Saturday, January 21, 2017


What kind of government is a kakistocracy? 
  • One with the worst of a society’s citizens in power.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

totemic \toh-TEM-ik\, adjective:
1. Pertaining to an object or natural phenomenon with which a family or group considers itself closely related.
2. Relating to a representation of such an object serving as the distinctive mark of the clan or group.
Totemic derives from the Algonquian (probably Ojibwa) odoodeman, "his sibling kin, his group or family," hence, "his family mark."
fast food opinion
  • A blatantly regurgitated, prepackaged opinion. An opinion that requires no research, independent thought, wit, or creativity of one's own. Generally political, or theological in nature.
"John always re-posts political messages on Facebook. I'm tired of hearing his fast food opinions."
"MSNBC is the nation's leading purveyor of fast food opinions."

  • 1911 - The first Monte Carlo car rally was held. Seven days later it was won by Henri Rougier.
  • 1954 - The Nautilus was launched in Groton, CT. It was the first atomic-powered submarine. U.S. First Lady Mamie Eisenhower broke the traditional bottle of champagne across the bow.
  • 1954 - The gas turbine automobile was introduced in New York City.
  • Nautilus: first nuclear submarine was launched on the Thames River in Connecticut by FLOTUS Mamie Eisenhower (1954)
  • 1970 - The Boeing 747 made its first commercial flight from New York to London for Pan American. 
  • Concordes: jet planes took off simultaneously from London's Heathrow Airport and Orly in Paris in the first commercial supersonic flights (1976)
  • 1997 - Newt Gingrich was fined as the U.S. House of Representatvies voted for first time in history to discipline its leader for ethical misconduct.
  • 1998 - A former White House intern said on tape that she had an affair with U.S. President Clinton. 
  • Eyak language: southcentral Alaskan language went extinct when its last native speaker died (2008)
  • Stonewall Jackson 1824
  • J. Carrol Naish 1897
  • Christian Dior 1905
  • Billy Maxted 1917
  • Jinx Falkenberg 1919
  • Paul Scofield 1922
  • Telly Savalas 1924
  • Benny Hill 1925
  • Steve Reeves 1926
  • Audrey Dalton 1934
  • Ann Wedgeworth 1935
  • Snooks Eaglin 1936
  • Wolfman Jack 1939
  • Jack Nicklaus 1940
  • Richie Havens 1941
  • Placido Domingo 1941
  • Mac Davis 1942
  • Edwin Starr 1942
  • Jill Eikenberry 1947
  • Billy Ocean 1950
  • Robby Benson 1956
  • Geena Davis 1957
  • Hakeem Olajuwon 1963
  • Jam Master Jay (Run-DMC) 1965
  • Charlotte Ross 1968
  • Karina Lombard 1969
  • Ken Leung 1970 - Actor ("Rush Hour", "Lost")
  • Levirt (B-Rock and the Bizz) 1970
  • Emma Lee Bunton (Spice Girls) 1976
  • Nokio (Dru Hill) 1979
  • Izabella Miko 1981

Friday, January 20, 2017

Rock out with Parallels


When you've tried most everything and nothing's taking you higher.
When you come to realize, you've been playing with fire.
Hear me when I say to you, it's really down to your heart.

It's the beginning of a new love in sight.
You've got the way to make it all happen.
Set it spinning turning roundabout.
Create a new dimension.
When we are winning we can stop and shout
making love towards perfection.

I've been all around the world and seen so many faces.
Young and old a story told, filling in my spaces.
Now without a trace of doubt I feel it every hour.

It's the beginning of a new love inside.
Could be an ever opening flower.
No hesitation when we're all about
to build a shining tower.
No explanations, need to work it out.
You know we've got the power.

Parallel our sights.
And we will find, that we, we need, to be, where we, belong.
Parallel our heights
display our rights, and wrongs, and always keep it--STRONG.

It's the beginning of a new love in sight.
Could be an ever opening flower.
No explanations, need to work it out.
You know we've got the power.

It's the beginning of a new love inside.
You've got the way to make it all happen.
Set it spinning turning roundabout.
Create a new dimension.
When we are winning we can stop and shout
making love towards perfection.

January 20, 2017: National Penguin Awareness Day

Photo taken in CT by t3h Bax0jayz with an Olympus D-560 Dig Cam.

They may all look the same to you, but to penguins, no two are alike. The flightless birds recognize each other mostly by sound. When penguins mate — either for life or at least until the chicks are grown — they sing to learn each other's voices. Once an egg is laid, the male usually keeps it warm, while the mother goes to find food. After a few weeks, the two switch places. When the chick hatches, it immediately begins to call, so the parents will know its voice, too. Today is National Penguin Awareness Day in the US.

Quote: "They have wings but they cannot fly. They are birds that think they are fish."  Morgan Freeman, narrating March of the Penguins

The Inauguration

The Good News:
We're finally getting rid of President Obama.

The Bad News:
We're replacing him with Donald Trump.

The Good News:
At least it's not Hillary Clinton

TGIF! Friday, January 20, 2017

lacuna \luh-KYOO-nuh\, noun;plural lacunae \luh-KYOO-nee\ or lacunas Lacuna is from the Latin lacuna, "a cavity, a hollow," from lacus, "a hollow.": 
  1. A blank space; a missing part; a gap.
  2. (Biology) A small opening, depression, or cavity in an anatomical structure.
Origin: Lacuna is from the Latin lacuna, "a cavity, a hollow," from lacus, "a hollow."
  Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil
grangerize \GRYEN-juh-rahyz\, verb:
1. To add to the visual content of a book by inserting images not included in the original volume, often by mutilating other books. 

