Wednesday, December 26, 2007

End of the Year Reflections

Staring my end of the year reflections this week. It's an ongoing work that I'll be adding to right up 00:00:00 1/1/2008.

Here's the link

Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Everyone have a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Great New Year's!!

By the way, I was amused by this answer to a problem on this year's Maryland Math Olympiad for 2007, High School Division

Each point in the plane is colored either red or green. Let ABC be a fixed triangle. Prove that there is a triangle DEF in the plane such that DEF is similar to ABC and the vertices of DEF all have the same color.

The answer?

I like to think that we live in a world where points are not judged by their color, but by the content of their character. Color should be irrelevant in the the plane. To prove that there exists a group of points where only one color is acceptable is a reprehensible act of bigotry and discrimination.

My ex-math nerd daughter might still appreciate that one. And, Talia, what are you guys teaching these MD kids?

Sunday, December 16, 2007

First Weekend

Okay, not going to to write a journal of the days of my dog (Angie will no doubt do that) but this is the completion of the Dude's first weekend.

He's still in a state of discovery which is fun to watch. He loves to nibble on my socks with my feet still in them (first habit to break).

Generally, His Royal Blackness has been in good spirits as long as one of us doesn't leave the room. Then he becomes Tony Soprano having a panic attack.

Tonight he made it very clear that he would protect us from the menacing hairbrush! He circles it and barks at the stiff bristles informing them that they'd better stay put!

I'll be leaving tonight so he's gonna get a chance to forget me before next Friday night.

It's stormy here so I hope the roads are stilll clear when I take off for San Francisco tonight.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Our New Dog Comes Home

I picked this little guy up at SFO yesterday evening. He spent most of the evening crying his heart out.

This morning he was better after spending the night cuddled up with Angie.

For reasons known only to her, Angie has named him Ostaajje, though I, as is my wont, just call him The Dude or Duder or El Duderino if you're not into that whole brevity thing.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Tomorrow is New Dog Day at Our House

I'm due to pick up our latest addition tomorrow afternoon at
<--SFO and then head for home. The little guy is just 8 weeks old and is taking a long and difficult trip to get to his destination. First, a plane trip from Texas and then a long drive through California. Tomorrow's going to be one tough day for at least one of us. I'll document the immigration from TX and get it up on the site this weekend I suppose. Spent the last couple of days locked away in my room doing analysis and getting over a little bout of under-the-weatherness. For the past week and a half I've been analyzing some disk I/O problems at a Boeing subsidiary, but now it looks like I'll be returning to completing the Failover Project. I ran into my CEO this morning who (only half-jokingly) asked me if the Failover was ready to go today.

No pressure though. -->

Next week, I'll be packing up and leaving my digs of the past half-year in Glen Park. I had a really good time and Carole was a good landlady and friend. I hope we'll stay in touch.

For a while, I'll be sharing a house with Wallace,
my former neighbor, back in Castro Valley while
I'm completing the Failover and a few other projects. -->

ComputeSpace is starting to get cranked up. I'm writing a web database tool for use in organizing the astronomy curricula from different states. 2 days behind schedule on that.

I'll be home in the recliner, knocking back a cold one (diet Coke!) for Christmas and spending some quality time with my loved ones (Pebble Beach and the Jed Smith Forest). Angie can come, too.

Then we'll be performing a trans-California injection maneuver and winding up in L.A. to hang out with Mom, kids, grandkids, cousins, etc. If we time it right, along the way we'll catch up with Michele, Shirley, Carole, Wallace, Roberto, Patrick, Gary, Dave and Greta, and Jean. It's a lot like planning Voyager encounters.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Pictures from Diana

Diana Kalienky is a really nice lady whom I've had the pleasure of working with at Cittio. She's currently on sabbatical in Ghana setting up a school and she just sent a batch of pictures out. Here they are:

Thanks, Diana.

Friday, December 07, 2007

What's New?

Staying another weekend in Science Fiction city to work on the Failover Testing. Wrapping up the last of the work on Mom's house this month and trying to get all the kids to come home for Christmas.

