WEEK 24 2010
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17 March 2002
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Saturday - we had the big Boy Scout
meeting in the evening. The guest of honor did an excellent job - the
right mixture of humility, humor and earnestnest in his speech. A GREAT
evening, and a GREAT kid.
I took a raft of pictures, most of which are blurred because of the low
light, but there were also a couple of fixed video cams and I suspect
thouse will turn out great!
Thursday 17 June
Wednesday 16 June
- on the road, down to San Diego - and back. I was helping a friend's
parents come up for their grandchilds big Boy Scout meeting on
Saturday. Traffic was good, and it was a pretty quick trip, both ways.
Tuesday 15 June
- working at home. One desktop, two laptops, one with the external
monitor hooked up. Quality control and auditing GIS is a pain in the
I hasten here to include, Book #37, which was Keith Laumer's Assignment In Nowhere.
This is classic Laumer, short, to the point, full of action and a most
manly hero. This was one of his parallel universe (Imperium) stories.
Monday 14 June
- Waxed the Explorer, it looks a lot better. Did the tire and rim foam
cleanser thing as well.
Then, except for a brief outing for lunch, work. Fixing some data from
early April. More quality control stuff. This took me a solid eight
hours, about double what I expected. Tomorrow I'll see if I can get
it re-interpolate it and put updates into the Manifold GIS database.
Drinking ice tea in the evening kept me awake after knocking off at 11:00pm. So, until about 1:00am, I read.
Book #40 was Tanith Lee's Drinking Sapphire Wine. This is a bit of a riff on Arthur C. Clarke's The City and the Stars (Against the Fall of Night),
where robots maintain an eternal city of youth and happiness for the
humans, and where eventually an inhabitant gets tired of the sameness
(even though one may opt to be reborn and have their memory erased) and
opts out of the nanny-state. Written in 1980 it features promiscuous
sex, suicide and drug abuse - all in good fun since nobody can actually
permanently die - that are absent in Clarke's 1948 book and
It wasn't really a copy of Clarke.
Like the ur-world at the center of reality, or alternate universes,
certain plot lines and situations are common in SF. It was reasonably
well done, a respectable alternate imagining. Short and rather jumpy,
but not bad.
This turns out to actually be a sequel to Don't Bite The Sun,
1979, though it stands on it's own. I'm not sure I have DBTS - this
book was probably once one of my sister Kathy's, but I'll look on
the shelves for it, just because.
Sunday 13 June_2010
- Cut some more metal rod and plate for the
railings. I used the Sawzall, and the blade was getting pretty dull by
the end of things, despite liberal applications of oil and using a
wooden spacer to cut with a different portion of the blade as the work
progressed. The cuts aren't
all that great, a band saw would make straighter and more uniform
pieces, but they'll do. They aren't really visible anyway. After
cutting the rods and flanges they had to be ground reasonably smooth,
and then a quick pass with sandpaper to get most of the sharp edges
off. Again, they aren't where people would normally touch or even brush
against them, but the pirate ships attracts lots of small children with
After all that I swept up the metal shavings and filings. Or tried to -
they were a fine powder and just wouldn't sweep up, the floor remained gritty to the foot. So, in order to keep
the cats from waking in it, and licking them off their paws I mopped. About half the
garage - and it really needed it, it's been a few years since it was
properly cleaned. And being a warm evening the floor quickly dried. I
need to clean out and mop up the rest as well.
I also washed the cars - the Explorer, in particular, really really
really needed it. Tomorrow I'll wax them, early, before it gets warm.