Archive for December, 2011

Dear Santa …

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

Dear Santa. I was a good boy. Please, can I have one?!

Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011)

Friday, December 16th, 2011

The best blended Scotch in the history of the world – which was also the favourite drink of the Iraqi Baath Party, as it still is of the Palestinian Authority and the Libyan dictatorship and large branches of the Saudi Arabian royal family – is Johnnie Walker Black. Breakfast of champions, accept no substitute. — […]

Fight Censorship

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Fight PIPA and SOPA today! The Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R. 3261), known as “SOPA,” is scheduled for consideration at a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee [today]. The bill is aimed at taking down sites that allow Internet users to acquire pirated versions of original artistic content online. At a recent hearing, the ACLU expressed opposition […]


Wednesday, December 14th, 2011


Trip to Cedarrock Park

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Today we loaded our horses into our new trailer and went horseback riding at Cedarrock Park near Burlington. Saturday, I spent several hours fixing the electrical on the trailer. The wires in the hookup were connected in weird places, one of the brakes wasn’t working, and one of the taillights was connected in reverse. The […]

Our first horse trailer

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Today we drove to Roxboro and bought this horse trailer. Finally we’re properly mobile with the horses and can take them places. There are a number of parks in the area that have horse trails. Also some of the stables around here have trails that are open to the public for a small fee. We’re […]

Riding the powerlines

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Today I rode my mountain bike properly for the first time in a year or two, and I had a real blast! The weather was nice, but I did not feel like running, so I hopped on my bike and rode out to the powerline easement. For several months we have been exploring the powerline […]

Huge WW II bomb forces evacuation in Germany

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

The largest evacuation in Germany since WW II is underway in the town of Koblenz, Germany, after an unexploded 4000 lb “air mine” from WW II was discovered on the banks of the Rhine river.  The prison, 2 hospitals and 45,000 residents have to be evacuated this weekend, so that experts can defuse the rusty, […]