Travels and Images
WEEK 13 2005
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Saturday 2 April
- I saw some scenes from the upcoming STAR WARS movie - pretty cool
stuff. I'm looking forward to it, although I am queasy about shows with
themes of treason and betrayal.
But it immediately occurred to me that the special effects of exploding
spaceships would fit perfectly with movies made about David Weber's Honor Harrington series..
I spent most of the nice warm day mowing, edging, and trimming in the yard.
Friday 1 April
Friday - went to the LPAC
with some friends and saw 'Vaudeville'. It was fun - a lot of physical
humor and banter, much of which very similar to what you might have
experienced at the turn of the last turn of the century before last century
in the late 1890's to early 1900's. A live music accompaniment, volunteers from the
audience - "beautiful strong men you" for the russian "rope-tight"
walker for instance and a pretty girl for the italian restaurant skit..
Then there was the Shakespearean actor who somehow morphed into Barney
Fife; not to mention Abbott & Costello's "Who's on First?" ( correct answer: I don't know - THIRD BASE!). I enjoyed it and the eleven year old beside me was totally enthralled.
My favorite? The vaudevillians discussing Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" while juggling. YMMV.
"Who's on First?" has it's own web site! With audio....
Costello: Well you know I've never met the guys. So you'll
have to tell me their names, and then I'll know who's playing
on the team.
Thursday 31 March 2005
- about a ten hour day, so not a lot of energy here.
I did watch 'Tru Calling'
this evening - Thursday is generally a total loss, teevee-wise, but it
was sort of interesting. The premise of the show is that 'Tru' (played
by Eliza Dushku) works in a morgue, and that occasionally the dead
speak to her and send her back in time to change history and prevent
their deaths. I saw a couple of episodes early on, and they were OK -
generally she has limited information on her case - a name, a cause or
place of death - and has to figure out from scratch, in a few hours,
how to save someone. Apparently a twist has been added - a fellow
time-traveler who believes that history shouldn't be changed, and keeps trying to undo her good deeds. Dueling time travelers...cool.
Wednesday 30 March 2005
Wednesday - keeping busy.
Tuesday - went to the doc, got some
antibiotics. He said I was still contagious, and to avoid going out. I
had planned on going to a memorial service tomorrow, I guess that's out.
Amateur blogs don't have editors. So we don't have scenes like this one at Achenblog:
I probably shouldn't reveal how the sausage is made, but these Rough
Draft columns, unlike the blog, go through a great deal of editing. For
this one, as I recall, Sydney took my original draft and marked out all
the lines that were terrible, and then deleted the ones that were kind
of so-so, and then cut the ones that were just a wee bit lame, and when
she was done, the entire column had been deleted except for two words:
"David Duchovny." But we agreed that was still a pretty good start.
Monday 28 March 2005
Monday - over the weekend I read an interesting book - Listening to Whales.
The author, Alexandra Morton, spent decades of chasing and recording
the activities and members of Orca's in the pacific northwest. Her
childhood hero was Jane Goodall, and she spent some time with Lilly in
California before heading off to Canada. Fascinating stuff. Orca's are
much more intelligent and varied than I realized.
I ordered a Zalman PVM cooler module for my ABIT motherboard - it (the ABIT mobo) came
with a fan cooler that is insanely loud. Louder than all the other case
fans and cpu fans in all the other machines put together. Unfortunately it
looks as if the attachment on the ABIT board is non-standard, so I may
have to exercise some ingenuity in setting it up. It'll be worth it.
The machine is so noisy that I use it as little as possible, which,
given what it cost me originally, is stupid
I watched 'Alien Apocalypse' on Sci-Fi the other night. Bad, bad, bad, bad. Not even funny bad - just badly written, produced, filmed poorly, and with the acting sort of bad. They had shown 'Army of Darkness',
also starring Bruce Campbell, just before this. Now AOD was bad, but in a
good sort of way. Fun to watch sort of bad. Not bad first year film student
I did notice a small thing - there is a scene where Campbell is mixing
up a bowl of gunpowder (in AOD) and some curious soul leans over to look,
holding a candle, and is waved away for obvious reasons. It is a dead
ringer for the scene in LOTR where Saruman pushes back a curious Grima
Wormtongue, who is leaning over a barrel of gunpowder with a candle.
Maybe a little homage?
Sunday 27 March
Sunday - still under the weather, light posting.
The weather is, in actual fact, bad. Windy, cold. The tomato seedlings are not doing well.
Here is a link on an engine 'problem' with the Boeing Delta 4 rocket.
It's interesting to note that the 'rocket science' problem was
actually rather simple - a cavitation issue, bubbles fooling a sensor.
The science part of rockets is well understood these days, but the engineering
parts remain difficult, because even small things can wreck a flight.
Boeing has the technical depth to quickly research the problem, and the
financial resources to weather such a loss, but a small start-up would
This is one of the big problems with spaceflight - the enormous costs
to enter, and then to stay in the game. If you get bubbles in your car
gas line you can pull over to the side of the road. If you get bubbles
in your aircraft fuel line you can (probably) land somewhere. On a
rocket ascent - you just burn up.