Monday Open Thread; April 9 is Mance Lipscomb's Birthday


April 9 is the 99th day of the year, there are 266 days left
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Today is also Prickle-Prickle, Discord 26, 3184 YOLD
(for the discordians amongst us)

Marian Anderson.jpg

Today's number is 9

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9 is the largest single digit integer
9 is the square of a prime and is the second lowest such square

"Casting out nines" is a quick way of testing the calculations of sums, differences, products, and quotients of integers. It was known as long ago as the 12th Century. It is also the basis of a lot of "magic" tricks and puzzles. There used to be some based on the rotary phone dial too. Essentially, They are modulo 9 math.

A number is divisible by 9 if its digital root is 9. A number's digital root is the sum of its digits. If such sum is greater than one digit, then those digits are also summed, etc. Thus the digital root of 18 is 9 (8+1), and the digital root of 456 is 6 (4+5+6 = 15 and 1+5 = 6)

Now the fun:
1/9 = 0.11 followed by an infinite string of 1s
2/9 = 2 x 0.11 to infinity = 0.22 followed by an infinite string of 2s
3/9, of course, is 0.33 fol;lowed by an infinite string of 3s, etc.
This brings us to
9/9 = 0.99 followed by an infinite string of 9s, which is also 1. Back in the stoneage, a test of calculators and computers was to perform the operation (1/9)x9 and see if it returned 1 or 0.9999999 etc.

Conversely:
123456789 x 9 = 111,111,111
123456789 x 18 = 222,222,222 (because 18 = 2 x 9)
etc up to
123456789 x 72 = 888,888,888 (9 x 8 ) and
123456789 x 81 = 999,999,999 (9 x 9)

9 is the number of lives a domestic cat has
9 is the Jersey number worn by the inimitable Ted Williams.
9 is Fluorine.
9 is Organic: Five-digit produce PLU codes that begin with 9 are organic.
A 9 sided polygon is a nonagon, aka an enneagon
There are 9 justices on the US Supreme Courtallowfullscreen>

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Title 9 of the US Code is Arbitration

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9 BCE
was the Year of the Consulship of Drusus and Crispinus
Nero Claudius Drusus died and Emperor Ping of Han was born.

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9 CE
was the Year of the Consulship of Sabinus and Camerinus
The Rhine river was established as the boundary between the Latin- and German-speaking worlds, following the defeat of the Roman army, under the command of Varus, at the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest. (Varus again)
Italy adopted the Lex Papia Poppaea outlawing celibacy and childless relationships, unlike later under the popes, who favored celibacy, though still abhorring childless relationships. (Confused much?)
In China, Wang Mang founded the Xin dynasty, which lasted 16 years
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On this day in:
An enormous number of battles were staerted, fought or concluded on Aprol 9, so I'll skip all but one

1288 -- Tran forces whupped Yuan forces at Bach Dang stopping Mongol incursions into Viet Nam
1585 -- Sir Walter Raleigh left England for Roanoke Island
1609 -- Philip III decreed the "Expulsion of the Moriscos"
1682 -- de La Salle discovered the mouth of the Mississippi and claimed it for France
1860 -- Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville madethe oldest known recording of a human voice
1939 -- Marian Anderson sang at the Lincoln Memorial
1945 -- The US Atomic Energy Commission was formed
1947 -- The first interracial Freedom Ride began
1952 -- The Bolivian National Revolution overthrew Hugo Ballivian's self-coup
1957 -- The Suez Canal was re-opened to shipping
1961 -- The Pacific Electric Railway in L.A. shut down
1967 -- The first Boeing 737 made its maiden flight
1991 -- Georgia declared independence from the USSR

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Born this day in:

1770 -- Thomas Johann Seebeck, physicist
1794 -- Theobald Boehm, falutist and composer
1821 -- Charles Baudelaire, poet
1830 -- Eadweard Muybridge, photographer
1835 -- Leopold II of Belgium, notorious asshole
1895 -- Mance Lipscomb, singer, songwriter and guitarist
1898 -- Paul Robeson, singer, actor, activist, commie
1904 -- Sharkey Bonano, trumpet player, singer, and bandleader
1919 -- J. Presper Eckert, engineer who invented the ENIAC
1921 -- Mary Jackson, mathematician and aerospace engineer
1928 -- Tom Lehrer, mathematician, pianist, singer and songwriter
1932 -- Carl Perkins, singer, songwriter and guitarist
1936 -- Valerie Solanas, feminist author, would be assassin
1945 -- Steve Gadd, drummer

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Died this day in:

1553 -- Francois Rabelais, writer and physician famous for fart jokes
1626 -- Francis Bacon, empiricist, philosopher, jurist, politician
1768 -- Sarah Fielding, author, wrote first novel for children
1953 -- Hans Reichenbach, vienna circle philosopher
1959 -- Frank Lloyd Wright, architect
1963 -- Eddie Edwards, trombonist
1976 -- Phil Ochs, guitarist, songwriter, and singer
1988 -- Brook Benton, singer and songwriter
1988 -- Dave Prater, singer
2007 -- Dorrit Hoffleit, research astronomer

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

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Marian Anderson

Mance Lipscomb

Paul Robeson

Sharkey Bonano

Tom Lehrer

Carl Perkins

Steve Gadd

Phil Ochs

Brook Benton

Dave Prater


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picture is Eleanor Roosevelt and Marian Anderson in Japan, 05/22/1953; created by FDR

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Lookout's picture

EL, do you have a discordian calendar hanging up in your house, or just use your computer?
http://calendar.discordipedia.org/

I finally got linux (artful aardvark) on my little laptop and am enjoying it. Still learning though. Haven't started fooling with pictures yet. So far so good.

