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May 25, 2012
★~ Today’s Quote: Don’t waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good. Ralph Waldo Emerson
★~ International Geek Pride Day:
May 25th is a magical confluence of three utterly relevant and utterly geeky observed holidays.
- Towel Day, the day two weeks after Douglas Adams passed in 2001, when hoopy froods keep their towel handy;
- The anniversary of the first Star Wars film, Episode IV: A New Hope, released on May 25, 1977;
- Glorious 25 May, the day in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld when wearing lilac and hard-boiled eggs (and raising awareness around Alzheimer’s research) is appropriate; and
- 5 + 25 + 12 = 42. Enough said.
★~ Today is National Wine Day:
As we think about Memorial Day and the festivities ahead, lets remember that someone put their life on the line for us. And for that, I suggest we all raise a glass of wine or our favorite beverage this weekend with appreciation for the incredible people who have taken selflessness to the highest level and one of the best ways to honor those that have fought wars to protect a huge population of people who will never know them is to keep it safe out there.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1935 – This was “the greatest day in the history of track,” according to The New York Times. Jesse Owens of Ohio State University broke two world sprint records, tied a third, and broke a long-jump world record in a meet at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
♥~ 1950 – The Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel in New York City was opened to traffic. At 9,117 feet (2,778.87 meters), it was — and still is — the longest continuous underwater vehicular tunnel in North America.
♥~ 1968 – The Rolling Stones released “Jumping Jack Flash.”
♥~ 1977 – The original Star Wars film opened in 32 theaters. May the force be with you. Did you know: Star Wars Facts
♥~ 1981 – Twenty-five year old Dan Goodwin was looking to have some fun. So, with nothing but three suction cups and a Spiderman cartoon costume, Goodwin began to scale the world’s tallest building — the Sears Tower in Chicago, IL. Goodwin climbed for six hours, with Chicago’s boys in blue doing their best to safely stop him from the perilous climb. When Goodwin reached the 50th floor of the skyscraper, he stopped for a few minutes, talked with the police and, assuring them of his safety, made the rest of the climb in about an hour. The police had agreed not to bother him until he got to the top where he was arrested for trespassing. Goodwin was released after paying a fine.
♥~ 1990: Gary Stewart of Los Angeles set a Guinness world record by jumping 177,737 times on his pogo stick.
♥~ 1993: The U.S. issued a patent (#5,213,234) to Ioannis Stefanopoulos of Arlington, Virginia, for his Moo Cream Pitcher, a cow-shaped pitcher that moos when it pours cream or milk.
★~ Born Today:
♥~ 1878 – Let’s all tap, in honor of the birthday of legendary tap dancer Bill Robinson, more recognized by his nickname, Mr. Bojangles, than by his birth name, and known to many as the Mayor of Harlem, was personified in music. First Duke Ellington recorded Bojangles, a musical portrait of the man, in 1940. Then The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band recorded Mr. Bojangles, a top-ten hit record in 1971.
♥~ 1803 – Ralph Waldo Emerson writer: Essays, Representative Men, Nature; poet: Days; editor: The Dial; died Apr 27, 1882
♥ ~ 1926 – Miles (Dewey) Davis III jazz trumpet/flugelhorn musician: combined be-bop, modal chord progressions and rock rhythms to create ‘cool jazz’; died: Sep 28, 1991
♥~ 1938 – Raymond Carver poet: A New Path to the Waterfall; died Aug 2, 1988
♥~ 1947 – Karen Valentine actress: Room 222, Karen, The Love Boat, Children in the Crossfire
♥~ 1975 – Lauryn Hill Grammy Award-winning singer [The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1999)]; Ex-factor, Doo Wop [That Thing], When It Hurts; Grammy Award-winning group: The Fugees: The Score (1996): Killing Me Softly
♥~ 1978 – Brian Urlacher football: [middle linebacker]: Univ of New Mexico; NFL: Chicago Bears
★~ Did you know: A few geeky facts:
♥~ Real world: A ‘jiffy’ is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
Geek World: A “year” is the standard unit of time Geeks use for all project development estimates
♥~ Real World: The average person’s left hand does 56% of the typing.
Geek World: Geeks can type faster than the average human can think.
♥~ Real World: 13% of Americans actually believe that some parts of the moon are made of cheese.
Geek World: Geeks at NASA loaded a 1-year supply of Triskets on the first Apollo mission, just in case.
♥~Real World: Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.
Geek World: Slamming your keyboard against your desk only burns 75 calories an hour, but is much more rewarding.
♥~ Real World: Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a novel, “Gadsby”, which contains over 50,000 words – none of them with the letter E!
Geek World: A Geek once wrote an entire piece of code using only zeros.
♥~ Real World: There were no squirrels on Nantucket until 1989.
Geek World: There were no Geeks in the Bahamas until the annual Star Trek convention was held there in 1995.
♥~Real World: In Chinese, the words for crisis and opportunity are the same.
Geek World: In ancient Egyptian, the word for genius and socially awkward is Geek.
♥~ Real World: The only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible is the cat.
Geek World: While Geek’s aren’t officially mentioned in the Bible, the words “develop” and “code” do appear, so Geeks were clearly a part of the culture.
Tech Support: “I need you to right-click on the Desktop.”
Tech Support: “Did you get a pop-up menu?”
Tech Support: “Ok. Right click again. Do you see a pop-up menu?”
Tech Support: “Ok, sir. Can you tell me what you have done up until this point?”
Customer: “Sure, you told me to write ‘click’ and I wrote click’.”
I just had the most wonderful lunch OUT at the funest place! I can’t wait to tell you about it. It is been so long since I have been able to have lunch away from my campers that I was afraid that I would reach over and stir Julianne food for her but I didn’t! I will be back to muse with you in a little bit!
5 thoughts on “May 25,2012: Geek Pride Day, Tap Dance Day, National Wine Day.”
THREE DAY WEEKEND! Golf two days and a barbecue. The wine, bear, burgers and brats will fill my glass and my plate. Summer has begun.
I don’t speak geek but I appreciate the tech guys every time something goes wrong with our computers. I saw the first Star Wars movie with my kids and everyone that came after but there is always something special about your first!
TGIF! Have a good one!
Memorial Day weekend is one of my favorite summer weekends. Lots of family and fun! I love wine and hope to drink a lot of it this weekend!
El Morno is just great. I don’t comment often but I read every day. Thank you! I always have something fun to talk about with clients and family.
Have a wonderful weekend.
I am married to a Geek and while he can drive me crazy I will have to admit being married to someone who looks forward to talking with my parents about their cell phone and ancient desk top computer more than makes up for the down side.
Have a great weekend.
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Love your facts about Geeks! I finally see light at the end of my tunnel of code, and it’s gonna be grand when it’s finished! I still can’t fathom that guy scaling the Sears Tower — I’d have been way too scared to try that. Happy three-day weekend (for everybody except Geeks!)
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