WEEK 15 2010
Mon- Tue- Wed-
Picture of the Week
17 March 2002
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Saturday - a few more days and we'll hopefully be done
with the current project. We have to design and specify a bunch of
repairs, then get them drafted, then review and correct the specs and
drawings. Rinse and repeat until perfect or time runs out (Monday).
When I get back to Lancaster I need to order that zoom lens for next
month's trip to Florida. I didn't want to order until I was likely to
be home when it would be delivered. Which should be next week. When I
get it I'll probably make up that barrel protection/hand hold.
So...I wonder if they consider a camera dangerous? I would really
rather not put it in my checked luggage.
I need to get a bigger CF card to replace the minuscule 1GB that is in
there now - the Rebel Xt can use up to 8GB, it's a camera limit. Later
versions of the camera can go to 32GB and beyond. I think the later
Rebels are now up to 16 or 18 megapixels, so they really need the space.
- back at work - my taxes are filed, time to make more money for our
elected representatives to spend!
Actually we've a government analogous to the 'fractional reserve'
banking system, call it a 'fractional tax base' government - nowadays
they spend 2X was the taxpayer sends them.
My sister's cat, Chip, enjoying the Calla Lillies.
Thursday 15 April
- dropped my taxes into the mailbox. Bah.
Some people also celebrate this as "Buy a gun!" day - maybe I should do
Up to Lancaster in mid-afternoon. The stay on the boat has been fun,
but gets a bit old after a couple of weeks!
Wednesday 14 April
- working. I would love to go sailing, rather than just living aboard,
but there is no time, no time. Soon.
There was a visit with a client, about some rationalization of their
myriad of databases. They have too many, but it's going to be a task to
settle on which to keep, and which to toss.
- my sister has reached the point where she wants to start painting my
father's old study. The problem is that it has an old acoustic ceiling,
sprayed on in the 1970's or 1980's. After the kids had left the house
anyway. I was fairly indifferent, just thinking we'd scrape it off with
a putty knife.
The internet says that a lot of the early ceilings were asbestos
compounds, so your legal options are
Hiring anybody else - family members or those guys' hanging around
outside Home Depot, is a no-no.
- do it yourself.
- hire a company licensed for asbestos removal to do it.
It's fairly easy to do yourself, a squirt bottle of water, a putty
knife, and a good breather mask, but I asked her to wait until I can
get up there.
I have, very slowly, been working my way through a biography of
Harrison and Tyler. It's pretty dry stuff and I've been too tired and
had to little time to finish it - and now the library refuses to
renew it ;-) I'll have to renew, then check it out again.
A quick note: Since Harrison died about a month after taking office
it's mostly about Tyler.
Like most of the biographies the president is praised for expanding the
scope and power of the executive office.
There was a lot contention that the president should essentially be a
rubber stamp for Congress in the first few decades of the country. The
"Imperial Presidency" (a term coined for Nixon - but his successor's
have taken more even more power) is the result of more than two
centuries of power centralizing in a singe individual.
- I would like to have gone to Space Access, but once again was too
busy. It'd be awesome.
Actually, there are a number of aerospace related events I'd like to
experience- kind of a "bucket list" I guess, though that's a bit morbid.
Well, there is still time for the last two this year!