WEEK 51 2008
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Saturday 20 December 2008
Friday 19 December
- 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
- 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
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
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
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:
- 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!
Tuesday 16 December 2008
- 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.
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
- Rain. Finally some rain. The state can certainly use it.
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
- 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,
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: http://stable.toolserver.org/geohack/geohack.php?pagename=Martinez,_California¶ms=38_0_2_N_122_7_12_W_type:city