Friday, December 26, 2008

Atheistmas Pictures

Somehow these fish make it through the winter intact.







Annie literally ripped her toy out of the paper and swung it around violently, much like she did the nest of baby rabbits a couple of years ago. 



16 comments:

upinVermont said...

Those are your fish in the back yard? Are they Koi or overgrown gold fish?

Great dog. Wish mine had that much hair. Mine has turned into a cold weather powder-puff.

Aaron said...

That is my dad's koi pond. The dog is a really good dog- Australian shepherd. She was a frizbee leaping natural as a puppy. Now she's fat and lazy because nobody is around to take her to the dog park.

Anonymous said...

Aaron,

"Traditions agree."

But you do not.

Why!?

Why!?!?

Yours.

Steve

Aaron said...

Hahahaha!!! "All the traditions agree". Therefore it is true.

Anonymous said...

Tell me, Aaron: Whom am I to believe--Ken Wilber, or you?

Yours.

Steve

upinVermont said...

Does your Dad have to aerate the water?

I've always sort'a wanted a koi pool.

Anonymous said...

Aaron,

You really must rename Annie, Fay.

Fay
Wray

and...Aaron, the Gray.

I'm Yours.

Steve

Anonymous said...

Aaron,

Do you still read neuroscience-related books? If so, which ones? It would be fun to see a list.

I think that the most important one to come along in a very long time is by far Mike Gazzaniga's Human: The Science Behind What Makes Us Unique. Here is a blisteringly smart man who has summed up a lifetime of research in this magnum opus.

It is, to put it mildly, electrifying, in the electroconvulsive therapeutic sense.

I'm Yours.

Steve

Anonymous said...

Aaron,

Perhaps you could benefit from some Dianetic auditing. (Xenu knows, you've certainly tried everything else!) I hear that it only costs $300,000 from pre-clear to OT III.

Or, if you can hang on until 2057 when Lafayette Hubbard's copyrights expire, you can do it for free.

Yours,

Steve

Anonymous said...

PS I stand corrected. Getting through OT III costs $360,000.

Anonymous said...

Happy 2009, my fat little friend.

Anonymous said...

Aaron,

Read this:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/30/science/30tier.html?em

And watch this:

http://www.hulu.com/watch/32278/saints-and-soldiers

I'm Yours.

Aaron said...

Pat, I never saw your question about the koi pond until now. The aeration comes from the waterfall which is just a pump system. We dug a big hole, then put a liner over it and put the rocks down. It is a worthwhile project.

Anonymous said...

Aaron,

I really think that you should have gotten a MacBook or a MacBook Air instead of an iMac. It's amazing to be able to run the Mac OS on one monitor and Vista in a virtual machine on a 20" external monitor.

And the MacBook Air is so sexy. It's to the modern era what the Apple IIc was when we were children--in a word, breathtaking.

It's funny. I can run Linux, FreeBSD, any recent version of Windows, or Mac OS, itself, within VMWare Fusion 2.0.1 using only one of my two CPU cores. Vista runs quickly enough that it's entirely usable to get productive work done.

Even though the Mac--any Mac--costs three times what a comparable Wintel machine does, not having to deal with viruses, crashing processes, constant reboots, spyware, rootkits, key loggers, tracking cookies, trojans, and on and on and on is enormously liberating.

And then, there is the singular beauty of the MacBook Air. There is simply nothing else comparable--not from Apple or anyone else.

I've looked at cheap NetBooks and they're just toys, but the MacBook Air? It's not only a computer, but a literal work of art. And since its foundation is UNIX (BSD, specifically), it's robust, stable, and can run innumerable amounts of UNIX software, which does all kinds of useful things.

Apple hit the ball out of the park with the MacBook Air, as far as I'm concerned, although one needs to be a multi-millionaire to afford one, I concede. In any case, as least you've got your inexpensive iMac, which I hope is treating you well.

Do you have any regrets about abandoning the Windows platform?

Yours,

Steve

Aaron said...

No, I've grown to love my mac now that I am used to it. I bought a pocket camcorder a few days ago and made a new years movie. I virtually mastered imovie '08 in a few hours, made my first video in high def. I've found a new addiction. I don't use it for half the things you are talking about though. In fact, I barely know what you are talking about. But apple is the way to go. And for my limited purposes I can access the internet anywhere using the free itouch they gave me on buying the imac.

Anonymous said...

Aaron,

You were *so* close to buying another Wintel machine--because it was "cheap." I'm so glad that you didn't, although I still wish that you would have gotten a laptop rather than a desktop. Evaluating the true expense--the total cost of ownership--of something like a computer is deceptively difficult.

I knew that for you, as a user as opposed to a software developer, the Mac was the way to go. Even when I run Vista in a virtual machine on my Mac, I struggle with it in various ways.

The Mac can do a lot more than either of us knows yet. Learn about it. Learn how to use the "terminal" app (bash shell). Get and use QuickSilver. It will blow you away once you figure out how to use it (which will require patience and concentration).

Get "uTorrent." Learn what torrents are, and how you can download movies, books, music, and sofware of all kinds using them. Investigate piratebay.org.

Read http://www.mactips.org and press the "Switchers" link. Explore it thoroughly.

How much RAM do you have? (Apple menu->About This Mac)

I enjoin you again to learn to use GarageBand and start podcasting.

Yours,

Steve