WEEK 13 2008

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Saturday 29 March 2008

aturday - finished a few things, not as much as hoped. So it goes. No lawn mowing.

I did meet up with some friends, by happenstance in the Von's parking lot and we went out to dinner together.

This 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.

Poor 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.

Lord 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."

[via GeekPress]

Friday 28 March 2008

Friday - worked, then headed back to Lancaster. There must be a boatload of yard work waiting. I need to get my lawn mower going.

The 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 fairly unusual.

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.

Thursday 27 March  2008

Thursday - emailed from my father:


So it seems he wasn't seeing things after all...

Unless 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

Wednesday - Argo, a network of buoy's that measure the temperature of the ocean. A lot of buoys, 3,000 of them in fact. (Interesting web pages and downloadable newsletters there.)

The buoys are well distributed:


Water 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 global warming.

From an NPR article:


Since the system was fully deployed in 2003, it has recorded no warming of the global oceans.

"There 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."

In 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.


Emphasis mine.

Heh. Gotta interpret the weasel wording: " may be that we are in a period of less rapid warming.", aka "no warming" aka "cooling".

Not 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 weather for a year or two we can expect concerns about 'the coming ice age'.  [hat tip: Fresh Bilge]

Tuesday 25 March 2008

Tuesday - 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

Monday - 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

Sunday - Easter Sunday. We had a little barbecue at my fathers place, Dad, me, a sister, a brother, and a niece. Nice.

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Moon over the marina
Photo Notes: Moon over marina.

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