Monday OT: 01/25/21 is Burns Night
Setting Orange, Chaos 20, 3187 YOLD
And let us not forget 184.108.40.206.17 mlc (the Mayan Long Count)
It's Burns Night
Hie thee over to the Burns unit, get ye a pitcher of dry Rob Roys and recite:
“O, wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as others see us!
It wad frae monie a blunder free us,
An' foolish notion.”
Until ye fall down.
And, it's A Room of One's Own Day as well.
All I could do was to offer you an opinion upon one minor point--a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction; and that, as you will see, leaves the great problem of the true nature of woman and the true nature of fiction unsolved. I have shirked the duty of coming to a conclusion upon these two questions--women and fiction remain, so far as I am concerned,unsolved problems. But in order to make some amends I am going to do what I can to show you how I arrived at this opinion about the room and the money. I am going to develop in your presence as fully and freely as I can the train of thought which led me to think this. Perhaps if I lay bare the ideas, the prejudices, that lie behind this statement you will find that they have some bearing upon women and some upon fiction. At any rate, when a subject is highly controversial--and any question about sex is that--one cannot hope to tell the truth. One can only show how one came to hold whatever opinion one does hold. One can only give one's audience the chance of drawing their own conclusions as they observe the limitations, the prejudices, the idiosyncrasies of the speaker.
~~ Virginia Woolf; A Room of One's Own
On this day in history:
1755 – Moscow University was established on Tatiana Day.
1791 – The British Parliament passed the Constitutional Act of 791 splitting Quebec into Upper and Lower Canada.
1792 – The London Corresponding Society was founded.
1881 – Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell formed the Oriental Telephone Company.
1890 – Nellie Bly completed her round-the-world journey (in 72 days).
1909 – The first performance of Richard Strauss's opera Elektra
1915 – Alexander Graham Bell began U.S. transcontinental telephone service
1918 – The Ukrainian People's Republic declared independence from Soviet Russia.
1946 – The United Mine Workers rejoined the AFL
1947 – Thomas Goldsmith Jr. filed a patent for a "Cathode Ray Tube Amusement Device", the first ever electronic game.
1961 – JFK delivered the first televised live presidential news conference.
1971 – Idi Amin led a coup deposing Milton Obote and became Uganda's president.
1993 – Five people were shot outside the CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia. They, of course, had no idea that anything was up..
2003 – A group of people left London for Baghdad, Iraq, to serve as human shields to protect certain locations from US bombers. The US, naturally, called them war criminals
P ∝ to 1/V, or, alternatively PV = K
~~ Robert Boyle
1627 – Robert Boyle, chemist and physicist
1736 – Joseph-Louis Lagrange, mathematician and astronomer (d. 1813)
1759 – Robert Burns, poet and songwriter (d. 1796)
1794 – François-Vincent Raspail, chemist, physician, physiologist, attorney and socialist politician
1796 – William MacGillivray, ornithologist and biologist
1816 – Anna Gardner, abolitionist and teacher
1823 – José María Iglesias, politician and interim President, wrote the Iglesias law
1868 – Juventino Rosas, violinist and composer, wrote Vals sobre las Olas
1874 – W. Somerset Maugham, playwright, novelist, and short story writer
1882 – Virginia Woolf, novelist, essayist, short story writer, and critic
1885 – Kitahara Hakushu, poet (tanka) and author
1895 – Florence Mills, singer, dancer, and actress
1899 – Sleepy John Estes, singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1900 – Yojiro Ishizaka, author and educator
1900 – Theodosius Dobzhansky, geneticist and pioneer of evolutionary biology
1905 – Margery Sharp, author and educator
1913 – Luis Marden, photographer and journalist
1915 – Ewan MacColl, singer, songwriter, actor and producer
1917 – Ilya Prigogine, chemist and physicist,
1923 – Arvid Carlsson, pharmacologist and physician,
1924 – Speedy West, guitarist and producer
1927 – Antônio Carlos Jobim, singer, songwriter, and pianist
1929 – Benny Golson, saxophonist and composer
1938 – Etta James, singer
1945 – Dave Walker, singer and guitarist
1956 – Andy Cox, guitarist
1974 – Emily Haines, singer, songwriter, and keyboard player
1981 – Alicia Keys, singer, songwriter, pianist, and actress
Died this day in:
Capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class.
~~ Al Capone
477 – Gaiseric, king of the Vandals , took the handle
1586 – Lucas Cranach the Younger, painter
1881 – Konstantin Thon, architect,
1891 – Theo van Gogh, Art dealer,
1947 – Al Capone, liquor distributor
1994 – Stephen Cole Kleene, mathematician, computer scientist, and academic
2009 – Eleanor F. Helin, astronomer
2014 – Arthur Doyle, singer, songwriter, saxophonist, and flute player
Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:
Burns Night (Scotland and Scottish community)
Tatiana Day Russia
A Room of One's Own Day
Music goes here, iirc, well, With apologies
Sleepy John Estes
Antônio Carlos Jobim
There is one day each year, December 25th, on which many purport to celebrate "Peace on Earth and Goodwill to Men". Well, this ain't it McGee, this is one of the other 364 (or 5) during which we celebrate, perpetuate, commit and commit ourselves to WAR!, endless and exalted. The foundation of our economy, the employer of ever so many and the source of our eternal pride, WAR! So remember, though it may not be good for living things, it is what keeps this country running and keeps its ruling elites happy, so hooray for war!
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