The Big Think

November 27, 2003

Thanks

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 11:46 am

With a nod to Dave Winer today, I’d like to take a moment to list some of the things I ‘m thankful for:

1. My wonderful wife Erin. I couldn’t ask for a better life partner.
2. Health. We’re both young and healthy. Somehow you never really think about your health until you don’t have it any more. I rarely get sick, but when I do, look out. I try and appreciate it the other 99.9% of the time when I feel good.
3. My job. Sucky parts aside (and even the best job in the world will have them), it’s still the second greatest job I’ve ever had. I get to be creative, work in small teams, compete in a healthy and stimulating way, and be a big part of a 50+ year tradition. And the emotional rewards are enormous. Even though I could make a lot more doing something else, it’s worth it. Money isn’t everything, and the fact that I can set my own hours and work at home is SUCH a blessing. These last 13 years have really spoiled me.
4. Our house. We’ve been here for just over two years. Moved in October 30, 2001. So I guess it’s appropriate that we have Thanksgiving every year just after our move-in anniversary. We get frustrated sometimes because we have yet to put the tile up in the kitchen or paint the bedroom or put up ceiling fans or build that console table or, or, or…. shut up Jason, you have a house already. Thanks.
5. My studio and workshop. I’m very lucky that I have two areas where I can go and be creative; my “recording studio” and my workshop. It’s nice to have these outlets.
6. Parental health. Mom had skin cancer a few years ago and is in remission. Thank God for remission.
7. Our friends: Giles and Jenn, Jan and Kate, Mark and Allison, Danny and Catherine (even though we don’t see them as much as we would like), Patrick and Lydia (ditto), Robert and Amy, Barry and Catherine, Mike and Laura, Scott and Bess, Anne Madison, Mark and Monica, Supper Club folks, the list goes on and on… our lives are richer because of you.
8. Education. I’m grateful we were able to go to a good school and get a good education (I think gooder after college). As great as school was, though, I’m glad it’s behind me. It’s gotten even more expensive! Yikes!
9. Freedom. Thank you to the men and women of the armed forces.
10. Some random things: the Palomar and Hubble telescope, science books, my signed astronaut-on-the-moon pics (Alan Bean, Gene Cernan, Charlie Duke), our library, meteor showers. Faith.

I could go on and on and on. Wow, this was a great exercise. Even if you don’t make it public for everyone to see, consider doing this yourself.

Happy Thanksgiving!

gobble gobble.

Space Station

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 11:03 am

The crew aboard the international space station reported hearing a brief metallic crunching noise, but ground-based experts found no evidence of damage. (via cnn)

Cool Words

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 11:02 am

A cool page of some interesting word facts.

Up YØurs

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 12:11 am

An open letter to Umlaut.

Anti-trusted

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 12:05 am

What would be your reaction if I told you there was a bill pending before Congress that would give a certain industry a permanent exemption from anti-trust lawsuits? That protected companies in the industry named in the bill could not, in the future, ever be sued as an illegal trust? Would you be angry that our system is being twisted in such a way as to make it an article of law that lawbreakers could not be sued by those they have wronged? That a law is being introduced that would effectively make it illegal to sue a certain monopolistic cartel, and that the congressperson introducing the bill is receiving campaign contributions from this very cartel? Don’t think this is possible? Think again. What’s wrong with this picture?!?!

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