06/20 - Take Your Cat to Work Day

Project 365 #239: 270811 Cat-alogued

~~ work_cat

This is Take Your Cat to Work Day. Something of a wild and crazy idea, especially if it results in multiples of cats in an open office layout. I imagine a room full of data entry people "assisted" by a large number of cats and find myself grinning.

It is also World Refugee Day. As a US citizen, it would be preposterous for me to even think of writing upon upon such a subject. It says nothing about "some" or "wealthy" or "highly skilled or educated" refugees. There is nothing that implies one should be more accepting of tyrants fleeing their populace than of people fleeing their tyrants or any of the other hallmarks of the US approach to refugees, so I'll just take a pass on the subject.

By all means also by aware of Nystagmus and enjoy some Kouign Amann.

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On this day in history:

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1180 – The first Battle of Uji, which started the Genpei War in Japan

1756 – A British garrison was imprisoned in the Black Hole of Calcutta.

1782 – The U.S. Congress adopted the Great Seal of the United States.

1789 – Deputies of the French Third Estate took the Tennis Court Oath.

1819 – The SS Savannah arrived at Liverpool, becoming the first steam-propelled vessel to cross the Atlantic

1840 – Samuel Morse received a patent for the telegraph.

1863 – West Virginia was admitted as the 35th U.S. state
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1877 – Alexander Graham Bell installed the world's first commercial telephone service

1893 – Lizzie Borden was acquitted of the murders of her father and stepmother.

1895 – The Kiel Canal was officially opened.

1900 – The Imperial Chinese Army began a 55-day siege of the Legation Quarter in Beijing, China.

1921 – Workers of Buckingham and Carnatic Mills in India, begin a four-month strike.

1940 – The Soviet Union occupied Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina under the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact.

1943 – The Detroit race riot broke out

1944 – The Battle of the Philippine Sea aka the "Great Marianas Turkey Shoot" ended.

1944 – The experimental MW 18014 V-2 rocket reached an altitude of 176 km, becoming the first man-made object to reach outer space.

1945 – The United States Secretary of State approved the transfer of Wernher von Braun and his team of Nazi rocket scientists to the U.S. under Operation Paperclip.

1948 – The Deutsche Mark was introduced in Western Allied-occupied Germany. The Soviet Military Administration in Germany responded by imposing the Berlin Blockade four days later.

1963 – The Soviet Union and the US signed an agreement to establish the so-called "red telephone" link between Washington, D.C. and Moscow.

1972 – An 18½-minute gap appeared in the tape recording of the conversations between President Nixon and his advisers regarding Watergate

1973 – The Ezeiza massacre of left-wing Peronists in Buenos Aires went down

1979 – ABC News correspondent Bill Stewart was shot dead by a Nicaraguan National Guard soldier under the regime of Anastasio Somoza Debayle

1990 – Asteroid Eureka was discovered.

1991 – The German Bundestag voted to move seat of government from to Berlin.

2003 – The Wikimedia Foundation was created in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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Some people who were born on this day:

Since when do we have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?