Things are also cranking up with ComputeSpace so I plan to be doing some traveling over the next few months. L.A. in December, Nebraska in January, Hawaii in February, Palm Springs in March. Not to mention whatever traveling I have to do to support the Failover for a while.

Expect lots of pictures over the next few months and some changes in the format of this blog.

One of the first additions is a link to The Court Sessions, an op-ed blog I've started to yap about all kinds of opinionated and politically incorrect stuff that doesn't really belong on the ComputeSpace blog. This is a direct result of my daughter Jasmyne's influence on me, so blame her.

FAIR WARNING: If you want to keep an untarnished opinion if me as a nice guy, The Court Sessions is NOT for you. I used to be a very nice guy, but the last 20 years have been a bit rough on my sensibilities. I don't think I need to be that nice anymore. My wife is nice enough for both of us anyway.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Goin' South

In the middle of a very busy week. Lost nearly a week on the Failover Project, mostly working on something else, and I'm leaving tonight for L.A. Finally signing off on the renovations on Mom's house (at last!)

I'll only be in L.A. for a day. Back in the office Thursday morning.

It's been bad weather up at our place on the North Coast. Big storm pummeling the Pacific Northwest. Angie says power's been on and off. 35 foot swells at the beach.

We're getting down to the wire on releasing the Failover so I won't be heading home this weekend. Staying put and doing testing. I'll take a couple of weeks at home after it goes out the door.

Cranking up on writing ComputeSpace. Our first big deadline is December 21st. That'll determine if we'll be showing at this year's CUE conference in Palm Springs. Keep your fingers crossed.

Also, I'm looking for someone to help with designing a logo for ComputeSpace. If you know anyone who'd like to give it a shot (on spec) give me a shout.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


It doesn't look as if I'm going to be able to get home for Angie's birthday this year. We've had some major hold-ups on the Failover testing that caused me to lose nearly a week off the schedule and my deadline is arriving. So I'll be here in the City until I can get things completed.

I think this is the first time I've missed her birthday in about 16 years. I'm bummed about that.

In spite of things, have a Happy Birthday, sweetheart! Get together with some friends and celebrate! Go barhopping, get drunk, pick up guys! No, wait! know one of the joys of getting older is just curling up with a good book!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Angie Has a Blog

The title of this entry says it all. The wife has her own blog. If you want to check it out, here is where to find it

Also, Angie's coming up on another birthday this Thursday. If any well-wishers want to throw some wishes down the well, I guess now you can comment on her blog.

This will mark her second birthday among the Redwoods and a full year of hiking, beaching, biking, and gardening, usually, sans moi!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Help the School, Folks

Hi Everybody,

Most of you probably know that daughter Jasmyne does a lot of charitable work with actor/philanthropist Isaiah Washington. Their biggest project has been to establish a school in the Bo County region of Sierra Leone. Well, the school has been completed!

As a former educator, I'm fully supporting this effort and I hope all my friends in education, current and former, will help out as well. And, if you're not a teacher, a nice way to pay homage to a good one you had is by chipping in!

The money goes to a very good cause and is tax deductible.

If you're in the L.A. area you can personally hand that check over to Isaiah Washington or Jasmyne at a fundraiser this Wednesday evening, 11/28, at the Gordon Biersch Brewery, 145 South San Fernando Boulevard in Burbank (818-569-5240). There'll be music, free food, and a raffle (and, one would assume, beer too!)

If, like me, you can only be there in spirit, you can still whip out that checkbook and show the love.

$10 provides an anti-malarial bed net to protect an entire family! And a mere $50 sponsors a student for an entire year at the Chief Foday Golia Memorial School.

Donations should be addressed to:
The Gondobay Manga Foundation
1101 South Flower Street, Suite 4
Burbank, CA 91502

A 501 (c) (3) organization.

Thanks everybody!!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Home for the Holiday

Made it home for the holiday after living through the long-awaited Failover Code Review. Yesterday we went for a hike in the woods near the lake.

Then I came home and set up Angie's PC.

This morning we went for a long walk (3 hours) and covered most of town. Now Angie's taking a nap. I played with my Slingbox and did some work on the technical sites I'm maintaining.

