40 something geeky dad

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I would like to say I grew up a fan of Stan Lee's writing since I was a kid. But the truth is my first exposure to Stan “The Man” was from Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends. It was not a Saturday morning if I didn't watch Peter, Angelica and Bobby have their adventure for the week. Sure there were only like twelve new episodes a year it seemed, but it never got old for me. In the age before VHS, DVD, Blu-ray and DVR appointment viewing was all we had. And in the background was the voice of Stan Lee.

That was my gateway into the world of Marvel and a life long love of comics. And while I'm not so familiar with the writing of the man the voice is what hooked me into one of my life loves. Cartoons, comics, TV Shows, and now movies. All for the seed Stan Lee helped plant.

Did you know that the secret to the true nature of the universe is hidden within the simple task of laundry? People foolishly believe that we were created in the image of some super deity in his or hers own image. That they created the heaven and Earth for our pleasure and shunned us for the unforgivable mistake sin of knowledge. But all that is wrong. We are created for the sole purpose of washing and folding socks. That is all. We wear then and then wash them and must mourn their loss when escape to the one and only afterlife that contains all the mismatch socks ever created. And if we ever choose to not give full tribute and fold them properly we end up cursed forever. That is how crazy someone can go when they decided to fold socks for the first time in months. I'm one step away from throwing every sock away in the house and just buying all new ones. Everybody can just get socks for Christmas early.

Been in a programming slump the last few days. Laundry derailed me today. But mostly I've been hitting a wall in just sitting down and focusing. Think I'm going give it 20 minutes tonight so at least I feel like I'm doing something. Then I'm going to try to put in a solid hour or so each day this weekend. Also need to find a simple theme so I can finally create my web page with a few simple functions to it. I have the temperature and time of day working just fine. I just have to figure out the best way to cache the information so I don't get close to going over my free API call limit. Which shouldn't be too hard. Probably will save it to a file and refresh it every 15 minutes or so. It isn't like people will be using it to check their local weather. And I have a little blurb that will tell when the next full moon is. Maybe I might set something up to show a viewer the full moons in a given month. Or even what phase of the moon they were born on.

I want to still add the last three watched TV shows from my Trakt history. But that API is a bit over my head still. After I watch my videos for the week that might be what I focus on. Well. Onward and whatever.

This really feels like a bad sci fi script. President is no joke. Who doesn't like jokes or persistent reporters. I'm not saying stuff like this never happened before. But out in the open like this. If you don't know the meaning of the word fascist look it up. We will be hearing it a lot.

I really have to get to sleep before 3 o'clock in the morning every day. But I am forming good habits... kinda. Finally got to the moon phase API where I could find out the date of the next full moon. And used logic and iteration (not an iterator because that is different) to print that date out. Not a big deal in the bigger scheme of things but I got it right. In a module no less that can be reused in other places. So I'm happy. Should have taken less than two hours to do. But next time it will.

So about election night. It was interesting. Not all the results I personally wanted to see. I am glad though that some progress has been made that I agree with. The house is controlled by democrats. And a lot of left leaning and progressive even Dems were elected as opposed to incumbent establishment Dems. And more women of color than ever that have every been elected in one cycle. I guess diversity happens eventually. Democrats also picked up a few Governors. But the fairy tail ending liberals were looking for won't happen tonight. We are still a polarized nation at odds with fact and physical, sexual and faith based differences. Any healing we have to do will be over the course of time. But at least there is hope.

Can't wait to see how Trump spins this into a massive Republican victory though. I can see my emotions being poured into my mastodon account tomorrow.

So I voted. In the most conservative county in my state. A state that has a republican governor. Yet I voted. And I'm happy I did. When it comes down to it lessons have to be learned from 2016. For good or bad people have to vote for their wants to be counted. Call me naive but I believe that most people want the same things. Fair pay, good schools, healthcare. If we come together and vote in-mass most of these issues can be solved. I mean we have to believe that there are more good guys than not good guys in the world right?

But I digress

Took my first Uber ride with the kids last night. Was interesting. Mostly because there were only Uber X and XL cars available. Which I guess is okay. But my first request failed for a driver due to an app misconfiguration on my part. But when I tried again the price when up by $3 US. Did you create a demand of two that initiated a surge price? Sucks. But the driver was nice and safe. And the boys were ever so happy to not have to take the bus. I would have taken pictures but ... teenagers.

There was a time I would snap quick pics of every first experience. Now with the boys so cool and me so not cool in their eyes they run from me everytime I pull out my phone to capture a moment. Amazing how fast things change. I mean they are great kids. Just the right amount of pain in my ass. Well sometimes they excel in being a pain in my ass. But still good kids. Just interesting how quickly they become not kids and just you children with their own lives and personalities and desires. Who would have every thought the days where you had a second (and third) shadow would be missed. Emotions suck.

So I actually really happy with my Python/Flask tinkering up to now. I've been able to manipulate a couple of different datasets around to product output and use logic to change it depending on different criteria. A lot further along that I thought I would be by now. I am trying to think if I should do a separate Flask lesson each week and incorporate basic python lessons each day to incorporate into that lesson. That way I'm learning flask but hammering python each week. Guess I'll figure out eventually.

