Travels and Images
WEEK 3 2007
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Saturday 20 January
- had lunch at a Korean place - excellent food. I was still full at
dinner, but was lured over to my friends for an omelette and cupcakes
(and Newcastle beer!). We watched several episodes of Angel, season
It's nice to see them in order, with a decent amount of continuity
within and between episodes, not all broken up. On DVD the indicators
for the original commercial breaks (one or two second black screens on
the DVD's) are jarring - you start to realize the
price they exact in real time. On the other hand, without commercials
the show would
never have existed.
There was a bit of a scare here today - I touched the USB cable from
the back of my PC, there was a spark, and the system crashed.
Sheesh. Fortunately it rebooted just fine, but I need to make sure I
ground myself if it's like today: a dry winter's day and I'm wearing a
Maybe we'll see Dejah
Thoris John Carter on the big screen yet - Disney
may make the Barsoom movie.
is near for the old clipper ship Carrick. Too bad. According
to the article:
"The Scottish Maritime Museum
at Irvine had intended
to restore the Carrick as a passenger ship and tourist attraction but
any overhaul, a feasibility study concluded, would have created little
more than a £10m reproduction."
Well, maybe not. When Joshua Slocum rebuilt the old Spray in Sailing
Alone Around the World he wrote:
"Now, it is a law in Lloyd's that
repaired all out of the old until she is entirely new is still the Jane.
The Spray changed her being so gradually that it was hard to say at
what point the old died or the new took birth, and it was no matter."
It seems that Britain is always trashing historical bits of something,
but I think it's just a matter of them having so much history and a
limited budget to preserve it. China has
much the same problem, but is even more indifferent to it - apparently
they are bulldozing dozens
Han and Qing
Dynasty tombs to make parking lots for the next Olympics. [both via Cronaca]
I'm a bit of a Global Warming skeptic. So, I'm surfing the web and I
run across a blog by a physcist and climate skeptic, Luboš Motl.
Anyway, like a lot of bloggers (not me, I don't know how) he
sometimes looks at referrals,
that is, the search terms that bring people to his page. They are
mostly physics and climate related, but check out the seventh -
Friday 19 January
- we cleared the flight envelope, finally. It was a long day -
flights - but it's good to be somewhat done. There are still more
research flights, but the hard work involved in the flight safety and
expansion part is done. Which is good - there is amazing amounts of
work to be
done elsewhere, though it looks like I may have help soon.
It's warmed up, a bit. The other day it felt cold, snow cold, but it
really wasn't as bad as a couple of weeks ago. Then the
feeder froze almost solid:
I say "almost"
was a small amount of liquid water visible at the very bottom.
I thought perhaps the hummingbird had flown south for the
winter, but when I brought the feeder inside to defrost I
hear him complaining bitterly outside. Hummingbirds might be the grumps
of the bird family - they always seem to be scolding.
18 January 2007
- Book #4
the Bullet, by Stephen King. It's really short, more of a
short novella or long story, but that's the biz. Some books are long,
some are short - heck, I read The
Stand so I think it all evens out.. Anyway, it was OK. Lot's
of Maine accents. Apparently it was made into a
movie at some point.
It's warmed up - 17F this morning. The hump of ice at the subdivision
entrance is starting to melt.
I'd mentioned the Discworld before - Monstrous
Regiment was Book
#47 last year. I recently ran across a Guide
to the Discworld books (MR is the second from the right on
the bottom). Interesting, though I don't love the series enough to
seek them out.
Wednesday 17 January 2007
- another flight, and then almost a second, but the weather turned
ugly. Still, we've accomplished a lot.
The fish were asleep when I got home - I put some food in the tank, but
they didn't seem interested. Riley is chowing down though. I need to
get to bed, meetings tomorrow...
Someone at work saw the comet, last Thursday, after I
told them where to look. Sheesh.
Tuesday 16 January
- yeah, busy again. So much for "I'm
only going to work 8 hours for now on.".
There was also a 45 minute backup at the base gate. The abuse
continues. Somehow I doubt the officers have to wait an hour to go to
their quarters in the evening, or wait in line for an hour in the
morning to get to their duty stations. Oh well, nothing new here.
We got a flight in, and cleared a bunch of points. So that was good.
Monday 15 January 2007
- I've been completely unsuccessful in my attempts to see the comet. I
give up. It's too cold to go out and try to catch a
glimpse any more. I read somewhere that it will be visible
later this year in
hemisphere. But my passport has run out. If I were to sail south, but
not land anywhere, would I need it to get back into the country? (And
really, how could they keep a citizen out, anyway? I
suppose there could be a hefty fine for stepping over the border
In the news: Amazing
Comet Visible in Broad Daylight.
Lies, all lies.
Quote of the Day
Microsoft: "You've got questions. We've got
[via Newmark's Door]
Riley threw up the new food. I knew at least one
of the cats would. That prognosticative accuracy warms my heart as I
carry a tissue full of vomit at arms length, to the commode.
It looked like another really cold night Sunday, so I put cloths around
outside spigots, and hot water bottles next to the sprinkler manifolds
(which I'd already covered). Not quite so cold this morning, however,
only a measly 8F.
There are reports that the California
citrus crop may be in trouble. [via Rand Simberg]
But then again, that link is to Sfgate and written by an AP
guy, so you have to take it all with a big grain of salt.
Sunday 14 January
- I should say, the "new" computer is working out well. It was a lot
quieter than the old PC to start with, and I've put it down and away,
five feet away, and it is nearly inaudible. I can tell it's on by the
blue glow from the case fan - it was the cheapest fan, but the glow is
a nice perk. The downside to having the box located off the desktop is
that (1) CD and DVD manipulation means I have to get up from
the chair, and (2) no speakers - the cables aren't long enough. I
imagine it's possible to get some sort of extension for them, but I
rarely turn them on, so it's not a big deal.
I watched the Bears and the Seahawks game in the morning. It was a fun
game, one of the
best. Then I watched the Chargers and the Patriots in the afternoon.
That was an
annoying game - the Chargers' should have won, but made too many stupid
mistakes. So it goes. It cost me 50 cents. I gave Dad two points - and
New England won outright! Ridiculous. At this rate I won't be able to
retire early after all...
Repeatedly during the game there was an annoying commercial stating
engineering man hours were spent redesigning the inside of this truck".
Chevy I think. Hmmm. A "man year" is 2,000 man hours, so this
means they had 15 guys working on it, for a year ( or 7 guys for two
years, if this was for a standard two-year update to the vehicle). Not
an impressive effort. No wonder American automakers are losing
market share to the Japanese, even in the last remaining category
of full size trucks.
They've had forty years to figure out what the Japanese were doing with
their (1) small cars, (2) medium size cars, (3) large cars, (4) small
trucks, (5) medium sized trucks; and
counter it, and haven't. Even the commercials
I've run out of cat food. Fortunately there was a sample bag of it,
that came from somewhere, in the cupboard. They seem to like it -
tomorrow I'll get more of the usual stuff. So far no vomiting, but
different food can be a dicey thing for pets. Riley keeps coming back
for more - he is laying on my optical mouse as I type this, an
attention getting habit of his.
Another annoying habit is his pretending to be hungry. He'd run over to
his food bowl and look at me. I'd fill it - and if I left the room he'd
stop eating. I have finally realized that it means he wants some
attention, and this is his signal. So now, if I know he's eaten
recently, I pick him up, rub his tummy, and generally give some
feedback. After which he usually
is hungry, and does
Just call me "the Cat Whisperer".
It was rather cold last night. I actually heard some 'bangs' in the
early morning, possibly the neighbors' pipes breaking. Mine seem OK,
and I heard him working in his side yard later in the day.
Here's is a bit of the NOAA summary for Saturday morning - three degrees
Fahrenheit. Now that's