Defense 1: Trump did nothing wrong.
Response: Trump hit the trifecta of impeachable conduct by subverting an election, seeking foreign influence, and putting personal interest ahead of national interest. And he obstructed Congress by refusing to produce any witnesses or documents
The new Star Wars movie; The Rise of Skywalker is about to come out and I feel the need to once again point out that The last Jedi was a good Star Wars movie and meant to subvert your expectations on purpose. If you didn’t like that, then that’s more on you than it is on the movie.
“The human spirit is more powerful than any drug, and that is what needs to be nourished: with work, play, friendship, family. These are the things that matter. This is what we’d forgotten, the simplest things.”
A little too early for all the rich colors, but still a pretty drive.
Pumpkin Carving tonight. The temperatures have dropped considerably and tomorrow the kids will be freezing in their costumes.
“The term swiftboating is a pejorative American neologism used to describe an unfair or untrue political attack. The term is derived from the name of the organization “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth” (SBVT, later the Swift Vets and POWs for Truth) because of their widely publicized—and later discredited—campaign against 2004 U.S. presidential candidate John Kerry”
I recently purchased the suction mount for GoPro cameras and did a test run on the front of the windshield on the way to the hardware store. Took a mile or two to get some trust in it, but it did well.
This is probably of interest to no one besides myself, but I finally took the GoPro out for a ride around lake Hefner last week and made this video with over dramatisation of music for the effect of making me look cool.
Conference in Seattle, An Event Apart with several great speakers in the User Experience design field. I have most of the books these guys publish and looking forward to hearing all of them speak.
Back in Manhattan!
The elections last night were complicated. Both sides are feeling victory and loss today. The hardest losses for me to absorb seem like in hindsight, were an obvious outcome – Republicans won in the very red states and promise more of the same. Clearly no one is happy with “the same”, but people don’t like change of values even more, and these races were made about (perceived) values and nothing to do with leadership, so we will keep on keepin on.
Nathan performed at the UCO Jazz lab again tonight. He’s a better Trombonist than I was back in the day, and I wasn’t bad at all.
Another Independence Day in America spent in my favorite state.
I love podcasts. It’s not as much of a commitment as a book, it can be serialized, and they aren’t as depressing as the news. I like having something playing in the background while I work so I’ve vetted many to see what appeals to me. I didn’t mean to make the list in order of preference. But after making it, yea, this is pretty much the order I would rank my top 10.
I really love Chicago, not in the winter, with nothing to do but sightsee.
A trip with friends to Taos, New Mexico. Jess and Chris rented the Earthship house on the side of the mountain and it was a spectacular view.
Every year, Oklahoma City has a Starlight Supper downtown. This was my first time to go and it was a great experience to meet others in Oklahoma City as well as Drinks and Dinner outside in the beautiful weather.
A spontaneous road trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Celebrating the new year in Banff, Canada this year. It’s insanely cold here though, so cold we filled the flask up with Canadian Rye before heading out in the -18F weather for the photo hike. The hotel is amazing but walking even just down the street and you are a human meat-sicle. by the time you get there.
No spoilers, you’re welcome.
Drone footage edit of the Wichita Mountains in SouthWestern Oklahoma.