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According to, Digesting can mean

  1. To convert (food) into simpler chemical compounds that can be absorbed and assimilated by the body, as by chemical and muscular action in the alimentary canal.
  2. To absorb or assimilate mentally.
  3. To organize into a systematic arrangement, usually by summarizing or classifying.
  4. To condense or abridge (a written work).

After the past weekend, I'm doing all of the above.

Let's start with the Stomach Flu. That sucker hit me about 2am on Friday night. Somehow, I still dragged my butt out of bed and made it to Jerry's Retreat. (See stories from yesterday and the day before.) However, the, ah, um, digestive processes are still a little, um, funky. Enough said. I'm eating lite. It hit the wife as well. This was the first year we both took flu shots. It is also the first year I've had some form of flu in years. Go figure.

And, wow. Trying to digest, condense, abridge, or assimilate mentally all of the information from the Retreat this weekend is also a churning process. I'm still sorting out the discussions on Moral Capitalism, (this may be a bad link - tough to tell behind this proxy), the entire September 11th range of discussion, including consipiracy theories (including some that are just wacky - see '' - I won't link to them since some of their stuff is just plain anti-semetic.)

As Dan Gillmor noted we had an excellent book exchange. I got Stephen Hawking's Universe in a Nutshell from Chris Herot. Thanks, it looks fascinating! Chris claimed he learned more about physics reading the first chapter than he did first year at M.I.T. Not sure what that says about MIT. :-)

Got to see lots of old friends and make new ones. Very glad to have gone.

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