Friday, July 18, 2008
The Vatican & the Kitchen Sink
Again - what a week. Spent the work week up at the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope on Mt. Graham with "the A-Team" upgrading the telescope's computer and mechanical systems for the coming fall observing season. Together we must have pulled over 3000 feet of unused cables from the cable runs and ceiling of the control room - left there by the last set of overworked retarded engineers previously charged with caring for this complicated monster of a telescope. I must have swallowed more dead moths this week then I've done in my whole lifetime. What a mess.
During the stay I spent a number of hours trying to recover from a crash of the developement SUN computer we used to compile the control system software for the scope. Nothing was lost in total but recovering the ability to recompile the code was tricky. In all - a limited success in as much as during an addition of an NTP client for the control system I managed to insert a nasty bug that crashes the control system after about nine hours of continuous operation - handy "feature" but sure to be unappreciated by future users. So - back up to the scope next week to see if I can ferret out this last little code-block before my boss starts getting snarky.
Couple of pics from the roof of the VATT telescope of the LBT - again!
Meanwhile - back at the "Harvey compound" my wife is left to wrestle with an interminable kitchen remodeling project being executed by a local contractor and friend. Its been three weeks now - and looks like it will be at least another three weeks before its done. I think the most stressful and annoying project that can voluntarily be undertaken by a homeowner besides a move from one house to another is the remodelling of a kitchen. Nothing is more distruptive to the flow of family life than the destruction of family feeding hole. Here are a few pics of the progress so far . . .
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