Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 232

On Politics
The nation is watching the Senate race in Kentucky. Although I’m in Ohio, I get a ringside view because Cincinnati TV stations air campaign ads for the northern Kentucky viewers. One thing for sure, each side is pointing out the outside money of the opposition.

As some Republicans are quick to say I told you so regarding the predictable chaos in Iraq after the primary withdrawal of the US military, I ask, Would ISIS be a factor if Saddam Hussein was still in power?

If the Arabs aren’t willing to fight ISIS on the ground, I say, Get out of there!

Congress continues its mantra of preferring second guessing and criticizing over taking responsibility and decision making.

I know Congressional Republicans have been a continual roadblock for President Obama, however, I wonder how often the White House (and possibly Congressional Democrats) have been equally obstinate.

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion
Absentminded nation catches itself turning to its leaders again
More cities using text-based alerts to warn Americans if they are in range of NFL players
Majority of Americans back Obama’s ISIS plan, but doubt it will work
Study: Liberals, Conservatives smell different
Report: Laura’s divorce threatens razor-thin Democratic majority in family
Reclusive deity hasn’t written a new book in 2,000 years

Interesting Reads
For Democrats fearing loss of controlling the Senate
California’s 100-year drought
A pro sports team helps a last wish
Unhappy medical doctors
Guten-free: Fact vs. Fad
The Crackpot Test & Index

On Potpourri
I find it interesting that the state of Kentucky is getting some push-back about public funding of Ark Encounters, a theme park run by Answers in Genesis (AIG), the head organization of the Creation Museum. I said this was a no-no over a year ago, and stand by that today. After all, AIG prospective employees must “have read and can support the AIG Statement of Faith.”

Another season of Dancing with the Stars (DTWS) is under way. Several immediately seem to be a cut above the rest, but time will tell who develops. OK, DTWS fans, which of the pros do you think is my favorite?

My golf league goes longer than most, thus able to enjoy playing in late-summer weather. Two weeks to go and my team is in the hunt.

Because I used this week to ease back into blogging, no Saturday Morning Cartoons this weekend.

Thanks for another great collection of tunes for Life: The Musical. As always, I get the pleasure to listening to all the songs – although the omission of this one surprised me … and I dedicate this song to my friend at Lame Adventures who would never embrace this song.

Your weekend celebrations

  • (Weekend) Clean Up the World Weekend, Hummingbird Celebration Weekend, Octoberfest Zinzinnati
  • (Fri) Talk Like a Pirate Day, POW/MIA Recognition Day, Trademen Day, Citizenship Day, Brothers Day, Butterscotch Pudding Day, Slimey the Worm Day
  • (Sat) Big Whooper Liar Day, Eat an Apple Day, Coastal Cleanup Day, Puppy Mill Awareness Day, Red Panda Day, Gymnastics Day, Idaho Spud Potato Day, National Rum Punch Day, Farm Safety Day
  • (Sun) International Day of Peace, Worldwide Day of Play, Alzheimer’s Day, Miniature Golf Day, Pause the World Day, Gratitude Day, Pecan Cookie Day

To send you into the weekend, here’s one more work song – the 1982 hit Workin’ for a Liven by Huey Lewis and the News. Have a safe weekend and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

Life: The Musical – Act 9: Work

The Story
Life: The Musical is an original aFa production is a journey featuring songs of about life. Each act features an aspect of life as a theme with music supplied around that theme.

LifeTheMusicalProgram (Past Posts)
Act 1: Life
Act 2: Born
Act 3: Names
Act 4: Young
Act 5: Dream
Act 6: Teens
Act 7: School
Act 8: Adulthood

Act 9
Life … the time for the living to live. One’s life starts when one is born. Shortly thereafter, we are given something that stays with us no matter where we go – a name. Immediately, we are nourished, so we grow physically, mentally, and emotionally from babies into young children … and that’s when we start to dream about our future life. Growth never stops, so from children we move on as teens .. but school is still much of life at this point.

Eventually, we move into adulthood as women and men, and the work world is a prominent feature in life. Act 9 is about work, so song titles must include Work, Worked, Working, Worker, Job, or any occupation. IMPORTANT: an occupation can only be used once.

Production Note
To prevent browsers crashing from loading too many videos, please 1) include the song title and artist in your text, and 2) paste the URL as part of your last line (not a new line). The latter will provide a link, thus not embed the actual video … but I don’t mind unembedding, so apologies are not necessary.

Announcement
Ladies and gentlemen, there are many choices applicable for this act, but finding this vintage (1972) video from a classic group sealed the deal. Besides, some of the visitors here are musicians that have been in bands. To open Act 8, the greatest band that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame continues to avoid …. it’s the Moody Blues with I’m Just a Singer in a Rock and Roll Band.

