Sunday, July 23, 2006

Missing Dad

I was mezmerised bv the article by T..M. Shine in this Sunday's Washington Post Magazine. I guess I was drawn in partly because of how well written it is, and partly as a connection to the loss of my dad. The part that got me:

"I don't care who you are or what stage of life you're in, if you go down one person who is truly proud of you, there's going to be a cavernous hole greeting you every day. And good luck filling it."


Monday, July 03, 2006

Bye Bye June

Whew! July is here none too soon. I can use an uneventful month. June was full of plenty to blog, but I'll be fine that my attention was elsewhere than writing.

First the joy that was marrying Rachel. She worked so hard to plan the details of a wonderful weekend. We can't believe it's already more than a week past.

So many family and friends around made it the special event we hoped it would be. A thanks to all that wished us well. We're already looking forward to the honeymoon in September. Greece, we're still coming!

Of course, my dad passing the morning of the wedding brought sorrow. But in a way it brought me strength to. I was nervous about the presures of the day for the first time that morning as I drove to see dad. After seeing him and saying my last goodbye as he peacefully left us, I came to a level of peace that his spirit was going to be with us at the church.

I felt so much for my Mom that day. She understood this day was coming, but it still had to hurt. I just hope the wedding provided a means of comfort. She seemed to do well that day, and on those that have followed. Now that much of bustle of the wedding and funeral are past, and people have gone home, I hope she will do things with Wendy, B and I to not feel lonely. We're here for you Mom!

Here's hoping for cheery days ahead!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Couldn't Say it Better Myself

There is a reason I like reading George Will. Because he is thoughtful of why he is a conservative and realizes that his beliefs are not diminished if he conceeds some activities of his fellow conservatives don't make sense. Case in point this good opinion piece on "values voters".

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Line from NCTA

I've accompanied Rachel to the national cable convention. I love the idea that I get to wander around the show with no company agenda, just my own interest.

Of course, Rachel knew she had an additional hook for me to come with since gaming is one of the focuses of this year's show. Amazingly, I still haven't made my way to the main game demo area yet.

I got started today at the general session that included Malcolm Gladwell (author of The Tipping Point and Blink). Very good talk and then he moderated an interesting discussion on Cable past and future. I just got out of a session on interactive gaming through interactive TV. Oh, the geek in me is being very well fed today.

Now I'm back at the exhibition floor and planning to work my way toward the gaming booths. I'm sure there will be plenty of geek stuff and freebies to grab me along the way.

Just go with the indoctrination: "Cable good". :-)

Monday, April 03, 2006

Unfortunate Sidestep

While there are enough blogs on political topics, I decided to go ahead and capture my own disappointment at the Supreme Court declining review the Padilla case. My feelings are that the issue was important enough to have an unambiguous decision from the high court. Instead we have the 4th circuit decision, where even the author of that decision was concerned that administration maneuver signaled concern that the Bush administration was shaky on their chances.

My position has been that we should not fear our court system. If our elected leaders are gaming the justice branch, then their own arguments appear weakened and the justice system is unfairly maligned as not worthy of public trust.

But then, that is the whole thrust of the administration's case. Holding Padillia outside the legal system is an indictment that the courts are not equipped to handle terrorism cases. Similar action of bypassing the FISA court creates a concern that either much of the justice system is broken, or the administration does not show adequate respect for the law. Either is a disturbing situation, but my own view is that the weight of evidence is on the latter position.

Even if the administration truly believes there is a problem with the justice system, then they have an obligation to air those issues and seek solutions within the system. After all, what has been gained from going around the court, rather than tackling the issue head on? We have an unclear position on detaining civilians w/o due process. A discussion on wire tap powers is going on now in a position of embarrassment, instead of dignified rule of law. And the courts now have to be more skeptical about the legality of evidence.

Too many corners have been cut and we would have been well served by the Supreme Court at least hearing the case to make it clear that the administration has to get on better legal footing. Instead, we're likely to see a few more years of the courts being undermined, when there is no indication that the courts are predisposed from working in the best interests of the country in the first place. Sure, we'd get decisions against individual's positions (including mine). But the upside is that at least we'd all know where things stand with legal conviction and could appeal to legislators to make improvements. I hope that's they way people want government to work.