Start of the weekend..finally finish off a blog post

So another week was come and gone but hopefully this weekend I’ll finish off the blog post that I’ve put on the back burner – it is a post regarding the cynical way in which the west use the legitimate issue of human right as a red herring to their anterior motive which isn’t noble in nature at all. I’ll be going into more detail when I get up tomorrow but I’m sure it’ll be a good read when compared to my usual ‘self therapy’ that I engage in by talking about how my day has gone and what I’ll be doing tomorrow.

Work has been going great, still more training then combine that with the silly season, there are a few more things I need to sort out for Christmas – alcohol and desert but that will have to wait till tomorrow so then I can get that all sorted out – Denheath is where I’m looking at getting the desert from but I’ll need to ring up tomorrow to get the details as so far as the best before and delivery dates because I’ll need it before I head off up north to be with the family.

Side note: I’ll be taking the train up so I’m going to take some photos and maybe some small videos on the way up so people who have never been on the Wellington to Auckland train can get to see what it is like. I’ll be taking up my laptop and tethering it to my mobile phone – I should get a fairly good signal given that Skinny (they use Spark’s network) has good 700MHz coverage which will hopefully mean good 4G coverage on the way up there.

Another update avalanche

After many weeks of testing Apple released updates for iOS, tvOS, macOS and watchOS. They were all pretty big updates; iOS was north of 331MB, macOS was sitting at around 2.49GB and tvOS was somewhere close to what iOS was (I could only guess based on the time given that on tvOS it doesn’t mention how big the download is going to be). Lots of security updates have been addressed and on my iPhone XS Max the modem firmware has been updated from 1.01.30 to 1.02.18 – contrary to the complaints on many outlets, the signal reliability for wifi and mobile have been outstanding. I don’t want to sound snarky but almost every complaint about Apple’s new iPhone and reception have been from the United States – maybe the anger should be vented at carriers not building a decent network instead of expecting phone producers to spend time and resources on trying to address what appears to be a uniquely American problem.

Part of the updates has been the release of an update for the Unifi Security Gateway (USG) which updated it from 4.4.29 to 4.4.34 along with a stable candidate that was put out for the 8 port Unifi Switch and Unifi AP AC HD but I’ve refrained from installing those until it is officially pushed to the Unifi update repository which gives the official Unifi stamp of approval as so far as it being a stable release.

Oh, and I finally caved and just paid for the shipping of those things I bought that were sitting in the YouShop holding area – get them back to New Zealand before the the mail service is really under stress not to mention the fact that it’ll be coming from USA so I don’t want the shipment being delay due to snow or some unforeseen weather related event. I’ve still got some more CD’s sitting on my Amazon wish list but I’ll work through that over Christmas and the new year as my bookshelf fills up with more CDs. I am looking forward to the trip up to Auckland – got my sister taking up all the presents and food/drink for Christmas so I won’t have to carry much on the train. Hopefully tomorrow will be as uneventful as today was.

Pre-Christmas cleaning all done!

I finally got myself motivated over the two days I had off to clean everything from top to bottom in the home and completely weed all the backyard. I started off dealing with the weeds in between the cracks in the concrete along with weeding the garden but because of timing I wasn’t able to grab the water blaster off mum to water blast the concrete areas down and wash the outside of the house – I’ll get that sorted out next week along with giving the house a wash down with some warm soapy water. Inside I pulled all the curtains back to clean the window frames and sills down with hot soapy water along with the skirting-boards to remove all the dust then after all that is done I then hoover the floors. Sure, you do the day to day cleaning as part of the routine but sometimes you need to do some ‘detail cleaning’ (what we used to call it in the fast food industry) where you clean from top to bottom including all those areas you wouldn’t otherwise think need cleaning. Long story short – the place is cleaned from top to bottom along with airing out duvets in the fresh air along with nice clean sheets etc.

After all that cleaning the one life style change I am going to do is relegate all eating to the kitchen and find some sort of shelf where I cal put the microwave and toaster so then I can buy a couple of stools for the breakfast bar so that I can have dinner there and keep the lounge room clean of crumbs getting on the floor. I’m having a look at a shelf from Bunnings or Mitre 10 so then I can put the microwave and toaster on it along with putting the kettle on there too so then I have more bench space.

Anyway, got work tomorrow so a good night sleep is in order so that I am bright eyed and busy tailed ready for work.

5 days down, 2 days to go..