Still have a few things to finish before I head back to SF tomorrow.

I think that we're going to see Lions for Lambs tonight down in Eureka.

As of Monday, I'm back to lunchwalking in the City so if you're around and want to do some photo-exploring you're welcome to come along.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

First View of Our Next Border

Here's a picture from the breeder of our next dog and his siblings. They're three weeks old now. Belgian (Black German) shepherds. One of these little guys will be coming to live with us in about a month.

I'll be taking some time off to teach him important stuff like chasing cars, biting mailmen, and eating me out of house and home.

Note to all burglars, thieves, rapists, murderers, and door-to-door salesmen: I'd appreciate it if you could skip our place for the next year until this guy is big enough to properly eat you. Thanks for your cooperation!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Politics, Anyone?

I dashed off this quick, short column for my friend Roberto's news site. I'm repeating it here because I thought the magnitude of the expenditures might be useful to get one's head around.
Not really a political statement because I don't consider this my forum for that kind of speech. If you want to know what I think of the GWAT, the next time you see me, just ask "Court, what do you think of the GWAT?"


According to the latest publishing in the mass media, the cumulative cost of the GWAT (the Global War on Terrorism), from 2002

to the present, is about 1.6 TRILLION DOLLARS.

Some think this is necessary, some don't. I doubt that anything said here will change minds. But it IS worth noting in the context of whatever it is in government spending distribution that you disagree with.

For me, here’s my list:

Budget for the GWAT = $1,600,000,000,000.00

In comparison

· You could fund NASA at FY2008 levels for 145 years.

· You could fund the Department of Education at FY2008 levels through the year 2108

· You could fund the National Institutes of Health at FY2008 levels for 51.6 years

In spite of the GWAT, the evening news tells us the world is still a pretty terrifying place, so what else would you have done with the $1.6 Trillion?

Monday, November 12, 2007

Pictures from Jasmyne

Jasmyne went to Las Vegas for the holiday weekend and took pictures with her sisters, brother, and niece and just sent them out. Here's everybody.

More Halloween Incoming...

Just got some photos of Halloween around my friend Jon Chu's house. This is how they roll in Utah!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

The whale migration season is here. Angie saw a couple of whales breeching yesterday. Unfortunately, I won't be home for a while so no pictures.

Looking forward to going home for an extended period during Thanksgiving. I'm pretty tired .

The failover is losing a day here or there as I'm writing testing scripts for the new version of the company's flagship product, WatchTower, but we still expect to wrap things up this month.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Post-Halloween Geekiness

Here's a few pictures of the creative displayed by those of my ilk for Halloween. None of these pumpkins belong to Angie or me. We went "conservative" this year. Some interesting ideas though.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Now entering Code-Lock-Land!!

At long last, I got a working version of the Failover this week and we are now easing into "Code-lock".

Man, this project has been pretty exhausting, but I'm glad to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

In the future I'll write something to explain what it actually does and why it took so long.

Code review and testing will start soon and I'll probably celebrate with dinner out somewhere when that happens. You're all invited. Separate checks!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Do the Right Thing, Dave!

I have met my civic responsibility by informing Dave Sakamoto that today is National Boston Creme Pie Day. That's National Boston Creme Pie Day, Dave. It's your patriotic duty to make sure your worker bees are supplied with the pie. When you don't buy the pie, the terrorists win!

Do the right thing, Dave!

Monday, October 22, 2007

A Birthday Shout Out to Jobie

Happy birthday to my friend Jobina (nee Jobie). We've been friends for 22 years now. We started out as teachers and she turned me on to studying economics.

She was a great friend to my daughters during some tough times and I've always appreciated her for that.

She made a big change this year. Now she's living the life in San Diego and doing nursing as a profession.

Happy birthday, Buddy.

Today at 5pm PDT, my first-born daughter Jasmyne turns 30! Congratulations, Jasmyne. She's come a long way in 30 years and I'm very proud of her accomplishments. I'm sad that we won't get a chance to be together today, but Jasmyne is a very "Busy-B" these days shuttling back and forth from DC to L.A.

