Monday Open Thread; April 23 is International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day, yep also World Book Day


April 23 is the 113rd day of the year, there are 252 days left
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Pungenday, Discord 40, 3184 YOLD
(for the discordians amongst us)

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Today's number is 23

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23 is
The 9th prime and the sum of 3 consecutive primes; 5, 7 and 11
The atomic number of Vanadium
The number of chromosomes in a human sperm or ova (haploid)
The number of times that Julius Caesar was stabbed.

The 23 enigma is the belief that most incidents and accidents, events and happenstances, and stuff, are somehow directly connected to the number 23. Robert Anton Wilson, William S. Burroughs, The Illuminatus! Trilogy (fnord), Principia discordia, etc. Like this open thread, for example.

The exponent in 6.02 x 10^23

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Title 23 of the US Code is Highways Coincidence??

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23 BCE
was the Year of the Consulship of Augustus and Varro
Herod the Great allegedly built a palace in Jerusalem.

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23 CE was the Year of the Consulship of Pollio and Vetus
Tthe Greek geographer Strabo finally published his "Geography", a work describing the world known to the Romans and Greeks in Emperor Augustus' day. No similar works of similar antiquity exist.
Pliny the Elder, a Roman scientist and writer, was born.
Liu Xuan, a descendant of the Han Dynasty overthrew Wang Mang and ended the Xin Dynasty. Restored the Han Dynasty, he did.
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On this day in:

0711 -- Dagobert III was crowned King of the Franks *
1014 -- Battle of Clontarf (Brian Boru whupped Viking invaders)
1016 -- Edmund Ironside succeeded father Aethelred the Unready **
1635 -- The first known public school in the US was founded
1920 -- The Grand National Assembly of Turkey was founded
1949 -- The People's Liberation Army and Navy were established
1961 -- The Algiers putsch
1972 -- Nothing much happened in Cucamonga ***
1967 -- Soyuz 1 was launched
1985 -- Coca-Cola brought out New Coke, and this passed for news
2005 -- The first ever YouTube video was published

* Over the objections of Oscar Meyer
** More properly, Aethelred the Illiterate
*** Nor in Altoona, either

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Born this day in:

1564 -- William Shakespeare, whoever the hell he was
1598 -- Maarten Tromp, Dutch admiral who put an end to Spain as a naval power
1744 -- Princess Charlotte Amalie Wilhelmine of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Plon, princess
1818 -- James Anthony Froude, historian, biographer and novelisst
1856 -- Granville Woods, engineer and inventor
1861 -- Edmund Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby, T. E. Lawrence's boss. *
1919 -- Oleg Penkovsky, spook
1921 -- Warren Spahn, half of Spahn and Sain and pray for rain
1924 -- Bobby Rosengarden, drummer
1926 -- J.P. Donleavy, author
1936 -- Roy Orbison, singer and songwriter
1939 -- Ray Peterson, singer
1940 -- Dale Houston, singer and songwriter
1947 -- Glenn Cornick, bass player
1947 -- Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, activist
1954 -- Michael Moore, director and activist
1968 -- Timothy McVeigh, terrorist

* It is said that he made Sykes-Picot possible. It is said as if that were somehow a good thing.

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Died this day in:

0303 -- Saint George, dragonslayer
1616 -- William Shakespeare, see above
1616 -- Miguel de Cervantes, author. AHA!
1850 -- William Wordsworth, poet
1907 -- Alferd Packer, prospector and gourmand
1965 -- George Adamski, ufo freak
1984 -- Red Garland, pianist
1993 -- Cesar Chavez, activist
1998 -- James Earl Ray, proof that highly improbable series of events happen
2007 -- David Halberstam, journalist and historian
2007 -- Boris Yeltsin, politician
2011 -- Tom King, guitarist and songwriter

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Holidays, Holy Days, Festivals, Feast Days and such:
International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day
World Book Day
St George's Day (England)
Equal Time for Dragons Day (Unofficial)

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Roy Orbison


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picture Alex Liivet's Book shop

It's an open thread, so do your thing

It is seriously unlikely that I will be here to interact when this posts. Should I fail to respond to comments, please just assume that I am out somewhere under an open sky with no signal and no regrets as to that state of affairs. Either that, or I am in some tasting room studiously focusing upon my researches. In any event, everybody have a great day.

