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.

On a Break Time

A partial list of a blogger’s struggles:

  • Lack of writing time
  • Inability to keep up with reading others
  • Slow responding to comments
  • Throwing together a post

Yep … that’s me at the moment. I don’t need recharging time, I simply need to get take care of matters at hand. Therefore, I’m taking a break from regular posting … but hopefully not from visiting and keeping in touch. I don’t know how long, but I do know this is the right thing to do. Then again, I just may sneak something in.

I can’t leave you without some of the week’s best from The Onion.

  • Study finds “Blame” now fastest human reflex
  • Seventh grader only has two weeks left to acquire cool identity by first day of school
  • Sex toy discreetly shipped in plain dildo-shaped box
  • Date’s flaws coming at woman faster than she can rationalize them
  • Report:Average American spends 27% of lifetime in the way
  • Exxon-Mobil and Chevron locked in bidding war to acquire senator

I also know you want some reasons to celebrate this weekend.

  • (Weekend) Kool Aid Days, Hobo Days
  • (Fri) The Date to Create Day, Happiness Happens Day, Cat Day, Oldie Day, Sneak some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night, Art Day, Frozen Custard Day
  • (Sat) Bowling Day, Garage Sale Day, Veep Day, Indigenous People Day, Send an Email Day, Rice Pudding Day, Hold Hands Day
  • (Sun) Duran Duran Day, Skyscraper Appreciation Day, Smithsonian Day, S’Mores Day, Paul Bunyan Day, Lazy Day, Family Day, Spoil Your Dog Day, Lion Day

But let’s break with a sing-a-long song … and one that wasn’t part of the last Life: The Musical, but it is a classic. So, until next time, belly up to the bar and clean your pipes to sing along … plus, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

On Satire Bits: Vol. 106

Happy Hump Day to all. How’s your week going so far?

Since returning from the weekend trip, I’ve returned to my water superintendent duties for our building … which means I move hoses and sprinklers for several hours as our we and another couple in our building are assisting the builder so we can get a green grass environment … Plus, I’m trying to catch up on my blogging from the missed weekend.

Just returned from the golf course, and I was happy with my overall play tonight. Rest of the week has a variety of events scheduled, along with more watering. Then again, maybe mother nature will help out with some natural rain.

Because I haven’t given an eye update in some time, the issue still exists … but all is stable. I don’t see the retina specialist for another 5 weeks, so unless something drastic happens between now and then, it’s wait and see.

Moving on to your midweek dose of satire, as usual, the satirical headlines below are courtesy of The Onion. I’m always curious to discover when you have a favorite. For those ready to accept the extra challenge, create your own “combo” headline by using only the words in the headlines below. My Combo is at the end. Have a good rest of the week!

Criminal prosecuted to fullest extent of budget

Meat prices skyrocket after cow smashing machine gets all beefed up

Legal Dream Team of co-workers counsel woman on strategy for speeding ticket

Friend takes liberty of ordering $40 of appetizers for entire table

Elderly man can’t wait for senility to erase lifetime of regretful memories

Each line of MasterCard billing statement evokes infuriating vacation memory

Two dozen restaurant patrons made violently ill from marriage proposal

Area idea so crazy it just might work

Snowden: NSA agents pass around nude photos

Report confirms no need to make new chairs for the time being

My Combo: Legal Dream Team prosecuted crazy cow for speeding and smashing nude elderly man in new chair

On a Monday Laugh In

Although not in my normal posting time slot, Happy Monday to all. I’m late this week because we returned home later than initially anticipated. Besides, I still haven’t replied to comments from Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

We drove cross state to Cleveland on Friday for a variety of events – primarily for my wife’s high school reunion and attending one-day of the Bridgestone Invitational Golf Tournament at the famed Firestone Country Club, which has annually hosted professional golf since 1954 … and in 1974, three tournaments!