~~ Lillian Hellman

1717 – Jacques Saly, sculptor and painter
1723 – (O.S.) Adam Ferguson, philosopher and historian
1756 – Joseph Martin Kraus, composer and educator
1761 – Jacob Hübner, entomologist and author
1763 – Wolfe Tone, rebel leader
1786 – Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, poet and author
1819 – Jacques Offenbach, cellist and composer
1847 – Gina Krog, suffragist and women's rights activist
1858 – Charles W. Chesnutt, novelist and short story writer
1859 – Christian von Ehrenfels, philosopher
1861 – Frederick Gowland Hopkins, biochemist and academic
1865 – George Redmayne Murray, biologist and physician
1867 – Leon Wachholz, scientist and medical examiner
1870 – Georges Dufrénoy, painter and academic
1875 – Reginald Punnett, geneticist, statistician, and academic
1884 – Mary R. Calvert, astronomer and author
1887 – Kurt Schwitters, painter and illustrator
1889 – John S. Paraskevopoulos, astronomer and academic
1894 – Lloyd Hall, chemist and academic
1896 – Wilfrid Pelletier, pianist, composer, and conductor
1897 – Elisabeth Hauptmann, author and playwright
1899 – Jean Moulin, soldier and engineer
1905 – Lillian Hellman, playwright and screenwriter
1907 – Jimmy Driftwood, singer, songwriter, and banjo player
1910 – Josephine Johnson, author and poet
1912 – Anthony Buckeridge, author
1914 – Muazzez İlmiye Çığ, archaeologist and academic
1916 – T. Texas Tyler, country music singer, songwriter, and guitarist
1917 – Helena Rasiowa, mathematician and academic
1920 – Danny Cedrone, guitarist and bandleader
1920 – Thomas Jefferson, trumpet player
1923 – Peter Gay, historian, author, and academic
1924 – Chet Atkins, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer
1924 – Fritz Koenig, sculptor and academic, designed The Sphere
1927 – Simin Behbahani, poet and activist
1928 – Eric Dolphy, saxophonist, flute player, and composer
1928 – Asrat Woldeyes, surgeon and educator
1929 – Anne Weale, journalist and author
1929 – Edith Windsor, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights activist
1930 – Magdalena Abakanowicz, sculptor and academic
1932 – Robert Rozhdestvensky, poet and author
1933 – Claire Tomalin, journalist and author
1936 – Billy Guy, singer
1936 – Enn Vetemaa, author and screenwriter
1937 – Jerry Keller, singer and songwriter
1938 – Mickie Most, music producer
1942 – Neil Trudinger, mathematician and theorist
1942 – Brian Wilson, singer, songwriter, and producer
1945 – Anne Murray, singer and guitarist
1946 - enhydra lutris, ne'er do well sixties radical, part time blogger
1946 – David Kazhdan, mathematician and academic
1946 – André Watts, pianist and educator
1947 – Dolores "LaLa" Brooks, pop singer
1948 – Alan Longmuir, bass player and songwriter
1949 – Lionel Richie, singer, songwriter, pianist, producer, and actor
1951 – Paul Muldoon, poet and academic
1952 – Vikram Seth, author and poet
1955 – E. Lynn Harris, author
1958 – Kelly Johnson, hard rock guitarist and songwriter
1960 – John Taylor, singer, songwriter, bass player, and actor
1967 – Dan Tyminski, singer and songwriter
1969 – Misha Verbitsky, mathematician and academic
1970 – Athol Williams, poet and social philosopher
1971 – Jeordie White, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and bass player
1973 – Chino Moreno, singer and songwriter
1977 – Amos Lee, singer and songwriter
1982 – Example, singer/rapper
1987 – A-fu, singer and songwriter
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Some people who died on this day:

Don't be afraid of poetry

~~ Clifton Fadiman

930 – Hucbald, monk and music theorist
1597 – Willem Barentsz, cartographer and explorer
1787 – Carl Friedrich Abel, viol player and composer
1840 – Pierre Claude François Daunou, historian and politician
1870 – Jules de Goncourt, historian and author
1876 – John Neal, writer, critic, editor, lecturer, and activist
1945 – Bruno Frank, author, poet, and playwright
1947 – Bugsy Siegel, businessman, Las Vegas Casino investor
1958 – Kurt Alder, chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
1963 – Raphaël Salem, mathematician and academic
1966 – Georges Lemaître, priest, physicist, and astronomer
1969 – Bishnu Prasad Rabha, artist, painter, actor, dancer, writer, music composer and politician
1975 – Suzanne Comhaire-Sylvain, anthropologist
1995 – Emil Cioran, philosopher and educator
1997 – Cahit Külebi, poet and author
1999 – Clifton Fadiman, game show host, author, and critic
2001 – Gina Cigna, soprano
2002 – Erwin Chargaff, biochemist and academic
2005 – Larry Collins, journalist, historian, and author
2005 – Jack Kilby, physicist and engineer, Nobel Prize laureate
2010 – Harry B. Whittington, palaeontologist and academic (b. 1916)
2012 – LeRoy Neiman, painter
2015 – Miriam Schapiro, painter and sculptor
2017 – Prodigy, music artist

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

National Kouign Amann Day
Nystagmus Awareness Day
Take Your Cat To Work Day
World Refugee Day (International)

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Today's Tunes

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Jacques Offenbach

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Jimmy Driftwood

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T. Texas Tyler

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Danny Cedrone

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Thomas Jefferson

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Chet Atkins

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Eric Dolphy

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Billy Guy

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can't leave out Brian Wilson

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Andre Watts

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Dolores "Lala" Brooks

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Lionel Ritchie

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John Taylor

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Carl Friedrich Abel

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Please save Covid-19 commentary for a separate thread. Thank you.

