Monday, December 29, 2008

We, the marginalized.



Just once I want to hear a politician say, "My faith is none of the public's business. I am running for a secular office and I will fulfill those duties to the best of my abilities for all my constituents regardless of their faith or lack thereof."

Not holding my breath.

Hat tip to Hemant, the Friendly Atheist.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Saturnalia is upon us!

I'll be in TX with the family for the holidays, likely without internet *shudder*, so posts will be non-existent until I get back on Monday, and I'll need a bit of recovery time (love my family, but there are *so many of them*), so things may be sparse around here for a bit.

So, with that out of the way, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Super Saturnalia, Swingin' Solstice, Happy Birthday Mithras and Horus, Crazy Kwanzaa and Happy Monkey to you all!

I'll See you in the New Year.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

100 experiences meme

What the heck, I wasn't officially tagged, but GrrlScientist posted on it and I read it and she asked her readers about it, and I'm in a good mood, so here is the list of 100 experiences. Taking the formatting from GrrlScientist, I have bolded things I have done and put an asterisk next to the things I would like to do.

1. Started my own blog
2. Slept under the stars -oh heck yeah!
3. Played in a band -choirs as a kid, a few "bands" as an adult, never paid, but we sure had fun at a few parties!
4. Visited Hawaii - several family vacations
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than I can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain - easy when you grow up in Colorado
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sung a solo - several, though I am so out of practice now that people would probably pay me not to.
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris - Great, but all the museum workers were on strike, so that bit sucked.
13. Watched lightning at sea
14. Taught myself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty*
18. Grown my own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France* (see 12!)
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitchhiked
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort - Colorado childhood, again
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice*
29. Seen a total eclipse* - I assume this means Solar. I've seen several Lunar.
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run - does kickball count?
32. Been on a cruise - several, both working and pleasure.
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person*
34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors*
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught myself a new language* - I'd like to learn Latin
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied - I'm a lucky dude. Got enough to not worry too much, that's nice.
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person*
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo's David*
41. Sung karaoke - Sorry to everyone there...
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa* - I have might-as-well-be family with some good Namibian ties, so this one may be doable.
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had my portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person*
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris* (again, see 12!)
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China*
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia*
60. served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies (I'm kinda disqualified on this one.)
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma - Just blood. Up to a couple gallons, now.
65. Gone sky diving (No way am I going to jump out of a perfectly good plane.)
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp*
67. Bounced a check - D'oh!
68. Flown in a helicopter*
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar - Meh.
72. Pieced a quilt - If you knew my Mother, you would understand that avoiding that was impossible in my family.
73. Stood in Times Square*
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone - Metacarpal in my writing hand, finals week, Freshman year.
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle - I chickened out at 110 mph.
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person*
80. Published a book*
81. Visited the Vatican*
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem*
84. Had my picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible* - I tried with the KJV. Maybe I'll try a different translation.
86. Visited the White House* - I've seen it from outside of the fence, does that count?
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone's life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby* - Not that I can give birth.
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phonel
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Ridden an elephant - @ the Denver Zoo

Not too bad, I guess. If only the French museum workers weren't on strike... Didn't they know I was coming?

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Announcement

Well, I did it. After 5 1/2 years, Lab Boy has proposed to the SO.

She said yes!

I am a happy Lab Boy.

Next comes the wedding planning... eep.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Lovely Trio

The Moon, Jupiter and Venus recently got close from out vantage point here on Earth. It made for a pretty sight. My photographic skills are (obviously, based on the shuttle post) limited, but I did remember to use a tripod this time, so it came out OK. So here is the Moon, Venus, Jupiter, and my local bit of Earth: