Beemer (dr_tectonic) wrote,

Visitor, Kitty Condo, Work

We had a visitor last night! Jeff Haas (backrubbear) is (briefly) in town for a conference, and had an evening free to visit. So after tai chi yesterday I zipped off downtown and kidnapped him away to North Denver to hang out with us for a few hours. He's good people. Lots of good conversation, a tasty dinner at our neighborhood pho place, and much sharing of "here's a thing I like you might enjoy". An excellent time. I hope work sends him to more conferences in Denver!

Monday evening after dinner we went to Petco to check out kitty condos. We had a sort of dual platform thing that we cobbled together that they were very fond of, but it got too wobbly and we had to throw it out. So we'd been thinking about getting one, and they're 15% off this month, and tax returns are coming, so we thought we'd go look. We were planning on just window shopping, but, well, they were cheaper than I was expecting, and Jerry had an email coupon for an additional 5 bucks off, and there was one right there that was pretty much ideal already assembled and everything, so we just bought it. The kitties like it VERY much. Nico can have so much Up that he's even taller than we are! Jerry posted a couple pics over on FB.

At work, all our big computing resources are down all this week because they're upgrading the OS and many folks are out of the office, so things have been pretty quiet. I spent a big chunk of Friday copying data onto my desktop machine so that I could still get things done, and I've spent most of the week so far plugging away at a project that will hopefully develop into a second paper.

One of the things I did was to extract some data from a dataset I downloaded, and I feel like it's a mark of accomplishment that after I started cleaning it up, I said, "hmm, this rabbit hole looks like it goes pretty deep", and rather than diving in, did only what I needed for right now, made a list of all the other things that would need doing, and then set it all aside until I can determine how much use it's likely to see and whether I can push the fixes back to the owners. Go me! Or rather, go me for not going!

That's about all I got right now.

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