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A couple of things to kick off 2004

Happy New Year!

I just came across this article on What You Can’t Say by way of Slashdot. I find myself wishing the author would find more evidence for his viewpoint, yet the topic of moral fashions is an intriguing one. Herman Hesse said, “We should remember that it is easy and foolish to sneer at the mistakes or barbarities of remote ages.” To impose today’s moral fashions on other generations is as silly as dressing them in our clothes would be. This is an important concept to remember as I read about Toussaint Louverture.

Secondly, a big congratulations to the team at JPL for a successful landing of the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit. Louise and I watched the coverage on Nasa TV last night. It was so exciting to see the years of hard work pay off so handsomely. Best of luck, you guys, and continued success!