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WEEK 14 2007
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Saturday 7 April
- On Friday I broke my low chloresterol diet by having a big chili
cheeseburger from Toms. Big mistake. I was feeling nauseous late into
Friday night and most of today. Bah. It seems like this has happened
before - and I've only been there once or twice.
On the good side, it gave me an excuse to lay about and watch a lot of stuff on the TIVO.
Facts about Fred Thompson:
- Fred Thompson has on multiple occasions pronounced
- Fred Thompson has blasted more people in the face with a
shotgun than even Dick Cheney.
- The masked executioner of Saddam Hussein: Fred Thompson.
- Not only does Fred Thompson cut taxes, he cuts tax
- The reason Fred Thompson didn't want to stay in the Senate
long is because all the extra scrutiny kept him from doing his favorite
hobby: Prowling the streets at night killing drug dealers.
- Every night before going to sleep, Osama bin Laden checks
under his bed for Fred Thompson.
- Fred Thompson's gaze can kill small animals.
- Fred Thompson once ended a filibuster by ripping out a
Senator's heart and showing it to him before he died.
facts about Chuck Norris:
- Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits.
- Chuck Norris counted to infinity—twice.
- The chief export of Chuck Norris is Pain.
- Chuck Norris doesn’t read books. He stares them
down until he gets the information he wants.
- When the Boogeyman goes to sleep every night, he checks his
closet for Chuck Norris.
- Chuck Norris can lead a horse to water AND make it drink.
- When Chuck Norris does a pushup, he isn’t lifting
himself up, he’s pushing the Earth down.
facts about Leonhard Euler:
- Euler never runs out of numbers. Numbers run out of Euler.
- Euler didn't have to prove the Basel problem. He stared it
down and it proved itself.
- Euler can write out all the digits of e. And pi. At the
same time. He
can also write out the digits of i, it just takes a little longer.
- Euler has walked the Königsberg bridges without
crossing the same bridge twice.
- Chuck Norris can divide by zero. Euler can divide zero by
[via SecondBreakfast ]
Friday 6 April
- not a lot to say, keeping busy.
loaned me a beer making kit. I think perhaps his wife didn't care for
the hobby, though he claimed to be working on producing ethanol for the
Anyway, I need to get it out of my cars trunk, read the directions, and
try it out. There is even a little bran grain, or mash, whatever they
call it. Unfortunately some mice got into the grain, so we're not sure
it's usable. He lives in Wrightwood and since mice in the California
mountains often have bubonic plague
we're thinking discretion might be the better part of valor.
It does, however, give me a nice name for my first batch: Black Death.
( Guess it'll have to be a dark beer... )
Update: There is a Black Death Stout already.
5 April 2007
- working in the hangar a lot, getting ready for a test. It
is a nice change from working at the keyboard.
A bit more on the Antikythera
Mechanism, with lots
of pictures, diagrams and links. Interesting. There is also a link at
the page to a book that discusses the history of the N-body
problem, though the Amazon reviewers are not particularly
kind to it (the book). [via Impearls]
Wednesday 4 April 2007
- back to work.
Funny thing. You'll read one book , then notice a connecting reference.
- A blog I occasionally reads notes that Christopher Hitchen's
has a biography of Jefferson out. It sounds more entertaining
than Book #25
I read, though Appleby mentions J's version of the new testament as
- While at my fathers' place, staying up late, I watched some
UFO documentary. Kittiger from Book
shows up, supposedly, after an unscheduled landing, supposedly the "red
headed captain" who threatens death to anyone who mentions
his project. (There was the usual set of stills showing his
from the gondola (which was recovered later I suppose) and several sets
of video showing dummies being dropped from a balloon gondola. )
- I borrowed from my father the fifth book in the
Aubrey/Maturin series, Desolation
Island, which has a voyage through the Great
Southern Ocean and so directly relates to Book #23.
Tuesday 3 April 2007
- not a lot to say. I stayed rather late in the afternoon, and didn't
get into Lancaster until late. Not a bad drive though.
Book #25, on
the drive down, was Thomas
Jefferson, by Joyce Appleby. It is another in the American
I didn't care for it much. For one thing it was essentially about his
Presidency, rather than Jefferson's entire career and life. For another
it was fawned over the Republicans ( not the Republican party of today,
but the opposition to the Federalists ) and demonized the Federalists.
Thirdly it belabored, endlessly,
that Jefferson only saw white men as deserving of the entire citizens
franchise, not blacks, women, Indians, etc. (We got the idea the first ten times
you mentioned it, Joyce.) And finally it whitewashed, or
completely ignored, many of Jefferson's very real faults, faults that
had a direct bearing on his presidency.
On the other hand I was unaware that J had gone through periods when he
was not considered a great president. The Jefferson memorial in
Washington D.C. was only built in the early 1900's, for example.
Anyway, not recommended.
Monday 2 April 2007
- Got up late, took the dog for a walk, and generally lazed about.
Sunday 1 April
- Up at Dads. I went sailing with my brother, on the Sacramento river.
It's different - unlike SF Bay there is a continual change in the wind,
both in direction and intensity, due to the Carquinez Straits to the
west, and the bluffs along the SE aspect. It was a great sail - we
headed upriver with the slackening flood tide and came back down with
the beginning of the ebb. One is always tacking or gybing on the river,
none of the ten minute straight line sailing that the bay offered up.
The wind was brisk - we took down the jib on the way home, had
reef in the main - and were still occasionally heeled over to 20
degrees. All in all a very nice day!