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WEEK 25 2010

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Saturday 26 June 2010
Saturday - not feeling well. Mostly just slept the day away. Hopefully I'm not coming down with something yucky - I have to be back in Ventura tomorrow morning for work stuff. It's probably just leftover tiredness from yesterdays very long day in the hot sun.

Book #42 was Elegy Beach, by Steven Boyett. This is a sequel to his 1986 Ariel. I remember being impressed by the original, this sequel didn't really do much for me. It wasn't bad, per se, but it didn't really have much new to say, or a novel way of saying it. Again, too many characters introduced by the author to little effect, and a poorly drawn villian.

Friday 25 June 2010
Friday - Well, some office work in the morning, confering with the client, then some field work in the afternoon with the boss. As a result I didn't hit the 405 until well after rush hour. Bah.

I did try finding the pipe at it's Conejo Creek exit - too much water, too much "giant reed" blocking the supposed location.

Book #41 was Aristoi, by Walter Jon Williams. It was OK, better written than most, with a "Society of Minds" theme, a bit like Swanwick's "Vacuum Flowers". Reasonably well done, but I found the villians of the piece unconvincing, and too many characters being introduced and discarded.

Thursday 24 June 2010

Thursday - working. Sort of a weary day, lot's of to-and-fro on stuff. Not much fun. A twelve hour day, but most of it, alas, not billable :-(

There looks to be an almost full moon tonight - probably full tomorrow.

I see that Amazon has dropped the price of their Kindle ebook reader to $189. I have to say, I'm tempted, the ebook cost is about that of a paperback, and you don't have to wait 18 months for the paperback to come out.

Barnes and Noble has also dropped their price, and Sony did so a while back I think. The Kindle has the 3G connection to download, a huge stock, and the text-to-audio option, and a basic web browser. The Nook is in color, a touch screen, and you can read ebooks for free in the store. The Sony will let you check books out wirelessly from your local library. And either the Sony or the Barnes&Noble will let you "loan" an ebook to a friend for fourteen days.

Competition is good.

Wednesday 23 June 2010

Wednesday - out in the field, checking out some of the damaged underground pipe. We were able to get through most of the list, failing only to find the outlet end of the first site we checked. I think we can go down to the creek, from another angle, and try to find it. I mapped portions of Conejo Creek in Thousand Oaks before, but I think the outlet is in an unmapped & mostly unimproved section that I didn't map. Maybe we need a metal detector?

It was hot, there were bugs, and it was a really nice day.

Tuesday 22 June 2010

Tuesday - I spent some time with the client, the visit on Monday being kind of a bust. Generally the first thing you do in software development is to get a clear requirement or scope of work. That's kind of missing here, and it concerns me. The client knows this, but there's just a lot going on in the organization. Eventually we'll get it all straight!

Monday 21 June 2010

Monday - down to Ventura, work awaits!

I missed sending my sister a card last week, for her birthday. I had actually looked for one at the local supermarket & drug store, but couldn't find one I liked. I was going to look elsewhere, but my subconscious apparently checked off the deed as "done". I called her and apologized.

Sunday 20 June_2010

Sunday - Getting a bit frustrated with database stuff I spent most of the day cleaning out the garage. It had become mostly impassable, and despite leaving the trailer at a friend's house I was unable to put both cars in it. Some was junk, and I tossed it. Some needed to be packed away - Dad and Grandpa's stuff, and some just needed a bit or reorganization. Tools collected and put away, paint cans and utensils collected and put away, etc. I even mopped more of the floor, though really it needs it again.

Both cars now fit.

I also put the air dam onto the Explorer, I've had it for years, just never got around to putting it on. It's not the correct model, it's for the stock Explorer not the version with the towing kit, so the vent in the center is a bit small. But it looks better, and I don't tow much stuff. I can always take it off when I tow the Jolly Roger across the Central Valley in July, next.

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Surfers at Cayucos, Ca., 2009
Photo Notes: Body Surfers, Cayucos, Ca., 2009

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