Winter has arrived. Ugh. I was hoping that lovely autumn would stick around a while longer. Ah, well. On the bright side, snowy trees are quite pretty:
My dear friend Pete‘s birthday was a couple days ago, and I meant to post this on his actual birthday. However, I’ve had a cold all weekend, and that has put me behind on everything. Very sorry for the belatedness, m’dear :)
Anyway, Pete and I have known each other since we were 15 and 16 (I’m the older one). In addition to being a wonderful, compassionate, and brilliant person, he’s also an extremely talented artist. Be sure to check out his artblog.
Here we are in August ’99, in Seattle to see R.E.M. at Bumbershoot. Because we were fan club members, we were able to get into the show a little early, and I remember with nostalgic delight how we (and our friends) raced to get to the front row of the stadium, so young and enthusiastic and breathless with excitement.
Happy birthday, my dear. I’m so very lucky to know you.♥
My friend Reed is a fantastic and kindhearted chap. He is also extremely intelligent and innovative, and has put those traits to great use in the skeptical movement. He’s the creator of SkeptiCamp, “informal, community-organized conferences borne from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment”. The concept has spread quickly: since 2007, there have been 38 SkeptiCamps all over the world. I like the idea of community-organized open events, as they offer opportunities for activism, organization, learning, sharing, and dissemination of knowledge that larger and more formal events aren’t always able to provide.
And Reed has a cat. Firpo T. Cat, to be more precise. Firpo is a lovely and kind kitteh who enjoys working out on Reed’s treadmill. I haven’t yet been able to witness this awesomeness in real life, but, via Skype, I once saw Firpo workin’ on his fitness, and it was one of the best things ever.
Anyway, I bring you two examples of Firpo Cuteness. Reed very kindly gave me permission to post these photos here:
So: yay Reed! And yay Firpo! :)
And finally, just because I love it so, here’s my favorite scene from one of my favorite movies, Jean-Luc Godard‘s Alphaville: