Saturday, February 18, 2006

Knitting frenzy

On Tuesday, I got a new knitting magazine and offered to make Norris a pirate sweater featured in it. I was also trying to get him to come to dinner tonight (Saturday) with friends of ours who he didn't know. He kiddingly said he'd come to the party if I had his sweater knit by then. Of course, I wanted to meet this challenge and so I started knitting Tuesday night and finished the sweater this noon (I also went to work, ate, slept, went shopping, etc., but did knit steadily enough that my hands got cramped). I sent him several email warnings along the way so he was prepared to keep his Saturday night open. We had a good party and a fun time was had by all. These are the pictures from the emails.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

They got my letter!!

Yesterday's NYTimes (2/14) had an article, If Robots Ever Get Too Smart, He'll Know How to Stop Them, about a book by Dr. David Wilson. A roboticist, Wilson
"offers detailed — and hilariously deadpan — advice on evading hostile swarms of robot insects (don't try to fight — "loss of an individual robot is inconsequential to the swarm")"

BUT... I had to write a letter to the NYTimes because the ORIGINAL version of the article read "In Isaac Asimov's collection of stories, "I, Robot," robots rise up against humanity." Gaack! *ANYONE* who knows about Asimov's books knows that his stories NEVER have robots turn on people. The author of the article must have thought the movie "I Robot" was based on Asimov's books (it wasn't - the title and little else came from his stories.)

Anyway... it was interesting to note that later in the day, the lead sentence was changed to: In the movie "I, Robot," robots rise up against humanity.

They got my letter!

Monday, February 13, 2006

One more candle.....

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Happy Birthday, John!!!

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Happy Birthday, Abraham & JOHN!!

I'm kind of partial to Mr. Lincoln myself... growing up in the Land of Lincoln as I did.
It was indeed a surprise to have somebody (Stevie) unlocking the door at 12:30 a.m.
And now he's already back in that afore mentioned Land of Lincoln.

If this works okay, this is the first time I have posted a picture on the blog. It was a beautiful full moon tonight... It can be seen in Atlanta where John is celebrating his birthday in a few minutes, or in New York City, Bloomington, Northfield, Chicago, St. Paul & Minneapolis. Have a great birthday, John.

Happy 197th Birthday, Father Abraham

I've just finished reading Gore Vidal's Lincoln to improve my mind. Very interesting (but very long). In celebration of the day, here is a picture of the Lincoln Memorial from my December visit to D.C.