Thursday, August 30, 2007

The week is almost over!

It is Thursday evening. I'm still tired; I think it's because of the lunar eclipse the other night.... I'm not as young as I used to be :-) I'm looking forward to having a 3 day weekend off--for Labor Day.

I've been working on fleshing out my biography. I keep coming up with new items to remember. My brother Jimmy sent me his contributions.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Childhood memories

Seeing the eclipse made me remember the 1st eclipse that I saw (or at least remember seeing). That got me started in thinking about my past--childhood, teen years, college, etc.

I've started writing out my memories, schools, etc. so that this information will be documented. I just wish that I had this kind of information from my grandparents to put into my Family Tree Maker genealogy database. I'm going to try getting this kind of information from my parents, aunts, and uncles, so at least the next generation will have this available, too.

I've been using Google Docs & Spreadsheets to enter this information. It is nice to be able to work on this anywhere that has web access available. I am also tying the cities and schools into Google Maps to show where they are located. I'm going to investigate getting some of my old slides scanned into digital photographs so that I can add these, too.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

A total lunar eclipse

We got up at about 2:30 to see the lunar eclipse. I got out my Meade 4.5" Newtonian Reflector Telescope and we looked at the moon through it.

Of course, now, I'm tired and need a nap.

Monday, August 27, 2007

A busy Sunday

We spent most of the day cleaning up our kitchen. We finally got to unpack our new Cutco knives and put away the contents of the boxes that we moved from my apartment. Last evening, we went to the Regal Division Street theater, the one where James works, to watch Rush Hour 3. It was a good, funny way to end a busy day. Jackie Chan does such a good job in these films.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

A trip to the coast

Yesterday we took a drive to the Oregon coast near Tillamook. We went along the Three Capes Scenic Drive. It wasn't Hawai'i, but it was still beautiful.

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Friday, August 24, 2007

A new bed

Joy and I got our new Select Comfort Sleep Number 5000 bed on Wednesday. It was a little complicated to get set up, partly because one set of the instructions was wrong. It is very nice to have individual controls for hardness. Joy likes a very soft mattress, while I prefer a firmer one, so this way we can both be happy.

Vainiaku, a senior, and Selita, a junior, started school at Portland Adventist Academy yesterday. John starts 8th grade at Portland Adventist Elementary School on Monday. James will be starting his freshman year at Mt. Hood Community College in September.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Installing Squid

I spent last evening installing Squid, an open-source caching proxy for the Web. I am attempting to filter out porn, spyware, warez, etc., from my son's computer. I think I finally have it working, after downloading a blacklist from SquidGuard. I couldn't get SquidGuard to compile under Win2K/Cygwin, so I wrote a quick and dirty perl script to convert the blacklist urls and domains into regular expressions.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

It's been a long time

Since my last post, a lot has happened.

On July 14, 2007, I got married to Joy Halleson. We went to Hawai'i for our honeymoon!

I'll try doing better at keeping up with this.