Travels and Images
WEEK 6 2007
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Saturday 10 February
- went in to work for a few hours - I'm going to take a day or two off
next week to visit Dad and decided to 'comp' it. Mostly I just fooled
with Pro/E - datum planes today. It's half intuitive - I've spent years generating 3D meshes by hand - and half just ... different.
Book #9 was The Hills is Lonely, by Lillian Beckwith.
This is the first of the Bruach books, so it introduced for the first
time some of the characters in last years' A Rope, In Case.
Entertaining, but a little rougher than that later book.
Heh. W.R.T. the Lisa Nowak astronaut story, over at Voyage to Arcturus Jay
Manifold wrote a post entitled: Think
This Will Be A Movie-of-the-Week?
That was on the Fifth of February. This morning, on Yahoo news: Producer Options Astronaut Kidnap Tale.
I had an astronaut sell me a used, broken, TIVO at a yard sale once. Do
you suppose I could sell the rights for a made-for-tv movie?
Friday 9 February
- a bit tired, it was a long day. But I did get something done on both
my current projects, though it was a tough slog. Did a bit of work with
Pro/E - it was actually sort of fun, in a frustrating sort of way.
Since creativity seems absent tonight, here is a list that's
been going about: The 50
Most Significant SF Books (according to the SF Book Club).
Those in black I've read. I think I've read the PKD book, years
ago, but am not sure.
The Lord of the Rings,
The Foundation Trilogy,
Dune, Frank Herbert
Stranger in a Strange
Land, Robert A. Heinlein
A Wizard of Earthsea,
Ursula K. Le Guin
Neuromancer, William Gibson (this is on my 'get to someday' list)
Childhood's End, Arthur
Do Androids Dream of
Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
The Mists of Avalon,
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Fahrenheit 451, Ray
The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
A Canticle for Leibowitz,
Walter M. Miller, Jr.
The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov
Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
Cities in Flight, James
The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett
Dangerous Visions, edited
by Harlan Ellison
Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
Ender's Game, Orson Scott
The First Chronicles of
Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson
The Forever War, Joe
Gateway, Frederik Pohl
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling
The Hitchhiker's Guide to
the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
I Am Legend, Richard
Interview with the
Vampire, Anne Rice
The Left Hand of
Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
Little, Big, John Crowley
Lord of Light, Roger
The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
Mission of Gravity, Hal
More Than Human, Theodore
The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
On the Beach, Nevil Shute
Rendezvous with Rama,
Arthur C. Clarke
Ringworld, Larry Niven
Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
The Silmarillion, J.R.R.
Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson
Stand on Zanzibar, John
The Stars My Destination,
Starship Troopers, Robert
The Sword of Shannara,
Timescape, Gregory Benford
To Your Scattered Bodies
Go, Philip Jose Farmer
8 February 2007
- I'm clear of jury duty selection for another year! Yay!!
Day after day, starting last Sunday, I had to call, to find
if I had to
go in to the court. It wasn't bad at first, but by this evening I was dreading picking up
the phone. It was the prospect of freedom I suppose, so closely
juxtaposed with the chance of
not evading the boring, frustrating and
pointless (in 23 years
of AV residence I've never been seated on a jury)
I'm thinking that I'll wait a week to see Dad. It'll be a three day
weekend then, because of President's Day ( which is wrong wrong wrong
because Washington and Lincoln deserve
unique days of remembrance, separate from the rest of the presidential hoi polloi)
and the weather might be better than that projected for this weekend..
ads were pretty bad this year. I actually liked the Grand Theft Auto ad.
The rest were pretty stupid, but the GTA was a fun send up of a popular
game. The It's Hard to
say Goodbye promo and the K-Fed ad made me
chuckle. Mostly it was juvenile disappointment. [via Betsy Newmark]
On the topic of SuperBowl: Corporate
Jets leaving the SuperBowl. Wow. Wish I could afford one of
those. Wish I could afford to go
to the SuperBowl... [via Instapundit]
Magenta is a Corporate Jet.
Wednesday 7 February 2007
- the weather continues yucky. If I am spared from jury duty
I'll try to head up and see my Dad, weather permitting.
I was looking at foul weather gear the other day, Gill and Henri Lloyd
at West Marine. They do think a lot of themselves and price their stuff
accordingly. I also looked at offshore life jackets - the same hold
true there. There are thin and low profile jackets that inflate either
manually or automatically, but they want hundreds of dollars for them.
A standard kapok jacket is a few tens of dollars - and I already have
them. But they are clumsy and uncomfortable, particularly on a nice
Southern California day, and so people tend not to wear them...
We were talking about the crazed astronaut lady over lunch. The
conclusions were probably the same as the rest of the world: (1) good
thing she didn't lose it in orbit, (2) don't these astronauts have to
pass psychological screening?, and (3) well, they're just people after
Tuesday 6 February
- went out to dinner with some friends at Coach's in Rosamond. Their
Tuesday Tacos' are pretty good, as advertised.
Heading west on Rosamond Boulevard there was a black streak of cloud
across a hazy sun. It looked a lot like the visible image of the Sombrero
Galaxy before Hubble's close up. Actually we've had nice
sunsets for the last few days.
Monday 5 February 2007
- back to work, feeling a little tired.
Blogger has switched over to a new version, I've noticed that a lot of
the blogs are messed up, with the most common error being that the home
page is from years past. How annoying that must be for the blogger, and
the thought that years of writing might be gone.
On the other hand, Blogger is free.
Sunday 4 February
- not a lot to say. Watched the Superbowl with my brother - those
stupid Bears cost me $1.25. As usual the best games were the playoffs,
not the SB itself. So it goes.