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I ran across this t-shirt in one of the local tourist shops the other day and almost fell over. I liked it so much I had to get it for John, my buddy over in Iraq. So, John, it’s on it’s way to ya! Hope you have a great laugh.


Hammered Shark Saloon


Well, Supercomputing 06 is coming up soon. November 11-17th in Tampa FL. I was planning on attending, I had approval from all parties involved and was getting set to make my reservations when the commander of FNMOC decided to nix the whole thing. I’ll try to keep my disgust for how things have been run lately from completely clouding my judgement.  I won’t succeed, but I’ll try.

Anyhow, since I actually work for Northrop Grumman, the company that just laid off 1/2 the staff here with a whopping 9 days notice, oops there’s that disgust again, and they won’t cover any expenses that can’t be directly billed to the government, I figured my chances of going to SC06 were about nil. Then out of the blue comes a co-worker with a plan. Not sure if it’ll truly happen or not, but here it is.

I will be traveling to Tampa the week of the conference to do an interview with another company. Yep, I’m going to the conference to shake hands and maybe go to work for someone else. Gee, I feel so bad thinking about leaving the loveless embrace of Northrop and the destructive management of fnmoc. That and I already know I will need another job in less than 8 months. They, fnmoc and NG, signed an 8 month bridge contract for my position. So, I have a job for at least 8 months right? Wrong! Since I have some marketable talents NG decided to demand payment for those talents from the govt, and no, it doesn’t get passed on to me. So, they overpriced the task order and now there isn’t enough funding for the full 8 months, more like 6 months. Hmmm… Think they would tell me that? NOT! I found out because one of the govee people got a case of the concience and didn’t want me to get slammed by a two week SURPRISE! your laid off! Oops, the disgust is showing again. So, now at least I have a heads up and can spend the next 6 months finding a decent job in a place I want instead of taking whatever I could find on short notice.

Look out SuperComputing, here I come! Resume in hand no less. (-:

Kirk and I went and dove an area of Monterey Bay called the Metridium Fields. It’s roughly a couple of acres with scattered sections of Metridium anemones. These are bright white, large, frilled anemones.


This was a great dive. Sunny day, water was about 58 degrees.  We ended up following an old 30″ pipe out into the bay then about 50 yards past where it ended to find the field. It averages about 50 ft down.

Here’s a rough map of it’s location compliments of This Guy.



I did not realize that the anniversary of John Denvers death was upon us until one of my neighbors was giving me a bad time about my mandolin playing. He told me I should be playing down at the beach today not in my garage. It turns out that on the second Sunday in October there is a group of folks that get together down at the beach to remember John Denver.

For those that don’t know. John Denver crashed his airplane about 150 yards off shore here in Pacific Grove on Oct 12th, 1997. He was flying a Long EZ experimental aircraft that he had just purchased. It was finally determined that his death was caused by pilot distraction. He was in a new aircraft that had the fuel transfer switch in an odd place. Instead of the normal location (for that plane) between the legs the switch was located behind the left shoulder. They believe he had turned in his seat to reach the fuel switch and applied right rudder in the process. The Long EZ is such an agile aircraft he just banked the plane into the water.

Strange to think someone could die over such a simple thing as a switch’s location. But, that’s what appears to have happened.

Every year since his death a group of folks have gathered at Point Pinos and held a tribute to his life. There is a driftwood log that has his name carved in it, sadly there is no other sign here that this is where he passed. It seems that the City of Pacific Grove in it’s normal style determined that they didn’t like the idea of any kind of memorial and so has successfully blocked any type of rememberence. Guess the bribes, I mean “donations”, just went to the wrong folks. Not even a memorial bench, like the others scattered up and down the coastline sporting the names of unknown people who “donated” the proper monies to the local government.

I know. I know. I haven’t updated the website nearly enough. However, in my own defense, life has been a touch hectic lately. What with half the contractors being laid off and all. Yep, half. We started with 25 Northrop Grumman contractors here at Fleet Numeric, and now we are down to 12. Gee, are we having fun yet? The only, slightly, good news is that some of the Northrop Grumman contractors have come back for another cheaper contracting firm. Same job, same pay, only very limited benefits. How nice of them eh?

On a good note. My truck once again lives. IT LIVES, IT LIVES! In fact I’ve driven almost a hundred miles on it so far. It’s not running quite right, I still have some work to do. But, once again I am mobile. I did a full heart (motor) transplant, mostly by myself, and it works. Amazing.

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