The Big Think

May 6, 2011

Thank You

Filed under: Disclosure,Politics — jasony @ 9:48 am

Today is National Military Spouse Appreciation Day. Several years ago I got the chance (twice) to go and interview military members and their spouses and live with them for a week. I’ve done a lot of amazing things in my life, but that remains one of the top ten things I’ve ever done. Wonderful, compassionate, caring, and honorable people. The military members get lots of call-outs and appreciation in our society (my generation has come a long way from the Viet Nam generation), but the spouses hardly get any recognition at all. They’re walking a very lonely path and supporting our country through a life of voluntary single-parenthood and sacrifice.

Thank you to all of the military spouses out there. You are appreciated.


Filed under: Politics,Quoth — jasony @ 12:44 am

I love this:

The United States has no purpose. That is perhaps its greatest achievement. America’s founding document, its Declaration of Independence, allows that a state exists only to secure life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

That’s it. There’s a curious lack of ambition in those words. The United States was not founded for the greater glory of anything, or as the necessary outcome of history, but for the freedom to collect figurines, to join a clogging troupe, to take a road trip. Yet these words, which carry no ideology whatsoever, are the ones that keep winning.


Those Magnificent Men and their Floating Machines

Filed under: Hobbies,Maker — jasony @ 12:02 am

Jack Kipfer’s amazing 700 hour boat builds.

I’m currently building (long term project) a small boat. Alas, it won’t be R/C controllable (poor planning, but hey, it’s my first scratch build!). The level of detail and workmanship on Kipfer’s boats is just astounding. I mean, real leather seats!

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