suggested a maneuver John's response was along the lines of, "Oh, boy." as if he thought I was being too ambitious.  For example, when I did an aileron roll the limited throw on the controls made it roll very slowly.  I pitched up a little before starting and automatically tapped forward elevator halfway around.   I'm pretty sure he was expecting to have to take control before the plane was pointed straight at the ground.

Overall, lotsa fun.  I think I'm catching the bug.  I sure wish I had some free time.  On our way to the field we stopped at an R/C shop to get a couple of final pieces for our Alpha 180.  They had an indoor untethered electric helicopter that caught my eye.  :-)

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Non-work
My roomie scored tickets to the Stars game.  It was a good game, nice and close.  But, man, was it loud.  Painfully loud.

Then I assaulted my ears again on Sat by seeing Stomp.  They rocked.  More comic relief than in their video.

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Out sick

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Car:  Instead of missing completely, now the hesitation is longer.  It just stops accelerating for about 1/4 of a second.  Frustrating.  In addition, the door handle on the driver's side door broke, so I have to reach in from the other side to open it.  Annoying.

02/MAR/00

Took my car in before work.  It hesitates when I accelerate hard.  Chris said that a somewhat common problem is when you hit a certain level of boost when the engine is cold and the air is cold it'll cut the fuel.  I haven't noticed that much of a hesitation.  We put a box into the sensor path that basically lies to the computer.   My first test on the way home tonight implies that that fixed the problem.

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29/FEB/00

Lotsa good progress on glide.

Got a digital camera, an Olympus C-2020Zoom.  My dad had given me some money for my birthday but this is the first one that looked like it had the features I wanted.  In particular, faster focus, faster display on the LCD, Quicktime movie recording, optional manual focus, and Smartmedia cards.  I thought it also had USB, but apparently I got that mixed up with another model.  Their 3030 looks even better, but it's not going to be available until May.

28/FEB/00

Disjointed day.  Tried to pick up my contacts (my first) but one came from the manufacturer dry, and it burned whenever I put it in.  I did pick up new glasses.   Then I had to leave a little early for a softball game (we lost.)

25/FEB/00

Had an interesting incident.  A guy walks into the office and parks himself in front of my desk and starts describing a fighting game that he made.  The game is a combination of Tekken and Killer Instinct with lots of blood and is "...fucking bad-ass."  Am I interested?  He obviously doesn't have a clue how the industry works.  If he really does have something finished, as he claimed, then he's ahead of many wanna-be's. But the fact that he apparently did all of this work in a vacuum and referred to some old games suggests that it may not be as cool as he thinks.   Michael pointed him at GOD as a place to start.  Maybe they have time to tutor him. Michael said that before he sent the guy off it became clear that he wasn't the one that actually wrote the game.  He looked like he was very likely a skinhead.   Lots of tatoos and cropped hair.

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Happy Valentine's Day.

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Forgot to mail my notes to myself, so this is from memory.

27/JAN/00

It was scary driving to work.  I saw one car right in front of me get onto the slush on the side of the road and end up tapping the center barrier (the idiot locked up his brakes.)  It's going to be worse going home.  Yankees (I'm a displace Iowan) think it's silly how Dallas shuts down with a couple of inches of snow.  But we rarely get snow.  We often get sleet.  What's worse, that melts during the first day and then refreezes at night leaving a very smooth, slick surface.  That doesn't happen up north.  It really is dangerous.  Especially since the average driver is a complete idiot.

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24/JAN/00

Ack!  Michael cut off his hair!  I hope his programming genius wasn't stored in it.

23/JAN/00

Finally got switched over to my new web host.  American Business Web was okay.  Jim seemed reasonably responsive to most of my tech support requests.  But he's a little expensive and his management software is falling behind the times.  Plus, I was having intermittent trouble with downloading email.  And finally, I wanted to set up some mailing lists, which he doesn't appear to offer.

The new place, Datarealms is a little cheaper and has better software, plus mailing lists.  I got their name from my roommate Andy, who said his Aikido dojo used them and had pretty good luck.  My first impression is that the tech support response is too slow.  Generally about 30 hours, plus no evening nor weekend support, which is inconvenient for a webmaster on hobbyist hours.  Other than that, managing the account does seem easier.  I can actually view what mailboxes and aliases I have in place.  Setting up the mailing lists was reasonably straightforward.  And I'm looking forward to more thorough usage logs.

One tip/reminder for anyone wanting to run a Perl script.  If you're on a Unix box then the script needs to use Unix line breaks.  Most Perl syntax checkers will overlook MS-DOS line breaks and not report them.  When you try to run the script you don't get any output, no error messages, nothing.  If I hadn't run into this before it probably would have taken hours or days to figure it out.

21/JAN/00

Car fixed.  Clutches have gotten expensive.  I remember when they were $200-250.  This one cost $800+.

20/JAN/00

Bad start to the day.  On my way in I had a couple of errands to run near the house.  My clutch started making a lot of noise.  I got out to run one of the errands and it wouldn't start.  So I'm thinking that it's a bad clutch and a bad battery.  Then, while talking on my cell phone, that battery died.   Sheesh.

Last weekend I picked up a Mickeysoft Intellimouse Explorer, the one with the optical motion detector.  I like the motion detection technology.  That seems to work well.  The shape is okay, though I like the regular Intellimouse Pro better.  The extra two buttons are okay.  I have gotten used to using the one to back out of web pages.  The action on the buttons is a little too light for me.  I often right-click or wheel-click when I don't intend to.  Also, I would like the wheel to be a little taller and maybe have a bit stiffer motion, like the Intellimouse Pro.

