Mostly a day of airplane travel. We were up early and packing, to be out the door around 9:30. What with one thing and another, it was actually around 10:15. Jen, Jack and family were going fishing after dropping us off, so we had quite a lot of stuff plus 7 people in a car more designed for 5. I'd ridden in the back back
several times this week, but this was the first time that there almost wasn't room for me.
The JAX to CVG leg of the journey was fairly uneventful. Since my CVG to SFO leg was unrelated, it took a little finagling to get my bags checked all the way through. Normally I don't check bags to SFO, but Ruth Anne and Amelia will be joining me out here in a few days, so I wanted to leave her with as little to carry as possible. Amelia slept most of the flight, the little darling.
It was somewhat surreal at CVG to get the bags, get the car, drive around and pick up Ruth Anne and Amelia; but then to wave goodbye to them as they drove off for home. Back into the airport for a short wait, and a quick lunch at The Great Steak and Potato Company.
I finally got around to reading an article in the August 5, 2002 Issue of The New Yorker. It's entitled The Naked Face and deals with the things that 0.1% of people can see in peoples faces: thoughts and emotions and such. More importantly, it talks about the fact that such skills can be learned. Related nodes that I hope to get to someday include The Diogenes Projects and FACS the Facial Action Coding System and the taxonomy of facial expression devised by Paul Ekman and Wallace Friesen. A couple of the people able to read faces naturally are Silvan Tomkins and John Yarbrough.
Joan met me at the airport in San Francisco, as she often does when she's not teaching at Stanford on Sunday night. Since I was renting a car, we had a leisurely dinner at the airport, instead of dealing directly with the two cars issue. They were short on compact cars, so they wanted to give me a convertible at the same price. It would have been cool, but I really need the back seat for Amelia.
Brewster and Mary were up when I got in, so we had a nice long chat in the living room. Brewster has a cool idea for making a publicly accessible digital archive of music that is still under copyright, but that no one actually cares about.