- 30 Years Plus Two Days Ago Today October 15, 2018
- And Now the Slide Rule Collection Database is Almost There October 15, 2018
- Real “Snail” Mail from a Totally Incompetent Chinese Bottomfeeder October 13, 2018
Monthly Archives: October 2018
The time was 1988, just before the Internet happened to us. Numerous people already had computers of sorts, but nobody was incessantly connected to and talking with (and at) everybody else. And certainly few could have foreseen the arrival of social media and other aspects of the Internet that would be brought to us by technology and the never-ending quest for wealth. The place was a lodge in Snoqualmie, at which I was attending a gathering of the American Translators Association in connection with the conference they were holding in Seattle. After breakfast, we gathered in a room and were greeted by the sight of a US Navy color guard … Continue reading
I combined the 26 “surplus” specimens with the 253 specimens in the collection proper and fleshed out the many missing or incorrect fields in my FilemakerPro slide rule database, resulting in the superset of “just” 279 slide rules sitting in boxes under a table in my office. I still have yet to catalog my large stock of slide rule parts, located in green boxes shown in the upper right of the photo. That will need to wait for a day when I have more time. I wonder when that day will come.
Although this is not a uniquely BBC problem, BBC is often guilty of causing problems with “issue.” Listening to the BBC coverage of the recent escape from the rocket that had a booster failure, the announcer on the video says calmly that there has been a booster “issue.” Has the word problem finally been outlawed in favor of the euphemism issue? I am sure that there are numerous people reading this (if there are indeed numerous people reading this) who grew up in the world after the senseless transition from problem to issue afflicted the English language as it is spoken and written by otherwise intelligent people. Knock it off, … Continue reading
After updating my Filemaker Pro database of my slide rule collection to properly catalog my collection of 253 slide rules, I went through another both of “surplus” slide rules and cataloged the 26 specimens in that box. That brings the collection overall to 279 specimens. The surplus slide rules are listed separately.
In addition to walking over 10,000 steps yesterday (the first time in N days, where N is too high an integer), I completed a two-day period of taking an inventory of my slide rule collection (don’t laugh; well, ok, laugh). By culling my collection of over 450 slide rules last year, I got the number down to just 253 slide rules that I really “need” in my collection, all stored in boxes with box numbers and specimen numbers that are listed in a FilemakerPro database, thereby making my next inventory easier. And (of course) I have yet another box of slide rules that are outside the collection and that I … Continue reading
I am in the process of deleting some accounts to services that potentially do more harm than good. For example, I am and will continue to be a heavy users of my Kindle, but I deleted Goodreads just now. I read a lot but I don’t need to boast of what I read and specifically what I read is none of anyone’s business, unless of course I chat them up about it over a beer. And Amazon already sends me a sufficient number of ads for books I don’t want to read. This account deletion process is extremely painless with some companies. With others, I suspect they want me to … Continue reading