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March 1st, 2010

March 1, 2010 7:15 PM 3/1/10

Put her television on a timer.

Cruel? Only a minor amount.

My daughter is autistic and has been using the TV as her “stim” for far too long now. So much so that she has been slowly neglecting doing other things.

So my wife and I decided that it was time to start weaning her off of it. Thus the timer.

And let me tell you she is _not_ a happy camper right now. But she’s also out of her room and sitting on the couch with us. She’s not getting to fast-forward and rewind the DVR like she likes to do but we both feel it’s a good compromise.

It’s probably going to take a wile for her to settle into a new routine and we’re quite prepared for the resulting temper tantrums. For once we’re a united front.

My daughter is smart though. She’ll figure out the timer eventually so in the meantime I’m going to put in the X10 controlled outlet that will allow us to control it remotely without her being able to bypass it. (I can control that from a cron job on the server then.)

In other news my father in law just spent about a week in the hospital because he fell with severe vertigo and dry heaves. Still diagnosing that one but he’s home and resting comfortably. Able to walk with a walker and will be in therapy the next few weeks. Regardless he’s okay for now.

I’m down another roomba. Banpei is having charging issues just like Skuld. So right now Urd is doing all the work. I’ve found the right mosfets I need to repair them but I can’t buy them until the end of the week.

Since it officially is two years and one day I sent off a message to Bank of America requesting the removal of the PMI on our mortgage. I’m going to definitely push that because it’ll save us almost $150 a month which is significant. They’re not going to want to do it but the original contract - 25% or two years.

Managed to get seeds set up in starter flats on shelves with two fixtures using 5000k color florescent bulbs on an 8 hour cycle. I’ve planted a half flat of Wisconsin Lake 55 tomatoes, a half flat of broccoli, a half flat of balloon peppers, two whole flats of herbs, and a half flat of XXXXXX which are a surprise for my wife. It’s two days and I’ve already see one seed sprout. I need to pick up a bucket at the end of the week so I can fill it full of the tap water and let it neutralize all the crap the city puts into it. (My rainbarrel is frozen so there’s no getting natural water there. I suppose I could melt snow but I’m not sure I have a clean source there either.) No matter. I’m just glad I have a start on our midwest growing season the size of a dime. Blink and you’ll miss it. ;-)

So we no longer have a land line. Got rid of ATT in favor of a dedicated line from Speakeasy and using our iPhones. So far it’s all positive. We’re saving $80/month or so and the Speakeasy line is a little faster as well as cleaner. (For the techies - no more PPPoE just plain static ADSL.) That and a new firewall system and it’s a much much better connection.

Now if I could only get a handle on everything else...




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