Travels and Images
WEEK 25 2006
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Picture of the Week
Saturday 24 June
- 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
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
- 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.
Wednesday 21 June 2006
- 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
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
There was also a fire somewhere, and it was a bit hazy.
Sunday 18 June
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
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