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Ok, it's an open thread, so it's up to you folks now. So what's on your mind?

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Lookout's picture

Picked some raspberries and blueberries. Caged the pepper plants. Lots of green tomatoes bode well for their harvest soon. Still have 4 cabbage heads to harvest and process (maybe tomorrow?). Always something to keep you occupied around here.

Cats can play a role working in the garden...

Cats are excellent vole hunters and can aid greatly in keeping voles from multiplying into a major problem. They are, however, well known for gifting their hunting exploits at the back door.

Got up early (4 AM) and drove out of the holler to see the planet show. Even with the drive couldn't see Mercury...it sits too low on the horizon where we live to get a good view, although we might not have waited long enough for it to come into view with the sunrise.

Here's how the lineup will appear, starting with the "lead" planet, Saturn, which will make its appearance around the middle of the night and then continue into the predawn hours with Jupiter and then Mars. Dazzling Venus makes its appearance at the break of dawn, followed about 30 or 40 minutes before sunup by the innermost planet, Mercury.
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Incredibly, the last time this kind of alignment happened was March 5, 1864!
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from June 23 to 25, the waning crescent moon will occupy the broad space between Mars and Venus, and we could then imagine it serving as a proxy for our home planet — a sort of ersatz Earth — to help complete the planetary sequence.

https://www.space.com/five-planets-align-rare-skywatching-june-2022

Summer officially arrives tomorrow, but it got here early. However, this AM was a delightful 60F.

Thanks for the OT and holidays.

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

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@Lookout
after 6 this morning, maybe mañana. Garden not doing all that well here, thogh we do have a few tomatoes, some strawbs, a rhubarb and some other odds and ends, like Portuguese Kale. We have planted peas and snow peas which aren't coming along that well, and carrots. However, the cots are coming along well and it looks like another bumper crop of apples, already needing thinning.

be well and have a good one

edit - changed goof morning to good morning

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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 --

@Lookout , I forgot about the 5-planet alignment this morning. Thanks for the heads-up.

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@randtntx

with the moon shifting place among the planets.

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

@Lookout , I'll have to assemble a small watch party.

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It's dangerously hot in a large swath of the country. It's just the twentieth of June and 101 F. in Minneapolis?
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/06/12/historic-heat-wave...
Be careful out there everyone. Heat exhaustion can creep up almost unnoticed (It did that to me and I feel like a dummy because I'm supposed to know better). Next step after that is heat stroke and that is bad news.
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heat-exhaustion/symptoms-...

On the bright side, I saw several hummers this morning enjoying the Flame acanthus blooms and the turks cap. I'm making sure the various critters have water. This is too hot for them as well as for us.
Thanks for the OT e.l., have a good one.

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@randtntx

very sneaky that way. I can't help but wonder how many cases of heat exhaustion go unidentified/undiagnosed annually, especially in areas where high temps are rare or among tourists from temperate areas to hot zones. I was taught early about avoidance and treatment, but I doubt that such education is very common.

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 --

I envy you getting out to the garden.
Yesterday, at 4:11 pm, the temperature on my front porch (in the shade!) was 104 deg.
I can't bring my cat to work because my office cat brings me to work!
I have enjoyed her for about 15 years, and she is just getting sweeter and sweeter.
Before we get out to the grocery store, we must first feed and water the office cat. That's how it is.
Stay cool!

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@on the cusp

Sorry about the temps. In a pinch, with enough fans and towels and, sadly, water, one can make the entire house into a giant swamp cooler, but that is something of an emergency measure to be avoided if at all possible.

We have one room that needs to be cool, so when it starts getting seriously hot I bring in a small window hung AC unit, put it in that room and moderate the temp therein by opening or closing the door.

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 --

@enhydra lutris a/c is not an option. It is an absolute necessity. It is common that during hurricane power outages, people die in their homes and in cars with no a/c.
In the past 2 years, I have had heat pumps installed in my home and office. The efficiency amazes.
I do put a fan on the front porch, just usually do not have to do that until late July and August. I have used wet towels before.
Years ago, a mass exodus from a hurricane was routed through my little town. Numerous cars ran out of gas in the miles long traffic jam. People died from heat stroke. Made traffic even worse, endangered and/or killed even more.
I am tempted to buy a kiddie pool. Seriously.

