This is my 2003 journal.
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Copyright 1985-2003 by Thane Plambeck, except where obviously not.
26 June 2003
Email from a fellow Thane
From: Thane Shubaly
To: firstname.lastname@example.org (Thane Plambeck)
Sent: Friday, June 20, 2003 12:46 PM
Subject: Can I go on your other people named Thane page?
24 June 2003
On June 1, 2003, the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft was slewed eastward to capture views of the inner moon, Phobos, shortly before it set over the afternoon limb. Phobos orbits Mars about 3 times a day at an average distance of 5,828 miles. About 0.006 times the size of Earth's Moon, Phobos is a potato-shaped object with dimensions approximately 17 by 14 by 11 miles. (AP Photos/NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems)
22 June 2003
New Kitchen Update: Painting
The color is "Virginia Beach."
20 June 2003
From The Voice of Destruction, by Hermann Rauschning (1940)
Rauschning quoting Hitler (page 4):
"I can well imagine that there is a future for bacterial warfare. We have not quite perfected it yet, but experiments are being made. I hear that they are very promising. But the use of this weapon is limited. Its significance lies in wearing down the enemy before the war. Our real wars will in fact be fought before military operations begin. I can quite imagine that we might control Britain in this way. Or America."Web searches while reading the first 40 pages of this book:
Volhynia, and a cool oblique map of it
Hussites, and Jan Hus (burned at the stake 6 July 1415)
Franz von Papen (German), mostly to see what happened to him at Nuremberg (they let him go, apparently, in 1949. He lived to be 90 years old, dying in 1969).
Alfred Hugenberg (German), didn't fair so well, being held by the British until shortly before his death in 1951
Now at pages 39 and 40:
The classless society of Marxists, Hitler contended, was madness. Order always meant class order. But the democratic notion of a class order based on the moneybag was equally mad. A genuine aristocracy was not born out of the accidental successful speculatons of bright businessmen [...]By most accounts, Hitler droned on and on on such topics, boring many people who had the "opportunity" to sit in at his table-talks, but Rauschning at least has a talent for dressing it up. I like the 'galvanic currents.'
More web searches:
Marinus van der Lubbe, a Dutchman executed 10 Jan 1934 for starting the Reichstag fire.
Ernst Torgler, (German) leader of the German Communist Party, acquitted in Reichstag fire trial.
Page 59, dining with the Führer:
At dinner, there was soup, followed by a meat course, vegetables and a sweet. Hitler himself ate no meat, but he devoured astonishing portions of the sweet, and his personal cook, an old party member, prepared special vegetable dishes for him. But Hitler placed no vegetarian compulsion on his guests, nor did he refuse them alcohol in the shape of beer. There was a choice between beer and lemonade, and it was amusing to watch newcomers, especially enthusiastic party members, choosing lemonade, with a side-glance at the temperate Führer, in order to make a good impression.
19 June 2003
New Kitchen Update: Drywall Finish
19 June 2003
Put a token somewhere on Pascal's triangle. Two players take turns moving it one step closer to the apex, ie one step up and to the left, or alternatively one step up and to the right (reversing the summation direction of the Pascal triangle recursion). Who wins if the first player to move the token to the boundary (ie "normal" Pascal triangle entry = 1) loses?
Here we've got a good example of a Zettel (German)a slip of paper, or a "back of an envelope" calculation. I used the genus theory of misère disjunctive sums (Chapter 12 in John Horton Conway's On Numbers and Games).
12 June 2003
From QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter, by Richard Feynman (1985)
Shortly after electrons were discovered it was thought atoms were like little solar systems, made up of a central, heavy part (called the nucleus) and electrons, which went around in "orbits," much like the planets do when they go around the sun. If you think that's the way atoms are, you're back in 1910.
12 June 2003
Norbert usually has to stay in the house, but today he had a bad attitude about the housecleaner. First she couldn't get him off a bed, and then couldn't get him to budge from the couch. He was forcibly removed to the office so that he could reflect on how to be a better, more cooperative kitty. A few minutes later, Norbert was feeling better.
[1995 Christmas Letter about Norbert]
11 June 2003
Stucco Blobs on Waterheater Vent
8 June 2003
An Interview with Henry Owen Plambeck (age 5)
Interview location: Covenant Preschool
What is your name?
Owen and Henry and Plambeck. Those are my first, middle, and last name.
How old are you?
When is your birthday?
What do you do at your birthday party?
We went to the park. We ate chocolate cake. We played this game with the balloon between your legs until it popped.
Where do you live?
What does your house look like?
It's like a box and then there's a triangle on top. Inside is another box that is my garage.
I share my room with Cole. He's my brother. There's shelves for books and a box full of fake animals. We have so many that some have to go into a different box.
What do you look like?
I have green eyes with kind of blue eyes. My hair is blond with a little bit of black.
Your favorite clothes to wear?
I like my surfer shirt and pants.
Two kitties, Norbert and Sophia.
What would like to have as a pet?
We're going to get a dog, a Golden Retriever. We can pay fetch 'cause kittens don't.
Who is in your family?
My mom, Gloria, my dad, Thane, and Cole.
What does Mommy do?
She mostly goes to work. I don't know what she does there. She cooks dinner really good because she has a big cookbook.
What does Daddy do?
He solves big math problems. He reads to us. He plays games like "Candy Land."
Where do you all like to go for fun?
We go to the movies. We went to Kauai. We went to beaches. We went boogie boarding. The waves are humungous.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
A police officer because they catch bad guys.
What school will you go to next year?
Walter Hays. My brother's already there.
What do you like to do at school?
Play with Legos and play outside, too.
Who is your best friend at school?
Seena because we mostly think of games that we both like to play.
What do you like to do at home?
Watch movies and read this little Lego magazine.
What is your favorite color?
What things are that color?
Cow spots and outer space.
What is your favorite food?
How do you fix it?
They come frozen and then you cook. You cook them in the microwave.
Who are you going to marry?
I don't know.
How old will you be?
You don't think about it until you're 17 or 18.
Your favorite holiday?
Halloween. Kids like Halloween. I can dress up as a skeleton. Then you go trick-or-treating.
What animal would you be?
Ape. They live in the jungle and swing on trees kind of like monkeys.
Who loves you?
Anything else you want to say?
6 June 2003
New Kitchen Updates
4 June 2003
Walking out the front door, I noticed a small natural number flying by. "Was that a six, or perhaps a nine?" I thought. Fortunately it landed in the grass and waited patiently for me to get the camera.
Maybe it's a moth instead?
3 June 2003
1 June 2003
Cole in the car: "MamaI like puzzles because they are like machines, you know, fancy machines, you follow them and then see where they go..."
1 June 2003
The Art of the Escape: Jack Sheppard (1702-1724)
From the Encyclopedia Britannica:
Sheppard, JackMore art of the escape.