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  1. And now she sells insurance

    Forgot to mention that while geckos do have very good vision overall, especially in low light, they are effectively red-blue colour blind.

    In humans, red-green colour blindness is not unknown.  More common in males than females.

    Could the walls now be coloured red with only subtle changes in shade and texture creating the patterns Sarah mentioned?  If so, Nanase would be effectively colour blind using her Lizard eyes.

    Still, it has been a long time since Amanda announced that "Lizards are Cool".  We are long overdue for conformation.

     


  2. http://egscomics.com/comic/tsos-02

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Grace:  So how was your "Not Date"?
    Sarah:  My...Oh!  It was good!

    And thus ends the Secret of Sam.

    Grace, Sarah has already talked to Adrian Raven about Pandora.  She will need to talk about PCR with you and the rest of the usual suspects soon enough.  And Sarah is resilient and insightful.  You don't need to treat her as if she is carrying raw eggs in a crystal basket.

    Nearly forgot to ask.  Has Grace always kept her fangs extended in Squirrel-Girl form?
    This seems new.


  3. Regarding the 14 November entry for 1960
    Yes, I have edited that line more that once in less than an hour after posting.
    I needed to include the Ruby Bridges story.  But every comment I tried to make just came out worse.  So I left it with just the Rockwell painting.


  4. 14 November

    1770 – James Bruce discovers the source of the Blue Nile in Ethiopia.  At the time he believes to be the source of the Nile.  Turns out that the White Nile from Lake Victoria is closer to the true source, but the most distant headwaters of Lake Victoria are still disputed.  Because he wouldn't really be a part of the great tradition of European discovery if he didn't get something wrong.

    1851 – Moby-Dick, a novel by Herman Melville, is published in the USA.  That was one whale of a book.

    1886 – Friedrich Soennecken first developed the hole puncher, a type of office tool capable of punching small holes in paper.  How did we ever create binding paperwork in the days before we could bind our paperwork?

    1889 – Pioneering female journalist Nellie Bly (aka Elizabeth Cochrane) begins a successful attempt to travel around the world in less than 80 days. She completes the trip in 72 days.  A living woman does the job in ten percent less time than a fictional man, and yet the fictional man is the one remembered.

    1910 – Aviator Eugene Burton Ely performs the first takeoff from a ship in Hampton Roads, Virginia. He took off from a makeshift deck on the USS Birmingham in a Curtiss pusher.  An aero plane launched from a ship?  What possible practical use could that be?

    1918 – Czechoslovakia becomes a republic.  Now that it is free of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, it is sure to be a stable and independent state with the Czech and Slovak people coexisting peacefully without foreign domination.

    1922 – The British Broadcasting Company begins radio service in the United Kingdom.  Their biggest concerns being that British Post Office and News Papers should not lose their monopoly on communications and that radio in the UK should not resemble the system growing in fits and starts in the USA.  Mistakes would be made, lessons would be learned, and the British Broadcasting Corporation would go on the air in 1927.

    1948 – Birth of His Royal Highness Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales, KG, KT, GCB, OM, AK, QSO, PC, ADC, Earl of Chester, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles and Prince and Great Steward of Scotland.  Or as he is known by the Inuktitut language in the Canadian Territory of Nunavut, Attaniout Ikeneego.  This officially translates as "Heir Apparent", but is more accurately "The Son of the Big Boss".

    1952 – The first regular UK Singles Chart published by the New Musical Express.  Because we need big business telling us which artistic expression we most enjoy.

    1957 – The "Apalachin Meeting" in rural Tioga County in upstate New York is raided by law enforcement; many high level Mafia figures are arrested while trying to flee.  So with the police doing the dirty work, a lot of low level operators in the syndicate were able to seize high level positions in organized crime.

    1960 – Ruby Bridges becomes the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in Louisiana
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/ed/The-problem-we-all-live-with-norman-rockwell.jpg
    Yes, this really happened in America, and not that long ago.

    1967 – American physicist Theodore Maiman is given a patent for his ruby laser systems, the world's first laser.  Because the military is so convinced that the laser itself is a weapon, laser-based technologies like printers, scanners, pointers, laser disks, and digital video are delayed about twenty years.

    1975 – With the signing of the Madrid Accords, Spain abandons Western Sahara.  This peacefully leads to the Civil Government of...  of...  of...   People, it has been over forty years.  Can't someone form a government that is acceptable to the locals, the neighbors, and the international community?