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@on the cusp

horror. On a cross country camping trip one year an RV part in Amarillo told us we could only stay overnight because there was a big caravan running from a coastal storm due to hit the next day that had reserved all the available spots.

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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 --

@enhydra lutris Port Arthur, get routed through my town on their way westward to connect to I-45 to Dallas and Ft. Worth. Our largest public building is a hurricane emergency shelter. We were horrified at the deaths inside those vehicles. I think 5 or 6 people were killed from the heat.
I was in the vicinity of Amarillo a few weeks ago, and the breeze in the air felt like a blast of air from a heater.
I hope you saw Palo Duro Canyon while you were there.

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@on the cusp

back there and do some time, though the logistics will be trickier now that we don't have a trailer anymore. Of course, first thing is to get capable of that kind of travel, so we'll see.

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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 --

@enhydra lutris if you plan on going there. I found a conveniently located, safe motel for $50 a night. It had a kitchenette in it! It was 20 minutes away from the park, and the drive was a quiet country highway. I do remember a lack of grocery stores in the area, but good restaurants and, of course, a Walmart. It was also close to the Rte. 66 shops and little museums.
We only spent an afternoon in the park, so now, we have to go back and do it justice.
Getting well is the top priority, so do what the dr. and your body says.

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e.l., and a very happy birthday to you.

edited for popcorn and bubbly.

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@randtntx

copied and saved the link for future use. Thanks again

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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 --

@enhydra lutris . Gotta love em. Glad you enjoyed it!

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a/k/a Sneaky Snake.

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@on the cusp

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Just in time for me to head to the mountains. Last time I went camping it snowed.. I’m not sure if I can get to the spot I picked out if the road is too wet, but I’ve got backups in mind. And away from the river. I just don’t want Sam getting caught in the current.

Here’s what I see on my way to the spot.

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Happy birthday EL. Hope it’s a good one!

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It is not until the tide goes out that you discover who has been swimming naked.

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@snoopydawg

place to camp. Thanks again

be well and have a good one

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old buddy!

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@JtC

be well and have a good one

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QMS's picture

congratulations on achieving another milestone!
or is that a mild stone?
cheers

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@QMS

Thanks mucho.

be well and have a good one

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studentofearth's picture

a couple of links I found today. Finding a good list is becoming more difficult each year. Best source is still the FDA package insert for the prescriptions you are taking. OTC (over the counter) meds require a little more effort to find quality information.

Can Meds Make You More Sensitive to Sun and Heat? Consumer Reports

Ignore elderly and use individuals with chronic health problems, the incidence of heat problems is similar. Elderly are more sensitive to dementia and delirium related to anticholinergics. There has been some discussions regarding Benadryl is some diaries. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) has significant anticholinergic effects, higher than many other antihistamines. Anticholinergic effects are accumulative, so a few meds with low activity equals a problem rate of taking a single high activity anticholinergic med.
Anticholinergic Drugs to Avoid in the Elderly drugs.com (They have used a very good database resource for years.)

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Still yourself, deep water can absorb many disturbances with minimal reaction.
--When the opening appears release yourself.

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Enjoy your day, stretch out the privileges to the rest of the week, if possible.

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Still yourself, deep water can absorb many disturbances with minimal reaction.
--When the opening appears release yourself.

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@studentofearth Get my final preliminary infusion Thursday anyway, so I have get back into the swing of things anyway.

be well and have a good one

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Hi EL! Hope all is well! Happy big day EL! From a fellow ne'er do well of socal origins. Wink

You share it with a bunch of biggies today... Chet Atkins, Danny Cedrone whom few know of and was amazingly great, Mickie Most was a major biggie in the U.K. music biz... what a roster he produced. Jimmy Driftwood was great too. That last piece with the lady on the 7 string instrument, is it a viola, is amazing, beautiful.

In the last day have had Black-and-white Warbler feeding begging young in tree outside, and same with Summer Tanager and a young, and lots of baby Lark Sparrow. Surprised in the D4 drought conditions anything got any young out. Another wave of baby Black-chinned Hummingbird flooding the feeders too, about the third wave of them this year.

have a great big day!

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

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@dystopian

Fine collectin of birds. It's been ages since I've seen a Lark Sparrow - have to get off my butt and get outside; they used to spend some of the year at Mount Trashmore down at Hayward Shoreline.

be well and have a good one

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