Links for April 2022

ITHCWY Newsletter for March 2022

One Year of Tides Animated (with Sun and Moon)

Exclusive transcript of the speech that Biden should have delivered: Build Back Betterer.

What is the San Francisco Rent Board Fee?

Catfood WebCamSaver 3.27 is out. This has a big increase in the list of working webcams and so definitely worth upgrading (or trying for the first time).

Code: I fix a pet peeve with Todoist so the Alexa Integration sets a due date. Also, here's how to use the new Google Search Console API to monitor the index status of your pages. Both in Google Apps Script.

Timelapse: San Francisco Shoreline. Sunsets 8 (Nice Pacific view from my roof) and 9 (the March 27 storm in San Francisco). Both sides of the Golden Gate.

Hikes: I don't recommend the perimeter of Treasure Island (at least not trying the whole of it). I absolutely do endorse Mount Davidson. And San Bruno Mountain.

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(Related: Animation of a year of Global Cloud Cover; Going Chrome; Monitor page index status with Google Sheets, Apps Script and the Google Search Console API)

(You might also like: Sending email via GMail in C#/.NET using SmtpClient; Open letter to Nancy Pelosi; World Time Lapse)

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Links for January 2022

ITHCWY Newsletter for December 2021

ESC

Some Catfood updates - WebCamSaver has been migrated to .NET 4.8 and has a code signing certificate (less nagging from Windows during install) and updated notifications. The list of webcams has also been updated. Catfood Earth for Android now supports Material You. This was so painful that there is a companion 'making of' post so I can whine about it.

With all the news about San Francisco's crime tsunami I decided to look at the data. Here's an animation of all the crime from 2003 to 2021. Spoiler alert, the only really interesting trend is that there is less of it, and 2020 was a massive dip which makes all of the year on year increase statistics being paraded around at the moment a little less interesting. There is a good contrarian take in The Atlantic as well: The Great Shoplifting Freak-Out.

A few hikes in southern California: Sawmill Flats (in Mount San Jacinto State Park), Ladder Canyon and Painted Canyon (amazing) and Barker Dam and Wall Street Mill (in Joshua Tree NP). One in Sonoma: Creekside Trail to Big Leaf Trail Loop.

Windows 11... it's great except for the bits you need to use.

Also a Barn Owl.

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Links for December 2021

(Related: The Trust Project, Fake News and a Partial Facebook Uninstall; I didn't think I'd ever fall for fake news on Facebook; Go-arounds: LEGO and Legislative Service)

(You might also like: Timelapse, Week of Jan 31 2022; Bernal from Davidson; Upgrading to BlogEngine.NET 2.5)

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Links for December 2021

Links for November 2021

ITHCWY Newsletter for October 2021

CA 2020

Continuing my Catfood Software refresh I have added a detailed WebCamSaver Guide as a companion to the Catfood Earth post. I also released Catfood Earth 4.20. This is a minor feature release (with the 2021d time zone database) but has a lot of upgrades behind the scenes. I've migrated to .net 4.8 and renewed my code signing certificate both of which make it much easier to install on Windows 10 (and 11). Upgrade notifications died when I moved Catfood Software to ITHCWY, with this release there is a new web service so Earth can tell you when thee is a new version available. Similar changes will come to WebCamSaver soon.

Are US schools too obsessed with sports?

Some fun with crystals and Adobe super resolution - I don't think they trained the AI on crystals.

Hikes: Adobe Creek, remnants in the sunset, Twin Peaks and Sugarloaf Ridge State Park.

I might buy more of your podcasts if you stop making them too long.

A milky way timelapse from Sugarloaf Ridge State Park.

Fleet week came back to San Francisco. Photos and timelapse.

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(Related: Catfood Software Support; Export Google Fit Daily Steps, Weight and Distance to a Google Sheet; Catfood Earth)

(You might also like: Cable Car Museum; Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillar; Open letter to Nancy Pelosi)

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Fog Heart

Fog Heart

Sometimes even Karla The Fog leaves her heart in (or near) San Francisco. Seen on the excellent fog.today.

(Related: Google Cloud Vision Sightings; Summit Loop, San Bruno Mountain; Methyl L-α-aspartyl-L-fucking-phenylalaninate)

(You might also like: Four Parties; Cam of Fortune!; Corona Heights)

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Links for September 2021

Updated on Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Snap Out of It, America: Give Kids the Right to Vote

So I disagree with this but it's interesting and well argued. A better idea is my life expectancy weighted voting plan.

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The ease of mail-in voting may increase turnout in California’s recall election.

NYT finally twigs.

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A woman is suing S.F. for $50 million over a parking ticket, saying tire chalk is unconstitutional

In one of the cases, filed Sept. 4, plaintiff Maria Infante seeks $50 million and class-action status after a San Francisco parking enforcement officer wielding chalk on a residential street gave her a $95 ticket.
The second case, filed the same day against San Leandro, demands $5 million for class members whose tires were chalked to financially benefit the city.

Civilization continues to collapse. I had my tongue in my cheek for this proposed constitutional amendment but I'm not so sure any more...

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How to Call Customer Service and Actually Get What You Want

Wired has this generic article on getting support with some insights that might have been cutting age a decade ago. I'm still waiting for CAPTGUAs.

(Related: California November 2020 Propositions; San Francisco November 2020 Ballot Measures; Legislative Service)

(You might also like: Post Storm Sunset; Finding NPR on Windows Mobile; Kidlapse shutting down at the end of May 2021)

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ITHCWY Newsletter for August 2021