Tent Rocks rock!

On the way the airport, we stopped through Tent Rocks to get everyone well tired out for the flight. We went with Will, Christina, and Tanner. It is a great place to check out!

Aven is turning into a great hiker. She loves her camelback waterpack:



Aven and Torsten are checking out the “model tent rock formations” at the trail head. They are a good gang together:



We loved exploring the slot canyon, a large tree in the middle of the canyon, and the fantastic rock/erosional formations:



There are a handful of more pictures at the gallery.

Go Read it Now! Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was very overdue for a re-read of this. I’m sad that Bradbury passed away and that that’s what it took for me to return to this classic. I think I should probably re-read this every few years — I don’t think I’ve read it since high school! I was amazed how prescient this was with everyone distracted by earphones, immersive “reality” technologies, and a lack of “being present”.

There are many classic lines, that I’d mostly forgotten!

If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.

We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?

If you don’t want a man unhappy politically, don’t give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none.

Playing the stock-market, of course, the last refuge in the world for the dangerous intellectual out of a job.

‘To hell with that,’ he said, ‘shake the tree and knock the great sloth down on his ass.’

And of course: “If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you’ll never learn.”

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Tilting at windmills..

To: editor@nytimes.com,
nytnews@nytimes.com,
public@nytimes.com

Hello,

I’m concerned about the full page ad in the June 1 NYT edition from
the American Beverage Association. Do you allow false statements to
be published as advertising? I understand that opinion in ads are ok,
but the ad clearly states:

“FACT: … sugar-sweetened beverages are not the No. 1 source of added
sugars in our diets — food is.”

I’m sure it isn’t a coincidence that I got a tweet in my feed that:

“FACT: Sugar-sweetened beverages represent largest share of calories
in diets of individuals aged 2 and up”

This tweet was from The National Academies of Science and references
an Institute of Medicine Report of May 8. The tweet is:

“National Academies (@NASciences)
5/31/12 12:10
RT @theIOM: FACT: Sugar-sweetened beverages represent largest share of
calories in diets of individuals aged 2 and up ow.ly/bgGz8 “

I would like to see a retraction from the NYT of the advertisement.

Thank you for considering my request,
Matt