On Exploring an Expression

The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity. (Walt Whitman)

The meaning of life is contained in every single expression of life. It is present in the infinity of forms and phenomena that exist in all of creation. (Michael Jackson)

What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist. (Salman Rushdie)

Literature is the expression of a feeling of deprivation, a recourse against a sense of something missing. But the contrary is also true: language is what makes us human. It is a recourse against the meaningless noise and silence of nature and history. (Octavio Paz)

Mathematics as an expression of the human mind reflects the active will, the contemplative reason, and the desire for aesthetic perfection. Its basic elements are logic and intuition, analysis and construction, generality and individuality. (Richard Courant)

Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things. (T. S. Eliot)

Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution. (Ansel Adams)

What expressions to you see in the video?

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 255

Two new candidates for 2016 race for US President are officially in the race: Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). Although neither is unexpected, it will be interesting to see if Mrs. Clinton implodes and if Mr. Rubio becomes the second choice of most Republicans.

Here’s an interesting closing by Aaron David Miller (Woodrow Wilson International Institute for Scholars) in this Op-Ed at CNN about Hillary Clinton.

Clinton’s biggest challenge on the campaign trail and in office should she win is whether she can develop a foreign policy vision and an effective approach to the world that strikes a better balance between the risk-readiness of George W. Bush and the risk-aversion of Barack Obama. And given the cruel and unforgiving nature of the world America now inhabits, this will be no easy task.

I appreciated Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus’ take about the situation involving President Obama, Republicans, and Iran.

Last Friday morning I added the news about the passing of Lauren Hill. I was surprised how the positive message and stories continued. Here’s one of the early tributes.

After Lauren Hill played her first game, I wrote about some of the other positive aspects of that game, which included the role of Hiram College and its players. The mere fact that their team made the 4-hour trip to Cincinnati for the memorial service says a lot about how they were impacted.

This week included anniversaries of the Lincoln assassination and the Titanic disaster. I included an article about each in the Interesting Reads.

Act 2 of Meals: The Musical featuring fruit was a big hit. Choices were numerous as my prep list included apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupes, casabas, cherries, elderberries, grapes, grapefruit, kiwis, lemons, limes, mangoes, oranges, peaches, pears, plums, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangerines, and watermelon .. then toss in grapevines. Well done!

No Saturday Morning Cartoons this weekend, but Saturday will bring a new Explore post.

Here’s an interesting trivia question to ponder. Hopefully, I will remember to give the answer on Monday. Category is US Geography. Person X is standing in State Y. No matter if Person X travels directly north, south, east, or west, the next state encountered will always be State Z. Where (what state) is Person X standing, and is the next state?

To lead you into it’s headlines, The Onion introduces us to the latest presidential candidate.

This Week’s Headlines from The Onion

  • Report: Only 40% of celebrities marrying their stalkers
  • Teacher arranged desks in giant circle
  • Fast food drive-thru just cow carcass and bucket for money
  • New evidence suggests Middle East conflict predates all human civilization
  • Obama fantasizes about ordering drone strike against self on last day of presidency
  • US encouraging Cuba to shift toward Democratic system of corruption

Interesting Reads

Your Weekend Celebrations

  • (Weekend) Youth Services Days
  • (Fri) Blah! Blah! Blah! Day, Day of Silence, Malbec Day, Nothing Like a Dame Day, Bat Appreciation Day, Ellis Island Family History Day, Ford Mustang Day, Haiku Poetry Day, Cheeseball Day, Sherlock Hemlock Day, Daffy Duck Day, Petunia Pig Day
  • (Sat) Jugglers Day, Animal Crackers Day, Adult Autism Day, Columnists Day, Golf Day, Pet Owners Independence Day, Amateur Radio Day, Husband Appreciation Day, Original Yankee Stadium Day, Auctioneers Day, Poem in Your Pocket Day, Paul Revere Day, Laundromat Day, Record Store Day
  • (Sun) Hanging Out Day, Amaretto Day, Bicycle Day, Garlic Day, Humorous Day, Oklahoma City Bombing Commemoration Day

To send you into the weekend, here are two big hits by big starts eligible for Act 2. Well … at least until I add them. Have a safe weekend and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

Meals: The Musical – Act 2: Fruit

The Story
Meals: The Musical is an original aFa production is about an important aspect of daily life – eating.

Whether it is snack, something on the run, a glorious sit-down feast, or something in between and regardless of the time of day, food is a life necessity. There are three aspects to a truly fantastic meal: the food, the occasion, and the company. We know Meals: The Musical is a festive occasion where friends to gather to share wonderful music – thus the acts will focus on what the dining friends will encounter.

