WEEK 13 2008
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17 March 2002
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- finished a few things, not as much as hoped. So it goes. No lawn
I did meet up with some friends, by happenstance in the Von's parking
lot and we went out to dinner together.
after doing some work on their PC, replacing a CMOS battery and
attempting and then abandoning a try at extending a FAT32 partition. I
had forgotten about the old 2GB limit after years of using NTFS. Ugh.
But we got their new external USB drive working and offloaded some
personal data onto that.
Phoebe - they brought their children over to the house, an infant and a
two year old. Traumatized, he hid out for hours - I had to hunt for him
later in the evening just to make sure he hadn't escaped outside or
something. He didn't even join me at bedtime, but came to visit some
time after midnight. Well, there's another night and then I have to
head off to work again.
Book #11 was the final book in Kage Baker's Company series, The Sons of Heaven. Umm. Sort of a disappointment, like a lot of authors the finale and wrap up doesn't quite live up to the earlier books.
of the Rings as Property Law.
|"Canadian Courts have, so far, not ruled on how the
intrinsic characteristics of magical items demonstrate who holds what
property in them."
Friday 28 March
- worked, then headed back to Lancaster. There must be a boatload of
yard work waiting. I need to get my lawn mower going.
cats were happy to see me. Phoebe seems to be going through some sort
of separation anxiety, which manifests as an urge to pee on things. Not
good. But I've only been home one evening in the last ten, that's
I heard a little "blerttt" behind me as I was
checking my email in the evening, and turned to see him trotting down
the stairs with
the pink boa in his mouth. It's been a favorite since he was a kitten
and I find it all over the house. Generally he drags it around at
night, when I'm asleep, so this was a bit unusual. Eventually he
settled down near my feet as I typed, but was delighted when bedtime
rolled around and we could head upstairs and he could tuck his chin
under mine, purring loudly before falling asleep.
Cat whiskers tickle.
27 March 2008
- emailed from my father:
So it seems he wasn't seeing things after all...
he photo-shopped it. You never know with Dad. Years ago a major ISP had
to kick him off their network for hacking. I may have to send this
image off to the FBI computer forensics lab.
Wednesday 26 March 2008
- Argo, a
network of buoy's that measure the temperature of the ocean. A lot of
of them in fact. (Interesting web pages and downloadable newsletters
The buoys are well distributed:
is about a thousand times as dense as air - okay, 820x at standard
pressure and temperature - and therefore contains most of the "heat" of
the biosphere. And the measurements show...wait for it...wait for it...no global warming.
From an NPR
Since the system was fully deployed in 2003, it has recorded no warming of the global
has been a very slight
cooling, but not anything really significant,"
Willis says. So the buildup of heat on Earth may be on a brief hiatus.
"Global warming doesn't mean every year will be warmer than the last.
And it may be that we are in a period of less rapid warming."
recent years, heat has actually been flowing out of the ocean and into
the air. This is a feature of the weather phenomenon known as El Nino.
So it is indeed possible the air has warmed but the ocean has not. But
it's also possible that something more mysterious is going on.
Heh. Gotta interpret the weasel wording: "...it may be that we are in a
period of less rapid warming.", aka
"no warming" aka
a big surprise, global warming may be the biggest scam of all time.
Though I note that the scientists are now using the general purpose
"climate change" tag. Useful that: if we have warm weather for a year
or two we can expect references to 'global warming' and if we have cool
a year or two we can expect concerns about 'the coming ice
age'. [hat tip: Fresh
Tuesday 25 March 2008
- back at work. Warm, in the 80's possibly. Borderline hot, but still nice.
They are predicting a cooling trend in the next few days.
Monday 24 March 2008
- Did some yard work then hit the road back to Ventura in the
afternoon. A long drive but surprisingly light traffic.
Made some headway on Alexander Hamilton...
Sunday 23 March 2008
- Easter Sunday. We had a little barbecue at my fathers place, Dad, me,
a sister, a brother, and a niece. Nice.