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  1. Well there were a few breaks in the clouds that let me see the coppery coloured moon.

    But I wasn't able to watch the slow parade from full into shadow to red back to shadow back to full over the course of an hour or so.

    And then, the sky just cleared up a few hours after the eclipse was over leaving a very bright, but otherwise ordinary, full moon.

  2. It seems that I will NOT be watching the Lunar Eclipse tonight.

    Too cloudy and overcast where I am in Florida.

    What upsets me is that this will be the last Total Lunar Eclipse visible on Earth until 2022.

    There will be Partial and Umbral Lunar Eclipses, but not another Total.

    Oh well.  Here's hoping that everyone else looking up will enjoy the show.

  3. 19 January

    379 – Emperor Gratian elevates Flavius Theodosius at Sirmium to Augustus, and gives him authority over all the eastern provinces of the Roman Empire.  Eventually he would take control of the entire Empire.  And in an attempt to solidify Christianity, he would disband the Vestal Virgins, give tacit approval to the destruction of the ancient Greek and Roman temples, and effectively end the Ancient Olympic Games.  Some call him Theodosius the Great.  No one calls him Theodosius the Historical Preservationist.

    1764 – The world's first mail bomb severely injures the Danish Colonel Poulsen, residing at Børglum Abbey.  This land gave us Vikings who raided the world with speed and style.  This is also the land where Prince Hamlet brought death to everyone around him while he debated how to avenge his father.  Now this is the land where a terrorist with little more than black powder and stamps can send a bomb off to blow up who ever happens to open it?

    1829 – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust: The First Part of the Tragedy receives its premiere performance.  What kind of deal did he need to make to present a story like that?

    1866 – Birth of Harry Davenport.  The American stage and film actor, NOT the sofa where the cats sleep.

    1935 – During a blizzard, Coopers Inc. sells the world's first men's briefs, the "Maccky",  at Marshal Field's in Chicago.  Eventually the briefs as well as the company would come to be called "Jockey".  Thus begins the default none-of-your-business question for men's wear.  Boxers or Briefs? 

    1940 – You Nazty Spy!, the very first Hollywood film of any kind to satirize Adolf Hitler and the Nazis premieres, starring The Three Stooges, with Moe Howard as the character "Moe Hailstone" satirizing Hitler.  Charlie Chaplin had finished filming The Great Dictator several months earlier, but it had not yet been released.  Sorry Charlie.

    1955 "Scrabble" debuts on board game market.  Speaking of which, there will be a SYZYGY (21 to 93 points depending on multiplier squares), a Total Lunar Eclipse, visible over North and South America and much of Western Europe late on January 20 or early on January 21, 2019 depending on your specific location.

    1977 – President Gerald Ford pardons Iva Toguri D'Aquino (a.k.a. "Tokyo Rose").  The initial investigation by the FBI after the war determined that there was no case to be made against her.  But when she wanted to return to the US, a jingoistic radio personality (Walter Winchell) got a conservative patriotic base (the American Legion) angry enough to demand action.  Prosecutors needed to coach witnesses to give false testimony to secure her "treason" conviction.  Fortunately, radio personalities don't have that kind of influence anymore.

    1977 – Snow falls in Miami, Florida. This is the only time in the history of the city that snowfall has occurred. It also fell in the Bahamas.  So if you happen to see any white powdery substance in Miami, it is probably not snow.

    1983 – Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie is arrested in Bolivia.  War Crimes Barbie is the worst selling action figure in the history of dolls.

    2007 – Four-man Team N2i, using only skis and kites, completes a 1,093-mile (1,759 km) trek to reach the Antarctic pole of inaccessibility for the first time since 1965 and for the first time ever without mechanical assistance.  Flying kites to reach the most inland point in Antarctica?  That is even more shocking than using a kite to attract lightning.  Ben Franklin would be impressed.

  4. 17 January

    38 BC – Octavian divorces his wife Scribonia and marries Livia Drusilla, ending the fragile peace between the Second Triumvirate and Sextus Pompey.  Divorce is so often uncivil.  But rarely does it lead to actual civil war.

    1377 – Pope Gregory XI moves the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon.  It is rather difficult to be the Bishop of Rome when you are over four hundred miles from the Vatican.

    1706 – Birth of Benjamin Franklin, American publisher, inventor, and politician.  In case you haven't heard of him, the man invented the Lightning Rod, Bifocals, and the United States of America.  All while playing with kites in thunderstorms.

    1885 – A British force defeats a large Dervish army at the Battle of Abu Klea.  The Dervish were defeated?  That will send Sudan whirling.

    1893 – Lorrin A. Thurston, along with the Citizens' Committee of Public Safety, led the Overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii and the government of Queen Liliʻuokalani.  The members of The Citizen's Committee were mostly non-native Hawaiians of American or European descent who were all also members of a group known as the Annexation Club.  I wonder if they had some sort of political agenda beyond public safety? 

