Peter 'Happy' Thomas (happypete) wrote,
Peter 'Happy' Thomas
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Hi gang...a real update...

So much to talk about. Okay, note one--eat lean foods a few days before giving platelets unless you want the nurses to tease you about having whitish, fatty platelets! It was good to get back to donating--I've missed the last few visits of ye olde purple platelet bus because I've been on travel when it made it to the Arsenal. Oh, whoops--note two--for political reasons, we're just "Picatinny" now, not "Picatinny Arsenal." Picatinny what? I don't know. It's not "Camp Picatinny" or "Fort Picatinny." It's just Picatinny. Whatever.

Quinn is growing like a weed...he's gotten so tall. You Arisians who haven't seen him for a year are going to simply boggle. The occasional pictures here don't tell the whole story. Speaking of pictures, there are months of pictures downloaded to prettypammie's laptop that have not been uploaded to our web server, and therefore not also been included in our journals. Sorry guys...we've been exceptionally busy with work, holidays, school, etc. I'm now starting to feel a little guilty because so many of our friends managed to send out holiday cards and pictures, and Pam and I sent out pretty much nothing. Sigh. We didn't even get gifts for all the friends and coworkers who got gifts for us--we stuck to immediate family only. Part of that was plain old "cash flow" crunch--like cz_unit and many others, we pay our January mortgage before the end of December to get a little extra interest deduction onto the current year's taxes. There were also all the annual charitable contributions that I usually scatter throughout the year--for some reason, I've been a slacker, and I made them all in December. For that watter, there were, now that I think about it, several friends in dire financial need that i made small cash gifts to. But all in all, this little Pagan family did not do a lot of tangible gift-giving of the old fashioned Yule variety, nor did we get an "annual update" letter out.

I started thinking about doing a mail merge and letting Microsoft Word and Stamps.com do the work--but I don't even have a good high-volume printer at home...the creaky LaserJet 5L downstairs is great for one or two things at a time, but when you load it up with a lot to print, you have to baby-sit it, because it tends to misfeed several sheets at a time and get jammed. Another of my honey-do/round-tuit projects is to take it apart and see if there's a broken or dirty mechanism in the paper feed, or whether it's just poorly designed.

I'm continuing my new trend--prettypammie and I will both be on Panels at Arisia:

TIME ROOM TITLE DESCRIPTION PEOPLE
Fri 7 p.m. Gloucester Life Beyond Cancellation Stargate survived cancellation, as did Babylon 5. Family Guy and Firefly may be resurrected in film form. Dozens of networks hungry for programming open up new ways to save beloved shows. Rather than petitioning ax-wielding networks, might fans do better courting new homes for their favorites? Pam Ochs, Cathy Raymond, James Zavaglia*
Fri 10 p.m. Gloucester A Pixar Story The computer animation house releasing through Disney hasn't made a false move yet. Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo … Why are their films so consistently good, and why is more traditional animation — Treasure Planet, Sinbad, Legend of the Seven Seas — failing with audiences? Kit Hawkins, Daniel Kimmel, Pam Ochs, Michael Ventrella*
Sat 10 a.m. Winthrop Who's Reading Your Blog? We live in an age where privacy is a major concern, but we blithely spread our secrets to the four winds online. Who are you telling tales on, and to whom? What level of secrecy can you expect to have online, and in your dealings with other people? Participants in this panel, and those in the audience, may post their reactions online … Nomi Burstein, David Kaplowitz, Peter Maranci*, Pete Thomas
Sat noon 571 (Fast Track) Build a Geodesic Structure Come create your very own geodesic ball using interlocking geometric shapes, and learn some basics about geometry in the process. Vonnie Carts-Powell, Jude Shabry, Pete Thomas
Sat 2 p.m. Winthrop Nerd Power The combined brainpower of an average group of fen is considerable. Do those of us who are gifted have a responsibility to help those less fortunate? It could be as simple as helping someone learn to read, or as complex as running for public office. Should we do what we can to improve the world? Herb Kauderer, Michael McAfee, Pete Thomas*
Sat 3 p.m. Constitution Internet Governance: Who Rules the Net? FCC, ICANN, ITU, IETF … quite an alphabet soup around an unregulated medium. Can anyone really regulate the Internet? Do they regulate it already? Did the collaborative model that brought us peering and end-to-end die in the Internet bubble? Donald Eastlake, Eric Raymond*, Pete Thomas
Sat 7 p.m. Thoreau Life on LiveJournal Blog sites have overrun the web, but LiveJournal has more of a "hometown" feel to it than other blog communities. Why? LJ also permits members to pay or not as they see fit. What if LJ memberships don't provide enough money for LJ employees to keep body and soul together? Debra Baker, Nomi Burstein*, Pam Ochs, Pete Thomas
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    Tue, 11:00: Pulling a full 250 KW and over 1,000 miles per hour charge rate at the new Reston teslamotors #SuperCharger. @ Wieh……

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