Damn that felt good; went for an 8.9km walk tonight and it really helped me unwind – allow me to think to myself what happened during the day, thinking about what I’ll do tomorrow etc. so when I came back, got undressed and put the washing on then have a shower I was all relaxed and ready for bed. It is interesting how I find it easier to get to sleep after a good nights walk – although I felt like having a couple days rest from my routine walk I found it more difficult to get to sleep so I think in future I need to force myself to go for a walk because although I don’t want to I also realise that the benefits far out weight the annoyance. On a good side the blisters on the back of my heels have fixed up so hopefully a thicker skin has grown back to avoid that sort of issue from occurring in future. At this rate I’ll put in a couple more 8.9km walks and I’ll feel that I’ve had a good work out for the week even with the couple of days rest.

Almost the weekend

Three days to go before the weekend but on the good side things are going well; I decided to have a couple of days break but I’ve also taken on another challenge – getting my finances in order. The biggest obstacle aren’t the big purchases but all the money that is frittered away with small purchases here and there – $10 there, $5 there and soon enough you’ve hit $100 and you’re only 3/4 of the way through the week. That is the big focus – focusing on shopping once a fortnight with no spending in between other than topping up with petrol in my scooter. A more disciplined approach will hopefully not only help my waist line but also my bottom line as well – that will be focus on the weeks coming up along with the regular exercise.

Enjoying the weekend..getting healthy

The week before last week I said to myself that I would go for a walk at least 4 times and I did it which averaged around 8km each day (32km over all) where as this week I’m aiming to go for a walk every night – even if it just a small 4km walk my focus is to get into a good exercise routine so then it becomes second nature. There are the health benefits of going for some regularly exercise but it also a great way to empty ones mind after a long day at work. The last week I ended up going for a walk at least 5 days a week so this week, barring bad weather I’m aiming for a walk each night – I’ve done a measure where the ‘short walk’ is 5km where as the ‘long walk’ is 9km, so hopefully if I can do 3 days of short walks and 4 days of long walks but I’ll see how I feel but the main goal is to at least get moving 7 days a week. I think the whole ‘get moving’ is important because I work in a job where I sit down all day and because that lack of physical it is very easy to gain wake rather quickly without noticing especially during the Christmas time as nibbles are being handed around – lord knows I know that first hand how quickly weight can creep up.

Oh and the other part of this ‘getting back on track’ is having a good night sleep – that is another thing that so many dieticians point to – have a good night sleep because when you’re tired and haven’t had enough rest then you feel hungry resulting in overeating I’ve been ensuring that I get a good night sleep. 

In the mean time I’ve been looking at all the alternative social networking platforms and I’ve become particularly concerned with privacy and how my personal data is treated particularly when large chunks of it is residing in meta corporations like Twitter, Google, Apple etc. and whether in the long term it is healthy to have such a concentration of personal information in the hands of organisations whose primary reason for existence is profit maximisation for shareholders. I am sceptical though that there will be meaningful regulation given how captured the political process is in the United States and although the European Union can act (and has done so) for a country like New Zealand, unless we enter into some sort of regulatory union with the European Union so that we can piggy back on their regulations along with enforcement mechanisms then Facebook for example will continue ignoring their obligations under New Zealand’s privacy act as they’ve done so already (link). Although I am off Facebook I am looking at getting off WhatsApp and Microsoft’s own platform as well 

One more day to go

It’s spitting outside and I decided to have a rest – Hoki three seed crumbed fish with tzatziki on the side and damn was it nice and tasty. If I had more time I would have loved to have some cherry tomatoes fried with olive oil and Himalayan pink salt, maybe next time I’ll try that. Hopefully with summer coming around the corner that the salads will be become more frequent at home but at in the mean time I’m happy with it. Side note though, it is funny that over the last few months I’ve really gone off chicken for some reason – maybe I’ve been having it too often in the past but these days my diet is mainly revolving around either eating vegetarian or as close to vegan as I can get with the occasional bit of fish.

I’ve just been tweaking my router settings where I turned off all the Conntrack Modules:

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Funny enough as soon as I disabled each of them that the issues with streaming videos from openload and a few other services have disappeared and now everything is working great not to mention the improvement in latency. Oh well, it works – and that is the main thing but I’m surprised I hadn’t come across it earlier. Looking forward to finishing work for the week tomorrow so then I can have a couple of days off from work to chill out a home.