Friday, May 31, 2013

Others Are Saying . . .



Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote: "Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."

Now that is meaningful and helpful advice indeed. That is my idea of sharing useful insight.

But, wait a minute . . . Who in the world cares what my idea about anything is?  Everybody has their own interpretation of a subject, or an object, or an event, or even a half-formed mental vision of a possible concept. And who's to say that one is superior to that of another? It would take a veritable god indeed to truthfully do so.
PZ Myers answers the question: "What Does Evil Look Like?" in a short but effective blog entry with photo.

Read it HERE

Today's Passing Asteroid

NASA is inviting members of the media and public to participate in online and television events May 30-31 with NASA officials and experts discussing the agency's asteroid initiative and the Earth flyby of the 1.7-mile-long asteroid 1998 QE2.

At 4:59 p.m. EDT, Friday, May 31, 1998 QE2 will pass by Earth at a distance of about 3.6 million miles -- its closest approach for at least the next two centuries. The asteroid was discovered Aug. 19, 1998, by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Lincoln Near Earth Asteroid Research Program near Socorro, N.M.

More at the NASA Asteroid and Comet watch



If you drop a penny off of the Empire State Building, it will be going 106 miles per hour when it reaches the ground. Something moving this fast may actually cause head injuries if it lands on you.



A killer who couldn't keep his mouth shut

On this day, May 31 in 1964, fifteen-year-old Alleen Rowe was killed by Charles Schmid in the desert outside Tucson, Arizona. Earlier in the night, Schmid allegedly had said to his friends, "I want to kill a girl! I want to do it tonight. I think I can get away with it!" Schmid went on to kill three other teenage girls before being caught by police.

Schmid was convicted and sentenced to death, but he survived because the Supreme Court invalidated most death sentences in 1972.

More  . . .



an introductory statement; preface; introduction
opening, beginning; foreword, prologue, prelude

A preamble is an introductory and expressionary statement in a document that explains the document's purpose and underlying philosophy.



Clinton "Clint" Eastwood, Jr.
(born May 31, 1930)
 Clint Eastwood is an American film actor, director, and producer. Eastwood first came to prominence as a supporting cast member in the TV series Rawhide (1959–1966). He rose to fame for playing the Man with No Name in Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy of spaghetti westerns (A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) during the late 1960s, and as Harry Callahan in the Dirty Harry films (Dirty Harry, Magnum Force, The Enforcer, Sudden Impact, and The Dead Pool) throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

For his work in the films Unforgiven (1992) and Million Dollar Baby (2004), Eastwood won Academy Awards for Best Director and Producer of the Best Picture, as well as receiving nominations for Best Actor. These films in particular, as well as others including Play Misty for Me (1971), Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), Escape from Alcatraz (1979), Tightrope (1984), Pale Rider (1985), Heartbreak Ridge (1986), In the Line of Fire (1993), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), and Gran Torino (2008), have all received commercial success and critical acclaim. Eastwood's only comedies have been Every Which Way but Loose (1978) and its sequel Any Which Way You Can (1980), which are his two most commercially successful films after adjustment for inflation.

Brooke Shields
(born May 31, 1965)
Brooke Shields is an American actress, model and former child star. Shields, initially a child model, gained critical acclaim for her leading role in Louis Malle's wildly controversial film Pretty Baby (1978), in which she played a child prostitute in New Orleans at the turn of the 20th century. The role garnered Shields widespread notoriety, and she continued to model into her late teenage years and starred in several dramas in the 1980s, including The Blue Lagoon (1980), and Franco Zeffirelli's Endless Love (1981).

Joseph William "Joe" Namath
(born May 31, 1943)
Joe Namath, nicknamed "Broadway Joe" is a former American football quarterback. He played college football for the University of Alabama under coach Paul "Bear" Bryant and his assistant, Howard Schnellenberger, from 1962–1964, and professional football in the American Football League (AFL) and National Football League (NFL) during the 1960s and 1970s. Namath was an American Football League icon. He played for that league's New York Jets for most of his professional football career, and finished his career with the NFL's Los Angeles Rams. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1985.

Lea Kathleen Thompson
(born May 31, 1961)
Leah Thompson is an American actress, television director and television producer. She is known for her role as Lorraine Baines in the Back to the Future trilogy and as the title character in the 1990s NBC sitcom Caroline in the City. Other films she is known for include All the Right Moves, The Beverly Hillbillies, Howard the Duck, Jaws 3-D, Red Dawn, and Some Kind of Wonderful. Since 2011 she has co-starred as Kathryn Kennish in the ABC Family series Switched at Birth.


The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.
--Robert Frost

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