    1929 – Popeye the Sailor Man, a cartoon character created by E. C. Segar, first appears in the Thimble Theatre comic strip.  Children finally have a reason to finnich their spinach.

    1961 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers a televised farewell address to the nation three days before leaving office, in which he warns against the accumulation of power by the "military–industrial complex" as well as the dangers of massive spending, especially deficit spending.  Americans of every political alignment acknowledge the warning, and then increase the military-industrial complex through massive deficit spending.

  5. 15 minutes ago, Prof_Sai said:

    So, how exactly does Grace's power let her know that Sam is transformed?  And why did Dan include a scene showing that she can read the pips of a die with her power?

    Grace is a great observer, even when in "normal" mode.

    That is how Grace knew that Sam was biologically-female-presenting-as-male back in the earlier tournament.

    And when her antennae are extended, her observational abilities are extended into the super-human level.

    That is how she was able to determine that Sam was physically transformed a few comics ago.

    Edit:  That is also how she is able to tell what number is up on a caltrop die without actually looking at it.  It's a subset of her telekinetic abilities.

  6. Grace knows of Pandora.  And Pandora has been in Grace's brain.  But I can't recall Grace actually meeting Mother Raven.

    So what can Grace say to Sam?

    Probably not much.  Although it would be worthwhile to assure him that if PCR wrote "I ask nothing in return", Sam can take that at face value.  No goon will show up at Sam's door demanding that he repay the "favor".

    And yes, Grace can let Sam know that Sarah knows about magic.  Also either of them can get him in touch with some high level magic experts.  Experts who might not even dissect him.  Immediately.

  7. 16 January

    27 BC – Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus is granted the title Augustus by the Roman Senate, marking the beginning of the Roman Empire.  Members of the Senate who were so concerned about the erosion of the Senate's authority that they killed an earlier Gaius Julius Caesar now must watch as that Caesar's "Nephew" completes the transition to autocracy.

    378 – General Siyaj K'ak' conquers Tikal, enlarging the domain of King Spearthrower Owl of Teotihuacán.  King Spearthrower Owl.  Why is he not a Comic Book?

    550 – Gothic War: The Ostrogoths, under King Totila, conquer Rome after a long siege, by bribing the Isaurian garrison.  If your security rests on foreign mercenary guards, you might want to ask yourself what it is really worth for you to pay to guard it.

    1412 – The Medici family is appointed official banker of the Papacy.  Over the next two centuries, four Medici will be elected Pope.  This is entirely coincidental.

    1492 – The first grammar of a language more modern than Latin or Greek, the Spanish language (Gramática de la lengua castellana), is presented to Queen Isabella I.  This is an interesting linguistic exercise.  But you can't actually expect serious theological, philosophical, or legislative discussions and writings in the vernacular of commoners without High Church education.

    1547 – Grand Duke Ivan IV of Muscovy becomes the first Tsar of Russia, replacing the 264-year-old Grand Duchy of Moscow with the Tsardom of Russia.  Embracing the title of Ivan the Terrible seems to have helped the Grand Prince silence the dissenters.

    1605 – The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes is published in Madrid, Spain.  Popular thought classifies this as a work of fiction.  Discordians look at windmills and concede that they might be giants.

    1707 – The Scottish Parliament ratifies the Act of Union, paving the way for the creation of Great Britain.  It must be Scotts frugality to ensure the best possible decision that could be made by the Scottish Parliament was also the worst possible decision that could be made by the Scottish Parliament.

    1765 – Charles Messier catalogs M41, an open cluster 2300 light years from Earth in Canis Major.  This system has gone to the dogs.

    1793 – French King Louis XVI sentenced to death by the National Convention during the French Revolution.  No one is surprised.

    1883 – The Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act, establishing the United States Civil Service, is passed.  What's this about government jobs going to those who do best on competitive exams?  Job offers and promotions should be based on who you know.

    1939Daily newspaper comic strip "Superman" debuts.  The earliest Superman stories had Clark Kent et al working for a newspaper called The Daily Star.  At that time, a lot of local newspapers in the United States had the word "Star" in their titles.  Most of these papers did not carry the Superman comic strip.  To avoid the appearance that the Man of Steel was working for their competitors, the name of the paper in the strip was changed to The Daily Planet.

    1981 – Boxer Leon Spinks is mugged, his assailants even take his gold teeth.  Please don't think this is in anyway condoning crime or violence, but the kind of courage and insanity needed to mug a heavyweight boxing champion is rare commodity in the human spirit.

    2001 – By act of Congress, US President Bill Clinton awards former President Theodore Roosevelt a posthumous Medal of Honor for his service in the Spanish–American War.  Teddy Roosevelt was the living embodiment of American confidence to the point of arrogance that would define the twentieth century.  He was one of the earliest recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating the end of the Russo-Japanese War.  And the protection of public lands as National Parks would have been an afterthought if not for his leadership.  Does a century old posthumous presentation of America's highest military decoration for valor enhance the former President's reputation? Will it increase the value of that decoration by association to the other Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, and Coastguardsmen so honored?