On the First Monday Back

Greetings! This is the 223rd edition of Monday Morning Entertainment, yet the 222nd edition was for the first Monday in August. Whew … it’s been a while!!!

Being away for some time means there is much to share, but I’ll start with a traditional question – How was your weekend?

We returned from our road-trip vacation last Sunday, but this past week was filled with dance lessons, the final weeks of golf league, and a baseball game (the Reds won, but it has been a horrible season), which propelled us into a weekend roadtrip. After attending a college football game Friday night in downtown Cincinnati, we started our 200-mile (320-km) drive northward to attend another college football game (and about 14 hours separating the end of one game and the beginning of the next) … and then the 3-hour drive home after the game. We saw a lot of offense and two wins (58-34 and 45-42) … and it was good to be back on the campus where my wife and I meet. Both singing the alma mater and a win in the final seconds choked me up a bit. Sunday morning was a bit different as I watched, listened, and enjoyed to the handbell choir from the audience, but I don’t think anyone noticed I wasn’t playing (which is fine with me).

Although I probably won’t post everyday this week, Life: The Musical returns with Act 9 featuring a significant part of everyone’s life – Work … so song titles must include Work, Working, Worker, Worked, or any occupation – the latter widens the opportunities. However, an occupation can only be used once.  Get your songs ready because curtain goes up Wednesday, 9:30 pm (Eastern USA).

The previous post had a few pics from our vacation of undisclosed destination. Cheers to those picking out some of the locations. The stops on our trip were Kentuck Knob (a Frank Lloyd Write gem), Gettysburg PA (Civil War batttlefield), Cooperstown NY (Baseball Hall of Fame), Cornell University, Taughannock Falls, Finger Lakes Region (especially for wine & cheese), Grand Prix Festival (Watkins Glen NY), the Corning (NY) Museum of Glass, and Fallingwater (the Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece). Note: The links are to sites or Google Images.

Celebrations for the week

  • (Week) Dog Week, Flower Week, Deaf Awareness Week, Childcare Week, Farm Safety Week, School Internet Safety Week, Women in Construction Week, Farm Animals Awareness Week, Constitution Week, Child Passenger Safety Week, Dating and Life Coach Recognition Week, Farm Animals Awareness Week, Truck Drive Appreciation Week, Pollution Prevention Week, Balance Awareness Week, Health Information and Technology week, Love Your Files Week, Postdoc Appreciation Week
  • (Mon) Felt Hat Day, Dot Day, Thank-You Day, Care Givers Day, Sing-Out Day, POW/MIA Recognition Day, International Day of Democracy, 8-Track Tape Day, LGBT Center Awareness Day, Creme de Menthe Day
  • (Tues) Guacamole Day, Play Doh Day, Collect Rocks Day, Wrinkled Raincoat Day, Eat an Apple Day, Coastal Cleanup Day, Mayflower Day, Step-family Day, Trail of Tears Commemoration Day, Ozone Layer Preservation Day, Wife Appreciation Day, Working Parents Day
  • (Wed)Country Music Day, Citizenship Day, Rehabilitation Day, Time’s Up Day, School Backpack Awareness Day, Student Day, Responsible Dog Owners Day, Apple Dumpling Day
  • (Thurs) Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day, Cheeseburger Day, Respect Day, HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, Water Monitoring Day, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Awareness Day

To send you into the week, here a good one courtesy of Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show. Enjoy … and have a good week!

On Resuming the Play Button

Image from 123vectors.com

Image from 123vectors.com

Blogging breaks are good! … and now for the rest of an assortment of thoughts as I resume the Play button.

There’s no doubt in my mind that readers are much more forgiving and patient than writers … and it’s not even close.

There’s nothing wrong with using blogging breaks to concentrate on visiting others … as a matter of fact, I recommend it!

I visited many at the beginning of my break, and I found this surprise … the number of bloggers who visit(ed) here have either not post in some time or have actually taken down their blogs.

Given the previous note, no wonder my stats are down …. so if stats are important, one must continue to build a network.

Don’t forget … blogging breaks are good.

Some Personal Notes

Handbell season has started, but after a double-digit number of years, I didn’t return to the choir. The leaders were a bit shocked, but I need more time to determine if I want to continue ringing. My line is that I will return sometime between this coming January and never … so time will tell. Meanwhile, I look forward to seeing and hearing the group from the audience (starting this Sunday)…. and yes, I continue to support them – after all, my wife remains in the group.

