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Message 673309 - Posted: 7 Nov 2007, 2:54:09 UTC
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As some of you know, I took a bit of a vacation a couple weeks ago. I didn't advertise it in advance, because I didn't want to let the world know that my house would be empty, especially since Angela didn't come along with. That, and because some of you probably won't approve of my activities. Angela doesn't. Is it a bad sign that Dick Cheney is spending this week doing what I did a couple weeks ago?

Anyhow, I went pheasant hunting with my father outside of Miller, South Dakota. It was a fun time, but a bit exhausting and somewhat painful.

For those of you who have never been pheasant hunting, I can tell you how to simulate the experience. First, get up in the morning and drive out to some farm land. When you get there, pick a nice spot, stop the car, get out and get into the ditch. Now start walking. Every 5 minutes or so, have someone punch you in the shoulder.

Now cuss and make up excuses for why you missed such an easy shot. Suitable excuses include "I was up to my knee in a prairie dog hole," "I didn't adjust for the wind," "It looked like a hen to me," "This borrowed 12 gauge doesn't really fit" and "Damn this steel shot! If I were shooting lead, I'd have had that one easily."

Repeat until sunset.

Anyhow, after nearly two boxes of 12 gauge shells over the course of four days my shoulder was pretty sore. Repeated injury sure makes a bruise spread and persist. Angela says it's karma. Revenge of the pheasants.

Well, it's been a decade since I did any wing shooting, so I didn't do much damage to the pheasant population. I've told Angela that I need to buy a 12 gauge that is the same model as my 20 gauge. That way I can leave the 12 gauge in Wisconsin and bring the 20 gauge out here to get some practice shooting skeet. After seeing my arm, Angela says I should buy a boat and go fishing instead. Looks like I win either way. ;)

So it's back to work for me. I've got two proposals to NSF due on Nov 15. One for SETI, one for modeling the 3D structure of interstellar gas in the Galaxy. Wish me luck.
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Message 673313 - Posted: 7 Nov 2007, 3:06:43 UTC - in response to Message 673309.

As some of you know, I took a bit of a vacation a couple weeks ago. I didn't advertise it in advance, because I didn't want to let the world know that my house would be empty, especially since Angela didn't come along with. That, and because some of you probably won't approve of my activities. Angela doesn't. Is it a bad sign that Dick Cheney is spending this week doing what I did a couple weeks ago?

Anyhow, I went pheasant hunting with my father outside of Miller, South Dakota. It was a fun time, but a bit exhausting and somewhat painful.

For those of you who have never been pheasant hunting, I can tell you how to simulate the experience. First, get up in the morning and drive out to some farm land. When you get there, pick a nice spot, stop the car, get out and get into the ditch. Now start walking. Every 5 minutes or so, have someone punch you in the shoulder.

Now cuss and make up excuses for why you missed such an easy shot. Suitable excuses include "I was up to my knee in a prairie dog hole," "I didn't adjust for the wind," "It looked like a hen to me," "This borrowed 12 gauge doesn't really fit" and "Damn this steel shot! If I were shooting lead, I'd have had that one easily."

Repeat until sunset.

Anyhow, after nearly two boxes of 12 gauge shells over the course of four days my shoulder was pretty sore. Repeated injury sure makes a bruise spread and persist. Angela says it's karma. Revenge of the pheasants.

Well, it's been a decade since I did any wing shooting, so I didn't do much damage to the pheasant population. I've told Angela that I need to buy a 12 gauge that is the same model as my 20 gauge. That way I can leave the 12 gauge in Wisconsin and bring the 20 gauge out here to get some practice shooting skeet. After seeing my arm, Angela says I should buy a boat and go fishing instead. Looks like I win either way. ;)

So it's back to work for me. I've got two proposals to NSF due on Nov 15. One for SETI, one for modeling the 3D structure of interstellar gas in the Galaxy. Wish me luck.


Good luck man!
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Message 673360 - Posted: 7 Nov 2007, 6:00:35 UTC

I love pheasant hunting. My brother has a friend who owns a couple hundred acres of farm land up in Susanville. We go up every weekend before Christmas and go shooting. We always wind up with our limit. It sounds like you had a grand time.
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Message 673451 - Posted: 7 Nov 2007, 11:48:42 UTC - in response to Message 673309.
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... so I didn't do much damage to the pheasant population. ...

It's good to help evolution along a little.

I think the "farming industry" do far more damage with the highly intensive practices, drugs, and now even using (abusing) GM...!

(I consider GM has a very useful place, but not for deliberate entrapment to 'patent' and so restrict foods. Also, as far as I'm aware, ALL GM will get released into the wild, regardless of whatever 'safety' claims... Stupidly dangerous...)

So it's back to work for me. I've got two proposals to NSF due on Nov 15. One for SETI, one for modeling the 3D structure of interstellar gas in the Galaxy. Wish me luck.

Good luck on both for gaining the sympathetic consideration for undoubtedly good research!

Very good luck in any case!

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Message 673678 - Posted: 7 Nov 2007, 17:24:35 UTC


<off topic - sort of (not)>
@ Eric - are there any 'proposal' form letters to News / Media etc that have been approved by Berkeley yet?
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Thanks for the Post Update - Hope the Vacation helped . . . Good Luck on those two Proposals Sir!



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Message 673740 - Posted: 7 Nov 2007, 20:46:57 UTC - in response to Message 673309.

As some of you know, I took a bit of a vacation a couple weeks ago. ...


Good you had a nice trip. :-)


... Anyhow, after nearly two boxes of 12 gauge shells over the course of four days my shoulder was pretty sore. Repeated injury sure makes a bruise spread and persist. Angela says it's karma. Revenge of the pheasants.


I like Angela more and more. :-D


... After seeing my arm, Angela says I should buy a boat and go fishing instead. Looks like I win either way. ;)


Hehe! ;-D


So it's back to work for me. I've got two proposals to NSF due on Nov 15. One for SETI, one for modeling the 3D structure of interstellar gas in the Galaxy. Wish me luck.


Good luck!


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Message 674102 - Posted: 8 Nov 2007, 11:34:02 UTC

From the writing style of your "outdoor adventure", I recommend you try reading some Patrick McManus books. He's funny as a heck. Ofcourse you should be able to zip right through them in your massive amounts of free time. Did I mention that most are short stories, suitable for throne room reading???

Let's face it. With titles like:

The night the bear ate goombaw
They shoot canoes, don't they??
Real ponies, don't go Oink.
A fine and pleasant Misery
Never sniff a gift fish

They have to be funny.

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Message 674197 - Posted: 8 Nov 2007, 16:43:02 UTC - in response to Message 674102.
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From the writing style of your "outdoor adventure", I recommend you try reading some Patrick McManus books.


Next time Angela wants to upload raccoon pictures, I'll include a picture of that section of my bookshelf. I've been a big fan of his since reading his article/story "The Patrick Priciples" in Field&Stream circa 1979 or so. I don't think that story has ever made it into one of his collections.
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Message 674212 - Posted: 8 Nov 2007, 17:16:48 UTC - in response to Message 674197.


From the writing style of your "outdoor adventure", I recommend you try reading some Patrick McManus books.


Next time Angela wants to upload raccoon pictures, I'll include a picture of that section of my bookshelf. I've been a big fan of his since reading his article/story "The Patrick Priciples" in Field&Stream circa 1979 or so. I don't think that story has ever made it into one of his collections.

just like Lays potato chips and Boinc Projects,, You can't stop at just one....

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Message 677254 - Posted: 13 Nov 2007, 16:12:05 UTC
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Educational factors, this could ring bells in some decision makers head. GL!
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