Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
2 Cor. 5:17
Three days of posting daily, that is. Yesterday I completely forgot: I spent the workday buried in old — circa 1995 — issues of the Bicycle Alliance’s newsletter. They have almost every newsletter published since they started sending them out in 1992. It was only in mid-1995 that they made mention of e-mail and the amazing “World Wide Web.” I had forgotten how mystical the internet used to be, but the wide-eyed awe with which they provide URLs (this happened twice in 1995) and asked for readers’ email addresses reminded me that I didn’t set up my first email address until 1998.
Yesterday at work I also conceived of the idea of the idea of making a pair of Mercury/Hermes wings to affix somehow to my helmet as my nod to the whimsy of Tour de Fat, which I’m working at all day tomorrow. (Spoiler: They are turning out awesome, but glue takes forever to dry, even in the sun.) Because I’m working Saturday, Every “encouraged” (read “ordered”) me to take today off. It took a lot of arm-twisting, but I did.
After work Ian and I met up and did an errand in Bellevue that took long enough that when I got home, a shower, dinner, and reading until I fell asleep (not very long) filled out the docket.
Speaking of reading, I’m really enjoying Michael Flynn’s book Firestar, which sounds like your typical sci-fi book and patently is not. Flynn wrote Wreck of the River of Stars, one of my favorite sci-fi books ever, which the review I linked to accurately describes as “a tour de force of character developement.” Also I’m in the midst of If You Can Read This: The Philosophy of Bumper Stickers, by Jack Bowen. I find his discussions take the bumper stickers too seriously — covering “Clones are people too,” for example, he didn’t mention the pun, which is, to my mind, the whole point — and he comes from a staunchly anti-theistic viewpoint. That in and of itself is fine, but it seemed that he spent more time bashing theism than absolutely necessary. Finally, Ian and I are reading The Checklist Manifesto, by Atul Gawande. Gawande is an excellent writer and thorough researcher, and the book is fascinating. It’s also a very easy read, and we’re only taking forever because I’m splitting my sparse reading time three ways.