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WEEK 25 2006

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Saturday 24 June 2006

Saturday - Book #26 was The Golden Rendezvous, by Alistair Maclean. It was OK, but not as good as I thought it would be. A little improbable, the characters a little cardboard, but overall a decent read.

It was beautiful in Oxnard, 75F and sun peeking through fog. But it was back to Lancaster, and a half day of work. It was miserable out in the AV, 104F, so it wasn't a bad day to get some extra work in.

Slept very well in the evening.

Friday 23 June 2006

Friday - so, I took the day off, went down to Oxnard and sailed the boat out into the ocean for a mile or two, and had it surveyed. Conclusions: I really like this boat, but they need to make some repairs. They've agreed to do so, so I may just end up with another boat.

I was soooo tired. I went out to dinner with friends, and they said it looked like I was going to fall asleep in my spaghetti. And that's what I felt like....

Thursday 22 June  2006

Thursday - I'm trying to buy a boat, a used Norsea 27, and things are moving along. I wanted to get the survey done this Saturday, but they want me to come down Friday, being busy Saturday. Which I can do, but it eats up the comp day that I was saving for the week of the Fourth.

Unless I work Saturday, which I suppose I could.

It's supposed to be 109F Saturday, so it's not likely I'll be out having fun in the sun here anyway.

hot days again

Wednesday 21 June 2006

Wednesday - a long day again, as I am trying to get some numbers out to a designer who needs them. Ten hours.

Went for a long walk in the evenings - it was still fairly warm, I was perspiring at nearly eleven at night :-(

Tuesday 20 June 2006

Tuesday - had a mini root canal in the morning. A post put in. I wasn't expecting it, just a quick checkup and filling, so an hour plus in the chair left me pretty drained. Then a bunch of tedious meetings at work.

 Monday 19 June 2006

Monday - back at work, cranking through some spreadsheets, calculating loads. Worked a twelve hour day, then came home and still had energy enough to play with the astronomical digital camera. It works!

See picture of the week below for a shot of Jupiter and several moons. See last weeks picture for a much better image. I'll get there eventually. One really needs a tracking scope to use it properly. My old Dobsonian - an Odyssey 8 - is just an alt-azimuth mount with teflon bearings - the planet crosses the camera's field of view in just a few seconds. (Also the mirror is dusty and the tube has spider webs.)

While I can visually makes out the bands the digital image is massively overexposed. It's just a matter of practice and learning the equipment I suppose.

There was also a fire somewhere, and it was a bit hazy.

Sunday 18 June 2006

Sunday - not feeling sore, which is good.

Went out to lunch with some friends to celebrate father's day - someone paid for my lunch too, saying I'd been a good uncle. Which is a nice compliment.

Tried to help a friend access work via a VPN connection. But the loaner laptop was messed up - it couldn't even find the local router, let alone the internet. As far as I can tell they didn't have DHCP set up properly, and the "administrator privileges" account did not have enough privileges to change that. Maroons.

I watched 'Signs' on television. Having just seen 'The Village', similarities were obvious. Lot's of talk, not much action. Which is fine with me, actually. One gets tired of exploding cars and kung fu fights.

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Jupiter, and moons

Photo Notes: Via a Meade LPI, the planet Jupiter and several moons.

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