  5. http://egscomics.com/sketchbook/2018-038

    Based on the NP for  Friday November 02, 2018
    http://egscomics.com/egsnp/nanasecraft-09

    More experiments in the wonderful world of colour.

    Most of the time, the EGS story and NP comics are just fine in grayscale.  But once in a while Dan makes color, or specifically a change in color, an important part of the story.

    Nanase fighting Abraham
    Ellen against Not Tengu
    Tedd at the Card Tournament
    Ellen, again, as the Dewitchery Diamond shatters

    Tedd's transformation was the only one presented in color in the story.

    As for the commentary, you don't need to spend decades deciding on the color of a wall.  But the wall will be that color for decades.


  6. 13 November

    1002 – English king Æthelred II orders the killing of all Danes in England, known today as the St. Brice's Day massacre.  Æthelred was convinced that his kingdom would be overthrown by Danes.  So he orders the massacre which results in several Danes being killed in England.  This was followed by the 1003 invasion by Danish King Sweyn Forkbeard.  That led to Sweyn's son Cnut becoming King of England, Denmark, and Norway with additional claims and influence in Sweden and Ireland.  So good job Æthelred.  You turned Saxon fears of Vikings into a Greek tragedy.

    1160 – Louis VII of France marries Adela of Champagne.  Champagne would become a fixture at weddings.

    1642 – First English Civil War: Battle of Turnham Green: The Royalist forces withdraw in the face of the Parliamentarian army and fail to take London.  Parliamentary forces knew that members of Parliament needed to gather in London to do the work of the Government, so they had to defend London.  Royalist forces knew that the King could hold court wherever he was at the time, so they did not desperately need to take London.

    1851 – The Denny Party lands at Alki Point, before moving to the other side of Elliott Bay to what would become Seattle.  You'll want to know this when a child asks that awkward question, "Where does canned salmon come from?"

    1927 – The Holland Tunnel opens to traffic as the first Hudson River vehicle tunnel linking New Jersey to New York City.  But that should be the Manhattan Tunnel or the Jersey City Tunnel.  The Holland Tunnel is supposed to go to Holland.  Right?

    1940 – Walt Disney's animated musical film Fantasia is first released, on the first night of a roadshow at New York's Broadway Theatre.  Most movie theatres in North America are not equipped to deliver the advanced audio quality of the film.  The War keep the film from being shown in Europe for several years.  And gratuitously racist gags in the Pastoral Symphony section are edited out of early re-releases of the film, leading to complaints about how Disney is giving in to the bleeding heart liberals.

    1947 – In the Soviet Union, Mikhail Kalashnikov completes development of the AK-47, one of the first proper assault rifles.  Much like the Shark or the Crocodile or Idiot-from-Florida jokes, sometimes the early form proves to be effective and enduring across many generations.

    1974 – Ronald DeFeo, Jr. murders his entire family in Amityville, Long Island.  This was a tragedy by itself.  The liberties taken by book and, even more so, the movies supposedly based on this event are the greater horror.

    Also, 13 November is World Kindness Day.  So be kind... OR ELSE!!!


  7. 12 November

    954 – The 13-year-old Lothair III is crowned at the Abbey of Saint-Remi as king of the West Frankish Kingdom.  Just because the kid has a lot of hair, you aren't required to make it his name.  We don't call the Duke of Cambridge "Prince Prematurely Balding".

    1439 – Plymouth becomes the first town incorporated by the English Parliament.  Sounds like Parliament is taking their authority out for a test drive.

    1893 – The Durand Line is established as the boundary between British India and Afghanistan, by a memorandum of understanding signed by Sir Mortimer Durand, Foreign Secretary of British India, and Abdur Rahman Khan, Amir of Afghanistan.  In simpler terms, the British diplomat scratches a line on the map and the local ruler agrees that the British line is fair.

    1905 – Norway holds a referendum resulting in popular approval of the Storting's decision to authorise the government to make the offer of the throne of the newly-independent country.  Norway, do you really want a King?   Or are you just doing this to keep up with the neighbors?

    1927 – Snowball Leon Trotsky is expelled from Animal Farm the Soviet Communist Party, leaving Comrade Napoleon Joseph Stalin in undisputed control.

    1940 – World War II: Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov arrives in Berlin to discuss the possibility of the Soviet Union joining the Axis Powers.  No.  Please, no.

    1941 – World War II: Temperatures around Moscow drop to -12 °C as the Soviet Union launches ski troops for the first time against the freezing German forces near the city.  A tip for everyone still thinking about invading Russia.  Don't.  Russia is large and populous enough that no matter when you start, you will not be done by winter.  And Russians know how to survive and thrive their in native winter with ways your tropically tanned brain can not comprehend.

