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Saturday 20 December 2008
Saturday - 

Friday 19 December 2008

Friday - Sad news. My niece's daughter, little Kylee Ann, passed away on Thursday. She was born with diGeorges Syndrome, and despite valiant efforts succumbed to multiple organ failures, in the evening, in her mothers' arms. 

Thursday 18 December 2008

Thursday - cold but clear. The snow has started melting, but it'll take a few days. We may be in for another storm before it does, which would be...interesting.

I actually left the house for an hour or so, just drove around a bit. We had several inches of snow here, looks like there was more to the west and south.

I had to use a tripod for this picture, as the exposure was about a second (hmmm, according to F-Spot it was: f/3.5 13/10 sec
ISO 100). No problem finding the tripod, but then I couldn't find the little tripod/camera attachment shoe. I looked and looked, and finally found it...already attached to the SLR. Sigh.

In any case, the house, at night:

Christmas, 2008

Wednesday 17 December 2008

Wednesday - snow, snow snow. It was just rain/sleet early in the morning, and I expected it to go away. But it didn't. It kept coming, and coming, and coming. A White Christmas, or close enough!

snow day in the morning

snow mid day

snow in afternoon

Tuesday 16 December 2008

Tuesday - Still sick, and it's still gray and cold out.

Working at home. Rather than put formula's into the spreadsheet, which becomes rather tedious, I've switched to using an external Visual Basic script. You just run it against the Excel file and it does calculations and changes it (and after enough re-writes it should change it correctly, but that's a matter for another day.)

Odds and ends.

Have you ever made a pot of coffee in the morning, added the filter, coffee & water, turned it on and then came back to the delicious aroma rising from the coffee all over the floor because you forgot to put the pot back under the Mr. Coffee machine?

No? Me neither.

The thing about having a KVM switch is: sometimes you forget what computer you are on. The old Win2k box, the Ubuntu box, the laptop...

Monday 15 December 2008 

Monday - Rain. Finally some rain. The state can certainly use it.

I did a bit of work on the spreadsheet, but didn't do as much as I'd have liked, still a bit under the weather. It's a little annoying, to have time off during the week, and then to be too sick to use it.

Sunday 14 December 2008

Sunday - Cold and windy, but sunny. No rain or snow, yet.

Doing: loads and loads of laundry. Some spreadsheet stuff, when I feel up to it.

I finished Book #51, Consider Phlebas, by Iain M. Banks. Started some weeks ago, and only read sporadically. Sort of a modern space opera, really. But well done, though I suspect the abilities of a "Mind" of the extent depicted would be far greater than Banks posits. But it would make for a poor plot: the machine wins, easy, finito.

While fooling around with Worldkit, I got diverted onto a search for maps, and ran across GeoHack. Pretty neat, as it is a collection of links to numerous bits of mapping software and stuff, not just Google Earth, but World Wind and Terra Server and dozens of others.

Here, for example, is Martinez. Look at all the links. You can get here (to GeoHack) by clicking on the little earth globe at Wikipedia for Martinez, in the right hand sidebar. Or, if you know the latitude and longitude, you can simply edit the URL.

Martinez was:,_California&params=38_0_2_N_122_7_12_W_type:city

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Hawk or Buzzard at Agua Dulce
Photo Notes: Hawk or buzzard over Agua Dulce, Jan 2008.

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