Christmas At The Wheelhouse, And A Giving Of Thanks

Here we are at yet another Christmas. We have been doing this a long time now, and even longer for those that go back to The Next Hurrah. Yes, we are all getting old together. But let that be painfully, fitfully and difficult for the government, corporate and political forces. And that battle is not done yet.

We are all for the better for gathering here. So, to one and all, thank you. It means everything to us. Seriously. And the Merriest of Christmases to one and all, no matter what your faith or following. It is a season for sharing and love, and we send that to one and all.

With that said, let’s give thanks to one and all, not only here, but who have come and left. There are so many friends that have come and, sadly, departed there is no good way to cover one and all. There have been so many.

We can only say thanks to one and all. It is one thing to have a forum to talk to people. It is yet another where people both listen and interact positively and brightly better than what you ever hoped. That has been the hallmark here from the start. Thank you for that. And, a Christmas Eve should never go without a mention and thank you to our early friend and colleague, Mary, who left us on Christmas Eve 2011. Vaya con dios Mary Beth Perdue, you are still remembered and missed.

For all, sincerely, thanks, both for the year that was, and the time to come. Be well.

Bmaz is a rather large saguaro cactus in the Southwestern Sonoran desert. A lover of the Constitution, law, family, sports, food and spirits. As you might imagine, a bit prickly occasionally. Bmaz has attended all three state universities in Arizona, with both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Arizona State University, and with significant post-graduate work (in physics and organic chemistry, go figure) at both the University of Colorado in Boulder and the University of Arizona. Married, with both a lovely child and a giant Sasquatch dog. Bmaz has been a participant on the internet since the early 2000’s, including active participation in the precursor to Emptywheel, The Next Hurrah. Formally joined the Emptywheel blog as an original contributing member at its founding in 2007. Bmaz grew up around politics, education, sports and, most significantly, cars; notably around Formula One racing and Concours de Elegance automobile restoration and showing. Currently lives in the Cactus Patch with his lovely wife and beast of a dog, and practices both criminal and civil trial law.
23 replies
  1. bloopie2 says:

    Bmaz and Marcy and Jim and Ed, thank YOU for providing this forum. There aren’t many places one can go, or people one can chat up, and get this level of cordiality, conviviality, compassion, and culture (hmm … that last).
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    Leonard Nimoy (Spock) was one we lost this year. I about broke up when I saw this photo, a Vulcan salute from the International Space Station; how beautiful and appropriate. So many good things, and good people, we have to be thankful for.
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    http://www.nbcnews.com/science/space/astronaut-sends-vulcan-tribute-leonard-nimoy-final-frontier-n314766

  2. Petrocelli says:

    Merry Christmas Friends!

    In keeping the tradition, I’m making Eggnog French Toast with your choice of topping- Grand Marnier or Bailey’s.
    I recommend one of each.

    • Peterr says:

      Only one?
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      Mrs Peterr has cinnamon rolls in the oven, with seven more minutes to come to perfection. Meanwhile, I can’t find my Irish coffee. If I didn’t know better, I might almost suspect that the cinnamon roll chef finished it for me. Oh, well . . . we’ve got mixings for more.

      We are all for the better for gathering here. So, to one and all, thank you.

      Amen, and you’re welcome.
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      Happy holidays, everyone. May your wrenches always fit, and your lugnuts never stick!

  3. Jim White says:

    A toast to all who hang out at the Wheelhouse and those who have passed: Know that you are part of a community that cares deeply, lives fully and wants the best for one and all.

  4. Georgia says:

    Thank you for remembering Mary. I so enjoyed her often piercing, intelligent comments. Merry Christmas to you all.

  5. Person1597 says:

    Again, Marcy gets it right… “…everything happens for a reason and the reason is thermodynamics”.

    Gosh all fishhooks… what hath causal entropy wrought? Long lived self-organized fractal plasma structures.

    May the vortex of ions and free electrons be with you!

      • Person1597 says:

        On Twitter, everyone is a rocket scientist — even those who spout… “long winded wonk stuff that obscures … idiotic overwrought rubbish about nothing”. (Like me!)

        Hittin’ those phrases that payss in 2015 highlights! (My fave wheelhouse tweets, that is…)

  6. Ed Walker says:

    I want to thank all the people who have welcomed me to the Wheelhouse, and the commenters who have added so much on every post.
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    I often think of John Chandley, Scarecrow at FDL, and I miss him.

  7. 4jkb4ia says:

    It serves me right to have done anything in honor of Christmas. The chicken stir fry called for 1/4 cup of soy sauce. After I substituted the liquid aminos both my husband and I could literally taste the sodium and my husband refused to eat it. The concept of the recipe was otherwise good :(

    Minor Drake update: This year Billboard based the Top Artists list on the Artist 100 which includes sales, airplay, and social media. Taylor Swift was #1. This will shock no one. Drake was #4. However, he shared the Top 10 with the immortal Ed Sheeran and Meghan Trainor.

    Reference to very old masaccio post:
    I remembered getting from my economics textbook that utility was indeed entirely subjective. But I thought that maybe I was the victim of a bad textbook, although now I recall that Alan Blinder helped write it. In a spirit of greater humility, before a lecture on the WashU campus I had all of 15 minutes to spend in the library. The Routledge Dictionary of Economics (2002) defined utility as the feeling of satisfaction from consumption. There were 2 important points:
    What is important is marginal utility. So if you don’t have something you can take a derivative of you are really sunk. I really should have remembered that because marginal utility is what demand curves come from. I am very grateful if Cole did not see this incontrovertible evidence that I am both an idiot AND full of shit.
    Not everyone measures utility as an absolute thing. Some believe that utility is just an order of preferences. If that is the case, you may not get utility from a fractional item, but the intensity of your preference for the item or your ordering of the preferences is something you CAN take a derivative of. The book that treats this subject is The Measurement of Utility (Shyumdar, 1966), which I got only to look at the introduction of. Evidently Samuelson did some technical work on utility curves, too.
    Reference to newer masaccio post:
    I was very disappointed that The Great Transformation was not at the public library.

  8. 4jkb4ia says:

    Re remembering those who have gone: I remember when EW gave bmaz the keys to this joint and said that it was a matter of spirit as much as anything else. The longtime commenters who passed away each contributed to this place spiritually. I am sorry I will never know what skdadl made of Justin Trudeau.

  9. 4jkb4ia says:

    With better, you know, organization, I could have regularly visited the WashU library before the Shalhevet Women’s Kollel (a Talmud class) which was about a mile away and held every other Tuesday. It is now on hiatus.

  10. bloopie2 says:

    Must be good folk up there in the Great Lakes State. “Mich. park plants 400K milkweed seeds to help monarchs.” Finest kind.

  11. What Constitution? says:

    Happy happy to all. Still, you gotta wonder: with a site like this accessible to all over the magic of the Intertoobs, why is it that there still seem to be people in this country seriously willing to consider voting for Donald Trump? Perplexing.

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