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Monday, November 28, 2005

Land sick...

For you non-nautical types, it's kind of like being seasick...except you don't notice until you get out of the boat...and everything keeps rocking. Trying to sleep=bad. Drinking=good.

I spent the afternoon skippering a Shields in UC Irvine's annual Turkey Day Regatta (which always seems to be the Sunday after Thanksgiving). Somehow, I ended up with the slowest boat in the fleet, Mildred, which actually belongs to Harvey Mudd College. What is Harvey Mudd doing with a Shields? You ask...I can only tell you what they're not doing with a Shields: maintaining it.

Parts that broke (or we noticed were missing) during the race:

1) Backstay (cleat broken)
2) Downhaul/cunningham (missing)
3) Jib fairlead block (not attached)
4) Spinnaker pole mast attachment (missing)
5) Starboard winch (not winching very well)
6) Halyard winch (missing)

I had a good jury rigger on board and ended up finishing in 5th. Boat number 6 had some problems of their own and quit early.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Whatever happened to Lasko font? Those Microsoft bastards have decided that none of you need it. I disagree. So, after a long, but successful search, I have installed it on this here computer. In order for this to work, I need everybody else to install it, as well. So here it is, available free for download: CAC Lasko Even Weight. Extract it into the file that contains your other fonts. On my computer this was at: C:\WINNT\Fonts (I suppose this will be different for anybody not running Windows NT).
As far as I know, this file contains no viruses, but please use at your own risk.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

This just in: I am famous.

Since most of you can't read the company start page (on our intranet), I took the liberty of mirroring the page right here. Sorry, the weather and some other stuff may be missing. You have no idea how long this took.