WEEK 48 2010
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Saturday - got up late, dragged around
for a bit, then packed for the trip back to Lancaster.
Took the Coast
Guard documentation to the marina office, so they could make a copy.
They said it's OK to tie up at an unused slip to get better viewing for
next weeks boating Parade of Lights, just tell them where first. So
Book #81 was The Line of Polity, by Neal Asher. Second book in the series - one has to read something in the evening on the boat.
Back in Lancaster I invited myself over to some friend's house for home
made pizza. Also there were a couple of gifts to deliver for recent
birthdays that I'd missed. The boy seemed pleased with the Periodic Table of the Elements shower curtain,
Hey kid, late for class? You can shower and cram at the same time!
and his mother with Lillian Beckwith's Hebridean Cookbook. Ever want to know how to get rid of that pesky lung froth when making Haggis? Me neither, yet my friend S was delighted with it, and particular that it was used and she could see from the stains what the "good" recipes were.
Now I'm worried. I prefer pizza....
Don't be fooled: Haggis and Conger Eel recipe's within!!
- Red meat is apparently the cure for a drippy nose. Excellent.
I spent the afternoon tromping around in Calleguas Creek, looking for
t-posts markers, in order to generate a GPS map for some mitigation
stuff. Only about half the markers were there - they probably shouldn't
wait so long after eradication before starting the mitigation process!
The early evening I spent trying to get Microsoft Live
Mesh/Sync/Skydrive (or whatever the name is) to work. It took about two
hours to get two machines patched with software and talking to each
other. It's clunky - nothing like the ease of a Dropbox install. The
install documentation and process is absolutely horrible.
As a tool it has some advantages - you can sync up to 25GB of storage
and sync any folder(s) you want. It has some disadvantages - you have
to login on both computers to get a sync started, and every reboot
forces you to restart the process, even if you stay logged in. And
despite the fact that the beta version runs fine on XP Microsoft has
decided only to allow it to run on Vista and Win7 machines. The rest of
the world running XP is screwed, including the people currently already running and using it on XP, since they are turning it off for those folk in April 2011.
Smug, or just happy?
Thursday 2 December 2010
- down to Ventura, meeting on some future work plans, and doing a bit of programming.
Despite admitting to the slight cold I was invited to some friends place for a nice steak dinner - I just stuffed myself!!
I was hoping to do some boat work this coming weekend, varnishing,
painting and stuff like that, but the weather forecast is bad - cold,
foggy, even some rain. So, probably not.
A post from Ars Mathematica back in July, Numb3rs Canceled:
|I was never a big fan, so I just heard that Numb3rs was canceled for the fall. I guess the law will have to go back to fighting crime the old-fashioned way: calling in Batman to help.
I generally have no idea of what AR is talking about, but at least this time I got the joke!
It was a joke, right?
Wednesday 1 December 2010
- Keeping busy with some work stuff - fixing a bit of version skew that
crept into the scripts. Also upgrading with a menu and backwards
compatibility to earlier single page form versions.
Also might be developing a slight head cold, yuck.
A sister asked for my web page URL - apparently she hadn't looked at the blog here since 2004. Well, I kind of knew that, from the stats...
- working away on things, not a lot to say. Probably down to Ventura tomorrow.
Book #80 was Gridlinked,
by Neal Asher. Hmmm. It was fun, but more in an action/adventure way
than intellectually stimulating. Quite a contrast with Iain Banks
I guess I should say that the Iain Banks comparison is because both
novels have super smart AI's as the real controllers of a modern,
relatively happy interstellar civilizations. Both future history
settings, Asher's Polity and Bank's Culture
reflect the attempts of agents to extend/protect their civilizations at
the margins - the civilizations themselves are not described in any
detail not needed for the novels plotlines themselves, since most
action takes place on relatively primitive backworld or outworld
The style is different, Banks is the better novelist, Asher reads a bit more like a movie or teevee show.
- I was watching House
the other day, and the team of doctor's were doing a "differential",
that is, trying to guess the cause of someone's illness. This is a
fairly predictable routine. (1) they make a guess (2) it turns out to
be wrong and suddenly there are only hours before the patient dies (no patient ever has a slow disease) (3) more differential, and then (4) House figures it out by himself.
It's like people outrunning explosions and bad guys being expert shots until they meet the good guy, it's the plot line.
What I was thinking was: why not have a computer data base & program for of all this stuff? The patient shows symptoms x, y, and z, has had tests results A, B and C, the possible causes are: This, that, maybe the other thing, do tests D, E, and F to confirm/refine the diagnosis.
It turns out that there is such software; just Googling returned:
Differential Diagnosis Software packages.
It might be illegal - apparently there is at least one regulatory agency in the USA that thinks it might be illegal to use so much as a procedural checklist in ICU! Yeah, they relented, but for how long?
An interesting solution in the comments of another blog: "Finally, insurers, including Medicare, need to stop paying for care
resulting from central line infections and other preventable harm."
Sunday 28 November_2010
- Cold and windy, clouds. There was a bit of a draft through various
doors. The front door in particular needs to have it's weatherstripping
renewed. It makes me cringe to hear the heater kick on so often, even
though set at reasonably low temperatures, 64F in the daytime, 61F at
The house is looking better, more little chores and cleanup are done. I
installed a new doorknob on the downstairs bathroom, and despite
getting the same brand as the old unit had to use a wood chisel to make
things fit. So a two minute job turned into a ten minute job. Chores
are like that.
Then I mostly just cleaned and picked things up, did my laundry,
this coming week I have to head down to Ventura.
I brought the Sony Reader over to my friends, updated & installed
some s/w, and they are off and running. The first take is mildly
negative - that it's hard to read non-fiction with diagrams or
pictures. Indeed, I've noticed this myself.