Five Things Friday: just five things I’m thinking about or things that made my week, or things that I otherwise feel like sharing.
The Memorial Service aka Celebration of Life for Jon’s Dad was very nice last week. I hadn’t been to a memorial service here in the US (and they’re possibly done in a gazillion different ways) and they are very different from the (few) memorial services I have attended in catholic churches in Germany. There was music, people had prepared speeches and shared anecdotes from the past, and it was all-around not a somber, but uplifting experience. Jon got to see a lot of people that he hadn’t seen in a long time (probably since adolescence.)
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Unfortunately, life keeps throwing some curveballs. We received news this week that my Dad needs his (second) hip replacement in the coming weeks, and Jon’s mom was diagnosed with a health issue that requires ongoing treatment for a while. I anticipate us going down to SoCal and helping out more often in the coming months.
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I was stoked to get to spend an hour at the beach when we were in Ventura last weekend. I hadn’t been to the beach in quite a while and I was just so excited to hear the waves crash ashore and see the sunset.
The highlight of the evening was that we witnessed a rocket launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base (north of Santa Barbara). At first, we thought the bright streak in the sky was a contrail from a plane, but it became clear pretty quickly that it wasn’t a plane and a quick Google search confirmed that this was exactly the time when Firefly’s Alpha launched “VICTUS NOX rapid response mission”. What a cool coincidence.
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I’ve been wrapping up some project tasks at work this week. It’s the end of the (federal) fiscal year and it’s always a bit chaotic with the way our funding works (story for another day). It feels like we’re supposed to wrap up work by September, 30 without really knowing what to do on October, 1. (I am exaggerating of course, but only slightly.) With a possible federal shutdown looming once again, it’s a little bit of a nerve-racking time every year. I’ll be glad when we’re through with this.
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Feedly (non-) Update: gosh, I can’t believe I still don’t have a solution for this issue. The last status update (three weeks ago) was that the Feedly Platform Engineer, who kindly contacted my hosting provider on my behalf, was trying to figure out a way to get their IP address unblocked. We were then told by my hosting company that Feedly was blocked by BitNinja (a server security company my hosting service is using) because Feedly was identified as a bot and we should contact BitNinja to get this resolved.
I am not a customer of BitNinja, so I am not sure why my hosting support couldn’t take care of this from their end. But in order to move the resolution of this issue along, I did email BitNinja support to explain the situation and ask for their assistance. Well, that was two weeks ago, and so far: crickets. They haven’t even responded to my request. Sigh. Customer Service is really not what it used to be.
BUT: I noticed that my post yesterday showed up in Feedly a couple of hours after I posted it. This hasn’t happened in a long time. I am very curious to see when this post will show up.
What’s been going on in your world this week?