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December 21, 2010

A Couple Of Exhibitionists


The world's best two tennis players, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, are staging a pair of exhibition matches for their respective charities: today in Zurich and tomorrow in Madrid. ESPN2 is covering both events. Some stellar shot-making on display today, but the result of the first showdown seemed to unfold according to script as the host, Federer, won in three sets. You could almost see Nadal ease off the gas pedal toward the end of the third set.

I am pretty confident in predicting Rafa wins in three tomorrow in Spain!

Sunlight In Short Supply Today

December 21 is the winter solstice, which means the Northern Hemisphere experiences its shortest exposure to the sun all year. The good news: the days will be getting longer for the next six months!

December 20, 2010

A Trio Of Options


The home video release of Inception arrived last week and today I got around to opening the package. Actually, it's billed as a combo pack, which includes two Blu-Ray discs--one for the film and another for all the extras--as well as a conventional DVD disc as well as a code to download a digital copy via iTunes. Now this is how ALL films should be released, in my humble opinion. One buys the rights to the intellectual property (in this case, the film) and has access to it across various media. So I can watch the Blu-Ray on my PlayStation 3, or the DVD on my iMac or MacBook Pro, or I can take the film with me on an iPad or MacBook Air if I am traveling. Very nice.

December 22, 2010

What A Difference A Month Makes


In the wake of the November elections, President Obama seemed on the ropes politically, his party having absorbed what he called a "shellacking" at the polls. But he and the Democrats have surprised everyone by turning the "lame duck" part of this Congress into a string of (in some cases improbable).

Obama forged a compromise on taxes with the GOP that seemed to some on the left a sell-out, but subsequently was able to deliver the votes in both houses on Capitol Hill. In retrospect, this turned out to be a pragmatic move in unlocking a logjam of legislative business. Shrewd political maneuvering in the Senate (led by--heaven forfend!--Joe Lieberman, getting back into the good graces of his Democratic brethren) resuscitated the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal such that the president signed it into law this morning. (And by the way, his rhetoric at the ceremony this morning seemed to recapture the inspirational mojo which was so much in evidence in 2008 campaign, but seemingly lacking over the past eighteen months!) This afternoon the Republicans have backed down on the question of health care for 9/11 first providers. And now it looks like the votes to support the START treaty are falling into place. Not a bad run for a supposedly crippled president and his party!

December 26, 2010

There In Name Only


Kind of cool that one of my signature shirts ascended a mountaintop in Tanzania this month!

December 8, 2010

Kinda Makes You Want To Go There

This is a fake travel poster for a fictional city, but boy, is it pretty!


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