Google for the first time I can remember changed the doodle to something not Google. I'm sure there is a public relations slant to the message. But in this polarized political environment we live in any positive messages are welcome. Less dogma and more action. As long as everyone votes without any tricks or threat of violence the better.

In my limited research of testing out REST APIs to use for web programming I've found that looking for free is hard. I've found a couple cool ones. Phases of the moon, limited weather info. Even converting coordinates into zipcodes. But I can't find a good use for that just now. But phases of the moon I can work with.

I would like to be able to get my favorite NBA team's latest score and show how my mood is depending on if they won or not. But most the good sports APIs cost ###SO MUCH MONEY### a month. The cheapest one was like $90 US a month. I guess I could combine two I saw the get about the same thing for free. One was a fantasy sports site that had the team game schedules. And the other had a limit of 250 calls a day. But if I only count the last game result and let that be my mood until the day after the latest game that could work. Will need to store the API result somewhere so I can cache it. But I can do that with just saving the result into a simple file. I think I can manage that and the program logic to refresh the result after 6 AM GMT -5 in case the game goes past midnight.

After that I want to post my last Mastodon post and what shows I've been watching. I have an idea how to do both but I'm not sure how hard it will be. Then comes the hard part. Making it look “decent”. Fingers crossed.

You know what sucks about being out of shape. The utter lack of urgency to get back into shape. You body gets so use to being abused and neglected that the idea of getting healthy feels crazy and impossible. I know everything I need to do to turn my body and health around. But sugar and McDonald's taste so good. Doing something good should not be this hard.

I also need to be active. Way more active. I'm thinking three to five miles twice a day would be a good start. Although the thought of that much walking on my knees does scare me a bit. But I have to make some changes now. And I'll deal with the damage later.

I've never been a Dick Wolf-verse fan. Never got into Law and Order in any incarnation. Although I do like Ice Tea in SVU. The Chicago shows I like because now its just one 3 hour episode every week. Plus Hank is that beast. But they aren't something I felt I had to watch every week. But this new show FBI on CBS is pretty dang good. I mean don't get me wrong. It is still a bit over exaggerated. Like a Honduras gang with ties into all jails bombs a building because of ties with a white supremacist demagogue. Most the episodes still have cleanly wrapped up endings. But its CBS. Can't have the bad guys win on CBS.

On a side note I have a real weekend coming up. It isn't on the weekend but its two days in a row. And I can't wait!!! I know I will have to do cleaning a laundry. But I have two straight days to get some sleep and focus on my programming and think of stupid stuff to write about. Feels like heaven. Back when I first started working I would get maybe 3 to 4 hours of sleep a night because I was up late researching stuff. Installing Linux on old computers and virtual machines. Installing Apache web servers, mail servers, uPNP servers, transcoders, blah blah blah. If it was tech I was trying it out. Now at my age it feels like I am paying for all those hours I missed in my 20s. Part of it is my fault. When you are tired the bed is not the best place to work from. Actually outside of a flood basin or an active volcano it is probably the worst. And I could just go downstairs and work from the kitchen table. But I didn't major in maturity.

Election day in America is on Tuesday which should be fun. I think voter turnout will be larger than expected. I have personal political leanings but I just want people to vote. Just everybody vote. If conservatives win after that then at least we can't question it. If liberals win then we know people don't really want to vote against their own interest and can look past all the fear based ranting out there. I just want people to vote period. Let things fall where they may after that.

I was talking to my two best friends on or off the net about TV today. Or at least what passes for TV anyway. There is just so much on now and so many ways to watch it. Being an 80s kid for the most part I can remember and time even before FOX became the fourth network. It was so easy. In New York City during the 80s there was channel 2 (CBS), 4 (NBC), 5(FOX), and 7(ABC). If you wanted repeats and cartoons during the afternoon you had channels 9 (WWOR) and 11 (WPIX). Back in the day 9 was for Mets games and 11 was Yankees. If you have a feel for anything from Sesame Street to Masterpiece Theater you had the local PBS channel on channel 13. And then famously we had the local UHF channel that played Video Music Box on channel 31 I think. How we all didn't have carpal tunnel back then turning that damn knob all the time.

Later one we had cable but it wasn't really that many more channels. Not like the hundreds of channels we have now. But the way things are going cable might look as out of date as over the air looked. Just to go over all the services I have at least tried over the last 18 months you have:

  1. Netflix
  2. Hulu
  3. YouTube
  4. YouTube ~Red~ Premium
  5. YouTube TV
  6. Sling.TV
  7. Pluto TV
  8. Crunchyroll
  9. (more expensive Crunchroll)
  10. Funimation
  11. HBO NOW
  12. Starz
  13. Showtime
  14. DC Universe

So many choices. And so many shows. I use to use an app to keep track of what came on and when. But now it is too much work to even enter all the shows into the app. I can see the appeal now of watching shows months after the fact now. Something that I use to think was so crazy but who doesn't want to see a show with millions of other people as soon as it has been released. And it isn't so much about not having the time. I can find time if I need to. Its just the energy. Can you believe that? Watching TV takes more energy than I have most days now.

What a crazy upside down world we live in.