also, planet earth is finally a compelling reason for me to want an HDTV. I watched the first several episodes in HD at jeremy's, and the difference is remarkable. one of the themes is herds/flocks/swarms/schools, with lots of aerial photography taken early or late in the day, showing elongated shadows of millions of animals moving. it's amazing work no matter how you cut it, but in HD you can tell that it's millions of individuals, and that changes the message a bit—on my tv, a million snow geese in flight looks kind of like static.
today is my last day on call, and the delivery date for a huge body of work that over a dozen people have been laboring on for days. it's been a tough week of work, and I'm looking forward to dinner and a movie with friends tonight, and a free day tomorrow to change the oil before I drive up to silicon valley for a few days.