We had some issues with getting Mumble to work, for reasons we couldnâ€™t quite fathom. Both ends needed to be restarted several times until all worked properly.
We recorded this on Sunday March 7th 2021. The last time we set up a chat like this was back in August 2020, surprisingly!
Note on the title: the term the doldrums refers to a belt around the equator where sailing ships used to be becalmed due to the lack of wind. It also means a state of inactivity or stagnation, or a dull, listless, depressed mood; low spirits.
- Pandemic (1):
- Christmas/New Year:
- Cooked a fancy vegetarian meal twice! On Boxing Day and New Years Day. Second time was a joint effort. Getting everything coordinated is easier when there are several contributors!
- Had long break because like many I hadnâ€™t taken many holidays
- Spent first part of holiday upgrading devices around the house
- I had a nice relaxing break and spent Christmas with my mother, she lives on her own.
- Visit to the dentist was interesting, wondering how they were going to cope with aerosol spray from the drill. The answer was they didnâ€™t. Rough edge smoothed, they told me they will contact me when things settle down and said I was right to get it checked. If any pain or further break then will be moved into a different category where they do use drill with full PPE.
- Pandemic (2):
- Vaccination received on 2020-02-02 (Oxford/AstraZeneca)
- Probably getting second in late April or early May; not heard yet
- Still avoiding going out for the moment
- The deleterious effects of the lock down; trying to walk on a regular basis to counteract these and get exercise
- Meeting up with the rest of the family several times per week for dinner, etc.
- Horizon things we now know about COVID
- Donâ€™t know how long the vaccine protects against virus spreading but likely to protect against serious illness for a good long time.
- 12 weeks between jabs: 2nd jab does not provoke a stronger response; itâ€™s that the 1st jab produces good responses and poor responses but by waiting 12 weeks for the 2nd jab it only provokes the good responses.
- Think the UK has among the worst death rate in Europe
- Like Dave continuing to avoid the virus as before.
- Seems to be getting more difficult coping with lock down
- Havenâ€™t been into work since last November, working from home
- Home working, clutter, stress, not taking enough breaks
- Glad I didnâ€™t need to drive during all the bad weather
- Think I heard on a podcast recently that Linux use had dropped by 50%, could this be linked to people working from home. I would say this is true for myself
- Except for me all immediate family have been vaccinated
- Way to stay positive tip from something Mrs X read
- Three things at the end of each day that were a highlight or something that we are grateful for.
- This may say something about my personality but for me the highlights often relate to food.
- Canâ€™t go outside our own region.
- Weather in & around Edinburgh:
- Some snow in the past few months. More than Edinburgh tends to have.
- Methods of clearing snow on driveways. Snow shovels - mainly plastic unfortunately.
- Thoughts about making a home-made shovel out of metal for durability.
- To Do lists and
- Laptops and Chromebooks:
- MrX has money to spend on either of these, and is debating what to buy
- Dave has an Entroware laptop but mainly uses a desktop system
- Hand warmers:
- MrX has a new electric hand warmer
- Dave only has experience of the reusable gel ones that release heat as they crystallise
- Talk of other technologies: single use warmers, fuelled Zippo warmers
- Raspberry Pi Pico:
- Dave has one of these. Itâ€™s a microcontroller that costs Â£3.60. Not in use yet though.
- The keypad isnâ€™t 16Ã—16 but 4Ã—4 â€“ 16 keys, not 256! Itâ€™s from Pimoroni, the RGB Keypad Base.
- The R Programming Language
- Hand warmers: