Today is the 6th day of the 43rd week, the 25th day of the 10th month, the 298th day of 2019 [with only 60 shopping days until Christmas], and:
ON THIS DAY IN ...
- Chucky, The Notorious Killer Doll Day
- Frankenstein Friday
- International Artist Day
- National Bandanna Day
- National Breadstick Day
- National Cartoonists Against Crime Day
- National Greasy Foods Day
- National I Care About You Day
- National Pharmacy Buyer Day
- Punk for a Day Day
- Sourest Day
- St. Crispin's Day – bringing shaming to a new level
- World Lemur Day
- World Pasta Day
- World Pizza Makers Day
1521 - Emperor Charles V bans wooden buildings in Amsterdam
1616 - Dutch East India Company ship "The Eendracht" discovers Dirk-Hartog Island, Australia
1854 - The infamous "Charge of the Light Brigade" during the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War results in over 100 killed
1870 - Postcards first used in USA
1906 - US inventor Lee de Forest patents "Audion", a 3-diode amplification valve which proved a pioneering development in radio & broadcasting
1911 - London's last horse drawn omnibus made its way from London Bridge Station to Moorgate
1923 - Senate committee publishes 1st report on Teapot Dome scandal
1929 - Former Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall convicted of accepting $100,000 bribe in the Teapot scandal - 1st US Cabinet member to go to jail
1943 - Burma railroad completed and opens
1952 - First Dutch edition of children's magazine "Donald Duck"
1960 - the first electronic wrist watch placed on sale, NYC
1961 - USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
1962 - the first Belgian nuclear reactor begins operation
1964 - USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
1964 - Rolling Stones appear on Ed Sullivan for the 1st time
1971 - United Nations votes to expel the Chinese Nationalist ruled Taiwan and admit the Communist People's Republic of China
1975 - USSR's Venera 10 makes day-side Venus landing
1977 - Digital Equipment Corporation releases OpenVMS V1.0.
1978 - "Halloween", directed by John Carpenter, starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut, is released
1979 - USSR performs underground nuclear test
1984 - USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
1985 - Kosmos 1700 communications satellite placed in geostationary orbit
1988 - France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
1995 - "Victor/Victoria" opens at Marquis Theater NYC for 738 performances ((this was a great movie with Julie Andrews later))
2000 - A team led by Brigitte Senut and Martin Pickford discover Orrorin tugenensis, one of the earliest species on the human family tree that lived about 6 million years ago, in the Tugen Hills, Kenya
2001 - Windows XP first becomes available
2007 - The first Airbus A380 passenger flight, operating for Singapore Airlines, with flight number SQ 380, flying scheduled service between Singapore and Sydney, Australia.
2017 - First fossil of a ichthyosaur (marine reptile, 152 million years old) found in India. Reports published in "Plos One" science journal.
2018 - First work of art produced by artificial intelligence "Edmond de Belamy" concieved by Obvious sells for $432,500 at Christie's in New York
Quote of the day:
“One day when I was studying with Schoenberg ((Austrian-born American composer, music theorist, teacher, writer, and painter, widely considered one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century)), he pointed out the eraser on his pencil and said, ‘This end is more important than the other.’”
~ John Cage, Silence
In my younger days, I lacked a robust editor and had to learn to keep some things unspoken by a lot of hard knocks. I’m still not that good at it, which has an upside as well as a downside for while being considered less than tactful at times, there is a reputation for not being duplicitous at least. One of the symptoms of dementia is that you lose the social filter – that self-editing tool that makes sure everything that comes into your mind does not come out of your mouth – and I have occasionally wondered if anyone would notice if I did start losing it since I’m already seen as being so blunt. I hadn’t actually realized how much I do censor myself [in public at least] until after the 2016 US presidential election when I found myself starting to post or comment and would quietly delete it rather than add to the cacophony of shouting.
So just how far do you go with self-editing these days?
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