I have a special present for you, B. When you come to the Redwoods, I'll spring it on you.

Love, Dad

Sunday, October 21, 2007

The Tale of the Teapot

The best thing we did during my stay in Vegas requires a little backstory.

I'm a great fan of tea drinking. In particular, I'm fond of a lot of British and Japanese teas.

18 years ago, when she was 10 years old, Jorjanna gave me a very nice Lodge Tea Kettle for my birthday and I made her a promise that we would "season" the kettle together and share the first pot of tea.

Later, I left Los Angeles for Berkeley and we never got to have that pot of tea. But I always hoped that we would so I kept the pot in it's original box and never used it.

For some reason, later on we just never seemed to get around to it.

So on this trip, I brought the teapot with me and, at long last, we shared that first pot. I have some pictures below and, in one, you'll see a very happy dad with his sweetheart! Love you, sweetie!
My Last Day in Las Vegas

This was my last day in Las Vegas. I stayed at the Emerald Suites Tropicana just across I-15 from the strip. Can't recommend it. Since this isn't a hotel review I won't get into it. Just pass on it.

Jorjanna and Sebastian took me to lunch at the Hofbrauhaus which was a complete reverse of the laid back quiet dinner we had the night before.

Raucous and fun, a transplanted Bavarian Beer Garden with a lot of character. Unfortunately, no beer for Court, but it was still great.

The musicians pulled out the flugelhorns and alphorns and cranked things up.

We wrapped up with a contest to see who could hold a stein filled with water out at arm's length for the longest time. Last man standing held out for 5 minutes and 7 seconds.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Viva, LV!!

Sneaked across the border out of Failover-Land for the weekend. Just long enough to attend my daughter Jorjanna's Cutomer Service award luncheon by the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce.

We had a great time and I met the doctor she works for and had a chance to chat. The mayor and the governor were both there and entertainment was by ventriloquist Ronn Lucas who was hilarious.

The event was at the Rio where Penn and Teller make their base.

Afterwards, I did my turista thing for a while and then Jorjanna, fiance Sebastian, and I went to Quark's for dinner.

Sebastian's from Germany and seems like a pretty cool guy. If Jorjanna thinks this is the guy then I'm cool with him.

Here are a few highlights from the day:

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Welcome to Failover Land!

We're coming down to the wire over at Cittio on my first big project for them. I've been eating,drinking, and sleeping in Failover Land for a while now.

I've just been joined by my colleague Matt Matson whose helping me get to the finish line next month.

Thanks for the help, Matt!

Friday, September 28, 2007

The Old Man Gets Even Older!!

Had a birthday roll through while I was home. After work, Angie took me out to a birthday dinner. A good time was had by all.

Anyway, here are a few pictures:

Lunchwalking with Court

I'm home for the week. As soon as I could I did a bit of "Lunchwalking" and here are the pictures...

Friday, September 21, 2007

Jasmyne Quoted in L.A. Times on the Jena 6 Case

The House of Reps is holding hearings next week and, since Jasmyne's there, I'm sure we'll hear more from her.

You can check out her blog here.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Jorjanna Reporting In

I had a nice talk with youngest daughter Jorjanna tonight. She just passed her certification exam as a chiropractic assistant. Good work and congratulations! I'll be flying out to see her next month and flooding this blog with all the pictures!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Jasmyne Reporting In

Jasmyne came back into L.A. from DC last week and attended a get-together for Senator Clinton at Magic Johnson's place. She sent along a few pictures so...

Jasmyne, Senator Clinton, and Representative Richardson

Magic Johnson, Mayor Villaraigosa, Jasmyne, Senator Clinton, Representative Richardson, Representative Jackson-Lee, Assemblyman Dymally, and Representative Roybal-Allard

Jasmyne seems to be doing well. She's happy and healthy and hanging out with Hillary. What more could a parent want?

Saturday, September 08, 2007

To My Friends, Fred and Fia

This is really, really late but I still want to acknowledge their first wedding anniversary. Over the years I've been honored to be included among their friends and, in particular, Fred was the first person to be kind to me and give me the time of day when I arrived in the Bay Area 16 years ago.