Overall, it's okay.  One thing that annoys the heck out of me is that they added a useless light shining out the back end.  I often catch it out of the corner of my eye when my hand isn't on it and it distracts me.  I appear to be very sensitive to lights and motion in my peripheral vision.  Animated GIFs on web pages also drive me nuts.  This light is bad enough that very likely I'm going to rip the thing open and tape up that light so I can't see it anymore.

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18/JAN/00

Working on transparent controls.  Going in a lot easier than I thought.   I almost have labels done and the others should fall into place quickly.  But I'm having to touch several spots in Fox to make it work. That'll become really painful as we get new drops.
Labels done
Transparent buttons
Transparent tabbooks
Michael, Chad and I discussed how to make text readable on these backgrounds.  I contend that we need to reduce the contrast.  Michael thinks just brighten or darken will work.  We're trying stuff out in Paintshop, but I have to leave for my skating lesson.
Michael had an image up before I stepped out the door.  He agreed that we need to reduce contrast, too.

17/JAN/00

Hope there aren't any virus pieces lying around the office :-)

Working on getting display options fully hooked up
Now saving and restoring renderer and resolution
Hooked up display checklistbox and change notification.
Starting to figure out Fox messaging system

16/JAN/00

Not everything got transferred to the zip disk for me to compile SDOE at home.  So I went in to work a coupla things.  I added the display of locked and in-progress games.  I use the strikeout attribute on the font.  I need to move the test to a bit earlier.  Right now, you get warned about machine speed, then you're told you can't join.

13/JAN/00

Back from skiing.  Only a quarter of the mounatain was open.  There wasn't much there to challange me or Bruce.  We had four first-time skiers with us so we spent a lot of time tutoring them.  No serious injuries.  Even the newbies used up the mountain by the fifth day.  Overall, we had fun, though.

06/JAN/00

Michael and I discussed a more flexible debugging system.  His generic data and data logger classes make the low level basis for a system that should work well.  Basically, we want to have more flexibility in reporting errors.  Expensive tests we want to disappear when we compile a release build.  That's a standard assert, and we have plenty of those scattered through the code.  Others, we'd like to turn on and off at runtime in both release and debug builds.  The goal is to provide more information in order to track down crashes and other odd behavior.  So sometimes we want to pop up a box and other times just write it to a log file.  And we want to be able to switch on the fly. And we want to be able to selectively turn it on and off for different groups of reporting code.  We think we've come up with a way to graft this on without having to go and touch every single assert currently in the code.
Finished stubbing in Training screens
Hooked up displaying an image under a label
Spent a lot of time trying to implement transparent controls.  As usual, I missed a ramification.  When we don't fill the rect of the window then the old controls hang around and clutter up the current tab of a tab book.  In order to do this we're going to have to implement an onPaint that asks its parent what is behind it and use that as the bitmap for that window.  That'll get rid of the flicker and just be overall more pleasing to look at.  Ended up backing out most of my changes because I'm going to be gone for a week.  Posted a question on the Fox list to see what others think.

I'm out of town for a week.  I get to go skiing at Ruidoso, New Mexico.  I like to ski.  I like to ski a lot.  I like to ski Real Fast.

05/JAN/00

Added listbox to layout file
Looked at getting rid of bogus compile warning.  Caused recompile of the world.   Don't see how to reconcile those.  For some reason, those four are different than the rest.  They appear to be tied to CString
Put training and network screens in layout file
Started stubbing in training screens
Michael and I discussed how to set up the string ID names we're using to ID each screen.   He made a suggestion that'll produce a compile-time error instead of a runtime error.  Since the screen probably won't change once they're all in there we're putting the GDECLSTRID into the app screen.h file.
In SDOE, looked at Spanky's idea about color-coding score display based on team. I think it'll be easy to change.

I've had a couple of interesting emails, lately.  A couple of weeks ago I mentioned the high school kid who wrote me about my review of Alien Resurrection.  He first tried to intimidate me, and then tried to impress me with his knowledge of classical forms of narration.  I wasn't impressed with his spelling errors and very poor grammer :-)

I had another guy claim to be a horse whisperer and tried to give me a one-paragraph explanation of what horse whisperers do.  Somehow, he jumped to the conclusion that I had never spent much time around horses.  In fact, I spent nearly every day of junior high and high school riding and taking care of horses.

Finally, apparently the author of the Pilot program Account Manager checks his logs and found that people were linking from my site.  I had mentioned that I wanted a PC version of the program and he pointed me at the beta he just released.   Way cool.

04/JAN/00

Implemented icon display in combo boxes
Oops, found out that word wrap isn't implemented in Fox text boxes, yet

I managed a four second flight of the toy tethered helicoptor we have here in the office.  Then I suffered from control reversal.  It was pointed at me and I pushed the cyclic away from me, which of course lowered the nose and the thing bored right in at me.  I did manage to cut the throttle before it actually hit me :-)
Then Michael flipped it over right on top of its control tether.  In a single crash he managed to pop a motor off the rotor, wrap the control cable around a motor shaft, slice through half the tail boom and snap the drive belt to the tail rotor.   Most impressive :-)
He also broke three propellers on a prior flight.  My best was two props on my first attempt :-)

03/JAN/00

Moving load image and label lists to immediately below background in all screen::inits, so I'm more likely to remember it when creating a new screen.
Working on handling how ppf's represent a single label or image in "list"
Michael ran into this last week.  He had put in a blank label name " ".   We could search for that as a special case, so that we know whether or not to assert.  For now, if the list comes back null I try again looking for an ID.
Added General and Network option tabs.  Nothing hooked up on those, yet
Fixed a crash bug when we fall through to choose default renderer.  We were calling into the resolution combo control before it had been created.
Added programmer art for these new screens to annoy Chad :-)
Implemented font size parm in layout file.  Worked first try.  Always satisfying
Implemented left/center/right alignment for labels
Defined our own LAYOUT_FIXED to save typing

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