Oh Dear God.
Nothing like spilling that first cup of coffee in the morning. One can only sit there in shock and horror, wishing that it was some expendable liquid like orange juice, or blood. Licking coffee off of a desktop simply isn’t as satisfying as holding the nice warm cup in one’s hands. On the plus side, the day can hardly go downhill from here.
I am pleased to report that I have now received over ten thousand page views on Doug’s Darkworld. It took years for my old cat site to rack up that many hits. War is more popular than cats I guess, go figure. And yesterday I got my first snarky comment! Oddly enough I have always been pleased when people take the time and trouble to pillory me, because it means I am getting through to them. No one takes the time to leave insulting comments on a boring blog, do they? I’m also going to blog more about the liberal bashing I see, frankly it scares me. While liberals may bash Bush and his policies, few of them engage in the sort of “all conservatives are stupid jerks” nonsense similar too how some conservatives carry on about liberals. Or maybe I’m just reading the wrong blogs.
Time Magazine’s coveted person of the year accolade has gone to…”you.” I guess that includes me, I’m pretty sure I recall from my school days the perils of using the “indefinite you” in prose. The idea is that Time is paying homage to the explosion of user generated content on the Internet. People really are turning to each other for news now instead of just relying on the so called main stream media. Or the “voice of corporate America” as I like to call it. When I’m being generous. Frankly I think it is a lame cop-out on Time’s part, on the other hand this is a close as I am ever going to get to being famous so I guess I should be happy. Will there be a group photo? Do all of us “yous” get a certificate we can hang on our wall?
As Christmas approaches here is an article about exactly when Christ was born. Best guess right now is that he was actually born in April of 5 BCE. Which reminds me of the probably still ongoing controversy about how to refer to the years in our calender. The “old” method was BC and AD, standing for Before Christ and Anno Domini (year of our lord.) For reasons that are unclear to me a lot of historians now use BCE and CE which stands for before Christian Era and Christian Era. I guess it’s a desire to be more secular, I dunno. And frankly, I don’t care, I’m sure there are more important things to get upset about.
Speaking of Christmas, looks like they are having a Green Christmas over much of Europe. Moscow is having possibly its warmest December on record. Some ascribe this to global warming. Others, like me, point out that ascribing any one season in a certain area to global warming is silly. Global warming is about global temperatures over the entire globe, IE long term trends over large areas. This is no more proof of global warming that this years slow hurricane season in North America was disproof of global warming.
Here in Berkeley it’s been rather cold lately. By Berkeley standards at least. It was 6C outside this morning, about as low as it ever gets. The cats looked distinctly annoyed, I reminded them that they are the ones with fur coats. Fortunately my utilities are included in my rent, so I have 14 space heaters aimed at various parts of my body, it’s quite comfy actually. Of course if there is a power surge, I will burst into flame.
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