And we’re back to hot weather again. No rain at all today and a nice day to walk
After several days of extremely hot weather, today was pretty much constantly raining.
Did go for a walk, but got caught in some (light) showers. Nothing major, fortunately.
My walk today was bit interrupted as my dad lost his driving license and Freedom Pass (memory + age are bit of a pain) but oh, well.
Another hot day on the trot, and yet another day without a cloud in the sky, although somehow it did seem to spatter with rain for short periods, I’ve been told (but I never noticed that happening)
I started this post over a year ago, then abandoned it and though perhaps its high time I actually finished it.
You may recall I lost my uncle to cancer in October 2017 and felt I should write down the phases of dealing with the death
Stage 0 — Normality
This is the normal day-to-day life no indication of any problems in the future
Stage 1 — Terminal
This is where you or your loved one is diagnosed with an illness that cannot (normally) be recovered from.
Stage 2 — Death & Disbelief
Immediately after death, this starts. You run through a period of “this can’t be happening”, “this has got to be a dream” and keep wanting to wake up from the nightmare, even though it isn’t one.
Stage 3 — Guilt & Denial
After you’ve gotten past the “this can’t be happening”, you get to “this isn’t happening” — you don’t want to believe this is true and refuse to believe this is true. Also, you start second-guessing yourself thinking “did I do everything I could to save them?” “could I have done something differently?” “could they still be alive had I picked up on that symptom just a day earlier?”
This stage lasts the longest, and to some, the guilt consumes their lives
Stage 4 — Acceptance
The hardest stage to reach is acceptance. You accept the death and move on. Some keep a piece of the loved one with them — a piece of jewellery, a photo, a locket, a favourite song — something that lets them remember them going forward or when they want the feeling of warm, loving memories.
Where am I on this list? Stage 4. I have photos of my uncle in Google Photos I can look back on whenever I want to remember him. I have pictures of him playing with my cousin’s children; I have fond memories of playing poker with him (and me losing :-) ); I have memories of having drinks with him — he was an alchoholic, but really was loose when drinking. I remember that I also didn’t know him as well as I thought I did. His drinking buddy took the pedestal at his funeral and told about how he donated food from his KFC-style shop to people at the pub.
I really did not know my uncle as well as I thought I did.
This one’s for you, Uncle.
Another hot day, with almost no clouds in the sky. Another day of angry drivers on the road too.
Found out why I couldn’t backup my new machine — Windows 10 had BitLocker setup which meant CloneZilla couldn’t clone it. Ubuntu installation on computers running Windows and BitLocker turned on – Documentation – Ubuntu Community Hub told me how to remove it. But still had a few issues with the backing up, namely Clonezilla still reporting some filesystems being read-only.
Turns out Fast Startup was also enabled by default https://help.uaudio.com/hc/en-us/articles/213195423-How-To-Disable-Fast-Startup-in-Windows-10 for disabling it.
Trying to back up the machine before installing Ubuntu
Backup was fine, completed successfully, and was able to install Ubuntu
Benchmarked both Windows and Linux on 4K, and Linux performed a bit less, presumably due to the APIs being different
And it’s been another hot day, and people have been really tetchy today, lots of horn tooting and then, inevitably, this happened
The heat really does bring out the worst in people.
I’ve been slacking logging my walks lately, so apologies for that.
This was should have been logged yesterday. It was very hot, so much that I didn’t even need to worry about wearing a jacket or anything while walking, and perhaps I should have worn sunglasses, it was that bright.
In other news, my laptop seems like it’s on its way out so I have got a replacement and an upgrade, and spent Saturday trying to set it up but clonezilla seems to be having trouble registering the partition labels. I had already purchased a 2TB NVME so instead of cloning then restoring, I cross-device cloned directly, making the 2TB disk exactly the same as the 1TB, but with the space at the end of the disk which I will use for Ubuntu.
Then took the rest of the day downloading my games from Steam. Warframe and Stellaris are the main ones I’ve been downloading
Streaming also seems fine, with only a slight fps drop.
Another wet day, but also very windy today, multiple bins had been blown over and I had to hold my hood from not being blown off my head in the wind — haven’t had to do that for a long while.
Rain started during the walk, nothing too heavy, mostly drizzle and made it back before it really turned heavy.
As you may be aware if you follow my non-exercise posts, I’ve been contacted by the hire car company to start legal proceedings against the third party’s insurance company to recover funds from them for the cost of the hire car I held on to for around 45 days due to being unable to get a new during because of lockdown.
Yesterday I was contacted by the lawyers and today, I’ve got the details to log into their portal to provide details for them to start the case.
I’m hoping I don’t have to attend court for this, but you never know with insurers.