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Holiday cheer

Started: 2007-12-27 16:45:39

Submitted: 2007-12-27 16:55:50

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I'm currently enjoying my Christmas holiday at my parents' house in Norman, Oklahoma. (They moved to Oklahoma after I moved out; I grew up in Boulder.) Part of our holiday celebration included building gingerbread houses. We used graham crackers. Mom, Bethany, and Kiesa made traditional-looking sloped-roof houses. Willy and I were a bit more ambitious; I searched for a suitable idea (contemplating the Hirshhorn, the Pentagon, and a few other less-notable ideas) until settling on one of the world's tallest buildings (ignoring the debate as to whether one should consider highest habitable floor or tallest structural feature): the Sears Tower. My proportions are a bit off, but it's clearly recognizable:

Graham cracker Sears Tower

Willy built Herod's Temple, which he's also modeled in SketchUp and out of several physical model schemes.

Ok, well, the most obvious problem with [new years resolution
about getting a girlfriend] is that the intended outcome relies on
variables which are out of my control. It's a matter of chance,
luck, being in the right place at the wrong time, what have you.
Obviously, it also relies on the willful participation of
another human being. Since the only people we control are
ourselves, making resolutions -- promises to ourselves -- which
require the involvement of others, who may or may not want any
part of the game, is like sitting at home and cheering a
football team, and then saying "We won! We won!" when in fact
you had absolutely nothing to do with any of it. Or something
like that.
- Bitscape, Random Rambling, 01 August 2000