Our preoccupations of the moment afforded an Althouse moment on the computer desk early afternoon. Upper left, a printout of the geometry puzzle that's been driving us mad and taking up far too much of our time for days. Center, the Xmas card featured in our very first blogpost four years ago today.
We've been gnashing our teeth and tearing our hair out since Thursday, when The News Junkie at Maggie's Farm caught our eye with a link to the "World's Hardest Easy Geometry Problem" at Keith Enevoldsen's Think Zone [via Cayote Blog]. As former Captain of the Math Team of Exeter High School, we consider it a matter of honor to beat this thing. Argghhh!
Meanwhile, the greeting card center front above features a Photoshop-enhanced image of Chelsea-by-the-Sea festooned with Christmas lights, the very first image in the very first post ever published on our blog:
In our first blog post December 12, 2003, we planted our rhetorical feet firmly on the incorrect side of the politically correct divide with a bold expression of "the tidings that dare not speak their name."
Our first blogiversary post a year later on December 12, 2004 explains:
Speaking of Christmas card designs, our very first post -- "The tidings that dare not speak their name" -- one year ago today, featured last year's card and a timely challenge to the cluelessly politically correct that we were unafraid to either wish or be wished a "Merry Christmas." We second that emotion.
"Two-year-olds are a handful, and our blog becomes two years old today, so watch out," we warned on our second blogiversary two years back, but the following year we were so busy blogging that we forgot to celebrate, preferring instead to blog about "How cats celebrate Christmas."
Now we are four, and -- as we've said more than once before -- are happy to report that we still agree with ourselves. We also find ourselves agreeing more and more with the idea of Fred Thompson as president. He is a standout in this afternoon's Republican debate on Fox News. Not that we're listening to every word, but everyone else sounds scripted, faux earnest, pompous or a combination of the above. His sensible words -- less government interference, more individual choices -- and his manner -- commonsensical and presidential -- are leaving the other horses in the dust.