Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

I think I posted this clip last year, but it is a classic and appropriate for today ...

Happy Thanksgiving everyone !

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008

my new digs...

I moved into the Computer Science and Engineering Department this week for a new position. The building I'm in now is one of the newest and nicest on campus. Paul Allen subsidized a good portion of the building's construction costs, hence its name Paul G Allen Center. What a change from my old office.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veterans' Day...

Dan and I are enjoying a day off due to our current occupations in the educational system. Too bad it's an awful, rainy day here.

A special shout-out to my father-in-law on this holiday. He received many medals and commendations during the two wars in which he served. I personally think his biggest award should come from raising four crazy boys. Happy Veterans' Day Pop !

Formerly Armistice Day, Veterans Day is a holiday observed annually in the United States in honor of all those, living and dead, who served with the U.S. armed forces in wartime.Some states observe the holiday on November 11 and others on the fourth Monday of October. Armistice Day, the forerunner of Veterans Day, was proclaimed in 1919 to commemorate the termination (at 11 am on Nov. 11, 1918) of World War I. On the first anniversary of the truce, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation eulogizing fallen Allied soldiers and referring to November 11 as Armistice Day. It became a holiday in the U.S., France, Great Britain and Canada. The holiday acquired its present name and broadened significance in the U.S. in 1954. In Canada it is known as Remembrance Day, and in Great Britain, as Remembrance Sunday.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

yes we DID !

We witnessed history in the making last night and look forward to the next four years.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Studs ...

(Tribune photo by Chris Walker / April 22, 1992)

One of my favorite Chicagoans died on Halloween. Louis "Studs" Terkel was 96. A nice article from the Chicago Tribune here.