    1970 – The Oregon Highway Division attempts to destroy a rotting beached Sperm whale with explosives, leading to the now infamous "exploding whale" incident.  The explosives expert in charge ordered twenty cases  of dynamite.  Another expert insisted they only needed twenty sticks.  In the analysis of Wikipedia, "The dynamiting of this whale carcass did not go as planned."

    2001 – In New York City, American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300 en route to the Dominican Republic, crashes minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 260 on board and five on the ground.  It says a lot about America's state of mind at the time when we were relieved that this tragedy was due to pilot error and mechanical failure.

    Also, 12 November is World Pneumonia Day.  Nothing to sneeze at.


  8. 09 November

    694 – At the Seventeenth Council of Toledo, Egica, a king of the Visigoths of Hispania, accuses Jews of aiding Muslims, sentencing all Jews to slavery.  SPOILER ALERT:  This day of the year will not get better for Jews.

    1526 – Jews are expelled from Pressburg (Bratislava), Hungary, by Maria of Hapsburg.  Yes, it gets worse.

    1541 – Queen Catherine Howard (Henry VIII's fifth wife) is confined in the Tower of London.  Or, as Mr VIII calls it, Wednesday.

    1620 – Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower sight land at Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  But how does a cod wear a cape in the first place?  Don't you need shoulders and a neck to make those things work?

    1720 – The synagogue of Judah HeHasid is burned down by Arab creditors, leading to the expulsion of the Ashkenazim from Jerusalem.  You do realize that if someone owes you money, burning down their home or business usually decreases their ability to pay.

    1862 – American Civil War: Union General Ambrose Burnside assumes command of the Army of the Potomac, after George B. McClellan is removed.  He may not have been a better officer than McClellan, but his facial hair was legendary.

    1862 – US General Ulysses S. Grant issues orders to bar Jews from serving under him.  Not necessarily the worst thing on the list, but it does fit the pattern.

    1888 – The mutilated body of Mary Jane Kelly, believed to be the final victim of Jack the Ripper, is discovered in Spitalfields, London, England.  130 years of investigation and no arrests?  It seems like this case is no longer a high priority for Scotland Yard.

    1906 – Theodore Roosevelt is the first sitting President of the United States to make an official trip outside the country. He did so to inspect progress on the Panama Canal.  Can you dig it?

    1907 – The Cullinan Diamond is presented to King Edward VII on his birthday.  Often it can be awkward to give diamonds as a gift to a man.  But with a characteristic British stiff upper lip, Edward managed to accept the thirty one hundred carat stone graciously. 

    1918 – Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany abdicates after the German Revolution, and Germany is proclaimed a Republic.  At this rate, the only remaining Caesars will include raw eggs and Worcestershire sauce on Romaine lettuce.

    1921 – Partito Nazionalista Fascista formed in Italy by Mussolini.  Just in case there wasn't enough bad news.

    1922 – Albert Einstein is named the winner of the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect".  Ok, this was one good day for one Jew.

    1923 – In Munich, Germany, police and government troops crush the Beer Hall Putsch in Bavaria. The failed coup is the work of the Nazis.  They won't stay down.

    1934 – Birth of Carl Sagan, American astronomer, astrophysicist, and cosmologist (d. 1996).  A few "This Day In History" lines are simply not enough.  For Carl Sagan, I would need Billions and Billions...

    1938 – The Nazi German diplomat Ernst vom Rath dies from gunshot wounds by Herschel Grynszpan, an act which the Nazis used as an excuse to instigate the 1938 national pogrom, also known as Kristallnacht.  This is the point when things get really bad.

    1953 – The Supreme Court rules Major League baseball exempt from anti-trust laws.  Apparently the American game of politics doesn't apply to sports.

    1989 – Cold War: Fall of the Berlin Wall: East Germany opens checkpoints in the Berlin Wall, allowing its citizens to travel to West Berlin.  And for about a year, those of us who were living in that time allowed ourselves to think that Peace had broken out.  Boy, were we crazy.

    2007 – The German Bundestag passes the controversial data retention bill mandating storage of citizens' telecommunications traffic data for six months without probable cause.  Really, Germany?  You chose this anniversary date to pass legislation many people would regard as intrusive or oppressive?