Program 
MealsPlaybillAct 1: Meals

Act 2
Besides being rewards, fruits are products from plants. They are natural … most are sweet and nutritious – refreshing and a sign of a season. Yet, from fruits we produce many other items for our use. Whether as stand alone, an accompaniment, or a flavoring, fruits are an important part of life.

This act features songs with fruit(s) or any nutritional fruit in the title, but tomato(es), nut(s), and type of nuts are not acceptable.

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 gentleman, this lady’s sultry voice is always welcome on this stage. We welcome back the amazing Diana Krull with Peel Me a Grape.

On Satire Bits: Vol. 128

Hope you enjoyed that creative remix of the fabulous commercial.

How has your week gone so far? Hopefully OK.

We attended the annual Home Owners Association (HOA) meeting last night. Oh boy – just confirmation that some don’t understand what it means to live in a condo and that some simply should not.

Golf league season has arrived and delivered a dilemma to me. At the end of last season, the course notified all leagues that it would be closing in a few months. My league (as well as my wife’s) found another course. Because my league involved changing days, I decided not to return. I found a new league, but then (and without notice) I discovered that league is no more. In other words, I’m currently a golfer without a league. Interestingly, the original course remains open – causing me to wonder – why did they runoff guaranteed income? Very strange and unprofessional.

Meals: The Musical takes to the stage in the next post. Act 2 features Fruit – so song titles must include fruit(s) or any nutritional fruit in the title. Keep in mind that tomato(es) are not acceptable. Using a similar rationale, nut(s) or any type of nut, are not acceptable. Advice – Don’t make it harder than it is because there are many songs available. Curtain time is Wednesday, 9:30 pm (Eastern US).

The pigs below are multi-tasking as they are not only getting their tune for Meals: The Musical, they are also preparing their Combo Challenge. For the newbies, the satirical headlines below are from The Onion, and the Combo Challenge involves forming your own original headline from the headlines below. My Combo is at the end.

Have a good rest of the week.

Report: More Americans setting aside money in case of PR emergency

Empty “About Us” page leaves Chinese buffet’s origins shrouded in mystery

Allowance to teach children importance of parental dependence

Disheartened man expected at least one text while checking phone after flight

Hippocratic Oath updated to include vow of loyalty to insurance company

Increasingly worried man hasn’t yet come across any guacamole in burrito

Teen sick of mother barging into room with clean, folded clothes

Lettuce sentence to slow painful death in vegetable crisper drawer

Cat who spends life on one of two couch cushions given rabies vaccine

Scientists speculate extraterrestrials may have completely different hair than humans

Humble eccentric decline in-flight beverage service

My Combo: Humble, disheartened eccentric mother worried about importance of loyalty to guacamole on Chinese lettuce leaves

On 38

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From cooltext.com

On April 2nd, we celebrated our 38th anniversary. This is a tribute to that number and a toast to my wife, who finds this type of information as basically worthless.

38, thirty eight, talatin da takwas (Hausa), tiga puluh delapan (Indonesian), trent’otto (Italian), dertig acht (Dutch), trzydzieści osiem (Polish), trettioåtta (Swedish), and XXXVIII (Roman numerals) – and feel free to add other languages in your comment.

In Mathematics
38 is the largest even number which cannot be written as the sum of two odd composite numbers

37 and 38 are the first pair of consecutive positive integers not divisible by any of their digits

38 is the 11th distinct semiprime number

38 is the sum of the squares of the first three primes (2, 3, 5)

38 is divisible by 1, 2, 19, and 38

38! – 1 yields 523022617466601111760007224100074291199999999

There is no answer to the equation φ(x) = 38, making 38 a nontotient

Square root of 38 = 6.164414002968976, but 38 squared = 1,444

In Science
The atomic number of strontium (Sr), whose neutrally charged atom has 38 protons and 38 electrons

38 degrees C = 100 degrees F, but 38 degrees F = 3 degrees C

Most people will see the number 38, but people with red-green color blindness might see 88 instead

The Messier object M38 is in the constellation Auriga

38 Geminorum (38 Gem) is a star in the constellation Gemini

Messier 38 (also known as M38 or NGC 1912) is an open cluster in the Auriga constellation

NGC 38 (also known as MCG-1-1-47, Stephan XII, or PGC 818) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Pisces

38 Aquarii is a star in the equatorial constellation of Aquarius

Expedition 38 to the International Space Station (Nov 2013-March 2014)

38 inches = 96.5 centimeters, but 38 centimeters = 14.9 inches

In Geography
National Highway 38 can be found in Canada, Czech Republic, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, UK, US – including 38 of the 50 US states have a state highway 38

