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Those of you not reading through RSS will notice a new look here today - I had a new logo crafted by the nice folks at Men With Pens. They are the same folks who did the graphics for my ebooks. Easy to work with, reasonable prices, what else can I say?

I could say that I'm very happy to have a more professional look, and that's true. I could say that there are some nooks and crannies here that still need attention and that's also true.

This is a light day. I plan to watch the inauguration and I have to help someone set up a VPN and then transfer some data for someone else but that's about it.

It's kind of a celebratory day. I make no secret of the fact that I am happy to see George Bush go - I think he damaged this country in many ways and the effects of his actions will last for decades - some may last for centuries. I'd like to believe the incoming administration will make important changes, but realistically I doubt it: dirty politics, greed and self-interest will hamper even the best of intentions. So while I'm happy to see Obama in office, I don't have great hopes for change.

As someone nearing retirement, my biggest fear is that this mess will be dealt with in the obvious way: let inflation loose and damn the consequences. That will put the burden on the weak: the old, the poor, the handicapped. Personally, I don't dare retire now: it's too risky.

Anyway, whatever your politics, we all know that we have a mess. We'll argue over how to fix it and with luck maybe some of it actually will get fixed. Or not: things can still get worse.

Let's hope for the better.