2011 January 31

Part of the 365 Days project.

Seven of eight nodes offline in the cluster. Time to clone the upgraded node 8 onto nodes 2-7, then bring everything back up and hope it works.

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2011 January 30

Part of the 365 Days project.

Brewers Fayre for dinner tonight. I had beef in a red wine sauce with cheesy cobbler. Nom nom nom!!

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2011 January 28

Part of the 365 Days project.

This is a cone from a Coulter Pine or Big-cone Pine (Pinus coulteri). It is native to the coastal mountains of southern California. Coulter Pines produce the largest cones of any pine tree species. These spiny cones are 20-40 cm (8-16 in) long, and weigh 2-5 kg (4-10 lbs) when fresh. People are actually advised to wear hardhats when working in Coulter Pine groves, and the large size of the cones has earned them the nickname “widowmakers” among locals.

I brought it back from Mt. Wilson whilst I was working at the observatory near Los Angeles. I probably broke all sorts of quarantine laws in the process, but I wanted one to keep.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coulter_Pine

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2011 January 27

Part of the 365 Days project.

Trapped? Jebus said: ‘I am the gate; whoever enters through me shall me saved.’ – John 10:9

Somehow I doubt that the Christian Union will get many takers from advertising in a Physics department.

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2011 January 23

Part of the 365 Days project.

Great day out at The Public in West Bromwich today for the “Let’s Go Public” (GC2M0FC) geocaching event. Thanks Joanne!

Best quote of the event …
Sir Tiberian: “Oh look, someone must have done the Las Vegas sign cache like you did.”
Me: “Oh yes! Wait a minute … that is me!!” lol

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