Continuing the tradition started five years ago, here’s my Dad’s eighth “obscure” Christmas card, from 1980; sorry it’s a little late!
Yep, that’s him in the picture; something’s a little wrong with the bottom of the image, but that doesn’t affect his holiday message (and those pillows were just the pillows on his bed!)…
Previously: 1979 1978 1977 1976 1975 1974 1973
Continuing the tradition started four years ago, here’s my Dad’s seventh “obscure” Christmas card, from 1979. I “got” this one in 30 seconds.
Previously: 1978 1977 1976 1975 1974 1973
It’s been 40 years since my Dad started sending out Christmas cards with “obscure” messages! I’ve been posting them *almost every December for the last several years, so here’s the sixth one, from 1978:
Yup, that’s me in the back. Nice hat.
Previously (*you might have missed last year’s due to me mostly ignoring this blog for more than the last year!): 1977 1976 1975 1974 1973
Continuing the tradition started four years ago, here’s my Dad’s fifth “obscure” Christmas card, from 1977:
Previously: 1976 1975 1974 1973
My good friend b1-66er wrote this post about how he’s decided to vote. Please go read it, then compare your thinking to his, and mine – I started this as an email to him, but I’ve decided to post it here in case any of the other four of you who read this are thinking along the same lines.
I read your post about why Obama has lost your vote, and I wholeheartedly agree with all of your complaints. However, you do live in a swing state, and your vote does count for something, so I’m asking you to this about this differently.
The question you’re answering with your vote isn’t “does Obama deserve another term?” but “Who would be better to run things for the next four years?,” and Obama and Romney are the only two available choices at this point.
Please set aside your (valid! correct!) feelings about Obama’s sickening and shameful performance on this issue and vote for him anyway, because the alternative is so much worse: I truly believe that Romney would take us further back to darker ages on many issues, *including* this one, but also women’s rights, gay rights, poverty and the social safety net, strategies for the economy and job creation, taxation, foreign policy, … nearly all the issues I can think of. There’s also the matter of the two Supremes likely to be appointed next term.
Then, after the election, maybe take a stronger role with one of the groups fighting the administration over Obama’s failures: possibly even less meaningful than your specific vote, I know.
But don’t think that voting for the wrong guy (or not voting at all) out of spite would have the effect you want – that seems like a great way to have your vote mean even less.
I use RubyMine and Firefox for most of my day-to-day Ruby on Rails development, and in spite of my best efforts, I sometimes get exceptions that result in the display of Ruby backtraces instead of the web page I asked for.
While the backtrace helpfully lists the places in my code (or Rails, or the Ruby libraries, etc) that we traversed on the way to the crash site, opening the file in RubyMine to see more context requires copying the path, invoking a RubyMine keyboard shortcut for open-file, and pasting. Work.
After a lot of this copy and pasting, it occurred to me to join Firefox’s ability to invoke a program for a particular URL scheme, and the command-line wrapper that RubyMine can produce to open files in a running RubyMine instance.
This gist is the result: it’s a Rails initializer that produces “mine:” links in backtraces. It starts with instructions on setting up Firefox and the RubyMine wrapper; once you’ve followed them, you’ll get links in the backtrace that’ll take you directly to the source where an exception occurred.
(Note: I’m using this while working on a Ruby 1.8.7 / Rails 2.3.4 application, and as you can see, it monkey-patches the backtrace functions in Exception; I fully expect to have to update it for newer Ruby and Rails versions – if you find that changes are needed, or have other suggestions, please let me know in a comment. Thanks!)
Continuing the tradition started three years ago, here’s my Dad’s fourth “obscure” Christmas card, from 1976:
(The small image is a little blurry – click on it for the full-size image.)
Previously: 1975 1974 1973
Continuing the tradition started two years ago, here’s my Dad’s third “obscure” Christmas card, from 1975:
Previously: 1974 1973