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Saturday 9 November
Saturday - up to see my Dad. Not too
bad a drive, despite the rain. No accidents that I could see, though I passed
a couple of cars without tail lights - really just accidents waiting to happen
in those conditions. My cars' cruise control went out in Bakersfield, so I
had to do without for the rest of the trip. It's gone out before, but always
has come back within minutes. Hmmm, time for a new car?
Dad and I went by to check on the bridge construction up here - not a lot
of progress visible to my uninformed eye. We tried to stop for lunch in Crockett,
but they apparently don't have anything but a pizza parlour...
Friday 8 November
- working on the parallel processing. That's hard enough, but when the
compiler can't understand the environment settings, well, it gets even more
fustrating. Oh well, eventually I figured that part out, and went on to new
and equally frustrating PVM problems dealing with starting the slave processes.
It rained quite a bit during the night, and my car defroster doesn't seem
to work correctly - rather than clear the windshield it fogs the glass
even more. I had to turn on the air conditioner eventually - on a cold
and rainy day not necessarily the preferred method of defrost!
Thursday 7 November 2002
hursday - dinner at Applebee's. I had a nice steak
- which someone kindly ordered for me because I arrived late. Over dinner
we discussed the possibility of rain - not trusting the weather people I
offered up a five dollar bet that we would not get an 1/8" of rainfall or
more in the next seventy two hours. Fortunately no one took me up on it -
rain was falling within minutes of finishing dinner
For those interested, the X-Prize
a $10 Million dollar prize to the first private, non-govermental, entity,
to acheive manned, safe, re-usable suborbital flight. XCOR
is one of the contestants, heavily favored
On an associated note, NASA has announced a revision
Space Launch Iniative. It seems that now that they want to build a spaceplane
, after cancelling
several projects in the last year. Space
advocates don't know whether to cheer or scream. Yes it needs doing, but if
NASA isn't going to stay the course, all it does is dilute the impact of
things like the X-Prize and make it hard if not impossible to get private
Wednesday 6 November 2002
Wednesday - I'm pretty tired today, so instead of
a lot of talk, here is a shot from the night before the Edwards AFB Air
Show 2002 - this is the XCOR rocket plane. As far as I know it is the only
working rocket plane in the world, though other X-prize contestants may
XCOR rocket plane on display, Edwards AFB, October 2002
Tuesday 5 November 2002
Tuesday - election day. Lots of wins for
the "mommy state" propositions apparently. It also look's like the DP's "
pep rally funeral" has backfired in Minnesota.
Last night, as I went out to my car, there was a coyote waiting. Probably
because I carried a plastic bag the rustled a bit he circled me, once,
twice, before loping off into the twilight. It's the closest I've ever
been to a wild coyote, and it was apparently as interested in me as I was
My friends daughter called to say that she got an "A"
on her algebra test! Hurrah!! I helped with a little tutoring, but have to
give most of the credit to smart young brains...
The boss called, someone else found the bug, and I'm officially assigned
to parallelizing the code. Wow. Be careful what you wish for - if you
really annoy the gods they may grant your wish!
Monday 4 November 2002
Monday - worked late. Debugging.
Sunday 3 November 2002
Sunday - A nice relaxing day. The
game between the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49er's was won by the
49ers'. But the overall impression was of two teams playing at about 85%
of their abilities. Kind of a yawner.
A friend while yard saleing saw a house with a lot of computers. I
went by to check it out and bought a bunch of books at really good prices
( $1 for an O'reilly!) and a couple of monitors. The monitors were both
bad and had to be returned. It's really disheartening when that happens
- oh well.
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Photo Notes: Halloween. Spirits rise
and flit through the night...
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