WEEK 52 2009
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Thursday 31 December
- New Year's Eve.
It wasn't a particularly good year, so I'm glad it's over.
I had dinner with friends (excellent
steaks), then returned home and to bed before midnight. There was a low
key party next door, and a few revelers yelled out at midnight, but it
wasn't much of an occasion.
There seemed to be more than the usual number of books read this
year, though I wasn't really 'working' at it. Indeed, it feels as if I
am reading less and less, yet the total was impressive (for me), 84
I could probably have read a few more books this year, broken that
magical 100 mark, but what's the point? 84 was a goodly number, nothing
to be ashamed of!
The Year In Books, 2009
#5 True North: Peary,
Cook, and the Race to the Pole
Acres and a Poodle*
Lord Protector's Daughter
The Windwracked Stars.
|#11 Ayesha, The Return of She*
Destroyermen, Book II
#14 Shakespeare: The World as a Stage
#15 The Precipice*,
Destroyermen Book III:
|#21 She and Allan
Possum's Book of Practical Cats
Far Side of the World*
Reverse of the Medal*
Beagle: The Story of Darwin's Ship*
Around the World,
Letter of Marque*
Battle for Terra Two
AI War (Biofab #3)
Assault, (Biofab #4)
Will be Time
Thirteen Gun Salute*
Fighting Chance: How We Rowed the Atlantic in 92 Days
Nutmeg of Consolation*
Inc., In Action
Wine Dark Sea*
#62 The Time Traders
Life in Nelson's Navy
Skylark of Space
Little World of Don Camillo
Risen Empire: Book One of Succession
#79 The Hundred Days
Camillo Takes the Devil by the Tail
|#81 was Ordeal,
out of Time,
at the Mizzen*
Wednesday 30 December
- working. Making some progress.
a bit annoying, spending hours fixing what are essentially errors by
me. On the other hand, it comes to perhaps an error or two a day, for
the length of the inspection, though in reality it is mostly
concentrated in the first few
months, so I try to take it as a character building experience.
been using Vbscript to write the data checking routines - it's a bit
frustrating to use, but it handles files and Excel spreadsheets easily,
so it's the best choice. But strange things happen - case sensitivity
in file handling routines, removal of (required) padding zero's in file
names, stuff like that, problems which didn't show up in the small
sample cases I created and ran earlier in the year.
And it's a
massive amount of data, hundreds of gigabytes, so there is a delay of
anything from a few seconds to a couple of hours any time it has to be
moved, massaged, looked at, etc.
- working. I finished Book
at the Mizzen*, by Patrick O'Brian. It's a good
book, but feels thinner,
some of the dialog, the repartee & atmosphere being not as
& fresh as in the earlier books. Jack Aubrey still has a ship,
a mission to complete, but is worried that he will be 'yellowed', i.e.
to be passed over for promotion to admiral. Stephen Maturin has a
mission, and is romancing a naturalist in Sierra Leone. Their mission
is to Chile, to support the rebels against Spain there, and I feel that
O'Brian could have given greater depth to what was happening. But good,
This is the last complete book in the series, as O'Brian passed away
while writing the sequel, on January 2, 2000 - almost exactly 10 years
ago. Part of what he was working on has been published as The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack
was a book on tape, played using an old battery powered Radio Shack
cassette recorder plugged into the AUX port of the new car stereo.
It worked well, except when falling off the dash &
my passenger's knee ;-)
Monday 28 December 2009
- back to work.
trying to untangle the data, but it's coming along pretty well now. We
have the data sets broken up into the appropriate bits, and programs to
check for outliers in data, and have been pouring over it night and
day. Maybe things will be done by the end of the week, with this part.
Sunday 27 December_2009
- a morning spent helping to pack and clean, then on the road, back up
Saturday 26 December 2009
Saturday - a more relaxing day. Hung out, met up
I thought I'd have time to read, but not so...
- MERRY CHRISTMAS.
Hey, I finally got that pony....
Thursday 24 December
- Christmas Eve.
Wednesday 23 December
- on the road, down to San Diego.
Tuesday 22 December 2009
- a full days work, then on the road up to Lancaster at about 7:00pm.
Traffic wasn't too bad. I still have some small presents to wrap up.
Monday 21 December 2009
- back to work. Trying to untangle the first few months of data, and
it's going slowly, but as it's to be permanently enshrined in a
database we want to get it right.
Book #83 was
Big Oyster**, by Mark Kurlansky. This was an entertaining
history of oyster harvesting in the waters around New York, from the
prehistoric times (Indians) to the modern day. Entertaining and
informative, if a bit dark and depressing in places as the march of
industrialization and the appetite of the population decimates the
oyster beds. Recommended, even in the abridged audio version.
For the record, it's nice having a working CD player again.
Sunday 20 December_2009
- more raking of leaves. I'm astonished that I was able to completely
fill three trash barrels with just the front yards leaves. But my back
stood up to it, and I think it will help with the possibility of fungus
in the front yard. There is a bad looking patch that I may just dig up
and get rid of. I messed around in the back yard, and it didn't end
I have been backing stuff up onto the external drive. I'm up to about
55GB of pictures and videos, starting in roughly 1999-2000. Mostly
junk, mostly scattered in various places, and it's been a pain trying
to get it all on one drive, and to figure out the year/month, and to
avoid too many duplicates. I'll try to replicate it on an external
drive, and also the Linux internal. I need to add a bigger drive to the
Win2k box before I can store much on there, it is practically full.