Thursday, December 28, 2006

Daughter Jasmyne went to Las Vegas for Christmas and brought back some nice pics of my daughters and grand-daughter together.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

We got a Christmas card from my youngest daughter Jorjanna and her fiance, Sebastian. For those who haven't seen Jorjanna since she was a little tomboy hanging around with me, prepare for a shock...
Angie and I went for our morning walk along the ocean for the Winter Solstice and took a few pictures. It's great being home for the holidays and I love this place. It's probably going to turn out to be one of the few things I've done right in life.

Check out the pics...

Flew down to San Francisco to meet with some pretty cool guys at a company called Cittio. A good time was had by all. The flying part was not so much fun. Power failure at the airport on the way down delayed (and almost cancelled) my flight.

Was forced to miss my outgoing flight because United couldn't get my bag checked even though I was there an hour and fifteen minutes before the flight. Just me, but that sounds problematic, United.

Here are a few "killing time" photos from the SFO Ordeal.

Monday, December 18, 2006

We went for a walk along the beach this morning. Thought it would be much colder. It was in the early 40s when we left the house but warmed up as we went. Beautiful day. Here are some random shots I haven't cleaned and cropped yet for an album.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Just a few pictures from our first official day of vacation. We walked the Crescent-shaped beach and went to the Jedediah Smith Redwood Forest on the far side of town. We'll be spending the day next Saturday on the Smith River watching the salmon spawn.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Taking a break and going out for some java (while taking a break from writing some java...hmmm...). Took a few pictures on the way to Dutch Bros. Above is Crescent Beach, right behind the motel Angie works at. This was taken at around 9am facing Southwest.

This is looking North up the beach at around the same time of morning.

...And the Bear says to tell you all Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Angie's birthday, No. 47.

No frills this year, just cake, Martinelli's, and hubby.

Angie's 47th Birthday

here's a retrospective look at my wife's career at being herself.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Made it home from Berkeley in the wee hours. Got pulled over twice for weaving on the highway. Cops were nice. Just told me to stop and get some coffee.

Writing code this weekend from the Cannick casa on the coast.

Here's a link to some pictures from the move:

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Yesterday we took off for a while and had lunch at Aki (Japanese Restaurant) on Hearst across the street from the campus. (Bob was right. I almost settled for a cup of noodles at my desk!) We talked out some first-level user interface stuff and the ramifications of using java for the project.

We may use Glassfish for the app server pending benchmarking.

The chicken teriyaki udon was good and the prices aren't bad. If you're in Berkeley, check 'em out. (Beware of difficult parking though).


My friend Fred says the karma will be great for us having pulled off this project. Wow, that sounds noble.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Brilliant Bob

I was developing a very technical interface to ComputeSpace based on my own telescope usage but Bob suggested a completely different metaphor to use.

He was absolutely right. The more I think about it, ComputeSpace will be made or broken on how intuitive it is to use and learn from, not only for students but for instructors as well. I've started developing the new interface (which is very "natural") and I've added a couple of navigational perks called "thresholding" and "fall-away". If possible, I'll be posting the demo after Christmas or New Year's. If you're reading this, come back then and play around with the new interface and give us some feedback.

Many thanks to Jonathan Schwarz and everybody at Sun for GPL'ing Java! As a Sun specialist (and stockholder) I say "May the rising tide lift your boat!"

Monday, November 27, 2006

Bob has returned from a month in London so we'll be getting together on code next week as soon as he gets over the flu, jet lag, etc.

Then I'll be on a working vacation up at our house on the Lost Coast (where it's been raining gatos and perros).

With luck, I'll be able to post a short demo around the beginning of the year.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Good News!

Mom came through major surgery like a champ! The doctors are very pleased with her progress so far and she's getting back to normal. A big relief here.

Torrance Memorial Hospital:

The Cannick tribe has officially left the building (Sister Joyce, Wife Angie,Aunt Blanche, Niece Jenet and fiance Adam, Daughter Jasmyne, Cousins Yvonne and Maxine, and all Mom's friends from the Kingdom Hall)!

Thanks to Talia, Roberto, Wallace and Nancy, and my SETI colleagues for all your kindnesses. Pat, your call was appreciated.

After 2 weeks off, I'll be returning to the code barn to start some fresh milking next week.

Thanks to all who wrote me after the tsunami wondering whether our Crescent City home was damaged. We were in the Bay Area this week so I won't know for certain until we get home tonight.

As far as I've been able to find out most of the damage was limited to the harbor about 5 minutes South of us. 2 docks were destroyed and a third was damaged and several boats received a lot of damage as well. Haven't heard of any homes being damaged.

Also, many thanks to Wallace, Nancy, and Mr. Beamer for throwing us a wonderful farewell dinner last night (our final one in Castro Valley). You guys are great. The first class tickets are in the mail...

Monday, November 06, 2006

Did a little coding but we're gonna be off for a while. Maybe until Bob gets back in December. My mom is very ill and I'm going to Los Angeles to be with her. We'll still make our deadline somehow...
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Saturday, October 28, 2006

We're looking for a grant writer to help us prepare a proposal for NSF funding of our development and deployment of the software as a web service for schools.

Anyone interested please email


Monday, October 23, 2006

Jasmyne did a radio commentary for NPR today. You can listen to it here

I drafted an article on it myself. You can find that here
My daughter, Jasmyne, turned a whopping 29 years old this weekend! She partied and her sister, Jorjanna, came in from Las Vegas to join the festivities. Some pictures...

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Bob and Bridget left for England yesterday. They won't be back until December. I'll be here working on the display code for ComputeSpace by myself. Gonna try to get a huge chunk of code in CVS in between moving into our new house.

A few schools up the Redwood Coast and a couple of schools in Washington, DC are interested in being test sites for the software. That would give us a chance to get a lot of feedback before we debut it at next year's CUE conference.

Our grant application gets submitted in December and, with any luck, I'll be able to devote all of 2007 to ComputeSpace.