  9. 08 November

    1278 – Trần Thánh Tông, the second emperor of the Trần dynasty, decides to pass the throne to his crown prince Trần Khâm and take up the post of Retired Emperor.  What is surprising is how rarely this tactic is used.  Find an ambitious Prince, General, or Bureaucrat and leave them with the real work and responsibility of government.

    1519 – Hernán Cortés enters Tenochtitlán and Aztec ruler Moctezuma welcomes him with a great celebration.  This plan works about as well as any other attempt to stop the invading Europeans.

    1602 – The Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford is opened to the public.  "Open" in this case to those willing to take an oath in Latin vowing to obey the Library rules and above all else to NEVER bring a fire into the building.

    1605 – Robert Catesby, ringleader of the Gunpowder Plotters, is killed.  Catesby may have been the ringleader and among the first executed, but the first Guy arrested is the name that lives on in infamous song and story.

    1895 – While experimenting with electricity, Wilhelm Röntgen discovers the X-ray.  In 2012, the anniversary would be designated the International Day of Radiology.  Having found the X-ray, where are the W and Y rays?

    1901 – Gospel riots: Bloody clashes take place in Athens following the translation of the Gospels into demotic Greek.  This may be a surprise, but the ancient koine Greek into which the Septuagint had been originally translated was not the language of the modern Greek people

    1917 – The first Council of People's Commissars is formed, including Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky and Joseph Stalin.  This council, made up of men who achieved their goals through violence, was stable and effective.  Until the mutually acknowledged leader, Lenin, died.  Then the violence returned until only one was left in power.  In hindsight, it seems so obvious.

    1957 – Operation Grapple X, Round C1: The United Kingdom conducts its first successful hydrogen bomb test over Kiritimati (Christmas Island) in the Pacific.  Hold on to the receipt, you may want to exchange this Christmas present.

    1966 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs into law an antitrust exemption allowing the National Football League to merge with the upstart American Football League.  This legislation didn't specifically say that Big Budget American Sports were outside, above, and beyond the reach of American Law.  Apparently they want to hold that proclamation in reserve for a special occasion.

    1968 – The Vienna Convention on Road Traffic is signed to facilitate international road traffic and to increase road safety by standardising the uniform traffic rules among the signatories.  This is why most of Europe, and about half the countries in the world outside Europe, use nearly identical road signs.  And if you aren't from one of those countries you are uniformly confused by the road signs everywhere else on Earth.

    1972 – HBO launches its programming, with the broadcast of the 1971 movie Sometimes a Great Notion, starring Paul Newman and Henry Fonda.  Good news for those who enjoy watching the same movie twenty or more times in a given month, a year or more after its initial theatrical release.


  10. 07 November

    680 – The Sixth Ecumenical Council commences in Constantinople.  For the seventh time overall and the third time in Constantinople, a bunch of Christian Bishops gather to decide once and for all what it is to be Christian.  At least until the next Council or Schism or Synod or Anti-Pope or Reformation or Counter Reformation or Stubborn Bishop or Stubborn Monarch or...  what was the point?  Oh yes, Third Constantinople.  Jesus Christ has two energies and two wills.  Divine and Human.  The human will of Jesus Christ was subject to, and never in conflict with, his all powerful Divine will.

    921 – Treaty of Bonn: The Frankish kings Charles the Simple (wouldn't "Chuck" be simpler?) and Henry the Fowler (who was for the birds) sign a peace treaty or 'pact of friendship' (amicitia), to recognize their borders along the Rhine.  "So like, if you keep your army on that side of the river, I'll keep my army on this side and we can both keep our boots dry?"  "Dude, that is so crazy it just might work!"

    1492 – The Ensisheim meteorite, the oldest meteorite with a known date of impact, strikes the Earth around noon in a wheat field outside the village of Ensisheim, Alsace, France.  Even with an entire village witnessing the event, the idea that meteors are rocks from space does not catch on for another 300 years.

    1619 – Elizabeth Stuart is crowned Queen of Bohemia.  In her coronation rhapsody she muses "Is this the real life?  Is this just fantasy?"

    1665 – The London Gazette, the oldest surviving journal, is first published.  The publication of record, IF you actually believe the British government's version of the story.

    1775 – John Murray, the Royal Governor of the Colony of Virginia, starts the first mass emancipation of slaves in North America by issuing Lord Dunmore's Offer of Emancipation, which offers freedom to slaves who abandoned their colonial masters to fight with Murray and the British.  Conscripting the slaves of rebellious slave owners sure seems like a desperate act for a colonial power, and the Americans had not yet declared Independence.

