January 22nd, 2009


Schott's Miscellany 21 January 2009

The world's first operational nuclear submarine, the USS Nautilus, was launched at Groton, Connecticut (1954)


The US Social Security Administration lists the most popular names for babies based on applications for Social Security cards. Below are the popular names from some past decades:

John & Mary
William & Anna
James & Margaret

James & Mary
Robert & Linda
John & Barbara

Michael & Jessica
Christopher & Ashley
Matthew & Emily

Puritanism--The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.
H.L. Mencken (1880-1956)
  • Current Music
    "Stagefright" by The Band

tech support....

Posted to a mailing list I'm on, sadly without attribution:

Dear World:

We, the United States of America, your top quality supplier of the ideals of liberty and democracy, would like to apologize for our 2001-2008 interruption in service. The technical fault that led to this eight-year service outage has been located, and the software responsible was replaced November 4. Early tests of the newly installed program indicate that we are now operating correctly, and we expect it to be fully functional on January 20. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the outage. We look forward to resuming full service and hope to improve in years to come. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

The United States of America
  • Current Music
    "Sultans of Swing" by Dire Straits
NYY, melky

baseball quote of the day

From Pete Abraham's Yankees blog today, regarding Rocco Baldelli, who just signed with the Boston Red Sox after spending his entire career to date with the Tampa Bay Rays:

But one thing we know for sure is that Rocco is one classy dude. My buddy Marc Topkin of the St. Pete Times notes in his blog that Baldelli took out an ad in their paper thanking Rays fans. Hopefully they both read it.
  • Current Music
    "Old" by Paul Simon