Friday, 18 April, 2014

Another slow day, as it rained all day yesterday. Mostly I just vegged out.


 

The mineral club meeting was interesting and informative. The silent auction we had was one of the better ones we have had in a while. I picked up an unusual agate and I will be cutting it if it ever stops raining. The gem show organizing is on track.


 

Silly sign of the day:


 

Free/Open Source Software

 


 

Security Theater/”Intellectual Property”

 

Thursday, 17 April, 2014

I pretty much took yesterday off, except for going to the cruise-in at the Paul Bunyon’s in Rathdrum. It was raining, so there were no classic cars there, but I went mainly for the pizza. I’m not a big pizza fan, but their pizza is really good.


 

The mineral club meeting is tonight, and I need to prepare for it. I have to give a report on how we are coming in our preparations for the gem show. My list of things to do is actually getting shorter, which is good. The things left mostly involve other people, so I will have to ask for volunteers for those.


 

Silly sign of the day:


 

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Security Theater/”Intellectual Property”

 

Wednesday, 16 April, 2014

After ten years, The Signal, the podcast about the short-lived TV series Firefly, is coming to an end. I enjoyed the podcast, as it was not just about the limited number of episodes of the series. There was a lot of original content that was very entertaining. I will miss the podcast, as I miss the Pottercast.


 

I did more things for the gem show yesterday. We now have 400 flyers to hand out, and I have considerably less toner in my laser printer cartrige. I found some paper we can use to create labels for the display cases. There is more to do or to delegate.


 

Silly sign of the day:


 

Free/Open Source Software

 


 

Security Theater/”Intellectual Property”

 

Tuesday, 15 April, 2014

The parking lot of the Paul Bunyon’s in Hayden was full of classic cars last night. I took pictures of the cars I didn’t see last week and posted them on the car club web site.


 

Here is the rainbow obsidian teardrop I am working on. It still needs some polishing, as you can see. This is the first teardrop-shaped cabochon I have done, and I find that I like the shape more than the regular oval shape.


 

Silly sign of the day:


 

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Security Theater/”Intellectual Property”

 

Monday, 14 April, 2014

On Saturday, I gave my talk on the Linux file system. It was well received and I probably could have given more information than I did. The file system has all kinds of security things in it that I did not touch on. I also helped someone install Linux Mint as a dual boot on a Windows 8 box. That was a real experience.


 

I did a lot of mineral club business over the weekend. We have now sorted out material for the gem show silent auction and have also gone through the list of things to do for the show. I think that things are fairly well in hand and I am now sure I don’t want to do the show chairman job next year. 8-)

I also finished off a couple more cabochons. I now have a template that lets me draw teardrop shapes and I did a teardrop-shaped rainbow obsidian cabochon. I will take a picture of it and post it when I get a chance.


 

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Security Theater/”Intellectual Property”

 

Friday, 11 April, 2014

It has warmed up enough that I started doing more cabochons. I did a large one of rhodochrosite, two of green obsidian and one of mahogany obsidian. One of the green obsidian cabochons broke from a flaw, so I put that one in with the rest of the obsidian pieces to be tumbled.

This is the rhodochrosite cabochon. It is 40 x 52 mm, which makes it the largest cabochon I have done to date.

This is a cab from the piece of green obsidian I picked up from my dad over Christmas. It is 18 x 25 mm. Note that you can see bubbles and black patches in it, so the rock is not perfect.


 

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Security Theater/”Intellectual Property”

 

Thursday, 10 April, 2014

I got another truckload of recycled asphault yesterday and finished filling potholes in our private road. When my new neighbors finish the heavy work on their new house, they intend to regrade the road, but for now there are no more rain-cut gullys and holes in it.


 

When Paul Bunyon’s bought out Burger Heaven in Rathdrum, they also inherited a pizza oven. I was at the Rathdrum cruise-in last night and I had one of Tara’s individual pizzas. It is really good. I consider Papa Murphy pizzas to be the best, and Tara’s is just about as good as that. Recommended.


 

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Security Theater/”Intellectual Property”

 

Wednesday, 9 April, 2014

I went over and got a truck load of crushed recycled asphault and filled most of the potholes on the upper part of the private road. I may have to get another load, as there are still some big potholes up there.


 

When I went to the Paul Bunyons Hayden Cruise-In on Monday, I took pictures of all the cars there. I have posted the pictures on the car club web site.


 

There are now two rabbits hanging around. The one I took a picture of is snow white and the new one is grey with patches of white. I startled it when I opened the back door and it was just below the steps of the deck.


 

Silly sign of the day:


 

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Security Theater/”Intellectual Property”

 

Tuesday, 8 April, 2014

We are going to go through the mineral club storage unit on Friday and organize it. Specifically, we will create buckets with garden rock, so we can get rid of it at the gem show. We will also organize the new material we purchased at the Livingstone Rock Ranch, so we can do some silent auctions without having to search through boxes of material before each auction.


 

I spent a lot of time yesterday getting the advertising arranged for the gem show in June. It turns out that the lady I interfaced with at the Coeur d’Alene Press worked at Key Tronic when I was there in the late 80′s and early 90′s. When I first heard her name, I thought that “I used to work with someone with that name”. She recognized me right off, though.


 

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Monday, 7 April 2014

I did some work on the gem show stuff. I have approved the radio spots for the show and the live coverage. I need to do the newspaper spots and the security coverage for the two days of the show.


 

I worked on the car club web site again this weekend. I added a bunch of entries to the support resources page. I got these from our unofficial coordinator, Bob. Some of the entries are complete and some are incomplete, since some of them advertise on the Internet and some don’t. I also added another slide show and redid the slide show web page to look better.


 

Silly sign of the day:


 

Free/Open Source Software

 


 

Security Theater/”Intellectual Property”