WEEK 4 2011
Mon- Tue- Wed-
Picture of the Week
17 March 2002
Ago, This Week, 2002
Ago, This Week, 2003
||Six Years Ago, this
Ago, This Week, 2006
Ago, This Week, 2007
Ago, This Week, 2008
This Week, 2009
This Week, 2010
Saturday - Book #13
by Michael Flynn. This is set in the same universe as The January
Dancer (Book #8, 2010) and with many of the same characters, but
twenty years later. It was a decent enough book, but I thought the
ending a bit forced. Authors have their own reasons for doing things, I
This particular future history is a bit complicated, a bit of
a mystery to me. It's fun to try to figure out exactly what is going on
Because of a pulled muscle in my heel I've been avoiding walking,
trying to get it to heal in time for some inspection work coming up. So
I'm beginning to feel a bit of cabin fever. I've been putting the time
off my feet to good use, improving the scripts and stuff, but there is
only so much programming, reading, and watching teevee a soul can do
before wanting out out the house!
Looking at the Bluejackets' Manual I see that Dad recorded a lot of the
dates and places he was at, on the flyleaf and cover pages. I'm fairly
sure he wasn't supposed to do
that, for security reasons, but he did, and it makes for interesting
reading. Assembling it we have:
|Oct 6, 1942
|Oct 21, 1942
||Gov't Island, Alameda, CA
|Nov 21, 1942
||San Francisco, CA
|Dec 2, 1942
|Feb 15, 1943
|Rated SM 3/c
|Feb 17, 1943
|March 18, 1943
|Perth Amboy, NJ
|June 12, 1943
PG-86, NY, NY
|Rated SM 2/c
||August 6, 1943
|August 9, 1944
|Jan 16, 1944
Cavalier, APA-37, NY, NY
|Arrived West Coast
|March 3, 1944
|San Francisco, CA
|Sept 12, 1944
|San Francisco, CA
|Jan 9, 1945
|San Francisco, CA
|Detached Ship to Land Lookout
|Sept 12, 1944
|Changed Lookout Sta.
|Oct 16, 1944
|Diamond Head, HI
|Jan 23, 1945
Bayfield APA-33, San Francisco
|May 10, 1945
|Rated SM 1/c
|Sept 14, 1945
|Oct 20, 1945
|October 24, 1945
|Govt Island Traffic Sta.
|October 25, 1945
|USCG Receiving Sta.
|Jan 23, 1946
|San Francisco, CA
|Jan24 - Feb01, 1946
|February 8, 1946
- It was
Christmas Eve and WWII had started. My grandfather wrote his son, my
father, a letter. He had learned that Dad had dropped
out of college and joined the Coast Guard (which in times of war fights
alongside the Navy). It being wartime the letter was first reviewed by
an officer, the censor (his stamp is at upper left in the scan of the
letters contents), to make sure no
military secrets were being divulged. Then it was photographed, and
printed in a much smaller format, to reduce the size and weight. It was
called V-Mail. Sent from Oakland, California, a month later it arrived
and was postmarked in New York, 28 Jan 1943, 68 years ago-
|Dear Eddie - It's been a long
time since I have had any mail, and tomorrow, Christmas Day, I believe
we will arrive where our mail is waiting for us, and you may be sure it
will be the best Christmas gift that any of us can wish for. I have not
heard since your letter dated Nov. 9th, and you were in quarantine in
boot camp at that time. I wonder where you are now, and what you are
doing, and how you like it all. The important thing is to do our part -
to learn all we can so we can meet an emergency when it happens - as
happen it will, sooner or later, in the game of war, where the stakes
are human lives and ships crews, and where they "play for keeps".
I hope this thing will be short, so we can again resume our normal
lives. I long to see you and to know how you are doing. I am very proud
of you, my dear, and for the decisions you have made on your own. I
have been promoted to Commander recently as you may know, but I'm the
same old man- Love, Dad.
Thursday 27 January 2011
- futzing around with the script most of the day.
The bugs are fixed, those that I know of anyway, and the format is as
about what I think they want. But the slowness was horrible, it was
taking about an hour to generate a report from a weeks work of data.
