Jan. 15th, 2015

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In other news, January 20 is approaching. That may not mean much this year, but two years from now it will be the day President Obama's term ends.

That leads to thoughts of the 2016 elections. Who will be running? Flower Head Robot and Moon Tune Robot are starting to think about it.

They've been considering running for all offices in all countries on a platform of not being as bad as most of the other candidates. It will soon be time to turn those plans into action, assuming they want to go through with it.

Watch http://www.plergb.com/RobotMusicians/RobotMusicians.html for further developments.
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One person I met recently is taking a college course in Human Sexuality. That got me to thinking that in science fiction universes with multiple intelligent species, such as Star Trek or Star Wars, there may be college courses in Comparative Sexuality, much as colleges in this world have courses in Comparative Religion.
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Speaking of my January birthday, this one was another of those landmark "getting old" years: 75. Three quarters of a century. One group I regularly have lunch with did the typical restaurant birthday thing with a slice of cake with a candle on it.

Restaurants almost never use the actual traditional number of candles. It's probably too much trouble to keep count of how many candles they need and how to arrange them on the cake, as well as the problems of getting them all lit before the first ones to get lit have already burned out. Besides, that many candles can be a challenge to blow out, especially if one has to worry about setting one's beard on fire.
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The holidays are finally over. There's still Martin Luther King day, but it doesn't have the festive party-time feel of days like Halloween and Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year's (and my birthday, which comes in early January). So I don't think of it as part of the "holiday season".

We're coming into what I think of as the "gray time". Often the weather is literally gray and overcast, but I feel the term may apply even on days that aren't actually gray. The sun is low in the south, giving a late-afternoon feel to things even at midday. Days are short even though they're getting longer (see http://www.plergb.com/Analemma/Analemma.shtml for some of the details), and we're settling back down into our "normal" routine of school or work or whatever after weeks of playful festivals. And it's going to stay like that for a while before the next happy playful times come around.

Groundhog Day and Valentine's are signs of hope that this time will end. So are Washington's and Lincoln's birthdays, now merged into Presidents Day. But they don't have the holiday feel that I sometimes find myself missing, so they aren't quite the end of the dreariness yet.

The season does gradually end with the longer and brighter days of spring.
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