Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Artest had 19 points and 7 rebounds. Surprising to at least me, Artest was often the person with the ball in his hands during the fourth quarter. The Nuggets would double team him every time. Part of the reason that the Kings won was that Artest was able to pass out of the double team to cutters.
I also continue to be amazed at how quick Kevin Martin is. In the second quarter, Martin took a long lead pass in traffic and left everyone in the dusk for a dunk.
Monday, January 30, 2006
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The person who walked across Red Square in 1995 was a much different person than the one that stared into the camera in 1991.
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Last September, Sharon thought it would fun to put some nests in the cages. Immediately, the pair of Society Finches started building a nest and laid five eggs. The eggs hatched in October and by December the five new babys were as big as the parents.
As a result, we now had eleven finches. We have been trying to give some of the finches away. Sharon's brother Tim's family came by and took two of the Society Finches for their youngest daughter.
Saturday, January 28, 2006
Friday, January 27, 2006
As their project, the kids were given a blank sheet of white paper and asked to copy one of the Van Gogh pictures or create their own landscape as long as the color palette was bold.
In January of 1999, Sharon, Jack and I flew to Los Angeles and visited a Van Gogh display at the Los Angeles Museum. I still have a t-shirt with the paint of Crows over Wheatfield on it!
Thursday, January 26, 2006
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The 1997 picture from this series is on the board behind me in this picture.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Towards the end of the Mass, a family member got up and read a letter that Alan had written about 18 months ago when he knew that he was losing his battle with ALS. I do not believe that I have ever been to a service before where this was done. The letter mused about his life and spoke directly to a number of people who were in attendance. It stirred a number of emotions.
After the Mass, everyone gathered outside and the family released a number of white doves.
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Larkin sent me a link today to a January 2006 Time Magazine article highlighting the ten most expensive colleges. Sarah Lawrence ranks 4th in the Time story.
Monday, January 23, 2006
Sunday, January 22, 2006
Up early, Jack and I went and spent a couple of hours helping set up for his Cub Scout Pack's Pinewood Derby. We organized the room, set-up the track and then tested the track and the electronics. As part of the testing, we came to the unfortunate realization that Jack's car was not running very fast.
After we finished setting up, we raced home and picked up Sharon. As part of her birthday celebration, we took Sharon to Chevy's for brunch.
When we finished brunch, we stopped and got some parts for his pinewood derby car. While Sharon took off to spent the afternoon shopping, Jack and I headed home. We spent a frantic 30 minutes tearing the wheels and axles on his car apart and putting them back together. As soon as we were finished, we headed to the Pinewood Derby
My goal for this year's pinewood derby was to "show." Last year, we did terrible; our car had problems making it down the track. This year, Jack's car ended up running very well.
Each den runs a number of heats with every car running once in each of the four lanes. Jack's car won one heat, finished second in two heats and a very close third in another. The times for all four heats are then added together. The car with the lowest total time wins.
When they started flashing the results on the screen, I was elated for Jack to get third! I was also amazed at the results. The combined difference for the four races between the top three cars in Jack's den was 32 thousandths of a second!
The top three cars from each den compete at the end. Jack's car ended up taking 7th out of all of the cars in the pack. I felt like we made a pretty good showing for the day and was very pleased with our results.
Afterwards, we helped take everything apart and clean up the hall. On the way home, we stopped and got some of the ingredients that I needed to make Sharon dinner.
Sharon had requested that I make her Fettucuni Alfredo for dinner. After making dinner and then cleaning up, I finished the evening making Sharon a birthday cake.
Saturday, January 21, 2006
Friends and colleagues of California Housing Finance Agency lawyer Allan D. Greenwood spoke with admiration Friday as they described his courageous battle against ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Virtually paralyzed by the degenerative illness, the 49-year-old resident of Elk Grove continued to work from home, using a specially equipped computer, until late 2005. He died Saturday.
A graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law, he had worked for the housing agency in Sacramento since 2000, hammering out financing deals for affordable housing developments.
Mr. Greenwood had previously been legal counsel at the Federal Land Bank Association of Yosemite in Turlock, and Western Farm Credit Bank in Sacramento.
He was diagnosed with ALS in June 2003, about six months after he began slurring his speech, said his wife, Sheila Souza Greenwald.
