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Sunday,  01/10/16  09:37 AM

I woke up this morning and said to myself, "self, this morning I'm going to blog [again]."  And so I am...

It has been three months.  Who can say why I stopped?  I was busy, but ... I'm always busy :)  Maybe I just didn't have much to say.  And who can say why I'm starting again?  I feel like I have a lot to say now...

Did you watch Pittsburgh survive Cincinnati last night?  That my friends is what you call winning ugly.  It was fun to watch though.  And today we have Seattle at Minnesota, in a game which is predicted to take place below zero.  Awesome. 

By the way, ESPN's website is now so horrible that I can't even find the right article to link.  What the heck happened over there?  It was *never* a good website, and *always* a bloated mess, but now it's some weird unorganized and unnavigable collection of crap.  Nobody could think it's a useful site, could they?

Sorry about Sport Illustrated's articles' video autoplay.  That has to be the single thing I hate the most online, amid heavy competition.  Actually if I could simply filter out all video the entire web would be better, for me.

PS do you remember why ESPN's URL is http://espn.go.com?  Yep I do... it's a relic of the portal era.  Try visiting http://go.com for an interesting surprise.

Oh I have so much to blog about.  Top of mind is the whole Ammon Bundy / Citizens for Constitutional Freedom thing.  It pisses me off that people who don't understand the first thing about what's going on there are commenting on it anyway.  Somehow it's cool if you're a SJW to claim racism here, like the only reason we don't call Bundy a terrorist is because he's white.  Sigh.  I don't condone the actions of Bundy et al, but clearly this sort of armed protest falls into a different category from Islamic fundamentalists.  And what's happened to the Hammonds is clearly an astonishing abuse of government power

By the way, my Bundy link is to Salon, which somehow managed to post a balanced article on this situation.  Even a stopped clock...

Reading Salon has become such a chore, not because I disagree with them (I do) but because they're so stupid.  I like reading the New Yorker for its intelligent discourse, and I used to like Salon for the same reason.  But the average IQ of the typical post there has plummeted...

For a good example of the stupidity of Salon, please see any one of their articles about the amazing success of Donald Trump, e.g. Trump talks at a fourth-grade level, maybe that's why the Fox News crowd loves him.  Trump is clearly an interesting phenomenon that deserves a more nuanced and thoughtful take than this. 

Do you follow Scott ("Dilbert") Adams?  You should, he's a great blogger.  His series of explanations for Trump's success, based on what he calls "the master persuader theory", have been wonderful.

In case you're wondering, I'm in the "anyone but Hillary" camp.  I think I support Cruz right now - based on IQ - but I'm actually warming to Trump.  Oh and I did/do like Fiorina, but I'm afraid she's peaked and could now only be chosen as a VP candidate, to balance the chromosomes on the GOP ticket.

Speaking of stupid, could our President's attack on gun ownership be any dumber?  Murder is already illegal, so why would passing more laws do anything to prevent murder? 

By the way, I don't own a gun and have never used one.  That you know :)  But I like the idea that a would-be burglar doesn't know that...

Have you seen The Force Awakens?  Or should I say, how many times have you seen it?  I think it's awesome!  (You knew I would.)  I might have to see it once again tonight :)  And I might have to tell you all the reasons why, but that would be another post.  Suffice it to say, for this longtime Star Wars fan (I remember standing in line for six hours to see the first one), it was a most satisfying continuation / restart, and washed away the sour taste of the three prequels.  Can't wait for the next one?  (Who *is* Rey!!!!) 

Related, 2015 was a great year for space movies.  In addition to The Force, we had The Martian, which was wonderful.  I loved the book, and I loved the way the book was brought to the screen.  And as a bonus, I love the way it rekindled a public interest in space.  Onward to Mars!

My favorite space movie of 2015 wasn't fiction; it was SpaceX launching eleven satellites into orbit, and then landing the booster so it can be reused!  I watched it live, absolutely on the edge of my seat, and when that rocket touched down I yelled louder than I have for anything for many years, tears in my eyes.  Absolutely awesome.  I think I'll be able to tell my grandchildren that yes I was there at the dawn of the commercial space era... 

Do you remember the landing on the moon?  (Possibly the right question would be, were you alive for the first landing on the moon :)  Well I do, I heard it on the radio, and man, was that exciting!  The dawn of the manned space.  Unfortunately that was 1969, and we haven't gone back since...  The ISS is all very exciting, but whole space shuttle thing never really got off the ground, so to speak.

PS NASA have started a blog, and it's great.  For example this post: Solar System 2016 preview.  Sounds like it will be a fun year, with Juno visiting Jupiter, the OSIRIS mission, Dawn doing a close flyby of Ceres, and Cassini's grand finale.

And finally, speaking of grandchildren, I'm a grandfather!  My oldest daughter Nicole now has a daughter of her own.  Naturally little Orionna has captured my heart already, and has showed a healthy interest in football.  More about her in the many years to come :) 

That's a picture of my Mom with her great-granddaughter.

Well that's enough for a Saturday morning!  I think in the coming days and weeks I'll blog in two directions, forward about new stuff, and backward about all the supremely interesting things that happened over the past three months...  stay tuned!