I wish all good fortune, all good companionship, and all happiness to these two very charming, very generous, and very tall people.

Happy Anniversary!
Congratulations, Jasmyne!

Daughter Jasmyne has just begun her position as the Press Secretary for Congresswoman Laura Richardson of the 37th District. She was nice enough to send a few pictures from her first few days in Washington, DC.

An Adoption Story

My friend Jon Chu and his wife, Paula, have just adopted their new son, Cole, from China. Jon has been nice enough to send pictures from the trip to China. I've collected them here along with his captions. Congratulations to the Chu family!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Lunchwalking with Court

What the...?

There are so many other things I'd like to show you that I encounter during the course of the infamous Lunchwalks, but I'm prevented by a growing anti-image environment.

It's difficult to take pictures of interesting people in the streets anymore because they either flip out at the invasion of their (imaginary) privacy or they want you to pay them! Can't take pictures inside any of the museums I go into. I would have liked to have taken more pictures of the SF Symphony but it would have been disturbing to my fellow concert-goers.

Anyway, here are a few highlights from the past week.

Lots of interesting stuff his happening this week and the next so I'll be posting a lot more info soon.

Daughter Jasmyne has just been hired as a congressional aide to newly-elected Congresswoman Laura Richardson of the 37th district. She's heading for Washington, DC soon. (She's also about to turn 30!)

Daughter Jorjanna is receiving an award from the mayor of Las Vegas next month so Pops will definitely be reporting from Sin City on that.

My good friend Jon Chu and his wife, Paula, have successfully completed adopting their second son from China and have sent a load of pictures from the trip through the Chinese countryside and the reunion with relatives in mainland China.

And Angie and I are crawling up on anniversary number...15!
(It's been a long, strange trip, for sure!)

Monday, August 13, 2007

Last night I got to spend some time watching the Perseid meteor shower. The sky is so dark and the stars are breathtaking in Del Norte. That means a lot to a someone who's loved astronomy since he was a kid but grew up in the heavy light-pollution of L.A.

Plan on fielding a new reflector (telescope) in the Spring. I used to grind my own mirrors but these days that's a luxury. I'll probably be purchasing one.

Come up for a star party.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Sorry I haven't been blogging much of late. Most of the time I'm living in "Cittio Failover Land". I did get to go to the opening of a new exhibit at the SF Museum of Modern Art called "Under Our Noses". Saw some interesting work, particularly a photographic piece by Norah Alcala. I couldn't take pictures unfortunately. You'll have to visit the museum yourself.

I came home this weekend specifically to do some work around the house, though I confess I haven't gotten much done. Tonight, Angie and I went for take-out at C.C.'s diner and ate dinner with some of our neighbors...

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Louis Fleming, Sr.

Very sad news. ..

My buddy Dave's dad, Louis Fleming, Sr., passed away Friday night from pancreatic cancer. I've already written about him here, so the highest praise I can give is to say that I will never forget him. My deepest condolences to all the Fleming family.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Berkeley Kite Festival

Angie and Hooch drove down for this year's Berkeley Kite Festival. I brought my new double rotor kite. It was an absolutely perfect day for kites at the Berkeley Marina.
I had a great time just zoning out and getting into the wind. Took it up to 550 ft and it performed flawlessly.

Here are a few pictures:

Berkeley Kite Festival 2007

A Note about Hooch...

After the Festival, Angie and I delivered Hooch to our good friends Bob and Brigette . He's going to live with them from now on. He couldn't ask for a better loving home and I know he'll have a good life with them.

Angie has other plans to acquire a Black German Shepherd puppy.

Hooch is a really great dog with a good heart. I'll miss him a lot but I'll see him because I have dinner with Bob and Brigitte fairly often.

Several of my friends have asked me why I allowed Hooch to go. This mystifies me since all of you guys are married too. It's not much of a challenge to love your wife when she's doing something sane, now is it guys?

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Astro Boy Lives!!

Today was an abasolutely gorgeous California day in the City. I pulled myself away from work for a few hours and headed to the Civic Center to see the Osamu Tezuka exhibit at the Asian art Museum and also hear my good friend, Fred Schodt lecture on Tezuka and his greatest creation, Astro Boy (or the Mighty Atom).

