Good morning y'all! Hope this finds you well and recovering nicely from a great Thanksgiving dinner. I must tell you Shirley and the girls outdid themselves last night, we had a marvelous meal, very traditional with turkey and stuffing and bread pudding (!) and vegetables and so on... accompanied by a nice Jumilla. And finished off with pumpkin pie, apple pie, and cheesecake, a la mode. Just typing these words makes me feel full all over again.
Today is my annual brush with death as I put up Christmas lights. Fortunately it is a beautiful day, not raining and not windy, both factors which have made previous years more interesting. I will be inspired by Carson Williams' amazing "Wizards of Winter" display from 2005, YouTube at right. I plan to take it slow and easy :)
I keep accumulating links about the Obamaniacs, but I'm in a good mood so I'm not going to share them. I will say, it is becoming increasingly obvious to many (as it was to me all along) that John Bolton was right.
Tim Bray makes a great observation about using his Android smartphone: "A huge amount of most people’s workload is manageable given anything with a decent email client and browser. For now, I can’t really use the phone for anything creative: Writing, or coding, or photography. I wonder when and if that might change?" Other than sending email, which is arguably a creative act, you can't originate content on a smartphone. Okay, you can take pictures, crummy ones, which you have to edit later on a PC to make them halfway presentable. But can I post to my blog? Not yet. And coding is clearly out of the question. For now. But like Tim, I have no doubt this will change...
The Space Shuttle Atlantis landed this morning, boom boom. We've become so used to this; the amazing fact that we can launch a spaceplane, have it dock with a space station for eleven days, and then return to Earth safely raises hardly an eyebrow anymore. It costs a lot, but it works. Check out these amazing pictures taken while the Shuttle was docked on the ISS and astronauts worked on the outside. Scenes from a movie. My favorite is the one showing both the Shuttle and the Russian Soyuz docked side-by-side. How cool is that?