Travels and Images
WEEK 5 2007
Mon- Tue- Wed-
Thur- Fri- Sat- Next Week
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Saturday 3 February
- it doesn't seem to have been malware last night, just some sort of
weird process stuck running. I was trying to use the Canon software
because the Olympus software always tries and fails to open an old
directory upon starting. (That's new, Camedia Master is a simple but
straightforward tool - I'll probably remove and re-install it). The
Canon software, as I have mentioned in the past, has always been pretty
My day: slept in, then went out to lunch with friends, hung out, and
read a lot of Sci-Fi at home. Book
#8 is The
Green and the Gray, by Timothy Zahn.
It was mildly interesting, in a "I'm too tired to go look for something
better" sort of way. Zahn can do better, this was just a lame
potboiler, much like his Star Wars books. Too bad, another decent
Somehow writing for a franchise just rots the brain. He was a decent
writer once, towards the upper range of the Sci-Fi B-list, now at about
mid to low C-list. So it goes.
I've arranged for a scuba dive service to clean the bottom of the boat.
I was surprised last week to see the amount of grass on the bottom - I
just had it painted and put back into the water in August. Apparently
the modern anti-fouling paints...aren't. Maybe I'll sail to Mexico and
get the good stuff. Copper, Arsenic, Zinc, the things that really work.
My brother came by and borrowed the Explorer - his truck has issues
once again. Possibly the fuel pump?
Energy Blog. Synopsis: we're doomed in this
state. But you knew that.
Friday 2 February
- The box of kitty litter bought the other day contains a trial bag
of cat food pellets, and a tin of soft food. It's a
sort of operation, I guess, and I find it just a little weird.
Hopefully there isn't any feline 'soylent green' sort of thing going on
Sideshow is gone. Well, it looks
like most blogs
don't last too long. On the bright side, it looks as though
Bulgaria has beaches. Who'd have thunk it? I should renew my passport.
Hmmm. Camedia is messed up, so I can't open images in it. I still have
other tools, several, but something weird is going on here, 100% CPU
utilization and such. Time to stop and scan for viruses and malware...
1 February 2007
- I'm pretty tired, another long day. But the meetings are, mostly,
I tutored Algebra afterwards, for an hour or so. A nice full moon out,
but it's getting cold again.
Book #7 was Six
Frigates, by Ian Toll.
Recommended. A well written, entertaining account of the beginnings
(not always glorious) of the U.S. Navy. It covers ground I've seen
before, Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Madison, and their fear of
coups by a standing military, and the dislike of and inability to tax
Americans to the extent needed to support a Navy. But, in fits and
starts, the necessity for and the implementation of a real blue water
force came to fruition. And it has some good accounts of naval battles.
I found myself getting angry over the Chesapeake-Leopard
affair, which happened two hundred years ago thus June...
Wednesday 31 January 2007
- another ten hour meeting on Ground Handling Equipment.
Afterwards I 'repaired' to Black Angus with some friends, for a couple
of beers. I think I earned them...
I got a joke from my sister:
BOTTLE OF WINE
Sally was driving home from one of her business trips in Northern
Arizona when she saw an elderly Navajo woman walking on the side of the
As the trip was a long and quiet one, she stopped the car and asked the
Navajo woman if she would like a ride. With a silent nod of thanks, the
woman got into the car.
Resuming the journey, Sally tried in vain to make a bit of small talk
with the woman. The old woman just sat silently, looking intently at
everything she saw, studying every little detail, until she noticed a
brown bag on the seat next to Sally. "What in bag?" asked the old woman.
Sally looked down at the brown bag and said, "It's a bottle of wine. I
got it for my husband."
The Navajo woman was silent for another moment or two. Then speaking
with the quiet wisdom of an elder, she said: "Good trade..."
I'm sure there are versions where it's a guy driving along.
But it reminds me of another joke I heard recently-
A man walks into an
auto parts store and asks: "Can I get a carburetor for my Yugo?"
The clerk ponders for
a minute, then says "If you throw in some cash, too".
Tuesday 30 January
- went to a ten hour meeting on Ground Handling Equipment. It's about
as exciting as it sounds. Though, really, it was sort of interesting -
the logistical challenges of getting hundreds of people, and pieces of
specialized equipment, from multiple sites across the country to work
in unison , is tough. One of the meeting organizers', in particular,
had a knack for getting people back onto the right track when they
would drift off - which was pretty often. My part in the meeting was
about two minutes of talking...
Monday 29 January 2007
- back to work. Went to meetings, worked on stuff. Not a lot to say
Book #6 was Dykstra's
War, by Jeffery Kooistra. Eh. Kind of a typical sci-fi
potboiler, but an easy read during a rainy night on a boat :-) But
there was an interesting spin on Fermi's
involving some of B.F. Skinner's ideas.
Has there ever been a
mutiny's on American Ship?. The article doesn't mention the
American Exploring Expedition, as
Rand Simberg points out.
Sunday 28 January
- I stayed Saturday night at tdhe boat - it was reasonably dry and
tight, and I used the little electric heater kept it warm, turning it
on once or twice during the night. I was afraid my neighbor might hang
around and play his music, but he left early and I was able to go to
sleep listening to nothing but the pitter patter of rain on the cabin
I heard someone trying to berth - approaching, revving his motor,
moving away. These are familiar sounds to me - it's what I end up doing
when attempting to berth, so I went down the dock and helped a solo
sailor berth his full keel boat. We talked for a bit. John has been
sailing out of Oxnard for years - he had some good pointers about the
winds and tides hereabouts. The major suggestion being to avoid being
just offshore at 4 or 5 pm, as the winds down canyon and heading
offshore can be rather boisterous!