Monday, December 29, 2003

Christmas Day

Here are some pictures from Christmas Day.

Here's Christina opening a present.

Here's me opening my big present from Christina -- a laptop cart.

Here's Teddy wearing one of his presents.

Sunday, December 28, 2003

Christmas Eve Dinner

Christina fixed us a nice Christmas Eve dinner. Here are some pictures.

Christina enjoys a refreshing beverage while preparing dinner.

I put myself in charge of the multimedia entertainment options.

Friday, December 26, 2003

Dinner at my cousin Sean's

Yesterday we went over to my cousin Sean's for Christmas dinner. Here are some pictures.

Here's my cousin Sara and her fiance Marty.

Here's my cousin Sara again.

Here's Sara and Marty's bengal cat, Squirt.

Here's my cousin Sean and his fiancee Jeannine. Note her newly acquired ring.

Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Oh, Christmas Tree

Here's our Christmas tree this year, as prepared by Christina. The tree itself is older than I am and accompanied my family and me back from Germany in '72.

Thursday, December 18, 2003


Due to popular request, I've updated my travel page with trips from the past year and a half. (And links to descriptions, where available.) I also updated the maps.

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Hugo Update: Forever

When we last heard from my project of reading the Hugo-award winning novels, I was at #22. I recently added #23 and #24.

I looked at the list of novels and decided to read the most recent one I hadn't read. That would be Forever Peace, by Joe Haldeman, the 1997 winner. But I knew that Haldeman's The Forever War had won the 1976 Hugo. Thinking that FP was the sequel to TFW, I decided I needed to read them in order.

Well, I was wrong, but that didn't matter. Forever Peace was another novel on the same subject as The Forever War, but in a different setting. The subject was war. I enjoyed them both, although The Forever War suffered from a goofy idea of what life would be like in the early 21st century. Forever Peace suffered from being too much of a cyberpunk novel -- I don't buy the whole nanotechnology hype.

On the other hand, TFW is the only SF novel I've ever seen that sets a section in the adjacent town of Hyattsville.

Monday, December 15, 2003

Down to #21

Despite two recent trivia outings, I've dropped to #21 on the Santa Fe Cafe's NTN rankings. Check out Christina at #48, though!

Unfortunately, our last experience at "the Fe" featured rather disappointing food. I guess we'll give it another chance when the students clear out for winter break, but we may have to look for a new location.

Saturday, December 13, 2003

Dubious Achievement

Well, with the NFL season winding down and the Redskins all but eliminated from the playoffs, I have the question of what to root for. There's beating the Cowboys and the Eagles and hurting their playoff hopes (or positioning). There's going out on a winning note -- if the Skins run the table, they can avoid a losing season.

But I'm rooting for one sort of odd achievement. How about a Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl? That would mean that the Skins would have beaten both of the Super Bowl teams -- a feat last achieved in the Washington Redskins (8-8). OK, and the 2000 Titans (13-3). Still, the Titans had something else to root for that year...they were Super Bowl contenders in their own right. So I asked the questions: How often have teams beaten both Super Bowl teams, and have they ever been worse than the 2000 Skins?

The answers: 11 and yes (thanks to

The complete list:

  • 2000 Skins (8-8)
  • 2000 Titans (13-3)
  • 1996 Cowboys (10-6)
  • 1993 Dolphins (9-7)
  • 1986 Seahawks (10-6)
  • 1985 Dolphins (12-4)
  • 1981 Browns (5-11)
  • 1980 Cowboys (12-4)
  • 1980 Chargers (11-5)
  • 1979 Chargers (12-4)
  • 1978 Rams (12-4)

Sunday, December 07, 2003

Thanksgiving in North Carolina

Looks like I've been a little lax in posting recently. Let's correct that with a couple of pictures from our Thanksgiving trip to North Carolina. The first is of Christina and myself with our nephew, Luke.

The second is of me playing Magic: The Gathering with our nephew, Witt (and with Copper).