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[Apr. 27th, 2013|11:29 am]
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Intense work days for the past few days, but i have worked from home. The past few days (Wednesday, Thursday, Frida) were intense with work, but at least i was working from home. Around two pm each day, when the email, messages, and calls die down, i've gone out on to the deck and sat in the sun. Yesterday, i even worked for a while in the sun.

I've been enjoying this cheese as a treat, intense and flavorful: http://www.sartoricheese.com/products/reserve-cheese/chai-bellavitano/

I've had a clever idea about how to get just the right underwear for under the dresses i've bought, for the summer when i don't want to wear tights or nylons: i've cut off nylons at the length i wanted and crocheted around the cut-off leg. The crochet is almost like reverse-garters. Just what i need without shopping! And a practical crochet project, woo-hoo!

I've discovered that i was born in the year Intel was founded, following a Tumblr thread about reposting "If you are older than Google." The thread i got had morphed into "Are you older than Apple?" I had fun using the category collections in wikipedia to examine what companies have founding dates in the 1960s: http://elainegrey.tumblr.com/post/48968992865/tumblngs-of-kj-reblog-this-if-youre-older-than

I'm enjoying our MLB subscription, but my heart is most delighted by the poetry of Naomi Shihab Nye in Honeybee. She has a very prosey style in some poems that i enjoy, and she narrates a wonder perspective in many of her poems. Does she have a blog? She reads them, if her poem is to be believed.


From: mopalia
2013-04-27 08:23 pm (UTC)
Good Grief, I am older than the Williams Tube Memory - which is the reconstruction project I'm working on. Well, the engineer I'm working with is older than television - that's mechanical television. Forget electronics.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2013-04-29 02:15 pm (UTC)
Do you know what companies put the patent rights to use? That seems to be in the era of a post wwii boom of "spin off" technology. My impression from skimming through the company foundings in the 60s is that the startups and new companies must have trickled off sometime in the 50s.
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From: mopalia
2013-04-29 05:20 pm (UTC)
Confused by the first sentence - clarify, please?
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2013-04-29 11:56 pm (UTC)
oh, not the first sloppy sentence in the post.

What companies put the Williams Tube Memory to use. Was it a Williams Tube Memory company? -- ah, all i had to do was read past the first paragraph at wikipedia: "Some early computers in the USA also used the Williams tube, including the IAS machine (originally designed for Selectron tube memory), the UNIVAC 1103, Whirlwind, IBM 701, IBM 702 and the Standards Western Automatic Computer (SWAC). Williams tubes were also used in the Soviet Strela-1 and in the Japan TAC (Tokyo Automatic Computer)."
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From: mopalia
2013-04-30 03:29 am (UTC)
Ah, now I understand. We know it from its IBM incarnation, where Bob worked on the design and implementation.
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[User Picture]From: gurdonark
2013-04-28 12:26 pm (UTC)
I like that way of approaching one's age. It sent me scurrying to wikipedia.
1959 means that I am the same age as:

Family Dollar

which I suppose means I am all about multi-level interconnection, food, and thirft, while my tech cred is:

National Semiconductors

which is the tech equivalent of old skool.I feel good about this.

I have not read Naomi Shihab Nye,though her name is familiar enough to make me think I have read a poem or two or have heard her interviewed on NPR. I was tempted to an audio book of Caroline Kennedy reading poems,
but what would be really cool would be a book on CD of four great poets reading their chapbooks, one poet per disk.

I was going to type that I would love to go on the deck and sit in the sun at 2 p.m., but actually, even at my office, I could time my lunch to go outdoors and sit at the outside chairs at the shopping center where my office building is located

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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2013-04-29 02:20 pm (UTC)
I just found two sets of recordings by accident, http://languageisavirus.com/may-sarton/film_and_audio_audio_recordings.php#.UX6A1CvF26o and http://town.hall.org/radio/HarperAudio/1810_harp_00_ITH.html

It might be easy to assemble a play list for yourself.

Naomi Shihab Nye has been interviewed on NPR; i that found out as i was searching for a source for the poem that i ran across on Tumblr.
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