The client wants weekly and monthly reports, and 4 hours is just too
long to be running this.
The biggest time hog turned out to be formatting. I was using the
RowHeight object, and it must be phenomenally slow. By removing most of
the row height calls I was able to drop the turn around to about 20
minutes. There may be a minute or two of gains to be found yet, but
probably close to the obtainable. The vertical format is a big more
congested on a couple of reports, but acceptable, I think.
Book #12 was Quarter
by Nathan Lowell. This is sci-fi, but in a laid back way. It is mildly
reminiscent of Heinlein's juveniles, but without war and disasters,
invading aliens or murderous rogue AI's. Essentially a young man signs
on to a starship that does a trading route, sometime in the future. He
learns that he has a knack for trade, and does well. Not very exciting,
but fun to read none the less.
The author has a blog, Trader's
Diary. Looking at things, the 'Shares' series was is some sort of
(free?) podcast. Interesting.
Wednesday 26 January 2011
- keeping busy, redoing the format of the script output, again. Also
fixing a couple of bugs. The script has gotten S.L.O.W., even for
VbScript. I'll have to look into what happened - I suspect some of the
formatting commands to be time hogs. It should be fixable.
My sister has been working on a book, and is looking into self
publishing. Kindle or the Nook, probably. I dug up a few links that
I've run across, mostly sci-fi blogs by authors, and sent them her way.
She's concerned about editing, and promotion. Some people do OK without
that, but most don't.
The weather has been nice lately - nights near freezing, but daytimes
it has been sunny and in the low 60's. Ventura weather has apparently
been fabulous. Ah well.
- Working away on the scripting. I had a bunch of desired updates from
last week to insert, and changes, and it's all going slower than I had
thought. But it's finally proceeding in a reasonable fashion.
I was rushed getting the blog together the last couple of weeks, and
in the header pointed at some dates that don't actually exist -
specifically for weeks in the
year 2002 before Week #12. Not
a big deal, but it occurred to me that I
could create some "pre-blog" pages, if I could recall what was going
on. But it's hard.
Email would be the best bet, but my Google and Yahoo and personal site
email accounts only go back to about 2004 or so. Before that I was
using Antelecom, and Quantum, a couple of local dial-up providers
(Antelcom just notified their customers that they are dropping their
DSL by the way, because of issues dealing with Verizon). I had
email at NASA, but of course couldn't take those with me. Though I have
a faint memory of backing some of them up I don't recall where or when
or to what media.
I generally save Christmas cards and snail mail, but haven't used that
much for years, even by 2002 they were pretty rare.
I suppose there are also some pictures I
had developed, and certainly I was using digital photo's as early as
2000, so there is some record there to jog the memory - but on a
day-by-day or even weekly scale it's unlikely I can come up with much.
So, probably no detailed pre-blog...
Update: Yeah, digging around I
have photo folders all the way back to 2000. So maybe.
I had an annoying experience last week, or perhaps the week before. The
little CD player in the front room, where I work, has been acting up.
The last thing it did was to spin the CD's at some insane speed,
perhaps ten times normal. It wouldn't shut off, so I had to unplug it.
Now the CD portion won't work at all, it's just a radio with bad
reception (but pretty lights).
- mostly just a heads down work day, working on some scripting items
from last week. If I had felt better they'd have been done already
(maybe), but I wasn't, so it was a long day.
1, Episode 6, PSYCHE:
Scene: Spencer is drawing math
symbols, equations, matrices, on a clear hi-tec glass screen. Gus comes
Gus: What's that?
Shawn: I have no idea, but it
always works on NUMBERS.
So, I wonder, was there was ever any NUMBERS homage to PSYCHE?
Sunday 23 January 2011
- feeling almost human, working away on a few items.
Book #11 was Empress
of Eternity, by L.E. Modesitt. Eh. Good for a few hours distraction
I guess. A library book.
The Bears lost to Green Bay, which is too bad, I was hoping they'd get
in, but going through three quarterbacks pretty much made that
impossible. The Steelers won, which is nice, so it ought to be a fun