Friday, October 5, 2012

More This And That


Tucson Weather Today


Yesterday I read (and liked very much) a somewhat jarring short poem titled The Escaped Gorilla by David Wagoner at The Writer's Almanac which also contains some short but quite interesting and informative write-ups about some famous celebrities and authors whose birthdays were on that date: Buster Keaton, Damon Runyon, Roy Blount Jr., and Edward L. Stratemeyer.


Today I will once again be heading out into the desert to watch over Eva for the next week. If I can prod myself to do so, I will seek out and take some new nature pictures.

We'll see.


Logo Image Speaks For Itself


One of the Ol' Times TV channels just started re-runs of, in my opinion, the best show of all time: All In The Family.

 One of my favorite Archie Bunkerisms,when
Archie is lecturing The Meathead on religion
is . . .

"Faith is when you believe something that
nobody in his right mind would believe."



Using more words than necessary to explain one’s meaning.

Example: "The sound of the loud music drowned out the sound of the burglary." is a pleonasm of "The music drowned out the burglary."

Some pleonastic phrases are part of a language's idiom, like "tuna fish" and "safe haven" in English. They are so common that their use is unremarkable, although in many cases the redundancy can be dropped with no loss of meaning.



Chester A. Arthur
Born: Oct. 05, 1829
Died Nov 18, 1886

Chester Alan Arthur was the 21st President of the United States (1881–1885). He became President after the assassination of President James A. Garfield, His advocacy for, and enforcement of, the Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act was the centerpiece of his administration.

Arthur made only a limited effort to secure renomination in 1884; he retired at the close of his term.

Born: Oct. 5, 1902
Died Jan. 24, 1975

Louis Feinberg, known professionally as Larry Fine, was an American comedian and actor, who is best known as a member of the comedy act The Three Stooges.

Born Oct. 05, 1882
Died Aug. 10, 1945

Robert Hutchings Goddard was an American professor, physicist and inventor who is credited with creating and building the world's first liquid-fueled rocket, which he successfully launched on March 16, 1926. Goddard and his team launched 34 rockets between 1926 and 1941, achieving altitudes as high as 2.6 km (1.6 mi) and speeds as high as 885 km/h (550 mph).

Goddard received little public support for his research during his lifetime. Although his work in the field was revolutionary, he was sometimes ridiculed in the press for his theories concerning spaceflight. As a result, he became protective of his privacy and his work. Years after his death, at the dawn of the Space Age, he came to be recognized as one of the founding fathers of modern rocketry. He was the first not only to recognize the scientific potential of missiles and space travel but also to bring about the design and construction of the rockets needed to implement those ideas.

Born Oct 5, 1917
Died Jun 9, 1981

Allen Ludden was an American television personality, emcee and game show host, perhaps most well known for hosting various incarnations of the game show Password between 1961 and 1980.

He proposed to twice-divorced Betty White, whom he had met on Password, at least twice before she accepted. Eventually, they were married on June 14, 1963, and remained together until Ludden's death.


"If cats looked like frogs we'd realize what nasty, cruel little bastards they are. Style. That's what people remember."
--Terry Pratchett

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