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The Holidays are full upon us and Ben is now out of school for the Christmas Break. This will be the last full entry for the blog this year – I reserve the right to still blog if I feel the muse – but I am working to get everything in place for January 9th. The studio is ready now. I am still trying to replace my main computer, but even if I don’t get that done, it will just be a minor inconvenience. So hang tight just a couple of more weeks and things should be back to whatever passes for normal around here.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Years! May 2017 be filled with joy and thrills for each of us as we begin another orbit around our local star.

122116-297755main_gpn-2001-000009_fullOn Christmas Eve 1968 mankind did something it had never done before. Apollo 8 entered orbit around the moon and for the first time in history man was able to see the incredible view of the Earth rising over the moon. The iconic and moving photo was taken by astronaut Bill Anders who was supposed to be shooting pictures of the lunar surface, but when he and the Frank Boorman and Jim Lovell saw the Earthrise, knew that they had to shoot it and in color. One of the most turbulent years in history ended with the most amazing sight we’d ever seen. Now, using 2016 technology, the way that photo was taken has been re-recreated so that all of mankind can be a part of that moment. I really don’t care what else you do today, but watch this video. It’s six minutes you will treasure. And it will remind you of how small our problems really are on the cosmic scale… Read the rest of this entry

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Blood On The Windscreen

bwsOne “sure” sign of the end of the recession is AN INCREASE IN TRAFFIC FATALITIES. On Friday, a six year old girl who went to Ben’s school was killed crossing the street when a driver claimed that the sun was “in his eyes.” The Police reminded drivers that they have a responsibility to make sure that they are not “going too fast for the conditions.” It’s time for drivers to slow down. get off the phone, put away the other distractions and concentrate on the road before them. That means Dave too, by the way. Or we can start explaining to parents why their children aren’t coming home from school…

The next Debt Ceiling fight is well underway and has already cost Speaker Boehner his job, while some are pretty sure that it will also cost Mitch McConnell his. Those are the only positive things to potentially come out of this latest version of the same old story which will end exactly the same way. Again.

A couple of weeks ago, the Legislature defeated SB350’s 50% mandated cut in gasoline usages. No less an authority on the economy and the environment than Sandra Fluke informed us that they (meaning the left) would “do it via regs.” On Friday, the CARB took the first step of forcing gasoline usage cuts on the people of California… “via regs…”

Are the 49er’s in deep doo-doo? People keep saying that Peyton Manning is “done.” Sure didn’t look like it last night, huh?

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