38 miles = 61.2 kilometers, while 38 kilometers equal 23.6 miles

38th Parallel North crosses Italy, Greece, Iran, Turkmenistan, Iran, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, China, North Korea, South Korea, Japan, United States, Portugal, and Spain

The 38th Parallel North originally proposed boundary between North Korea and South Korea

38th Parallel South crosses Australia, New Zealand, Chile, and Argentina

38th Meridian East crosses Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Mozambique

38th Meridian West crosses Greenland, Brazil, and the South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands

In History
Year 38 CE

  • A common year starting on Wednesday
  • Probable year of the marriage of Claudius and Messalina.
  • Anti-Jewish riot breaks out in Alexandria
  • Phaedrus writes his popular collection of fables
  • Stachys the Apostle becomes the second patriarch of Constantinople
  • Saint Andrew, the apostle, died

Year 38 BC

  • Either a common year starting on Sunday or Monday or a leap year starting on Saturday, Sunday or Monday (discrepancy due to different sources)
  • Octavian Caesar ordered the Hispanic era
  • Octavian marries Livia, who was pregnant from a broken marriage
  • Parthian invasion into Roman Syria

US History
James Madison wrote Federalist No. 38 (published January 12, 1788) under the pseudonym Publius as a continuation of Federalist No. 37 about the Constitutional Convention

The 38th US President was Gerald Ford, the only US president never elected and never born

Vol. 38 of US Supreme Court Cases contains cases from 1839

38th Congress of 52 Senators, 184 Representatives, and 10 non-voting members served the last 2 years of the first Lincoln administration (1863-1865)

In Business
A38 claims to be the best-selling dairy product sold in Denmark

A38 is a happening place in Budapest, Hungary

38th Street Diner in New York City

38th Street Coffee is located in Columbus, Nebraska

Latitude 38 is an online Sailing and Marine magazine

In Arts & Entertainment
Sonnet 38 (XXXVIII) is one of 154 sonnets written by the English playwright and poet William Shakespeare

Fabric 38 is a 2008 album by Berlin duo M.A.N.D.Y

Mirage 38 (Swedish: Hägring 38) is a 2013 novel by Finnish author Kjell Westö, which won the Nordic Council’s Literature Prize (2014)

Name of the southern rock band 38 Special – and another band is called Thirty Eight

The gate of the sci-fi TV series Stargate SG-1 can stay open a maximum of 38 minutes

Thirty Eight is a song by Will Wilde

In Sports Entertainment
No retired #38 jerseys in MLB, NFL, NBA, or NHL

Cincinnati Reds pitchers who wore #38 include Howie Nunn, Gary Nolan, Bruce Berenyi, and Jay Tibbs

38 is the number of slots on an American Roulette wheel (0, 00, and 1 through 36)

Houston, Texas hosted Super Bowl XXXVIII on Feb 1st, 2004 – New England defeated Carolina 32-29 – while the halftime show included the Janet Jackson reveal by Justin Timberlake

The number of games that each team in the current English Premiership, the top division in English Association Football, plays in a season

The Lotus 38 was the first mid-engined car to win the Indianapolis 500, in 1965, driven by Jim Clark

NASCAR #38 car has been in 654 races with 7 wins – driver with the most races, David Gilliland – driver with the most wins, Gwyn Staley

Miscellaneous
Bill C-38 legalized same-sex marriage in Canada

The number of years it took the Israelites to travel from Kadesh Barnea to the Zered valley in Deuteronomy

A “38” refers to a snub nose .38 caliber revolver

38 Special is a gun made by Smith & Wesson

The 38 class is the most famous class of steam locomotive used in New South Wales

38 is the number of the French department Isère

38th Street Gang is a criminal street gang in Los Angeles since the early 1920s

The XB-38 Flying Fortress was a single example conversion of a production B-17E Flying Fortress

On Piggy Monday

Good weather came upon Cincinnati this weekend. Warm, pleasant temperatures, blue skies, and mild breezes. Perfect for the spring cleaning in the yard … but hey … no more of that for me!

How was your weather? What did you do this weekend?

Ours included a dance, work, a neighborhood wine event, and Quick Step formation practice. Looking ahead, I’m hoping for a full week of posting.

Meals: The Musical returns this week. Act 2 features Fruits. Song titles must include fruit(s) or any nutritional fruit in the song title. There are many choices available, so hopefully last week’s record of 5 rejection buzzers won’t be topped. Warning: The producer considers tomatoes as a vegetable.

