Monday OT: 11/23/2020 - Fibonacci Day
Boomtime, The Aftermath 35, 3186 YOLD
And let us not forget 22.214.171.124.14 mlc (the Mayan Long Count)
The criminal US occupation of Veracruz ended. I can't match this comment by QMS in last Monday's open thread, so I'll try to paste it here --
Dia de la Revolución
Although technically occurring on the 20th November,
(2005) recent legislation changed the celebration to occur on the third Monday of November each year, regardless of date
It was a 10 year struggle for the people of Mexico, led by the likes of Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapapta.
some fun facts in history:
In April 1914 U.S. opposition to Huerta culminated in the seizure and occupation of the port of Veracruz by U.S. marines and sailors. Initially intended, in part, to prevent a German merchant vessel from delivering a shipment of arms to the Huerta regime, the muddled operation evolved into a seven-month stalemate resulting in the death of 193 Mexican soldiers, 19 U.S. servicemen and an unknown number of civilians. The German ship landed its cargo—largely U.S.-made rifles—in a deal brokered by U.S. businessmen (at a different port). U.S. forces eventually left Veracruz in the hands of the Carrancistas, but with lasting damage to U.S.-Mexican relations.
Ricardo Flores Magón (left) and Enrique Flores Magón (right), leaders of the Mexican Liberal Party in jail in the Los Angeles (CA) County Jail, 1917.
and the struggles continue
Fibonacci Day celebrates the fibonacci sequence which generates an endless series that does not approach a limit. As the numbers in the series increase in magnitude, however, the ratio between any two successive numbers approaches the "golden Ratio", phi, an amazing irrational number. Phi ( F = 1.618033988749895… ) turns up all over the place, is important in art and art history, architecture, and numerous natural phenomena. It is the basis of the Nautilus Shell and the seed pattern in sunflowers some of the patterns on a Rhino's butt and cauliflower and broccoli crowns and much more. Here's a brief discussion of the derivation of the nautilus shell and logarithmic spirals: https://earthsky.org/human-world/nautilus-shell-fibonacci-logarithmic-sp... . It pops up in Penrose Tilings:
Arguably the most famous fractal pattern, The Mandlebrot Set:
And has been argued to be the most irrational irrational number because of an alternate derivation:
I once considered building a shower enclosure based on the Golden Rectangle, but abandones the idea because of certain linguistic complications.
On this day in history:
534 BC – Thespis of Icaria becomes the first recorded actor to portray a character on stage.
1644 – John Milton publishes Areopagitica, a pamphlet decrying censorship.
1733 – The start of the 1733 slave insurrection on St. John in the West Indies.
1867 – The Manchester Martyrs were hanged in Manchester, England
1876 – Boss Tweed was delivered to authorities in New York City after being captured in Spain.
1889 – The first jukebox went into operation at the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco.
1914 – The last U.S. occupation troops finally withdrew from Veracruz.
1924 – Edwin Hubble's discovery, that the Andromeda "nebula" is actually another galaxy far outside of our own Milky Way, was first published
1936 – Life magazine became a photo magazine and enjoyed instant success as such.
.1946 – French naval bombardment of Hai Phong, Vietnam, killed thousands of civilians.
1953 – Felix Moncla's F-89 vanished while chasing a UFO over Lake Superior.
1959 – Charles de Gaulle declared his vision for "Europe, from the Atlantic to the Urals".
1963 – The BBC broadcast the very first episode of Doctor Who
1971 – Representatives of the PRC attended the United Nations for the first time.
1978 – The Geneva Frequency Plan of 1975 went into effect
1981 – War Criminal Ronald Reagan signed National Security Decision Directive 17 (NSDD-17), giving the CIA the authority to recruit and support Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
1992 – The first smartphone, was introduced at COMDEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.
1993 – Rachel Whiteread won both the £20,000 Turner Prize award for best British modern artist and the £40,000 K Foundation art award for the worst artist of the year.
2001 – The Convention on Cybercrime was signed in Budapest, Hungary.
2003 – Eduard Shevardnadze resigned following a foreign funded and created "color revolution."
2005 – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was elected president of Liberia becoming the first woman to lead an African country.
2006 – A series of bombings killed at least 215 people and injures 257 others in Sadr City, making it the second deadliest sectarian attack since the beginning of the Iraq War. Assuming, of course, that it was indeed a sectarian attack. The US, whose occupying forces had just lifted their lockdown of Sadr City blamed it on AQI, but we will never know the truth.
2009 – The Maguindanao massacre occured in Ampatuan, Maguindanao, Philippines.
2015 – Blue Origin's New Shepard space vehicle became the first rocket to successfully fly to space and then return to Earth for a controlled, vertical landing.
Born this day in:
Society must be made to operate in such a way that it eradicates once and for all the desire of a man to become richer, or wiser, or more powerful than others.3
-- Francois-Noel Babeuf
1760 – François-Noël Babeuf, journalist and activist
1803 – Theodore Dwight Weld, author and activist
1837 – Johannes Diderik van der Waals, physicist and thermodynamicist
1868 – Mary Brewster Hazelton, painter
1869 – Valdemar Poulsen, engineer
1876 – Manuel de Falla, pianist and composer
1883 – José Clemente Orozco, painter
1887 – Henry Moseley, physicist and chemist
1888 – Harpo Marx, philosopher, comedian, and musician
1890 – El Lissitzky, photographer and architect
1892 – Erté, illustrator and designer
1915 – Anne Burns, aeronautical engineer and glider pilot
1925 – Johnny Mandel, composer and conductor
1926 – R. L. Burnside, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1929 – Gloria Lynne, singer
1930 – Geeta Dutt, singer and actress
1933 – Ali Shariati, sociologist and activist
1939 – Betty Everett, singer and pianist
1946 – Bobby Rush, activist and politician
1949 – Alan Paul, singer, songwriter, and actor
1949 – Sandra Stevens, singer
1952 – Bill Troiano, tuba player and educator
1953 – Francis Cabrel, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1953 – Johan de Meij, trombonist, composer, and conductor
1954 – Pete Allen, clarinet player and saxophonist
1955 – Steven Brust, singer, songwriter, drummer, and author
1972 – Christopher James Adler, drummer
1978 – Tommy Marth, saxophonist
1978 – Alison Mosshart, singer and songwriter
Died this day in:
“All art is a revolt against man's fate.”
1974 – Cornelius Ryan, journalist and author
1976 – André Malraux, theorist and author
1992 – Roy Acuff, singer, songwriter, and fiddler
1995 – Junior Walker, singer and saxophonist
2006 – Jesús Blancornelas, journalist, co-founded Zeta Magazine
2006 – Anita O'Day, singer
2007 – Robert Vesco, benefactor & crook
2013 – Wayne Mills, singer and songwriter
2014 – Clive Palmer, banjo player
Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:
National Cashew Day
National Espresso Day
Doctor Who Day
Music goes here, iirc, well, With apologies
Manuel de Falla
Manuel de Falla - El Amor Brujo (complete)
It's an open thread, so do your thing
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