Travels and Images
WEEK 22 2003
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Saturday 31 May 2003
Saturday - up at my Dad's. I took off on Friday afternoon,
and arrived early evening. It was a very drive, but a lot more bearable in
a bigger and reliable vehicle than the Probe. I averaged about 20.3 mpg -
ouch. I'm used to the Probe's thrifty 31+ mpg. On the other hand,
the Explorer uses regular, while the Probe needs super. And the Probe has
not been enjoying the warm temperatures we've had lately.
I brought up the (Win2k) laptop, and was easily able to log onto the net
via my dad's wireless setup. A bit of fiddling and I was also able to get
file sharing and printer sharing working with his Win98 desktop box. Unfortunately
my efforts to do the same with his WinXP laptop were a miserable failure.
By the time I was done he had lost all wireless connectivity altogether.
Fortunately WinXP has that system restore function, and it only took a couple
of button clicks to set it back to normal. I need to remember to deliberately
force a system save before doing stuff like that - I was lucky that my father
had done a system upgrade earlier in the day.
The weather was lovely. Dad and I took a drive over to Benecia and visited
my brother. On the way we stopped at the roadside viewpoint to look at the
construction progress on the new Benecia bridge. There are now pilings visible
for the bridge, which weren't there a few months ago.
You can make out the pilings for the bridge piers just rising
from the water. On the far shore there is some of the bridge approach under
construction, and one bridge pier in progress. On the right of the image
is the old train bridge, which many claim was warped in the great Port Chicago ammunition explosion during World War II,
and is therefore unsafe to ship traffic since its drawbridge sometimes will
not open... On the very right edge you can see part of the existing vehicle
Friday 30 May
Friday - I was out in the back yard yesterday, looking at the patio construction progress.
The patio post foundations have now been poured. I've always been a do-it-yourselfer
type, but I have been "getting around" to building the patio for the last
several years. I finally broke down and have paid someone to do it. It feels
strange - I come home, happen to look in the back, and people have been working
on my house. Strange, but sorta nice, too.
One of the foundations for patio posts.
I've noticed lots of toads in the back yard lately, but just a few of the beetles
that were so numerous a couple of weeks ago - it reminds me of the use of
differential equations to model predator-prey relations.
Rechargeable battery differences? I have some Radio Shack branded and some
Powerex rechargable NiMhs. I'd never noticed any particular difference before
last weekend, but the Powerex and RS had been recharged at the same time,
a month or two ago, and the RS were dead, while the Powerex were still good.
Thursday 29 May 2003
Thursday - Dinner tonight was at Don Cuco's, and included a (rather watery) Margharita, and a dip in a friend's pool afterwards. Ahhhhh. It only hit 99 today, down from the 106 of yesterday...
A temperature story. Yesterday I had just left work, heading home. A mile
or so into the trip I heard a small noise, like a rock hitting the underside
of the car. I paid it no mind, until it happened again, a minute or two later.
When it happened a third time I had a sudden bout of satori. Quickly pulling
in to the base gas station I opened the car trunk. Inside three cans of soda had popped open.
The heat, and then the motion of the car had been too great for the
poptop lids! Fortunately the cans were in a plastic bag, and upright, and
a huge mess was avoided. I gingerly lifted the six packs out of the car and
cooled them with water from the service station's service hose, then replaced
them in the front of the car - and under an air conditioner outlet - for
the rest of the drive home.
I decided to get the Redhat 9 laptop on the internet Wednesday night. I had
a cheap pcmia 10/100 card, so I plugged it in at 8:57 p.m.. By 9:06 I was
surfing the web via my local net and the DSL/DHCP router. And I'd never done
that before with Redhat.
Do you Yahoo? I doooooooo.......
Xapm anyone?. I am looking for a small battery-life-left utility for the
Redhat laptop. It needs to be APM, not the more recent ACPI service. There
is a utility that you can run at the command prompt, but it's not as useful. I'd prefer something that just sits on the toolbar.
