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Thursday,  12/25/08  10:56 PM

Merry Christmas A nice quiet day of hanging out with my family and friends, and watching basketball (Lakers-Celtics of course, my first game of the season, violating my dictum to wait until after football, because, well, it was Lakers-Celtics :).  And I ate a lot of chili and chocolate, and drank some wonderful Tempranillo.

Yes Man!Oh, and my kids and I went and saw Yes Man.  I really liked it.  Yeah, I guess it was predictable, but entertaining nonetheless, and the underlying message was/is cool.  It is bad to be in a rut, and good to say "yes" to new things.  Definitely not Jim Carrey's worst :)

Are you sitting down?  Are you holding any sharp objects?  No?  Because I am trying to use Twitter.  So far I've found a bunch of people to follow, but the twits are inane.  I come into this with the preconception that the signal to noise would be really low, and so far I haven't seen anything to change my opinion.  But I'm trying it...  (saying "yes" to a new thing :)  stay tuned :)

the Gates who stole SearchmasThe Gates who stole Searchmas...  a Silicon Valley Christmas Tale.  I love it.  (Also the illustrations are excellent.)

Thirty unforgettable Christmas ads.  They are excellent.  The inventiveness of some of these ads is amazing; it shows that the gamut between good and bad is so wide in advertising.

Jeff Atwood is pressing the software turbo button.  Now he's talking, I totally agree with this.  (This is a bit different for Jeff, he was last seen arguing that fast hardware makes fast software unnecessary, and that productivity is more important than performance.  It's all relative...)

Global warming?  Check out "Santa" Klaus.  "The largest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy, and prosperity at the end of the 20th and at the beginning of the 21st century is no longer socialism. It is, instead, the ambitious, arrogant, unscrupulous ideology of environmentalism."  Here's what I think: global warming is real, and it is a problem, but it isn't as real or as much of a problem as some would have you believe.  Everything in moderation...

McLaren SLR 2009I want one for Christmas...  the 2009 McLaren SLR.  "Featuring a supercharged, 5,439cc V8 engine developing 650bhp. It accelerates from 0-62mph in less than 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of 217mph."  Whoa.  Looks pretty, too :)

APOD for 12/25/08The Christmas APOD...  wow.  Make sure you discover your browsers F11 "maximize" on this one...

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