All is well

Things are fine folks. I have a new job, lots to learn, but so far so good. My new job actually covers some ISP costs, so I’m waiting on restarting cable and Internet until that goes through. It could be as early as this Saturday. A few days ago my car was hit, very low velocity wreck and no one was injured, but the vehicle may be totaled. Which means my past few nights have been spent with no car, no Internet, no cable TV, and because I was careless one afternoon, no phone for a few days.

The funny thing was, it was incredibly peaceful! I enjoyed the hell out of it. There was nothing flashing in my eyes or buzzing in my ears, no texts or emails to worry about. No wasting time watching politicians and shills smiling and lying through perfectly capped teeth. I’ve spent the last few nights at home, quietly reading, working out a lot, cooking and eating super healthy, getting excellent sleep, and starting to wonder if I might be better off in a more minimalist lifestyle. Or at least better off less immersed in so much electronic crap.

Anyway, I’ll be back soon … until then here’s some food for rational thought: 1) Given the crazy political antics we’ve seen on Ebola, how would a science-challenged America in 2014 respond to a real pandemic threat, or even a more serious new epidemic, say for example AIDS hit now instead of 40 years ago?

And 2) below the fold is video of the Antares rocket that blew up as it left the launch pad last night: with condolences to several reg readers here who I know are closely involved with the industry … and my encouragement: remember that space travel is extremely difficult and the really important thing is, thanks to good design and proper safeguards, no one got so much as a scratch!


  1. johnb says

    Given your recent health history, I get nervous when you don’t post for a while. I’m glad things appear to be looking up. Keep blogging. I think that you are like Jubal Harshaw in Stranger in a Strange Land, of whom it was said that he got spiritually constipated when he didn’t write. Same thing for you if you don’t blog.

  2. magistramarla says

    Good to see you back, Stephen.
    I suppose that I’m the old mother hen, worrying when her friends are having problems.
    I’m glad that you have a new job, and I hope that this one turns out to be the one that gets you into a more comfortable situation.
    I hope to see you blogging more soon. I would love to read your observations on the Texas elections. All of the rethugs seem very sure that they are winning, but I certainly hope that Wendy and Leticia surprise them. We have one of the workers for them staying at our house. That young man and all of the other workers have put in many long hours to try to change this state.
    I’m happy for you, Stephen. My your life continue to improve!

  3. catlover says

    Stephen — I am so glad you finally got a job! Whew! I very much hope that your life continues to improve. ( I was wondering if all was well with you because it had been some time since your last blog.)

  4. machintelligence says

    Congratulations on the new job. I was hoping that something like that was the cause of the blog silence.

  5. DonDueed says

    Sadly, the failure of SpaceShipTwo was more costly in human life and injury.

    Welcome back, Stephen. Hope all goes well with the new gig.

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