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WEEK 16 2007
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Saturday 21 April
- time for the Poppy Festival again! Lancaster lucked out - the weather
was miserable on Friday, is expected to be miserable tomorrow, but was
very nice today.
There wasn't a lot new, and I forgot my camera, but it was a nice trip. My friends' boy is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism,
and he was out there with the rest of them, belting away at people with
a sword. It looked like fun. We had some brisket sandwiches for lunch,
and followed the local bagpiper group around for a while.
The Umbilical Brothers last night were hilarious. It was one of the funniest shows I've seen in a while. We liked it so much that we bought a DVD of another show - Speedmouse - since we'd just seen Thwack.
In the evening we settled down to watch Speedmouse. Unfortunately is was formatted in PAL, not NTSC.
We groused about that for a bit, then it occurred to me that it might
run on Windows XP so we tried that. It did, so we used the SVIDEO
and audio out from my friends' laptop to play it on the TV proper.
Friday 20 April
- off to see the Umbilical Brothers tonight at the LPAC. It looks like fun.
A Useless Cat. Heh.
And lets not forget take-offs of trailers for 300! Going with the cat theme, I particularly like "300 Kitties"
Another shooting today, this one at NASA Johnson. Instapundit
has a reader who asks why NBC puts the Virginia Tech shooter on TV,
when they won't even televise people who run onto the field during
baseball. His reply:
A cynic would say that when fans run onto the baseball field NBC
doesn't make money. But when copycat mass shootings occur, NBC makes
money. . .
Sleepy dog on a blanket.
19 April 2007
- I judged a science fair today. I'd completely forgotten about being shanghaied
co opted by a fellow engineer whose wife is a teacher, but he made a
point of reminding me. It was fun actually, and this time at the
elementary school level, rather than high school.
I have to say... [Critical comments about elementary school kids and teachers removed ]. Oh well.
Bizarrely, it has turned cold. I turned on the heater when I got home. There is a 70% chance of rain tomorrow. Weird.
Wednesday 18 April 2007
- another long (11 hour) day. But the test is finally done, and I can
get a good nights sleep - no need to be at work at 6:00 am tomorrow.
See my web page as if animated
by local winds. It's Windmaker.
So, I'm walking out to my car this evening and a hat blows by.
A leather cowboy hat. It's pretty windy. Still I manage to chase down the hat and walk
back to my car. I see a truck driving towards me. It was the hats' owner and he was
very happy - he'd owned it twenty years and hiked to the top of Mt. Whitney
in it many years ago.Had it been twenty feet to my right it would have
blown out onto the Edwards lake bed. This nearly hatless gentleman was having a
hard day, he said that earlier in the day his Crackberry
had failed him.
Dang. Just Dang. No giant laser powered blimp this year...
Tuesday 17 April 2007
- Another busy (ten hour) day.
Book #28 was
by Patrick O'Brian. Another in the wonderful series of Aubrey/Maturin
sea novels. I hate to see these tapes finish, but it got me through the
long drive down to San Diego and back.
Monday 16 April 2007
- A busy day.
Sunday 15 April
- on the road. Back in about midnight...
I had a good time in San Diego, it was nice to just slow down and relax
with some good friends. I may be the most boring house guest in
existence, with a tendency to take long naps, but I don't think they