8/23/2009

Greeting from another boring weekend here in Texas….

John spent most of the day on Saturday working on his new antenna configuration a – hamstick dipole. He fabricated it using pvc pipe, wire, nuts, bolts and etc. When he completed it the ham bands were active and we was able to listen to conversations from all over the country – but he came to the conclusion that the new antenna configuration still did not work as well as the original antenna configuration. When he switched back to the Solarcon dipole – the audio was louder and the reception seemed better… so John’s quest for the perfect portable antenna continues… He said that the hamstick dipole will be a good lightweight portable antenna for when we go camping on weekends….

On Saturday I worked on my side project – I’m starting to get it completed – all of the screens have been converted and look good on the web. Now I need to go back and make sure all of the buttons and advanced functionality is still working properly and make sure to take care of any quirky things before it goes to users for testing.

On Sunday I decided that I needed a break from programming and I’m not feeling very good – so spent most of it playing an older computer game that I have been wanting to play for some time – Warcraft: Humans and Orcs. This is the very first game in the Warcraft series. It was programmed to run in MS-DOS, so I’m running it using the DOSBOX emulator on my Mac. DOSBOX does a great job of running the game – the sound and mouse control for the game worked without any fiddling around. The game play is reminiscent to the Starcraft game I enjoyed in the past, but not as advanced yet… I have played through the first 6 Orc scenarios – only 6 more to go, but they get progressively more difficult… It was a fun, cheap way to spend the day…

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It's get rich quick day at the laundry mat...

I also did out weekly laundry. As a value-added bonus, there was a sign posted that invites me to earn $100,000 in the next year or 15 months…

I assume it is some type of pyramid scheme that only works if you recruit more people… I will have to send John to learn about it… he needs a new hobby ;)

John made a nice dinner today – pan seared stuffed pork chops with potato and carrots. He seared the pork chops on the grill and then put them in toaster oven for 45 minutes. We set the toaster oven up outside so we didn’t heat up the MoHo. The vegetables were done in a foil pack on the grill. Everything turned out really yummy!

Not much else going on – starting to get ready for upcoming work week….

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