The following rather disturbingly framed shot was taken by one of the wonderful folks from Comic Related, an excellent web site and podcast. Their interview with me from the con should go live any minute now.
Apartheid ended when the South African parliament repealed the Population Registration Act of 1950 (1991)
A HEALTHFUL DAY
Rise early, and take exercise in plenty, But always take it with your stomach empty. After your meals sit still and rest awhile, And with your pipe a careless hour beguile. To rise at light or five, breakfast at nine, Lounge till eleven, and at five to dine, To drink and smoke till seven, the time of tea, And then to dance or walk two hours away Till ten o'clock,--good hour to go to nest, Till the next cock shall wake you from your rest.
"The Rule of Health"--The Every-Day Book, William Hone, 1827
The more I see of men, the more I like dogs. Madame de Staël (1766-1817)
Napoleon was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo (1815)
Some write (their ground I see not) that SUNDAY's thunder should bring the death of learned men, judges, and others; MONDAY's thunder the death of women; TUESDAY's thunder plenty of grain; WEDNESDAY's thunder the death of harlots; THURSDAY's thunder plenty of sheep and corn; FRIDAY's thunder the slaughter of a great man, and other horrible murders; SATURDAY's thunder a general plague and great dearth.
---Prognostication Everlasting of right good Effect, Leonard Digges, 1556
After three days men grow weary of a wench, a guest, and rainy weather. Benjamin Franklin (1706-90)
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, American spies for the USSR, were executed in New York (1953)
ON WEDDING RINGS
According to The Yearbook of Daily Recreation and Information (1832), the wedding ring is worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it was once thought that a vein ran directly from this finger to the heart. The yearbook cites Dutch physician Levinus Lemnius (1505-68), who wrote that he would resuscitate those "who are fallen in a swoon by pinching this joint, and by rubbing the ring of gold with a little saffron; for ... it passeth to the heart and refresheth the fountain of life, unto which this finger is jointed. Wherefore antiquity thought fit to compass it about with gold."
The aimof science is not to open the door to infinite wisdom but to set a limit to infinite error. Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956)
Jaws went on to general release across the U.S. (1975)
THE GREAT SEAL
The Great Seal of the United States, adopted in 1782, valoidates a range of government documents (presidential proclamations, foreign treaties, commissions of office, ambassadorial accreditation, etc.). The seal itself is suffused with imagery, as befits a design that took six years to finalize, and was intended to reflect the hopes, values, and beliefs of America's Founding Fathers. The front (obverse) shows an American eagle in whose beak is a scroll inscribed with the 13-letter motto E pluribus unum [out of many, one]. In one talon, the eagle grips an olive branch (peace) with 13 leaves and 13 olives; in the other, a bundle of 13 arrows (war). A shield with 13 red and white stripes (the States) covers the eagle's breast, and overhead is a blue crest with 13 stars (America in the world). The "spiritual" reverse depicts a 13-step pyramid (strength and durability), with 1776 (the Declaration of Independence) in Roman numerals at its base and the motto Novus Ordo Seclorum [a new order of the ages]. At the pyramid's summit is the glowing Eye of Providence with the words Annuit Coeptis [He (God) favors our undertakings]. The number 13 symbolizes the number of original states in 1776.
My style flows from the fingers. The eye and ear approve or amend. Bernard Malamud (1914-86)
Written c.1812 by English composer James Sanderson, "Hail to the Chief" was performed for a number of presidents before being used at James Polk's inauguration in 1845. In 1954, the Department of Defense made it the president's official musical tribute.
Hail to the Chief we have chosen for the nation, Hail to the Chief! We salute him, one and all. Hail to the Chief, as we pledge cooperation In proud fulfilment of a great, noble call. Yours is the aim to make this grand country grander, This you will do, That's our strong, firm belief. Hail to the one we selected as commander, Hail to the President! Hail to the Chief!
Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball in Italian. H.L. Mencken (1880-1956)
"Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" by Kenny Rogers
In Paris, a duel occurred in which the protagonists fired blunderbusses at each other's hot-air balloons (1808)
MARRIAGE & ANIMALS
"A union could never be happy if the bridal party, in going to church, met a monk, a priest, a hare, a dog, a cat, a lizard, or serpent; while all would go well if it were a wolf, a spider, or a toad." ---The Book of Days: A Miscellany of Popular Antiquities, R. Chambers, 1865
The Book of Days also notes some inauspicious times for marriage, including the month of May, the feast of St. Joseph and all other penitential days, and early in the morning. June was seen as the best month to marry, especially during the full moon, or if the sun and moon were in conjunction. Among Jews, weddings are prohibited on Tisha V'Av, a day of mourning, as well as on the Sabbath.
ANONYMUNCLE--a piffling, anonymous critic or parodist "A blogger? A tiresome anonymuncle, more like!"
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" is a horrible experience of unbearable length, briefly punctuated by three or four amusing moments. One of these involves a dog-like robot humping the leg of the heroine. Such are the meager joys. If you want to save yourself the ticket price, go into the kitchen, cue up a male choir singing the music of hell, and get a kid to start banging pots and pans together. Then close your eyes and use your imagination.
The third issue of Farscape: D'Argo's Lament hit stores today. If you want Ka D'Argo backstory, this is the one you want, as we get the details of D'Argo's two campaigns that he fought while in the Luxan Army, and also the specific circumstances that led to his acquiring the tattoos of a general.