Travels and Images
WEEK 6 2006
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Picture of the Week
Saturday 11 February
- rode the bike today, about twelve miles, up towards the hills in
Palmdale. It was a beautiful day, warm and nearly windless - it would
have been almost criminal not to make something out of it.
In the mid morning the Verizon tech stopped by. When I told him that I
thought perhaps they'd fixed the problem at the office he just laughed
cynically. On the other hand he couldn't find anything wrong with the
lines, inside or out. He called them a textbook case of what noise
levels should be and suggested calling the DSL people the next time, if
the problem resurfaces, as they have more equipment and sometimes
respond faster to problems.
Global Flyer has landed, a bit early, but apparently has set a new
worlds record. Congratulations to Fossett, it's an achievement in
congratulations to Scaled Composites, for the design and building of
West 1.84 degrees, North 50.78
From the linked page: "He travelled 26,389.3 miles and had a flight duration of 76 hours 45 minutes."
Friday 10 February
Friday - the DSL had dropped out when I got up this morning. Bah.
I don't usually check the computer in the morning - too busy - but I'd
a meeting in town this morning and have time to sit about with a cup of
coffee. It was interesting, the people we were meeting were doing some
good work I think.
At work I finalized travel preparations - I'm off to the east coast for a few days next week for some work stuff.
Via Opentopia, the JPL mission control in Pomona, California. Er, Pasadena anyone? Heh. The Owens Valley Radio Telescope Array
is near Lancaster as well. Note the snow on the mountains. Judging from the shadows this
morning, the sun is to the right of the camera, those are the mountains must be to
the east, so they'd be the White Mountains.
Thursday 9 February 2006
- the DSL is still working.
Last year I read (well, as it was an audio book, listened to) A Thread Across the Ocean, about the first transatlantic cable. (Book #47, and a good read. Er, listen.) Here is a plot of current undersea cables, with the thickness representing the amount of traffic, in Gigabits Per Second.
There is a slashdot thread on why time travel is impossible today.
Spatial velocity is given as dx/dt. Velocity in time(dt/dt) is nonsensical. As simple as that.
Oddly not one person brought up the possibility of dt/dx, traveling
in time through traveling in space. Did none of the slashdot geeks ever
read Roger Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber, or his Roadmarks?
I originally recalled that last as titled Last Exit to Babylon - see the cover art at the Amazon link for the reason why. I wonder if Zelazny kicked himself, after the book was in print: "Man, I wish I'd thought of that title!"
Man, the geeks these days...pikers, the lot of them.
Wednesday 8 February 2006
- there is sort a garbled message on the answering machine, stating
that problems with my phone service had been fixed, and asking me to
press "2". Naturally my phone refused to press "2", but indeed, the
static seems gone and I haven't been kicked off the DSL since this
morning. So maybe that's fixed.
Tim suggests that I may have had water in the underground box. I dunno,
it was dark when I got home, so I haven't checked the side of the house
for digging or any other disturbance... OK, just checked, the box paint
is undisturbed, so whatever they fixed must be somewhere else -
assuming that they did fix it. The problem comes and goes.
The feeble "story in itself" is that the static was so bad that I couldn't get
through to Verizon - not on the voice mail maze which was confused by
that static I guess, or on DSL, which would drop out continually. I
actually had to call from my work phone. Sheesh.
The Global Flyer has taken off,
on another world record attempt. I believe I met Jon Karkow - he was
one of the people at the house building party the other weekend. So
I've rubbed elbows with someone (Karkow) who has rubbed elbows with someone
(Bert Rutan) who has rubbed elbows with Fossett. Hoorah! for Seven
Degree's of Kevin Bacon and all that.
Here is a screengrab from this evening.
Tuesday 7 February
Tuesday - serious connectivity problems at
home. Static on the voice line, continual disconnects on the DSL. I've
contacted Verizon (a story in itself) and they should come out on
Saturday to fix check on things.
Monday 6 February 2006
Monday - Note the picture of the quarter above - and that's only half my winnings!
Book #8 is Napoleon: A Penguin Life, by Paul Johnson.
Johnson doesn't like Napoleon at all, and it shows. Generally the books
paints him as an opportunistic psychopath. I haven't read any
Napoleonic biography before, but I suspect this book would taint me, if
I needed more tainting than an upbringing on C.S. Forester...
Incidentally, "A Penguin Life" is not a description of Napoleon's
height and physique, but rather indicates that this book is one in a
series of biographies, by the Penguin imprint.
Sunday 5 February
Sunday - Steelers Win! Whoo Hoo! I'm rich, rich, rich!!
Book #7 is The Battle of Brooklyn, John J. Gallagher. I first heard of this battle in McCullough's 1776,
and saw this book at B&N for $9.95 on Saturday. I wonder if it's a
source for McCullough? In any case, it's just on the BOB, and has maps
and charts and does a good job explaining what happened.
It also has some entertaining tidbits. For example, at one point
General Washington and the British Governor were living and working in
New York at the same time. Indeed, they arrived on the same day.
The city father's were faced with the task of meeting, greeting and
entertaining them both - slipping away from one gala to attend the
other, so as not to offend. Heh.