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Saturday 12 October 2002
Saturday - what I should
do this weekend is reinstall system on my main machine and the laptop and
see if I can get the USB to work. But that means backing stuff up and deciding
between Win2K or Win98. They both have pluses and minuses. Redhat 8.0 is
out and apparently very nice - it could be a contender as well. I do feel
rather lazy, so I may just wait on all that, watch some baseball instead.
Or I could shoot down to Fry's and buy a new system for myself, a P4 of some
sort. If I can't get the USB to work on the old ASUS P2 system I'll probably
My brother left his dog here for the weekend. He (the dog
) just trotted by the window with a soccer ball in his mouth. Did I mention
that it is a big dog? The cat, boldly hissing through the (closed)
window, would just be a small morsel to him.
Friday 11 October 2002-
Friday - we sent off the modified
interpolation program to be used. It's not really done, as a co-worker has
hardwired some coordinate system transformations into it - they should be
input, and the fixed arrays really should be changed to allocable, but there
were some jobs that we needed to start over the long weekend. People were
impressed by the clean mode shapes! We didn't get to the F18 AAW at all.
We had dinner at a little place next to the local "Pep Boys". It was a
mexican place, and tiny - no more than perhaps 25 people could be seated
- but the food was good. Then we all watched the 'Iron Chef' on tv, followed
by a parody of the same recorded off of Saturday Night Live. Not a
lot of difference....
It's been cooling off here. There are even a few clouds, for a nice sunset.
I saw a coyote on the way to work, but before I could whip out my car camera
he was gone. NASA Dryden put out a memo reminding people not to feed the
Thursday 10 October 2002
Thursday - a day off from
therapy, hurrah! Work went fairly well, the interpolation program is mostly
done and debugged, so that's almost out of the way. Now some F18 stuff,
then maybe a pass at my own pet beowulf project.
Wednesday - a pretty good day. More electricity
to activate the finger muscles - it's an odd feeling, treating yourself
like a frog's leg galvanic experiment. Hopefully it'll work. On a related
subject I have read lately that more and more students are refusing to dissect
frogs and whatnot in school. I've mixed thoughts about that. Science is
important, and hands-on experience may be worth an entire book. On the other
hand, I dissected a frog in high school, and it did me no noticeable good
that I am aware of, and it did the frog no good at all...
Dinner was at the food court in the mall, and it was, well, food court
food. But there is a candy store across from it that we pass through afterwards,
so there's a bright side. Afterwards the group broke up, a couple people
going off to see "The Banger Sisters" and the rest of us settling for "Forrest
Gump" on video. I hadn't see it entire in years, so it was fun.
Driving up to my dads' last weekend, the odometer did it's noisy little
work stoppage again, as 240,000 miles turned over. It eventually restarted,
but it looks a though it's going to repeat every five thousand miles. Since
I am intending to get a new vehicle at 250,000 it's not a big deal.
Looking at some photos from the trip I noticed something. My father
and I were down at the waterfront when a train went by. Here it is:
I noticed a little speck in the left window so I zoomed in...
The engineer in the train was waving at me!!! So cool
Tuesday 8 October 2002
Tuesday - hand therapy and work. Now
they are shooting electricity into my arm...
Monday 7 October 2002
Monday - driving back to lancaster.
A typical Monday drive down the I-5, nothing special.
Sunday 6 October 2002
Sunday - rather busy. In the
morning we went to the small town of Crockett. There are two nearly identical
cantilever bridges spanning the Sacramento river from Crockett to the
town of Vallejo, to which they are now adding a third bridge, a cable
suspension bridge. The towers and the cables are up, but there is no bridge
deck as of yet. I took some pics, which I'll post later... Unfortunately
there was no work going on, it would have been neat to see the cable's
In the afternoon we drove down to Fremont for a visit and dinner
with my sister and brother-in-law. It was very nice to see everyone again.
Picture of the Week
Photo Notes: This is a ship in
a bottle that a friend gave to me the other day . I guess
they build it outside, lower the masts, slide it in, then raise the masts
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