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After my visit to Observatory Park last Saturday night, I got home and got out my camera.  Jupiter was well placed, and although I'm still struggling to get things focused and exposed properly, I did snag this picture.  You can see the four Galilean moons if you zoom in a bit.
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Oh, hey, yeah, +Sarah Brill reminded me that today is Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent!

And, yeah... Lent... usually that means that Passover is right around the corner, thus engendering a sense of abject panic; but this year Passover is a month later than Easter.  It's a Jewish Leap Year - we add a month to keep the Lunar and Solar calendars from getting too out of sync. 

And why is the abbreviation for synchrony and synchronization "sync" and not "synch?"

So, happy Mardi Gras to all my friends who observe it, and best of success for a Lent of constructive deprivation!
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+Philip Setnik I do think there's something healthy in being prepared to look silly for the sake of God.

(as you know, I disagree with you about that custom being handed down by people who heard it from God, but that's a different story. I may disagree with you about some of the detail, but I'm with you in the desire to obey God, no matter how it looks from the outside. or even, as you say, from the inside.)
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We're at a first birthday party for the neighbors' twins. Nikki Minaj is playing in the background. It is an exercise in zen. 
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Nikki Minaj at a 1st bday party?????
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Gut woch, everybody!

So last night was awesome.  I had an opportunity to act as a kind of a tour guide around the cosmos.  We went out to Observatory Park, about 45 minutes east of here, and we were blessed with a lovely clear sky.  I brought my telescope and my laser pointer, and guided my friend and two of his sons through some of the winter constellations.  We were there long enough to catch Jupiter and its moons.  I have corrupted their young minds inspired them to enjoy astronomy.

Today is preparation for the annual Super Bowl at Mom's Party.  Meatballs, wings, artichoke dip, popcorn, and brownies for dessert.  Looking forward to that.  Shopping and cooking to do.  That should be fun; the eldest loves to cook and is pretty good at it, so he's chef number 1.  I'm more of an idea person.

I hope you all enjoy whatever it is you have planned for today!
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oh wow, that menu sounds wonderful - I'm coming right over :)
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Just finished Killing Floor, the first of the Jack Reacher novels. It was quite violent and fun to read.

Next up: Ready Player One, which has come very highly recommended. 
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+Philip Setnik I got into a "thing" a few years ago and read them all. In order. Did the same thing for John D Macdonald. 
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Well, I just had a start.

I have just finished watching the last Netflixed episode of Person of Interest.

Someone in the cube next to me was talking about the latest hospital we have acquired.

The hospital's name:  *Samaritan* .

Oh, crud.
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+Philip Setnik STOP THE INSANITY!!!!
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Happy Birthday, +Melinda Greenwood !  May today be the first in an ever-increasing upward spiral of awesomeness and joy and love and happiness!
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Showing up to make a condolence call the evening after shiva has ended is surprisingly more awkward and embarrassing than I even would have imagined.

Rats. So many rats. 
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I keep trying to think of a way to encourage you and to bring a tiny bit of levity...but, well, mourning + mourning faux pas = I shall just pray for grace to be extended.  
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I've been enjoined to change cubicles.  This is normal in an office environment.

They took away my pole.  I had a pole in my cubicle - really a column, holding up my part of the building.  But it was my pole.  I will miss my pole.

My new desk is on a major thoroughfare.  Lots of people pass by on there way to and from the coffee station and the cafeteria.

My over-the-wall neighbors are a boisterous, convivial, collaborative group.  They are also one of my main providers in my work.  I can't shush them, therefore.


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This should be... interesting.

Happy Monday, everybody.
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You'll learn to block out the noise in about 4 weeks. ;-)  Enjoy your new adventure with all your heart.
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Speaking of meatballs:  I'm trying to come up with an easy sauce.  So far, I've got Heinz Chili Sauce and Duck Sauce (a sweet-savory apricot based jam - this is in lieu of grape jelly, which I feel is too sweet).  I feel as though I need a third component.  Or am I overthinking?
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Wasabi.
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Good Shabbos, everyone! 
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Been a while since I've posted.  Things have been nigh unto insane here and abouts, lots of work stuff and, fortunately, a reasonable amount of not-work stuff.

I wanted to wish a Mazel Tov to our friend +Aaron Wolf and his wife Annie, who have welcomed Shira Peninah into the world!  Their new baby daughter was named at the synagogue today.  May she have a full, rich, healthy, happy life, full of Torah, chupah (marriage - when the time comes), and ma'asim tovim (acts of goodness).

I also wanted to take a moment and say something in memory of my late sister Gail, whose yahrtzeit (anniversary of her passing) is today.  I had an odd relationship with my sister; she was the middle child and I was the youngest (and only son) - so I was kind of the golden child.  We had our differences.  It was only toward the end of her life that she came into her own - she became a staunch advocate for people with physical and mental challenges.  She had no formal training in this, but she had sympathy and experience of her own, and a strong will.  I regret that I didn't have much of a relationship with her during this time - I would have liked to know her better.  And then she became ill with cancer.  Toward the end we had some time together, and I'm grateful for that.  May her neshama have an aliyah (may her soul be called upward in Heaven) and may she rest in peace.

Funny how these events seem to juxtapose.  Birth, death, the circle goes on....

Have a wonderful day!
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Mazal Tov to Aaron and his family 🎉🎉🎉 May they have only happiness.

May Gail's memory always be a blessing
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Who is happy? He who is happy with his portion. Who is wise? He who learns from every man.
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I'm a technology professional with a mind on the needs of the business.  I believe that computer systems should work like utilities:  you turn on a switch, and a light comes on - you turn on your computer, and you are productive!

I am dedicated to helping others be more successful.

I also teach - and I love to be in front of a class helping them learn.

I believe that IT management, like the best consulting, requires a relationship - to know what the client needs, you first have to know the client and his or her business.
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