Happy New Years 2006

Happy New Years to all my readers, even the ones who don't like what I have to say very much but, for some inexplicable reason, keep reading my blather. May your 2006 far surpass 2005 in happiness and health, for both you and your families.

I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who expressed their condolences over the loss of my uncle, especially from Wade Rankin, given that we almost never see eye-to-eye on anything, particularly whether mercury has a role in causing autism. The only way I could think of to repay your kindness is to send some link-love to you at the end of this post.

Finally, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank a couple of folks who helped me produce a new template for this blog, namely Kev and Ali. Kev helped with some layout issues, and Ali went way above and beyond the call in finding a stray Blogger tag that was preventing posts from appearing properly and in fixing a problem that caused the right sidebar to keep getting pushed off to the bottom by the center panel. Note that neither of them have anything to do with the concept or overall design of the new template. So, if, when I roll out the new design, you think it's butt-ugly, don't blame either of them. (Given how visually attractive both of their blogs are, web design-wise, you probably would figure out that neither of them had anything to do with it, anyway.)

And now, some link-love for the New Year, in no particular order:
This is the list as of this writing. I also want to thank everyone who gave their condolences but don't have a blog for me to return a link to. You know who you are; you're all listed in the comments of this post.

Either tomorrow or Tuesday, normal blogging will resume, although it might take a few days to get back into the swing of things fully.


  1. I lurk here frequently and comment rarely, so my condolences may not have value to you other than to note that even those who are strangers care about the losses of fellow human beings. Also, to say that I understand your loss would be crude, even having lost many family members myself over the years. Your individual loss can never be replicated in the hearts and minds of others. So it is with that, that I offer my well wishes to you and your family.

  2. Well, now I know why my site meter was showing all the traffic coming from here. The condolences were heartfelt, indeed. Our disagreements have never kept me from respecting you and your opinions.

    A happy and healthy new year to you and your loved ones.

  3. Happy New Year, Big Brother, Orac.

    Let's hope for a good year.

  4. thanks for the link, orac! i hope that your 2006 will be brighter and more hopeful than it has been recently for you and your family.



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