A friend of mine, Holly, was flying back from Chicago on Monday from visiting a friend.
I happened to pull up FlightAware of her flight, ASA-21.
I’m just past Green Lake. You can’t see it on the map. It’s a bit north of Lake Union around where there’s a two-high light-gray box.
I looked at FlightAware around 60s before the left turn on their approach to land at KSEA. I went out on my porch and looked east. 30s later a plane appeared through the overcast.
That’s right, bitches. The plane is right where the computer told me it was.
Now that is stalking. Just sayin’. ;-)
A friend and I just got back from taking a welding class. It was really a 101-style class. I didn’t take pictures or anything since I didn’t really have a chance (nor did I want my phone to get hit with slag!)
It was a pretty good intro. There was some high-level theory and then it went on to actually playing with metal and electricity! While the instructor (Rusty IIRC) went over MIG, TIG and stick welding, we didn’t play with anything other than MIG — both gas shielded and flux core. We also played with a plasma cutter. And really, who doesn’t like to cut with plasma?
I think I did pretty well at it. I wasn’t playing as much as just trying to make neat butt-welds. I managed to make a couple on thin stock with a flux-core that was set up for stock that was over twice as thick and only got a little blow-through. Rusty seemed impressed with it.
Now I just need to have some excuse to weld… I wonder.
Of course if I ever get something, the main reason I’d want it for is to weld up aluminum, so I’d need to go TIG if I really want to do it right.
Fun! I think I need to take some more classes and see what I can learn about this new world. :-)
Ennie’s company had their holiday party today. They had raffles for bunches of prizes. The grand prize was for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis tickets for Thursday. But it wasn’t random. You had to guess the number of pieces of candy in a large container.
The container was easy: it was a truncated pyramid.
The candy likewise seemed easy. I guessed it was roughly 1/2 in^3 per piece. There was a variety of candy in there, but my guess stood at .5. It also made the math easy. :-P
The base of the candy was around 4 in and the top around 2 in. This made the math easy — since the edge was straight I could assume 3″ and move on. It was filled with 18″ of candy.
The math worked out to 3 x 3 x 18 / .5. (Or multiply by two for the last step depending on how you roll).
I didn’t think it was that many pieces, but I couldn’t help but trust that the math worked out.
The actual number was 327.
I got second place to someone who guessed the right number. The pair of tickets that I got are going to Holly, my very good friend ( ;-) ), since we’ll be in Cleveland at the time. I wish I could go, but at least I know that someone I care about will be using them.
Math: It works, bitches.
The row continues.
I figured once Amazon published a price lower than Newegg’s price they would finally accept the price match.
Instead they come back with a line of bull that goes along the lines of “it’s lower than our cost, so here’s a $100 gift card that expires in 90 days.” Their page does have a clause to the effect of “if it’s lower than our actual cost.” (This of course ignores the fact that there are people selling this same lens for the same price as Amazon and they don’t have any brand at all, why would random idiot lose money?)
When pressed what their actual cost is they declined to elaborate. They can make up anything they want and not have to live up to honoring their word at all.
Newegg’s “Iron Egg Guarantee” is nothing short of a scam in my my book. First they try to redefine the English language, then they try to weasel out of honoring their commitment.
I’ve even offered to split the difference with them and take $200 instead of the $400 price match they should be giving me according to their guarantee.
This is escalating to American Express at this point. I’m hoping this will come to a quick conclusion once this happens tomorrow.
Today was a fine, if a bit chilly, day to go for a walk in the park.
It was also a nice opportunity to try out the new glass as well!
Yes, cliché I know… but it’s still fun taking a picture less than a foot from someone’s now enormous schnoz.
400mm coming in handy. 600 or even 800 would’ve been handier I have to say, but I’m not going to buy that.
If you look closely (might require clicking though) it’s interesting to see how the seeing affect the picture quality far more than the lens itself. The distortion you’re seeing is purely atmospheric.
Also, Seattle has a Goodtime II as well! :-P
One of the old lighthouse-keepers’ residences. I liked the look of the slightly decayed paint and the nice and fresh looking shrub for contrast. Inside it’s empty, but outside it looks like someone just moved out.
Rainier with Magnolia (left) and West Seattle (right) in the foreground. The docks back there are the ones I look the pictures of the shipping oops.
Not at all artsy, but I found it amusing. There was some tagging on the wall. They painted over it. Now the new tagging is staying quite nicely inside the lines. Someone learned coloring!
I feel kinda lucky that en has the job she does. Working at the radio station that promotes gigs like Pearl Jam has some benefits.
Right now we’re listening to the opening act: Mudhoney.
I have to say it’s really rather cool. Doubly so since many of the big acts are starting to bypass Cleveland nowadays.
I took my new lenses back to work today in anticipation of one more piece showing up (more on that tomorrow) and decided to have fun with the sunrise with the kit I was about to haul around.
I never get tired of seeing mountains the first thing in the morning.
The ride in was kinda chilly too.
I really do like that last picture. :-)
Today I took out some new glass (along with some old glass as well) around South Lake Union.
I know… a bit derivative for a lot of these. I’m just playing around at this point to make sure they work well. :-) I do dig the one with the rope and boat though. I might need to print that out to be a bit bigger!
I was chatting to my brother down in Thousand Oaks tonight. He’s a programmer like me. Unlike me he’s a consultant.
One of the big differences is how we’re paid. I’m salaried and he’s hourly. Of course he’s billing for his hours while I just get paid.
But that’s not what this is about. It’s about vacation.
I’m non one to really be writing about vacations since I don’t take nearly as many as I should, but that being said, I do take vacations. I take trips and do the general R&R bit. Vacations are part of my compensation.
My brother’s not taken a vacation in years. Vacation means not billing which means not getting paid. All of this is a trade off.
But I like my arraignment more. :-)
Ahh… the joys of commuting on a motorcycle in Seattle year round.
I got to visiting a friend of mine in West Seattle and as I got there it started to rain. As I got off the bike it started to sleet. Over the next 10 minutes there managed to get around half an inch of slush on the ground.
This was a problem.
I was planning on grabbing dinner and spending a bit of time catching up.
At first we talked about just aborting and heading back to my place. As I suited up it just started getting worse and we aborted the abort if that makes any sense at all and we went back to plan A — pizza.
The other option, which I didn’t feel like because I had a pile of expensive glass in the panniers of my bike, was to spend the night and figure a way to getting things back to normal in the morning.
Thankfully, as time passed, the slush melted enough for me to get home.
Brushing the snow (!) off my seat I got on and went home with a relatively uneventfully ride home. I only had one minor traction event with the back end stepping out maybe an eighth of a inch as I was headed into the tunnel on Aurora. (1/8″ seems tiny, and well it is, but when you’re on a bike and you’re aware of what’s going on you feel that like nothing else!)
All’s well that ends well. If a bit puckered.