High Tech World

Although I created this entry on July 9, for some reason it left as a draft; Probably because I couldn’t think of his name…
I think it was Carl Lind…. (he became an area photographer, ran for congress c1966)

The other day I bumped into a fellow retired IBMer… we used to work on W.Oakley (old Naval Reserve Building) in the city of Poughkeepsie. We had a grand time talking about dragging around punched cards in 18″ metal boxes… submitting the deck for assembly and then working with the binary cards.. Great fun. He ran for higher office than I… US Congress! enough past… today I entered the future… Finally hooked up our Itouch to the radio. Especially nice in the Adirondacks where you can’t find a business station… And now I can listen to advert-free music … with no headphones!!

Two weeks in Schroon Lake

I’m 5 days into my 2nd week… of giving Liz a brief vacation… and she’s off to backfill Carolyn in East Hampton who is off to California to backfill for Liz who has been helping over at Newburgh… who is recovering…

While up here, I’ve spent too much time on the internet and reading…. but I’ve enjoyed it.. And kept the Franklin full to help out our geothermal funrnace; which has a hard time during these cold snaps: Rarely above 10; one day it didn’t make it above 0! Supposed to be warming up since yesterday (for Chris’ family Gore skitrip this w.e.). It is now 24 at 10:26am.

Some internet time spent on figuring out Context Free programming… always thought there must be something out there that intersects my interest in art, math & programming: Interesting. Also spent time on R ;more later on that and other items mentioned in this post.

Meantime, must mention my Reading: Finished David McCullough’s 1776. SO Many gave so much to found this country…. I think they’d be disappointed in the State of this Union today…. And an interesting novel by a Spanish author (Zanfor?) who splits his residence between Barcelona and L.A. Title to come.. ;). I brought home Leon Uris’s Trinity (copyright 1976) to brush up on my Irish history… Found out I had a pocketbook copy sitting over the Franklin; returned the library’s copy. Now on page 109. I recall reading Uris’s Exodus decades ago…

Trying to get back to blogging… as you can see. Will blog on my recent interest in Symmetry, and not just the book by Du Sautoy. I’ll probably have to introduce a new Category: Esoterica ….. The interesting free application that deals with the mathematics of symmetry is GAP (Groups, Algorithims, & Programming). This is a good place to mention Carolyn’s Christmas gift which she let me pick out: The Math Book by Clifford Pickover. I’m enjoying the one page descriptions of the most important discoverys in Math…

Posting Lapse

It’s been so long since I’ve updated the blog, I’ve forgot how!! Over 2 years. Two big events have been 4/2007 trip to Scotland; and a kitchen additon at Schroon Lake. My Muir ancestors were from Sanday in Orkney………. a bit of travelog is here. [make sure you adjust the time between slides; and increase the max image size…… (to whatever is bearable.. 😉

I went nuts taking pictures of expansion in the fall; from Start to Middle of the 3 month construction…

This summer we haven’t done much… besides enjoy the Lake and our new Kitchen…

Schroon Lake Starbuck Dam

A recent comment by Tom Keating asked me about the effects of the dam finished in 2007. Well, I don’t know much about it… or even know Joe Koch. A careful read of my original post notes that it was an (interesting) exerpt FROM a Paradox Lake Newsletter… wish I knew more; I can only offer this link to a short 2008 video of the dam. —- murph.us/StarBuckDamn.avi
Tom, I hope the growth you noted is not the Eurasian Millfoil sweeping the lake!!

[When I figure out the proper way to host the short video, I fix it…..]

Writing for sake of blogging

I can’t believe it’s been so long since I last wrote here… been so busy!! I should have at least written about the great mini-cruise we had in October. The pictures are in the Gallery. Another new album there is “Old Christmas'”. I have a few pics alread up there; and plan on adding more shortly. I’m converting old slides to digital… and it sure takes time. But the old pics are facinateing. I haven’t seen some of these slides in a loooong time. Some pics were put in “old wine” album.
Can’t remember if I’ve mentioned new Fr. Harold page. That was an interesting, satisfying effort.
Trying to get back in the writing habit..

More Rambling

Trying to improve the blog looks, tain’t easy.

Testing with green on green.. 🙂 Trying to enlarge the font here; I think it’s hard to read. Not easy in Worpress.Com. Think I have to try a fresh post and figure out how to “turn off the Visual Rich Editor.. !!

Well I got green on blue………

I changed the Links a little. Hover your mouse over them to see (hopefully helpful) comments. And for all you folks who visited us at Schroon Lake, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the new Adirondack Stuff link. Over to the right, and down… And take a look at his LONG list of Adirondack Links/Sites/Blogs… or whatever they are.

Some stats from my Genealogy data base:
(they were lined up when I left them….will work on them another day 😉 )

Statistical Report

Total People: 1081 POP AVG DEV MIN MAX MIN MAX
Age at first marriage 176 25.7 5.8 11 474 38 566
Age at first child 217 28.5 6.2 14 536 69 35
Age at last child 217 35.0 7.6 16 574 80 416
Age at Death 173 68.4 21.1 0 101 8 1003

Age at first marriage 84 26.6 5.1 13 39 227 1081
Age at first child 109 29.8 6.2 18 53 441 35
Age at last child 109 36.7 8.3 19 57 479 416
Age at Death 95 66.3 22.6 0 101 8 1003

I hope you’ve figured out by now that this is sort of a “test it all” post…

Got a new idea to keep me up… on posting Book entries: I first blog WHAT I’m reading. Then regular entry when I finish it..
Now on America, the Last Best Hope, by William J. Bennett. A nice sized History so far.