July 4, 2006

Summer holiday.

Find yourself a shady spot.

Picnic Point

Life is good.

Clouds

Beauty is everywhere.

19 comments:

-Peder said...

That's a great picture of the clouds.

AJD said...

Agreed--great pictures.

So, is your enjoyment of beauty today a function of your income? Or does the lovely sentiment you express actually bear out some of the ideas in the "happiness studies" that you seemed to dismiss yesterday?

Buddy Larsen said...

I don't know, but I can guess that one element of her happiness is a function of her not being you, ajd.

Paco Wové said...

Does anybody else get the feeling that "AJD" is actually the third incarnation of Quxxo?

That is a neat cloud picture. Is it just as the camera took it, or has it been digitally enhanced or modified in some way?

Ann Althouse said...

Paco: For the cloud picture, I think I did something like turn down the brightness and turn up the contrast. The "silver lining" wasn't visible to the naked eye.

AJD said...

Sorry, Paco. No tamale.

I know you think that only one person in the world could possibly post critical comments on this blog. That would undoubtedly fit your simpleton view of the world.

But you've got a whole holiday to dream up another dumb theory.

Ann Althouse said...

I don't dismiss happiness studies, by the way. I'm very interested in them. The people who do them know their limitations. I think the limitations (and the political implications) are also very interesting. I highly recommend Daniel Gilbert's "Stumbling Into Happiness," and the book "Flow" has been extremely important to me.

Troy said...

AJD -- why would anyone want to subscribe to the worldview of one who sees such pictures -- begrudgingly admires them and shits in the punch bowl? You make the entire case against the Kos-sack view in a few short lines.

Troy said...

Oh! and happy Independence Day.

Internet Ronin said...

Why do I feel like I stumbled across a transcript of some long and tedious U.S. Senate filibuster?

Oh, thanks for the pictures, Ann. Pleasant imagery, while it lasted.

Ann Althouse said...

Internet Ronin: Fear not. I'm deleting everything X writes from now on. New policy. Not going through the cycle again.

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Buddy Larsen said...

"Wonderful World" brings to mind Curley's "Oh What a Beautiful Morning!" from Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!"--and its dirge "Poor Jud is Daid". Ah, Jud, we hardly knew ye.

Speaking of Rod Steiger, on July 4th, it's little known that he was a WWII naval combat vet, fought in some hairy Pacific battles.

Ann Althouse said...

SC: Thanks for coming back.

red clay said...

the sky photo looks like it was taken by maxfield parrish from space.

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Ruth Anne Adams said...

We love-love-love the SC.

The un-commenter.

Rockeye said...

Looks like Picnic Point, a place I can see from where I work.

Ann Althouse said...

Rockeye: You're right.