I will be offline until after the New Year.  I hope 2011 will bring you peace, health, many laughs, and much good cheer.

1) Pictures of the Day – December 30th

a. a. Landscape – From the Guardian’s “24 Hours In Pictures slide show” – http://tinyurl.com/23j4z9o
British Columbia, Canada: The sun sets over the mountains and waters surrounding Howe Sound near Horseshoe Bay
b. People – LA Times “Pictures of the Day slide show” – http://tinyurl.com/29aedr4
Wanjak, Sudun. Boys smile as World Food Program staffers distribute food to refugees returning from Northern Sudun.

c. Humor – From the Cute Overload site – http://cuteoverload.com/

“And your little dog, too! [paws rubbing together]  OK OK I’m no witch—The hat is just a Petunia.”  Picture contributed by todorrovic.

d. Food – A Twinkie cake from the Cake Wrecks site – http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/

2) Ed’s Doctrine of Faith

Please send me buckets of money so that I can spread my doctrine.  I guarantee it will bring peace, love and understanding to the world, or better yet a waterfront mansion, shiny big Limo, and some “healthy” chorus girls to help me preach my word.

a. My faith is in the unlimited potential for the human race to do good, to live with love and compassion.

b. The only doctrine, code or rule that will bring peace to the world is to live with love and compassion.  Without that all other doctrines won’t make any difference.

c. My faith is not in any one group, religious, non-religious, ethnic, or nation.  My faith is in the unlimited potential for all of humanity.  As long as that potential exist, which it will until the last humans breathe their last breathes, then I have hope.

d. If you want the perfect life in Heaven that the worlds different religious faiths promise you must follow their doctrine.  To live the best life you can in this world you only need one doctrine, live with love and compassion.

Please make your checks out to, “Ed’s Diamond Place of Faith”, but cash is preferred.

3) Predictions for 2011

The vast majority of people in the world will do their best to make the world a better place.  They will have some success, which will be ignored by the mass media, in favour of the murder, mayhem, and gossip, that most people seem to prefer to read about.

The world will change, and many will grumble about that change, no matter how, or if, it affects them.

Through the process of science we will make significant advances to our body of knowledge about the world. This will help us greatly in understanding our world, and help us do a much better job of living in it.

Sadly the New York Mets will not win the world series.

Have any predictions that you would like to share?