Saturday, April 30, 2005
Friday, April 29, 2005
The class looked at Broadway Boogie Woogie by Piet Mondrian and Tridem K [shown below] by Victor Vasarely and learned about the artists.
For their art project, the class painted a Mondrian style picture using primary colors and a Vasarely style picture suing primary and secondary colors.
Thursday, April 28, 2005
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Monday, April 25, 2005
One of the people that I work with recently asked a series of questions about what people were reading.
What [book] has your attention? At a recent Sr. IT Ops meeting, the CIO mentioned Star Wars, Episode III - Revenge of the Sith; I am currently reading this book.
What are your top 5 books? This answer would change depending on my mood. Off the top of my head, the list would include three biographies, one science fiction and a novel:
- The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris ;
- Lindbergh by Scott Berg;
- The Chief by David Nasaw;
- Great Sky River by Gregory Benford; and,
- For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ersnet Hemingway.
There is a list of some of my favorite science fiction books on Amazon.
What is on the nightstand right now? I typically keep a large pile of books so that when I finish something I can pick up something else right away. The stack currently includes:
- Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant (reportedly the best of the presidential autobiographies);
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (I bought it after Hunter S. Thompson died in February);
- 'Tis by Frank McCourt (sequel to Angela's Ashes);
- Reflex by Steven Gould (sequel to Jumper);
- The Phoenix Exultant by John C. Wright (sequel to an interesting science fiction novel called the Golden Age);
- Holy Blood, Holy Grail;
- Citizen Hughes by Michael Drosin;
- The Bourne Ultimatum by Robert Ludlum;
- Antarctica by Kim Stanley Robinson;
- Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds;
- Lethe by Tricia Sullivan;
- Tom Clancy's Power Plays: Wild Card by Jerome Preisler;
- Across Realtime by Vernor Vinge; and,
- True Names and the Opening of the Cyberspace Frontier by Vernor Vinge.
What is the best book you’ve ever read? I can not pick just one book... There is a list of everything that I have read in the last ten plus years on-line.
Sunday, April 24, 2005
Saturday, April 23, 2005
With so many injures for both the Sonics and the Kings, it is hard to predict this year's first round series. I am going to go with my heart, instead of my head; Kings in 6!
Friday, April 22, 2005
I spent four plus days this week in an ITIL Service Desk, Incident Management and Problem Management Class. It started at noon on Monday and finished up about 1:30 p.m. on Friday.
Thursday, April 21, 2005
Here is a Google Map showing where the College is located. You can use the control on the left hand side of the map to zoom in and out.
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Larkin and I have been seeing Kings games together for twenty years. I believe that this is the eighth or ninth year that we have been part of a very odd group that splits season tickets.
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Monday, April 18, 2005
Sunday, April 17, 2005
Saturday, April 16, 2005
We had a number of the parents from Jack's class over for drinks and hors d’oeuvres and then went to the St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton (SEAs) Dinner and Auction. This was the sixth year that they have held the event as a fundraiser for the school and the third year that we have gone. We sat with a group of parents from Jack's class: the Bowers, Sanbornes and Clancys.
We bid on a number of items during the live auction. Our table ending up buying a ride to school in a fire truck for our kids.
Friday, April 15, 2005
Sharon serves as a wedding coordinator for Good Shepherd Church. She spent the afternoon working with the Priest and the wedding party at the rehearsal.
Thursday, April 14, 2005
From the Long Tail Blog:
- Music sales in 2004 were down 21% from their peak in 1999;
- Television's audience share has fallen by a third since 1985;
- Radio listenership is at a 27-year low;
- Newspapers circulation peaked in 1987, and the decline is accelerating;
- Magazines circulation peaked in 2000 and is now back to 1994 levels; and,
- Book sales growth are lagging the economy as whole.
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Monday, April 11, 2005
Over the next two weeks, I am going to publish the daily journals and about 30 pictures from the trip. The first day's entry is posted at Moscow Day 1.
Sunday, April 10, 2005
Jack spent the afternoon at a birthday for one of his classmates.
Saturday, April 09, 2005
In the three inning game, he hit the ball solidly twice and got on base. He also participated in making four of the nine outs. In the first inning, he played third base, fielded a grounder and got a force out at third. In the third inning, he played from the pitcher's mound. He made a force out at home for one out, threw to home for a second out, and threw to first for the third out.
When Sharon got home, we took off for Modesto. We went to dinner with Randy and Linda at Galletto Ristorante in downtown Modesto. Sharon and Randy met during their junior years in college. We had a nice dinner and a great evening and got home about midnight.
Friday, April 08, 2005
Afterwards, Sharon and Liz wandered through the delta to Rio Vista and went to dinner at Foster's Big Horn.
Thursday, April 07, 2005
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
Pete Carril ran the dribbling drill, Brian Skinner organized the rebounding drill, Kevin Martin did the shooting drill and Erik Daniels helped the kids stretch. Afterwards, they fed us dinner.
I was very impressed with Brian Skinner. He seemed like a great guy and was very good with the kids!
I essentially said the same thing about a year ago. When you have people like Sharon starting to use iPods and buy music on-line, I think that it is the beginning of the end for some of the traditional retail channels.
Tuesday, April 05, 2005
It appears that Microsoft is starting to take aim at Blackberries with smart phones:
dead with Windows Mobile 2005.
By coincidence, the chief engineer handed me a Sprint PPC-6601 today; this device is based on Windows Mobile for Pocket PCs 2003 Second Edition. If they can get the push technology to work as seamlessly as the Blackberries, I have to admit that the PPC-6601 has some sexier features than the Blackberry. I will probably not carry it in the short term. I love the camera and camcorder features on my current Sprint phone. There is a PPC-6600 that has a camera and camcorder; I may have to look around for one of those to play with...
My best pace on this course is an 8:16 over a slightly shorter distance of 6.30 miles. My running course at work loops around the east side of the Mather Airport.
The weather was beautiful.
Monday, April 04, 2005
Sunday, April 03, 2005
After the game, they went to P.F. Changs for a drink. Corlis Williamson came into the bar and Sharon got his autograph for Jack. Sharon was so impressed by Mikuni Sushi on Monday night that she took Liz back there for dinner.
Saturday, April 02, 2005
Most of the rest of the day was spent weeding the back yard. We have plans to host a party in two weeks and have a lot of work to do!
Last fall, we went to dinner at Past Pomodoro and enjoyed the dinner. Going back for the first time since then, the food was mostly burnt! While the place was packed last fall, this time, it was very easy to get a table, too easy...
Friday, April 01, 2005
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