On Starting 2012

Traditions of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day vary from culture to culture and person to person. Through a variety of cultural traditions, community celebrations, private parties, and personal quiet time, humanity ushers in 2012 on a positive note.

Realistically, and like any other year, for each of us 2012 will deliver a variety of ups and downs – some expected, but others not. May 2012 bring you more joys than sorrows – more thrills than chills – more positives than negatives.

It’s a Wonderful Life is a great movie about life. May each of our lives be like George Bailey’s – one that is surrounded by good people in our day-to-day life. After all, positive interactions with positive people are powerful. Happy New Year everyone … and thanks for being one of my positive forces.

On 2011 Dolts of the Year

Have you ever wonder what the news would be like if there were no reports about stupid people? Or at least without stupid things done by people who should know better?

Last year I start the Doltest of the Dolts Award, so hey – might as well make it a tradition. Since politicians could easily dominate this, I have tried to limit their presence, which is not easy here or in real life).

Ladies and gentlemen – A Frank Angle’s “Doltest of the Dolts Awards” for 2011.

17) The Republican Presidential candidates for doing what they can to push moderates to the other party

16) Pat Robertson – Odds are good that he said something stupid this year

15) Terry Jones – Yep, the hate pastor from Florida was in the news a lot first quarter

14) Sarah Palin – Top-ranked last year, but less time in front of the camera lowers her rating, but she still is a nincompoop (One of my fav posts ever)

13) Lindsey Lohan – Miss Train Wreck

12) John Boehner and Eric Cantor (politics aside) for not attending the Arizona service after the January shooting because one of them should have been there

11) A group of state governors for misreading the will of the people (No, I did not vote for Ohio’s John Kasich)

10) Bud Selig – The only yearly question is where on this list will the MLB Commissioner be

9) Hank Williams – For his hated

8] Charlie Sheen – Mr. Train Wreck

7) James Harrison – The Steelers linebacker who intentionally tries to hurt players, and then laughs

6) College Presidents for saying they care about student athletes yet change conferences to chase money

5) Politicians who are pathetic examples of noble leaders: Take your pick from Anthony Weiner, Charlie Rangel, Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Ensign, and others for making other lowly politicians look good

4) Harold Camping – The rapture king was hoping for a higher rating

3) Donald Trump for making a mockery of the importance and dignity of being able to live in the White House

2) The chain-of-command at Penn State University and Florida A&M University for dropping the buck

1) The Congress of the United States of America – Anyone needing an explanation, here’s your sign

On 2011 Videos

Yesterday I reflected by listing my favorite posts for 2011, so today, here are some of my favorite videos that I used this year. Do you have any favorites from those below or any of my posts is year? Enjoy the buffet.

For the Mind

For Fun and Entertainment

Huh?

On 2011 in a Mirror

Early in 2011, I celebrated the 600th post – and recently #800, plus my first month with 3,000 hits. I started the year with John, and he’s still here. (I couldn’t resist.) Others are still here too, and new regulars have joined us. Many thanks to everyone and hopefully something below will strike your fancy … or at least jog a memory chip. Do you have any favorites from here?

I continued eclectic nature of posts, yet keeping the tradition of Monday Morning Entertainment and Friday’s Opinions in the Shorts, the OITS starting at v81 and now at v122.

I worked in posts on All-Time Baseball Teams of all Harrys, Rons, Larrys, food names, and others – yet brought forth a series of the relationship between religion and science.

I enjoy doing the posts about numbers, and also working in pieces of handbell music.

I pledged respectful behavior in my first post in Aug 2008 – with that I know I have done well. In appreciation to the readers who frequent these electronic pages, here is a trip down memory lane – the posts I enjoyed the most.

Life
On Elsa’s Trieste (May 4)
On a Chopped Dinner (Aug 16)
On Human Culture (Oct 12)
On a Knob (Dec 6)

Wonder
On Faith, Soul, and Science (Apr 12)
On Fibonacci in Nature (Sept 20)
On a Hot Tau (Oct 4)
On Science at Work (Sept 27)

Politics
On Jobs (Mar 28)
On a GOP Glimpse at 2012 (Mar 23) – A reminder, a March post!
On Environmental Costs (Sept 6)
On the Church and State Wall (Oct 17)
On Time to Thank Congress (Nov 28)

On 3000

This month is a milestone for this blog – sometime today 3000 hits (for the month) happened for the first time … and only a few days after post #800.  So hey, why not a post dedicated to 3000! For those enjoying this sort of trivia, see the Numbers category in the sidebar.

