Category Archives: Politics

Fresh Start

A lot of things have made me happy lately.

  • I hung up a bird feeder for the first time in a long time, and never get tired of watching cardinals out the front window.
  • Joanne has been involved in Powderhorn 365, a community photography project for the Minneapolis neighborhood where we live. The idea is to take a picture every day for a full year to give a feel of the neighborhood, the people that live here, etc.  Not all of the photos are fantastic (and it’s probably not nearly as interesting for somebody that doesn’t live in the neighborhood), but it’s again reminding me why I love the neighborhood I live in.
  • I wasn’t sure that the Obama inauguration would have much of an effect on me, but it has been making me smile when I think about it.  It seriously feels like a cloud has lifted and things are beginning to make sense again.  It remains to be seen if he’ll be a great president, of course, but for now it feels good to have a fresh start.
  • A lot of cool things happening at Collabora, and I’m really enjoying my work.  I’ve been hacking on telepathy-related stuff lately as well and have really enjoyed it so far.
  • Watching my little girl grow never ceases to bring me joy.  She’s jabbering on about everything, learning new words every day.  Who knew that pronouns were so difficult?  She’s constantly mixing up ‘me’ and ‘you’ (e.g. asking me to “pick you up”, etc).
  • I’ve been on a roll with cooking lately.  Joanne is doing a costume design for a local theater, and the show goes up in february, so I’ve been making lots of big meals and freezing the leftovers so that when things get busy and we don’t have a lot of time to make meals, we can still eat relatively well.  There are times when I don’t enjoy cooking all that much, but I’ve really been feeling it lately.
  • Tom Waits ‘Anywhere I Lay My Head’ is possibly the most perfect song ever written.

Campaign Season

Being a political junky, I’ve of course been following the campaign season very closely here in the USA. This morning I was amused to receive a campaign email from a potential candidate for the US Senate here in Minnesota with the following engaging subject line: “General Campaign email template”. Well done, potential senator!

On an unrelated note, we’re planning a new release of Nemiver in the coming week. It’s been quite a while since the last release, but there are quite a few new features even though we’ve both been slowed down a bit by real life in the past few months. I’ve been trying to polish up the user interface a bit as well, and in the process, some translatable strings have been changed slightly. So if any intrepid translators are interested in cleaning up after me, it would be greatly appreciated.