WEEK 10 2009
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Picture of the Week
17 March 2002
Ago, This Week, 2002
Ago, This Week, 2003
Years Ago, this
Ago, This Week, 2005
This Week, 2006
This Week, 2007
This Week 2008
- no computer (mostly), no reading, no tv (mostly). It was a really
long month - odd, since it was February - and I was determined not to
waste the day at my usual pursuits. The cats and I spent a bit of time
in the back yard, it being sunny out - if a bit cool, and then there
was a lunch out with a friend at a little Korean BBQ joint
I did catch up on the latest (Tivoed) episodes of Smallville and Burn Notice, and checked my mail online.
Looking back through the blog I find:
How time flies.
- 2008, made a comment about Alexander Hamilton and the value of
contracts, still appropriate, with the US Gov't talking about writing
down and changing existing home loan contracts.
- 2007, purchased that the Monitor Windvane, which has now been sitting in my garage for two years! Time to get that puppy on the boat
and sail off into the sunset. Hopefully in the general direction of
Catalina Island. Time to get the GPS on the boat as well.
- 2006 - looking at the Celestron Sky Scout, which I bought for my brother this year.
- 2005 I had just bought the Sony laptop that I still use.
- 2004 - just lost a job after nearly twenty years.
- 2003 I mentioned Philip Jose' Farmer and the Riverworld series. I never watched it. PJF passed away this week.
- 2002 the blog was a week away from being started. I was trying to
learn basic HTML 3 to generate it at Antelope Valley Internet, via
Friday 6 March
- another long day in the channels. This one was pretty broken up,
lot's of work to inspect. I had planned to leave a bit early, 3:30ish,
but ended staying until 6:00 to get my minimum of 3,000'. Oh well.
Lot's of inventory to go, though the end to the inspection portion of
this job is visible on the horizon.
Lela, sadly, has passed away. She was a great companion to my sister,
who is very broken up by this. Lela was well loved, and had a long and
happy life, more than most cats enjoy.
Thursday 5 March
- back in the field, a ten hour day or so. More work tomorrow.
Sad news, my sisters' cat Lela is sick, maybe cancer. She's getting
tests done and will know more soon. Our pets bring us joy and pleasure,
and I believe we do the same for them, certainly we extend their lives.
But we outlive them, so there is always a sad day coming.
Wednesday 4 March 2009
- raining, so I worked all day on big spreadsheets. How big? It
took an hour to run through one, and an hour and a half to create the
other. Biggest I ever generated. I sure hope they are correct - I did
some spot checks, but you can't look at every line of thousands.
Anyway, it's done, and sent off to the database guy.
My hands and forearms ache - the laptop and desk here in Ventura are not very ergonomic.
Tuesday 3 March 2009
- back to inspection. A good day, over 4000' of channel. But it may
rain tomorrow! Which is OK, I haven't quite finished the database
tasks, because of the pressure of other work in the evenings. The
VbScript stuff is written, but the input data needs scrubbing a bit....
Monday 2 March 2009
- it was raining in the morning, no channel inspection, but I headed
down to Ventura in the afternoon and installed the Kyocera EVDO router
in the work office and showed the boss how it works. It works well
there, good signal strength, and seemed actually faster than the DSL
connection we'd had. His PC Express card works in it fine. We discussed
work stuff, and then it was a little bit of shopping and home to bed...
I noticed something annoying last week- sites that I have gone to using
the Ask.com search engine have an Ask toolbar across the top. This uses
up some of the limited screen real estate and is annoying - I certainly
don't want to look at it. Also the URL's of the pages found that was
still have the Ask search string info in them. I assume that they are
using that for some sort of tracking. I didn't see any way to turn this
invasive nonsense off.
So, it's probably back to Google or Yahoo again.
Sunday 1 March 2009
- a day of work in the home office, after yesterday's bout of food
poisoning. It was a nice day, and it was too bad to have to spend most
of it at the keyboard.
Book #9 was
Elizabeth Bear's All
The Windwracked Stars. It was OK, written in journeyman
fashion, but fantasy and not really to my taste.