In Language

3K, tre tusind, drie duizend, tre mila, три тысячи, Üç bin,

In Music

  • André 3000 is a rapper with the real name of André Lauren Benjamin
  • Year 3000 is a pop punk song by Busted, an English boyband

In Television

  • Class of 3000 is an animated show on Cartoon Network
  • 3000 Whys of Blue Cat is the first large-scale animated series in China with emphasis on science
  • The television series Futurama (airing 1999-2003) takes place in the year 3000 (See Dragonfae’s note in the comments)
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) was a television show airing 1988-1999

In Sports

  • 3000 meters is a track event that runners do 7.5 laps of a 400 m track. The world records are held by Daniel Komen (Kenya, 7:20.67) and Wang Junxia (China, 8:06.11)
  • 3000 m racewalk is an Olympic event
  • 3000 meter steeplechase is a track event involving running and clearing 28 hurdles and 7 water jumps
  • 3000-Hit Club is the term for the baseball players achieving 3000 hits in their career – only 28 players to date, Cap Anson was the first, and Derek Jeter the most recent
  • 3000 Strikeouts Clubs is for baseball pitchers striking out 3000 batters. Only 16 pitchers have achieved this milestone – Walter Johnson was the first (John Smoltz the most recent)

In Movies

  • Mr. 3000 is a movie (2004) staring Bernie Mac and Angela Bassett
  • 3000 Miles to Graceland is a 2001 film with lousy reviews
  • 3000 Miles is a documentary of the 2006 Gumball 3000 rally

In Computers

  • Top Gear 3000 is a Super Nintendo video game
  • Lenovo 3000 is a series of computers

In Literature

  • In the novel The Brothers Karamazov (Dostoevsky), a recurring conflict between a father and his eldest son involves 3000 roubles
  • “3000 Days of Innocence” is from Harry Potter

Miscellaneous

  • The postal code for downtown Melbourne, Australia
  • Roman numeral MMM
  • The smallest number requiring thirteen letters to spell in English
  • USA 3000 is an airline
  • Many cars get an oil change every 3000 miles
  • Leonardo 3000 is a main-belt asteroid
  • December 31, 3000 marks the end of the 30th century

In 3000 BC

  • The middle of the bronze age
  • First evidence humans using of gold
  • Egyptians are building pyramids
  • Cycladic culture starts in Greece
  • Potter’s wheel appears in Mesopotamia

On Taking a Deep Breath

Whew …. another Christmas is in the history book. I hope each of you had a holiday filled with joy and safety.

Our four hours at church playing handbells for two services went well. Christmas morning we traveled to my sister’s home several hours away. My wife met our new great nephew for the first time, plus we received the news that our youngest nephew’s engagement to a nice lady.

Since this is the week between two holidays, I thought a light start would be fitting. Consider this as the Tuesday Special Edition of  Monday Morning Entertainment. Since the video of Christmas clips from old movies delighted many of you, here is a clip of two classic dancers – Eleanor Powell and Fred Astaire. Enjoy …. and have a good week.

On a Time for Gifts

Christmas Eve is here. Later tonight, I look forward to the customary drive to church where I see empty parking lots and festivities in the homes along the way.

My readers have given me gifts of visits, likes, and comments. You are a very  gracious lot. Interestingly, this is post #800, which has generated almost 54,000 visits, and over well 3,000 comments from visitors (not counting my responses).

This past week’s posts took us on a music journey through the vast world of humanity. Given the comments, you appreciated the surprises along the way.

Under the Christmas tree you will like a variety of gifts. Pick as many as you like, but I insist you take at least one … and I hope you tell me the gift(s) you selected. (I’m very interested to see what John takes.) I’ve also added some blog references for fun – but I can’t mention everyone!

Merry Christmas!

The handbell lovers have two choices. Tonight, our choir is joining forces with the vocal choir for this combined Noel Festival. (No YouTube, but a high quality recording without the bells.) Meesh, I believe this is a French carol.

We are also playing this version of Silent Night to accompany the congregation with candle light. Kay, you enjoy calm & beauty through music.

On the Time post I featured Lynn Purse, so here is another one of your compositions – Father Christmas.

Here’s a treat from Australia of a fabulous light show at St. Mary’s Cathedral … and it is very fitting for the day.  (thanks Mags)

Since Carol of the Bells is a holiday favorite, this is done by a very good handbell choir. (Rita, extra handbell music to widen your choice.)

For anyone who hasn’t heard of Santa’s Six White Boomers, here ya go .. Ah those crazy Aussies. Wonder if Les will enjoy this?

Need a nostalgic trip? This video has clips of holiday movies and music to the Christmas Waltz. I know that Nonnie loves movies, and this is perfect for Beagz’ Belle.

Here’s a music scenic trip for the season. Photographers as Robin, Joe,  and Otto will enjoy this

Need to laugh? El Guapo and Hansi will love this, but who may have to fight Eleanor.