WEEK 18 2011
Mon- Tue- Wed-
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Saturday - I had lunch with friends, at
a new-to-me Thai place that was pretty darn good. Not fancy - just an
old strip mall storefront, but good. My friend and I regaled his teen
age boy with stories about how the place used to be pretty much the
only new shopping in town, and the only movie, when we were new hires
at NASA in the mid 80's. He bore it all stoically, probably helped by the spicy
We are going to try to see Thor tomorrow, at the first Sunday matinée.
I'm feeling better, and have done some chores, mowing the lawns being
the major. I've discovered that the battery is dead in the Probe (not
unexpected) and the house central a/c isn't cooling any more (not
entirely unexpected). Well, it was putting out air at 80F, which is
probably some cooling. Bah.
Also the condensation drain is plugged again, judging from the moisture
on the a/c stand. I cleaned it out, some years ago, but stupidly
re-glued it, rather than putting in some sort of screw joint. More
I haven't done nearly as much as I thought I would on return. The
allergy or cold is really an energy drag, and I'm pretty tired.
The wedding or reception next door went rather quietly. So rather than
leaving the house for the evening I just vegged out and watched a bunch
of Tivo stuff.
Smallville is ending, but there are actually better shows out there,
Fringe and Warehouse 13 come to mind, along with The Mentalist and
Psych!. I got tired rather quickly of Being Human, but apparently
Stargate Universe is ending soon. Monday. I stopped watching a while
back, I didn't care much for the mad scientist thing, but I suppose
I'll watch the finale.
Over the last few weeks I've read some Sci-Fi. Not very good stuff, but definitely a step above the Galaxy Unknown series. This is the Spinward Fringe series. I started with Book #35: Origins, and then moved through the series in order, #36: Resurrection and Awakening, #37:Triton, #38:Frontline, #39:Fracture and #40:Fragments.
The author has some talent, and there are good ideas, but it's marred
by edit errors, and plot meanderings and incoherence. For example, in
one book a character's rank kept jumping between Sergeant and Major -
kind of off putting. And then the Triton
is a space ship they capture and spend almost an entire book refitting
as a super space dreadnought, only to be completely out gunned, damaged
and captured immediately in the next book. Huh?
Good enough as space opera to keep one entertained. And at $2.99 a pop for the book, why not?
The list of books read at Week Eighteen therefore looks like this, an average of a just over two per week.
- I talked with my neighbor, who mentioned that he's hosting a wedding
tomorrow, so it might be a big congested and noisy. No problem.
"You might be wondering, where is there room for any sort of science in a
comic-book movie about a Norse god in a red cape who swings a magical
hammer? Well I’m glad you asked." A post at Cosmic Variance on the upcoming Thor movie.
Thursday 5 May2011
Wednesday 4 May 2011
3 May 2011
- It was a moderately busy trip down. I looked into the mirror when I
got home, so now I know what I'll look like after a really bad day, ten years
The cats were moderately happy to see me. T
takes such good care of them that they aren't desperate. Phoebe
however, showed signs of distress in the last few days, shouldering the
closet doors open and stealing my socks and leaving them strewn all
over the house.
I'm too tired to move, basically.
The lawn needs mowing, the grass is about ten inches high in spots. It's always something.
- after a long days work, mostly gardening stuff in the front yard, I
headed south. Bills to pay, errands and chores to do. It feels weird
leaving Kevin behind, I'm not one on leaving a job unfinished, but most
of the two man stuff is done, particularly the electrical and plumbing,
where a second safety/gofer guy is helpful. There are mounds of small
jobs, but the big stuff for inside the house, and outside (mostly) is
- a slowish day. We were both beat, and despite the best of intentions
it was a half day. A bit of trim, gardening and painting. No huge