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Sunday 22 September 2002
Sunday - a lazy day. The 49er's
were playing, so I spent some time watching them. They won, though not
by much. It's odd to see the 49er's with a great rushing game and
not much of a passing game.
Monday 23 September 2002
Monday - work, and hand therapy.
The surgeon said to go ahead, so the big cast is off, and I was able to
see the scar - wow! It hurts to squeeze and exercise, but no pain
no gain I suppose.
Installed Redhat 7.1 again on pippin, but the machine still
can't connect up! Frustrating.
I had a callback on the dog, from someone suggested by the local
humane society. Hurrah. They are to come out tomorrow, or
I'll go to them.
The goddaughter stopped by, and I reinstalled system on her PC. Someone
had installed KAZAA on the machine and it had wrecked her broadband connection.
Tuesday 24 September 2002
Tuesday - hand therapy and then work. It
turned out that pippin's problem was due to a badly seated
fast ethernet card. Thanks to Tim for suggesting and implementing that fix!
I reinstalled system again, this time setting up the partitions the way
I like them. PVM also set up OK, but XPVM was still acting obstreperous when
I had to leave...
The dog now has a home - the people seemed very nice and I sent her off.
A lovely dog - but not really cat compatible.
It's the start of the new fall television series. After a little lonely
howling I watched bits of Buffy, Gilmore Girls
, and Smallville. No real standouts there, episode wise.
Wednesday - it seems that PVM and XPVM
need an applications' executable on each machine to run. Makes sense,
though it seems as though the application as well as the data might be
sent via the VM mechanisms somehow. I suspect SCYLD and such work that way.
Still it's neat to run PVM on one box, and see it running automatically
on all the others!
Wednesday 25 September 2002
The next thing to do is to get a real application and run it - PVM-POVRAY
perhaps. Then come up with my own work - a port of the CFD code. In the
meantime there are the currently running jobs, some of which are still
rather iffy, also problems with the cfd geometry interpolator, and Tim
needs some help with the linear aero code. Also some reports by other people
to review by next week, and our own monthly progress report. I wonder if
anyone ever really reads these things?
The house refinancing is proceeding. My hand hurts from all the signatures...
KCET has been showing Ken Burns' Civil War series - what an amazing
Thursday 26 September 2002
Thursday - hand therapy, and then to
work. Mostly it was some work on modifying the modal interpolator, to give
the user a little more say in what's being done. The downside is that it
complicates what was a fairly simple program. Simplicity is good
, don't let anyone else tell you otherwise.
Friday 27 September 2002
Friday - another long day at work. Not
a lot to say about it actually, just a bunch of coding and what-not. By the
time I was home I was exhausted and went to bed at 8:30, early even for
We did have an astronaut,
, come and give a talk, just after lunch. The normally blasé Dryden
crowd turned out in force, and it was a nice talk. He's been on four shuttle
missions, and had a lot of stories. His first mission was the tethered satellite
mission ("It wasn't me that broke that tether - I was asleep!) and
most recently the STS-105 mission. He had a nice set of slides and didn't
get too excited when the projector broke. He also answered some questions:
"Lance Bass - that's the stupidest thing I ever heard of!" , and
an incredulous " Hah! We called that the E-ticket ride..." when someone
in the audience asked if he missed doing
departures out here at Edwards.
He also presented the
Silver Snoopy Award
to an engineer out here, Mr. Chris Nagy, for his work on the
, which did some work on the space shuttle tire's. There are some neat
photo's and videos of what an over stressed shuttle tire does... Mr. Nagy
gracious accepted the award, with a short speech giving credit to the team.
Since I did a (very) little bit on the project, I guess I get a little credit
too! Maybe a couple of Snoopy hairs....
----- note to self --- no patting myself on the back until hand fully
Saturday 28 September 2002
Saturday - arose late, 7:30, much
to the annoyance of the cats. I think I could build some sort of cat feeder
that automatically dispenses food, but, since the one cat requires special
(expensive) food, how do I allocate it? They both prefer the expensive stuff.
Computer assisted facial recognition for cats? An identifier tag on their
collar would work, if their collars stayed on, which they don'
t. Too much playing and roughhousing with each other.
Changed the kitty litter, changed the Probe's oil, mowed the lawn All maintenance
items. I did manage to squeeze in a couple of naps and a visit to the movie
theater to see 'My Big Fat
', which was pretty funny. I thought of going in to work but I'm pretty
I've been promising everyone a disgusting picture of my
hand, and finally downloaded it from the camera. Because it is disgusting
(of course, you have to recall I'm the only person in the USA
who doesn't watch ER) you have to click on the picture of
the bandaged hand to get to it. Don't say I didn't warn you!
A bandage, but I have some fingers back, hurray!
Tomorrow I am going to put up a different picture of myself, and
re-order the days, so that the most recent post
is at the top, not the bottom. It's about the six month
anniversary, so maybe it's time !
Picture of the Week
Photo Notes: This is a close up of
a circuit board in a solar energy system. And they say engineers gave
no sense of humor!
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