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Warren Spahn photo from wikipedia

"Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing."
mods and rockers

~$ cowsay -p STOP THE NSA!
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~$ man cowsay

NAME
cowsay/cowthink - configurable speaking/thinking cow (and a bit more)

have fun! LOL I didn't even search online until today, of course this exists: http://cowsay.morecode.org/

--- Kill Your Television, 2018
http://www.screenfree.org/

I am seeking to purchase a large print version of the Tolkein trilogy, without having to create yet another unsecured internet account, no luck so far. Anyone? Bueller? lol this is California, just keep flushing. The Battle of Evermore... la la la.

Years ago, I donated my 1963 complete set of The World Book Encyclopedias to Recycletown, when it was groovy. They are groovers no more, the battles always end badly for mother earth around here, profit before people:
https://www.sonomacountygazette.com/sonoma-county-news/opinion-reduce-reuse-recycletown-1

I remember feeling it was not right when the county awarded a contract to manage the Landfill to an out-of-state company. How could they possible have our best interest in mind? Sonoma Compost was known for it's quality products. Local yard waste, decomposed, and sterilized. Bulk. Piles. Serve yourself, or have it scooped into your truck. No middle man, no packaging, no shipping, no predetermined quantity (bagged). It is gone now. And now, after the last rains, edicts at Recycletown. Certain things must be covered, or removed. Inventory is greatly reduced, therefore sales. Therefore income. Therefore layoffs. Therefore more taken to the landfill. More money for the out-of-state management company... There seems little reason for the changes that were required. Toilets, tubs, sinks, etc. which had sat in the open must now be under cover. Really? Also windows. Gardening supplies – pots, flats, etc. It is difficult to believe. Other inventory is just gone.

How “green” and “sustainable” is that? We live in a time when we know there is no “away”. And we know we are a “throw-away” society. Some, because new products are shoddily made and sold cheap. (Well, not really, if you consider they might not last long.) Do we really dump things in the ocean, or set them floating on barges?

We recently talked of Sonoma Proud. We are an innovative people here, often considered at the forefront of some practices. How can we have come to have our ways dictated by an out-of-state, for profit, company

"That's the system."

maybe bong hits will make bookstores
peace

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@eyo ...

The program 'cowsay' is currently not installed. You can install it by typing:
sudo apt install cowsay ...
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SUX about the recycling. Outsourcing public services is always bad.

I think you are on to something about Spahn and Townsend, I wonder if Pete threw the spitter.

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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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@enhydra lutris @enhydra lutris
the cowsay cow saying It is now, but the copypasta is wildly variant from what is in my terminal window.I suspect it is the GT + LT pair bracketing the text. Have to post to a blank editor or something.

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it looks good in the editor but garbages up in posting. Needs the html for literal, which I forget. pre?


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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 thanks, that made me smile. Found this on philpsector.files.wordpress.com:
"the windmill"
philspector.files.wordpress.com
broken strings everywhere

--- Get Well Soon Huey Lewis

One day I bitched about Huey Lewis here, and now of course I regret that. /neverlearn
Huey Lewis and the News Cancel 2018 Shows Due to Singer's Hearing Loss

"I can't hear music well enough to sing," Lewis says of Meniere's disease battle.

I hope Huey feels better soon, and has a good life.

peace

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@The Aspie Corner
watch it later today.

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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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...covered with pixels? No wonder I feel itchy and scratchy...

Hope your trip is going well...enjoy!

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

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@Lookout
itchy and scratchy, you say? Why not pixellated?

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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 --