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26 January 2010 @ 08:02 am
Home, but not home  
I'm back from Mars, but my head's still in a strange space. This will probably continue for some time.

I've been spending some of my time doing catchup chores, like clearing out my spam traps (I have five, for my various accounts) and unpacking and doing laundry. Most of the rest of yesterday was spent working on a Keynote presentation (Apple's answer to PowerPoint) of my Mars mission. It's going to be mostly photos. I have 2500+ photographs to sort through and in two passes I got them down to the 1000 best and then the 400 best. I really need a 100 best and 30 best for various purposes. And that's not to mention the videos.

Most other daily stuff isn't happening yet. I need to take the car to the shop (battery died while I was gone) and vote (deadline is today) and answer some important paper mail and clean the kitchen and stuff like that there, but it's hard to concentrate on Earthly life.

The new MDRS crew is going great guns, fixing the shower and water heater and fourth rover which have been out of commission for a long time, putting up GPS tracks on Google Earth with their heart rates and everything, and finishing the erection of the radiotelescope. I am so proud of them! You can see their group blog at http://www.wkiri.com/mdrs_crew89/.

Steve Hutchisonfoomf on January 26th, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
VOTE! Thank you for reminding me, I had forgotten!
(Anonymous) on January 26th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
Car battery
Your mileage might vary, but if this is a normally frequently driven around-town car, you can probably get by with a battery recharge.
Most cars place a small drain on the battery even when parked, and while you left the planet, that continued. Any battery would run out if left sitting in a car long enough.
Most (ordinary lead-acid) batteries will become less effective gradually with use until a cell erodes through, at which time you really need to replace it.
David D. Levinedavidlevine on January 26th, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Car battery
In this case my mechanic has warned me for the last couple of checkups that the battery was dying and would need to be replaced soon, so it's definitely time. I just need to jump-start the car and drive it to the mechanic today.
scarlettinascarlettina on January 26th, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
Will you be coming to Norwescon and giving your presentation there? I just got my programming survey this morning, and they're all very rush-rush about it so I'm wondering.
David D. Levinedavidlevine on January 26th, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC)
No, we're going to a square dance event in DC on Norwescon weekend. I'll be presenting my Mars talk at Potlatch, though. It's March 5-7 at the Hotel Deca in the U District.
Kate: swimmingkateyule on January 26th, 2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
Norwescon actually conflicts with the ECR 25th-anniversary dance in San Jose. We're in DC on the weekend of Radcon.... but we're choosing Potlatch over a dance event in Seattle. Juggling two fandoms is hard!
scarlettina: Geek Crossingscarlettina on January 27th, 2010 02:56 am (UTC)
Potlatch--I'll see you there!

Juggling two fandoms is hard!

::chuckle:: I understand.
scarlettina: Geek Crossingscarlettina on January 27th, 2010 02:55 am (UTC)
Yay! Well, I plan on being at Potlatch so I'll see it--and you!
Azahruazahru on January 30th, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
Heya David.

Will you present on mars at Ignite Portland?

Pretty pretty please? http://www.igniteportland.com/

Edited at 2010-01-30 09:08 pm (UTC)
David D. Levinedavidlevine on January 30th, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks for letting me know about this! I hadn't known about it.

I've submitted a proposal: http://proposals.igniteportland.com/proposals/448

Now we'll see what happens...
Azahruazahru on January 30th, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
Yay, awesome sauce :-)