WEEK 2 2012
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Saturday - Home in Lancaster again.
Generally doing a bunch of small chores. It's cold up here - I took the
hatch cover from the NorSea bridge deck with me, thinking to varnish
it, but it's only about 40F in the garage and I'm not about to varnish
something in the house. Annoying, but predictable.
Well, the 49er's won in the last few seconds, in a real nail biter.
What a game! Can Alex Smith beat Green Bay or the Giants for the NFC
win? Time will tell.
In the evening went over and watched the final movie in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I hadn't seen it, and haven't read the book since soon after it came out, so it was fun to watch. Some thoughts:
- It made Snape a little more interesting and understandable. The
actor playing the part of Snape didn't really convey any of his inner
life mind you, but the director put enough backstory in to make it
- Hemione and Ron's first kiss wasn't very well presented.
- Did Draco's mom lie to Voldemort about Harry being dead, out of
gratitude for Harry saving Draco earlier in the movie? I'm unclear on
Book #4 was Hitch-22
by Christopher Hitchens. I'm not sure how I feel about the book. There
was a lot that was interesting, and a lot that was pretty tedious (to
me). I suppose someone writing an autobiography in the imminent
presence of his own death can be forgiven for making it feel a bit
- Woke up in the morning, went on deck with my coffee, and was
surprised to see a couple of "Tall Ships" moored down the harbor. They
must have come in on Thursday afternoon, they certainly weren’t there
when I kayaked out to the breakwater that morning. A quick check on the
Droid returned the info that they were the Lady Washington and Hawaiian
Unfortunately the daylight was pretty much reserved for school tours
and the such, no open public access in daylight until a mock sea fight
on Sunday. And I wanted to leave by noon.
Terrible cell phone picture. I actually took a better pic with the waterproof Optio, but forgot to bring the camera home.
and Lady Washington
. A bit too windy to kayak over (note the flags & palm trees).
Thursday 12 January 2012
- Decent weather, despite wind warnings on the VHF. I paddled the kayak
out to the Channel Islands Harbor breakwater in the morning. No wind,
but a bit of chop out there. I had one of those "WTH have I gotten myself into?"
moments halfway out, but really it wasn't bad, it's just been a while
since I was out in anything but a dead calm. At one point I realized
that I didn't have a leash on my paddle, so if I did overturn I'd
probably lose it. So I just tied the kayaks dock line around it and
Did a bit of spreadsheet assembly for work, then had dinner with the
same friends at their house - home made pizza, cheese-less and quite
extraordinarily good, and home made apple pie afterwards.
Wednesday 11 January 2012
Wednesday - down to Oxnard. I have a
check waiting for me, from last year, and a bit of work to do. More
coming up, apparently, which is all to the good. Helped assemble the
new HP plotter in the office, but left the connection to the computers
for a more experienced CAD guy.
Went out to dinner with friends at the Ranch House in Camarillo. A BBQ place, and boy did it hit the spot!
The boat looked OK, no changes.
10 January 2012
- Book #3 was Black Powder War: Temeraire #3.
In this volume Laurance and Temeraire return from China via an overland
route through Turkey, then get trapped in northern Europe as Napoleon
These dragons are huge, by the
way, capable of carrying "crews" of ten or twenty men, arms, cargo,
cannon, etc. They are also very intelligent, and though the British and
French consider them animals the Chinese consider them people, with the
rights and responsibilities thereof. A thread running through the
novels is Temeraire's slow realization that he and the rest of his kin,
risking their lives fighting for the British, are essentially
considered slaves or animals.
- not much going on. Still grinding away on the Hitchen's
autobiography. It's interesting, but in a way it's like listening to
gossip for hours and hours - what to believe and what not to believe
about this person and that event, and a bit tiresome. Mostly of things
which I have little personal knowledge of (Northern Ireland, Bosnia,
- Went down to Ojai with friends.
Book #2 was Throne of Jade: Temeraire #2.
Again, well done fantasy with dragons, amusing and fairly well paced.
Not up to Patrick O'Brien, despite some reviews, but not bad either.
The basic idea is that of Europe of circa 1800, the Napoleonic Wars are
going on, but with the addition of flying dragons being used as aerial
forces. There are only a few hundred total in Britain and France, but
they can turn the tide of battle when concentrated and unopposed by
other dragons (and their riders).
In the first book our protagonist, Laurence, has accidentally imprinted
a dragon meant for Bonaparte, a gift from the Chinese Emperor, and
helped defeat a cross channel invasion from France.
In this second volume, unwilling to offend the Chinese (it could alter
the balance of power in the war) the British government sends Laurance
and Temeraire (the dragon) to China to make nice, with mixed results.