I really have been trying to read a bit more — and Troy got me some great books for Christmas too.
Last post of 2003, so I should quickly summarize the last couple weeks.
For Christmas, I got lots of goodies. The biggies are homebrewing equipment and an electronic weather station. I brewed beer years ago but no longer have all the equipment, so Gay got all the stuff and in 2-3 more weeks, I’ll have my first batch. Plus, Gay got me the kegging equipment and a tower so we are going to install a kegerator in our wet bar so I can have fresh homebrew straight from the tap. (New Year’s Resolution: exercise more to burn off all the beer calories!).
The weather station hooks up to the computer so I can monitor and record all the critical weather info: wind direction & speed, rainfall, barometric pressure, dew point and even the temperature. I’ll have that info up on this site for all to see. Geeky? Yes. I’m a dork, dorks can’t just stop being dorks.
Christmas Eve & Christmas were both fun, although too much drinking! Fortunately, I’ve since decided to concentrate on beer-drinking — wine and bourbon just don’t do me any good.
The day after Christmas I got sick. Not sure if it’s the flu or just a bad cold, but it knocked me out. I’m still getting over it today. So I’ve been spending my time on low-brain-power stuff like recording more and more stats for the site and graphing the historical data with (the great) RRD Tool.
Last night it snowed! Snow on Vashon. I think this our first.
Our Christmas this year was in the top five all time holidays — and that includes the one when I got my first bike. We had a lovely Christmas Eve dinner with friends on the island, John, Deborah and JT Bender, with their friends the Mitchells. Christmas dinner was here with friends Mark & Lee, Lee’s sister & brother-in-law Nathalie & Robert visiting from England, Steve & Renuka & son Owen, and the Agostinelli sisters Jen & Nicki. We drank lots of champagne and home made egg nog (Troy). We had a lovely roast beef dinner complete with traditional Yorkshire puddings and English Roasters and (Steve’s first time) horseradish sauce, mostly orchestrated by Lee; followed by Christmas Pudding and brandy sauce which came all the way from England; followed by a game of Pictionary; further followed by the largest piece of Stilton I have ever seen and port wine, another gift of Nathalie & Robert. It really was delightful in every corny sense of the word.
I’ve already made mine.
I’ve always been a HUGE Nancy’s Yogurt fan. Glad to hear they are going national so more folks can enjoy it too, although I miss the old logo and packaging that was clearly more…well, small town, I guess.
The internet and democratic software are visible players in the 2004 Presidential election. This is a far cry from just the 1996 election where no candidate even knew what the internet was and few even used computers. But 2004 is different. Clark is starting an open source project to build campaign software for anyone to use. And Dean, the most internet-aware candidate, has been aggressively using the internet in his campaign. Coincidentally, we were notified by our ad agency a couple days ago that the Dean campaign has bought advertising on Recipezaar. We’re going to be part of US History as I’m sure the internet will continue to play a larger role in politics. (I’d better study up on Dean’s platform cuz I’m sure we’ll be accused of being Dean-supporters because of this).
The Onion’s tips for drinking responsibly during the holidays.
UN endorses open source: Samuel Guimarães, executive secretary in Brazil’s foreign ministry, told government representatives at the summit meeting’s opening sessions that free-to-share software is crucial for the developing world because it enables poorer countries to develop their own technology instead of having to import it.
I finally find out the origin of the Linux penguin.