Thursday 11

Thursday 11- I did my stretches; still dang too windy again to go for my run! I’m really getting restless now!
Today’s Weather was: Temps of around 36 and 54 degrees, North winds of 6 to 12, humidity around 26 percent, sunny skies.
According to the National Weather Service: “Friday: Sunny, with a high near 67. Calm wind becoming east southeast between 4 and 7 mph. Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. West southwest wind between 5 and 8 mph.”
UPS delivered a Samsung Slim External DVD Writer, and a US Robotics USB 56kps modem that I ordered a few days ago from So I played around with them for a spell.
The new modem said that it was compatible with Linux so I took the SSD 8Gig drive contain XP out of my Dell Mini 9 and replaced it with a 4Gig SSD drive that didn’t have anything on it and installed Ubuntu 8.4. I tried the modem once I got the system loaded but it didn’t work. It seems to need a USB modem driver (CDC ACM) compiled onto the Linux kernel. The instructions say that once I install that driver it will be plug and play. Okay, now where do I get that driver? I’ll have to do a search online later tonight if I have time.
When I tried to install the modem on Win7 I had to go to the US Robotics website to get that. But there wasn’t a Linux driver listed, dang. I downloaded the Win 7 driver and got it working just fine.
I read aloud from the textbooks: “Astronomy Today” about why air sticks around Earth and not Mercury and other planets or moons, which has to do with mass, the size, and the escape velocity of the planet and how excited the particles become to reach the escape velocity. Lighter molecules like hydrogen have already left Earth’s atmosphere because they have a molecular mass of 2 and can accelerate to 11.4kps that is faster than 11.2kps of Earth’s escape velocity, whereas heavier nitrogen is still hanging around; “The Cell: a Molecular Approach” beginning of chapter 4: the Organization and Sequences of Cellular Genomes.
I watched an old Lee Van Cleef movie “Commandos” (1968) that I had borrowed from Mac; it was riddled with lots of mistakes but entertaining all the same. It was made in Italy and the voices were dubbed over into English.
I did my stretches; practiced my guitar; wrote to my journal, posted it to the web, and called it a night.


About madgravity

I am just a guy out in the desert amazed at the things out here where I live, the folks I call my friends, and this that we call the Internet. I am excited to share them with you!
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