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No photos, with my camera out for the count, but Thursday was a bounteous day on the lapine front. ^_^ First one pair, then another pair not far along, a bit later on, and finally, yet another, in a different field - this time, one completely relaxed, whilst the other groomed and massaged. ^_^ (But still alert enough to get by, which is just as well - that morning, we saw a small fox trot through the parking lot, no less wary of the twoleggers)

Yay! The other programmer will, with any luck, be able to bring back one of his Minolta A200s on Monday - so I'll be in a position to try taking some photos of the local lapines. Some of them might even feature vaguely recognisable blurs. ^_^

A snippet of SL humor over here; be sure to read the "update" footnote, and Pathfinder's comment. =:D

Wow. So.. this week was quite the intense introduction to SPI, I2C, and allied TWIs, and the CPU's SSC, SPI, PDC, and AIC units. Not to mention investigating some misbheavior by taking one component from a pre-production unit, by removing four microscopic SMD components and wiring the device to a CPU eval board, then hooking up another eval board to that, and rounding it off by monitoring ten important lines on the logic analyzer/scope. Interrupt City, yay! And the DMA engine's actually rather nice to use, though we're having to drive one crucial chip in a slightly funky manner. So nifty, feeling the project actually coming together, everyone putting in their final contributions as we head towards the finish line. Some fiendishly talented people, to be sure, the aforementioned coworker especially. Ingenuity is inspirational. ^_^
Occasionally some dope will complain about this or that intolerably liberal thing going on in California. For instance, a few weeks ago, the city of Berkeley harassed the Marine recruiting station because of the Marines' habit of discriminating against gay people. Someone said something to the effect of, "Damn those tree-hugging Liberals! Don't they realize that the Marines in Iraq are fighting for their freedom?!" I posted back, "Look, if you hate California so much, why don't you let us secede?" For some strange reason, they never want to allow that. It's sort of the same thing as Russia and Chechnya, China and Tibet, or Austria-and-Italy and the Tyrol.

Plebiscites. I'm all in favor of plebiscites.
I do love that "fighting for our freedom!" line of.. *cough* reasoning. After all, isn't it patently obvious that half-destroying a country that had little to do with the US beyond oil trading, giving rise to all manner of religious crazies in a formerly secular nation, leading to the deaths of a million or so, the internal displacement of another two million, and the external displacement of another two million, is absolutely guaranteed to bring greater stability to the region and a passionate love for the US amongst the citizenry?

(Ah, those lovely bedtime tales those wise men used to tell us.. it'll all be done with in a matter of weeks, certainly within a few months, and it'll barely cost anything)

Absolutely agreed on the essential utility of plebiscites. I'd love to see an independent California, able to make its own way in the world, freed of the regressive influences of DC. And it'd easily be able to, I imagine - there's a healthy agricultural economy (though with quite a dependence on imported water), a very strong technology base, one or two entertainment companies, plenty of tourism and venues, industrial sea freight ports, and some very busy international airports.

I recall one suggestion made in jest over on dKos - whilst the matter of secession is ignored in the existing legal framework, there is provision for kicking a state out of the union..