Travels and Images
WEEK 22 2006
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Picture of the Week
Saturday 3 June
- busy, busy, busy. Checking in on a friends house, feeding the fish,
cats, turtles while they are gone. Down in Oxnard, visiting a friend,
looking at boats.
Friday 2 June
Friday - The thing
about statics is that it really doesn't require much more than the
ability to multiply and divide. None the less I got it wrong in a
spreadsheet yesterday. But I caught the mistake myself, so that's
something. Extended the analysis to a few more altitudes and speeds,
colored the worksheet prettily in light yellow and turquoise, taught
myself how to make a graph in Excel.
Too much excitement can be a bad thing though.
A B-1 made a gear-up landing at Diego Garcia - there's one AF major that isn't going to pass his next promotion board.
Thursday 1 June 2006
- working away on things. Too hard perhaps; I think I was getting eyestrain in the afternoon.
Wednesday 31 May 2006
- I'm back to calculation of reaction loads - about where I was last Tuesday...
Had a meeting with the boss today - we're getting a new hire and
discussed what she's to be doing. It's quite an involved process, with
forms and progress reports and so on. But we only get the new person
for six months, then they spend another year working at various jobs
around the center, familiarizing themselves with NASA Dryden. Then they
might come back.
On the other side we will temporarily get another branches new hire, when they go on walk about. For six months.
Also discussed jobs for a summer student - always tough until you meet
them. One we had just wanted to read his comic books, another was a
hard core JAVA programmer that you had to tear away from the job. The
trick is to find a challenging - but not frustrating - job, as befits
each students' particular abilities and education.
I like this time of year, co-ops, summer grad students, new hires flocking about. It's like swallows' returning to Capistrano.
Went for a nice hour and a half walk this evening - coolish, 80F or so
outside, so not bad. Some high clouds, but Jupiter and a half moon were
Tuesday 30 May
Tuesday - back to work.
Monday 29 May 2006
Monday - Memorial Day.
In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Sunday 28 May
Sunday - a nice day. Warm, nearly
windless. Ah well. We all got up late, hung out, then went to feed the
ducks at Apollo Park. After retreating advancing to the rear
from an attack of geese we went over for a reprise of the Saturday pool
party and lunch. This time I went in - and it was tolerably warm. Just.
In the early afternoon my friends headed back to San Diego with some
thoroughly tuckered kids (they slept most of the way) and I, equally
tuckered out, went home and napped in front of a baseball game.