We initially planned to attend on Saturday, but the times were changed in anticipation of horrible afternoon weather … so we attended Sunday – which included an hour rain delay. My mother-in-law’s favorite golfer was Phil Michelson, so since she passed away last December, my wife wanted to follow him … and she claims her mother’s karma was with Phil has he whipped off 10 birdies in route the tournament’s second best round. He was fun to watch … and cheers to Rory McIlroy for winning … but because of the 3+ hour drive home, we didn’t stay until the end.

Outside of National Historic Places, Ohioans don’t think of their state was having a national park … but it does – Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Given we had about two hours before we had to be at my sister-in-laws, we went to the park’s Visitor’s Center before going to Brandywine Falls (Google pics) and one of the intact locks in the Erie Canal. Then I joined our brother-in-law for a round of golf while my wife went to her reunion. Because of the change in the Saturday’s golf tournament schedule, we returned for a Saturday morning walk on the canal’s towpath, then spent the rest of the day relaxing at my sister-in-laws.

Enough of my weekend, how was yours? Come on now … tell us something!

Celebrations for your week

  • (Week) Tree Climbing Days, Clown Week, Simplify Your Life Week, Breastfeeding Week, Assistance Day Week, Exercise With Your Child Week, Farmers’ Market Week, Fraud Awareness Week, Old Fiddler’s Week, Stop on Red Week, Exhibitor Appreciation week, Rock for Life week, Bargain Hunting Week, Psychic Week
  • (Mon) Chocolate Chip Day, Champagne Day, Assistance Dog Day, Nut Monday, Picnic Day, Youth Day, Coast Guard Day
  • (Tues) National Night Out, Oyster Day, Underwear Day, International Beer Day
  • (Wed) Play Day, Wiggle Your Toes Day, Root Beer Float Day, Fresh Breath Day, Hiroshima Day
  • (Thurs) Lighthouse Day, Particularly Preposterous Packing Day, Purple Heart Day, Raspberries & Cream Day, Sea Serpent Day

To help you start your week, here’s a clip of the zaniness from a comedy variety show from way back when (well, yesterday for some of us) – the Rowan & Martin Laugh In. Have a good week ahead!

On August 2014

August is the eighth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and one of seven months with a length of 31 days.

In non-leap years, no other month starts on the same day of the week as August, but in leap years February starts on the same day of the week.

August and November end on the same day of the week every year

August (then called Sextilis) was the sixth month in the ten-month Roman calendar

August (still Sextilis) became the eighth month around 700 BC by King Numa Pompilius, but it had only 29 days

Julius Caesar added two days to August (still Sextilis) in 45 BC

Sextillis renamed August in 8 BC to honor Augustus

August’s birthstone is Peridot, a greenish said to have magical powers and healing properties to protect against nightmares … plus bring power, influence, and a wonderful year to the wearer.

August’s birth flower are Gladiolus and Poppy … meaning beauty, strength of character, love, marriage, and family

August’s Zodiac signs are Leo (ending August 22) and Virgo (starting August 23)

Moon for August as multiple names: Grain Moon, Green Corn Moon, Barley Moon, Fruit Moon

Only two Shakespeare plays mention August: Henry VI Part I and The Tempest

Anglo-Saxons called August by the name Weod-monath (weed month)

August is also called Augustus (Afrikaans, Dutch), Gusht (Albanian), Avqust (Azerbaijani), Kolovoz (Croatian), elokuu (Finnish), Αύgoustos (Greek), Ogos (Malay), Awissu (Maltese), Thang-Tam (Vietnamese), Awst (Welsh)

August is a month-long holiday for many Europeans

August and February are seasonable equivalents in opposite hemispheres

August is the month to increase awareness of Children Eye Health & Safety, Bystanders, Traffic, Immunization, Psoriasis, Child Support, Motor Sports, Minority Donors, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Children Vision & Learning, Pet Immunization, Cataracts, Romance, and Studious Behavior

August is the month to celebrate Black Business, Panini, Goat Cheese, Catfish, Indian Heritage, Breastfeeding, Dirty Harry, and Peaches

August is the month to appreciate American Artists, Water Quality, Tomboy Tools, Neurosurgery Outreach, Audio, and Inventors

August is the month to participate in American Adventures, American History Essay Contest, Truancy Prevention, Don’t be a Bully, Get Ready for Kindergarten, What Will Be Your Legacy, Mutt-i-grees Rescue, Win with Civility, Happiness Happens, Midnight Moon Parties, and Plan Ahead for Halloween

Take time to celebration these anytime in August. Did you listen to any of the August songs? If so, which?

