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WEEK 19 2003

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A Year Ago, This Week

Saturday 10 May 2003

Saturday - not a lot to say. Cleaned up about the house ( a little ), and some other miscellaneous stuff.

Friday 9 May 2003

Friday - feeling a bit better. I've been going over the last month's work, and there is a lot of it. I'm not sure exactly what I've accomplished, but I think we'll have a lot better idea of what we can and cannot do with these codes when its done. If it is ever done...

There was a presentation today, or a series of them, at work. They were the engineers and project managers at Dryden telling visiting professor's and whomsoever attended about the capabilities and projects here. Very impressive to see it all laid out before one.

Looking at the pages from a year ago. On the down side: still haven't read the biographies of  Nash or Einstein. House still not painted. Still driving the old car. Still have a busted finger. On a positive note: I'm probably buying the Explorer in a week or two. And I am on DSL, not the horrid dialup. And I have a new weed whacker and edger!

Do you suppose, that to some vast outside intelligence, my activities and I appear much as those of little black beetles do to me?

This is funny.

Thursday 8 May 2003

Thursday - it is the season for small black beetles. They are everywhere you walk, small enough to fit on the disk of a quarter, busily about whatever business beetle's have in this world. They aren't lounging about either, they are moving along briskly, going from here to there.

Dinner was at Mahli's Indian, and it was good. I didn't realize that I was in the mood for Indian until I got there. My friend ordered a big bottle of beer and we split it. Then I ordered another, and we split that. Neither of us was the driver, so why not? R needed it - he had the hot curry dish, and his forehead beaded up like he'd been out in the rain for an hour!

Wednesday 7 May 2003

Wednesday - watching Enterprise this evening I found myself getting mad. What a wonderful dream - big fast impressive star ships.

The episode itself  was just another generic "Earth meets and defeats the Borg" episode.

Tuesday 6 May 2003

Tuesday - almost a repeat of Monday at work. Oh well.

After a brief scare when it wouldn't boot (low battery), I am letting Redhat 9 install itself on the Sony laptop. Just a basic install - and I noticed too late that the "Grub" bootloader is being installed by default. Bah. "Lilo" is a little more friendly I think, but it doesn't really matter. So far there haven't been any problems at all with the install.

Someone on the net mentioned today that the service packs are already out, and up to a couple hundred megabytes. Free software, and worth every cent. Which is unfair of me, even (especially) Microsoft has problems and fixes.

One cool thing I noticed about this old Sony - it has little feet on the side that you can fold down, to keep it from resting flat on the desk ( and possibly overheating ). I used to prop it up on a book or something.

Once the OS is properly installed I can try to hook it to the home, am I a glutton for punishment or what?

Ok. Hot Republican Babe of the Week.  Honestly, I couldn't make this stuff up...

Monday 5 May  2003

Monday - the cat feeder beeped  and whirred at 5:00 a.m. this morning, as programmed, and the cats leaped off my bed and ran downstairs to eat. Hurrah! Boy, it didn't take them long to figure this thing evening! So, I was able to sleep in until 6:00 without being pestered, for the first time in months.

It's been getting windier and windier, all day. Perhaps there is a storm on the way?

I picked up a copy of Redhat 9 over the weekend. Yes, I know that the ISO images are free for downloading, and I've done that in the past, but it's my little bit to support the company, and the free software initiative. I'll put it on the sony laptop sometime this week.

Apparently the liquor store with the best beer selection in the Antelope Valley is only about a mile from my house... Someone at work mentioned it, and I checked it out on the way home. Oh yeah.

Sunday 4 May  2003

Sunday - we went to see "The Two Towers" again yesterday. It was fun - each time you pick up little details not seen before. The animation of Gollum/Smeagol is remarkable, even the shadows in scenes affect the rendering!

The people behind us were apparently terrible. I didn't notice until some couple's started fighting with each other on the way out of the theater,  but apparently they had been talking, kicking my friends chairs and suchlike throughout the movie. I guess I was too "into" the movie; if I'd noticed I'd have collected an usher and complained - I had some people kicked out of the theater last year, to plaudits of everyone around me. Which felt good until after the movie, when I had to walk out into a dark parking lot alone...

Sunday I mowed the lawn, but not a lot else. I wasn't feeling all that well, and was deliberately trying to not be active.. I did use the bread machine to make a nice loaf of raisin bread...yummmmm.

I did do some customizing on the cat feeder - it seems to be working fairly well now. Sort of a "pocketa-pocketa" sound as the food pellets tumble out...

This is the one year anniversary of breaking my finger. Bah Humbug!

Picture of the Week
edwards afb museum mural
Photo Notes: Edwards Air Force Base now has a museum. Inside there is this mural on a wall, showing some of the many many aircraft that have flown here. Many of these vehicles are in the museum at Wright Patterson Air Force, but there are some here, some parked just outside the museum. A good number were Air Force/Naca/Nasa collaborations .

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