Archive for March, 2007


Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

er, sorry just a minor Red Dawn reference – it’s not my fault, I grew up in the 80s. Now that I’ve got that out of my system, a note on a new toy.  As I mentioned before, I’m going to go (mostly) digital on my trip to Yellowstone.  I bought 8 GB of memory […]

New blog category: plumbing

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

It felt like I was griping a lot about plumbing here, so I thought I would make it a new category and go back and classify old posts as “plumbing” if they were water related. So far, I’ve found 14 posts on plumbing problems – more than I’ve written about photography :-(.  That’s depressing. And […]

John W. Backus dies

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Back when I was a postdoc, I was studying FFTs. Okay, actually, I’m not enough of a mathematician to study FFTs, I was studying the efficient implementation of FFTs on parallel computational clusters. One of the graduate students I was working with on the project penned the following: If there’s a working FFT That’s not […]

K’s birthday

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

It was K’s birthday today and I decided to take the day off.  In part, I needed to because I had to work on her present.  It’s hard these days knowing what to get each other.  I could have gotten her jewelry – again.  Instead, I decided to clear out one of the beds that […]

No water for you!

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

Yep, it has been a few months since we’ve had major water issues, so we were due. We had water before dinner, but when I went to rinse the dishes, we had no water. It seemed like the pump wasn’t working. I checked the breaker box, the breaker was fine. I went under the house […]

Bob Ross

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

Created by “the Robot Economist,” and for hsarik, it’s Bob Ross and the Joy of Painting Missiles.  Click the picture for the full sized image with rotating scenery. This is what makes the madness of March fantastic. The upstart Penn State Nittany Lions will hope to earn an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament out […]

Weekend update

Sunday, March 11th, 2007

Finished up a lot of little things this weekend. Nothing too terribly exciting: Planted some herbs and covered them with hardware cloth to keep the squirrels out. Basil (lots of basil), thyme and rosemary. I was looking for sage, but couldn’t find any. Fixed the water softener – the backwash drain hose was so old […]

Lessons learned

Friday, March 9th, 2007

A few years ago, I participated in Group 1 of a new leadership program geared toward the IT profession. The program usually has four schools per group, each school sending a number of participants. The group meets four times over a six month period, each time at a different, participating school. Each meeting lasts about […]

The FBI’s national security letters

Friday, March 9th, 2007

Sometime in late September or early October of 2001, I received a call from an individual identifying himself as an agent of the FBI and asking for information about the owner of an email account from the place I worked.  He stated that he believed the account was relevant to a terrorist investigation. Of course, […]