Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:40:26 PST
Ten years ago, today:
Well that was true. Wow.
Notes on rewatching:
Can you remember what was in your pocket on that day? I proudly carried a Palm Centro.
I don't care what you say, that was a better time. (...more history...)
Mon, 02 Jan 2017 13:26:50 PSTBloggin' in the new year ... it's 2017, which means it is fourteen years since I started blogging, way back in the bad old days of early 2003. That means I get to add another "this date in:" link to my sidebar, and I get to add another row to the summary grid at the top of my archive. There you will find links to 3,282 posts. I can't believe how much time I've spent blogging, and yet... I can't help feeling that it was time well spent. It was fun, for one thing, and educational, and through blogging I've met many of you, some of whom have become good friends and a few even business partners. And I must confess I do like being able to see what I was doing and thinking this time in each year; I am probably the biggest user of my Flight link, which makes that vertical cut. Weirdly and unusually, I have not redesigned my blog; it looks almost exactly as it did fourteen years ago. I was an early pioneer with drop shadows, image maps, a right-side nav, and a chronological archive. And may I say, my site has stayed fast; flat teeny compressed HTML, baby, with no client-side crap. I was also wrong about a few things; frames, we hardly new ya, blog roulette, cute but useless, and blogroll, no longer a thing (sadly). I do still have a cool, fast, simple search, and have held on to those greatest hits in the sidebar, although they don't get many clicks. I didn't get RSS at first, and even thought aggregators are not good, but soon saw the light; I continue to think RSS is amazing, and it enables me to follow over 200 sites and blogs every day; click my OPML feed to see what I see. And way back in 2009 I started Tweeting links, and echoing posts to Facebook. So what's new for 2017? We'll have to see. I have no immediate plans to change anything about my blog, but I most definitely plan to start blogging again. I have a backlog of about 200 items to share with you, and will dribble them out among new things of interest. A lot of space stuff - it's been a good year for space! - and a lot of tech as usual, and of course a little social and political commentary, but I promise only a little. (At right: This was NASA's tribute to Prince, after he died on 4/21/16) Cheers and onward! [...]
Mon, 02 Jan 2017 11:32:32 PST
This morning I got up and [like everyone else on Earth] watched the Rose Parade. Wow. As usual the floats were amazing, the bands were great, and the sense of pageantry and tradition was strong. A perfect way to warm up for a day of doing nothing and watching football (and for a year of doing ... a lot).
As I was watching this - amazed and delighted - I couldn't help wondering about how this might be received by some of the other people watching this, people in other countries, other cultures, who might be astounded that we have so much excess bandwidth that we can worry about creating 100' long parade floats with surfing dogs. In order to promote a philanthropic organization that exists to spay and neuter pets, so we don't have too many of them. What a time to be alive.
Onward, into my day of doing nothing and watching football. I'm picking: Wisconson over Western Michighan in the Cotton Bowl, Iowa over Florida in the Outback, USC over Penn State in the Rose Bowl (sorry, Kevin), and ... Oklahoma over Auburn in the Sugar.
Sat, 31 Dec 2016 16:12:49 PST
Wed, 09 Nov 2016 21:03:32 PST
Yesterday, the American people sent a strong signal. They didn't vote for President-elect Trump or the Republican party, and they didn't vote against Hillary Clinton. They voted for change. They did not like where we were headed, and they said so, loudly.
In 2008 after Barack Obama was elected President, the Democratic party controlled both houses, 29 governorships, and 27 state legislatures. But in the four elections since the Democratic party has moved further to the left and left America in the middle. Now Donald Trump has been elected President, the Democrats have lost both houses, and they are left with only 18 governorships and 12 state legislatures. *That* is change you must believe in.
I didn't see this coming. I don't like Donald Trump. But I am delighted that the era of liberal policies, free-spending big government, victimology, and sanctimonious political correctness may be brought to an end. We have serious problems and we need serious solutions. We cannot expect our government to provide those solutions, we can only hope that they get out of the way. Obamacare is only the latest in a long serious of fiascos where the government attempts to manipulate a market, and causes incredible damage. (For an earlier example, see the government's subsidy of subprime loans via FNMA and FDMC, which caused the disastrous housing bubble of the mid-2000s.)
I would guess that 75% of you, my friends and readers, are more liberal than I am. Many way, way more. (You are great friends for all that.) Same for the bloggers I follow (great bloggers), my Facebook and Twitter feeds, etc. Since last night there has been a vast outpouring of anger and frustration and denial. It will take time to understand what happened. But I hope those who are angry and frustrated will take that time.
This was not about race, not about gender, not about multiculturalism, not about trivial considerations of social correctness. You and I, we live in a bubble. We cannot easily identify with those who cannot find work, who see their towns shrinking, their kids growing up worse off than they were, the way of life they love slowly eroding. But that is reality for millions of people, and those people voted for change. They are Americans of all races, genders, and cultural backgrounds (check the stats, Trump received more minority votes and more support from women than Mitt Romney). They want to make America great again.
Let's work together and make that happen. We learn from the past, take all the best ideas, and move forward. I am not angry or frustrated, I am excited and energized. It is a new beginning, let's make the most of it!
Sun, 11 Sep 2016 12:01:58 PST
(image) Wow, 9/11, again. I will certainly never forget, as must we all not, for the evil philosophy which drove the horrible events of that day is with us still. We must be ever vigilant to defend our ways of life against those who would take them away.
I have a calm quiet day; the biggest challenge I face will be riding my bike up a steep mountain. I will worry only about how to make great things happen in the future, for my family and my business, and not about how to avoid bad things happening in the present.
But I will not forget the recent past, and I hope you will not, either.