I'm too beat to put words on paper, but wish to share a couple of Slashdot.org postings.
June 29, 2014
Today's edition of The Wichita Eagle contained the obituary of Kay Arvin who had lived in the Wichita area until 2001. She was well-known, admired, and respected in the community. Unfortunately, I never met Ms Arvin. Here is the obituary, as published.
I don't know who wrote Ms Arvin's obituary; but, with the exception of praying, I can certainly be enthusiastic in following their suggestion concerning honoring her memory.
June 15, 2014
I had to come back to post a video that Ronni posted yesterday. I'm not much on country-style music, I'm not much on "ain't", I'm not much on "ladies" (preferring "women"), and the women in the video are considerably younger than yours truly; but, I got a real kick out of the video. I hope that you do, too.
March 06, 2014
January 29, 2014
Much has been made of the death of Pete Seeger, and I don't wish to disparage his memory or any of the publicity attendant to his death; however, I was never a real Pete Seeger fan. That aside, several years ago, a FEMA employee with whom I've often worked (in my volunteer position), gave me a CD made by Pete's sister, Margaret "Peggy" Seeger. I can no longer find the CD; but I've found the song posted on YouTube - embedded, below.
Thanks to Stu of Eunoia for reminding me of the above song by sending me the link to a YouTube posting of Pete Seeger singing it (embedded, below). I like Peggy's version better; but I'm a sexist! *chuckling*
October 12, 2013
The swim was a long-awaited triumph for Nyad, who was making her fifth attempt since 1978 and her fourth since turning 60.
The first four tries were marked by gut-wrenching setbacks; if the rough, strength-sapping seas didn't force her to quit, an hours-long asthma attack or paralyzing and excruciating jellyfish stings did.
But for this swim, besides donning a suit meant to protect her against her jellyfish nemesis, she wore a special mask to prevent jellyfish stings to her tongue, a key factor in her failed attempt last year.
Nyad, who was 29 when she first tried the swim, said last week that she wanted to show that "you can dream at any age."
"This time, I am 64. So, the years of my life are shorter to the end," she said at a news conference in Havana on Friday. "So this time I am, all the way across ... going to think about all those life lessons that came up during the swim."
But...that wasn't the end of Ms Nyad's story. She recently completed a 48-hour, 96-mile pool swim in New York to benefit the victims of last year's Hurricane Sandy hit to the upper east coast of the contiguous 48 states of the USA. According to Reuter's, in an article by Luke Swiderski, NEW YORK | Thu Oct 10, 2013 3:26pm EDT:
Her [Nyad's] 48-hour continuous charity swim in New York City raised more than $100,000 for Hurricane Sandy recovery, and came little more a month after the 64-year-old made her historic swim across the Straits of Florida. At 96 miles, her pool swim was shorter than her 110-mile (177-km) swim in the sea.
The fundraising total, still growing from online donations, was destined for AmeriCares, a humanitarian relief organization, which said it will use the funds to address the health needs of Hurricane Sandy survivors.
With more than 25,000 people still displaced from the storm, many survivors need help for basic healthcare access. Others face anxiety, depression and symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), said Lindsay O'Brien, who manages the organization's Hurricane Sandy Relief program.
Color me impressed. My hat is off to the intrepid Ms Nyad! I doubt that we have seen/read/heard the last from Ms Nyad.
I would be remiss were I to fail to credit Frazz by Jef Mallett for the idea behind this posting.
October 10, 2013
Here is a posting from Slashdot.org:
from the having-ruled-out-sandusky dept.
Following the link in the above posting, the following excerpts are from National Geographic's Daily News:
Archaeologist Dean Snow of Pennsylvania State University analyzed hand stencils found in eight cave sites in France and Spain. By comparing the relative lengths of certain fingers, Snow determined that three-quarters of the handprints were female.
"There has been a male bias in the literature for a long time," said Snow, whose research was supported by the National Geographic Society's Committee for Research and Exploration. "People have made a lot of unwarranted assumptions about who made these things, and why."
Experts expressed a wide range of opinions about how to interpret Snow's new data, attesting to the many mysteries still surrounding this early art.
I recommend that you follow the link to the National Geographic story to read it all!
September 30, 2013
April 03, 2013
Bogie, your dad and I hope that you have a wonderful day/ year/rest of your life!
Others who were born on April 3rd include:
Princess Maud - Countess of Southesk 1893 (English)
Sally Rand - fan dancer 1904 (American)
Doris Day - actor, singer, animal rights activist 1922 (American)
Jennifer Paterson - chef, TV personality 1928 (English)
Jane Goodall - zoologist 1934 (English)
Marsha Mason - actor 1942 (American)
Doreen Tracey - Mouseketeer 1943 (English-born)
Catherine Spaak - actor 1945 (French)
Marisa Paredes - actor 1946 (Spanish)
Hanna Suchocka - Poland’s first female prime minister (1992-1993) 1946
Arlette Cousture - writer 1948 (Canadian)
Sally Thomsett - actor 1950 (English)
Sandra Boynton - greeting-card designer, illustrator, and author 1953 (American)
Elisabetta Brusa - composer 1954 (Italian)
Jaya Prada - actress 1958 (Indian)
Marie Denise Pelletier - singer 1960 (Canadian)
Jennifer Rubin - actor 1962 (American)
Brenda Ann Spencer - murderer convicted of 1979 Grover Cleveland Elementary School shootings (San Diego CA) 1962 (American)
Mina Tominaga - voice actor 1966 (Japanese)
Charlotte Coleman - actor 1968 (English)
Leigh-Allyn Baker - actor 1972 (American)
Jennie Garth - actor 1972 (American)
Leona Lewis - singer 1985 (English)
Amanda Bynes - actor 1986 (American)
Julie Sokolow - musician 1987 (American)
January 24, 2013
Any one of my readers, friends, family, acquaintances could have told the researchers the answer that the report in the following post from Slashdot.org found concerning scientists. Of course, we must be scientific and show that our answer is correct! Anyone want to place a bet on the answer to a similar question concerning politicians?
from the it's-a-guy-thing dept.