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Tomorrow, two weeks vacation from work for the winter holiday comes to a close, as well as bidding farewell to my mother-in-law. It was a wonderful break and a wonderful visit filled with time spent with people I care about. But as always I am eager for the new challenges at work and to get back to being a professional Wizard.

Singularity by Marie Howe written in memory of Stephen Hawking after he passed this year, shared on brainpickings.org

Matt Pentz discusses the life and career of Sigi Schmid. (Subscription required, which I highly recommend if you’re a sports fan.)

Kottke has a great post about the new CGI face technology by NVIDIA

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Elwood wishes you all a very Merry Christmas.

Google has a Santa tracker. It’s nice to see them doing their part to help us track his whereabouts and not simply leaving it in the hands of NORAD.

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The Christmas movies I have to watch each season: Home Alone, Christmas Vacation, Muppet Christmas Carol, and Scrooged.

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Enjoying my days off from work, spending time with Katie and her mom and Elwood, decorating for the holidays, and unwinding from a long year. Tomorrow, we host our annual Christmas gathering with friends.

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My Ruidiaz Sounders jersey from this season, featuring their Pride numbering from June. It has even more meaning since this is the season we had nine wins in a row.

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Adding the feature for simple life updates to be published on my blog. They’ll look like this compared to the formatting used for larger blog posts.