WEEK 25 2010
Mon- Tue- Wed-
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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.
- 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
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
Sunday 20 June_2010
- 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
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.