On Exploring the Sun

Happy 2014! My regular posting schedule returns next week.

After exploring light and nature, the next logical thought is that big, glowing object in our daytime sky.

Humans once thought Earth as the center of the universe … that is everything revolved around our pale blue dot in the dark sky. Although some still believe that, most of us have bought into the fact that our sun is the center point of our solar system.

In some ways, the sun starts our day, then ends our day … although we don’t set the clock that way. It’s the foundation of biological life on our planet, and has served as a source of inspiration from some.

The sun puts on quite a show. Thanks to the dedicated personal at NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, we are able to observe the sun’s beauty through different wavelengths. Also, thanks to Jim who made me aware of this video.

What are your thoughts about the sun and/or the video?

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 185

On a New Header
I chose the previous header of the Aurora Borealis because we were going into winter. Now that summer has arrived in Cincinnati, the solar flares from the Goddard Space Center’s Solar Dynamics Observatory is an appropriate selection. Click here to see their image gallery.

On Politics
Would the phone records controversy be such an issue if today was late September 2001?

Do you remember Monday’s metronome video? I appreciate the analogy that this resembles our political representatives. After all, the eventually fall in line with their marching orders in order to sound like one.

Fox News loves to bash both the liberal media and President Obama, yet, it given the latest flap regarding the phone records, they can’t bash both.

Speaking of Fox News, I see the rehired Sarah Palin (aka Nincompoop) as an analyst. In this past post I list reasons why Fox News is fair and balanced.

On This Week’s Headlines from The Onion
Local Laundromat employs social media coordinator
Curiosity Rover to explore massive Martian synagogue
Ghost of Alvah Roebuck enjoying Sears’ decline
Weird porno stops at kissing
Report: 250 million Americans still need guests on their podcasts this week
Narrow line of dust not being swept into dustpan without a fight

Interesting Reads
Columnists Thomas Friedman on whistleblowing
Links to articles about each US presidential elections from Adams to Lincoln
The mystery of the lost members of male birds
Spanish wines
Superman (Man of Steel) and theology
Infographic of One World Trade Center

On Potpourri
Too bad that the Philadelphia area has received so much rain for this weekend’s US Open. After all, softening the course generally lowers the scores – which doesn’t make me a happy camper.

Attention New Followers: Thanks for following. Another way of increasing stats is by interacting with other bloggers … especially those who reciprocate.

There will be a Saturday Morning Cartoon post this weekend.

Happy Father’s Day weekend to the fathers who visit here, fathers of my readers, and to all fathers who have passed.

Have a good weekend … and I hope the only stormy weather you have is this song by Lena Horne. In the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.