Wednesday, August 30, 2006

New Phone

Finally got myself a phone that will ring. Replaced my Treo 650 with a Cingular 8125. Besides being able to ring this phone runs windows mobile 5.0 and has Wifi. Hopfully ill be able to dial up network with my laptop using bluetooth.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Channel 8 news, las vegas

In case you missed it here's the interview from channel 8 at my suprise birthday party. Thanks for the press Claudia!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Hello computer... Shut up computer!

Over the weekend I got a giant copper ZALMAN cooler for the CPU on my desktop. Wow, that sucker keeps my CPU 20 degrees cooler and makes no sound. Now I run my machine 10% faster (3.3gHz). My brother told me how much better it is to have a quiet computer. Now I realize how unpleasant my old noisy fan was. Peace at last!

Car Stereo work

Finally got enough courage to crack open my titan now that it's a couple years old. My college friend James came over and helped me install a subwoofer box under the rear seat with two 10" speakers. Also put an amp under my drivers seat. Im also *Almost* done hardwiring in my GPS/MP3 player to the center dash.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

24th International System Safety Conference

I spent last week in Albuquerque attending the conference. I presented a paper on the safety change control for the Krakatau sub-critical experiment. The photograph is of Jeff, Martin, chuck, and myself just after Chuck and Martin accepted the award for Krakatau which won the group scientific achievement award.

I asked Martin (who lives just outside London) if they had casinos in england. He said they are almost non-existant there and nothing like the ones we have in the US. Seemed the discussion went to the value or damage to the economy that casinos cause. I thought that although gambling is a zero sum game, it does serve as an economic engine pushing people to work more. Casino patrons get some playtime enjoyment and in the course lose their money and need to work again (and end up gambling some more). Ends up being a perpetual work cycle for the poor laborer. I know of a few people who were in retirement who took a trip to vegas and had to come out of retirement after gambling away all their savings. Sucks for them, good for getting them back to work.

So what do you think? Casinos good, casinos bad? and for who?

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Dirt Avalanch in Albuquerque

This was some video I caught while we had some record rains here in Albuquerque New Mexico. Just to give some reference that dirt wall is about 40 feet tall. Some people had come up and walked up to the edge. Lucky they didn't fall to their death.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Red rock

Stayed at the redrock sunday night. The pool was a litttle warm but otherwise a real nice place. I was impressed with the rooms