Thursday, October 23, 2008

Hello. So very, very little to report on today.

I don't want to get overly sentimental because, of course, I don't know the man personally, but nonetheless, I want to send some well wishes to Senator Obama and his grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, who is apparently gravely ill in her home state of Hawaii. It must be extremely difficult for Obama to have to deal with a seriously ill loved one (his grandmother apparently played a very large role in raising him), especially in the final weeks before a national presidential election, so I just want to send some positive vibes their way. It's hard to imagine a situation in which people might question your judgment for going to the bedside of the woman who raised you during a time of crisis, but Obama finds himself in that position now. I have absolutely no doubt, though, that he's doing the right thing by going to Hawaii.
And has anyone read this story about a U.S. Air Force pilot who was ordered to shoot down a UFO over England in 1957? It's kind of a crazy story, with an object appearing on radar that was supposedly going over 7,000 miles an hour and which seemed to be as big as an aircraft carrier. After the sighting, an unnamed man in a suit showed up and told the pilot not to discuss the incident. Man, I don't know if I really believe in little green men, but Adventurers, I am here to tell you that some weird stuff has been sighted flying around the skies of this planet, and some of it just can't be explained. My own grandmother once told me a story about seeing some kind of strange, glowing object floating over the skies out above the river near their camp in Upper Michigan (an area which was in fairly close proximity to an air force base that my dad once worked at, by the way). I think I probably chalk up the vast majority of UFO spottings to a combination of optical illusions, misidentified normal phenomena (e.g., weather balloons and such), equipment malfunctions, and imagination gone wild (eyewitness testimony just isn't all that reliable, folks). But I also think there's still a sizeable chunk of it that involves classified military aircraft and equipment testing programs, and coming to this conclusion just leads to a lot more questions. (if we have all of this really cool technology, where are we getting it and why does the government keep it so secret?) Plus, there's always the possibility that some of these things really might not be from around here.... (cue freaky music)
Anyway, I definitely believe in the existence of UFOs. I'm just not sure I'm ready to leap to the conclusion that they're chock full of aliens.
Well, maybe not my best post today, but I warned you at the outset that I didn't have much going on.


Anonymous said...

Jason_hey, Travis (>Megan>Judy) here.

if you're hurting for subject matter, please tell me how i'm supposed to vote on proposition 2.

i've been doing some sniffing around for a definitive answer and keep getting turned around.

hope all is well you you and the assorted clan. please tell them we said, "hey"...

Steanso said...

Personally, I'm FOR Proposition 2 (meaning I'm against giving tax breaks to large businesses that are moving to town). I wrote about it back on October 14th, which is :

Anonymous said...

oh right, i read that post, but the ghostly human head in the shark tank kind of overshadowed all else, ya know?

i agree with everything you said whole-bleeding-heartedly, but then Will Wynn and some of the arguments on the site made me doubt myself a bit.

i think you've got it though. if nothing else, just based on all of it's endorsements (but not the chronicle, oddly)

thanks & take it easy...

Steanso said...

Yeah, there are arguments to be made about keeping our word (although I don't really think that disagreeing with the cronyism of our city council consitutes "breaking our word") and arguments about enticing more moderately priced sotres to come to Austin, but in the end, I just don't think we need to be doing a bunch of faovrs for out of town businesses in order to draw them to Austin. They want to come here, anyway, and they need to contribute. If they want to give out tax breaks, I still think they need to rewrite some codes to favor the development of locally owned start up businesses.