Image from gerber.com

Image from gerber.com

My wife brought me a piece of cake from work one day. Some of the icing was a very rich blue color. Not only did it make my tongue look like a Smurf, the next day my stools was as green as baby-food peas.

Best joke punchline. A surgeon’s explanation why politicians are the easiest patients: There are no guts, no heart, no balls, no brains, and no spine, and there are only two moving parts – the mouth and the asshole – and they are interchangeable. Thank you, Viveka!

This travel segment from Crumudgeon-at-Large is a worthy read for a chuckle. Enjoy … and tell Mudge that I sent you.

This is probably the most intriguing headline I saw during my blog break: Do farts carry germs? Well, it depends on whether you are wearing pants. For those who doubt the headline or want to know more, here’s the link, which also contains an interesting video.

You may have noticed that I haven’t been around the past week plus. The reason is simple, we took our first road-trip vacation in some time … so after 9 days and 800-900 miles (1280-1450 km), I’m working my way back into my blogging routine. I hope to return to with the next Monday Morning Entertainment, on which I will announce the next act of Life: The Musical.

Below is an assortment of pics of our trip. Although multiple pics exist of some of the spots, this collection represents locations we visited. (Some have 2 pics). Rollover each for hints. Any ideas where we went? (I know my non-US audience may not know) … and Oh … and before I forget … blogging breaks are good!

On September 2014

September is named after Demeter, the Greek goddess of harvest

In the Roman calendar, September was the seventh month because in Latin, septem means “seven” and septimus means “seventh”

September is a month of an equinox, thus the change of season from summer to autumn in the northern hemisphere, and from winter to spring in the southern hemisphere

No other month ends on the same day of the week as September in any year

September begins on the same day of the week as December every year

One of four months with a length of 30 days

My favorite poem is the one that starts Thirty days hath September because it actually tells you something. (Groucho Marx, actor & comedian)

September was called “harvest month” in Charlemagne’s calendar, Gerstmonath (barley month) by Anglo-Saxons, and Herbstmonat (harvest month) by Swiss

September births are celebrated with forget-me-not, morning glory, and aster (birth flowers) and sapphire (birthstone)

September astrological signs are Virgo (until September 21) and Libra (from September 22 onward)

Departing summer hath assumed
An aspect tenderly illumed,
The gentlest look of spring;
That calls from yonder leafy shade
Unfaded, yet prepared to fade,
A timely carolling.
– William Wordsworth, September

Woody Allen directed a movie called September (1987), a movie starring Mia Farrow, Elaine Strich and Jack Warden

If a guy hits .300 every year, what does he have to look forward to I always tried to stay around .190, with three or four RBI. And I tried to get them all in September. That way I always had something to talk about during the winter. (Bob Uecker, Baseball icon )

September is the month for increasing awareness in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, atrial fibrillation, baby safety, pediatric cancer, gynecological cancer, leukemia & lymphoma, mold, campus safety, head lice prevention, infant mortality, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, skin care, Alzheimer’s, sickle cell anemia, platelet disorder, food allergies, and childhood obesity.

September is the month for enjoying these culinary delights: California wild rice, ice cream sandwiches, chicken, low cholesterol-low fat pizza, honey, mushroom, prime beef, papaya, whole grains, ice cream milk shakes, rice, ethnic foods, apples, biscuits, potatoes, fruits & vegetables, and the All-American breakfast.

September is increasing self-awareness by participating in or promoting strategic thinking, wilderness activities, baby safety, square dancing, backpack safety, good manners in children, eating chicken, sports & home eye safety, updating your resume, food safety, better breakfasts, signing up for a library card, and pleasuring your mate.

September is the month for embracing animals by celebrating save the koala, service/guide dogs, save the tiger, responsible dog ownership, healthy happy cats, and pet memorials/animal remembrance

September is the month for recognizing bourbon heritage, California wines, saving for college, people skills, fall hats, osteopathic medicine, women friendships, subliminal communications, Hispanic heritage, home furnishings, and pianos.

September is the month for promoting cholesterol education, hunger action, million minute family challenge, coupons, DNA genomic & stem cell education, sewing, self-improvement, prospering where you are planted, healthy aging, superior relationships, being prepared, and shameless promotion.

October. This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks in. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August, and February. (Mark Twain, humorist)

“The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Chrysanthemums.
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.”
– John Updike, September

I still have the Pause button set, but will return soon – so, this song is a fitting to end this post. Did you take in any of the songs?

On 6

Image from sportsclipart.com

Image from sportsclipart.com

Six (6) is one of those numbers that we can associate with many things, so I didn’t intend to capture everything about it. Nonetheless, it’s a special number that I honor in this post, so feel free to add additional factoids about 6.

In Mathematics

  • 6 is a composite number, perfect number, Granville number, congruent number, discrete biprime number, unitary perfect number, harmonic divisor number, all-Harshad number, octahedral number, triangular number, and a superior highly composite number
  • 6 is the smallest positive integer which is neither a square number nor a prime number
  • 6 has proper divisors (1, 2 and 3) … and is divisible by itself
  • 6 equals the sum and the product of its proper divisors, which are three consecutive positive numbers (1, 2, 3)
  • A 6-sided polygon is a hexagon (including a cube) , but not all hexagons are a cube
  • There are 6 basic trigonometric functions
  • In base 6, 10 is the equivalent of 6
  • 6 squared is 36, but 6 to the 6th power is 46656, yet the square root of 6 is 2.44948974278

In Science

  • A neutral atom of carbon contains 6 protons and 6 electrons
  • The cells of a beehive are 6-sided

    Benzene Ring

    Benzene Ring

  • Insects have 6 legs
  • A benzene molecule has a ring of 6 carbon atoms
  • Snowflakes have six-fold symmetry
  • A hexamer is an oligomer made of six subunits
  • Messier object M6 is in the constellation Scorpius, and is also known as the Butterfly Cluster
  • The New General Catalogue object (NGC 6) a spiral galaxy in the constellation Andromeda
  • There are 6 types of quarks and 6 types of leptons in particle physics
  • The six-vertex model has 6 possible configurations of arrows at each vertex
  • There are six phases in pandemic influenza
  • Human Chromosome 6 has over 170 million base pairs and is associated with epilepsy, Parkinson disease, and Guillain-Barre Syndrome

In Musical Instruments

  • A standard guitar has 6 strings
  • Most woodwind instruments have 6 basic holes or keys
  • There are 6 semitones in a tritone

In Entertainment

  • Take 6 is a Grammy Award winning Christian vocal jazz group
  • Les Six (“The Six” in English) was a group consisting of the French composers Georges Auric, Louis Durey, Arthur Honegger, Darius Milhaud, FrancisPoulencandGermaineTailleferre in the 1920s

    Image from vector-images.com

    Image from vector-images.com

  • Bands with the number 6/six in their name include Six Organs of Admittance, 6 O’clock Saints, Electric Six, Eve 6, Los Xey (seiis Basque for “six”), Out On Blue Six, Six In Six, Sixpence None the Richer, Slant 6, Vanity 6, and You Me At Six
  • #6 is the pseudonym of American musician Shawn Crahan, when performing with the band Slipknot
  • Six geese a-laying were given as a present on the sixth day in the popular Christmas carol, “The Twelve Days of Christmas”
  • Johann Pachelbel’ composed Hexachordum Apollinis into 6 arias
  • Beethoven, Bruckner, Haydn, Mahler, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and probably others composed notable Sixth Symphonies
  • Six Pack is a ZZ Top album
  • Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence, the sixth album by Dream Theater, includes six songs with the sixth song tells the stories of six individuals suffering from various mental illnesses
  • Bionic Six is an animated series that lasted 2 years (65 episodes)
  • Number 6 is a character in the movie I Am Number Four
  • Films include Six Pack is a 1982 comedy drama, Six-Pack a 2000 thrilled, and Sixpack a 2011 Finnish comedy

In Religion

  • 6 Points on a Star of David

    Interfaith graphic by Justice St. Rain (Bahá’í Community) of Interfaith Resources

    Interfaith graphic by Justice St. Rain (Bahá’í Community) of Interfaith Resources

  • 6 Orders of the Mishnah
  • 6 Symbolic foods placed on the Passover Seder Plate
  • Yahweh took 6 days to create the world in the Old Testament Book of Genesis; humankind was created on day 6
  • The Jewish holiday of Shavuot starts on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan
  • The Six Articles of Belief (Islam)
  • Fasting six days of Shawwal (Islam)
  • A trasarenu is the combination of 6 celestial paramānus (atoms) (Hinduism)

In Language and Culture

  • Other words for six include VI (Roman numerals), zes (Dutch), sei (Italian), seks (Norwegian), shesh (Hebrew), kuusi (Finnish), sita (Swahili), anim (Filipino)
  • Hexa is classical Greek for “six”, thus terms as hexagon, hexahedron, hex nut
  • The prefix hexa- also occurs in the systematic name of many chemical compounds, such as “hexamethyl”
    “Hexadecimal” combines hexa- with the Latinate decimal to name a number base of 16
  • Hexameter is a poetic form consisting of 6 feet per line
  • Sex- is a Latin prefix meaning “six”. Thus: sextet, sextuplets, sexdactyly (6 fingers), sextant (whose shape forms one-sixth of a circle)
  • Senary is the adjective meaning “sixth”
  • 6 is a lucky number in Chinese culture
  • No more than 6 degrees of separation between any two people
  • There are 6 tastes in traditional Indian Medicine called Ayurveda: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent
  • Coffins are buried 6 feet below ground, thus 6 feet under

In History

  • The Six Dynasties form part of Chinese history
  • The Birmingham Six were held in prison for 16 years
  • 6 facts about the sixth day of the sixth month (June 6th): D-Day (WW II), RFK assassination, National Day of Sweden, Orwell’s 1984 first published, first drive-in theater opened in the US, Queensland established
    Augustus ruled the Roman Empire during both 6 BC and 6 CE
  • In the ancient Roman calendar, Sextilis was the sixth month, but after the Julian reform, June became the sixth month and Sextilis was renamed August
  • Sextidi was the sixth day of the decade in the French Revolutionary calendar

In Sports

  • The National Basketball Association has 6 divisions
  • The National Hockey League started with 6 teams

    From allfreevectors.com

    From allfreevectors.com

  • Smaller high schools play 6-man football (not the traditional 11-man)
  • In soccer, the number of substitutes combined by both teams, that are allowed in the game
  • Volleyball and ice hockey play with 6 players on each side
  • A team earns 6 points for a touchdown American and Canadian football
  • Australian Rules football teams earn six points for a goal
  • In cricket, team scores 6 runs when the shot a “six/sixer” when the ball clears the boundary without bouncing
  • In NASCAR, driven by 37 different drivers in 322 races, but only Cale Yarborough drove #6 into the winner’s circle (and only once)
  • Tour de France has 6 mountain stages
  • Retired #6 sports jerseys
    • MLB: Bobby Cox, Steve Garvey, Al Kaline, Stan Musial, Tony Oliva, Johnny Pesky, Joe Torre
    • NFL: None
    • NBA: Walter Davis, Julius Irving, Avery Johnson, Bill Russell, and Orlando Magic and Sacramento Kings fans
    • NHL: Ace Bailey

In Technology

  • On most phones, letter M, N, O are found on the 6 key
  • The “6-meter band” in amateur radio includes the frequencies from 50 to 54 MHz
  • 6 is the resin identification code used in recycling to identify polystyrene
  • Perl 6 is a programming language

Miscellaneous

  • “Six” is used as an informal slang term for the British Secret Intelligence Service, MI6
  • Six Flags amusement parks and theme park
  • Trivial Pursuit games have 6 categories
  • The highest number on one end of a standard domino

    A Golomb Ruler from Wikipedia

    A Golomb Ruler from Wikipedia

  • Odds of rolling a 6 drastically changes with the number of dice: (1) 1 of 6 (16.7%) , (2) 5 of 36 (13.9%), and (3) 10 of 216 (4.6%)
  • A Golomb ruler of length 6 is a “perfect ruler”
  • The Six Restaurant (Los Angeles)
  • Six Sigma is a statistical modeling process aimed at quality improvement
  • International maritime signal flag for 6
  • 6 Cardinal Directions: north, south, east, west, up, and down
  • 6 years is the standard term for a United States senator
  • 6-pack is a common form of packaging for 6 bottles or cans of drink, number of fundamental flight instruments lumped together on a cockpit display, other assemblages of six items, defined abdominal muscles (rectus abdominis, external and internal obliques, & transverse abdominis), getting hit in the face by a spiked volleyball
  • 6 is a common reference to car engines, such as straight 6, line-in 6, slant 6, and flat 6
  • A Braille cell is based on 6 dots
  • Mario must collect 6 Royal Stickers in the Nintendo 3DS game Paper Mario: Sticker Star
  • Extra-sensory perception is sometimes called the “sixth sense”, which was also a 1999 movie featuring Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment

The Occasion
anniversary-1xI’ve interrupted the Pause button for an important announcement. A mere 6 years ago. A Frank Angle started August 28, 2008. To anyone who has ever visited my little corner of the world, thank you. To those who take to time to comment, many more thanks. To those who regularly return, I’m forever grateful. So get a drink of choice (alcoholic or nonalcoholic), enjoy same snacks, leave a song (if you desire), add a factoid, tell your friends to visit, and most importantly …  mingle with others …. and I hope you return on September 1st.Blogiversary

Coincidentally … and yes … coincidentally … August 28th is the birthday of the reason for my prosthetic hand.