    1786 – The oldest musical organization in the United States is founded as the Stoughton Musical Society.  Today it is know as The Old Stoughton Musical Society.  They added "Old" when they reached 122.  "Antique", "Classical", "Ancient", "Bronze-Age", and "Neolithic" letterheads have already been prepared.

    1811 – Tecumseh's War: The Battle of Tippecanoe is fought near present-day Battle Ground, Indiana, United States.  Indiana Territory Governor William Henry Harrison and the militia came upon the Shawnee forces when their military leader, Tecumseh, was away.  Many of the Shawnee were eager, but not actually prepared, to fight.  The militia held off the initial attack, and then drove the Shawnee away.  Destroying the supplies Tecumseh's forces had stored for the winter in the process.  This became the cornerstone of the legend Harrison built for himself as he entered politics, ultimately winning the Presidency in 1840 with the slogan "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too".

    1874 – A cartoon by Thomas Nast in Harper's Weekly, is considered the first important use of an elephant as a symbol for the United States Republican Party.  In case you doubted it, the GOP Elephant is the original Nasty Boy.

    1940 – In Tacoma, Washington, Galloping Gertie, the original Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapses in 40 mile per hour (64 km/h) winds, a mere four months after the bridge's completion.  If you have ever taken a class in physics or engineering since the second half of the twentieth century, this is the bridge you saw in that film.  The one with the scared dog in the shaking car that bit the man attempting the rescue.

    1957 – Cold War: The Gaither Report calls for more American missiles and fallout shelters.  There was a Turtle by the name of Bert...

    1967 – US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, establishing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street? 

    2000 – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration discovers one of the country's largest LSD labs inside a converted military missile silo in Wamego, Kansas.  And some people were worried that no one would find a use for these things when the Cold War ended.

    2000 – Indecision 2000.  Controversial US presidential election that is later resolved in the Bush v. Gore Supreme Court Case, electing George W. Bush the 43rd President of the United States.  The recounts are still ongoing.


  11. I just bought a tin of Royal Dansk Butter Cookies.

    They are expensive, dry, stale, bland, crumbly, and dunking in milk or tea does nothing to improve their texture.

    If this is what the Danish Royals actually eat, I can only imagine it is to insure that they do not become too happy.

    But a friend of my parents always gave them a big tin of Royal Dansk every year around Christmas, and it wouldn't be right if I didn't bring at least one tin of sugar-coated-pressed-sawdust into the house between Halloween and New Year.

    So...Tradition?


  12. I can only think that this was written to fail.

    A referendumb on the Florida ballot called for prohibiting vaping indoors AND a ban on offshore drilling.

    Honestly, I would be glad to see those annoying e-cigs prohibited.

    But as for off shore drilling?  There should MUST be tougher controls, and tougher enforcement of existing controls.  And there needs to be more development in fuel conservation and alternative / renewable energy sources.  But an outright ban on offshore drilling in state waters is not going to solve those problems.  And a sympathetic court (State or Federal) is almost certain to give big petroleum a way around the state ban anyway.

    There are people who would permit e-cigs and ban drilling.

    And there are people who would permit both.

    But I find it difficult to believe that the number of voters in Florida opposed to both, or who are so strongly opposed to one or the other that they would be willing to ban both, could form a majority.  Not even in a mid-term election.

    I would suggest a referendum to prohibit combining unrelated issues as a single vote on future ballot referenda.  But they would probably combine that with a proposed ban on buttercream frosting which would force me to vote against it.


  13. 06 November

    963 – Synod of Rome: Emperor Otto I calls a council at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Pope John XII is deposed on charges of an armed rebellion against Otto.  A suggestion to future Popes.  When the Emperor arrives in Rome and accuses you of corruption, you should answer the charges, not go on a hunting trip.  A suggestion to future Emperors.  When you depose a Pope, make sure he knows he is deposed.  Otherwise, he will only oppose your new Pope when he gets back from the hunting trip.

    1217 – The Charter of the Forest is sealed at St Paul's Cathedral, London by King Henry III, acting under the regency of William Marshall, 1st Earl of Pembroke which re-establishes for free men rights of access to the royal forest that had been eroded by William the Conqueror and his heirs.  This could set a dangerous precedent.  What if people insist upon breathing the King's air without royal consent?  This would be handled differently If I Were King of the Forest.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ak3J5DayiCk

    1528 – Shipwrecked Spanish conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca becomes the first known European to set foot in the area that would become Texas.  So hypothetically speaking, would you rather drown in the Gulf of Mexico, or land in Texas?

