austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

Please have snow and mistletoe

For Friday, we were beat. It'd been a long, busy season, and we'd spent a day in travel, and we'd only got in well after midnight and that was enough. We slept until after noon, and even after we got up, and said hello to my parents and talked about what we'd been doing since we last chatted, we weren't up to doing very much. We had a late lunch, one far enough into the afternoon that we came close to overlapping dinner.

We did get out of the house, though, to the mall where we got a carousel ride --- on the upper deck this time, which we haven't ridden in a while --- and did a little bit of wandering around. We went to the county animal welfare clinic which set up where the pet shop used to be, thinking we might at least look at puppies, but it turned out all their stock had been adopted before Christmas. They were all out of dogs and nearly out of cats, and apologizing in a slightly awkward way to folks who came to look at cute animals without actually adopting them. Also from the dollar store we found some Zero bars --- which I did not realize was one of the oldest candy bars in production --- and Peanut Chews --- which I did not realize were a local thing --- and I found that Zero bars are pretty good if a bit weird, while bunny_hugger wasn't sold on Peanut Chews.

Then we got chased out of the mall because it was closing time, and the announcer started to get a little more insistent as people just wouldn't leave. We didn't even have time to check out the Microsoft store, which looks like somebody took an Apple Store and Microsofted it up. bunny_hugger aptly observed how it looks like the media center in everyone's middle school library, or particularly from The Breakfast Club. So, we went back home, the while appreciating her discovery that the Cruze had heated seats.

Trivia: MIT economist Robert Solow calculated in the 1950s that technological progress accounted for about 51 percent of the annual growth in United States Gross Domestic Product between 1909 and 1949, greater than the effects of population growth and the accumulation of capital. Source: How Markets Fail: The Logic Of Economic Calamities, John Cassidy. (I admit not end of fascination in thinking how he could calculate such a thing.)

Currently Reading: 1493: Uncovering The New World Columbus Created, Charles C Mann. There's a lot of amazing stuff here, although the frequency with which Mann identifies a list of remarkable things happening simultaneously, or happening in rapid order, and pointing out that it may follow from the Colombian Exchange, and then adding a tag of ``but that might be overstating it'' makes me a little wary.

PS: Quartering a Cake in One Slice, a mathematics-type puzzle with practical application that you can't actually use in practice. Sorry.


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