Almost immediately after that diagnosis, she said, he cut back to part time, started working from home and traveled with his family as much as he could. By the end of 2004, he needed a wheelchair. He lost his ability to speak by early 2005, and by summer "was pretty much completely incapacitated," his wife said.
Throughout the ordeal, Mr. Greenwood - who was known for his strong-willed personality - refused to feel sorry for himself, said Rick Okikawa, a friend and colleague.
In addition to playing a key role in his son's life, Mr. Greenwood was a voracious reader and an avid skier, scuba diver, private pilot and runner. He also enjoyed working in the yard of his family's home in the Laguna section of Elk Grove.
"As you know with ALS, it is a rare neuromuscular disease where the victim remains mentally alert, but slowly loses the use of the body," Okikawa said. "In essence, an ALS victim is trapped in their own body, unable to perform basic functions independently.
"It's a brutal disease, it really is. But what made Allan exceptional was the way he faced adversity. He remained very positive."
Terri Parker, executive director of the agency, called him not only an excellent attorney, but "just the essence of human dignity, a role model for all of us."
Born in Los Angeles County, Allan Davis Greenwood was raised in Oregon and Santa Clara County. His parents divorced when he was in elementary school, and his father died when he was 12.
By the time Mr. Greenwood was 16, he was living on his own, supporting himself by working two jobs while attending high school in San Jose, his wife said. He later enrolled at the University of Oregon, where he graduated in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in English literature.
At Santa Clara University, he earned an MBA and a law degree concurrently, again working two or three jobs at a time to pay his expenses, his wife said.
"He worked as a house painter and as a waiter, mostly in upscale restaurants," she said.
The couple met in 1994 at an office Christmas party. She was working as a loan officer. They married May 8, 1998, and had one son, Christopher, now 6.
In the mid-1990s, his wife said, Mr. Greenwood prepared a timeline for the rest of his life: By 2015, be semi-retired, have a commercial pilot's license and be teaching English part time at a community college.
"He felt that a man was defined by his life experiences," his wife said, "There was always something new he wanted to do, and he never hesitated. He didn't have the inhibitions most of us have.
"Allan experienced more in his lifetime than most of us will experience if we live to be 100. That's the only thing that makes this easier to accept."
Allan Davis Greenwood
Born: Jan. 2, 1957
Died: Jan. 14, 2006
Remembered for: His courage and good humor while battling the deadly Lou Gehrig's Disease
Survived by: Wife, Sheila Souza Greenwood of Laguna; son, Christopher of Laguna; sisters, Janice Wright of Portland, Ore., Melinda Plummer of Eugene, Ore., and Cindy Greenwood of San Jose
Memorial services: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Good Shepherd Church, 9539 Racquet Court, Elk Grove
Friday, January 20, 2006
Thursday, January 19, 2006
The problem that we have now is that the car with the wheels is a little too heavy. I am probably going to remove one of the weights from the top and build a compartment that we can add a variable amount of smaller weights like buckshot.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
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Following the service, Sheila is inviting family and friends to celebrate and share tributes of Allan's life at one of their favorite restaurants, Todo Un Poco Pizza & Bistro at 9080 Laguna Main St, Ste. 1A, Elk Grove.
Anyone wishing to give a memorial gift may contribute to a trust fund that has been established for Allan and Sheila's son, Christopher. Contributions may be mailed or dropped off in person at any local Golden 1 Credit Union. If you mail your gift, it should be sent to the Elk Grove Blvd. Branch and identified by using the name of the Trust which is:
In care of: Golden 1 Credit Union
8469 Elk Grove Blvd.
Elk Grove, CA 95758
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Monday, January 16, 2006
- Driver Monitoring System
- Body Area Network (BAN)
- Internet Protocol Television (IPTV)
- RAND Flash Memory
- Nanoparticle Batteries
- SPIT (SPam over Internet Telephony)
- Micro Fuel Cells
- Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
- Coal Gasification
- Perpendicular Storage
- Presolar Interstellar grains
- Blind spot detection
- Pedestrian Protection System (PPS)
- Mobile VoIP
- Modular Pebble-Bed Reactor
- Mobile WiMAX
- Mobile Satellite Video
Sunday, January 15, 2006
The Stardust@Home project's home page is:
Discoverers will get to name their dust grains!
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Saturday, January 14, 2006
Friday, January 13, 2006
For their art project, the kids drew their own praying hands with a charcoal pencil in the style of Durer.