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Veterans' Day 2012

Last Veterans' Day, I wrote a lengthy post about my father, Chaplain (Colonel) Mitchell Ackerson, and praised his Army service.  This Veterans' Day, while the sentiment towards my father's service has not changed, I want to instead call attention to two other veterans in my family: My father's father, Leonard Ackerson, and my cousin, Jeremy Hammer.
 
I must admit that I don't know all that much about my grandfather's military service. I know (or at least remember) that he served during World War II, but I can't tell you what branch or what his missions were like. I have a faint memory from when I was about 12 reading a book in my grandfather's house that had a picture of his unit and more details. I am somewhat ashamed to admit that I had almost completly forgotten he was a veteran before I started writing this post, so I resolve this Veterans Day to learn more about his military history so that I can honor him properly in the future. In the meantime, I can only hope this suffices.
 
I also want to honor my cousin, Jeremy Hammer. Jeremy served in Afghanistan with Explosive Ordinance Disposal, US Army. In layman's terms, that means he dealt with things that go boom. EOD is a dangerous job but a necessary one. Soldiers in EOD risk their lives to ensure their fellow soldiers don't come to harm. They're about as close to "being on the front line" as you can get with this kind of war. While Jeremy assures me and my family that his job was boring and he didn't get to do all that much, the fact that he was willing to be in that division speaks volumes. 
 
And of course, to all the other veterans in our country, I honor you as well, for your sacrifices, your dedication, and your service.
 
HOOAH.

#veteransday2012  
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So I've been wondering about this for years, and now I'm going to do something about it: Please fill out this survey about whether or not you own a whisk. This will be the basis for a future baking blog post. (And please spread this around! I want a large sample size!)

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MH2QM8J
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Hey, nerds and friends of nerds: This Kickstarter project looks to be right up your alley. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/primerist/code-hero-a-game-that-teaches-you-to-make-games-he
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Once again, as we approach Chanukah, I bring out the DFA to show the various ways you can spell it. And for the regular expression nerds, it's (Ch|H)an(n?)uk(k?)a(h?)
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I'm seriously thinking about caving and buying a Kindle Fire. Who wants to talk me out of it?
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So today, I yelled a bit at my roommate for doing something stupid, rode a bike for a while, made some pumpkin bread, read an article about Magic the Gathering, and played a tower defense game.

So I:
1) Did some baking
2) Got to be king
3) Did some biking
4) Read an article by Bo King
5) And did some well-intentioned 'buking.

That's right: baking/be king/biking/Bo King/and 'buking. Roughly "b{aeiou}king".
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