Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Monday, November 29, 2004
Sharon pointed out to the class that She and Jack had been to the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Peterburg which boasts the most comprehensive collection of Dali's work in the world.
The second lesson plan was titled "Artists Paint Gatherings." It focused on pictures of people gathering and learning the difference between warm and cool colors. The lesson talked briefly about Eugene Louis Boudin, Camille Pissarro and Berthe Morisot. It highlighted a painting by each Artist: Fair in Brittany by Boudin; Village Market by Pissarro [shown below] and Skating in the Park by Morisot. As part of the lesson, the kids colored pictures of Pilgrims and Indians at the first Thanksgiving gathering using only their warm color crayons.
Sunday, November 28, 2004
Saturday, November 27, 2004
Friday, November 26, 2004
Morgan came over for dinner. We barbecued some steaks. Afterwards, Morgan, Jack, Sharon and I played a brusing game of basketball on the hoop in Jack's room. It was Sharon and Jack against Morgan and I.
Thursday, November 25, 2004
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
Ultimately, I am glad I struggled through this section and finished the book. McCourt's description of the abject poverty of his childhood is stunning. Winner of the 1997 Pultizer Prize for a biography, I have never read anything that personalized poverty as this book did.
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
The Kings beat the Rockets in a very close game. The final score was Kings 102 and the Rockets 96. Jack and I watched the game on Comcast Sportsnet West on DIRECTV.
Monday, November 22, 2004
Sunday, November 21, 2004
With Sharon gone most of the last week, I have been banging around the house after I get the kids to bed working on a couple of projects. Over three years ago, I bought a Linksys Wireless B Broadband Router. I have always struggled to get VPN to run over this router. After spending more hours than I care to admit fussing with the router's configuration over the last couple months, I gave up and bought a new Linksys router/wireless A-G-B access point. I spent one late night reconfiguring the home network. My home wireless network now includes:
- Linksys Dual-Band Wireless A+G Broadband Router
- Linksys Wireless-G PrintServer - This is attached to the printer in Sharon's office so she can print to the printer from anywhere in the house.
- Airport Express with a pair of Altec Lansing speakers and a small subwoofer attached. I can wirelessly stream music from my den PC running iTunes to anywhere in the house. I was not getting very good results with the Airport Express on the old wireless-B access point. I am very happy with the performance with the new router.
- Tivo Series2 DVR with a Linksys Wireless-G USB Network Adapter - Tivo uses the internet to update the program guide. Additionally, from any browser, you can select programs to record and send the command to our DVR.
- Sharon's Dell Laptop in her ofice has a Linksys Dual-Band Wireless A+G Notebook Adapter.
My work Tablet PC is configured so that it automatically attaches to either my home wireless network or the work wireless network depending on where I am. VPN runs great wirelessly over the new router; this means that I can sit anywhere in the house with my work PC and it is just like sitting at my desk at work!
One of the things that I have struggled with is back-ups for Sharon's business. I am looking at adding a Linksys Network Storage Link with a USB hard drive to the network to support back-ups.
Saturday, November 20, 2004
I kept Jack out too late last night; it was almost 11:00 p.m. by the time we got from the Kings Game. While it did not seem to effect him physically, he was very emotional.
Friday, November 19, 2004
Thursday, November 18, 2004
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
Monday, November 15, 2004
Sunday, November 14, 2004
As I logged on and started to look at the Comcast on-line sign-up, I found a press release on the Kings site that Directv had signed an agreement with Comcast SportsNet West late Friday night! Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 16, Directv customers can watch Kings games and other Comcast SportsNet sporting events on channel 656!
Saturday, November 13, 2004
The group met at a park just off Russell across from Toomey Field for a barbecue. 15 guys showed up, including a number of wives and a bushel of kids. We socialized for about an hour and a half and then headed across the street to watch the UCD Davis versus North Dakota State football game.
The Bison beat the Aggies by a score of 25 to 7. The game was not even as close as the score. UC Davis had five yards of total offense in the first half.
