Sick, without much to add

by Terry 9/28/2008 4:50:00 PM

I drove to the office Thursday morning for a meeting. By the end of the meeting, around 1130 hrs, I felt the burning itch in my throat. I knew I was coming down with a head cold. What I could not believe is how fast and furious it would hit me. By late Thursday night I had a fever. By Friday night it broke. I have been in bed most of the time since, although I thought I was basically past it all last night (Saturday) and had dinner and a game of Mexican train with friends.

Today I realize that was as mistake. On this fourth day, I have periodic dry coughs that leave me with feeling like my head is being peeled off.

Now, for me, back to bed. At least I have books to read.

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New Books a Plenty

by Terry 9/24/2008 4:04:00 PM

I have been busy collecting books and for the first time in a long time I have more than I can effectively read at one time. I usually have at least one or two books to read at any one time. Occasionally I will have three I will read, leaving each in a different part of the house and reading when I can steal minute or two. At the moment, between book purchases and the library, I have about ten books. I have to discipline myself to read the library books first.

Here is a partial list of the books I have:

I also have my college chemistry and physics textbooks I pick up periodically and re-read. Also, Karen was cleaning the bedroom this morning and found a couple Joseph Campbell books on mythology I have not dug into yet. I hit overload. I will not be idle for a while.

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Aye, Talk Like a Pirate! – 2008

by Terry 9/19/2008 10:45:00 AM

Once again today, September 19th, is Talk Like a Pirate Day.

I think Talk Like a Pirate Day is quickly becoming the new Halloween. I walked Kaitlin to school this morning and there were a few teachers (or maybe volunteer parents, I am not entirely sure) dressed in proper pirate attire and many a, “Harrr, matey! You best be gettin’ your land lubin’ legs runnin’ to ye class!” It is a phenomenon to see.

Last year on Talk Like a Pirate Day I was substitute instructor at DMW Martial Arts for several classes. I did my best to be pirate like for every class. It is rather difficult to maintain and I don’t think I could talk right for a few days afterwards. Nonetheless, it was great fun and, apparently, well remembered. Naturally, people are reminding me of the event and I have been getting emails with links all morning.

Hello Mr. Terry,
Just thought I'd remind you tomorrow is National Talk Like a Pirate Day. I thought of you when I heard this.
It cracks me up when I hear you do this. So,
 
If it be helpin', start yer sentence wi' a "Arr, me hearty," in a deep, 
throaty voice — ye'll find that the rest be comin' much easier.

And make  sure you get your _Pirate Name_
(
http://gangstaname.com/pirate_name.php) !

Vocabulary  tips:

* Ahoy: Hey!
* Avast: Stop!
* Aye: Yes
* Black spot: to be  'placin' the black spot' be markin' someone for death.
* Booty: treasure
* Buccanneer: a pirate who be answerin' to no man or blasted government
* By  the Powers!: an exclamation, uttered by Long John Silver in Treasure Island!
* Cat o' nine tails: whip for floggin' mutineers
* Corsair: a  pirate who be makin' his berth in the Med-...Medi-...that sea 'tween Spain and  Africa, aye!
* Davy Jones' Locker: the bottom o' the sea, where the souls of  dead men lie
* Doubloons: pieces of gold...
* Fiddlers Green: the private  heaven where pirates be goin' when they die.
* Furner: a ship which be yer  own, not one ye steal an' plunder.
* Gentlemen o' fortune: a slightly more  positive term fer pirates!
* Go on the account: to embark on a piratical  cruise
* Grog: A pirate's favorite drink.
* Jack: a flag or a sailor
* Jolly Roger: the skull and crossbones, the pirate flag!
* Keelhaul: a truly  vicious punishment where a scurvy dog be tied to a rope and dragged along the  barnacle-encrusted bottom of a ship. They not be survivin' this.
* Landlubber: "Land-lover," someone not used to life onboard a ship.
* Lass: A woman.
* Lily-livered: faint o' heart
* Loaded to the Gunwales (pron. gunnels): drunk
* Matey: A shipmate or a friend.
* Me hearty: a friend or shipmate.
* Me: My.
* Pieces o' eight: pieces o' silver which can be cut into eights to be givin' small change.
* Privateer: a pirate officially sanctioned by a national power
* Scallywag: A bad person. A scoundrel.
* Scurvy dog!: a fine insult!
* Shiver me timbers!: an exclamation of surprise, to be shouted most loud.
* Son of a Biscuit Eater: a derogatory term indicating a bastard son of a sailor
* Sprogs: raw, untrained recruits
* Squadron: a group of ten or less warships
* Squiffy: a buffoon
* Swaggy: a scurvy cur's ship what ye be intendin' to loot!
* Swashbucklin': fightin' and carousin' on the high seas!
* Sweet trade: the career of piracy
* Thar: The opposite of "here."
* Walk the plank: this one be bloody obvious.
* Wench: a lady, although ye gents not be wantin' to use this around a lady who be stronger than ye.
* Yo-ho-ho: Pirate laughter
 
and
 
_http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqMu6e5Dgtg&eurl_
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqMu6e5Dgtg&eurl)
 
because I could really see you making this video. Too funny!
 
Instructor Dan
DMW Martial Arts
(425) 443-6099

And

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLsJyfN0ICU

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Ethical Commitment

by Terry 9/18/2008 9:58:00 AM

I normally do not discuss my work in my journal. This is generally to draw a clear line and avoid any conflict of interest. Ironically, this post is an exception. I say ironically because I what I am discussing is about ethical commitment and mandated training I am attending today. The first irony is that I am violating my ethics to discuss my employer, while I am undergoing an exercise in ethics and ethical behavior.

My company is committed to exemplary ethical behavior. I find the training difficult to bear, but the corporate culture prevents rational discussion on the topic and is therefore the second irony. My company expects maximum diversity of ideas, open channels of communication, and elimination of intimidation. We cannot compromise the company values. The problem is that by accepting maximum diversity you potentially place your values at risk. As an example, by pointing out this risk-by-diversity issue, I am met with a polite wall of disagreement that ends the discussion; no one can discuss that this contradiction exists, or why. It is not tolerated; no one is rude, it is just not allowed to be discussed.

I am not saying the company should act or tolerate unethical behavior. In fact, I believe the company should be held to high ethical standards. What I find difficult is the intolerance to intolerance and over-acceptance of diversity. Not all avenues and ideas are relevant, and clearly not all things can be accepted in the name of diversity. See Jerry Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy. If you demand diversity, you will eventually regret what you have to endure.

For example, let’s say everyone is required to adhere to a test. At some point a group starts to routinely fail the test and demand an exception. A review is conducted and it is determined a different test applies to the group, so an exception is made.  One day a person fails the test, and demands to be treated under the exception. When two test exist that are potentially mutually exclusive, which one wins?

Now replace the words ‘test’ with ‘law’ and 'fail' with 'break' in the paragraph above. For a real-world example, see “Britain Adopts Islamic Law, Gives Sharia Courts Full Power to Rule on Civil Cases”:

“Dominic Grieve, the shadow home secretary, said: ‘If it is true that these tribunals are passing binding decisions in the areas of family and criminal law, I would like to know which courts are enforcing them because I would consider such action unlawful. British law is absolute and must remain so.’”

My company training also focuses on ethical behavior through open discussion, honesty and agreement that actions remain within company standards. This is the melting-pot concept that made the United States so successful at its birth. You became American, regardless of your origin, but never forced to abandon heritage. Placing diversity above all else makes becoming an American secondary, which creates contradictions. Corporate culture has the same issue. A company should focus on its goals and standards; through open discussion, honesty and agreement that actions remain within company standards. Diversity is acceptable, but not at the expense of the corporate culture.

I applaud my company’s effort to instill and remind its diverse employees there is a standard of acceptable corporate culture and behavior; I just wish the company would drop the blind acceptance of diversity as the ideal of this culture.

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Ethanol-Water Density Reference

by Terry 9/17/2008 9:05:00 AM

While looking for reference tables, I found a useful link to an Ethanol-Water density table. I would assume that most people who are both working labs and have ready internet access could or already have found similar references on the internet, but it never hurts to share.

http://www.separationprocesses.com/CourseWare/Experiments/Property01.htm

The table is attributed to “Perry’s Chemical Engineers’ Handbook, 6th Ed.” I ordered the 8th edition from my local library to see how it compares.

I also added the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics and Perry’s Chemical Engineers’ Handbook to my Amazon wish list in the hopes a friend of family member will get the hint. Laughing But, at least my local library is pretty well stocked if not.

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Hey, that’s me!

by Terry 9/16/2008 8:48:00 AM

A local parent posted pictures of his son learning a form at DMW Martial Arts. I made the cut.
http://jvreagan.blogspot.com/2008/09/spencer-gets-his-brown-stripe-belt.html

I like working on forms with the kids, almost more than teaching a whole class sometimes. I am in a lot of pictures, I would imagine, as I help and teach in a lot of classes. I usually don’t pay any attention to the picture taking, which emphasizes the point on being a black belt. You are a black belt at all times, not just when you practice martial arts; people respect that and expect exemplary behavior. You never know really when someone is watching.

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Getting More Lab Time

by Terry 9/15/2008 12:16:00 PM

Despite being completely, physically, exhausted this weekend, I managed to get some time in my garage lab. Richard came by and kept me company for a bit while working the experiment. It was fun to set things up, work and have time to chat too. While Richard was with me, I took note on how his visit impacts actually working experiments. Specifically, I made note on the types of distractions his company created. This is not a bad thing, and contrarily, it gave me an opportunity to note what things to pay attention to when I have one or two teenagers working experiments.

For example, goggles and aprons are a must. I need to be habitual about insisting both are worn when the garage is in ‘lab mode’. No exceptions. Saturday was a beautiful day, 75° F (24° C), sunny and almost no breeze, so I had my garage wide open. Richard, who lives a few houses away, walked right in and joined me. I need to set a mental alarm for when that happens. Enter the garage – put on goggles, etc.

Also, keeping a good lab notebook is harder when you are in a conversation. Keeping a lab notebook is more important, so, “excuse me for a moment, I need to write this down”, should be a stock phrase.

I think I am getting better and at working experiments too. I hoped and expected this. It makes sense that efficiency comes with practice. I am making note of the little things I need to have on hand for each lab and particularly how long each lab takes to complete. This will be helpful when I start having people share my lab with me; a day which is fast approaching. As I note and address these peculiarities, I spend less time adjusting and more time working.

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Congratulations to a new Black Belt

by Terry 9/15/2008 11:44:00 AM

Last Friday night DMW Marital Arts had another belt test. This time it was a ‘black-belt’ test which is a little longer and harder than a typical test. One black belt was presented to my friend and co-student, Michelle. Congratulations, Michelle.

Black belt test at DMW come every six months, assuming anyone is prepared for the testing. Friday night was the formal test, which, for a Black Belt candidate, is preceded by a pre-test a month earlier. The pre-test is longer and harder than the formal test. Friday night’s test was about two hours of cardio, skills, and drills with no break, rest or water. The pre-test is about an hour or longer. Michelle did a stellar job, and considering she had minor injuries from an auto accident the day before is even more remarkable.

Michelle, you earned your belt. Be proud!

My own performance at the test was poorer than I liked. For the last year or so I have been easily fatigued and have poor endurance. Karen, who is pretty sharp on the medical issues, recommended that I get my doctor to test my adrenal system. It turns out that I am pretty much out of juice, so to speak. I am good until about noon, then I lose energy. Friday night was rough. It did not help that I got into work mode (writing software) Friday afternoon and lost track of time; forgetting to load up on protein and carbs an hour or so before test time. I basically ran out of steam. It may take another six months to get my body back in gear again.

About six years ago I caught some unknown virus which took a toll on my liver. It took a year to recover. I year after that I started regular martial arts practice. I am 35 pounds lighter now and generally pretty fit, but I hit a wall in the last year. Now I am slowly working around this obstacle so that by the next black belt test in March I will be ready to spring into action.

I was exhausted after this test, almost useless on Saturday and came back to life Sunday night. I needed some serious down time. Fortunately, there was a House marathon on TV last night and Karen and I turned into couch potatoes for the evening.

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September 11th, 2008

by Terry 9/11/2008 8:18:00 AM

From my previous web journal on Sept. 11, 2002, I wrote,

"Remember those who have died. Do not let our freedoms die with them, or those who are responsible for their deaths will have killed more than our family and friends; but win the war even if they lose all future battles."

Sadly, not much has really been done. We have restricted our own freedoms, succumbing to fear in our society. Our freedom is perhaps the largest threat to the Islamist radicals that perpetrated the attack. It is the power of our cultural weapons of mass distraction which created the greatest fear among our enemies and we have allowed ourselves to give to fear in the name of political correctness.

Time to read Robert A. Heinlein’s Take Back Your Government.

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Google Channeling

by Terry 9/8/2008 4:31:00 PM

Ramtha lawsuit beginning in Olympia | Seattle Times Newspaper

“Knight says she channels the spirit of an ancient warrior named Ramtha. Weaver attended a Ramtha seminar and signed a contract agreeing not to use the teachings for her own commercial purposes.”

If your lesson plan is knowledge derived from channeling dead spirits, would it not be reasonable to assume that someone else could be channeling similar knowledge from other sources? Is channeling knowledge from the deceased copyright infringement?

I often channel the knowledge of others, dead and alive, using a less mystic-spiritual method called Google. I have pretty good results and the service is usually free.

I guess I don’t much see that JZ Knight has much of a leg to stand on.

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