<![CDATA[Yesterday Navy opened their season with an impressive win over VMI, the Keydets as they are known. Unfortunately, my bright idea to take the wife and mother-in-law did not go over that well.
We arrived at the new stadium with temperatures peaking near 95 degrees and humidity well over 90%. What little breeze there was rarely made it to my part of the stadium, and my MIL and wife ended up spending most of the game hiding under the stands.
Eventually, after my repeated offers to take them to a nearby Mall (and for me to comeback, of course) the weather broke a bit and clouds started to block out the sun. Then, for the first time in my college football attending career, the referees came out and announced “”due to lightning, this game is suspended.””
A 58 minute rain delay. WTF? It’s football, not ballet. I’ve never been at a suspended game. Granted the ligtning was pretty cool, but it was already past the stadium when they called the game.
Anyway, we bailed. Not my call, but it was the best for my two lukewarm fans who were overcooked and drenched all in a period of a few hours.
Navy won 37-10 for those who are interested…]]>
<![CDATA[My Wife's Crazy Friends is the working title of a book I'm going to write about the insanity of being married to a Chinese woman. While my wife and I have culture clashes and language miscommunications from time to time, my wife's friends (who are much more 'fresh off the boat' than my wife) often find themselves in very awkward situations.
Yesterday, for example, a friend wanted to find a job in New York. She ended up interviewing with a company up there and after a few moments, it became rather clear that it was really a brothel, probably with mafia ties. They wanted her to live in their dorm and work in their stable. All of this for a job listed as “”administrative assistant.””
The things I go through…]]>
<![CDATA[For the last two weeks there have been at least three Ospreys outside of my window swooping down on the Bay and coming away with an occasional fish. But today I saw the biggest Osprey of them all.
The V-22 Osprey is the Navy / Marines helicopter replacement designed to take off like a helicopter and fly like a plane. It’s a very cool aircraft, and one that has been in testing for about ten years. Today, for the first time, I actually saw one in flight. I was down around Patuxent River Naval Air Station (PAX) where the Navy does their test flights and one of them buzzed over the city. I was pretty stoked to see it flying, after the numerous groundings (due to the deaths of many test pilots). The Osprey buzzed around the city of Lexington Park for about an hour until a mamoth storm came to town.
There was some talk of make the V-22 into Marine One, but I just read in Business2.0 that the Marine One competition is about to be decided between two more traditional helicopter variants. Should be cool to see a new aircraft on the White House lawn for the first time in about three decades.]]>
<![CDATA[I was on the road most of the week and am finally back at home, where the grass is growing like a weed and the weeds are growing out of control. Yesterday was a gorgeous day, with blue skies and blue water out the window. I had the air off for the first time in weeks and it felt good to just do nothing.
Today will be a different story. Lots of exciting PenguinRadio stuff coming up this week. ]]>
<![CDATA[My wife is on the 24th floor of a midtown manhattan building. She lives on the 20th floor of a nearby apartment. What a horrible day to wear high heels. I think I might drive to New Jersey tonight so she can come back with me and sleep at home. We'll see....
It’s not that hot today either….]]>
<![CDATA[My mother-in-law the soccer hooligan. I took her to her first game in the USA that DC United won 1-0 over Colorado.
<![CDATA[Wired has an article in the print edition about extreme programming, the use of multiple programmers on ONE terminal and how the practice helps weed out simple bugs that seem to plague software development.
Programmers are considered (somewhat rightly) as a bunch of anti-social geeks locked into cubes working in almost pure isolation. Xprogramming puts them into pairs, working on one machine, for half a day, letting them bounce ideas off of each other and work through glitches. Basically, one guy knows how some parts work and the other a different section. This helps improve inneroperability between sections of code as it is written.
Unfortunately, I don’t have anyone to team up with. Not that it really matters as I don’t have the time to do half of the stuff I intend to do. However, one idea they mentioned I’m thinking of implementing. They go through dozens of index cards with assigned tasks (add this button, change this text, etc). By making realtively simple tasks, almost everything they need to accomplish each day can be done in a matter of hours, unlike the burdens that face me and often are so “”open-ended”” that I refuse to work on them.
Now to go find some index cards.]]>
<![CDATA[Herb Brooks dies in car accident.
The coach of the 1980 US hockey team was killed in a car wreck. What a shame. Probably the most memorable sporting event of all time. I could watch that game over and over again if they had a tape.]]>
<![CDATA[I spent most of last week working on my PenguinRadio.com website. As of last week, we had 6,000 stations with 1,400 broken links. As of today there ar 3,400 stations with 400 broken links. Needless to say, I've been pretty busy.
What is suprising, however, is how many overseas radio stations are now starting to stream their feeds, while at the same time American stations are dropping off the net (thanks RIAA). In a world where there is no limitation to radio, the US is setting itself up not to compete with the rest of the world on an even level.
If only I could get the box finished I could prove my point…
C’est la vie…]]>
<![CDATA[Couple of ships on the Bay today:
USN “”unidentified”” Frigate. Passing US Navy Resarch Lab–Chesapeake Beach at 10:40 AM Oliver Hazard Perry Class by the looks of it. Too hazy to read the numbers
USCG Bargue EAGLE. Passing Chesapeake Beach 10:40 AM (about two miles behind unknown frigate). Not under sail as winds are calm.
Got some traffic from US Coast Guard Barque Eagle on 156.425. Communication between “”Sloop Eagle and Coast Guard Barque Eagle.”” Said they have a new class of swabs from 2007 on board, and the captain has just taken command in Annapolis / Baltimore. Comms ended at 10:38