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Still still not dead yet. Oct. 24th, 2007 @ 01:12 pm
We're OK still, and haven't been evacuated. There's less smoke in the air (we can see the sun today, and it's easier to breathe), and it looks like we've come through this one without trouble.

Some of my co-workers may not have fared so well, but I haven't heard of anything dire from any of them yet. Still praying.

Thanks for the well wishes!!

I'm (still) not dead yet Oct. 22nd, 2007 @ 09:20 pm
OK, some of you may know that I live in San Diego county, the county currently burning down to the ground. Again.

My wife and I, our house, and our zoo-full of pets are not in danger right now, and probably won't be hit by this at all except for all the smoke making the air taste all ashtray-ish.

A lot of people are going to end up a lot worse than us, sadly. But I thought I'd let those who knew where we are that it looks like we'll be fine.

Happy B-Day Mar. 16th, 2007 @ 09:09 pm
Happy Birthday to T-Chall, author of so many birthday greetings himself! And many more happy years of course. :)

My New Year's Resolutions Jan. 7th, 2007 @ 08:42 pm
My resolution for this year will probably be 1024 x 768. Sorry, it's the geek in me.

(1) I resolve to keep exercising -- though I've been slipping of late.

(2) Do more around the house

(3) Devote more time to this contract work I've been doing, for part of the year anyway. I can use the money. Come to think of it, that's what I ought to be doing now...

(4) Try not to obsess. I do this way too easily. It's like there's this area of my brain that will latch onto something to worry about.

I voted Nov. 7th, 2006 @ 09:00 pm
Did my patriotic duty and all. Such as it is.

Other entries
» Of chandeliers and life
A few days ago I was in the kitchen making dinner, when the chandelier behind me suddenly dropped from the ceiling. It's an old house, and an old chandelier, and an internal part holding the top hook of the chandelier came undone from the rest of it, basically. It missed me by, well, between half a foot and a foot, so not that close a call, really. It weighed about 10 pounds or so (just my estimate from lifting it), and dropped a few feet before it would've been at the level of my noggin, so if I'd been standing back a bit, it would've made quite an impression (yes, yes, pun intended).

I imagine some people would wax existential about this, and/or get angsty. I've since made another level in World of Warcraft. What can I say? It takes a lot to make me think! :) And I replaced the chandelier, albeit with much sweat, repeated trips to Home Depot, and the necessary mystical incantations we men do during such activities (such as &@%#!, &$(!, and, of course, my favorite, *@^$$&!(@#!!!!).
Still, I'm slowly getting better at this home-repair stuff. When I fixed this item, I actually didn't break anything else. :)
» Celtic astrology quiz
I tend toward the skeptical for a lot of the spiritual/new age world, but the my answer from this meme (taken from gafennec) one came out so cute, I had to put it in.

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» I made a cable!
Ok, i didn't make a cable. With almost an hour's work I got the modular plugs onto a pre-existing length of telephone cable.

I feel like Tom Hanks. You know, in that movie Cast Away, when he finally got a fire going. I felt so accomplished at doing this little thing.

This was a practice run; because the phone lines in my house go all static-y sounding sometimes, and I think it's the poor wiring job I did when I patched it up a few years earlier, I wanted to replace the splices with modular plugs. So if it goes all static-y sounding again I can unplug them and find out which one's got the gremlins.

Ok, and I felt a need to post. Even I wouldn't do a post this boring without some other reason. I'm a chatty person by nature but I've been quiet here.

So, nothing to report except that I'm alive, I'm still happily married, it's too hot, and at this rate I'll have the phone lines in my house completely clear by, oh, 2008. :)
» Gravitomagnetic fun!!
Ok, this is just plain geeky fun, so all of you people who've never owned a pocket protector in your life can probably skip this.

The ESA (European Space Agency) has found an unexpectedly large gravitomagnetic force from rapidly spinning superconductors. Now some of you (of those still reading, that is) are rolling your eyes and thinking of someone named Podkletnov and claims of anti-gravity and spinning superconductors. This isn't that. This is an unexpectedly large force, one that is about 1 100 millionth of Earth's gravitational force, so don't plan on putting artificial gravity in your starship anytime soon. It is, though, one hundred million trillion times what they predicted.

And, yes, they did lots of testing and were very careful about publishing this. The "study manager" makes pretty high claims about this:

"This experiment is the gravitational analogue of Faraday's electromagnetic induction experiment in 1831.

It demonstrates that a superconductive gyroscope is capable of generating a powerful gravitomagnetic field, and is therefore the gravitational counterpart of the magnetic coil. Depending on further confirmation, this effect could form the basis for a new technological domain, which would have numerous applications in space and other high-tech sectors" says ESA study manager Clovis de Matos.

Now Faraday's experiment basically opened up much of the modern world, things like generators, electric motors, and all that depend thereupon. My very cautious nature doesn't want to paint quite that bright a picture, but I like anything that doesn't fit theory. Things like that often lead to breakthroughs. It still has to be verified by other groups, of course...

Here's the link: http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/GSP/SEM0L6OVGJE_0.html
» yay
I got carded last night! :)
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