Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Lite blogging

Blogging will be light as I try to recover from recent shoulder surgery. The surgery was fine; the post-op is not so fine.

Sunday, June 25, 2006


My office number and my house address are the same: 302. It only took three years for me to realize this...

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Treasure Island

As part of my summer of classic novels, I read Treasure Island (by Robert Louis Stevenson). To me, the novel seemed a pure adventure story. However, on the back cover of the B & N Classics edition, Prof. Angus Fletcher sez:

The unexpected and complex relationship that develops between [Long John] Silver and Jim helps transform what seems at first to be a simple, rip-roaring adventure story into a deeply moving study of a boy's growth into manhood, as he learns hard lessons about friendship, loyalty, courage, and honor -- and the uncertain meaning of good and evil.

On a side note, the name of the "Long John Silver" quick-service seafood restaurants now makes sense. Long John Silver was the ship's cook on the journey to Treasure Island. (I don't know if they have any of those fast-food joints here in Montana.)

Evinrude at rest

Can you find the outboard motor?

Road construction

Fowler was widened at its intersection with Huffine. Eventually, the intersecton will get a signal.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Pride and Prejudice

My Summer reading plan for fiction is as follows: read classic novels that I've never read before. Luckily (?), my engineering education leaves me plenty of options to choose from.

I read Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice on the advice of a fellow Montana blogger. A great novel - sparkling wit, a very appealing protagonist (Elizabeth Bennet), great sense of irony, awesome authorial stlye. Unexpected reading for Big Mike?

On tap: Northanger Abbey, Candide, and Treasure Island.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

#713 of 1001 ways to use duct tape

The latest trend in tree surgery, no doubt.

Cathodic Protection Test Station

I sleep a little easier knowing that the local gas pipeline has Cathodic Protection...

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Leaning trees

On W. Babcock, near Fowler. I wonder if/when they'll finally topple?

Tuesday, June 13, 2006


"Yellowstone to Yukon" requires "sex across the highway."

Friday, June 09, 2006

Cars - credit cookie

Cars has a credit cookie - a short clip after the credits. I thought the movie was funny, but about 20 minutes too long.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Vacation home?

Lot's of folks buy vacation homes in Montana. What about those of us who live in Montana? -- castles for sale.