Friday, March 28, 2008

Bath and Laugh....

The final installment of the Bath Trilogy.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Seamus Bath II...

In case you (Nana, Papa, Grammy, and Grandpa) didn't get enough the first time...

Thursday, March 20, 2008

A short stroll...

The good ole' days....

I don't get to do as much science as I like anymore, but occasionally I get access to some cool projects to take pictures of.

Monday, March 17, 2008

For St. Patrick's Day...

Abandoned Abbey visible from the Rock of Cashel.

One of our last stops on the Ireland trip a couple of years ago was the Rock of Cashel. From Wikipedia:

The Rock of Cashel (Irish: Carraig Phadraig), also known as Cashel of the Kings and St. Patrick's Rock , is a historic site in Ireland's province of Munster, located at Cashel, County Tipperary.The Rock of Cashel served as the traditional seat of the Kings of Munster for several hundred years prior to the Norman invasion, though few remnants if any of the early structures survive. The majority of buildings on the current site date from the 12th and 13th centuries. Cashel is reputed to be the site of the conversion of the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century A.D. The buildings which crown the Rock of Cashel present a mass and outline of great complexity, rivalling other sites in western Europe. The complex has a character of its own, unique and native, and is one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found anywhere in Europe.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Goofing off...

Just playing around with some photographs and photoshop. I kind of liked the mood in these.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Seamus on the move....

Rainy day around here... I am working on some video of Seamus walking, but he is like a little football player when he sees you with the camera and it makes it difficult to get extended footage.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Seamus takes a bath...

Seamus takes a bath. Warning: this video is not exciting, but the smile in the last 5 seconds makes it worth it.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

The Rocking Chair...

Stormy Day

We had flood, wind, and tornado weather alerts today. When I arrived home the rain had stopped, but there were very unusual cloud formations out. Pictures don't really do the clouds justice, but you get can get an idea. It was almost as if the clouds were out of scale with the rest of the landscape.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Seamus goes down the tubes...

It was over 60 F today, so Christine and Seamus went to a local park where she took these pictures. If only what I did today was 1/2 this fun.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Winter Sun Dog... and not so deep thoughts

Tucker was enjoying the warm day out on the patio. Made for some interesting shadows.

I had a few minutes to think today and kept coming back to effective strategies colleagues can use to slow any project down. Yes, you can guess what type of week it has been. I used to get upset about this stuff, but now I just laugh.

  1. Pretend my e-mail never arrived, even though almost all modern e-mail clients (including the one I use) report when Sent mail is opened.

  2. Pretend my second and 3rd e-mails never arrived.

  3. Don't answer the phone when I call, but answer immediately when the administrative assistant calls to schedule an appointment.

  4. Start off any conference call with "Let me tell you why this will never work...."

  5. End any conference call with "Good luck with THAT!"

  6. Act like a CAVE person (I heard this recently somewhere I wish I could give someone credit for the acronym Colleagues Against Virtually Everything)

  7. Pretend you know what everyone is talking about even when you are clearly lost. People are usually willing to stop and explain....this goes much better sooner rather than later.

  8. Claim you missed a deadline because you are tired from being overworked and before the meeting is over talk about the wild weekend you had.

  9. Send a representative in your place that has been told nothing about the project.

  10. Make a funny about my hair. Hey I can laugh at myself, but coming up on 40 your joke is likely not original and I probably heard it before. If you are going to make fun, target something easier like the lack of my ability to dress to the current decade. More folks will laugh, especially the other bald guys in the room.
Just to let you know that I am not too jaded, soon I will post a Top 10 of truly amazing things colleagues have done without even being prompted. I do have good days at work to.