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WEEK 21 2010

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Saturday 29 May 2010
Saturday - down in SD.

Friday 28 May 2010
Friday - back in Lancaster, but only briefly, before heading down to San Diego for a long weekend stay over. It's a birthday party for a friends mother, a very nice lady, a little early this year, but the weather looks promising.

I get to tag along, and get a free ride down and back, so that's cool.

Riley, enjoying last year's low October sun.

Thursday 27 May 2010

Thursday - another day of working on stuff. I don't want to get too far ahead on this stuff, we might run out of billable hours, but we're OK for now.

It was a rotten night at the boat on Wednesday. The weather was nice, but the loud and annoying people in a nearby apartment apparently decided to start a party at 10:00pm. They went on and on, until about 2:30am. I closed the hatches and put my earplugs in, but finally had to resort to putting a radio by my head. Sheesh.

Time to get a new boat slip.

But noise pollution is everywhere. I mentioned the partyers, but when I got down to the boat earlier in the evening there were also:
  1. somebody practicing electric guitar across the water
  2. someone's barking dog in the apartments
  3. someone's crying baby in the apartments

Wednesday 26 May 2010

Wednesday - down in Ventura, doing various things that, in theory, will result in money rolling in, at some point in the future.

Like I said earlier, vbscript can be irritating. From an email to my sister:

"I was comparing two spreadsheets, and some values didn't seem to match. They looked OK but the code said different. Finally realized that somebody had entered some (not all) values with hidden trailing blanks (spacebar).

Jeez. There's a half hour of my life I'll never get back. The sad part: this happens every couple of years and I forget until it bites me again. Simple fix: use the vbscript TRIM function on character data read from spreadsheets."

Tuesday 25 May 2010

Tuesday - working.

Monday 24 May 2010

Monday - working.

Sunday 23 May_2010

Sunday - not much to say. Doing a bit of script programming.

It's kind of fun - and irritating - work. It's impossible, almost, to write clean code, and readable code, in BASIC or Vbscript. Yet it's quick, and sometimes rewarding in a way FORTRAN isn't.

Book #31 was Blackout, by Connie Willis. This is a time travel book, that takes place in the same framework as the earlier read To Say Nothing of the Dog. It's not quite as light in tone, and takes place during the Battle of Britain, and follows several Ca. 2060 time traveling historians as they research various aspects of life in the early days of WWII, the Battle of Britain, Dunkirk, and the ensuing Blitz. Things go badly, and they find themselves unable to get back to the future (have they changed history?), and have to live with much the same wartime uncertainty and danger that the ordinary Britons ("contemps") experience.

The book was well done, but turns out to be just the first volume of a set, leaving the reader hanging. A number of seemingly secondary characters - time travelers and ordinary people - are drawn in nearly as much detail at the three protagonists, so that one has to wonder exactly what their part will be in the second volume.

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aqueduct in the west valley

Photo Notes: Aqueduct and snow, west Antelope Valley 2009.

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