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Short blogging today

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Just spent a couple of hours fixing an email problem (ISP changed protocol for outgoing email when I was gone, and then had trouble helping me fix it). Normal blogging will resume tomorrow.

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3 June 2009 at 2:48 pm

Posted in Daily life

Google reader bankruptcy

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Of a sort: I see that I have 9200 unread entries in Google reader—one week’s worth. I will look at a few of the most recent and then mark all as "read."

When I was in college (the so-called "great-books program" at St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD), I simply dropped away from all news. There was no TV at the college (1957-61), and I didn’t read the newspaper. I focused totally on the curriculum, and since all students work through the same program, there was no shortage of conversational topics: everyone in the college was either studying the same things you were, or were going to (students in later classes) or already had (students in earlier classes), so we generally talked about that: the books we were reading, the problems in understanding some aspect of math or language or lab science.

And then, when I left, I picked up the thread of current events without much trouble: stories provided background, and the surge of new events never ends, so you can step into the river at any point and begin swimming again.

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3 June 2009 at 9:54 am

Posted in Daily life

Trip report, part 1

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I doubt that I can cover the whole trip in one post, especially since the cleaning ladies arrive today and I must be jumping up from time to time to prepare. So I’ll break the story into parts.

Since we used The Wife’s frequent-flier points for the trip, the connections were not the best. Going out, we left quite early (5:45 am to meet the taxi) on Wednesday morning and flew Monterey to LAX to Dallas-Fort Worth to Philadelphia, where The Younger Daughter picked us up from the airport and took us to her apartment. Then Thursday we drove to Tarrytown NY, where we stayed. Quiet evening, since we were trip-tired.

On Friday, we all went into the city, The Wife to meet an on-line friend, TYD and her mom to visit museums, and The Eldest and I to do a bit of shopping. We rendezvoused at Daisy Mae’s with many others who were coming to the wedding for a late lunch/early dinner of roast whole pig, along with Daisy Mae’s award-winning smoked pork butt. The sides were as wonderful as the meat: mashed sweet potatoes, bourbon peaches, slaw, beans with burnt ends, and Texas toast—possibly more. I had the mason jar of sweet iced tea, a Southern favorite. Then back on the train to Tarrytown, where late in the evening many of us met in the bar to celebrate.

The next day: the wedding itself.

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3 June 2009 at 9:40 am

Posted in Daily life

Hydraulic computer

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Using the fluid-flow analogy for electricity, a number of circuits and even computers have been created with fluid movement used in place of electron flow. One I recall reading about years ago used air as the fluid, but the most famous is probably the MONIAC (Monetary National Income Analogue Computer) created by Bill Phillips. The NY Times has a brief article on it today, and Wikipedia has more. I would love to see it in action.

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3 June 2009 at 9:30 am

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Home at last!

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Home at last! I’m so glad—the trip was great, but home is so comfortable. For my first have home, I had a two-day stubble: left too early yesterday to shave. The Gardenia was a great choice: a comforting and floral fragrance, and a great lather with the Rooney Style 2. The Merkur Slant Bar did its usual fine and efficient job, and Paul Sebastian is, as you know, one of my faves.

Now to get some tea and clean up the kitchen, then I’ll write a trip report and resume blogging.

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3 June 2009 at 8:11 am

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