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WEEK 2 2009

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Saturday 10 January 2009
Saturday - When I arose this morning and eventually turned on the PC, I couldn't remember the user name. It took me hours, but I eventually figured it out. It's the Linux box, so a re-install would be free, if annoying. Also I have a bunch of pictures and MP3's on it that I would probably lose. I really need to set up a centralized media server - I've my old NetDisk but it doesn't understand anything but Windows.

It has occurred to be, belatedly, that I am spending far too much time at the computer. 

Friday 9 January 2009

Friday - I have been accused of being lazy, neglecting the blog. Well, it's true. But I was pretty busy.

Even when busy I  listen to tapes in the car. About an hour a day right now, and the commute to/from Lancaster adds another four every week. So, say 10 hours a week. It adds up. A book on tape about every week and a half.

Thus, Book #2, The Surgeon's Mate*, by Patrick O'Brian. As always, excellent. The situation of the Catalan soldier's in the Baltic is true to history, and the English revelation to them of Napoleon's duplicity and their moving to the English side is true. However the island of Grimsholm is apparently fictional.

While researching that I ran across a link to the Lines of Torres Vedras at Wikipedia. These show up in Cornwall's Sharpe novels, but I never looked them up, and the description always seemed weird - they put forts across all of Spain Portugal? No, just a peninsula it turns out. Still, a big job.

But wait, that's not all!!! Charges of laziness must be met with all the blogging firepower at my disposal. I give you:

The Return of Friday Cat Pictures:

Riley, atop Phoebe's Protective cage, 2000
Riley wasn't initially happy with the coming of Phoebe in 2000, so Phoebe had to stay into a cage
until Riley acclimatized (though Phoebe just wanted out, to play!) Since Riley sat just outside
the cage, growling, it made sense to put his little den on top. And even after a couple of weeks, with
Phoebe loose, he preferred to sleep up there.

Thursday 8 January 2009

Thursday - see yesterday.

Wednesday 7 January 2009

Wednesday - cold, but warming up suddenly in the late morning.

Tuesday 6 January 2009

Tuesday - up and at them again. Still cold and foggy. Did some more tech editing stuff in the evening.

 Monday 5 January 2009

Monday - working away. It was cold in the morning, 33F, and I was standing in about four inches of water for most of the day. Yuck.

Worked on some proposal stuff in the evening, until about 10pm.

Sunday 4 January 2009

Sunday - stayed down in Ventura, hoping to do some work, but it just didn't happen.

Book #1 was Accelerando, by Charles Stross. I actually started this book over a year ago, at the library when I didn't have a card, and just got back to it. It's a Singularity novel, and post Singularity. When not writing boiler plate fantasy Stross has a pretty inventive mind.

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crows in a tree
Photo Notes: Crows in a tree.

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