Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year! Happy New Blog!

Happy 2014 and thanks for stopping by the new blog.  With an interesting set of elections coming up, general chaos in Washington and lots of local development going on, it should be a fun year for throwing out opinions.  I will give mine and I'd like to hear yours.  For now though, just some fun to start the new year and put the wraps on 2013.

I'm not one to make resolutions, but here is an easy way to make 2014 great … make every day awesome for somebody.

We spent the evening hiding from the flu.  With at least 5 relatives infected, it's almost comical for the rest of us.  Almost.

Which led me to this… the Texas Department of State Health Services has a flu information site.  And if their "Flu Fighters" video had music from the Foo Fighters, I might be able to watch it all the way through.

I generally do not get a flu shot.  And I generally do not get the flu.  It sure would be easier to justify the flu vaccine if anyone could definitively say "I did not get the flu because I had the vaccine," but that just isn't possible.  Of course, since the flu does kill quite a few people every year, it certainly isn't to be taken lightly.

Wrapping up 2013… Great year-in-review photo selections over on the Big Picture blog, Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

And, just because, 2013 in volcanic activity.

2014 is fresh, so lets start off happy about the prospects…
Terrell Tribune publisher Mike Elswick is optimistic about the new year.

Texas takes a chunk of Forbes top 10 cities with "economic momentum" going into the new year.

And here are some technologies and ideas that are going to be changing how we live sooner rather than later.

I think I will wear my glasses more often … Eyewear may have saved a girl's life in Seattle.

One more thing to worry about, how about a snake in your couch.

And, I can't decide if this giant cat sofa is creepy or cool.  Actually, it is creepy and looks like it got hit by a giant car.  My 2-year-old would probably like it, though.

I consider myself a "climate change realist," which is to say that there is plenty of junk science on both sides of the debate and reasons to be skeptical of the motivations involved.  And any single event, day, year or maybe even decade isn't enough to prove much of anything.  Yes, pollution is bad and should be minimized, but you shouldn't try to alter global economics based on alarmism.  That said, when a ship doing climate change research gets stuck in the ice, it is funny.

Truly Happy New Year, folks.