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 231

On Politics
On November 19, 2010, I first asked for it on this weekly post (evidence 1)…. and earlier this week I learned it’s finally going to happen. (evidence 2) … the Palin Channel. Nothing like paying for any-time nincompoopery.

Cheers to Congress for going on their well-earned August recess for accomplishing very little. Throw them all out!

Cheers to the US Senate for quickly and unanimously (97-0) confirming a new secretary to lead the Veterans Affairs (VA) Department – Bob McDonald – yes, a Cincinnatian.

Not long ago I posted this link to a view about the policies of Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (R). Here’s a new link to a counterpoint.

Thursday (at 12:30 pm) I received a robo-call from my representative inviting me to a telephone town hall meeting that started at noon.

Some Ohio Republicans in the state legislature are trying to Ohio to repeal the state’s commitment to the new Common Core educational standards. That a way … follow the lead of education leader Louisiana!

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion
Assisted care facility hits jackpot with little styrofoam cups of sherbet
Scientists: Rich people, poor people may have common ancestor
Store job applications just asks prospective employees how much they plan to shoplift
Psychology comes to halt as weary researchers say the mind cannot possibly study itself
Executioner enters lethal injection room with bag from Home Depot

Interesting Reads
Columnist Peggy Nonnan about World War I
Top 10 battles of World War I
The Nixon Tapes: A book review
Uncorrupting New Orleans
Water resources and profits
Wine tasting thoughts

On Potpourri
Dollar Tree buys Family Dollar. These discount stores (and their competitors) have become big business over the past 10 years. Nonetheless, I thought this Wall Street Journal headline was a bit tacky: Battle for Poor Shoppers Fuels Dollar-Store Deal.

I see sizeable gaps in this scale. Locally-brewed beers in the USA has experienced tremendous growth in recent years. I recently discovered these designation standards based on annual production: Large Brewery (at least 6 million barrels) and Craft Brewery (less than 6 million barrels). However, Craft Breweries can subdivided into Regional Brewery (15,000-16,000 barrels), Micro Brewery (less than 15,000 barrels), and Nano Brewery (up to 100 barrels). FYI for beer lovers: Here’s an article for the Wall Street Journal.

Because people want to know, here’s an informative video about why dogs smell butts.

Cheers to another successful installment of Life: The Musical. At the time of writing this, 25 songs are in Act 8!

Your weekend celebrations

  • (Weekend) Twins Days, Tree Climbing Days
    (Fri) Beer Day, Tomboy Tools Day, Spider Man Day, Girlfriend’s Day, Lughnasa, Braham Pie Day, Minority Donor Awareness Day, Rounds Resounding Day, Lung Cancer Day, Scout Scarf Day, Raspberry Cream Pie Day, India Pale Ale (IPA) Day
  • (Sat) Mustard Day, Take a Penny/Leave a Penny Day, Hangover Day, Ice Cream Sandwich Day, Dinosaur Day
  • (Sun) Doll Day, Kids Day, Sister’s Day, Watermelon Day, Friendship Day, Family Day, Day of Peace Day

Due to a full plate, no Saturday Morning Cartoon post this weekend. However, I can say this is a new month … so welcome to August.

To send you into the weekend, here’s something with flavor of the new month. Hot August Night was not a song, but an album by Neil Diamond. (Debra, where you there?) However, the opening tune from that night at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles become popular – so enjoy Crunchy Granola Suite. Have a safe weekend and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.