Sunday, February 27, 2011

Airport Book

Read "A Week at the Airport" by Alain De Botton, a wonderful little book about an airport terminal.

Weekend Activities

* Survived the hail
* Chased squirrels at Cardiff with Sophie
* Jaya's piano performance test

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Weekend Activites

* Built trebuchet with Bengt. We had a great time building the kit.
* Walk with Sophie in downtown.

* 5K run.
* Jo was sick :(

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Muammar Qaddafi, Fashion Icon

The recent activity in Libya reminded me on this Vanity Fair article.

3 Technical Books

Picked up a trio of technical books to help me with some new projects -

Friday, February 18, 2011

Chasing Cezanne

Chasing Cezanne is another Peter Mayle novel. It was a good read until the end which was terrible. The ending was rushed and hardly followed the rest of the book. I love Peter Mayle's books, but this one needs a version 2.0.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Wooden Book

A recently finished a book my wife gave me, "A Game Plan For Life: The Power of Mentoring" by John Wooden and Don Yaeger. I enjoyed the mentoring stories Coach Wooden had, but especially like the second half of the book which had chapters written by people mentored by Wooden. This list included Lewis Alcindor (as Coach called him) and Bill Walton. Highly recommended for those considering mentoring or being mentored.

Union Spelling Dispute

Some local union came by the office and had a labordispute.

Funny thing is, directly out of view, on the building, is a huge NG logo with the correct spelling. Work union, spell worse.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Weekend Activites

* Replaced broken water heater. The old one was leaking and finally croaked when a short cause a small conflagration.
* Got sick.

The Pacific Book

After watching the mini-series (most episodes, at least) I read the companion book to "The Pacific". I prefer the book. The show is great, with good acting and chilling action scenes. But the scope is narrow: marine enlisted infantry. The book covers aviators, officers, et. al. Not meant to be a definitive narrative (which it isn't) it gives a great feel for the war and the different emotions swirling around during that period.

Consolidated Plant

The UT had a nice article on the Consolidated/Convair/General Dynamics plant I visit quite often.