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WEEK 22 2007

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Saturday 2 June 2007

Saturday - spent the morning cleaning, inside and out. Then down to Oxnard.

Friday 1 June 2007

Friday - I have to say that Scott of Scotts' Autotech did a great job on the clutch. It works great. In fact it's difficult getting used to the fact that I don't have to floor the clutch pedal to shift. Next week: new CV joints.

SOFIA is here, and they let DFRC personnel inside for a couple of hours this morning. Pretty neat. As a member of the Structures Branch I might get in on a special tour next week - we have a number of people working on it.

The SOFIA web page isn't updated yet, but the Dryden web page has some info. It's a bit odd that the a/c isn't named after an astronomer, but I guess 'Clipper Lindbergh' was the orginal name of the aircraft.

I was watching something on the 2008 election and James Carville said "The only cure for Potomac Fever is Formaldehyde". Heh.

I recall that in Book #35 The Presidents House Margaret Truman refers to Potomac Fever as being the swelled head and sense of importance that various West Wing inhabitants get.

The NASA Administrator, Michael Griffin, came out as something of a doubter on the seriousness of Global Warming:

"...a trend of global warming exists, I am not sure that it is fair to say that it is a problem we must wrestle with."

His job is probably toast now, unless he backs and fills wonderfully. Belief in AGW has taken on the aspect of a full blown religion with a lot of people. A full Griffin transcript is here.

26 Reasons What You Think is Right is Wrong. An oddly phrased title, but an interesting post. [via GeekPress]

I liked the articles graphic:

Thursday 31 May  2007

Thursday - it is warming up, I wore a ball cap today, just to walk from one building to another. We've had another retasking, now I'm off what I was reassigned to last week, and on to something else. I prefer the new task, but I have to wonder how long it will last. The branch is massively overextended, so we do these retaskings a lot.

The morphing painting. Remarkable - 500 years of portraiture distilled into a few minutes. [via Ann Althouse]

Book #37 was John Scalzi's The Ghost Brigades. It is a follow on to his Old Mans War, and while I liked it, it didn't seem to have as much pizazz as that book. The characters weren't well defined, and it didn't really advance his particular future history much. Still, recommended.

Which reminds me, I haven't put up "The Table" for a while:

#1 The Island at the Center of the World*
#2 Enders Game*
#3 Constructional Steelwork Simply Explained
#4 Riding the Bullet*
#5 Sea Change*
#6 Dykstra's War,
#7 Six Frigates*
#8 The Green and the Gray
#9 The Hills is Lonely*
#10 Hell's Gate
#11 The Voyage of Kristina
#12 Wyrms
#13 The Worthing Saga
#14 Expiration Date
#15 John Paul Jones*
#16 Dinner at Deviant's Palace
#17 By the Wind
#18 Skeletons on the Zahara*
#19 Blue Gold*
#20 The Androids Dream
#21 Some Golden Harbor
#22 Beautiful Just
#23 Godforsaken Sea
#24, The Professor and the Madman*
#25Thomas Jefferson
#26 Earthquake Weather
#27 Killers Wake
#28 Desolation Island*
#29 Academia Nuts
#30 Sorcery and Cecelia
#31 Rainbows End
#32 The End,A Series of Unfortunate Events, Volume 13
#33: Building Harlequin's Moon
#34, Undaunted Courage*
#35 The Presidents House*
#36, Rocket Boys*
#37 The Ghost Brigades

Wednesday 30 May 2007

Wednesday - took the car in. The old Probe needed new hydraulics for the clutch, it was getting hard to shift, even with the clutch pedal floored.

Tuesday 29 May 2007

Tuesday - back to work

 Monday 28 May 2007

Monday - on the road again, headed south.

Sunday 27 May 2007

Sunday - hanging out, having a nice barbecue with the family.

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The trail near Jackson Flats

Photo Notes: A trail near Jackson Flats.

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