I'd like to say I put in a great presentation at the Christmas Party, but the truth is I was so tired I ended up wandering around, chatting with extended family I've seen a lot thanks to all the weddings recently, and then nodding off in the corner. Well, I didn't expect I'd be so tired; this is worse jet lag than usual, probably compounded by all the stress I'd been under for the textbook, and will be under again the next week trying to get the draft ready for submission to the publishers.
Dad was quite eager that I should talk to the guy who was head of the human relations department at the chemicals plant I worked a couple summers in the early 90s. Even if I weren't chronically unable to remember names and faces that'd be a challenge; while my dad worked with him nearly every workday for five years or so, I actually talked with him maybe four days of my life. I really have no idea whether I talked to him and whether he was glad to see me; I hope I did all right.
Trivia: The stars Mu Arae and 55 Cancri both appear to have planets which are only fourteen times as massive as Earth. Source: ``Search for Other Earths,'' Tim Appenzeller, National Geographic December 2004.
Currently Reading: Mutiny: A History of Naval Insurrection, Leonard F. Guttridge. A fascinating recurring theme in this book, particularly as regards the British and United States military traditions: nobody's all that eager to define what mutiny is, exactly, or how it's distinct from ``insubordination'' or ``failure to respect a superior officer'' (or even whether a single person can mutiny, or if it has to be a conspiracy). For centuries authorities have been very quick to use any excuse, however flimsy, to avoid the term, and mutineers are generally insistent they're serving their country faithfully too.