July 28, 2015
Ramp

Logan snapped a knee ligament, the vet says, and requires surgery. As I posted in the morning, this blows our planned California road trip away. Viv will go alone via air instead while I manage a hobbled dog.

I built a 12 or 13 foot dog ramp out of to-hand scrap today - so far he hasn’t used it, which is to be expected. After I had the basic design and wood manifest I felt that I needed to check it via more reliable generators of measured dimensions than my head and my pen so I redrew the plan in SketchUp. My wood manifest was fine, as it turns out.

Every time I use a CAD-family tool, I’m taken aback at the obtuse design. For example, one may enter exact dimensions on a newly-created object but I was unable to discover a way to copy an extant object and then enter new dimensions, so for example instead of creating an 18x6x2 cross brace and editing a copy to be 17x6x2 I had to create a new object with the desired dimensions. Some of the UI decisions presumably stem from long years of CAD feature heritage, but another feature I could not locate was align-to-center, a basic building block of 2D illustration and page layout over the exact same period of time that CAD has existed.

I’m not sure what it means, other than I was as frustrated by the experience as I am when using accounting software, which includes features that inhibit wholesale copying of entries, the consistent UI location of specific information elements such as dates, and other sandpaper for the mind.

mike whybark. 273 words. Posted at 09:11 PM
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wear and tear

Logan snapped a knee ligament and needs surgery, blowing our trip to California away.

mike whybark. 14 words. Posted at 10:13 AM
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July 25, 2015
trace

Today, as I was carded for beer to my surprise, a drunk man with a strong resemblance to Vladimir Putin shared my amusement at the event. He had a faint accent which I could not place, but his resemblance misled me to assume Russian.

mike whybark. 44 words. Posted at 08:40 PM
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July 24, 2015
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