Are you sure???

There are 9 justices on the US Supreme Court

I think most of them are corporate injustice?

I hope your trip is fun and going well. Had to cover garden beds with row covers Sat night, but the sun and 60's return today...the lettuce will be happy (and so will I)

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

@Lookout el posted this last month:

~$ ddate
The program 'ddate' is currently not installed. You can install it by typing:
sudo apt install ddate

~$ sudo apt install ddate

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~$ ddate

Today is Prickle-Prickle, the 64th day of Chaos in the YOLD 3184

Thanks! Hope you enjoy more computer freedom. Don't forget to read the fine manual. And smile.

NOTE
After `X-Day' passed without incident, the Church of the SubGenius declared that it had got the year upside down - X-Day is actually in 8661 AD rather than 1998 AD. Thus, the True X-Day is Cfn 40, 9827.

ARISE The Church of the Subgenius Recruitment Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0x9ymMQUg8

There is only one true Bob and Ubuntu doesn't get it, that's fine. I only need to recruit two more people to Slackware Linux and I get a free trip to the Spinning Platters. grin LOL

Have Fun!

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@eyo
ddate. Have yourself a great day.

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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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@Lookout
eyo who turned me on to ddate, which is included in Slackware Linux, but not ubuntu, hence my message back announcing my successful install. So, artful aardvark is ubuntu, IIRC, and the command line shown in that message should install it for you if you want it.

Have a great day, We hope to get out for a walk before the sun gets too much higer; it was 65 degrees at 6:43 am. Hope your row covers di their job.

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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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Joe Hill is a great choice.
That Varus guy ruined everything.

I have to go with Paul's rendition of 'Old Man River' probably the greatest song ever by a Bass singer:(from the '38 movie with original lyrics)

Have a good day all.

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I want a Pony!

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@Arrow
indeed, but I opted for Joe Hill in recognition of Robeson's steadfast commitment to the workerment.

Have a good one.

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@enhydra lutris

and kept tinkering with the words until he had turned it from a sigh of resignation to a shout of defiance.

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There is no justice. There can be no peace.

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return later if I do. Everybody have a great one.

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Modern education is little more than toeing the line for the capitalist pigs.

Guerrilla Liberalism won't liberate the US or the world from the iron fist of capital.

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@The Aspie Corner
they all did. They all have top notch talent responsible for keeping them hip to such stuff. You can geneerally expect them to be ahead of the curve, *any* curve.

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(referring to me admitting that I have a love-hate relationship with Uncle Sam) and it's the songs and music and these Open Threads from el and its links that make it so.

I have to figure out why the females in my mother's generation all fled from East to West and not from West to East. There is something I haven't quite understood yet. (Well, may be I do, but it's a weirdo explanation I made myself up in my mind). We Nazi Germans got beaten from the East and from the West (thank God it was necessary), but why did they flee only from the East to West?

Now I am reading Golda Meir's biography. I wonder if I find answers in there. I should vamoose (I am proud to have looked up the word vamoose, because it really didn't click without looking it up) quickly to my book and leave you behind.

Thank you, el.

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@mimi
older and slower these days and still haven't headed out, though we should have hit the road an hour ago. Ah well, such is life. Have a great day.

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It's partly sunny and 35 now, most snow has vacated. I can almost stably walk to my car. I need to import boxes from the porch. Stability and box-hauling are non-congruent.

My sister-in-law (dead husband, so not exactly) is seeing a Lyme disease specialist in SLC. Yes, she tested (somehow) positive for Lyme. But first he had to treat her for bacterial and fungal load. And then do chelation for heavy metals. Every visit costs $500, no insurance coverage. A quack? She tends to blame illness, undiagnosed for her troubles.

Meanwhile I get my decadal colonoscopy and endoscopy at the same time (somehow) and I just bought some more probiotics to replenish.

Have an excellent Monday! Brink-of-war us.

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Hey! my dear friends or soon-to-be's, JtC could use the donations to keep this site functioning for those of us who can still see the life preserver or flotsam in the water.

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@riverlover

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@enhydra lutris @enhydra lutris CBD seems to be suppressing panic attacks. I am a "dealer" now. Still have not found my hi-test. But this company sells oil by strength and it get up to 750
mg/ml.

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Hey! my dear friends or soon-to-be's, JtC could use the donations to keep this site functioning for those of us who can still see the life preserver or flotsam in the water.

Dressed to the nines
The whole nine yards
Cloud nine
Nine players on a baseball team

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Beware the bullshit factories.

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I don't think I have heard Lipscomb do it before...any idea who was first?

Hey, I found another one:

First I ever heard was Prince Albert Hunt, on Harry Smith's anthology...but I am sure they weren't the first to record it.

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"I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.” —Malcolm X

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@Bisbonian
an excellent evening.

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"I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.” —Malcolm X

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