Just when life seems worst, a ray of sunshine brightens your world.
Being a computer "wyzard" is neither glamorous nor profitable as my neighbours imagine. Respect of less capable associations is nice, and honorarium for diligence is always appreciated. However, street prices for computer resources plummet in a direct relationship with the value of the local currency.
After six weeks of Ubuntu 8.10 trials, I get reports of many customer trepidations of Intrepid Ibex.
I was (and remain) an avid Ubuntu fan. However, the constant tinkering with modified Linux internals brought back memories of Slackware days in the last decade of the 20TH century … when much of my hardware investment was innaccessible – dilligent research and development advanced some, but not enough, into utilizing those precious packages of phenolic and silicon.
It has been so pretty here for the last week that I have been moved to send a few
pictures of the color in our woods. The pictures were taken 11/03/2008 (in spite of what
the file names say) early in the morning just as the sun was coming over the east side of
the mountain. Pictures do not do it justice!
As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn't supposed to ever let you down probably will. You will have your heart broken probably more than once and it's harder every time. You'll break hearts too, so remember how it felt when yours was broken. You'll fight with your best friend. You'll blame a new love for things an old one did. You'll cry because time is passing too fast, and you'll eventually lose someone you love. So take too many pictures, laugh too much, and love like you've never been hurt because every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you'll never get back.
Don't be afraid that your life will end,
be afraid that it will never begin.
20090121 2345 ZULU
Changing of the guard
Yesterday officially ushered change.
The thirty-eighth elected (of forty-three presidents in forty-four presidencies) assumed the highest political office of the United States at noon on January 20. The inaugural day was a series of dances which the world shall not soon forget.
I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
Five minutes after becoming the forty-fourth officially sitting president of the United States, the oath of office was traditionally sealed by affirming Mister Chief Justice John Roberts' "So help you God?" inquiry. At 2009-01-20 17:05 UTC, Barack Hussein Obama was constitutionally empowered to execute the office of President of the United States.
Much of contemporary news proclaimed historic achievement which might be not true. Unquestionably, President Obama has African-American heritage; however, he is possibly not the first President of the United States with African roots. Barack is only the first confirmed of that ancestry. Our forebears may have elected five or more "Presidents of color"; perhaps Thomas Jefferson was the first. All right! We have a black president; America should get over the genetics and get on with effecting needed change.
A great deal of attention is given to President Obama's young age. Barack is not the youngest elected of the 43 presidents; he was older at election than Ulysses S. Grant. Ulysses was older than Bill Clinton. Bill was older than John Kennedy. The youngest was Theodore Roosevelt. Get over the good looks and get on with the good work.
It's time to stop claiming unique attributes and make this administration unique. This administration should mark the turning point of a great nation into humanity's greatest achievement. This administration was a promise of "we can"; this should be the administration that enables us that "we do". It is time to change; it is time to act.