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WEEK 39 2010

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Saturday 2 October 2010
Saturday - a couple of hours work in the morning, then back to Lancaster. Warm and humid, it was sprinkling when I arrived.

And the Giant's and Brave's lost today - again - though it was touch and go in the bottom of the 8th and 9th with a little SF rally. If San Diego can win tomorrow they can tie for first place and force a game against San Francisco - in San Diego. 

Book #66 was Galileo's Dream, by Kim Stanley Robinson. It was a mess, really. People from the future are contacting Galileo, trying to change the course of  time (KSR invents a rather complex & pointless theory of time). One doesn't come to know or even like Galileo, and the SF portion is pointless, meandering about without much energy, plot, or conclusion. Gah. Glad I didn't buy it!

Friday 1 October 2010
Friday - worked a full day on a mapping project. There is probably about another day of that left.

In the evening all the San Francisco Giants had to do is win one game against the Padre's, and they can break out the champagne. And they couldn't do it. At the urging of a friend I used my parents old transistor radio to listen to the game, down on the boat. I was too tired to drive home to Lancaster - and listening to the game put me to sleep. But the Giant's managed to lose...

Thursday 30 September 2010

Thursday - the demo went OK, so that was nice.

My friend T pointed out that next month was October, not November. Heh. Fixed now.

Wednesday 29 September 2010

Wednesday - down to Ventura, there is a little software demo tomorrow, so best to get down there early and get things ready.

Back in late August I had a list of 'Droid apps on my phone. It really wasn't complete, items in red are additional installed apps.

Apps so far:
Sadly I hear that a lot of Android applets have security issues, forwarding phone numbers and unique ID's, I'll have to check around and see if any of the above do that. Bah.

Tuesday 28 September 2010
Tuesday - working away on this and that.

Book #65 was By Honor Betray'd, by Debra Doyle and James MacDonald. This is the third in the Mageworld series, and was OK, and reads much like it's Volume I predecessor. I don't have #2, and don't feel an overwhelming urge to find it, to tell the truth.

I found a web page that talked a little about astrophotograpy at Covington Innovations - there are lots of sites, but this was pretty simple and straightforward, and had some tips specifically about the Canon.

The tips are
1. Shoot in RAW mode
2. Set to Manual
3. Set ISO to 200
4. Set to Parameter 2
5. Turn off in-camera picture Auto-Rotation
6. Use Bulb or self-timer to avoid vibration

They also suggested:
1. Getting a right-angle adapter for the camera viewfinder - the good Canon model is $300, but there are cheap (optically and mechanically) Chinese knockoffs available on Ebay
2. An electronic remote - again there is an expensive Canon and some inexpensive Ebay knockoffs.

Of course it cloudy tonight, so no astrophotography!

Monday 27 September 2010

Monday - another hot day, about 103F. Apparently it's even hotter in Los Angeles. Weird weather, but it's supposed to break soon.

Book #64 was The Price of the Stars, by Debra Doyle & James MacDonald. This was reasonably well written adventure SF, light reading with space ships & blasters & princes & princesses & villainous bad guys. Part I of a three part series, though I only have parts I and III.

Sunday 26 September_2010

Sunday - the weather is turning hot - even down in Ventura, apparently. Up here in the high desert it's about 100F.

My sister found the image below on a cousin's Facebook page. It's my maternal great-grandparents, on the Irish side, living in a tent after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. They'd only come over from Ireland a few years earlier - they must have wondered what the heck was going on with California!

Left to right, Joe, Mr. & Mrs. Butler, Grace, Anita, & Mary. Mary is my maternal grandmother. I remember her as always being old, a sweet little old lady, so it's odd to see her as a young girl! (By the mid-1960's, when I have memories of her, she would have been in her 70's, so it makes sense that I remember the white hair.)

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Great Grandparents and Family, after 1906 earthquake

Photo Notes: The great grandparents and family, after the 1906 SF earthquake.
My grandmother, Mary, is the lass at far right.

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