Archive for June, 2009

KOB part II

June 30, 2009

Well, it looks like the measured wind speed during the races was a little higher than usual, even for SF Bay. On Saturday, wind speeds may have approached 30mph; roughly 27mph to put a finer point on it. And on Sunday, the wind in the latter part of the afternoon approached 40mph. A reflection of that, race-wise on Sunday was that: on the first race, 2/3 of the fleet showed up; the 2nd race, 1/3 showed up, and the last race was apparently cancelled, good idea, heh. Cheers.


King of the Bay, KOB

June 28, 2009

I sailed in the KOB races this weekend in San Fransisco. It’s for the International 505, one design sailing class; youtube has some great shots. Anyway, I had a great time, and didn’t do too badly considering…

Anyway, it occurs to me that sailing is about the only sport I can think of where amateurs can compete head-to-head against the pros. Olympians, America’s Cup sailers, and so on  were there practicing in the KOB for the 505 World Championships, which will be held in SF later this year. And Steve and I were right there with them, at least at the start. I took a couple of pictures, and if they come out, I’ll post them.

The Ramones

June 25, 2009

OK, so I’m not working on my notes, sue me.

My  favorite punk band of all time is “The Ramones.” Maybe my favorite band, period. The thing is, I missed out on them when they were around. When they were getting going, I was in grad school; and I worked in my lab virtually every afternoon. And I listened to the radio as I worked. And did I ever hear any Ramones on the radio??? Zilch!!! Just about the time Joey ‘Ramone’ checked out, somehow I heard some of their music, and I have been hooked ever since. I have all their CDs, and I’ve been to CBGB’s (they weren’t there), and I saw DeeDee live in New York. My favorite Ramone is Johnny….

Bless You,  Johnny and Joey and DeeDee

June 24, 2009

No QM  notes today, sorry.

But I can tell you what books I’m reading, instead:

“The Day of Battle”, Rick Atkinson’s 2nd book of his WWII trilogy, great war history, and very well written;

“Vanity Fair”, William Makepeace Thackery, the classic; and

“Infinite Jest”, David Foster Wallace, modern classic to be, up there with Pynchon, Gaddis, and Farina.

QM Intro in PDF

June 23, 2009

OK fans. Here is , I hope, a PDF version of the my first set of notes, “QM Introduction.”

I know that you all are looking forward to reading same, so do send me comments if you can/can’t in fact open and read this stuff. And that means especially you, Joe M.

Oh  and BTW, a big shout out to Troy A., who, after about a two decade absence, completed his BA, and went through graduation at his alma mater. Unhappily, we did not see him at Tito’s. He might have been there, but being of only average height, we might have missed him in the crowd.

QM Introduction

Notes will be in PDF

June 22, 2009

Well,  apparently my fan base is unfamiliar w/ OpenOffice. So, I will do my best to accomadate one and all.  My soon to be famous notes deserve no less. So, from now on I will convert my notes to pdf format before I post them. Now, I hope that makes everybody happy.  Comments???

Joe Montana at Tito’s

June 20, 2009

So, friend Scott and I agree to meet at Tito’s Tacos for lunch. I get there first and get in line; he shows up just a minute or so later;  we place our order and get out of line, as per Tito’s protocol. I say to Scott to go outside and see if in fact Joe Montana and one of his sons is not in line outside. So, he goes to and comes right back in nodding his head, yes. Scott has met Montana a couple times, but this time kept a polite distance. Anyway, we ate our lunch a couple of tables away from them; but nobody in the place recognized one of pro football’s living legends the whole time they were there except us two…


June 20, 2009

I guess I should put something up on this blog…

I read about 10-15 blogs on any given day, and the best ones are those that post daily. HAHA Not happening here.

But I can copy some of my favorite blogs; when they don’t have anything to write about, they write about somebody else’s blog…easy money.

So, briefly, my two  favorite blogs are WVSR, the West Virginia Surf Report, by Jeff Kay, and defectiveyeti (one word) by Mathew Baldwin. Jeff writes out of Scranton PA, and Mathew out of Seattle WA. They  are both, in their way, very funny, and wise, and of course Gen-Xers, or some such.

So, there you go. Now it’s time for me to get back to OpenOffice and work on my QM notes.


OK, the upload seemed to work.

June 17, 2009

The previous entry has my first set of notes; and it appears that it uploaded OK .  And even though I call it “QM Introduction”, the material is not introductory, it is just the starting point for what is to come.

Give a look.

Oh, and BTW, I’m using OpenOffice (for the first time).

OK now, here is my first attempt at uploading some of my notes.

June 17, 2009

QM Introduction