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WEEK 15 2007
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Saturday 14 April
- on the road.
Friday 13 April
- still busy. Down to San Diego this weekend to visit friends.
12 April 2007
- keeping busy at work.
Book #27 was Killers Wake,
a Bernard Cornwell mystery. This is one of his sailing stories. It's
OK, but the villain of the piece is obvious early on, and the
characterizations are not very good.
Wednesday 11 April 2007
- I'm trying to get the water in the fish tank clean. The smaller
of the two goldfish is acting a bit lackadaisical. I've replaced at
least half the twenty gallon water tank, added the special sauce, but
it is still rather cloudy. My brother says I need to "vacuum" the
gravel at the bottom. I think he may be right, there seems to be a lot
of crud down there that the standard filter isn't picking up. I think
that as the weather warms up there is more algae growth as well.
The Peeps dioramas from a Washington Post competition. [via Villainous Company] About the winners "Gentlemen prefer Blondes" entry:
" When Johnston saw in our March 4 issue that we said the diorama must be
comparable in dimension to a shoebox, he called a clown-shoe company to
inquire how big such a box might be. The guy was just trying to play by
Oddly enough T.H. White's The Once and Future King is not out in audio. There is available a rock opera with that title. Ugh.
A book author creates a web page about her book. Amusing. And, by the way, the first "last" page, isn't. [via kottke.org]
WikiSky, an online sky atlas program. Pretty neat.
Tuesday 10 April 2007
- more work, setting up a GVT, instrumenting an aircraft. This entails
crawling around on hands and knees under an airplane, so my knees and
elbows are sore and there is hydraulic fluid on my jeans.
I'm enjoying myself, actually. It's a nice change from the analysis I usually face.
It has been windy - right now it's averaging 32MPH and gusting to 39MPH. Yesterday was worse: sand was pelting my window as I drove home. I believe this is called saltation - though it's been a while since geology class
We were talking a lunch today and somehow it turned to engineers
experiences when visiting Russia back in the 1990's. It was hard to get
anything done people told me - you arrived at work about 9:00, broke
for tea and coffee at 10:30 (at which point the liquor cabinet
officially opened). At lunch the Russians started drinking and work was
basically done for the day. It was a brutal life back there, even at
"high tech" centers most buildings had no running water (or bathrooms)
and many didn't even have electricity. Engineers stole power from the grid to run their wind tunnel experiments.
At the Marginal Revolution blog I saw a quote, this evening, which brought the lunchtime remarks back to mind:
Russia's average annual alcohol consumption has reached 15 litres (26
pints) per person, nearly tripling the 1990 average of 5.4 litres, the
country's consumer protection agency said Monday.
Monday 9 April 2007
- back to work. Worked late.
Sunday 8 April
- lazed about, watched tv, and then went over for dinner at my brothers
Book #26 was
Weather, by Tim Powers. This I found recently by accident, at
a used book sale. It is a sequel to this years #14 Expiration Date.
I really liked ED, but this was just sort of ...eh.... Not bad, but
nothing new. It concerned the Fisher King, about
whom, coincidentally, there was a movie on TV this weekend. It was
creatively entitled The Fisher King.
I didn't get a chance to watch that movie this weekend but I seem to
recall seeing it years ago, and that it was a pretty good