WEEK 6 2010
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Saturday 13 February 2010
Saturday - headed north. Beautiful weather, not much traffic until Livermore.
I finished Book #7, Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded,
by Simon Winchester. This covers the history of that volcanic island,
from the prehistoric and much larger volcano that created the huge
caldera it sits in, to the historic eruption in the mid Victorian era.
The Dutch and their colony have a number of walk on parts, as does
James Cook, the Royal Society of England, Alfred Wegener, and the
Muslim faith and Kareem Abdul, or rather, Abdul Karim.
I thought it was excellent. Last year, before my CD player failed, my
brother listened to the beginning - he thought it excruciatingly boring.
Probably not a lot of posting while I'm on the road.
- well, a few too many errands to head north today, so, manana.
Thursday 11 February
- not much to say, worked, then headed home mid-evening. Up to Martinez tomorrow.
Wednesday 10 February
- hmmm. No post here. I know I wrote it...where'd it go?
Anyway, there was a bit on the rainbow of last Friday - looking at wikipedia it was probably a "supernumerary rainbow", though the colors seemed normal enough to me, just a bit faded relative to the main arc.
I had something on the non-spherical shape of actual raindrops
affecting the colors and angles that I am way to lazy to retype. Take
it as said.
Tuesday 9 February 2010
- another rain storm blew through. Interesting weather lately. An 11 hour day at work.
Driving home last Friday I saw
some rainbows in the late afternoon. This appeared to be three separate
arcs, each inside the other. I've seen double arcs before, but rather
more spaced out than these, which were nestled together, "touching", as
Monday 8 February 2010
- back to work.
Saturday I dropped by a local computer store and picked up some DIMM
for the old desktop, it was struggling along with 128MB, but that's
pretty low, even for Ubuntu 8.04. At steady state it had about 10MB
free. The owner didn't have any new PC-133, but sold me a couple of used 256MB sticks for $10 each. They worked just fine, and the system is a spritely as it's likely to get.
got to talking and I asked about Windows 7. My old Win2k box at home is
having issues, and I'm (very reluctantly) thinking of upgrading it - or
perhaps upgrading the newish Vista laptop. He said that Win7 was much
better than Vista, and showed me a lower end system running Win7. At
idle it was using about 600MB, so the 2GB in the desktop or the 3GB in
the laptop would suffice. Drivers, he said, were the issues, with
Sunday 7 February_2010
- nicer weather - the cats (and myself) were pleased.
A friend came by and we pruned the heck out of the roses. In particular
my Mister Lincoln, formerly a good eight feet tall, is now about a foot tall. I
hope it all works out...
Book #6 was Storm From the Shadows,
by David Weber. This is another Honorverse book, this time with Honor's
friend Michelle as protagonist. Very similar to all the rest. In an author's forward
Weber states that he originally intended to kill of the series with the
death of Honor Harrington, waaaay back when, but came up with a plot
device to continue the series.
Well, maybe. He has killed off major characters before...but this
series was wildly popular and I imagine the publisher dangled mucho $$
in front of him to continue. And who could blame him? Not me, I'd take
the money and run