Celebrations for Your Week

  • (Week) Garden Week, Harmony Week, Be Kind to Animals Week, Guitar Week, Reading is Fun Week, Home Safety Week, Volunteer Week, Library Week, Public Safety Telecommunications Week, Student Employment Week, Private Property Week, Dark Sky Week, Week of the Young Child, Pan American Week, American Indian Awareness Week, Undergraduate Research Week, Health Information Privacy and Security Week
  • (Mon) Scrabble Day, First Elephant in America Day, Peach Cobbler Day, Blame Someone Else Day, Plant Appreciation Day, Thai-Lao-Burmese New Year
  • (Tues) Moment of Laughter Day, Library Workers Day, Dictionary Day, Ex-Spouse Day, Children with Alopecia Day, Equal Pay Day, Be Kind to Lawyers Day, Dolphin Day, Library Day, Pecan Day, Bengali New Year, Pan American Day
  • (Wed) Holocaust Remembrance Day, Take a Wild Guess Day, That Sucks Day, Titanic Remembrance Day, Husband Appreciation Day, Leonardo da Vinci Day, World Art Day, Rubber Eraser Day, Art History Day, Jackie Robinson Day, McDonald’s Day, Go Fly a Kit, Book Mobile Day, Glazed Spiral Ham Day, Art History Day
  • (Thurs) High Five Day, Day of the Mushroom, Save the Elephant Day, Celebrate Teen Literature Day, Get to Know Your Customers Day, Ask An Atheist Day, Eggs Benedict Day, Health Care Decisions Day, Stress Awareness Day, Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day

Friday’s post included an image of a pig on a motorcycle. Saturday’s post featured cartoon legend Porky Pig … so, let’s make it a pig trilogy. Have a good week!

On a Prize Ham

Sing along as the words are below the video!

Whose our favorite TV Star?
Who comes on with a wham?
Whose got the laughiest show by far?

(Porky) Porky Pig

Our favorite ham!

When the music starts
You wanna tap your toes
You feel like dancin’ a jig
Swing around in a circle and doe see doe
Time to watch Porky Pig!

Oh, tat’s Porky
Porky Pig
He’s the barnyard
Mr. Big!

Now promenade all around the room
And find yourself a good seat
The show’s a gonna be startin’ soon
Time to watch

Time to watch … Porky Pig

Background
Porky Pig is a long-time from Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies

Creators: Friz Freleng, Bob Clampett

Two of Freleng’s childhood classmates were nicknamed “Porky” and “Piggy”

Porky transitioned from a shy little boy to a slimmer adult

Bob Clampett permanently made Porky a young adult who was cuter, slimmer, smarter, and eventually less of a stutterer

Porky’s second outing, Gold Diggers of ’49 (1936), was also the first cartoon directed by Tex Avery

Originally voiced by Joe Dougherty (1935–1937)

Interestingly, Joe Dougherty had a natural stuttering problem, but producers replaced him with Mel Blanc because Dougherty’s uncontrollable stuttering increased production costs

Starting with the 24th film, Porky’s Duck Hunt (1937), Mel Blanc voiced voice Porky for over 50 years (1937–1989)

Filmography
He is the oldest continuing Looney Tunes character

Porky was once the star of the show before Bugs Bunny became the star …. even then, Porky continued to be popular

First appearance: I Haven’t Got a Hat (1935)
Last appearance: Muchos Locos (1966)

Porky Pig appeared in 153 cartoons during cartoon’s Golden Age

After debuting in 1935, 15-17 new shorts released each year (1936-1940). Production decrease to 12 (1941), 2-8 new releases (1942-1948), and then 1956 was the last year with more than 1 new release

Porky only has a minor role in his first film, but the fat little stuttering pig quickly became popular

Personal
Father is Phineas, but his mother is unnamed

Mild-mannered and shy personality

Personality allowed him to be a good straight-man for zany characters as Sylvester Pussycat, Charlie Dog, Daffy Duck, and/or Bugs Bunny

This short, but classic blooper, which is opposite to his screen personality, was made in 1938

Honors
Porky was ranked number 47 on TV Guide’s list of top 50 cartoon characters

Porky received only one Oscar nomination: The Swooner Crooner (1944)

Porky in Wackyland, a film that sends Porky on a quest to find the last of the surreal Dodos, was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry (2000)

Appearances
Regularly appeared with other Warner Brother stars in syndication

The Porky Pig Show, ran Saturday morning on ABC (1964 to 1967)

Porky Pig and Friends ran 1971-1990

Appeared in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Space Jam, and Back in Action

Porky’s own comic book ran from 1942-62, was revived in ’65 by Gold Key Comics, and continued until 1984

Appeared in Dell Comics’ Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies Comics until 1962

In his share of video games and on a variety of lunch boxes and T-shirts

His most well-known signature line is this classic