It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Arrr, matey, ye best be talkin’ like a pirate t’day ya fithly landlubber, or it’s the plank for ye!

(The Internet has the best holidays! :-) )

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day! If you’re not in the US, well, happy 4th of July… for whatever reason you like!

In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.

We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed.

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is in the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security.

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We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the Rectitude of our Intentions, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly Publish and Declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, Free and Independent States; that they are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political Connection between them and the State of Great-Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of the divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

Peace out, yo.

Valentine’s Day

Oh for heaven’s sake. If you MUST have something to mark this day…

Previous Posts from Valentine’s Day:

E-Cards:

And Finally, a Geeky Valentine’s Day Wallpaper:

star wars valentine thumbnail

Enjoy yourselves.

(p.s. – If you’re looking for more Valentine’s Day related stuff, check out my Valentine’s Day tag collection. You’re welcome.)

Happy New Year – Reflections for 2008

Well, another year has come and gone. The Earth has finished another full revolution of sol. (More or less… see: solar vs sidereal year.)

It feels like just yesterday that I was welcoming the arrival of 2007… or was it 2006? I’ve not been 100% about writing a post on New Year’s Day. Still, the time has flown by. It’s hard to believe I started this blog way back in 2003. It’s hard to believe I only just moved to New Jersey – it feels like I’ve been away from Massachusetts for a lot longer.

There’s been a lot of change in the last year. New technologies, and existing technologies becoming cheaper (just look at LCD and plasma TVs). I could spend all day naming new products – but don’t worry, I’ll spare you from that horror.

I could also spend some time reflecting on the state of world affairs – but I won’t. I’d rather be optimistic on New Year’s Day.

So, here’s wishing everyone everywhere a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2008.

Happy New Year!

A Very Bunny Christmas

It took a while to get them both looking in the same direction (sort of), and sitting still and not all ruffled (from being picked up and put on the table, which is where I took this photo), but I think it worked well.