04/19 is Bicycle Day

Today is day 109 of the Gregorian Calendar year,
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Bicycle Day is really about Albert Hoffman's first ever intentional LSD trip, including his bicycle ride home from the lab.  Now lissen up folks:

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Patriots Day, and John Parker Day memorialize the start of the US Revolutionary War with the battles of Lexington and Concord.

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On this day in history:

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1506 – The Lisbon Massacre (of Jews by Catholics) began.

1713 – Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI issued the Pragmatic Sanction of 1713.

1770 – Captain James Cook sighted the eastern coast of what is now Australia.

1775 – The Revolutionary war began with the battles of Lexington and Concord.

1818 – Augustin Fresnel signed his preliminary "Note on the Theory of Diffraction".

1927 – Mae West was sentenced to ten days in jail for obscenity.

1943 – The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising began.

1943 – Albert Hofmann deliberately dosed himself with LSD for the first time.

1960 – South Korean students held a nationwide protest against  Syngman Rhee,

1971 – Salyut 1, the first space station, was launched.

1993 – The FBI siege of the Branch Davidians ended when a fire broke out.

1995 – The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed

2011 – Fidel Castro resigned as First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba

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Born this day in:

One of the big misapprehensions about mathematics that we perpetrate in our classrooms is that the teacher always seems to know the answer to any problem that is discussed. This gives students the idea that there is a book somewhere with all the right answers to all of the interesting questions, and that teachers know those answers. And if one could get hold of the book, one would have everything settled. That's so unlike the true nature of mathematics.

~~   Leon Henkin

1806 – Sarah Bagley, labor organizer

1831 – Mary Louise Booth, writer, editor and translator

1872 – Alice Salomon, social reformer

1877 – Ole Evinrude, engineer who invented the outboard motor 

1912 – Glenn T. Seaborg, chemist and academic

1919 – Sol Kaplan, pianist and composer

1920 – Gene Leis, guitarist, composer, and producer

1921 – Leon Henkin, logician

1934 – Dickie Goodman, singer, songwriter, and producer

1941 – Bobby Russell, singer and songwriter

1942 – Alan Price, keyboard player, singer, and composer

1944 – Bernie Worrell, keyboard player and songwriter

1960 – Ara Gevorgyan, pianist, composer, and producer

1964 – Kim Weaver, astrophysicist, astronomer, and academic

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Died this day in:

“The great object of life is sensation- to feel that we exist, even though in pain.”

~~ Lord Byron

1588 – Paolo Veronese, painter

1824 – Lord Byron, poet and playwright

1831 – Johann Gottlieb Friedrich von Bohnenberger, astronomer and mathematician

1882 – Charles Darwin, biologist and theorist

1906 – Pierre Curie, physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate

1914 – Charles Sanders Peirce, mathematician and philosopher

1916 – Ephraim Shay, engineer who designed the Shay locomotive 

1989 – Daphne du Maurier, novelist and playwright

1998 – Octavio Paz, poet, philosopher, and academic

2009 – J. G. Ballard, novelist, short story writer, and essayist

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Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days, Days of Recognition, and such:

Bicycle Day
National Garlic Day
Patriots' Day (Massachusetts, Maine and Wisconsin, United States)
John Parker Day
National Amaretto Day

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Music goes here, iirc, well, With apologies Wink

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Bicycle Day

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Gene Leis

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Dickie Goodman

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Bobby Russell

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Alan Price

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Bernie Worrell

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It's an open thread, so do your thing, got it? Below this point this is a public forum, your forum, nothing is off topic, so go for it


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Cross posted from http://caucus99percent.com

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enhydra lutris's picture

that's the night they hung an innocent man. ...

Really? The absolute firstest and onliest time? Hell, it probably started on Oglethorpe's plantation.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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A pretty but cool week predicted here with a needed rain next Saturday.

I've got to face up and start in on the summer mowing. I've been weedeating and mowing around the garden, but the young food forest is now in need. I had been hoping to get a load or two of gravel and still have the box scrape on the tractor, so I'll have to drop it and hook up the bush hog.

Well it is nice to have chores to fill the time, and it things you get to see and appreciate having accomplished.

Hope you all have a great day riding your bike and eating garlic (or not).

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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@Lookout

you have so much to keep you busy or not, but I guess it is what you make of it. I'm having some physical issues these pst few days, so might spend much of the day trying to get going on getting past them.

CalFalcons have 3 chicks hatched now. That info was provided by my wife, so I don't know the feed she found it in (there are several).

be well and have a good one

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

Loading my bike into my car and heading to Pedernales Falls State Park for a couple of days of camping. Should be lots of fun and of course there will be a fair amount of garlic eating as well. It seems many recipes that I have been making start with garlic, ginger and onion.

Have a good day all!

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Life is what you make it, so make it something worthwhile.

This ain't no dress rehearsal!

