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The Death of a Snowball

Wednesday, 13 November 2019 by

[Found here, and there’s more at the link.]

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If I had a Hammond…

Tuesday, 12 November 2019 by

[Top graphic found here. Booker T. Jones‘ image found here.]


I read an opinion recently in a nation-wide Sunday publication [Parade Magazine] suggesting that organ donation should be mandatory by default, unless a person acts and chooses to “opt out.” Think that one through, and it should scare the hell out of you.


Armistice Day: The 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month, 1918

Monday, 11 November 2019 by

Veterans Day gives Americans the opportunity to celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans. However, many Americans confuse this holiday with Memorial Day.

A Brief History of Veterans Day

Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislation that was passed in 1938, November 11 was “dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.'” As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.

In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress — at the urging of the veterans service organizations — amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

In 1968, the Uniform Holiday Act ensured three-day weekends for federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. Under this bill, Veterans Day was moved to the fourth Monday of October. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holiday on its original date. The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on Oct. 25, 1971.

Finally on September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of Nov. 11, beginning in 1978. Since then, the Veterans Day holiday has been observed on Nov. 11.

[Source, more at the link. Related posts here.]

Screen Capping Hot Links

Sunday, 10 November 2019 by

Ruth Brown’s chair [via].

Covfefe Wins the Breeder’s Cup.

Don’t look at this without protection.

Porcupine talks about pumpkins [via].

“We don’ need no steenkin’ border wall!” Oh wait

I don’t know who put it together, but THIS is a great mix.

Guy cheats on his diet & his trainer goes all Mr. T on him.
(Sound up!)

The Wrangellian Eruptions preceded The Carnian Pluvial Episode.
But you already knew that.

Carl Sagan’s Bullsh*t detector. I saw this long ago, and it works. The linked post include a list of classic logical fallacies (including “Begging the Question,” and it doesn’t mean what you think it means).


From the “Well, Duh” Department:

It takes 11.57 days for a million seconds to pass.
It takes 31 years 8.5 months for a billion seconds to pass.
It takes 31,710 years for a trillion seconds to pass.

Oh, and 1 millionth of a mile = 1/16th of an inch.


It amazes me that this needs to be explained, but there it is.
I remember a teacher that I had…


From the Archives: 1 year ago. 5 years ago. 10 years ago.


A Humble Request. Updated: Great news. She was finally allowed to grant POA to her long-time friend. Thanks to all who contribute – every little bit helps.


[Top image from here.]

Saturday Matinee – Bot Training, Peter Gunn & Link Wray

Saturday, 9 November 2019 by

Training the bot is pretty cool. How it was made is cooler:

[Found here. Don’t worry, it’s a safe site. They had a coordinated WOT report attack years ago by some people who didn’t like their opinions. If you subscribe to WOT, please mark the site as safe. They don’t deserve this unwarranted abuse. Never have. SFK. SFW.]

In 1992, The Blues Brothers Band did Henry Mancini’s 1958 classic “Theme To Peter Gunn” justice. Other notable artists covered it, including Duane Eddy, Dick Dale, Jeff Beck and Deodato.

Emerson Lake & Palmer‘s version is probably the most pretentious, while Roy Buchanan just quietly walks up and then BAM. Right in your face.

Link Wray took some liberties with the song, made it nasty, and renamed it “Switchblade.” I couldn’t find a live vid, but I found this:

Awesome.

Have a great weekend, folks. Be back here for more stuff.

 

The .Gif Friday Post No. 609 – Biker Bitch, Balloon Snake Taunt & Before Baskets

Friday, 8 November 2019 by

[Found here, here and somewhere, maybe here.]

The Mom Motel

Thursday, 7 November 2019 by

Hubba hubba! Boys, take your pick. I’m going for Mrs. Jones.

[Found here.]

Derelict Tokyo

Wednesday, 6 November 2019 by

Something just doesn’t look quite right. Oh wait. Read the rest of this entry »

Spidercat

Tuesday, 5 November 2019 by

[Found here.]

Something Happened.

Monday, 4 November 2019 by

[Found here.]


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