  8. Magic, in Moperville, is a not-so-well kept secret.  But there are still a lot of details that are not common knowledge.

    Grace has revealed to Sam that she knows about Magic.

    Sam needs to figure out if Grace really does have information he needs to know, or if she is full of Cyprinus carpio.

  9. 13 January

    532 – Nika riots in Constantinople.  Fans of the Blue and Green Chariot Racing teams destroy half the city of Constantinople.  Hooligans in Britain seem so timid in comparison.

    1404The Act of Multipliers is passed by the English Parliament forbidding alchemists to use their knowledge to create precious metals (it was feared that if any alchemist should succeed it would bring ruin upon the state).  So that's why I can't find anyone who will change my lead to gold.  It isn't because it breaks the laws of nature.  It just breaks the laws.

    1547 – Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, first cousin of both Queen Anne Boleyn and Queen Catherine Howard (second and fifth wives of King Henry VIII) is sentenced to death by said King. Or, as Mr VIII calls it, Thursday.  

    1808 – Birth of Salmon P. Chase, American jurist and politician, 6th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1873).  I know it sounds fishy, but it's true.  You'll find his portrait on the $10,000 gold certificate bill in your wallet.

    1864 – Death of Stephen Foster, American composer and songwriter (b. 1826).  The racist nature of his songs can not be overlooked.  But could anyone else cause official highway signs to be marked in musical notation?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OPkOW243pE

    1879 – In Mozart Gardens Brooklyn Ada Anderson completed a great feat of pedestrianism (precursor to modern race walking) - 2700 quarter miles in 2700 quarter hours, earning her $8000.  That's over $11.85/hour walking for a month.  

    1888 – The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C.  Because basements and attics are not yet cluttered with enough old magazines.

    1935 – A plebiscite in Saarland shows that 90.3% of those voting wish to join Nazi Germany.  If you weren't paying attention, the people living in Saarland, which had been under British and French occupation since the end of WWI, voted overwhelmingly to be annexed by the Nazis rather than continue under the occupation.  If the Allied powers ever find themselves in this situation again, they really need to do something differently.

    1953 – An article appears in Pravda accusing some of the most prestigious and prominent doctors, mostly Jews, in the Soviet Union of taking part in a vast plot to poison members of the top Soviet political and military leadership.  Following Stalin's unexpected death it is discovered that this was a lie, created or exploited by Stalin, to justify a new round of purges in the USSR.  No one was surprised.

    2002 – Fox has free reign in Washington.  A wild fox wanders into the United States Supreme Court Building and evades capture for more than a day despite being spotted by a police officer and observed on video cameras.

    2018 – A false emergency alert warning of an impending missile strike in Hawaii caused widespread panic in the state.  Next time, listen to the entire message from the boss before hitting the big red button.

  10. Society insists that the puns and innuendo that appeal to people with prepubescent emotional maturity are not appropriate for serious discussion.

    Unless, of course, you happen to be a Historian.

    In that case, make sure your audience knows you take no pleasure in the puns and innuendo.  You only point this out to show how incredibly immature people were in the past.*


    *"The Past" includes that time so many seconds ago when the lesson was written before it was posted.

  11. Just had another Italian Beef sandwich at the "Chicago Style" pizzeria near my home in Florida.

    In the few times I have been to Chicago, I never had an Italian Beef Sandwich, Chicago Dog, or Deep Dish pizza from any of the traditional sources.

    So while I like the lean beef sandwich with Giardiniera, how can I be certain that it is really a Chicago Style Italian Beef sandwich?

  12. 08 January

    871 – Alfred the Great leads a West Saxon army to repel an invasion by Danelaw Vikings.  Additional details are withheld in an attempt to reduce Saxon violence on the internet.

    1297 – François Grimaldi, disguised as a monk, leads his men to capture the fortress protecting the Rock of Monaco, establishing his family as the rulers of Monaco.  Did no one think to check if there were weapons hidden under the robes of the monks?

    1790 – George Washington delivers the first State of the Union address in New York City.  Thomas Jefferson would later decide that simply sending a report to Congress which the Clerks could read into the record was sufficient.  For over a century, US Presidents of all political persuasions followed that example.  This leaves many Americans asking why Wilson decided to reinstate that piece of Parliamentary Theatre.

    1815 – War of 1812: Battle of New Orleans: Andrew Jackson leads American forces in victory over the British.  So what if the war was already technically over?  It pushed Jackson into the White House and turned a history teacher's attempt to liven up a lesson into a hit record.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWkOeK5AmI8

    1835 – The United States national debt is zero for the only time.  Somehow that seems Un-American.

    Quite the variety of births on this date in the 20th Century...

    1926 – Birth of Soupy Sales, American comedian and actor.  No need for a birthday cake.  A pie will soon be delivered.

    1935 – Birth of Elvis Presley, American singer, guitarist, and actor.  Elvis has left the uterus, thankyouverymuch.

    1942 – Birth of Stephen Hawking, English physicist and author.  As a newborn, he was already smarter than almost anyone else.