Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Monday, February 27, 2023
Musing with the Thinker on a Monday
news item screams: "Check Your $2 Bills — They Could Be Worth Upwards of $4,500." Yeah, right, and they could be worth $2 each.
Sunday, February 26, 2023
Saturday, February 25, 2023
A talking cat?
Friday, February 24, 2023
Beginning ~ with Stephen's day of birth
Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays ~ by Stephen W. Hawking, 1993, science essays, ix + 182 pagesI was born on January 8, 1942, exactly three hundred years after the death of Galileo. However, I estimate that about two hundred thousand other babies were also born that day. I don't know whether any of them were later interested in astronomy. I was born in Oxford, even though my parents were living in London. This was because Oxford was a good place to be born during World War II. The Germans had an agreement that they would not bomb Oxford and Cambridge, in return for the British not bombing Heidelberg and Göttingen. It is a pity that this civilized sort of arrangement couldn't have been extended to more cities."
Readers worldwide have come to know the work of Stephen Hawking through his million-copy hardcover best-seller A Brief History of Time. This collection includes thirteen essays on cosmology plus an interview that was broadcast by the BBC on Christmas Day, 1992. These fourteen pieces reveal Hawking variously as the scientist, the man, the concerned world citizen, and always as a rigorous and imaginative thinker. Hawking's wit, directness of style, and absence of pomp characterize all of the articles, whether he is remembering his first experience at nursery school,; calling for adequate education in science that will enable the public to play its part in making informed decisions on matters such as nuclear disarmament, exploring the origins of the future of the universe, or reflecting on the history of A Brief History of Time. This is an important work from one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century.
Beginning ~ with a dog named Pal
My father-in-law tells me his Pal story. He was a young boy out on a field trip with his class. He suddenly saw his dog Pal and their dog walker across the way. Hey, that's my dog, everyone! That's my dog Pal! he shouted to his teacher and classmates. He wanted, of course, to run over, but his teacher insisted he remain in line.
Thursday, February 23, 2023
Wet books ~ plus other thoughts
- Overall, you can expect a regular iPhone to be in your life for somewhere between two and three years.
- Apple no longer sells the iPhone XS . . . as of September 10, 2019 . . . iPhone XS and XS Max are the final models of iPhone to feature 3D Touch. [Hmm, I don't even know what 3D Touch is, and I bought my Xs in August 2020.]
- Will iPhone XS still work in 2022? . . . yes, because you still get upgrades for 5–8 years. [Wait, we get upgrades for 5-8 years, but it lasts only 2-3 years?]
- [W]hen it comes to iPhones, you can expect between three to five years (maybe more) with proper care. [So maybe it's 3-5 years, instead of 2-3 years?]
- What year will iPhone XS stop updating? With an iPhone, you receive the latest software updates up to 6 years after the release of the device. [Wow, such inconsistent information!]
Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Another pair of words ~ yarmulke and kippah
Word of the day = teleportation
tele·por·ta·tion /te-lə-ˌpȯr-ˈtā-shən/ noun = the act or process of moving an object or person by psychokinesis. Example: Teleportation in fiction is the instantaneous travel between two locations without crossing the intervening space."
psy·cho·ki·ne·sis /ˌsīkōkəˈnēsəs,ˌsīkōˌkīˈnēsəs / noun = the supposed ability to move objects by mental effort alone.
While human teleportation currently exists only in science fiction, teleportation is possible now in the subatomic world of quantum mechanics — albeit not in the way typically depicted on TV. In the quantum world, teleportation involves the transportation of information, rather than the transportation of matter.
Tuesday, February 21, 2023
TWOsday ~ learning to appreciate stories
"Stories are how we remember, whereas narrative is how we think. No one recounts the events of a day by saying, 'I had a brilliant thought today that came to me in three parts.' No, what people say is, 'I got in the wrong line at the store, and you will never believe what happened!' They tell the story of their day."
(1) How to Read, (2) Is the Bible True?, (3) Words at the Right Time, (4) DIY (Do It Yourself), (5) Listen and Enjoy — Don't Explain.
(1) Dirty Story, (2) For Heaven's Sake! Do Something!, (3) Tiny Beginnings, (4) Leave it Alone! (A Story of Manure), (5) Room at the Table, (6) People are the Problem, (7) The Owner of the Vineyard, (8) Wheat and Weeds, (9) The Fool's Prayer, (10) The Final Exam.
