Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Strange days indeed

An amazing start to the day yesterday, to find yourself in the early hours, in the shower with the window open to suddenly hear what you take to be the sound of horse hooves striding along the road that our house is located on. Firstly let me point out that the road, Sooke Road also referred to as " Le Mans Sooke" during the tourist season is anything but a quite countryside route, it is instead a full-fledged 4 lane (plus a centre left turn lane) primary route from View Royal, through Langford, Colwood, Metchosin etc.. At that time of day it is usually one way traffic heading to the Downtown core for the beginning of another workday. So anyways, I digress, upon hearing the click-clack of the hooves I had to stick my head out the window to find out what it was, we are in an area frequented by many Deer, sure enough this horse goes flying by, not looking panicked but looking as though he is enjoying the freedom of the road, must have been a biker in a past life. It was a truly a most unique way to start the day off, at least bringing a chuckle to my face. ;-)

Well swapped out the Mainboard in my system, as in the previous post, good to be back on my machine, just thankful that it was only the board, not the additional expense of the CPU or worse hard Disk and Data loss. GAAK!

Big countdown beginning soon to the start of the vacation, it will be so excellent to have almost a full month off. To be able to kick back and re-explore some areas I have not seen in a long time. We are really looking forward to it.

30th anniversary of the Viking Landers touching down on Mars, NASA has put together some great multimedia products at, including a video capturing the landing day drama, as the team saw the first pictures of the Martian surface, and a Flash slide show featuring Viking highlights. From those landers came the ability for us to have the current presence on the planet with the hope that I will see a fulltime human presence on both Mars and the Moon, as they have state they wished to do. Amazing how far the technology in Space Exploration has come. Leap and bounds.


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