Travels and Images
WEEK 44 2006
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Saturday 4 November
- I finished Book #46, The Path Between the Seas, by David McCullough. Fantastic! What a great book. Some books you just don't want to end.
Up at my Dad's, and we didn't do much. We did watch the Cal-UCLA game.
UCLA lost, which cost me a quarter. Good game though :-) I had a
co-worker in the audience, his daughter goes to UC Berkeley. So it must
have been a thrill for her (and him).
Friday 3 November
Friday - I'll be listening to an audio book on my way north - but is it really reading? Ann Althouse has a blog entry
on the subject. My take is: close enough. It's sort of the GED of
reading, particularly if you are doing something else. Your attention
is just not entirely on the story.
And another thing - you can't generally stick a Post-It on a CD or tape
where you'd mark to write about a particular passage or idea, for later
mention on your blog.
It's official, the wreck of the USS Wahoo has been found. She was launched at Mare Island, only a few miles from Martinez.
Thursday 2 November 2006
- I did get a little "real" work done, but meetings and a time
devouring memo used up a lot of the day. I called it a day after only
eight hours. I've more writing to do tomorrow.
I need to get some rest - I hope to get north and visit my father this
weekend. I made a point of updating the TIVO so that it records my
shows. I've been too busy to actually watch any of the recorded stuff - it'll probably overflow the box.
I should go pack now.
Wednesday 1 November 2006
- started off the day with some rather dull meetings, but spent the entire afternoon and early evening in the Flight Loads Lab, helping instrument a NASA G-III for a GVT. Hot glue, accelerometers and some wiring - it made for a nice change. Another long day though.
Did I mention not recording last weeks' Battlestar Galactica? My TIVO
had run out of information, and rather than recording at the same time
as the previous week, it just did nothing at all. Pretty poor programming.
Tuesday 31 October
Tuesday - on the road, down to Aerovironment in Simi Valley. They had a presentation to give on non-linear aspects of the Helios mishap, some years ago. Very interesting, but I can't really talk about it here.
It made for a long drive and a long day.
Halloween was at my friend Rogers' place. It's even more elaborate than it was in 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002...
Monday 30 October 2006
Monday - working on various things, or
more accurately, trying to work on some things. It was a Monday all day
long. Email wasn't getting through, and stuff that had come through
earlier was corrupted, and then it turns out that the help line is broken.
Clearly, for some unknown reason, the systems people were running
various scans and backups on my machine - I could hear the disk
grinding away and it would slow to a crawl. Why run Retrospect twice in
a single day, and why can't these people do
it at night, like sane system administrators would?
Then it turns out that I can't find the calculations I did to generate some loads a
couple of months ago (it looks liked I saved the wrong set). Which
means I need to do them over to check something. Sheesh.
Sunday 29 October
Sunday - did a lot of reading in
preparation for some stuff at work. I would have liked to visit the
boat, or the air show at Edwards AFB, but you gotta do your homework
sometimes. I did sit outside for a while and read, which meant the cats
had plenty of time to run about and tire themselves out.
Books I've read this year (not including some technical stuff). It's
getting down to the wire, but it looks like I'll make 50 again-