Sunday Open Thread: February 11 is Inventors' Day

World History this day

0055 -- Tiberius Claudius Caesar Britannicus died, setting up Nero to take over
1826 -- University of London was founded
1856 -- The British East India Company annexed Awadh.
1929 -- Italy and the Vatican signed the Lateran Treaty
1943 -- Ike was picked to command the allied armies in Europe.
1971 -- The Seabed Arms Control Treaty was signed prohibiting nukes on the ocean floor
1979 -- The Iranian Revolution set up a theocracy under Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
1990 -- Nelson Mandela was released from prison
2011 -- Hosni Mubarak resigned after 18 days of protests.

US History this day

1794 -- The First session of United States Senate opened to the public
1861 -- The House unanimously resolved to guarantee noninterference with slavery in any state.
1937 -- GM recognized the UAW, ending a sit-down strike

Science & Technology this day

1939 -- A P-38 Lightning flew from California to New York in 7 hours 2 minutes.
1981 -- A radioactive coolant leak at TVA Sequoyah 1 nuke plant in Tenn. contaminated eight workers. **
1997 -- Discovery was launched to service the Hubble

*** about 100,000 gallons leaked into the cntainment building somehow in spite of the facts that nukes are 100% safe.

The Arts this day

1840 -- Gaetano Donizetti's opera La fille du regiment premiered
1843 -- Giuseppe Verdi's opera I Lombardi alla prima crociata premiered
1903 -- Anton Bruckner's 9th Symphony premiered

Misc. this day

1534 -- Henry VIII of England was recognized as supreme head of the Church of England because god really dug Henry.

Birthdays of Note this day

1802 -- Lydia Maria Child, journalist and activist ***
1805 -- Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, an explorer
1839 -- Josiah Willard Gibbs, physicist and mathematician
1847 -- Thomas Edison, engineer, inventor, businessman
1855 -- Ellen Day Hale, painter and author
1898 -- Leo Szilard, physicist
1900 -- Ellen Broe, nurse and nursing training and education pioneer
1914 -- Matt Dennis, pianist, arranger, singer and songwriter
1914 -- Josh White, singer, songwriter, guitarist and activist
1926 -- Paul Bocuse, chef
1934 -- Manuel Noriega, dictator, CIA asset, beloved of US until he wasn't useful anymore
1935 -- Gene Vincent, singer and guitarist
1937 -- Phillip Walker, singer and guitarist
1939 -- Gerry Goffin, songwriter
1941 -- Sergio Mendes, pianist and composer
1942 -- Otis Clay, singer and songwriter
1943 -- Alan Rubin, trumpet player
1962 -- Sheryl Crow, singer, songwriter, and guitarist

*** She was an abolitionist, women's rights activist, Native American rights activist and opponent of US expansionism in the 1800s.

Deaths of Note this day

1650 -- Rene Descartes, mathematician and philosopher, thought he thought
1868 -- Leon Foucault, physicist
1940 -- Ellen Day Hale, painter and author
1948 -- Sergei Eisenstein, director and screenwriter
1963 -- Sylvia Plath, poet and author, tortured by shrnks
1994 -- Paul Feyerabend, philosopher
2000 -- Lord Kitchner, grand master of Calypso
2006 -- Peter Benchley, author, screenwriter and demonizer of elasmobranch fish
2008 -- Frank Piasecki, engineer, designed the flying banana
2009 -- Estelle Bennett, Ronette
2012 -- Whitney Houston, singer, songwriter, producer, actress
2013 -- Rick Huxley, bassist



So now some music

Henry VIII

Matt Dennis

Josh White

Gene Vincent

Philip Walker

Gerry Goffin

Sergio Mendez

Otis clay

Alan Rubin

Sheryl Crow

Lord Kitchner

Estelle Bennett

Whitney Houston

Rick Huxley


Photo: Image from page 110 of "Hill's album of biography and art

It's an open thread, so do your thing

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Lookout's picture

It's a wet rainy one here. That's good because we are behind for the year.

Here's an intriguing invention for inventors day...
A device which cleans pollution out of the air and generates hydrogen fuel as a by product?

I hope you all have a nice day.

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

enhydra lutris's picture

That device looks fascinating. We've had tech to help clean the air for ages, but private enterprise doesn't work for the public good very well. The idea was to mount them on cars (the air had to pass thru) but that would raise the costs and require increased maintenance too, so the world took a pass on it.

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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's picture

couple of hours.

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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 --
Seen here when it was called The San Francisco Civic Auditorium, the low one not a tall ugly scraper:

Rick Wakeman - Anne Boleyn
Skip ahead about three and a half minutes to pass the scrolling text irritation, but check out around 4:20 hat tip Chico Marx. Great vid if you like progrock. Anyway, that song Anne Boleyn was when I started feeling the clearlight, do I need to explain what that meant in 1972? HOPE lol. It was the first time live music ever lifted me from a chair, still seated. Rick looked just like this on stage at the Civic that night: Embedding disabled by request clickety-click
Rick Wakeman Solo ~ Excerpts from The Six Wives of Henry VIII ~ Yessongs (1972)
Go there for the white glitter cape and spot lights. And the Yes.

