Back from vacation
Made it back home tonight. Didn't get anything chess related done while we were in Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico. I did reread Neal Stephonsen's Snow Crash for the first time in probably a decade. I did quite a bit of driving on Sunday and today.
On the way out we took the US60 into New Mexico and drove by the Very Large Array, which is an array of radio telescopes. Always nifty to see that. On Monday we went and saw the Pueblo in Taos which has been there since about 1000 AD, and the Rio Grande gorge. On Tuesday we took a scenic drive towards Santa Fe, then veered off for Los Alamos and went to the Bradbury Science Museum. We spent Wednesday walking around Santa Fe, and going to the Georgia O'Keefe museum.
After driving all day to get back to Phoenix, we went and picked up our dog from the resort she was staying at, then went and got my car from the dealer, where it had been sitting since they had to replace the power steering rack the day before we left. I arrived home to find out that somehow the ntfs filesystem on my Windows desktop got severely corrupted to the point the system is toast. I was able to boot up under Linux and mount the drive, and saved my quicken data which I had been lax about backing up for 2 months. Luckily that appears to be intact, but I can see other files that are messed up, and some of my email was lost. Very annoying to return to that, and very annoying that having mirrored disks doesn't save you from such problems. After I get that system back up and running, I will hopefully get some chess stuff done this weekend.