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Sunday 2 June 2002
unday - gone without a trace. Well, actually the de-tracing was deliberate
- just a bit of vacuuming and dusting. Then my sort-of god-daughter came
in from out of town and we went out to lunch with her mother and sort-of
godmother. She entertained us with various stories of the Hollywood life
style and the ladies then thrift shopped till they dropped I understand.
For me it was a visit to the store for some 1600mah Radio Shack rechargeables,
groceries, - and some more house work. Then it turns out that there is a
movie marathon going on. Sheesh.
Monday 3 June 2002
Monday was - well, a monday. Our co-op
student still doesn't have a phone or email account after two weeks. You
just want to scream sometimes, at the waste of time and money
in dealing with a bureaucracy, but it'd be pointless. Last year it took
a month, for the same student. We are, of course, ISO
9000 certified, process-wise.
It's a nice evening - there is supposedly a conjunction of Venus and
Jupiter tonight, maybe I can get a pic... Well, yes, but not a good one.
Too many street lights.
Someone told me a joke today.
A brunette walks into a doctors office.
Patient: "I hurt all over - here" touching the forehead, "and here"
touching stomach, "and even here" touching the foot.
Doctor: "Hmmmm. Are you by any chance a blonde naturally?
Patient: "Why yes - how did you know?"
Doctor: "Your finger is broke."
I gotta tell ya Vern, you hear all sorts of stories when you walk around
with a cast or splint.
I see that the markets are down again on investor worries. Duh. Microsoft
just got it's hand slapped today for sneaky accounting - they were using
profits from one period to 'beat' estimates in another. Lying about what
they made basically - but they did not have to admit to any wrong doing
nor re-state their earnings. So what is an investor - be it an individual,
a small company or investment house to think? The SEC is clearly going to
do the minimum to enforce even the most minimal standards in accounting
- the end result is a predictable malaise in investing, as the investor resists
even the barest hint of risk.
Our student finally had his email account activated. Work is proceeding.
Worked late, had to go to the store, then over to a friends house, not
home until 11:00.
I need to 'smog' my car. It has always passed with flying colors, but
it now has that overheating problem. I guess this weekend would be the best
time. Last year I paid online and received my stickers within a week instead
of the usual two months, maybe I'll try that again.
Wednesday 5 June 2002
We spent time bug tracking today. I
wrote a routine to extract certain portions of a model and then to create
a new model from those bits. Fairly useful, maybe we'll add it to the other
utilities. Spent some time with another engineer who is doing some flight
tests on a model of a laser powered plane, in a hangar. They had some
solar cell *wrap* there, basically solar cells on a plastic backing that
you can bend, rather like construction paper in heft and feel. Amazing!!
I'll have to get a link to it!!
My father says he's going to get DSL, his ISP service has just become
unbearable. Too bad, I used to visit and marvel at how much better
than mine in speed and stability it was. He also sent me a picture of my
sister in uniform. With her permission maybe I can post it soon as a belated
memorial day thing, along with some other family members.
Time to go get a haircut, adieu!
Thursday 6 June 2002
That cat. He just stepped on the keyboard,
generated an application error, and deleted three days posts. Grrrr. Guess
I need to save more often.
Saw Star Wars:Attack of the Clones again. Cool. Lots of neat special effects
- the shadows of all the flying cars traffic across the sides of the buildings,
the cathedral/secret droid construction factory, and so on. The friend I
saw it with mentioned a bit of blurring in some fast panning scenes - he'd
heard that it's an artifact of digital screening technology apparently.
I wonder about the droids - are they more than they seem? R2D2 in particular
is always present at critical moments - is he, perhaps, a droid Jedi
There is a large fire to the south of us - the sun was actually blotted
out in Lancaster. The temperature was reported an unseasonable 106 at
Edwards Air Force Base
, a very hot day. A few unfortunates lost their homes.
Friday 7 June 2002
Friday came, went. Damn cat. I hate
The Italians are going to build a
Bridge across the Straits of Messina
. It looks like a normal catenary cable suspension bridge until you grasp
the scale. It has a clear center span of 3.3 kilometers, almost two miles
or eleven thousand feet! The
Golden Gate Bridge
in San Francisco has a center span of about 4200 feet, for comparison.
I'm not sure how they'll terrorist proof it - the cable stayed bridge may
have an advantage there.
As a side note, looking at Italian news, the Gondoliers in Venice are on
strike, and a porn actress is running for mayor. And people think the USA
Saturday 8 June 2002
Saturday - mowed the lawn. There are
some dry spots, where the grass is growing over the sprinkler heads - it's
hard to run the trimmer with one hand! There are also fungus spots in the
backyard - none in front yet. So, a trip to the hardware store for fertilizer,
with broadleaf weed killer in it, bug poison, fungus poison, some metal bar
for bike training wheel brackets; then an oil change for the truck, and dropping
off some books at the library.
The fire to the south is nearly out, it's a warm and sunny, but not too
hot of a day here.
Looked for a hard drive caddy for the Sony laptop - not to be found. There
are a lot of links to Sony
that don't contain much any more - apparently Sony pays only the merest
lip service to any support for older (4 year) products. Something to bear
in mind if you are ever in the market for a laptop. I'd like to have a hard
drive with Linux on it as well as a Win98 disk. I could dual boot, but the
bios apparently has an 8Gb limit. We'll see.
I've been looking at firewall/wireless access points. Cool stuff - I
want one, not that I have any use for one really...
I should set up one of the Linux boxes as a firewall. Or get a copy of
for the same purpose. It's quite cheap, I tried to order it but the
web pages didn't seem to work on the first three vendors sites...
Picture of the Week
My brother Bob came down for a visit earlier this year,
and we went fot a visit to the 'Blackbird Airpark' in Palmdale. It has
a SR-71 and a YF-12 on static display, along with a U-2, D-21 and assorted
other items. There is another air museum going in right next to this site,
with assorted other aircraft. There is also a nice little gift shop.