Okay, back to the Civic and that tour, the show "The Six Wives of King Henry the VIII". I remember it was a long one with an orchestra, so there was an intermission and we went to the can. Upstairs balcony, they did not call it "the can" it was so fancy, but still it had long lines. Always long lines for us chicks. Anyway, after a few minutes tripping as we neared the stalls, a guy climbed in the window from outside. Off a stone granite wall on the second floor! The yosemite proximity affect "why not climb it". heh

Nowadays I hate San Francisco with the raging glow of a white hot poker. It never stops, the greed and inhumanity is obscene. Sunday is one day I unblock youtube and the google shitlords, so I can "be with" y'all in ad-sponsored censorship heaven as the world burns. May all bezos' deliveries come true, the sooner the better. Prime and Netflix bringing the calm to every device. Blockchain? Gesundheit! New rentier payment suckage, from and for The Internets of (shitty) Things. Let the olds and the weak people suffer, for they are old and weak. Meritocracy.

good luck

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the ads in the "ad-sponsored censorship," try Adblock Plus and whatever disable-autoplay feature works with your particular browser. I use these and I never see any ads, anywhere; no video, anywhere, ever plays without my explicit permission.

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@hecate thanks, I use youtube-dl, it doesn't do ads and I can watch the video whenever and where I decide, with software that has more then a brain dead nannyweb interface.

And another thing! If life was worth living, and it is not for me right now, not at all (this is a steam rant blowing off), Gates would be on trial for his shitty software monopoly, and Monkey Boy too. They are the two geniuses who forced their garbage monopoly software on to the world wide web. Want a secure web? Ban javascript and webmail, the two insecure technologies currently deployed and abused by corporate shitlords worldwide. Learn how to communicate in plain text why not. Learn, why not.

Remember the Iowa caucus from 2016? Iowa presidential election caucuses will go high tech

The system is powered by Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform and was built by the tech giant in collaboration with its partner InterKnowlogy, which also made CNN’s Magic Wall election result reporting tool. It replaces a set-up that required precinct representatives to call into automated phone systems with no way of authenticating whether the person was authorized to do so and then record votes using their phone’s keypad. Representatives also mailed paper records to the party’s central office.

Felt lonely losing my shit back then too, show me the code not the effing flying icons again! oh well ~shrug~.

Benevolent Deception in Human Computer Interaction

[...] In this paper, we present the notion of benevolent deception, deception aimed at benefitting the user as well as the developer. We frame our discussion using a criminology-inspired model and ground components in various examples. We assert that this provides us with a set of tools and principles that not only helps us with system and interface design, but that opens new research areas. After all, as Cockton claims in his 2004 paper 'Value-Centered HCI', "Traditional disciplines have delivered truth. The goal of HCI is to deliver value."

ya get what ya pay for
That trick almost didn't work, even after "the crash, and reboot" remember? coin toss
This system is so fixed from top to bottom, it's a damned shame Bernie is complicit.

bad leadership

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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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Freud is upbubbling from out of the grave, returning to treat The Nazi, who is manifesting batshit castration fears:

Author and Bloomberg journalist Josh Green writes that he visited Bannon at his Washington, D.C., home while he watched the Golden Globes.

"It's a Cromwell moment!" Bannon is quoted as nearly shouting. "It's even more powerful than populism! It's deeper. It's primal. It's elemental. The long black dresses and all that—this is the Puritans! It's anti-patriarchy!"

Bannon, Green wrote, watched Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as he was watching Oprah Winfrey on stage. "He's ruined his career," Bannon said. "If you rolled out a guillotine, they'd chop off every set of balls in the room."

"The anti-patriarchy movement is going to undo ten thousand years of recorded history. You watch. The time has come. Women are gonna take charge of society," Bannon said. "And they couldn't juxtapose a better villain than Trump. He is the patriarch. This"—the Golden Globe Awards—"is a definitional moment in the culture. It'll never be the same going forward."

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@hecate WOW.

I think I might be speechless.

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enhydra lutris's picture

@hecate Thanks.

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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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Rained out of work and unfortunately a week of rain is forecast. Henry 8 plays around in the head, the tune sticks and brings memories.
A stack of bills and correspondence waits for me, ugh; a good nap may delay that engagement.

Thanks for the OT and music in hopes you and everyone have a great day.

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@smiley7 I also have a stack of bills and correspondence and no job to blame on my avoidance thereof. I guess one answer is to process it all.

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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 --