There is a remarkable breakdown of taste and intelligence at Christmastime. Mature, responsible grown men wear neckties made of holly leaves and drink alcoholic beverages with raw egg yolks and cottage cheese in them. ~P.J. O'Rourke
Since my employers thoughtfully give me some time off at Christmas and New Year's, just long enough for the equipment to break down while I'm enjoying new toys, football, and food, Explorations will take some time off as well. In the meantime, if you must have a fix of weblog, peruse the archives. I'm sure you'll find something in there of interest.
Oh, and we can all be thankful that the shuttle returned safely before a) it ran out of power, and b) the year changed (since its computers can't automatically switch over to a new year).
Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year.