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Mother Nature got thoroughly drunk last night

And this was the result (click to embiggen):

Snow in late MarchBefore today, we were having high temperatures in the mid-60s.

Sally was no doubt wondering why we were suddenly having snow again. She had to go out and explore.

Sally Exploring in the Snow

Sally finished exploring“Okay, that’s enough exploring. I’m going back inside where it’s warm.”

 

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I’m Not Dead Yet

Nor have I been silenced by agents of Lucasfilms. I’ve just been busy and distracted by other things. However, I’ve neglected this blog for far too long and I should be back to posting again shortly.

 

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It’s the end of the world as we know it

And I feel fine.

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No more revisionist history!

Until now I have been content to let things slide, but enough is enough. Following in the footsteps of thinkers like T. S. Elliot and Monroe Beardsley, I have to declare that George Lucas is absolutely and unambiguously WRONG. Lucas may well have intended to have Greedo shoot first. It would have been idiotic, since it violates Han’s character and it requires a ridiculous suspension of disbelief to have Greedo miss at that range. Nevertheless, he might indeed have intended to show that. However, what Lucas intended to show is utterly irrelevant. What he did show in 1977, unambiguously, was Han shooting first. Not only did Han shoot first, but as a result Greedo didn’t get a shot off at all.

NOW CHANGE THE DAMN THING BACK FOR THE DVD!!!!!

 

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WTF Denver?

According to a story in the Denver Post, the police there don’t seem to have a very good track record in making sure that a person arrested due to an outstanding warrant actually is the one they’re supposed to be looking for. It doesn’t appear that anybody even looks at the description on the warrant, or even whether the person is a man or a woman!

Once arrested, many of these people sit in jail, sometimes for weeks before the mistake is fixed. To make matters worse, the Sixth Amendment is clearly not in effect in Denver, since suspects are often held for over a week before even seeing a judge for the first time.

We do visit Colorado from time to time, since Catherine has family there. But I think it might be wise to avoid Denver on our next trip. (Fortunately Caboose Hobbies has a web store.)

 

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Back home

Finally got home today after spending Christmas in Portland and spending a couple of days driving through eastern Oregon. While we were in Portland we stopped by Powell’s and spent a wonderful few hours lost inside. Among other things, Catherine got us a complete set of the Foxfire Books. Fortunately, we didn’t have room in the car for the whole set, so we had to have them shipped home instead. I say fortunately because that gives us a few more days to figure out where the heck we’re going to put them.

It was a very enjoyable trip, despite the fact that it rained much of the time. And now we’re home just in time to begin 2012, the year the world isn’t going to end (or if it does, it will have damn all to do with any Mayan calendars).

 

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Best abstract ever

There’s just no way to improve on this one.

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Free books!

How come nobody told me about this before now? Science fiction publisher Baen has adopted an innovative strategy to fight online piracy: they’re giving away books in electronic format. The participating authors are essentially giving out free samples of their work, in the (undoubtedly correct) belief that in the long run it will increase sales. It’s not really any different than having books available in free public libraries, and I’ve heard very few authors complain about that.

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Question for 9/11 “truthers”

If you really believe, as you claim, that your own government, or elements within your own government, secretly murdered 3,000 innocent people in order to advance some political agenda, shouldn’t you be a little more careful what you say in public? Aren’t you even a little bit concerned about what those same people are likely to do if you become an embarrassment to them? And for those of you who have been talking about this for the past ten years, excuse my bluntness but why aren’t you dead yet?

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Thought for the day

When it comes to discussions of American history, many on the left like to point out that the United States has a long, sordid history of brutal oppression, slavery, and genocide. Many on the right meanwhile claim claim that no other nation on Earth has done more than the United States has to protect human rights and human dignity. The tragic truth is that both sides are correct.

 

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