I saw a great signature file, somewhere: "May I be just half the
person my dog thinks I am."
Wednesday 28 May 2003
Wednesday - hot agin, homer. Not much of a spring this
year. I have the new (to me) Explorer, and will try to post a picture soon.
It fits in the garage just fine. We were concerned that with the large beam
across the garage that the roof rack might be too tall to fit, but everything
is fine. It feels enormous when driving, yet it is based on the Ford
Ranger, a small/midsized pickup - it's probably the last twelve years of
driving that Probe, right?
I now have four cars. Bah. I called and put the Explorer on my insurance
today - anyone want an old Mercedes with no top gear? How about an eighteen
year old truck with no air conditioner? Runs good, except when it dies for no particular reason.
We had a brief power outage at work, just long enough to kill the jobs on
machines w/o UPS'es. I used the opportunity to hook up the CD burner on the
machine with the new power supply. The burner now works fine, apparently
the lack of power started a week or two ago, and one sign was the bad burner.
I'd disconnected it, but after replacing the power supply thought it worth
trying again. A useful hint, I guess, that the power supply may be failing
if your burner seems to fail.
I asked if we can buy UPS'es for the other machines too.
I missed a doctor's appointment yesterday. D'oh. I thought it was next week.
Tuesday 27 May 2003
Tuesday - back at work. It's HOT up here - after the 65
degree marine layer in San Diego it's a bit of a shock. It might have hit
I feel a bit refreshed after the long weekend - a month or two off
would be just the ticket I think. Instead I installed a new power supply
in a PC at work. A 350 watt Antec, replacing an Enermax of unknown size.
Everything seems just hunky dory now.
Playing around with test cases still. It's funny how hard it can be to answer simple questions sometimes, like, "does it work?" Oh well. Working a bit on more aircraft modeling, and on parallel processing.
As far as parallel processing goes, if you want to run SCALAPACK, then you
need BLAS, PBLAS, and BLACS. Optimized for your parallel interface and chipset...
The Earth and Luna, as seen from Mars
! Courtesy NASA.
Monday 26 May 2003
Monday - Memorial Day.
The site I hyperlinked has a lot of interesting information on the history
of this day, which dates back to the American Civil War.
The Picture of the Week is of my father's friend, Johnny Frye. He
perished in battle at Okinawa, in 1945. My father lost a number of friends
in the second world war, and I asked him to send some information about them.
Long ago this boy lost his life on a remote pacific island, and no doubt
it was just about the end of the world for his parents and family as well.
Americans are still paying this ultimate price, in many places around the world, particularly Iraq. Here is The Final Roll Call, a page of the fallen in Iraq.
Sunday 25 May
Sunday - on vacation.
Picture of the Week
Photo Notes: As
it is Memorial Day I thought a tribute to one of the fallen was in order
here. Johnny Frye was my fathers friend, and fell at Okinawa. The picture
above was taken at Scofield Barracks in Hawaii, not long before that. Here
are my father's words, in an email to me:
Hi. Here is a picture of Johnny Frye. We were high school
buddies. We graduated together. Strange, strange, I
remember that during the ceremony, when you move the
tassel from one side of the mortarboard to the other,
instead of doing it with his right hand, he just gave a jerk
of his head and it flipped over to the other side. That
brought the house down. Everyone applauded. That
was sixty one years ago. I have never recalled that
event until today. When I enlisted, I asked him to
come with me, but he refused, saying he didn't like the
ocean. Later the army got him. My mother wrote
me that he was at Scofield barracks in Hawaii. My
ship was there so I went out to Scofield and asked if
I could see him. They were great, they took me in a
jeep to his tent, I had lunch with him, and later they
gave him a pass and we went down to my ship and
had supper. We watched the movie on #3 hatch, and
then he had to go back. I never saw him again. He
was killed on Okinawa. I wonder if he went there on
my ship or one of the others in our squadron (24 all told).
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