Travels and Images
WEEK 14 2005
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Saturday 9 April
- a friend of mine has a 'movie night' on Saturday, so I invited myself over and watched a couple of movies. The first was 'Crybaby', with Johnny Depp. It was an odd movie, but it had it's moments. The second was 'What Woman Want'
with Mel Gibson. Again, it had it's moments, but was somewhat uneven.
But it sure beat sitting home alone with a calculus text!
Friday 8 April
Friday - another windy and overcast day. In the evening it started raining sideways, what with the wind gusting to 40mph+!
I was out tutoring in calculus so I didn't get the chance to watch and
enjoy the weather as much as I might have. That's OK, I'm having fun with the math
- it's been years since I used some of this stuff, but it is (slowly)
coming back to me. Generally I remember what I am supposed to do, but a
lot of the identities - trigonometric and algebraic - are missing in
action. For example, what is the antiderivative of cosecant^2? Fortunately 'cheat sheets' are allowed, but in the late seventies I used to have these things memorized.
Phoebe thinks I should move to Wasco - that is about where his left
foot is. Odd. Perhaps it is the thought of all the tasty field mice.
His right paw is hidden, but it would be about on the Sierra foothills,
someplace a bit more to my own taste.
Friday cat blogging
: Photographing black cats is a challenge; generally
you just end up with a silhouette, sometimes a silhouette with eyes.
Thursday 7 April 2005
- feeling better, took a walk in the morning, my first since coming
down with the crud a couple weeks ago. Also working on the code,
running some testcases.
I've been watching the crowds on teevee, gathered for the viewing and
funeral of Pope John Paul II. What an amazing thing. I was under the
impression that Italy had become a rather secular state of communists.
Here is a shot of the battleship IOWA, on the end of the raft, in the Suisun Bay mothball fleet, as seen from orbit, via Google Map:
Wednesday 6 April 2005
Wednesday - took a brief trip out to the poppy reserve in the west valley. Not a very impressive year.
The new Google Map is cool. There is an associated satellite image that
you can switch to, once you've found your location, or you could browse
by using the satellite image. Here, for example, is the Golden Gate
Bridge from orbit:
As you might tell from the text box, first I looked at the mothball fleet
near Benecia, Ca., then I panned west (by dragging) to the bridge. Very Cool Stuff.
It (the mapping) seems to just be the United States right now...
Tuesday 5 April 2005
Tuesday - the band was playing again today. Time to move - it's a battle I've fought way too many times. I say 'the band' but really it's just another band. They come, they go. It's a function of living in a family oriented suburb.
Eastern Oregon or Northwest Nevada seem like attractive places to move right now.
The PC antivirus wanted to download an update. I said OK, so it
downloaded - and rebooted my computer. In the middle of a week long
job. So much for trusting Symantec.
Monday 4 April 2005
Monday - in the early morning I woke to the sound of rain. How strange. Saturday I was sweating in proto-summer heat, two days later it's a cool spring storm.
I was speaking of Pompeii
yesterday - which reminds me that there is apparently going to be a
made-for-tv movie on next week about the Yellowstone caldera blowing
up: SUPERVOLCANO. I have no plans to watch - disaster movies are always terrible...uh...disasters. Dante's Peak
was on the other day, for example - I managed to watch about five
minutes before finding something else to do and it's probably the best
of the genre from a mainstream film maker. The made-for-tv are even
worse - let's not even get into the moronic 10.5 that was on yesterday - 10.5 might be the number of seconds a sane human could watch such a thing.
Sunday 3 April
Sunday - the weather sure changed
overnight! Rather than calm and sunny it is breezy, overcast, and cool.
A bit sore from the Saturday chores I cleaned inside the house, went to
lunch with some friends, watched the finale of Battlestar Galactica
(which I had taped Friday night) and read a bit.
I read Pompeii, which Glenn Reynolds had mentioned reading a while back on his webpage.
It has an engineer as a protagonist, always a draw for me, but I didn't
find it all that interesting. Not much engineering, and the characters
were rather cardboardish. The most interesting thing, to me, was the
death of Pliny the Elder. I can recall a National Geographic or
History Channel show which uses his description of the eruption and
pyroclastic flow as a historical antecedent to Mt. St. Helens, but I
don't recall them mentioning that he died because of it. Though, actually, the book is a little unclear on the point - it may have been a heart attack.
Update: Well, maybe it was a different web page. Searching Reynold's for Pompeii only turns up an old link to a Lilek's page that has nothing to do with the book. Odd though, that the book would be associated in my mind with some unconnected person.