Something of interest

National Federation of the Blind to Attempt GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ Title Orlando, Florida (June 24, 2015): As part of the celebration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind Americans, members and supporters of the NFB will attempt to set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for largest umbrella mosaic. Over 2,170 individuals (the current record, achieved by PT Philips in Jakarta, Indonesia, in 2012) will simultaneously raise umbrellas to create an image that can be viewed from above. The National Federation of the Blind record title attempt … Continue reading Something of interest

No Parties, No Presents, But He Is Important

Today is the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. John, a wild man living in the desert, living off honey and locusts. According to “A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land” by Tom Cutts in December 2004, John’s honey was “date honey crushed from dates, and that the flour for his bread came from grinding the bean of the locust tree.” I went on to read several articles of a later date and they all agree that locusts were grasshoppers. Guess what. I don’t care to split hairs and nitpick. It is John who is important and what he represents. Here … Continue reading No Parties, No Presents, But He Is Important

Sports Hacking and Weather Non-Event

amazon.com/author/barbarashaidnagle Pretend I am a newspaper today. When I first read about the Hallowedbethyname St. Louis Cardinals hacking into the “lowly” Astros site, I was aghast. As in, why? I had never heard of Ludnow when he was hired so the Cardinals link did not jibe with me. So I started reading stuff on it and got the gist and connection immediately. That the Cardinals felt the need to even steal info from the Astros is pretty sad; after all, it is the Rangers who have Prince Fielder now, not the Astros. That Ludnow failed to make a better password … Continue reading Sports Hacking and Weather Non-Event

Tropical storm Bill

These are two pictures taken off local channel 13 KTRK, currently “stalled off the coaast of Matagorda.” This morning at 6:18 I noticed it was full light. I did not hear the birds as I usually do at first speck of day to cross the horizon, but I heard a few when I went out to get us donuts. No cereal today. Metrolift is not running; buses and rail are, probably until Bill washes ashore to deluge us with rain… Continue reading Tropical storm Bill

Juuuuune Swoooooon

I love baseball. I cut my baseball teeth on Milo Hamilton broadcasting for the Atlanta Braves in the 60s with a team that consisted of the likes of Hank Aaron, Ralph Garr, Mike Lum, Felipe Alou and Orlando Cepeda. On April 4, 1974, living in Alabama, I sooooo knew that Hank Aaron would tie the Babe Ruth record for home runs, I called in sick. I watched on WTCG (now TBS). And I saw him break the record four days later. We moved to Texas in 1981 and I was delighted when Milo followed a few years later. I have … Continue reading Juuuuune Swoooooon

On computers

from TRASHY WHITE GIRLS:
Dear Precious,
I have you in my arms, just looking at you. A little person me and Adam made. You were conceived on a stormy April night and you came into the world on a cold, gray January morning, January 3, a Thursday, the sunshine of my life that day. I named you PRECIOUS because I prayed every day that I was pregnant with you that you would be borned with all your proper parts, healthy, able to grow up with a little help from me and Adam. And you are Precious to me. Adam says it ain’t PRAY shus like I say, but I ignore him. He says he will say it the way everyone else does. You will not grow up confused about it, Pray.

Adam. Your daddy. He coulda turned his back on me like Mal did Bonnie, but he took responsability like the man I knew he was. He tole his mama and daddy that he had got me in the family way. Both of us 18, so we just went to the courthouse on July 5, 1951, a Thursday. So we married on a Thursday and you were borned on one. A judge and two people handy to witness our union.
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