2. To mutilate books in order to get illustrative material for such a purpose.
Grangerize is named after James Granger (1723-1776), an English clergyman whose "Biographical History of England" (1769) included areas for additional illustrations.
It was in the news feed

  • An excuse you can use after Facebook creeping and getting caught. It always works, though the suspicious individual will likely remain skeptical.
Sarah: "Are you creeping on me? How did you know I commented on that picture?" 
Derek: "No, it was in the news feed!"

Sally: "Like OMG he is the best BF ever!" 
Jared: "You mean Braun?"
Sally: "How did you know he was my BF?! I haven't changed my relationship status yet!!!!"
Jared: "It's been in the news feed."
Sally: "Sure."

  • 1958 - Elvis Presley got his orders to report to duty from the U.S. Army. He was allowed a 60-day deferment so he could finish the film "King Creole".
  • 1964 - The album "Meet the Beatles" was released in the U.S. on Capitol Records. It was their U.S. debut LP.
  • 1982 - Ozzy Osborne bit the head off of a bat in Des Moines, IA, and was hospitalized to undertake a series of rabies shots.
  • 2000 - Greece and Turkey signed five accords aimed to build confidence between the two nations.
  • 2002 - Michael Jordan (Washington Wizards) played his first game in Chicago as a visiting player. The Wizards beat the Bulls 77-69.
  • Theobald Wolfe Tone 1763
  • Leadbelly (Huddie William Ledbetter) 1889
  • George Burns 1896
  • Aristotle Onassis 1906
  • Joy Adamson 1910
  • Lawrence Dobkin 1919
  • DeForest Kelley 1920
  • Federico Fellini 1920
  • Ray Anthony (Antonini) 1922
  • Slim Whitman 1924
  • David Tudor 1926
  • Patricia Neal 1926
  • Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin 1930
  • Edward "Fireball" Roberts 1931
  • Arte Johnson 1934
  • Camilo Pascual 1934
  • Tom baker 1934 (Dr Who)
  • Dorothy Provine 1937
  • Carol Heise 1940
  • Ron Townson (The 5th Dimension) 1941
  • Eric Stewart (Mindbenders) 1945
  • David Lynch 1946
  • Malcolm McLaren 1946
  • George Grantham (Poco) 1947
  • Paul Stanley 1950 - Musician (KISS) 
  • Ian Hill 1952 - Musician (Judas Priest)
  • Bill Maher 1956 (douche)
  • Lorenzo Lamas 1958
  • John Michael Montgomery 1965
  • Stacy Dash 1967
  • Xavier 1968
  • Melissa Rivers 1968
  • Skeet Ulrich 1969
  • Mark Trojanowski (Sister Hazel) 1970
  • Gary Barlow 1971
  • Rob Bourdon 1979 drummer (Linkin Park)
The Commander

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Turtle Thursday: Fetus

This pic is a turtle (specifically a terrapin) fetus.
Funny how similar all creatures look during the earliest stages of creation.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

fain \FEYN\, adverb:
1. Gladly; willingly.
1. Content; willing.
2. Archaic: Constrained; obliged.
3. Archaic: Desirous; eager.
Fain has ancient roots in the Old English fæg, "happy."
Premature exasperation
  • Becoming upset about something before knowing all (or any) of the details.
When my parents found out I had been in an accident, my father's premature exasperation kicked in. He freaked out before hearing that some drunkard had rear-ended me at a red light.

  • 1883 - Thomas Edison's first village electric lighting system using overhead wires began operation in Roselle, NJ.
  • 1907 - The first film reviews appeared in "Variety" magazine.
  • 1915 - neon sign: was patented by French engineer/chemist Georges Claude; early neon signs were called "liquid fire"
  • 1937 - Howard Hughes set a transcontinental air record. He flew from Los Angeles to New York City in 7 hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds.
  • 1953 - Sixty-eight percent of all TV sets in the U.S. were tuned to CBS-TV, as Lucy Ricardo, of "I Love Lucy," gave birth to a baby boy.
  • 1957 - Johnny Cash made his first network TV appearance, on CBS' "Jackie Gleason Show."
  • 1983 - Apple Lisa: the first Apple with a GUI and a mouse was announced; speedy (5 MHz) and robust (512 KiB RAM), it cost nearly $10,000)
  • 1988 - Metallica began recording their fourth full-length release, "And Justice For All."
  • James Watt 1736
  • Robert E. Lee 1807 - Confederate General during U.S. Civil War
  • Edgar Allen Poe 1809 - Poet
  • Sir Henry Bessemer 1813
  • Paul Cezanne 1839 - Artist
  • Ish Kabibble 1908
  • John Raitt 1917
  • Guy Madison 1922
  • Jean Stapleton 1923
  • Fritz Weaver 1926
  • Robert MacNeil 1931
  • Tippi (Natalie) Hedren 1931
  • Phil Everly (Everly Brothers) 1939
  • Michael Crawford 1942
  • Janis Joplin 1943
  • Laurie London 1944
  • Shelley Fabares 1944
  • Dolly Parton 1946 - Singer
  • Ann Compton 1947
  • Harvard Hinsley 1948
  • Robert Palmer 1949
  • Dewey Bunnell (America) 1952
  • Desi Arnaz Jr. 1953
  • Katy Sagal 1956
  • Mickey Virtue (UB40) 1957
  • Paul McCrane 1961
  • William Ragsdale 1961
  • Stefan Edberg 1966
  • Junior Seau 1969
  • Trey Lorenz 1969
  • Shawn Wayans 1971
  • John Wozniak (Marcy Playground) 1971
  • Drea de Matteo 1972
  • A.J. McLean (Backstreet Boys) 1978
  • Jodie Sweetin 1982