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I finally made it back to Wrigley Field for another game. It was running long and late, so I ducked out after the seventh inning stretch and ended up missing a lot of excitement, as the Cubs ended up blowing the lead and then winning on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth.

But there's something to be said for being home in time to read to Katie. :)
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Well, the terrible mess continues to be a terrible mess, but -- in a complete surprise to me -- it doesn't seem to be fatal. I have cleaned up the mess and the debris appears to all be in the trash can.

Meanwhile, I am just about to fix my last bug for this release (I hope!) unless someone finds something else that I should be working on. We'll see how that goes.
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OK, in this case, it is a terrible mess that I have discovered.

I did not make it. I just get to figure out how to fix it.
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Progress has been made. More progress will be made in a few minutes when I go upstairs with Gretchen and install the curtains in Katie's room on the Command brackets that we mounted earlier today.

In the meantime, Gretchen, Katie, and Julie put together an excellent lemon icebox pie based on a recipe from the Trib. This proved to be a fine dessert when Sam and Bonnie came by for dinner, which consisted of grilled hamburgers, chips, and sweet corn. And conversation. Lots and lots of conversation.

Back in the basement, I spent part of the early afternoon reinstalling plugins. Once everything was installed, it was time to fire up Cubase.

Oh, look! The menu is no longer vanishing. Projects open, close, and open again without crashing the system.

Of course, there were a few glitches. I had to manually point to the directories where some of the plugins were installed, but that was fairly easy once I figured out which plugin libraries were missing.

And then there was the X-Touch Extender, which was eventually persuaded to talk to Cubase and pick up all of the information that was being sent down the wire. The scribble strips were being particularly challenging.

But it appears that everything is working now.

And the weekend is over.

Maybe I'll mix something next weekend. :)
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In the top of the news, the Cardinals have won eight games in a row and find themselves in a virtual tie for first place in the NL Central with the Cubs.

In other news, no one on the North Side of Chicagoland is speaking to me. :)

I have backed up the critical files on the studio computer preparatory to reloading the OS. After doing that, I discovered that the Windows 10 Creators Update has a new feature that will reload the entire OS, boot out all of the installed non-Windows applications, and leave your files intact.

I am, nevertheless, happy to have spent the time backing up the files.

But think about it! An OS that is so wonderfully stable that it now comes with its own built-in option to reload itself to clean up the trash that it's left lying around while leaving your files intact.

It's sort of the neutron bomb of operating system functions.

Windows 10 -- what an OS!

Ah, and we had the first serious softball practice for fall ball today. It went very well. Yay!

And Katie got her hair cut much shorter today.

That's the news. Time for bed!
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Maybe not as much as I might have hoped, but there is progress.

  • We had softball practice this morning.
  • We picked up the rest of the school supplies for the girls.
  • Gretchen took Katie for a haircut, while I went home to throw the ball for Ruby.
  • While doing this, I read Previews, rearranged my plans for Cubs games, and checked the Internet.
  • I have now moved the laundry.
  • And I am backing up all of the data on the studio computer before I try a bare metal reinstall of Windows 10 to fix my Cubase problems.

    See, no one else is reporting Cubase problems, so I conclude that something here is corrupted. And it is likely to take less time to completely rebuild the machine and reinstall everything than continue to troubleshoot it. But this requires the data to leave this box and go off to the NAS.

    So here we are...

    *sigh*
  • How Odd

    Aug. 11th, 2017 11:33 pm
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    This weekend, the only firmly scheduled activity is Katie's softball practice on Saturday morning. The rest of the weekend has only a few loosely scheduled items.

    It is possible that I might get some things done around the house this weekend.

    We'll see.
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    Looking at the baseball standings for the NL Central, I am rather surprised to find that the Cardinals are in second place, only a game behind the Cubs -- two in the loss column. In fact, the Cubs, Cards, and the Brewers (who are in third, two games back) all have the same number of wins. This is to the Cubs advantage, since they could win the games that they have in hand, but the Cardinals are still much more in the race than I thought they would be at this point.

    I guess we'll see what happens.
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    Being up obscenely late the night before does nothing at all for your schedule the following morning. Happily, by afternoon, things were more or less on track. I even got to catch up with Gretchen, Katie, and Julie at the pool, although I arrived an hour and a half after they did, just a bit after 7 PM.

    Ah, well. The summer is winding down and there are only a limited number of days left for getting into the pool, so we'll take it as a victory.
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    And now I think it's done. I guess staying up late was worth it. :)

    I am going to mail this off now and call it quits.
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    The project that I'm working on (which, sadly, has nothing to do with filk) is very close to done. I'm now doing final data entry and checking spreadsheet entries to make sure that nothing has gone awry.

    But it's not going to be done tonight.

    Progress

    Aug. 7th, 2017 11:02 pm
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    I'm making progress on one of the things I need to get done here at home.

    However, I need to get past progress and to done.

    Maybe tomorrow.

    Plop

    Aug. 6th, 2017 10:38 pm
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    I got way less accomplished today after coming home from Musecon than I might have hoped, as I collapsed in bed exhausted for a nap. I conclude that I must have had fun. :)
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    The home recording panel went well this morning. The girls have had a good time playing with assorted other little girls.

    But it is pretty much time to go to bed now. :)

    Bemused

    Aug. 4th, 2017 02:26 pm
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    I have taken today as a vacation day and am making progress on moving the financial paperwork for ISFiC Press. Unfortunately, one of the websites I need to get into isn't letting me, so I have sent off an appropriate e-mail and am now pretty much ready to abandon ship here and go over to Musecon.

    See some of you there!
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    I got some help from tech support at Universal Audio, although eventually I just gave up, uninstalled the UA drivers, reinstalled the UA drivers, found that didn't help, repaired the UA drivers, found that didn't help, uninstalled the UA drivers, reinstalled the UA drivers, and finally I was able to load UA plugins inside of Cubase. Gack!

    Cubase, on the other hand, remains ill. Although I can now open a project, when I do the Windows menu vanishes from the menu bar, although you can see the individual entries as you mouse over them, so it is not so much vanished as turned invisible. When you close a project and reopen it, the Mix Console window opens up and shows nothing in the area where you would normally see the plugins, routing, and faders other than the outlines for each of those windows. Then when you try to operate on it or close it, Cubase crashes.

    Well, it worked for UA. Let's uninstall Cubase and reinstall it.

    And guess what?

    It didn't help.

    I am becoming increasingly annoyed at this supposedly stable and safe-for-business update.

    No, it appears that you can't revert to the earlier version of Windows 10 either...
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    This seems an inherently unfair match up. There's only one of me and there are thousands of people working to make things not work when you get an OS upgrade.

    Ok, I am excessively cynical. But I am now starting to wonder if a vagrant Windows 10 update is the thing that is causing Cubase to misbehave so badly. The UA plugins simply won't load at all. The menu is MIA (although you can see individual entries by mousing over them). The program crashes every time you close it once you open a project.

    I've tried pulling the Mackie Control drivers out. That hasn't changed anything. So now I am on to checking out Windows 10 and discovering that there is a big fix to the update that they just pushed.

    Except when I try to load it, the download stops at two percent. Oh, joy.

    So I am now running a system scan to see if Windows is basically sane, in the hope that will allow me to download an update that may work better with Cubase.

    Assuming that it's Windows that is the problem.

    It could be something else, you know.

    Slow Muses

    Aug. 1st, 2017 05:01 pm
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    I have a song that desperately would like to escape. Unfortunately, I cannot find the key for the lock.

    Maybe I could bake a file into a cake...
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    The studio continues to be down, as Cubase and the UA plugins seem not to be wanting to talk to each other properly. I have dumped off a support request to UA tonight; we'll see what I hear tomorrow.
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    Something is seriously wrong down on the studio computer. I'm not sure what, but I'm getting errors when opening projects in Cubase 9.0.20 complaining that some of the UA plugins are disabled. There are plugins in some of the projects that I've disabled, because I have dropped them out of the mix, but wanted the option of dropping them back in. That's never been a problem before.

    Of course, I'm not sure that I've actually tried doing anything with Cubase 9.0.20 since I loaded the upgrade. I do know that the menus vanish when I open a project, although you can see each entry as you mouse across it. And some of the things seem to work, but whenever you try to close a project, Cubase hangs up in interesting ways and crashes.

    I tried loading the latest UA software, but that didn't help. I also tried loading the latest video drivers -- same result.

    It's possible that the second Mackie Control unit representing the X-Touch Extender is causing Cubase to lose its little mind. I can try disabling that later and see what happens.

    Or it could be a Windows Update that's taken the whole thing over the edge.

    But there's a whole lot that's not right at the moment.

    In other news, one of the screws broke off in the wall for the banister leading upstairs, so I have had to remove it from the wall before someone kills themselves on it.

    And I almost got four loads of laundry done today, except it looks like the last load somehow contained a load of polyester fiber fill that completely clogged the lint trap on the dryer and is going to require a lot of vacuuming and the rewashing of the entire load. I'm not sure exactly what was in there, but it clearly didn't belong there.

    I would like to know who has been feeding the mogwai after midnight.

    And who got them wet.

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