November 8th, 2006

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silk wrap, the sequel

Have to call the nail place and schedule an appointment, shoot for tomorrow. Looking at the base of my nails, they have grown about 1/4" in the past 2 weeks. The wrap has cracked off a little on a couple of fingers, and is loose at the edges on one. Looks like normal wear to me. And the nice nail lady did say they would need a touch-up by today.
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Web History

This morning as I was making a cheese omelet in the company microwave, the receptionist broke out a pair of pop tarts. So I told her about one of the early web pages, The Famous Exploding Strawberry Pop Tart Experiment. She was amused.

Which reminded me of the logical sequel, the Barbecuing With Liquid Oxygen Experiment, also a classic web page in the early days. Scroll down about halfway for the good stuff.

1994. It was a good year for pyrotechnics.
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Light News Day

Despite the winds of change blowing through the country, California voters overwhelmingly chose to return their incumbents to Congress, regardless of party. The only incumbent in the state who was voted out of office was Richard Pombo, who was narrowly defeated by Jerry McNerney in the gerrymandered district which snakes down the east Bay from Tracy.

And the numbers were overwhelming. Nancy Pelosi snagged EIGHTY PERCENT of the votes cast in her constituency, despite having three opponents. Here is the list of winners, and what percentage they received:

I did not include the Doolittle (incumbent)/Brown race because nobody won a clear majority (Doolittle received 49%)

There was no incumbent in the race McCarthy won so handily.


Candidate VOTE %
D Thompson 66%
(Incumbent)
R Herger 64%
(Incumbent)
R Lungren 59%
(Incumbent)
D Matsui 71%
(Incumbent)
D Woolsey 69%
(Incumbent)
D Miller 84%
(Incumbent)
D Pelosi 80%
(Incumbent)
D Lee 86%
(Incumbent)
D Tauscher 67%
(Incumbent)
D McNerney 53%

D Lantos 75%
(Incumbent)
D Stark 74%
(Incumbent)
D Eshoo 71%
(Incumbent)
D Honda 72%
(Incumbent)
D Lofgren 73%
(Incumbent)
D Farr 77%
(Incumbent)
D Cardoza 66%
(Incumbent)
R Radanovich 60%
(Incumbent)
D Costa unopposed
(Incumbent)
R Nunes 66%
(Incumbent)
R McCarthy 71%

D Capps 65%
(Incumbent)
R Gallegly 61%
(Incumbent)
R McKeon 60%
(Incumbent)
R Dreier 57%
(Incumbent)
D Sherman 69%
(Incumbent)
D Berman 74%
(Incumbent)
D Schiff 64%
(Incumbent)
D Waxman 71%
(Incumbent)
D Becerra unopposed
(Incumbent)
D Solis 83%
(Incumbent)
D Watson unopposed
(Incumbent)
D Roybal-Allard 77%
(Incumbent)
D Waters 84%
(Incumbent)
D Harman 63%
(Incumbent)
D Millender-McDonald 82%
(Incumbent)
D Napolitano 75%
(Incumbent)
Sanchez 66%
(Incumbent)
R Royce 66%
(Incumbent)
R Lewis 67%
(Incumbent)
R Miller unopposed
(Incumbent)
D Baca 65%
(Incumbent)
R Calvert 59%
(Incumbent)
R Bono 59%
(Incumbent)
R Rohrabacher 59%
(Incumbent)
D Sanchez 62%
(Incumbent)
R Campbell 59%
(Incumbent)
R Issa 63%
(Incumbent)
R Bilbray 53%
(Incumbent)
D Filner 67%
(Incumbent)
R Hunter 65%
(Incumbent)
D Davis 67%
(Incumbent)

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Better latent than never

As promised, the photos are now online from last weekend's to the apartment-to-be. You can see them here. The place was in an extreme state of being remodeled, which is a Good Thing in general, but bad for photos. And also bad for getting a clear idea of the size and shape of the rooms. But I did get decent measurements and, with the help of some online furniture arrangement web sites, some ideas on what can go where.

Things I like about the new place, pre-move:

- Cats everywhere
- Balcony with a view of the pool area
- Skylight in the upstairs bathroom
- Vaulted/beamed ceilings upstairs
- Kitchen-dining room has a bar between (no photos because stuff was in the way)
- Cleaner layout to what will be the computer room (no stupid cut-out angles)
- Deep deep storage closet in master bedroom (matches the one in current computer room)
- Linen closets upstairs and downstairs
- Big under-stairs closet (deeper than current apt.)
- Built-in shelf/display thingie between kitchen/diningroom and livingroom. Nice place for my bettas

Things I don't like:

- 90 degree turn in stairs
- Smaller livingroom
- Gas heater is where I want the piano to be
- Many layers of paint on what is probably a gorgeous wood beam ceiling upstairs
- Thin carpets
- Longer walk to the car
- I will miss the quiet back yard patio with giant redwoods
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