That's Zago sitting in the green chair, and I love him. He's one of the most noble, gentle dogs I've ever met, and we have become good friends.
I've been reading a biography about Tesla lately, and it's really great. I had no idea that he and Edison were bitter rivals. They were like electricity gangstas, each trying to out-do the other – Edison with direct current, and Tesla with alternating current. It's great stuff and makes me want to research fluorescent tubes and tesla coils.
This is the view out my windows, with a firework exploding in the distance: