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WEEK 40 2003
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Saturday 4 October 2003
Saturday - Quicksilver starts with the Wandering Jew meeting the young Benjamin Franklin, and goes on from there...
Well, the San Francisco Giants are out of the running and the Oakland
Athletics look bad. Very disappointing, really. The A's had one of the
worst games I've ever seen, that being game 4 of the series.
I won a quarter on the Raider's loss Sunday, however. Heh. Had to head
down south again and didn't get to finish the 49ers game, but they
didn't look very good...
I finished "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" on the way home.
A bit disappointing, not really up to the standards of the first books.
Lot's of loose ends tied up deus ex machina (ish). Oh well, the trip still passed much quicker!
Friday 3 October 2003
Friday - not a lot to say. Watched the Giant's
lose a game on tv. Picked up an optical mouse for my Dad - cigarette smoke
and dog hair are hard on mice.
We looked at an Mercedes 450SL that was for sale out by the sidewalk. Personally
I avoid used vehicles that have license plate frames from repair clinics on
them... Actually, there is quite a market in used 'benz. Not sure why - the
mechanic in Lancaster charges something like $80 an hour just to diagnose
the problems. Not to fix them - just to diagnose them.
Good work if you can get it. Probably a lot of return business too.
There is an amazing picture of the Sombrero Galaxy by the Hubble Space Telescope
out. Here is the small version. The big version is about 12,000 x 6500 pixels,
and choked the laptop!
The "Sombrero Galaxy" aka M-104
Thursday 2 October 2003
Thursday - my brother kindly took me the the A's/Sox
game. They won by playing fairly good ball, and by having good pitching. Of
course, breaking out in front with five runs in the second inning
didin't hurt any! They are now 2:0 in a five game series. We took BART
down to the Oakland Coliseum ( it has some other fancy name that no-one aside
from the media use ) and back. It was really a good way to avoid the traffic,
and rather inexpensive. The cars are worn now, not the pristine vehicles that
I recall from twenty years ago, but the trains were on time, and nearly big
enough for the huge crowd funneling through the skyway.
Who were obstructed by fools peddling anti-recall stuff in the middle. Now
there's a way to win people to your cause - be rude to to them in
My father presented me with a copy of Neal Stephenson's Quicksilver,
which I have been waiting for. Last week there were none in the Lancaster
Barnes & Noble, but he say's there were stacks of them here in Pleasant
Hill. Hmmm. I feel reluctant to start - maybe I should read Cryptonomicon
Wednesday 1 October
Wednesday - I meant to put in a bit of work, but
circumstances intervened. As can be seen by yesterday's abbreviated post I
was tired in the evening. So, no packing for this weekends trip, and it all
had to be done this morning. And the cleaning - I am by no means a 'neat freak'
but I dislike coming home to a messy place. And I needed to microwave
the cat food - it's been feeding unevenly and I think the swamp cooler has
caused the food to moisten and stick. Then I had to go pick up my cell phone
which I had loaned out, do an impromptu geometry tutoring lesson that I'd
been too tired for the night before, and then it was lunch time.
Instead I headed north. Ah, hours of uninterrupted Harry Potter and The
Order of The Phoenix. I have just enough of it left to lighten the trip back.
I watched a bit of the A's/Sox game, but went to bed early, pretty tired.
Tuesday 30 September
Tuesday - our DVD burner arrived today, at work.
But not the media, at least, until the afternoon. Tomorrow I'll try it out,
and see how it works.
Monday - back at work. Not a lot to
say about that. Tutored a bit in geometry after work, and then to bed....
Sunday 28 August 2003
Sunday - I took the opportunity
to do a little painting. Unfortunately it was warm - about 100 degree's,
so I had to knock off in mid afternoon. Bah.
I watched a bit of the 49er's game in the morning. They looked terrible against the
Vikings. They were down some amazing score at halftime, and I went out and
did some painting. When I came back in the game was gone. Fox had switched to
the Bills game!
Picture of the Week
Photo Notes: When in britain a
few years ago we were in London. I would have liked to have visited to tower
& complex, but there just wasn't time. But here is a shot from the tour
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