At half time, Tomasin, Wallen, Hunter, Chabrier, Matthew Chabrier, Chris and Michael Tomasin, Jack and I threw a rugby ball around and played a little touch rugby on an IM field south of the stadium.
By the end of the third quarter, Jack had had enough ("This is a boring game, Dad."), I took off and met Sharon in West Sacramento. She took Jack and I headed back to meet up with the group at the park.
Eventually, we headed downtown to a restaurant called Cantina del Cabo. It was kind of an odd place. On the positive side, there was a wide selection of beer on tap. In spite of the name, the place did not serve Mexican food. It had an odd meal that included mostly burgers and steaks.
About 11 p.m., Wallen, Tomasin and I wandered down the street to a place with live music. Wallen and I headed back to my house about 11:30 p.m. and got home a little after midnight.
With Wallen setting the pace, we covered the first mile at an 8:07 pace. Geselbracht kept up most of the first mile and then dropped off. The splits for the next four miles were 8:05, 8:08, 8:13 and 8:19. I stayed with Wallen until about 1.25 miles to go. I felt like I had a piano on my back for the last mile and turned in an 8:35 split. I finished about 200 yards behind covering the 6.35 miles in 52:30 for an average pace of 8:16.
Friday, November 12, 2004
The article also suggests that Stojakovic has changed his legendary practice habits. It claims that for years Stojakovic spent an extra two hours in the gym, even on game night, practicing his shot. For the first time in his career, Peja's two-hour shooting sessions are off. With his heart no longer in Sacramento, he's spending the time with his wife and new child while he waits out the Kings.
Thursday, November 11, 2004
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
After the meeting, I wandered home through the Caldecott Tunnel into Concord, across State Route 242 towards Highway 4 and into Antioch, across the Antioch Bridge using my Fastrak pass, east on highway 12 to I-5 and finally up I-5 to Elk Grove.
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
The Kings rolled over the Raptors by the score of 108 to 92. Webber earned his 18th career triple-double, and the first of the NBA season, with more than three minutes left in the third quarter.
Monday, November 08, 2004
I would rank Brown's four books in the following order: Angels and Demons, The Da Vinci Code, Digital Fortress and Deception Point. As I have said before, I think Angels and Demons is better than The Da Vinci Code.
Brown has indicated that he is writing another Robert Langdon thriller, a sequel to The Da Vinci Code. The new novel explores the hidden history of our nation's capital and is tentatively slated for release in summer 2005.
Sunday, November 07, 2004
Saturday, November 06, 2004
Overall, he played very well. He played a quarter at full-back and two and a half quarters at forward. He was very mobile and helped his team keep the ball mostly in the other team's end.
Sharon picked up her dad and brought him out to the game.
Friday, November 05, 2004
One of the features of the Garmin Forerunner 201 GPS is called the virtual partner. You can set how far you want to run and how fast. The screen will show you how far ahead or behind you are someone who is running that pace. I went out again at lunch and set the distance for 7.5 miles and the pace for 9:00. I ended up just slightly ahead with an average pace 8:59.
On Wednesday, it was a coyote. Today, a large group of turkeys were feeding on the trail.
Thursday, November 04, 2004
Someone took this data and recast the map of North America. I am too much of pragmatist and a moderate to agree with the point that they are making, but I laughed when I looked at the map of the Republic of Jesusistan.
Wednesday, November 03, 2004
Even if there are 200,000 provisional ballots in Ohio, it is hard for me to believe that Kerry is going to close the gap in Ohio. I think that this is a very different situation from 2000 when the election was clearly much closer.
MSNBC has the electoral count at 269 for Bush, 238 for Kerry and 31 to be determined (Nevada, New Mexico, Iowa, Wisconsin and New Hampshire). CNN has the electoral count at 254 for Bush, 252 for Kerry and 32 to be determined (New Mexico, Ohio and Iowa).
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
Monday, November 01, 2004
I felt very much like an expectant father pacing the waiting room. I had a hard time sleeping; I would wander down to the computer in the den and check the progress of the upgrade every hour. We successfully finished the process Sunday night! I am very proud of the team's perseverance over the last six weeks to get this project completed.