WEEK 35 2011
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Saturday 3 September 2011
Saturday - update:
Tim had bought new bunk beds for the kids. So we spent the afternoon
setting them up. It wasn't hard, per se, but it was a lot of detail
work. One bedset was metal, and Tim referred to it as "the erector
set". There were, quite literally, over a hundred pieces to assemble.
The other was wood, and so earned the sobriquet "the Tinkertoy set". It
hadn't the same number of pieces and went much quicker than the first.
The mattresses were interesting, as they came rolled up in a small
duffel bag. So small that my first question was "Did you order some
bolsters with the bed?". As best we can figure they put an 8" thick
mattress in a thick plastic bag, compress it (probably mechanically),
then heat seal the ends of the bag. Atmospheric pressure then keeps the
bed springs compressed, and then they can roll the now 1" thick
mattress up and insert it into the little duffel. The label warned that
one should stay back when opening it up, and we sort of expected things
to explode outwards when we released the seals, but it was a pretty tame
I visited my recently widowed friend, and helped her pack away a bunch
of her husband's things. Then I moved and set up some of her TV's,
which for some reason had gotten stuck on the On-Demand channel. This
all took most of the day. For lunch, however, we went to a nearby
French restaurant, where I had Croque-Monsieur sandwich, and a Ratatoutille soup.
Then, back to my friend Tims' in the evening.
Phoebe, soaking up warmth from the uninstalled pavers.
Thursday 1 September
The trip down to San Diego went well, I arrived in good time for
heading off to the San Francisco vs. Charger's football game, which was
a lot of fun. It's much nicer going to a game when you don't have to
drive to the stadium yourself.
We had seats up in the higher reaches, which was cool. We could see the
entire field, and it was neat seeing all the stuff you don't generally
see on TV. The Chargers had their cannon, and the fireworks, which were
much more impressive in person than on the small screen. You also got
to see the players (lot's of them, since this is a pre-season game
before the last cut to 53 players) warming up on the field, before
heading back into the locker room. Later they enter the field
"officially", through smoke and lines of cheerleaders in the case of
the home team Chargers.
The game was fun (the 49er's won), though the starter's only played for
a while. The first half went quickly - relatively few commercial breaks
- but there were a number of the commercial breaks in the second half.
The last time I can remember seeing the 49er's play in person was at Kezar Stadium - and Wikipedia states that the 49er's haven't played there since the 1960's. Yikes.
A great evening.
31 August 2011
Wednesday - the blood tests results
for Phoebe were inconclusive. The vet has prescribed a couple of pills
to be given, twice a day, and we'll see what happens over the next
couple of weeks. No sign of leukemia, or pretty much any liver disease,
or anything. Slightly elevated white cell count.
From Wikipedia on Atmospheric-Thermodynamics:
|The thermodynamic structure of the hurricane can be modelled as a heat engine 
running between sea temperature of about 300K and tropopause which has
temperature of about 200K. Parcels of air traveling close to the surface
take up moisture and warm, ascending air expands and cools releasing
moisture (rain) during the condensation. The release of latent heat
energy during the condensation provides mechanical energy for the
Since a hurricane gets its energy from the ocean, after it passes the temperature of the ocean should be...lower.
From Wattts Up With That: Irene Takes a Bite out of Ocean Heat, RTWT, a picture of the ocean after Hurricane Irene:
A screen grab of the Earthscope network, showing all the different types of instrumentation.
Some sites are no longer active (black triangles), and, sadly some of
the stuff isn't showing up in current plots- I suspect is actually
there, and their web guy has moved on. It's interesting to note that
there are a few non-USA sites. Obviously geology doesn't care about the
Canadian and Mexican borders...
30 August 2011
- Still waiting on the results of Phoebe's blood tests.
I mentioned last week the sensor network that imaged the seismic waves from the Virginia earthquake moving across the country.
Another neat network (again from Watts Up With That blog) that I had never head of, is the TAOS/TRITON network of weather buoy's, anchored across the entire Pacific Ocean! And sister networks Pirata and Rama.
, across the Pacific Ocean, near the equator.
Sensor Buoy's in the Atlantic
sensor buoy's in the Indian Ocean.
- Not much going on. Haven't heard from the boss, we were supposed to
do some web page stuff this weekend. I went ahead and did some of the
things we talked about, but text and images for all the newer projects
is missing, he was going to supply that. Ah well.
I took Phoebe to the vet, and she weighed him. He's down to 12.5
pounds, from 18. Not good. Palpitation of his abdomen didn't reveal any
masses, and his kidney's seemed good. So they took a bunch of blood
work and will let me know what they find. His appetite is down, and
he's a bit lethargic. Hopefully it is just a bacteria infection or
something similar, curable.
Book #100 was Mission of Honor, by David Weber. This is the latest in the Honorverse
series, following the adventures of one Honor Harrington in the distant
future. The series is getting slower, more stretched out, and I think
the author is stretching plot elements to allow more books in the
series. That said, it was a good read, though as with most of Weber's
books the plotting and committee meetings take up most of the book.
I'd been waiting for the local library to get a copy since last year,
and finally gave up late last week and bought a ebook copy. Amazon
didn't carry that, I had to go to Baen Books Webscription.net site and sign up, but it was pretty painless. And $6 is actually less than most paperbacks today.
Which brings us to the magical 100 books read mark! Yay! So much for the 50 Book Challenge!!
of the Sea
Longknife #1: Mutineer
Longknife #2: Deserter
Longknife #3: Defiant
Longknife #4: Resolute
Longknife #5: Audacious
Longknife #7: Undaunted
Yacht Voyage to Norway, Denmark, and Sweden
Wreck of the River of Stars
Troy Rising II
Free or Die
the Irish Saved Civilization
Name of the Wind
Wise Man's Fear
#25 A Galaxy
Clones of Mawcett
Sun, the Genome, and the Internet
My Father's Wake
Hell, and Salt Water
Lion on Tharthee
Passage: Alone Around Cape Horn
Young Woman's Courageous Battle on the High Seas
Spirit: The True Story of a
Who Sailed Solo, Nonstop and Unassisted Around the World
Lost Fleet #1: Dauntless
#64 The Lost Fleet #2: Fearless
#65 The Lost Fleet #3:Courageous
Lost Fleet #4:Valiant
Lost Fleet #5:Relentless
Lost Fleet #6:Victorious
Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Dreadnaught
#67 70 The
the Alamo: Davy Crockett's Last Stand
|#73 76 The
Wakes (The Expanse)
#79 The Hot Gate
#80 A Princess of Mars
#82 Gods of Mars
#83 Warlord of Mars
#84 Thuvia, Maid of Mars
#85 The Ocean Waits
|#86 Fifth Circle, The Passage Log
#87 Fuzzy Nation
#88 Full Share
#89 The Ice Diaries:
The Untold Story of the Cold War's Most Daring Mission
#90 Temporary Duty
|#91 Confessions of a D-List Supervillian
#92 In the Shadow of Ares
#93 Brain Cuttings
#98 The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
Light in the Dark
#100 Mission of Honor
I'd be happier about the whole thing if it wasn't because I've mostly
been unemployed here in
Lancaster, and alone evenings after working on the house in Martinez,
and of course, mostly alone in the evenings after work in Ventura.
Ah well. There
are people much worse off than me.
- Doing this and that. It's very hot out, which restricts activity
during the day. While most of the joint pains have subsided, my right
hand and elbow are still rather stiff and sore. Nothing like they were,
but laying paver's and digging would be contra-indicated anyway :-(
I want to take Phoebe to the vet tomorrow, so I can't
leave town for cooler environs right now.
I've only taken him to the vet once or twice - usually my house sitter
does it. I'll carpet the bottom of the cat carrier with some old
sweated-in clothes, so at least it'll smell like me. But he doesn't
care for it. He's never forgotten S, who took him
the first time. Of course he got "fixed" on that trip, which had to be
Book #99 was A
Light in the Dark, by Nathan Lowell. This was more of a novelette,
set in the same universe (and time period?) as his Solar Clipper
series, but with a different cargo ship. We get a peek at some issues
beyond those that Ishmael mentions, but no big discoveries.