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So Cal Fire Perspective

Fire on the I-5 Camp Pendelton
The headlines on the East coast newspapers read something like: ‘California Coast ON FIRE’ & ‘SoCal Burns!’ :| You can imagine the 1.2 million phone calls this generated as opposite coast families call in a panic.

California is a big ass state. ;) If you were in Malibu and drove to the city of San Diego – it’s about 150 miles. That’s a trip from Boston, MA to Bridgeport, CT. Orange County (where 1 major fire is burning) is only 200 square miles smaller then the state of Rhode Island. San Diego County (where several major fires are burning) is 20% smaller then Connecticut. San Bernardino County (I-15 fires and still in ‘So-Cal’) is as large as the states of New Hampshire and Vermont combined. That’s 20,000 square miles, or 12,800,000 acres. The so cal fires are roughly 200,000 acres burned so-far. Yes, that is a lot – but the whole coast is far from ‘ON FIRE!’

Contrary to this argument is the above picture that we took from the I-5 heading down into San Diego on Tuesday night. They shut the highway down shortly after to start a back-burn. Camp Pendleton is just miles of wild desert brush. Because no homes, property, or military personnel were in danger they just let this fire burn itself out. Here it certainly looked as if the coast was on fire. Three miles of it anyway.

So what the hell Kris?

It seems as if every few years I remember I have a web log or *cough ‘blog‘ here at the home base – I once again will remind you that I’m usually busy over at with my rally adventures. As a spin off to rally, I recently got my amateur radio technician license and have been getting into a lot of new activities and clubs, etc. As an established geek, I’ll be posting about that from now on here. Check out the ham radio stuff on rallynotes if you want to keep up.

Christine pointed out to me that I still have posts from 2005 on the main page. :p
Speaking of the SunMoonStarsGirl, she has a new gallery up.

While you’re busy checking that stuff out – I’ll be working on my ARRL Field Day post.

Other top items:
I’m getting married in August. Honeymoon in Tahiti.
I started a motorsports company. I’m doing contract tech work in the mean time.
I still live in California.

-and we’re done here!

Now that’s a TV!

Big TVFor Christmas everyone pitched in and got me a 27″ Sony Wega. With about 1/2″ to spare I slid it into our entertainment center the other night. We warmed it up by watching “Serenity” and playing 8 hours of Katamari on the PS2. I’m so happy to have that silly switcher box off the top of my TV, and to hear things in STEREO *gasp. I lived with a 19″ bubble TV for 10 years – it was about time…

We have some friends coming over for a New Years Day – Rally Marathon party. I can’t wait!
Thanks Mom, Dad, Joyce and Don!

I was probably on the internet before you.

rec.aviation.ultralight newsgroup post I did. Found on google. Dated November 13th 1995.

Christine passed her PreQualifingExam today! w00t! We went out to celebrate and she told me about a conversation she had with one of the organizers. “Wasn’t this supposed to be two full weeks after finals?” She asked. “Where did you read that?!” The organizer asked. “On the programs UCI website…” “Oh, no one ever read that… Until your class.”

I suggested that Tine let them know that from now on, all of their students had access to the Internet in High School. So they should consider what they put up on their site and consider keeping it current.

I wrote a script to port FirstClass BBS messages back and forth from usenet – I have a strong feeling that was sent from my BBS. No search for ‘PCMacNet’ turned up anyhting relevent. Brake out the Hayes Accura 14.4, we’re using WinSock to make a PPP connection to the World Wide Web!