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WEEK 24 2004
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Saturday 12 June
Saturday - went kayaking off of Santa Cruz Island on Saturday. My friends and I originally were going to go back to Anacapa Island, but couldn't get space on that ferry, so decided to try out a new island. They are both part of the Channel Islands National Park,
though Santa Cruz is a much much larger island. The park actually
extends a mile out to sea from the island. It was a great day - warm,
calm seas, a good ferry trip to and from the island. The kayaking was
There were four of us which allowed a natural grouping into twosomes.
We first paddled downwind, past an island covered in nesting pelicans,
then spent some time paddling back upwind. .Generally you want to do
strenuous stuff early, then relax in the afternoon, letting the wind
help propel you back to the landing. The water was clear - twenty foot
visibility or so, good for the few divers that were there and fun for
us boaters. There is a small sea cave for the ambitious paddler to try
out. My friend R had an easy passage, I almost lost it when the kayak briefly went athwarthship's in the narrow section, and poor W
got upset and upon going into the drink was kind of scraped up by the
barnacles on the side. No danger - but like falling into a rose bush
(his comparison), not something you want to do on purpose!
Kayaking near to the sea cliffs results in less wind, but a bit more
off shore allows you to feel the swells, which is really neat. Now and
then a curious otter or seal would swim up and stare at us from twenty
feet away - we weren't charged by jealous hairy fellows with tusks,
like the last trip to Anacapa.
I "practiced" my offshore kayaking egress/ingress technique a couple of times, much to R's amusement.
Generally I just bring trail mix and jerky, but one of the guys actually brought food - fine cheeses, turkey and pastrami - and beer
- so we had a great lunch. One just leaves the stuff in a cooler on the
beach while boating, along with warm (and dry) clothes, which makes
things nice. After lunch we took a short hike up to a headland on the
island, which had a stupendous view of the Santa Barbara channel.
Pictures when my friend gets his film developed!
Friday 11 June 2004
Friday - Mischievous Raccoon Wreaks Havoc on International Space Station. (the Onion).
Light posting for the next day or two - I am going down to visit with a friend in LA and probably too tired to post saturday!
Thursday 10 June 2004
- working away on engineering and planting all (almost) of the
plants I bought weeks and weeks ago. They were dying in their little
pots, probably from being root bound and from nutrient exhaustion.
Well, they've moved up the the 'show' now and can strut their stuff. Or die trying.
I washed the cat hair covered blankets and sheets in the guest bedroom today, but then my visitor had to cancel out. So it goes.
Dinner was at Applebee's so that we could harass Julio, my friend's
daughter's classmate, who works there as a waiter while getting ready
to graduate from AVC, and thence to CSUN film school, and eventually to take Hollywood by storm.
This is just pathetic:
The 23rd Psalm, King James Version:
"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil."
Church of England (new):
"Even if a full-scale violent confrontation breaks out I will not be afraid, Lord."
(via Asymmetrical Information, in turn quoting from the Wall Street Journal.)
Good News from Iraq, Part III
. You won't hear much of this on the old media. They're too busy trying
to re-create what they see as their glory days of the Vietnam War. Failure and despair is their message.
Wednesday 9 June 2004
Wednesday - talking to my dad this evening
he mentioned needing a camera manual. I sent him a link to the Olympus
website. He emailed me back a while later:
Thanks for the site...it's got all
the information I need and more.
A bit of a problem printing some
of it. The printer, which is
used these days, seized upon it's
chance and printed about 60 pages
in very very small print. I tried
to stop it but on and on it went, it's
eye blinking malevolently, defying me
stop it. All else failed and I turned
computer off. Upon restarting
it blinked, made an obscene sound
started printing again. Fortunately
computer sensed something amiss and
showed me how to empty the printer
Via Geekpress, a little puzzle. It took me about ten minutes, but I had to feed the cat in that time, so...five. Or so.
While at the library I noticed that their self checkout machines had
been replaced with new devices and decided to try them again (the old
machines weren't very good). They are very nice, and quick, a real
"upgrade". I think I'll be using these instead of standing in line.
Talking to my friend Tim today he mentioned talking to a friend of his
that lived near the Reagan Presidential Library. That friend
decided to pay his respects yesterday. He got up and into line at 5:30
am, and actually passed the casket at 9:30 am, a wait of four hours.
