In which Rudy decides that being dressed as the Rock Lobster for Halloween isn't what he signed up for when he chose
to live with us grace this house with his presence....
And here I am, trying to write a midterm with 3 bajillion little trickortreaters running around outside....
... or at least, "playing with new Ajaxy/Web2.0 templates". It's the same thing really. So if you notice the house burning down, so to speak, its just me messing up the site again, and it will hopefully be only temporary. /me loves her some dropdown menus. And tabbed footers. And multiple CSS's on that extras menu! I *have* noticed that "back" doesn't work so well on this template-- for some reason, the individual pages all have the same URL. That's a major nasty, though; and I'm not sure yet how to fix that, but working slowly on it. Navigation is never easy.
I'd always thought of Christopher Hitchens as a great writer, because he pi$$ed me off just as often as he made me nod in agreement. (Okay, so I have a weird definition of "great"). With this piece for Vanity Fair, Hitchens tells us about a great loss he had a small part in inspiring.... and it's...yes... "great".
I just thought I'd post a little bit of what Mad missed Tuesday. My family was very fortunate to have been invited by NASA to attend the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery STS-120. My son, my Dad and my Mother were treated VIP style and escorted up to within 3 miles of Launch complex 39B at Banana Creek. I have been to two previous failures to launch so I was really hoping this one would go. Not to mention our Dad was with us and has also never seen a launch even though he has worked with the aerospace industry for many years. It was a semi cloud covered day and we waited until the one hour built in hold was lifted and the count down clock started ticking. At 4 minutes, one of the NASA public affairs workers came over the loud speaker and sang a beautiful version of the National Anthem. When she finished, the crowed cheered and yelled as the clock spiraled down to 10 seconds and the mission controller began the traditional counted down. Suddenly, a burst of smoke and fire erupted on the other side of the bay near the giant gantry as discovery's rocket engines came to life. There was no sound yet because of the distance but that changed very quickly as a rumble that I can not describe began to reverberate in my chest. My mothers comments were "Oh my God! as she put her hand to her chest. Flames poured out of the Shuttle Rocket engines so bright, that it was almost painful to look at it. The Shuttle climbed up through the clouds and burst through the tops into bright blue sky and began its text book roll maneuver and headed out over the Atlantic Ocean. Within about a minute, we could see the solid rocket boosters separate and begin to fall away from the Shuttle which was little more than a speck of light in the morning sky. The tell tale evidence of the beautiful launch clouded the sky as the vapor trail of the shuttle disappeared into space. All I could say was WOW, That was Awesome! It was a beautiful launch and it was incredible to finally see the Space Shuttle Fly in person. But, the best feeling of all was to be there with my son to watch my Dad as a life long wish was finally fulfilled. This is one I will remember for a lifetime.
Received a little text message on my phone yesterday morning:
Hi Laurie we are at cape kennedy watching the space shuttle launch VIP STYLE!To which I replied, only *somewhat* grumpily:
go ahead, RUB it in! I am at WORK! :-PLater, at 10:58 am local, the phone beeped again:
126.96.36.199.1 WOOHOOOOOOOBrothers.... [deep sigh]. I'm *still* older than you, nyah, nyah, nyah......
I *promise* I will return to regularly scheduled rants sooner or later. I'm just happily bogged down in the Treaty of Versailles and the Policy of Containment. And of course, partying like it's 1999. Ain't life grand?
Al Gore, UN Panel share Nobel for Peace - Yahoo News
OSLO, Norway - Former Vice President Al Gore and the U.N.s climate change panel won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for spreading awareness of man-made climate change and laying the foundations for counteracting it. Gore, whose film on global warming, "An Inconvenient Truth," won an Academy Award earlier this year, had been widely tipped to win Fridays prize, which expanded the Norwegian committees interpretation of peacemaking and disarmament efforts that have traditionally been the awards foundations.I feel a chorus of "Kumbaya" coming on. What the h*** is the Nobel Committee thinking? What flavor Kool-Aid was being served during their deliberations? We have things like this and this going on, and they award a *Peace Prize* to .....I'm just shaking my head here.... Does Gore fit into this group, even in the slightest? • 2006: Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank, the Bangladeshi bank he founded. • 2005: Mohamed ElBaradei, Egypt, and the International Atomic Energy Agency. • 2004: Wangari Maathai, Kenya. • 2003: Shirin Ebadi, Iran. • 2002: Jimmy Carter, United States. • 2001: U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan. • 2000: Kim Dae-jung, South Korea. • 1999: Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders). • 1998: David Trimble and John Hume, Northern Ireland. • 1997: Jody Williams and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, United States. • 1996: Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo and Jose Ramos-Horta, East Timor. • 1995: Joseph Rotblat, Britain, and the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. • 1994: Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat; Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres, Israel. • 1993: Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk, South Africa. • 1992: Rigoberta Menchu, Guatemala. • 1991: Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar (also known as Burma). • 1990: Mikhail Gorbachev, Soviet Union. • 1989: The Dalai Lama, Tibet. • 1988: The U.N. Peacekeeping Forces. • 1987: Oscar Arias Sanchez, Costa Rica. • 1986: Elie Wiesel, United States. • 1985: International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, United States. • 1984: Desmond Mpilo Tutu, South Africa. • 1983: Lech Walesa, Poland. • 1982: Alva Myrdal, Sweden; Alfonso Garcia Robles, Mexico. • 1981: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, or UNHCR. • 1980: Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Argentina. • 1979: Mother Teresa, India. • 1978: Anwar Sadat, Egypt; Menachem Begin, Israel. • 1977: Amnesty International, Britain. • 1976: Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan, Northern Ireland. • 1975: Andrei Sakharov, Soviet Union. Bet Hillary is a little grumpy this morning, heheheheh.
#:-S :-D Can't tell I'm excited, can you? Turns out that I understood Geneva Law and Hague Law more than I thought. I've been watching my email for the assessment/critique/bad news on the essay for International Law for several days. Dreading the worst. Could it have been so awful that the prof didn't have the heart to grade it? Was this the paper that was being passed around the faculty lounge for a laugh? This morning, I decided to venture into the "academic plan" area... and there was my final grade for the course. Yep, great grade; but I want my damn critique! I need critique!!! Guess I have to email and ask for my beating.
I've been listening to the new album since last night, when it first was available for download. Go here for samples. Even better, go buy the thing--it's his best since 2002,and very possibly one of his best ever. I mean that, and I've been a fan since a million years ago. At first listen, there are a half-dozen classics on this album--you will be hearing the songs "Girls in their Summer Clothes" and "Gypsy Biker" quite a bit in the next few months, I think. But this is the one that left me shaking. "Devil's Arcade". What a song. Dear Lord, to be able to write like that.... "A voice says "don't worry, I'm here Just whisper the word "tomorrow" in my ear A house on a quiet street, a home for the brave The glorious kingdom of the sun on your face Rising from a long night as dark as the grave On a thin chain of next moments and something like faith"
'Magic,' Bruce Springsteen's new studio recording and his first with the E Street Band in five years, is has been released by Columbia Records. Produced and mixed by Brendan O'Brien, the album features eleven new Springsteen songs and was recorded at Southern Tracks Recording Studio in Atlanta, GA."And of course, there's always this news. St. Paul, anyone???
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND ANNOUNCE FIRST FULL SCALE TOUR OF US & EUROPE SINCE 2003 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have announced their first full scale tour of the US and Europe since 2002-03, starting in Hartford, CT on October 2, the release date for the new Springsteen album 'Magic.'