End of year object preservation project notes


https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/11/smarter-living/backing-up-your-photos.html reliable authoritative article on modern options for your photos.

https://www.toptenreviews.com/best-family-tree-maker good perspective on free vs pay and cloud vs local data.

Collecting Shasta how to information


Reading about how to climb Shasta. Minimum six hours of three hours down.


Apple Watch 6 purchase experience and user experience


The Apple Watch 2 no longer supported the current watch software release and four months and three years old.

Plus I was having some FOMO about not being able to user the current hardware features – fall detection, ECG, Oxygen sensor so on to the purchase experience.

Order watch through the Humana employee discount program – a 2% benefit and with a 3% Apple pay purchase next day cash back – that 5% discount did not pay for the sales tax is CA.

The apple watch is only two weeks available. Delivery was free two weeks from now. But wait, there is a pickup option. Order at 10AM and pickup at the flagship Apple Loop Store at 1:45 PM? I’m down.

Pickup was super smooth and within an hour at Microsanj Corporate headquarters the new watch was configured and the old watch wiped.

FOMO is not a very compelling use case.

My Nike runs now work (on the Apple Watch 2 they timed out on upload like 20% of the time and I lost the run data but not the steps).

Charging is faster, i.e. takes less time – about an hour instead of an hour and a half.

The single pole ECG is great for showing stable heart rate.

Blood Oxygen is cool and recorded in the health app for trends. It seems to be above 95% during the night and during my daily runs.


Understanding Paroxysmal Atrial Flutter


paroxysm is an uncontrollable burst of activity – like laughing or in this case heart beats.

Today’s diagnosis is “Paroxysmal Atrial Flutter” (PAF).

Now the research begins.

I appear to be going in and out of flutter, frequent by medical standards.

The way to think about this is the “burden” of PAF. I estimate I am somewhere between 10 and 30 percent presently.

What I learned:

For PAF, frequent means once a month – not once a week.

When the apple watch shows anything above 100 BPM, the lower interspersed reading are false low readings.

Distinguishing Flutter vs Fibrillation. See https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/heart-matters-magazine/medical/ask-the-experts/atrial-flutter

Here is a 2018 article about treatment https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/CIR.0000000000000568


Often the apple watch shows the PAF starts with my morning exercise routine and does not resolve say 20% of the time until later in the day. I’d like to try taking metoprolol before starting my morning run to see if there is a change in effect. (I did and no flutter even during the run).

At the medical facility short, acting metoprolol did not appear to have any effect. PAF was resolved within an hour of taking metoprolol tablet. Analysis?

Have I developed a metoprolol dependency? i.e. no metoprolol equals constant flutter.

I have to resolve why apixaban (Eliquis) is so expensive ($475) for me. Resolved. I have a high deductible Health Plan so after the deductible will be $40.

What establishes the flutter beat? i.e. why is it exactly 131 BPI? exactly twice the expected BPM.

How much information is in a slide? What is a good versus excellent scan rate?


From https://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/film-resolution.htm

So how many pixels does it take to describe all the detail we can get from film?

To scan most of the detail on a 35mm photo, you’ll need about 864 x 0.1, or 87 Megapixels.

Since the lie factor factor from digital cameras is about two, you’d need a digital camera of about 87 x 2 = 175 MP to see every last detail that makes onto film.

Some tips on digital scanning: https://x-equals.com/film-to-digital-scanning-essentials-101-part-1-of-2/

Bucher Zoom Reunion Sunday at 2PM EDT, 11AM PDT


All of us are Buchers through Irene (Grandma Nolt). If you have a couple of minutes, join in (video please) and meet a Bucher relative. After introductions it will get more boring and you can drop off when you like.

Join Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/72982735921?pwd=c1dpTlRxQXNoWFlzdnh4R01xQnlZZz09 Meeting ID: 729 8273 5921 Password: 9kke8g

CDC has by county Health data with Rankings


Quality of Life? Length of Life? Compare you county to your county of birth


AirPod pros, yes noise canceling is amazing and I think worth it.


Now have the the complete Apple platform.

AirPod pros arrived today. Still adjusting to using them.

VHH at DH&A is now a weekly occurrence


VHH (Virtual Happy Hour) is now a part of corporate life.



Advice on how to transfer cloud assets, photo and otherwise, to a new apple ID