Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Carnival of the Optimists #13: Lemons from lemonade

Does life ever REALLY give you lemons? I don't think so. Lemons are self-contained. They stack. Handling them is obvious... as opposed to twelve gallons of lemonade, poured surreptitiously on one's head when it's least expected.

Sometimes I think that compromises are a really bad idea. For instance, I was entirely ready to compromise on my archaeological research, which requires odd materials and the services of exotic and uncommon craftsmen, due to a financial mishap involving my house's foundation.

But, in the end, I realized that I had a blind spot in my planning, and fulfilling my goals for the LongsufferingWife and I was still possible. It simply required tenacity, and a determination that everybody involved will WIN, not merely "lose by an acceptable margin."

Welcome, to the Carnival of the Optimists.

Well, that's my good news for the week... pure "bootstrap." We had a big old nasty problem, which both necessitated the need for a change, and perhaps not coincidentally, provided for a potential improvement to the family's general financial game plan.

What else do we have cooking this week?

Good News!

At Willisms, we have "Botswana," a surprisingly successful sub-Saharan African nation, that has taken its lemonade and done all sorts of good things with it.

Bootstrap/How To!

Harvey, at Bad Example, covers how to put an image in a Blogger sidebar, as well as why good manners on the Internet are in everybody's best interests.

And Atlas Shrugs brings up the end of this week's submissions with a mini-carnival (should I call it that? It's not labeled "carnival," but it's longer than mine are...) in praise of milbloggers and the women who love them. Lots of good stuff.

"Progress" for this week will knock your socks off. Literally, it hates socks.
No, seriously, a pseudo-title might be my regular refrain of "Science fiction is here today." Because, just in case you missed it, and it's way too cool to miss, we blew a big freaking hole in the side of a comet (Tempel 1), just so we could find out what the heck it's made from. It may not be a cure for cancer, but it's important... and what's more than that, it's important and cool!

That's all we've got this week, folks: it's a short one. Keep them coming, and floss with those silver linings until they're a regular part of your diet.

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