Nothing good will come from this.

The new mayor of New York City is a leftist’s wet dream come true.

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Cartoon yourself.

Does this mean that Bitstrips will need to pay patent money to Google?

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Clearly some of you are not feeling guilty enough.

Mrs. Cate wants to go see 12 Years a Slave.  No thanks (although she certainly doesn’t need my permission).  I won’t see that movie, for the same reason I didn’t go see The Passion of the Christ several years back. I don’t need to feed my brain with huge, color, 4K-digital depictions of bloody, savage brutality to know that it happened.  Besides that, it’s probably not as good a movie as the Oscar-baited critics make it out to be.

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Day One

About 40 store in Colorado, which previously had been medical marijuana dispensaries, began to sell pot to the general public today, which is now legal under state law.

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Even during the holidays…

… your stupid federal government does not waste an opportunity to act stupidly.

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ChromeBooks outsell MacBooks in 2013.

There are some seismic shifts underway in the portable computing realm (laptops, tablets, etc.).  This might explain why Microsoft is aggressively marketing against Google in this space, for all the good it will do them.  As Dave Winer noted recently, Microsoft foolishly killed the nascent netbook market, and now struggles with their poorly selling hybrid-tablet devices.

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Carry a condom, go to jail.

In New Orleans, the police can bust you for soliciting prostitution for carrying condoms. Oh well, at least under Obamacare, you won’t have to pay for the condoms…

or will you?

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Winding down.

On the way home last night I mentioned to Suz that WUTS had 37 live weekly shows on the schedule for this semester, more than any previous semester since we moved back here in 2009.  I modestly added “Maybe I have accomplished something over there.”  She laughed and pointed out that I have actually accomplished quite a lot over the past three years, both at WUTS and elsewhere in the Sewanee community.

And ya know what?  She’s right.  As I look over the bundle of work I’ve done here during our Seminary years, it’s a fairly impressive pile of stuff, if I do say so myself.  Better equipment, more transmitter power, audio quality and internet streaming for WUTS are just part of it.  Then there’s the new websites I developed: for WUTS, Otey Parish and the Episcopal Preaching Foundation, live video streaming for big University events, helping build advanced A/V systems for classrooms, conference rooms and sacred spaces, and assisting professors and administrators with a myriad of technical issues.

All of which could have been done by someone else, or a combination of people, but they were all done by me.  So forgive me if I take a little victory lap.

But School of Theology graduation is now less than three months away, and I must accept the strong likelihood that we will be leaving, sooner rather than later, this place that we love so dearly, where she and I first met three decades ago.  That means someone else is going to be responsible for the Otey Notes newsletter.  Someone else will run the audio equipment in All Saints chapel.  Someone else will be Media Services’ “point man” for the Ralston Listening Library.  Someone else will need to be the in-home tech support person for about a half-dozen retired priests and other senior citizens of Sewanee.

Because when we leave, I really don’t intend to carry any of my existing Sewanee work with me.  There’s too many other projects I want to pursue, but simply have not had the time to, especially over the past 18 months.  Somehow, over the next 90 days, I have to wrap all this stuff, with a nice, neat bow, so as to not leave people who depend on my services in a lurch.

The winding-down starts now.

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The horses are on the track.

CD of the day:  Oscar Peterson — “The Paris Concert” (1978)

The presidential primaries begin in just a few hours.  The press desperately wants someone, anyone, to snatch Iowa away from Romney.  The very last thing they want is for Mitt to win it all early on.  If that happens, what the hell are they gonna report on for the next seven months?  Our Justice Dept. sending firearms into the hands of drug thugs in Mexico?  Green-energy ripoffs and kickbacks?  Battery-powered vehicles that explode?  Why, that’s crazy talk… ABCNBCCBSCNNMSNBC doesn’t give a shit about any of those things.

I, on the other hand, want Mitt to quickly assume the throne of Presumptive Nominee. Because of if the mainstream media doesn’t want it (whatever “it” is), then it’s a good thing.  I want Romney to wage a year-long battle against Obama.  Indeed, he seems to have already started.  But this is exactly what the press doesn’t want, especially that portion which is so in-the-tank for Obama’s reelection that it’s beyond the pale.  They want to see a bloody, protracted, intra-GOP war so that the general campaign can be that much shorter.

Let’s not give them that satisfaction.

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Life in Obamaland

It’s the Math, Stupid!: Seven Devastating Facts About 2012

Every day, the U.S. government takes in $6 billion and spends $10 billion. This means that every day the federal government spends $4 billion more dollars than it has.

The real unemployment rate is a jaw-dropping 11 percent.

Every fifth man you pass on your way to work is now out of work.

College graduates are now 34% less likely to find a job under Obama than they were under President George W. Bush.

Every seventh person you pass on the sidewalk now relies on food stamps.

The ravages of the Obama economy now mean that more Americans live under the federal poverty line than at any time in U.S. history since records have been kept.

Under President Barack Obama, every fifth child in America now lives in poverty.

How’s that hope-changey stuff working out for you?  Man, were you people ever sold a bill of goods.  (many supporting links at the referenced article)

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