Monday, October 14, 2013

Who Do You Think You Are?



This morning I had some terribly time-wasting troubles with Blogger. The first problem came just as I was finishing entering the text into Blogger, needing only to add the five pictures; the whole process crashed... simply disappeared -- Nothing I could do but start over.

On my second attempt, I completed the entire entry and all seemed well... until I initiated the final action, which was to click on the 'publish' button. I sat here staring at the monitor, waiting for the publish button to shift, as it always does when the entry is successfully published. It didn't happen. Nothing happened. I waited a while longer, but finally became  impatient and clicked the button again. Still nothing. Franticly I clicked, clicked, and click-click-clicked again.

Nothing to do but close and start over.

Even though I was thoroughly pissed by now, I managed to complete the process for a third time.

This time it worked.

But, when I opened a new window and called up My Blog I found that the entry contained some extraneous lines of text, some text that I had not copied into the entry.


It took me only a few minutes to reopen the Blogger Dashboard and delete the extra text and re-publish. And this time everything was fine.

A few minutes ago I re-opened Dashboard and deleted the inane bit of doggerel which was the original commentary, and now I have replaced it with this explanation.

And that's that.


Did You Know . . .?

A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.



On this day, October 14, 1947, U.S. Air Force Captain Chuck Yeager becomes the first person to fly faster than the speed
of sound.

For years, many aviators believed that man was not meant to fly faster than the speed of sound, theorizing that transonic drag rise would tear any aircraft apart. All that changed when Yeager flew the X-1 over Rogers Dry Lake in Southern California. The X-1 was lifted to an altitude of 25,000 feet by a B-29 aircraft and then released through the bomb bay, rocketing to 40,000 feet and exceeding 662 miles per hour (the sound barrier at that altitude).

Because of the secrecy of the project, Bell and Yeager's achievement was not announced until June 1948. Yeager continued to serve as a test pilot, and in 1953 he flew 1,650 miles per hour in an X-1A rocket plane. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1975 with the rank of brigadier general.



attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed.



Roger George Moore
(born October 14, 1927)
Roger Moore is an English actor. He is perhaps best known for playing British secret agent James Bond in the official film series for seven films between 1973 and 1985, and Simon Templar in The Saint from 1962 to 1969.

Mia Wasikowska
(born October14, 1989)
Mia Wasikowska is an Australian actress. After starting her career in Australian television and film, she first became known to a wider audience following her critically acclaimed work on the HBO television series In Treatment. She gained worldwide prominence in 2010 after starring as Alice in Tim Burton's $1 billion-grossing Alice in Wonderland and appearing in The Kids Are All Right.

In 2011, Wasikowska portrayed the title character in Cary Fukunaga's adaptation of Jane Eyre, and starred in Gus Van Sant's Restless and Rodrigo Garcia's Albert Nobbs. She starred in John Hillcoat's Lawless (2012) and in Park Chan-wok's Stoker (2013).

Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower
(October 14, 1890 - March 28, 1969)
Dwight Eisenhower was the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961. He was a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe; he had responsibility for planning and supervising the invasion of North Africa in Operation Torch in 1942–43 and the successful invasion of France and Germany in 1944–45 from the Western Front. In 1951, he became the first supreme commander of NATO.

(born October 14, 1952)
 Harry Anderson is an American actor and magician. He is best known for the role of Judge Harry Stone on the 1984-1992 television series Night Court. In addition to eight appearances on Saturday Night Live between 1981 and 1985, Anderson had a recurring guest role as con man "Harry the Hat" on Cheers, toured extensively as a magician, and did several magic/comedy shows for broadcast, including Harry Anderson's Sideshow (1987).


Films are always pretentious. There's nothing more pretentious than a filmmaker.
--John Milius


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