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WEEK 16 2007

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Saturday 21 April 2007

Saturday - 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 2007

Friday - 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
Sleepy dog on a blanket.

Thursday 19 April  2007

Thursday - 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

Wednesday - 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. [via]

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  Blackberry had failed him.

Dang. Just Dang. No giant laser powered blimp this year...

Tuesday 17 April 2007

Tuesday - Another busy (ten hour) day.

Book #28 was Desolation Island*, 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

Monday - A busy day.

Sunday 15 April 2006

Sunday - 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 minded too much.

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old tree along avenue J in the east valley

Photo Notes: Old tree off East Avenue J.

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