Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Pirates, Typhoons, now this...

Silly photo aside: Malaria is no laughing matter. There seem to be plenty of mosquitos available for transporting the disease from person to person. My take from the article is that this is not the most dangerous strain, the few reported cases are taken seriously by the government, the various agencies jump on the outbreak immediately and the affected area is quite remote from where we're apt to be.

Monday, July 5, 2010

More Bold Malaysian Paint

Sure is more interesting than the usual hues of off-white blended with urban grime. There is much color here in Kuching. These two buildings look good from the table at the coffee house on Carpenter Street.

Got X

The X advance team came up with this new promotion which is appearing all over Borneo...

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Need GPS Help

I'm looking for a GPS with a Go From button. The designers seemed to expect a plan. There is no plan, much less a destination. On top of that, this sailing with light winds, currents, and random temptations is unreliable. There's no certainty in it. I know where I've been. I can easily punch that into the buttons. But where am I going?

Spinnaker Furler

Experimented with the spinnaker several days. X likes it. Pulls along nicely on these light South China Sea winds. Caught the edge of a squall once. Wind rotated 180 degrees and X hit some new, to me, high speeds. Fun and a little worrisome, plus the wrong direction. I flew the 1A on a Code Zero Furler (pictured). Interesting. The PO cut the kite a foot too tall and the furling line 6 feet too short. Sheesh!

Flying Creatures

Swallows in the rigging, butterfly on a lava boulder. Just saw a bright blue wasp, I think...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Inedible Beef

Brought along some frozen Malaysian beef. It looks good in a pan with vegetables, curry and coconut milk, However it is far too tough to eat. Fish like it.