cousins

16 (first&second) cousins: 36 (third+) and counting… Most are in Canada!! Haven’t done the legwork for 3rd cousins yet! I can’t name a one… and EYE think I’m quite into genealogy… Cousin-ship is kinda funny.. It could almost be like a fingerprint. I wonder what the probability of two 1st cousins having the SAME number of cousin… is…?? Probably close to zero…. Have to think some more on that one.

Wife:10/?

Advertisements

Genealogy…

Most recent data is some information on my brother’s naval discharge.. on 7/18/1945… after service on the USS Sarsfield (DD 837)…
and a picture of the 1941 St. Paul’s graduating class. Also, a copy of Bieger Genealogy (my Aunt) going back to the 1600s. Now to
get this info into TMG and then ultimately phpGedview.

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!!

From Away by David Carkeet

Librarian Jane asked me to let her know what I thought of this book when I checked it out. Said it had some good reviews but nobody told her what they thought…
I thought it was great!! But then I have raved about Confederacy of Dunces, and a few people I’ve lent it to, wouldn’t even finish it… From Away has some interesting humor, and a couple other themes that appealed to me: Set in Vermont, 40 miles from where I sit. And references to Model Railroading which I rarely see in novels. The really different murder plot was particularly well done…. Have to read some more Carkeet.
The 2nd book I borrowed from Schroon Lake library was also interesting for setting in the late 1940’s…: The Hotel Dick by Axel Brand (Pseudonymous!!) Entertaining, although I almost gave up after a chapter or two… glad I didn’t. I think the author might even have a point: some human foibles don’t change with the decades…

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…