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WEEK 4 2006

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Saturday 28 January 2006

Saturday -  on the road. It's nice sharing the drive with someone. I brought along some CDs and tapes. First we tried the tapes, but the sound from the little tape player was terrible. So then we tried the CDs, but my brothers CD player was skipping terribly after about half an hour of playing. He had a portable DVD player along, however, and it plays audio CDs just fine, it turns out. So we listed to Washington's Crossing most of the way up.

Book #5 is Homeward Bound, the last of the Harry Turtledove alternate history series that I started last year. It was OK, but not anything special. Indeed, as if Turtledove was just dutifully finishing off the series for the pleasure of his readers, rather than any real interest or aim of his own.

Friday 27 January 2006

Friday - My appointment with the mechanic is actually next Tuesday, I'll get a friend to give me a lift afterwards.

Not a lot to say about work. I had the unalloyed pleasure of finishing up some proposals that I'd been working on all week. About an hour later it became alloyed, as the "level 2" proposal templates appeared in my email. There are four levels of proposals. Sigh.

Anyhoo, my brother and I are driving up to visit my Dad this weekend, and won't be back until Monday night, so light posting, probably.

Thursday 26 January  2006

Thursday - I rolled over 100,000 miles on the Explorers' odometer. It's running well, except occasionally the headlights go out when I use the turn signals. I'm taking it into the shop tomorrow.

One of the stories the Katrina rescuer mentioned was the dogs and cats. Officially they were not allowed to "rescue" pets. In practice, out of site of headquarters and when they had no other duties they often did, pulling them into boats (late in the day) and dropping them off at rescue centers.

Wednesday 25 January 2006

Wednesday - Safety Days at Dryden. There were presentations all day. They were actually rather interesting. One was from a fireman/rescue captain who spent a lot of time in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina. He was very nonjudgmental about organizational failures, but gave a lot of detail about the man-on-the-ground (and on boats and helicopters) operations.

Another interesting presentation, again by a fireman, was on the current standard methods for triage in mass casualty situations. I've a flyer, I'll have to scan it in and post it. There are efforts to standardize these type of procedures, so that emergency teams from different areas can inter operate effectively. Very interesting stuff.

Tuesday 24 January 2006

Tuesday - working on future work proposals at NASA. Boring stuff (five and ten year plans!), but I guess it has to be done. I did have a nice walk at lunch, three miles or so, in reasonably warm (though windy) conditions.

 Monday 23 January 2006

Monday - talking to my friend Tim, he got the Buffalo external USB drive working, by fixing the USB drivers on his computer. Apparently Windows Update had trashed the USB2.0 drivers during some recent update. So he was able to reinstall the original drivers and now can get about 100Mb per second out of the drive (which is rated at 480Mb).

Sunday 22 January 2006

Sunday - Feeling a bit sore - forearms and biceps. Carting around 4x10' bits of plywood and nailing them up will do that for you!

Watched a bit of football - good games. Bet 25 cents on each of these games with my dad, and came out even. The Panthers just couldn't do it....

Picture of the Week

X-15 in the snow

Photo Notes: The X-15 replica at Dryden, during a snow storm, several years ago.

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