Monday, February 20, 2023
A book and a challenge
- 20th Century Reader — 2 books
- Victorian Reader — 5 books
- Renaissance Reader — 10 books
- Medieval — 15 books
- Ancient History — 25 books
- Prehistoric — 50+ books
Sunday, February 19, 2023
Chunksters, numbers, and a RE-birthday
- 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True ~ by Guy P. Harrison, foreword by Dr. Phil Plait, 2011, collection, 458 pages — This book is divided into eight sections: Magical Thinking, Out There, Science and Reason, Strange Healings, Lure of the Gods, Bizarre Beings, Weird Places, and Dreaming of the End. Wherever possible, Harrison presents alternative scientific explanations, which in most cases are even more fascinating.
- A History of the World in 100 Objects ~ by Neil MacGregor, 2010, history, 736 pages — I'm still reading this chunkster a bit at a time. More info HERE.
Chunkster = There was a Chunkster Challenge about a decade ago, and people were challenged to read big, fat books of 450+ pages. They could be fiction or nonfiction. It looks like that's what I'm doing with these two books: 458 + 736 pages. They're both on my Kindle, so they're not heavy.
Today is the 14th anniversary of my quadruple bypass surgery on February 19, 2009. A year later, I decided it was a perfect occasion to party with the friends who took care of me (and my cat) while I was recovering, so I sent invitations to my RE-birthday party. This photo shows me holding the cake Donna brought for the occasion. See the giant candle shaped like a ONE?
Saturday, February 18, 2023
Library book ~ the runt of the litter
Friday, February 17, 2023
Beginning ~ with a fever to play baseball
On an island called Puerto Rico,where baseball players are as plentifulas tropical flowers in a rain forest,there was a boy who had very littlebut a fever to playand win at baseball.
Amazon says: "On an island called Puerto Rico, there lived a little boy who wanted only to play baseball. Although he had no money, Roberto Clemente practiced and practiced until — eventually — he made it to the Major Leagues. As a right-fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, he fought tough opponents — and even tougher racism — but with his unreal catches and swift feet, he earned his nickname, "The Great One."
He led the Pirates to two World Series, hit three-thousand hits, and was the first Latino to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. But it wasn't just baseball that made Clemente legendary — he was also a humanitarian dedicated to improving the lives of others."
Thursday, February 16, 2023
Thoughts on Thursday
"The credibility gap turns into a hugely harmful thing with sexual assault and gender violence, in which men have historically been believed over women. It often brings on victims' despair about reporting such abuse, because if you will not be believed, and if you will be mocked, shamed, harassed or even criminalised for reporting abuse, why would you bother?" Quoted from the Guardian article which you can read HERE.
Solnit is the author of seventeen books, as well as articles. Her book Men Explain Things to Me, published in 2014, is a collection of short essays on feminism, including one on the phenomenon of "mansplaining." I read this book of essays when it was new in October 2014 and rated it 8/10, a very good book. I've written about mansplaining a couple of other times (click HERE).
5. Package delivery
It's always fun to get a delivery, even if it is only kitty litter (heavy!), a journal, and a box of granola bars. When I got the email notice (with this photo) telling me that my box was on the delivery table near the office, I took my cart down there to get the heavy stuff and immediately ate a granola bar.
6. Package delivery
No, you're not crazy. I got another delivery two days later. Two books I ordered came earlier than expected. I'll share those books on Monday or Tuesday.
7. Are you crazy?
In the mid-1800s, any of the things on this list could get you admitted to a "lunatic asylum."
8. Road trips ~ found HERE
Which trip looks interesting to you? Any of them? All of them? None? Why? Hmm, I see that three of the roads pass near St. Louis: The Great River Road, The Loneliest Road, and Route 66.
Wednesday, February 15, 2023
A word and an idiom
pol·y·glot /ˈpälēˌɡlät / noun = a person who knows and is able to use several languages. Example: "My neighbor Sharon is a translator and is fluent in half a dozen languages besides English."
This expression was coined by Shakespeare, who used it literally in Julius Caesar (1:2), where Casca says of a speech by Seneca, deliberately given in Greek so that some would not understand it, "For mine own part, it was Greek to me." It soon was transferred to anything unintelligible.
Tuesday, February 14, 2023
TWOsday fun ~ with Story Cubes
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