Monday, December 2, 2013

The Nuclear Age


Once again I am with Eva and all the other desert creatures out here in the wilds outside the City Limits of Tucson and will be domiciled here for the next two weeks. While here I intend to get out in the scrub with my camera to search out and record images of some of the elusive critters hiding under the rocks and beneath other assorted bits of flotsam and jetsam.

Wish me luck.


Careful editing is extremely important to the serious writer. I have found that out... the hard way. One must always be alert to catch the elusive typo, the one that SpellCheck will not recognize. An unnoticed slip of the thumb down onto the space bar at the exact wrong instant and 'therapist' becomes 'the rapist.'

Did You Know . . .?

Unless food is mixed with saliva you can't taste it.



On this day in 1942, Enrico Fermi, the Italian-born Nobel Prize-winning physicist, directed and controlled the first nuclear chain reaction in his laboratory beneath the bleachers of Stagg Field at the University of Chicago, ushering in the nuclear age. Upon successful completion of the experiment, a coded message was transmitted to President Roosevelt: "The Italian navigator has landed in the new world."

Fermi immigrated to New York City -- Columbia University, specifically, where he recreated many of his experiments with Niels Bohr, the Danish-born physicist, who suggested the possibility of a nuclear chain reaction. Fermi and others saw the possible military applications of such an explosive power, and quickly composed a letter warning President Roosevelt of the perils of a German atomic bomb. The letter was signed and delivered to the president by Albert Einstein on October 11, 1939. The Manhattan Project, the American program to create its own atomic bomb, was the result.



nuclear  [noo-klee-uhr]
1. Biology Of, relating to, or forming a nucleus: a nuclear membrane.
2. Physics Of or relating to atomic nuclei: a nuclear chain reaction.
3. Using or derived from the energy of atomic nuclei: nuclear power.
4. Of, using, or possessing atomic or hydrogen bombs: nuclear war; nuclear nations.

Usage Note: The pronunciation (noo-kyu-luhr), which is generally considered incorrect, is an example of how a familiar phonological pattern can influence an unfamiliar one.



Britney Jean Spears
(born December 2, 1981)
Britney Spears is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress. She performed acting roles in stage productions and television shows as a child before signing with Jive Records in 1997. Spears's first and second studio albums, ...Baby One More Time (1999) and Oops!... I Did It Again (2000), became international successes, with the former becoming the best-selling album by a teenage solo artist. Title tracks "...Baby One More Time" and "Oops!... I Did It Again" broke international sales records. In 2001, Spears released her third album, Britney, and played the starring role in the film Crossroads. She assumed creative control of her fourth album, In the Zone (2003), which yielded the worldwide success "Toxic".

Julia Ann "Julie" Harris
(Dec 2, 1925 - Aug 24, 2013)
Julie Harris was an American stage, screen, and television actress. Her screen debut was in 1952, repeating her Broadway success as the monumentally lonely teenage girl Frankie in Carson McCullers' The Member of the Wedding. That same year, she won her first Best Actress Tony for originating the role of insouciant Sally Bowles in I Am a Camera, the stage version of Christopher Isherwood's Goodbye to Berlin (later adapted as the musical Cabaret on Broadway in 1966 and, in the 1972 film, with Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles). Harris repeated her stage role in the film version of I Am a Camera (1955). She also appeared in such films as East of Eden (also 1955), with James Dean (with whom she became close friends), Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962), with Paul Newman in the private-detective film Harper (1966), and Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967).

Lucy Alexis Liu
(born December 2, 1968)
Lucy Liu is an American actress, model, artist, and occasional film producer and director. She became known for playing the role of the vicious and ill-mannered Ling Woo in television series Ally McBeal (1998–2002). Her film work includes starring as one of the heroines in Charlie's Angels, playing one of the enemies of The Bride in Kill Bill, and appearances in Payback, Chicago, and animated hit Kung Fu Panda.

Harry Reid
(Born: December 2, 1939)
Harry Reid is the senior United States Senator from Nevada and a member of the Democratic Party serving since 1987. He has been the Senate Majority Leader since January 2007, having previously served as Minority Leader and Minority and Majority Whip. As Senate Majority Leader and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Reid has achieved a more senior elected position in the United States government than any other Mormon in history.

(My personal opinion: Harry Reid is a doddering old fool and too old for such a high position in government.)


The greatest threat facing humanity is a radical Islamist regime meeting up with nuclear weapons.
--Benjamin Netanyahu



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