WEEK 21 2008

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Saturday 24 May 2008
Saturday -  not a lot going on. Went by the library, dropped off a couple of books, picked one up. Still kind of cloudy, which is a nice change. My brother and I may drive down to San Diego Sunday or Monday, but today I'm just beat.

Friday 23 May 2008

Friday - I considered working, but the imminent threat of rain put the kibosh on that. Instead I packed up the Explorer and drove back to Lancaster (through the rain). I tried to get the mechanic on board for looking at the Explorer, but the earliest he can look at it is on Tuesday, so I'll have to figure a way to get it there.

The house looks OK, I haven't spent much time here lately, but things seem in reasonable shape.

Thursday 22 May 2008

Thursday - another day.

A guy at the house has installed a newer version of Ubuntu than I use, Hardy Heron, which has no problems recognizing external drives and seems much snappier than, uh, Edgy. Several versions newer. He is looking at some Linux GIS software, Quantum GIS and also GRASS. and it looked pretty impressive. Maybe I'll install a new version of Linux this weekend and install that GIS software as well.

It looks like I have Friday off - my usual guy is taking a long weekend. But I didn't know until I climbed out of the channel at 5:45pm. A little notice would have been nice. But he's a decent guy, he just forgot, I'm sure.

So, I could do some brightwork on the boat, or head up to Lancaster and get my mechanic to look at the Explorer - it's had a 'check engine' light go on, and is running rough. That's probably the thing to do.

Wednesday 21 May 2008

Wednesday - pretty busy, not a lot to say.

I just realized this week that the coming weekend is Memorial Day. Sometimes you get busy... This means a Monday off, as the county guys won't be available to work.

Tuesday 20_May 2008

Tuesday - apart from the usual annoyances with the mapper it was an OK day. It's a lot cooler - I wore a sweater until midday, so it was nice weather to work in. We saw a duck, and her ducklings, in the channel. That was cute.

I saw a Beechcraft Starship go over yesterday, and again today. It took me overnight to remember the name. There was also some sort of MIG, all in bright red, a T-28, and any number of boring bizjets. There may be a Lockheed Constellation down there at the Camarillo Airport, I'll have to drive by and check out the museum one of these days.

Craig Newmark links to an article about a cuneiform tablet that is supposedly linked to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. A rather rambling, incoherent and unlikely thesis, at least as reported by the press article. But I did enjoy the title:

Clay tablet identified as asteroid that destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah

and the picture, because they instantly brought to mind one of my favorite Simpson episode's: Bart's Comet. I mean, just look at that tablet, it really is just about the size of a Chihuahua's head.

 Monday 19_May 2008

Monday - back to work. I had a bit of a headache all day, but fading in the afternoon. It was reasonably productive.

Went down to the boat after, cleaned up a couple things, put covers on the winches and tiller, re-rolled the jib, talked to the guy down the way with the other NorSea. He says someone gave him a Frisco Flyer the other day, after he declined to buy it. It needed work, but this is one of those guys that likes to tinker, so as it was to be delivered for free on a cradle to his house, he took it.

Sunday_18_May 2008

Sunday -  after a strenuous six days it was time for a rest. The house was empty, but for myself, so there was plenty of time for doing the laundry and relaxing with a good book. That would be Glen Cooks' Cruel Zinc Melodies, which was another enjoyable Garrett mystery. And Book #20.

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arch rock, anacapa island, california
Photo Notes: Arch Rock, Anacapa Island, Channel Islands, Ca.

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