October 29th, 2003

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The fires continue to burn in the backcountry. They're making a stand for Julian right now.

They canceled all high school sports events this week. This is a good idea, but it sucks. It'll be a few years before we have Halloween on a football Friday again. Dunno if there's any point in dressing up Friday, as there won't be anywhere to go. *shrug*

Since I pulled the hardware out of the closet to pull hard drives, and took the G4 desktop out completely, today was a good time to clear out the closet, tidy cables, and swap the G3 and G4 CPUs. I also shuffled the network hardware around a bit, so the DSL modem isn't precariously balanced atop two USB hubs anymore. The DSL and analog modems are also on the UPS with b5, so it should remain reachable during temporary power failures. (I still need to get the damned UPS daemon running...)
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Fire, Day 4

Poway Unified has officially closed until Monday due to air pollution. All sports practices are off as well. It sounds like they're going to start cleaning up the campus tomorrow, I'll probably stick my head in to lend a hand.

Julian is still standing at the moment. They've been defending it all night. I watched on TV this morning as a CDF helicopter dropped water on a house. After the copter left, fire broke through the roof outside the area that got wet. The fire quickly stretched from the front to the back of the house, following a path about eight feet wide. The copter returned a couple of minutes later and made another drop. The water fell straight down the fire line and extinguished it.

My skies are clear for the first time since Saturday, photos below:

Air quality yesterday in Escondido: 738 micrograms per square meter. By comparison, that figure was 90 late Sunday.
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According to the TV news, downtown Julian has been successfully defended, though a lot of houses were destroyed.

I was out today running errands and came across helicopter crews fighting flare-ups around Scripps Ranch. I have some good stills and video, including one copter sucking water out of the Lake Miramar reservoir. There were three Navy copters with buckets, but they'd left before I got up to the reservoir itself, so I couldn't tape them picking up water. It's a lot of stills, so they're not up yet. I've been busy with other things this evening...

It's nice to know that things I've long suspected are in fact true. NFL teams use encrypted wireless transmitters to send plays to their quarterbacks. Even cooler, the NFL wants to put direction-finding teams at every game site to find interference sources.