halfway thru 2018
Today is the 2nd day of the 27th week, the 2nd day of the 7th month, the 183rd of 2018, and:
- Freedom From Fear of Speaking Day
- I Forgot Day
- Made in the USA Day
- Midpoint of a common year because there are 182 days before and 182 days after it in common years
- National Anisette Day
- Second Half of The Year Day
- Special Recreation for the Disabled Day
- World Sports Journalism Day
- World UFO Day
ON THIS DAY IN ...
1776 – American Revolution: The Continental Congress adopts a resolution severing ties with the Kingdom of Great Britain although the wording of the formal Declaration of Independence is not published until July 4.
1900 – The first Zeppelin flight takes place on Lake Constance near Friedrichshafen, Germany.
1900 – Jean Sibelius' Finlandia receives its première performance in Helsinki with the Helsinki Philharmonic Society conducted by Robert Kajanus.
1937 – Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan are last heard from over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first equatorial round-the-world flight.
1962 – The first Walmart store (called Wal-Mart Discount City) was opened in Rogers, Ark., by Sam Walton and his brother, James.
1964 – US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 meant to prohibit segregation in public places.
2001 – The AbioCor self-contained artificial heart is first implanted.
2002 – Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly solo around the world nonstop in a balloon.
2013 – The International Astronomical Union names Pluto's fourth and fifth moons, Kerberos and Styx.
2018 - NASA Voyager is 19 hrs 39 mins 01 sec of light-travel time from Earth
Quote of the day:
“Technology can be our best friend, and technology can also be the biggest party pooper of our lives. It interrupts our own story, interrupts our ability to have a thought or a daydream, to imagine something wonderful, because we're too busy bridging the walk from the cafeteria back to the office on the cell phone.”
~ Steven Spielberg
Earlier today I posted a story about the man who first used email, and how it affected his habits and read about the arguments on whether or not there was such a thing as “gaming disorder”. I look about my desk – the PC [actually a laptop with a docking station and dual monitors sitting on an adjustable standing desk, the VOIP phone, my iPhone streaming soothing music and sitting in a speaker dock; the iPad sitting beside it, the charging case for the Bluetooth earpiece nestled in its charging case, the USB driven every-changing potion flask on the side. I don’t consider myself unusual, maybe a bit of an early adopter, but never at the front of the queue for the latest technology – I don’t have a VR rig for example – but there is no doubt that I have embraced technology and have plugged in, so to speak
Has tech changed me as a person? Because I get so much entertainment and interaction in my 2nd Life, I do tend to stay home more often and am less restless when staying home is necessary. I don’t have to lug a book with me, or settle on reading magazines in any waiting area I find myself in because a huge library of my books is available via the Kindle app. I can read anywhere at any time. I would never find Georgette Heyer today -- I wouldn’t pick up “Sylvester or the Wicked Uncle” because I was bored and desperately needed something, anything to read, even in a genre that I didn’t care for, for a while.
Maybe it is a mixed blessing, but I find being able to retreat into my books and now my 2nd Life a real relief as the world darkens.
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