I absolutely love fireworks, and there actually are no less than four simultaneous fireworks shows going on right now. I went up on the roof at my office, but alas: every one of them was just exactly too low behind the surrounding hills and trees for me to actually see. So there’s a lot of banging and whistling going on all around me, but I only occasionally see the tops of especially high displays.
Still, I stayed up there for a while, just listening and smiling to myself. Stars above, this odd little complex of old factories and warehouses around, and booms and whistles echoing off the hills.
You know, I do love this country. I’m not a knee-jerk flag-waver, to say everything is perfect by definition because USA. But I’m also not the other extreme, where the things that are wrong mean that everything is wrong because Evil.
It seems to me that everything right with this country came about because of people thinking intelligently; and everything wrong persists because of people not thinking intelligently.
We need to be smart. That’ll fix it. Let’s do that.
Random other news:
I just signed on as a Patreon Patron for Mary Alexandra Agner’s monthly poem based on science in the news. For a buck a month, how can you lose? She needs 9 more $1 patrons to hit $25 (but you can pledge more!)… Looking at you, science-lovers. Here’s a poem she wrote about the Mars Rover Curiosity.
Also: Ophidiphobes, look away! Here’s a snake:
I found this jolly fellow just hanging out on top of the bush next to our front door as I left to go to my office. He seemed remarkably unworried about me. I guess he was depending on his snaky scariness to protect him. So he hung out long enough for me to fully admire him. I’m especially fond of snakes (when I know they’re not the poisonous ones!). They’re so extremely alien.
And here’s my local great blue heron:
This was shot next to the bridge over the local river (the mighty Quinnipiac). Now that I know he’s there, I see him a lot, often when my car is stopped at the light near the bridge; previously, I simply never thought to look.
I’ve also seen him from the footbridge next to my office.
Sabine, meanwhile, is in the Land of Herons — hanging out at the home of our pals in New Hampshire. By the time she starts heading back, I’ll be heading out to Readercon. We might not even see each other in passing!
Well. Back to the tasks at hand. I had yesterday off from the Day Job; with my usual Monday off, that’s a nice 4-day run.