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Sunday 28 July 2002
Sunday. I helped a friend clear an
office. We started fairly early, but it still took three pickup truck
loads and three van loads to mostly clear the place out. Fortunately
we had it done by the time it really started to get hot, and there were
some high clouds as well. Temporarily a lot of it is being stored in my
After that we had lunch and a little dip in the pool to cool off.
The new "band" down there street seems to have taken Sunday off,
thank god. Of course, there is a Sunday noise curfew and I could call
the sheriff if necessary. They've been playing a week now, almost every
day (and evening) and I was hoping that their immediate neighbors
would take care of it.
Monday 29 July 2002
Monday - a little tired. My web stats say
that no-one looked at this page. Hmmm. I know that
I did, so I'm guessing there is a problem with the analysis.
Work as normal. The "band" is playing again. I guess I'll go talk
to them about basic courtesies to their neighbors and all that stodgy
Tuesday 30 July 2002
Tuesday - One of the neighbor's spoke
to the "band" and they quieted down. We will have to see if it
It's been hot and smoky the last few days. I'm not sure if the smoke is
from the fires down south in Julian, or up north in the Sequoia National
I've been working late, so there isn't a lot to post about, or much time
to do it.
Wednesday 31 July 2002
Wednesday - worked late. Our summer student
Byron's last day is tomorrow, so he gave his exit presentation. He was clear
and gave a good presentation - it's amazing how fast these students grow
up over a summer or two. He may be back in a while when he graduates.
Thursday August 1 2002
Thursday. Took Byron to dinner with us. A
couple of his friends showed up as well (these summer students run in gangs)
and we all enjoyed the food at the Olive Garden. I had a Sam Adams, the
only thing on tap besides Bud and Miller. Then it was a walk - the pasta
just wanted me to sit, but I felt better afterwards; and then a chapter of
The Horrid Hospital.
Friday August 2 2002
Friday - working on debugging an allocable
array version of an old fixed dimensioned code. There is a little problem
in that it isn't commented profusely, and what comments there are, are
rather bad. Like, "This routine generates the binary tree" followed by five
hundred lines of spaghetti
written by someone who clearly learned to program in
. Yes, you can tell.... The main project items are moving along, which
is why I have time for this. The phone just rang off the hook this morning,
which left an abbreviated afternoon for this, since I had to leave early
The therapist finally mentioned it, "more surgery, maybe". He doesn't
pretend to be a doctor - I see one next week - and I sure do hope not
- this is already taking more time and money than I had assumed, and I
hate to extend it. Still, there is the rest of my life to consider. Bah.
I found another picture of my father's ship, the
, in Normandy, while playing around with the Google search engine.
Kind of neat. You do a search, and there is a tab labeled "IMAGES", and
if you click on it you can see pictures that are labeled with your search
text, or that reside in html pages containing your search text.
Saturday August 3 2002
Saturday - not a lot of import. I ran
some errands, fell asleep in front of the TV...
Oh yes, I found a MacIntosh Performa 6400 at a yard sale for $50, complete
with 17" monitor and inkjet printer, and all the original manuals and
software. My sister is a technical writer, and can use this as another
weapon in her writing tools arsenal! The next yard sale had an old Apple
Personal Laserwriter for $5 - I haven't tried it out, but if it works the
savings in toner over an inkjet should be substantial. All thanks to
, 2 July, The graphics standard
, the Securities Exchange Commission
, of the United States of America
, Federal Bureau of Investigation
, yes, that
Central Intelligence Agency
, 3 July, The town in England founded by the Romans
, the FBI's spy software
Electronic Privacy Information Center.
, your rights on line
U.S.S. George Washington
, 4 July, first ballistic missile submarine
, 6 July, the funny meter goes to eleven
http://home.att.net/~smab, Mill's College Sacramento Alumnae
Local Fox Field
weather page at NOAA
, is it hot out?
heat island effect
, why the official temperature may not be 'correct'
Lancaster Pet Clinic
, 10 July, one of Phoebe's least favorite places
, 11 July, the 'scrounger'
The Great Escape
, best prison camp movie ever
A Bicycle Ride
across the USA
, 12 July, what an adventure!
, 13 July, fixing hard disks
, more Linux hard disk stuff
, "news for nerds"
, the evil empire
, the rebel alliance
, 15 July, once the capital of California
Still Waiting for Greenhouse
, 16 July, Pseudo Science debunking
The Surface Record
, it is
The Moving Wall
, 18 July, Vietnam memorial
, 19 July, "play ball!"
, 22 July, L.A.'s public TV station
The Battle between the Hood and the Bismarck
, a documentary on public TV
Bismarck/Hood battle pictures,
, 26 July, taken from the German ships
Picture of the Week
Notes: This is a recent sunset, here in Lancaster. It's quite nice
to see the clouds here in summer, usually it is quite hot with a cloudless
clear blue sky!