Fred's a very interesting lecture and it was very entertaining. I'd really like to write a whole essay about it but I have to get back to work so here are few pictures highlighting the afternoon.

Friday, July 20, 2007


Made it through my first meeting on the Failover Project without too many scars! Weirdest thing? Getting hooked up with test servers via cousin Nick
and then being told I didn't have to set them up and configure them. Just assign it to one of the interns. Wow, that's truly some dangerous spoilage...

Next big deal? Wednesday morning I'm meeting with department heads from QA, Tech Support, and Maintenance to get feedback on how to make the project easier to support, easier to maintain, and easier to, uh, assure... I'm preparing a little audiovisual presentation this weekend for that.

I'm staying in the City this weekend to see my friend Fred's talk on Osamu Tezuka and Astro-Boy at the Asian Art Museum.

Maybe I'll see you there!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

More Chu's Coming

I have a good friend, Jon Chu, and here are some of the latest pictures he sent of his son Thomas now age 3. Jon and I are part of the great Bay Area Engineering Diaspora after Y2K. He and his wife Paula now live in Utah (though they're looking to come back out to the Far West). They are really good people and now are preparing to travel to China to adopt their second son this August. Tentative name? Cole Yi. Pretty nice Jon, but it doesn't quite roll off the tongue as well as, say, Court Yi, for example.

Getting bounced around a lot this week. Looking for rack-space for my high-performance solution servers and (surprise, surprise) no one wants to give up any. Not sales, not dev, not QA, nobody. I've asked about putting in my own rack but I think that's a non-starter with Dave. So, yeah, at the moment I'm getting beaten like the proverbial red-headed stepchild.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Transitioning to the New Cittio

Hung out with Hooch on Friday and Saturday. Saturday night I got a note from Dave Sakamoto at Cittio that all the engineers were requested to come in Sunday and get the new data center installed by Monday morning.

So I took off at dawn on Sunday morning and headed back to the Bay Area. Here are a few pictures of what home looks like when the early morning sun is peeking over the horizon:

I made it to the new building at about 11am. Things were still pretty raw. Lots of boxes and cables but no Cittio yet: Here's a quick encapsulation of the "before"...

...and "after"...

Lots more to be done but it's starting to look like the new and improved Cittio. No inexpensive parking though. I'll be BARTing into the office all the time now. See you on the train.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Lunchwalking with Court

I had a doctor's appointment in Eureka and some tests at St. Joseph's. In the afternoon on the way home, I did today's lunchwalk underneath the memorial bridge outside Klamath. It was a gorgeous day and well worth the time.

I recommend you use the Picasa slide show feature to get a more detailed format of these pictures. The geology there is very cool too, but if you're interested in that kind of stuff, check out my science blog sometime.


The Cittio Engineering Team is moving into our new digs at 667 Mission St.

After a brief time-out to do some work at the house, I'll be back in the City tomorrow morning helping to get the new data center up and running.

One more thing. If you've ever attended any of my "Surprise Angie" parties, you probably know my friend Fred Schodt. He's an author and Japanese interpreter.

Fred has a new book out on Astro Boy and will be speaking at the Asian Art Museum this coming weekend (July 21st). Fred's a good speaker and Astro Boy is just too cool, so I hope I'll see you there.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Farewell to the Cave

It is the end of an era. This weekend the engineers moved out of "The Cave" on Tehama Street and into our new building at 3rd and Mission in the City. I had one last look at my space...

Next week, pics from the new Court-space.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Movie Night with Bob and Briggita

Last night I rolled over to Bob's for some leftover BBQ and a movie. The Bankays recently got an enormous 70" screen and surround sound. So we occasionally put it through it's paces.

I contributed the movie, Omar Naim's Final Cut with Robin Williams, Mira Sorvino, and Jim Caviezel. I think it's a very good effort from a first-time director.

Heading for home tonight. Should be a sunny weekend and I might do some test flights of the new kite before the festival on the 28th. If so, I'll post some pics here.