On Exploring Twinkles Through a Song

Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds. (Regina Brett, journalist)
Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. (Stephen Hawking, physicist)
Things are as they are. Looking out into it the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations. (Alan Watts, philosopher)
Ye stars! which are the poetry of heaven! (Lord Byron, poet)
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Sky: The Musical – Act 5: Stars

The Story
The sky towers above – seemingly endless, but is it.

The sky is a place for imagination – imagine the swift flight of a local bird – imagining the float of a butterfly – imagining the soar like an eagle – imagining being on a plane to an exotic land

The sky is a place for dreams – of course, the dreams to fly – but also the dreams to go beyond – dreams of a future love we don’t yet know – dreams of the love we have – dreams of a love that remains for someone who is gone.

The sky – a place for contemplation – wondering about what to do – wondering what will be – wondering what has been.

The sky as a metaphor – a smoke – whether haunting or hopeful – a sign of brightness and darkness – for calm and storm – a blanket – infinity.

The sky is a place for everyday things – a place that never seems the same – the place that is the steadiness of the sun, the moon, the clouds, and the stars.

Welcome to Sky: The Musical.

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Act 1: Sky
Act 2: Sun
Act 3: Clouds
Act 4: Moon

Act 5: Stars

Yeah we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun. (John Lennon, musician)

Of all things visible, the highest is the heaven of the fixed stars. (Nicolaus Copernicus, astronomer)

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. (William Shakespeare, playwright)

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. (Oscar Wilde, dramatist)

Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people. (Carl Sagan, scientist)

Guidelines

  • Songs with either Star or Stars must be in the title
  • Cautions
    • No songs using star as a compound word (starlight, stardust, stargazer, etc)
    • No duplicates songs regardless of artists

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
It is fitting that stars serves as the final act of Sky: The Musical. Those twinkling lights in the sky causes us to wonder while also serving as a metaphor to strive for a goal – to reach for the possible – to go deep within one’s self. I imagine most of us as kids laid on our back trying the difficult task of counting the stars in the night sky. With that in mind, we welcome OneRepublic with Counting Stars.

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 Exploring Clear Skies

The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work. (A. P. J. Abdul Kalam)

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. (John Lubbock)

We are a nation of communities… a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky. (George H. W. Bush)

Whether as part of our natural surrounding or from the creativity of a fellow human, our world has so much to offer – thus the purpose of the Explore series is to give us an appreciative taste of those offerings. To me, the sky is a wonderful place to activate this series.

On Exploring the Final Frontier

My Exploring series ends with a salute to what some call the final frontier.

Star Trek fans know these abbreviated words:

Space: The final frontier
To explore strange new worlds
To seek out new life and new civilizations
To boldly go where no man has gone before

The universe is a big place. Think about Earth as that pale blue dot in our solar system – which is only a speck in the Milky Way galaxy – which is a very small portion in a changing and expanding universe.

Long-time readers here realize my fondness for the programs studying deep space. Not only have I used those images as my headers, but I find deep space to be mesmerizing, invigorating, awe-inspiring, majestic, and more.

Watch this video, and then, tell us what thoughts come to your mind when you see images from deep space.