     

    1789 – Pope Pius VI appoints Father John Carroll as the first Catholic bishop in the United States.  About two hundred years later, there are about two hundred bishops in the United States.  Coincidence?  Yeah, pretty much.

    1856 – Scenes of Clerical Life, the first work of fiction by Mary Anne Evans, the author later known as George Eliot, is submitted for publication.  In 19th Century British publishing, a woman needed to present herself as a man to get her work noticed.  In early 21st Century internet, men often present themselves as women.

    1865 – American Civil War: CSS Shenandoah is the last Confederate combat unit to surrender , in Liverpool, after circumnavigating the globe on a cruise on which it sank or captured 37 unarmed merchant vessels.  Liverpool would eventually retaliate towards America with an infestation of Beatles.

    1869 – In New Brunswick, New Jersey, Rutgers College defeats Princeton University (then known as the College of New Jersey), 6–4, in the first official intercollegiate American football game.  Princeton would win the rematch a week later.  The game was played with different rules at each school.  The third and deciding game was never played due to some concerns that the athletes were being distracted from their studies, but mostly due to disagreements about the rules to be followed for that game.  So the only two teams that played each received a share of the national championship.  A century and a half later with NCAA and FBS and BCS and CFP and ESPN we still have trouble officially determining the college football national champion.

    1935 – Edwin Armstrong presents his paper "A Method of Reducing Disturbances in Radio Signaling by a System of Frequency Modulation" to the New York section of the Institute of Radio Engineers.  Thus bringing FM radio out of the experimental realm and into the reach of high fidelity music fans, pirate radio, and covert broadcasting devices.

    1944 – Plutonium is first produced at the Hanford Atomic Facility and subsequently used in the Fat Man atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan.  Humans will even expand the Periodic Table to find new ways to pursue our favorite endeavor, destroying each other.

    1945 – Concerned that her cover was about to be blown, Elizabeth Bentley turns herself in to the FBI and confesses she had been spying for the Soviet Union.  Fair warning to those considering joining radical political movements as university students.  Radicalism loses a lot of its appeal outside the ivy covered walls.  Most of your fellow college radicals will take on mundane political views in the "real" world.  And many of these former radicals will not hesitate to turn in their seditious comrades from the good old days.  To get your picture in the yearbook, stick to the Glee Club.

    Additionally,  06 November is National Nacho Day in the United States.  Guess I know what I'm having for lunch.

    Also,  06 November, 2018 is Election Day in the United States.  The choices on the ballot may not be as appealing as the options for Nachos on the menu.  But please vote, it could be worse.


  14. Or perhaps Sarah has excellent bowling technique which will allow her to compensate for the irregular size and shape of the lane and equipment.

    If the Browns are anything like Elliot's parents, then Sarah probably has her own bowling ball and shoes.


  15. 03 November

    1492 – Peace of Etaples between Henry VII of England and Charles VIII of France.  This is madness,  When will England and France resume their natural state of fighting one another?

    1534 – English Parliament passes the first Act of Supremacy, making King Henry VIII head of the Anglican Church, supplanting the pope and the Roman Catholic Church.  This time, Mr VIII is divorcing an entire religion.

    1793 – French playwright, journalist and feminist Olympe de Gouges is guillotined.  A warning for anyone with a radical ideology.  The WORST place to spread a revolutionary idea is in a revolution.

    1817 – The Bank of Montreal, Canada's oldest chartered bank, opens in Montreal.  What an amazing coincidence.

    1883 – American Old West: Self-described "Black Bart the poet" gets away with his last stagecoach robbery, but leaves a clue (a handkerchief with a laundry mark) that eventually leads to his capture.  There is still some debate whether his thefts or his poems were the greater crimes.

    1908 – William Howard Taft is elected the 27th President of the United States.  They say this Taft is one bad mother...

    1957 – Sputnik program: The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 2. On board is the first animal to enter orbit, a dog named Laika.  The space race has gone to the dogs.

    1973 – Mariner program: NASA launches the Mariner 10 toward Mercury.  It becomes the first space probe to reach that planet on March 29, 1974 .  Mercury, it turns out, is nearly identical to Earth.  If you take away the magnetosphere, atmosphere, ocean, crust, continents, tectonic plates, mantle, and about a third of the core then park it so deep in the Sun's gravity well that Newtonian physics can't describe its orbit.  Other than that, it is almost indistinguishable from Earth.