The person behind him in line had left San Diego at 1:00 and driven
hundreds of miles. It says something about the man and president that
100,000 people came to pay their respects at this sort of personal cost.
update from Tim, 9:30 Thursday morning:
You got half the story correct about the funeral. ****'s part was
good, but the person behind him left Monterey at 8pm and hit the
traffic jam on the 118 at 2am and didn't get there until 5:30, like
Fred. Then they had the 4 hour wait to see the casket for a minute.
You were mostly correct.
Yeah, half right. I'd make a good reporter for the NY Times: a 50% chance of reporting info I'd heard the same day correctly.
Tuesday 8 June 2004
Tuesday - working away on things.
Doing a couple of CFD runs with one of the euler modules. Since it's
one I don't use as much as the module I helped to write it took a bit
of fooling around and RTFM to get the unsteady aeroelastic solution
going properly. It looks good as if it is running properly now. We'll
know in a couple hundred hours ( man, I need to get that parallelization project finished! ).
Mowed the back lawn as it was starting to look a bit ratty. I really
need to get to work on it, one of these days. I was concerned about the
birds nest, and frightening away the parents with the mowers noise, but
they are still around and feeding the fledglings.
We are having a bit of a windstorm lately - gusting to 37mph today. There is a lot of dust in the air.
The Cassini Probe to Saturn has almost arrived! Cool pictures already, with many more to come!
I showed my friends daughter how to get into manual mode on her
5050 - it's fine as a point and click camera but she's ready to step up
to the enhanced control over compositions it can offer. She's quite the
and is planning to take a course in digital photography this summer
over at the local junior college. I thought about it for myself, but
it's three hours a day, four days a week, for six weeks...
I didn't do anything on these pages for Memorial Day, and it's been on my mind. If you look at the Picture of the Week 22 2003 you will see a picture and a note about my fathers friend, Johnny Fry, who died on
Okinawa. There were no family members or friends who perished in
Normandy, or Europe, that I know of. My fathers ship, the U.S.S. Bayfield was there at Utah beach, but that was before he was on board.
Naturally my flag was out.
Monday 7 June 2004
Monday - my friend Tim may visit sometime soon. So I've assigned the cats to keep his bed warm for him:
I'm sure he'll be grateful. Yes, that is a bit of the black cat sticking out - he likes to sleep under the covers sometimes - when not sleeping on the pillow...
In other news: my father has purchased a nice Olympus 750UZ. Or so he says - I haven't actually seen any pictures of it, or taken with it, despite promises...
The Aircraft Carrier Midway has
now opened in San Diego as a naval museum (and very large convention
hall!). Sounds cool - I need to get down there and check it out.
Sunday 6 June 2004
Sunday - went to see Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,
at the matinee. I bought tickets on-line and we arrived about forty
five minutes early and were surprised to find them already seating
people. It was fine, however - we got nice seats right where we wanted.
The 8 year old and twelve year old went off and played in the arcade
while we adults sat and talked. ( The kids were back in time for the
trailers - disappointed that there wasn't a new SpiderMan trailer but
happy to see that Hillary Duff was going to star in a contemporary remake of Cinderella. )
The Prisoner of Azkaban was good - I particularly enjoyed the
photography, sets, and way the movie was shot. Later a friend told me
that it was produced by a new director, one who hadn't even read the
book, just the script. Interesting. It was still very true to the book,
but needed to be a bit longer to do the plot justice (it's the shortest
movie of the three filmed so far). The dementors were properly
frightening for the eight year old - his sweater would come up and
cover his head at certain times, and a little piping voice would ask "is it okay now?" from under.
In the evening I went out to dinner with some old friends, tutored
their daughter in geometry for a bit, and then we watched on TNT the
ending of "Joe Black" which the daughter had never seen. ( ..."I heart Brad Pitt" ...
). One thing we noticed was that the musical track was so loud that it
completely swamped the voices of the actors - something I have
complained about on my own tv before. Good to hear it happening on
someone else's box!
is my brother in law and niece in across from Holy Trinity Church in
Stratford-upon-Avon, England, where Shakespeare is buried. Probably
taken last year sometime. A picture from my own trip a few years back
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