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@jakkalbessie

and that you get to do some while out camping. I'm planning on making a soup today which will definitely include those 3 ingrediencs plus more.

be well and have a good one

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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@jakkalbessie I always wanted to go to Pedernales but never made it there... did lots of the state parks in southern half of Edwards Plateau and that is the standout that I missed... There should be Yellow-throated and Golden-cheeked Warblers there, maybe Northern Parula, and lots of migrants are going through right now, it is prime time here.

Have a great trip!

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We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
both - Albert Einstein

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...he's starting to get it - and clearly, so are others (the fact that he is now evidently reading things on Substack without my even goading him to do so is a great sign):

https://bariweiss.substack.com/p/you-have-to-read-this-letter?utm_campai...

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In the Land of the Blind, the one-eyed man is declared insane when he speaks of colors.

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@The Liberal Moonbat

I hope the kid understands and appreciates it.

be well and have a good one

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In the Land of the Blind, the one-eyed man is declared insane when he speaks of colors.

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@The Liberal Moonbat

It's public domain and hence up for grabs.

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Churchill's quote about the relative speeds of truth and falsehood has been vindicated by science:
https://science.sciencemag.org/content/359/6380/1146

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In the Land of the Blind, the one-eyed man is declared insane when he speaks of colors.

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In the Land of the Blind, the one-eyed man is declared insane when he speaks of colors.

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...the President's powers include protecting the country from werewolves!

http://www.werewolfpage.com/myths/global_legends.html

In the early 1900s the legend of the 7th son (it had to be 7 boys in a row, no girls in between) transforming himself into a werewolf was so widespread and believed that it was causing a lot of children to be abandoned or given away for adoption, and it is said that in some cases the parents killed their own son. Because of this, the president passed a law in the 1920s by which the 7th son of a family automatically receives the godfathership of the president of Argentina! Through this, the state gives him a gold medal on the day of his baptism (when the president officially becomes his godfather) and a scholarship for all of his studies until his 21st birthday. Supposedly, this ended the phenomenon of people condemning their children for fear of the werewolf. The law is still in effect, and it is popularly known, and the presidents have always attended at least some of the baptisms, especially during election season.

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@The Liberal Moonbat

psychology via the psychotherapy link. That is most people's most likely first association. For me it is a vast portmanteau so I never dive too deep

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@enhydra lutris ...they surrender themselves unconditionally to the worst ideological descendants of Freud???

They start with a justified concern, only to allow it to not only cut out only the good, but allow the thing they're averse to to actively thrive because of it???

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In the Land of the Blind, the one-eyed man is declared insane when he speaks of colors.

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Cloudy here today and busy. Thanks for the ot.

This is very cool.

Whitest-ever paint could help cool heating Earth, study shows
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/15/whitest-ever-paint-c...

The whitest-ever paint has been produced by academic researchers, with the aim of boosting the cooling of buildings and tackling the climate crisis.

The new paint reflects 98% of sunlight as well as radiating infrared heat through the atmosphere into space. In tests, it cooled surfaces by 4.5C below the ambient temperature, even in strong sunlight. The researchers said the paint could be on the market in one or two years.

White-painted roofs have been used to cool buildings for centuries. As global heating pushes temperatures up, the technique is also being used on modern city buildings, such as in Ahmedabad in India and New York City in the US.

Currently available reflective white paints are far better than dark roofing materials, but only reflect 80-90% of sunlight and absorb UV light. This means they cannot cool surfaces below ambient temperatures. The new paint does this, leading to less need for air conditioning and the carbon emissions they produce, which are rising rapidly.

“Our paint can help fight against global warming by helping to cool the Earth – that’s the cool point,” said Prof Xiulin Ruan at Purdue University in the US. “Producing the whitest white means the paint can reflect the maximum amount of sunlight back to space.”

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@magiamma

old news, but now think I was confusing it with a super-ultra black they cam up with a while back. I wonder if it will adhere to composition shingles or if people will need to do some upgrade.

be well and have a good one

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@enhydra lutris

I wonder if it will adhere to composition shingles or if people will need to do some upgrade.

Yes it will adhere, but they are going to figure a way out to make everyone upgrade. Wink

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Hope all are well...

Albert Hoffman is a personal favorite and hero... Wink

So is Fresnel. Big fresnel fan here. For those unawares, the glass that makes the lighthouse beam so bright and far reaching and focused, is a FRESNEL lens. He was an
illuminating visionary shall we say, with light. Popular in the film days, there are some spiffy small fresnel lenses made for use right in front of a camera flash unit, to throw the flash further for instance. Popular with nature photogs. One of the best flashlights I ever had, had a fresnel lens in front of a bulb the size of a grain of rice, that was so bright and far reaching it was amazing. Less than an inch thick.

Except for the oil going into the water part, Evinrude was a game changer too. Loved that little 15 on a skiff. That is what the rentals had at Irvine Lake, and at Davy's Locker on Balboa Island in Newport, back about 1970.

Bernie Worrell was a genius master among them too. I liked the later stuff he did with Claypool and Buckethead too, which was surprising, but I thought actually worked well.

Seeing any birds EL?

be well all!

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We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
both - Albert Einstein