Productive Weekend

We managed to have a pretty productive weekend!

We both did various work things Saturday.   I’ve been working on some research at home, trying to ramp up a second area of on-going publishable research.   This is difficult as my current employment involves a lot of original work, and greatly restricts the areas that I can publish in.

Saturday afternoon was Yoga time.  This week there has been lots of time to work on inversions – my headstand (Sirshasana) is getting much better.  I can hold the pose for about 15 breaths, but still have trouble getting upside down without the assistance of the wall.   Will get there… it is always a journey.

Sunday – some more work.

The day started with a Vespa ride!  I scooted up to Mae’s Phinny Ridge Cafe to pick up a couple of their frozen cinnamon rolls.    They are very good, but pack a lot of calories.   I made it my breakfast and lunch!   Maybe next week we will take a Vespa ride onto the ferry – we haven’t had a chance to do that yet.

I did some bug fixes and made a big performance improvement to CascadeLMS.   It was against my first judgement, but I de-normalized some data in the database, leading to duplication (of just a 32bit integer field), but greatly improving performance.   Some pages render 20% faster because they don’t have to recursively query the data any longer.    Today / tomorrow is a bit of a stressful time.   Miami U. will really start working with the system tomorrow as classes start this week.    The install at https://my.csi.muohio.edu had 1736 users during the spring 2009 semester.   I’m not sure what the user base will be like this fall, but I am hoping for an equally strong showing.   So far, we have 40 courses set up for fall 2010, and I expect to see more this week!

Sunday afternoon-ish: we gutted the office!  Our office on the bottom floor is combination of mine and Cortny’s desks and office stuff.   I have a bunch of (like 8 shelves worth…) of books.   Most of these lived in my office at Miami, but they are in our house now.   I keep promising that when I have an academic position again, the books will go back into my office.   I was able to get rid of a bunch of stuff, always a good feeling.   But, also a bad feeling – as in “I moved this 2000 miles??? why?”   I did keep 1 crate of “outdated” technology – I still have an Apple Newton, an original iBook, 3 other 800Mhz G3 iBooks (I plan on incorporating these into some research at some point…), and Tapwave (a 3rd party PalmOS device).   There was a lot of stuff I just didn’t need anymore – and it is now gone.

We also disassembled my giant desk.   It was just taking up too much room.   We moved the iMac to one of the book shelves.  It is really just our Web server, music service, and sometimes use computer.   This opens up the center of the room.   We now have a better open space for home Yoga and room for someone to sleep down there on an air mattress.

Then we headed down to my office.   I brought in a bunch of stuff to sell on our for-sale list.    Tomorrow, I will be selling an Atari 7800, a Nintendo GameCube, a pets.com sock puppet, and giving away a bunch of books.   Feels good to lighten the household load.

And now – bedtime.   Full week of working coming up.   Actually 8 full weeks of work until I take half a day off… Just realized that I don’t have a full day off until the day after Thanksgiving.

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