Custom Fit Clothing: Zozo Pants

WARNING:  There is some realistic waistline shown in this post.  Do not proceed if this concerns you.   

Recently I got introduced to Zozo.com via SpaceX.  It sounded like a neat idea!  I like the sound of clothing that just fits, and their prices were not too crazy.   So when I got some birthday cash in, I went for it.

imageFirst, I bought a $5 Zozo Suit Its not meant to be worn out in public, but here’s a picture anyway.  I’ve tried to make it … PG-13.  The dots REALLY DO go everywhere.  There are different sized dots to point where the wrists and ankles and neck are.  

I used their little stand, propped up my phone, and went through the process of getting measured.  Standard photogrammetry – they take 12 pictures, guided by voice prompts.  They don’t save the pictures.  The app crashed twice on me, and once I didn’t wait long enough (I have an old phone), but I finally got these measurements:

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Which I promptly trusted.   Not a mistake, as you will see later.

I then went on to order a pair of pants, a T-Shirt and a Long Sleeve shirt.   The Pants got delivered within a week, the shirts aren’t here yet.

Excited, I tried on the pants, and: 

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What gives? 

Pull the pants up and ..

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Turns out the computer had used 39” for my waist, which is technically correct, but the actual number that we should have used should have been measured a bit below, at about 37.5”.  Which is nowhere near the 34 Waist pants that fit me in normal stores.   I guess there are real inches, and designer inches.

Note, I did have an option of customizing all the numbers while ordering the pants.  I didn’t know what I was doing at that time.  THIS was my mistake, and this is where I’m learning. 

imageWell, I had taken them out of their plastic, so I figured I was stuck with the pants.  (also wrong).  I cinched them up with a belt, and they worked pretty well!  

Sealing my fate: I wore them for two days.    Now they are really “worn” and cannot be returned.

Then, later, trying to see when my shirts were going to arrive, I found this button in the app:

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Doh!  I could have gotten them altered!   Clicking in gives a more complete method of “returning for a different fit”:

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Okay, Zozo, I forgive you.  I really could have double-checked which measurements the computer was applying to me – I’ll do that next time I order.   I probably will order again, just to complete the cycle.

All in all, I’d give it a thumbs up.  They don’t have the most awesome clothing ever, but if you have a hard time finding the right size of stuff, this would be a relatively gentle way to get in with measurements and custom fit clothing.  You could then branch out to several of the other services, which have suddenly started showing up in my Instagram feed – go go targeted advertising. Most of them are much more expensive, for much higher quality clothing. 

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AWS RDS SqlServer Native Backup and Restore

Had to learn this yesterday to clone a production environment down to a lower environment. Figured it qualified for a blog post.

exec msdb.dbo.rds_backup_database 
         @source_db_name='xxxProd',
         @s3_arn_to_backup_to='arn:aws:s3:::xxx-sql-native-backup/xxxProd.bak',
         @overwrite_S3_backup_file=1,
         @type='full';

exec msdb.dbo.rds_task_status;   -- till lifecycle=SUCCESS

ALTER DATABASE xxxUAT SET SINGLE_USER WITH ROLLBACK IMMEDIATE;
drop database xxxUAT;
exec msdb.dbo.rds_restore_database
         @restore_db_name='xxxUAT',
         @s3_arn_to_restore_from='arn:aws:s3:::xxx-sql-native-backup/xxxProd.bak';
exec msdb.dbo.rds_task_status;   -- till lifecycle=SUCCESS

delete from xxxUAT.dbo.SensitiveTableStuff;

The Gotcha’s were:

  • Had to set up an option group that added SqlServer Native Backup and Restore to the RDS instance.  It took a few minutes to apply, the RDS instance did not reboot or go offline during this process.
  • Could not restore over an existing database.
  • Learned the hard way that while you can detach, you can’t re-attach a database using SSMS.  Reattaching uses a custom stored procedure.   And detaching and attaching had nothing to do with deleting.
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Heart Rate with Fever

Been a long time since I posted.  Lots of stuff going on; no lack of that; just lack of priority…  Well, one of the things I’m looking at is “why did I post”, looking at those motives, calling them into question, and redirecting energies.     That could have been another post, if I were to post that stuff .. see how meta this is?

Anyhow, here’s an interesting thing that developed over the last few days.   I started feeling crummy, definitely crummy by Monday 7pm or so.  Ended up with a fever.  Better now.   Looked back at Heart Rate data, and … I can tell!   That heat has to come from somewhere, right?

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Sunday is provided as a reference for a normal day.   HR hanging between 70 and 100.

In case it was a stomach bug – Monday 9am: Instant Oatmeal from Aldi   12pm: Chipotle Steak Bowl

Monday, about 3pm, you can see it start to rise.  I didn’t realize I was sick until about 6pm.  At the time, the single read temperature was 98.9 degrees, compared to my normal of 98.6 or is it 96.8 I can never remember… not enough to count.

Tuesday, I had an important meeting at work, so I went in .. then headed home.  Slept a long time.    About 6pm, actually detected the fever at 100.5, took a Tylenol.    Heart rate and fever started marching back down. 

Wednesday – kinda-working-from-home — my appetite seems to be coming back. 

Pretty cool stuff.

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No Mans Sky–Spreadsheet of Desire

Still playing it.   I’m actually finding the number of story missions .. relentless.  Like, stop bugging me, lemme go free play for a bit dangit.   OTOH, its definitely .. hey I have an hour to play .. lets go knock something out .. 5 things later .. oh, I never got around to the one I was going to do.

I do not have a head for remembering detail (anymore).   So, I came up with this – I tried it in Google Sheets first, but they don’t have good visualization of formulas, so Excel wins this round:

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The plan is that the Calcs stuff (Column I onwards) is a bunch of rows where I can say “if I want 1 metal plate, you gotta have 50 ferrite dust”.   Unfortunately, in Excel, i can’t sort this .. not the way it is.  This would be better done as a quick app.   Anyhoo, I can type in my inventory on things, and then it gives me how much I need of what, and using the visual tree above I can figure out the build order.

If I did it as an app, I could probably also factor in stuff like “how much carbon to run the refiner” and “how much carbon to run the mining laser”, although the latter would need some “how good is your equipment” estimates.   Could probably also try to calculate “how much time would this take” and optimization of which fuels to use “by cost” vs “by time to acquire”.

If I did it as an app, I would load it with a text file which has a one-line language for describing things and what they are dependent on, for example “Warp Cell|Craft|Antimatter Housing:1,Antimatter:1”.  That way the 2nd thing, if it were “Refine”, could then bring in additional costs associated with that.

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No Mans Sky

Started playing with the 1.5 update.   Fun so far..   went back because I was feeling lost, and mapped out the starting part of the game. Here it is, probably 85% consistent, till the point where you can leave the surface.   I was trying to do solid line = component, and dashed = influence, but that got a bit tangled.  (Thanks to draw.io for the auto-layout).

NMS Intro Build

Its a pretty large game.  I still need to re-build a base, and then possibly get to hyperdrive.  Haven’t done much archeology yet, nor have I done much stuff in space. 

Don’t know that I’ll play it too much longer, we’ll see.

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My first Electric Bill!

Got my first electric bill since we got the EV.  

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Uh….  I guess that’s $30 bucks more than the same month last year?

Graphing it out vs temperature, its still hard to say.  We also had a bad furnace fan that shifted some numbers around:

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Doing the math, I’ve driven about 1000 miles since I got the car.

  • IMG_04101000 miles at 4.5 miles per kwh is about 222 kwh.   Bill shows 1324kwh
  • 222 kwh at 9 cents per kwh is 2000 cents.
  • Which is $20.

That ends up at $0.02 per mile.

Yay.   Reality fits.

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Regrets buying my Nissan LEAF EV

I wish I could have bought a Tesla.

I’m still super-glad that I switched from an ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) car to an EV.   I do get a little twinge when I see a Prius Prime plug-in-hybrid, however, I have to go back to the big deciding factor:

$300/month.

Yep.  That was the number.   I couldn’t do it with my initial reservation .. maybe I could have done it with the 2019 base Model 3, however, I love technology, and … that would not have been honest with myself.   At least the technology package and AP2, which brings that up to $43k.

However, before I get too far in to my pity party, I need to review:

ICE Car Used Leaf in my Price Range My future Tesla
No Gas!
ditto
Super quiet + Jet engine sounds
ditto
Nice acceleration
Even better acceleration by the numbers
Remote start A/C and Heater
including a timed heater start in the garage because no emissions.               
ditto
All-Around-View Camera
Could happen
Inexpensive maintenance
– no oil changes, etc.  Service every 18k miles.
ditto, except about $600/y with prepay options.
Prius got to 15 cents per mile. Inexpensive per-mile costs
– 3 cents per mile
ditto
Many inexpensive ICE cars available. Reasonable Car Cost
– 28 cents per mile (assuming 60k miles payoff)
Not there yet.  Best I could do was around $1/mi at the moment.
Can fit many things Awkward, can’t really fit all the stuff that I could fit in a Prius. I hear its better.
Easy around-town range as long as you visit your gas station 85mi is almost enough. Almost.  There are chargers that make things better. Much better ranges
Long Distance Travel. Not in the Midwest. I can perhaps get to Cincinnati, if I go at 60mph. Superior infrastructure and range.

To be fair, the newer Nissan Leaf had a better range, which solves some of the problems, and if I had done a lease, I could have gotten as low as $300/mo.   However, there’s another angle – I wanted to experience the frustration of a short range EV. So that I have a realistic sense of what was possible/what is not, so I can point people at stuff that’s even better than what I have.

How close till my future Tesla?

If I back track the $ trail – lets say $400/mo (car payment, I’m not adding the $90 in gas that I don’t pay anymore) – at 3.5% APY that gets me to around $21k.   How long till a used Tesla gets down to $21k?

If you go to https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/price-trends/Tesla-Model-S-d2039 and play with the dates, I can currently find this chart:

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See that little rise at the end?    Annoying.   And, It seems to take about 3 years to drop .. about 40%.  Also note they have no info on price trends for model 3’s and model X’s.

Another tracker:  Used car listings on carguru.com showed the cheapest model three at $51k.

Another tracker:  Used car listings on Carmax … only show Model S’s, and they are way more expensive than the used cars at Tesla.com.

Another track would be a much larger car payment, but .. that’s not something I’m willing to bet 5 years of cash flow on right now.

Its safe to say .. not soon.

So here I am.  I DO love that I’m driving an EV;  Yes, its a bit hard and clunky in some ways; but give it a few years or so (time goes by faster as I get older) and lets see.

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