Critical Section

Happy Birthday, USA!

Saturday,  07/04/09  07:40 AM

Independence Day!Good morning all and Happy Birthday to our country, born a mere 233 years ago.  We may have challenges (as always!) but we have by far the best country on Earth, the haven of democracy and free enterprise, and the protector of freedom and liberty for all men everywhere.  And fortunately we still have lots of great men and women willing to work hard to keep it that way.

I'm really fortunate; my biggest challenge today is sailing with Megan in the Westlake Yacht Club's annual 'Round the Island race, held each year on the Fourth of July, in which a bunch of disparate sailboats race to be first around Westlake Island.  The island is joined to the mainland by a low bridge, under which you must pass, either by capsizing your boat or taking down your mast.  Meg and I are racing our C-15, which besides being the fastest boat on the lake also is one of the largest and most complicated, with one of the tallest masts, and featuring a veritable rat's nest of control lines.  We have rigged tackle to lower the mast and raise it again, but whether it will work in the heat of battle remains to be seen...

After that we have a family BBQ on tap, with much eating and drinking.  Oh, and before everything we have watching the first stage of the Tour de France!  Stay tuned for a full report on everything...

I hope you have a fantastic day yourself, and encourage you to take a minute and think about what a great country we have...  Happy Birthday, USA!

this date in:
About Me

Greatest Hits
Correlation vs. Causality
The Tyranny of Email
Unnatural Selection
On Blame
Try, or Try Not
Books and Wine
Emergent Properties
God and Beauty
Moving Mount Fuji
The Nest
Rock 'n Roll
IQ and Populations
Are You a Bright?
Adding Value
The Joy of Craftsmanship
The Emperor's New Code
Toy Story
The Return of the King
Religion vs IQ
In the Wet
solving bongard problems
visiting Titan
unintelligent design
the nuclear option
estimating in meatspace
second gear
On the Persistence of Bad Design...
Texas chili cookoff
almost famous design and stochastic debugging
may I take your order?
universal healthcare
triple double
New Yorker covers
Death Rider! (da da dum)
how did I get here (Mt.Whitney)?
the Law of Significance
Holiday Inn
Daniel Jacoby's photographs
the first bird
Gödel Escher Bach: Birthday Cantatatata
Father's Day (in pictures)
your cat for my car
Jobsnotes of note
world population map
no joy in Baker
vote smart
exact nonsense
introducing eyesFinder
to space
where are the desktop apps?
still the first bird
electoral fail
progress ratches
2020 explained