Beaker The Muppet has long been a favorite here at Dr. Geek's Laboratory. As my profile says: "Think of me as the product of too many Muppet Labs experiments; the colleague and friend of Dr. Bunsen Honeydew." If that doesn't qualify me as Beaker's cousin, I don't know what does.
The Ode To Joy section of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is also a favorite. It was part of one of the first concerts by the local symphony orchestra that I attended back when I was in high school -- and my Mom sang in the chorus.
Today has been a day for good news (at least so far). I got a bonus from Company O. that is more than 12% of my annual gross salary! This is the largest bonus I've ever gotten by far, and will really help with the house and some other upcoming expenses.
So, in honor of this happy event, I offer the following convergence in celebration: