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World Book Day

World Book Day

“The date as decided by UNESCO as it was also the death and birth anniversary of William Shakespeare, a world famous author. The date also coincided with the death anniversary of Miguel de Cervantes, who was a noted Spanish author. Some other well known authors whose birth or death anniversary falls on this day are Maurice Druon, Josep Pla and Halldor Laxness.”

April 23, 2023   Comments Off on World Book Day

Saint George’s Day

Cross of St. George

Saint George is the patron saint of England, Georgia [the country], Bulgaria, Portugal, Catalonia, and the city of Moscow. Orthodox countries tend to celebrate George on November 23rd.

PETA condemns George for his senseless slaughter of dragons. The YWCA condemns the condemnation and wants to know when PETA is going to volunteer to be DragonChow™

April 23, 2023   Comments Off on Saint George’s Day

Show A Little Respect

Momma Earth

She’s the only planet we have, if we blow it, we can’t pack up and move.

There’s no Plan[et] B.

Wikipedia has an Earth Day entry, with links to other sites.

April 22, 2023   Comments Off on Show A Little Respect

A Good Day For Euphemisms

A Russian Su-34 VKM accidently dropped its bomb load over a Russia city: Belgorod. The Russian military reported the incident as: “abnormal descent of aviation munitions.”

Leon Smuk’s ..er..Elon Musk’s rocket-powered dildo exploded over the Gulf of Mexico instead of reaching orbit and the SpaceX announcer described it as: “a rapid unscheduled disassembly” or RUD. The assembled SpaceX employees applauded anyway.

These are disgusting levels of denying reality to suck up to the Bosses.

April 20, 2023   2 Comments

Happy Birthday

Friday Cat Blogging

Property is 16 today.

Property at 16

Tax Day is Tuesday but here’s the theme music for the day on YouTube.

Because Tax Day fell on Saturday and Emancipation Day in DC is celebrated on Monday, the deadline is extended until Tuesday, the 18th.

April 15, 2023   4 Comments

Spam & Fraud

This e-mail was so bad that it wust have been sent to annoy people.

nọrepļy <3725serviceppl@iinet.net.au> – an Australian e-mail address that doesn’t look very professional.

They must have a time machine as I received it at 3/29/2023, 1:44 PM, five hours before it was sent – Order placed on 3/29/2023 6:44:46 PM.

I was supposed to be delivered to – 26B Prudential Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32207, United States. Prudential Drive is 2 blocks long with street number from 1800 through 1999.

They believer that I would buy a Seagate BarraCuda Pro 12TB Internal Hard Drive Performance HDD – 3.5 Inch SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM 256MB Cache for Computer Desktop PC Laptop, Data Recovery from for Amount Paid: $929.00, when I can buy it from Bezos for $300.

Their Customer Care Service toll-free at +1-833-485-9029 which is odd as that’s the number for TrailPoint, The Woodlands, Texas an Apartment Rental Agency.

GMail marked it as spam when I forwarded to my account on my desktop from my iPad.

April 14, 2023   Comments Off on Spam & Fraud

Happy Easter

Easter Eggs

This is what happens when you have small children – you dye your kitchen.

Yes, the festival of Easter, goddess of the Spring, is celebrated this time of year with the traditional symbols of fertility, the egg and the rabbit, by the people who settled around the Baltic Sea – the Teutons, Slavs, Finns, Prussians, Letts, et al. It is a festival of plenty after the hardships of winter, with the promise of new growth.

Of course, later groups took the celebration and turned it to other purposes, but I doubt Easter minds.

[An oldie from Easters past]

April 9, 2023   Comments Off on Happy Easter

Chag Pesach Sameach חג פסח שמח

Sundown today marks the beginning of Pesach [Passover]. The story is found in the Book of Exodus. Rather more relevant now after a pandemic (which isn’t over) and ongoing wars.

This is a time of Matzah [unleavened bread], Marror [bitter herbs], wine and the retelling of the story of founding of Israel.

You can, of course, just pop in a DVD of The Ten Commandments, Cecil B. DeMille’s version.

At its core this is a story of immigration and anyone claiming to be a Christian or Jew should pay attention – it’s on the FINAL EXAM.

April 5, 2023   Comments Off on Chag Pesach Sameach חג פסח שמח

A Worthy Prank

Duluth Trading Company is an Internet/mail order vendor of work clothes that I occasionally buy from. They also have a sense of humor. Today’s e-mail advertised “Fire Hose® Anti-Cat Suits” and “Pipin’-Hot Pit Pocket Shirts”. Fire Hose® is a heavy-weight canvas that they use for pants and jackets that will certainly protect you from your cat and anything put in the armpit pocket of shirt would probably be warmer that the ambient air.

Of you can’t order either, but the catsuit would make a long-lasting Halloween costume.

April 1, 2023   4 Comments

April Fool’s Day

The BBC’s Spaghetti Harvest is still the top of the list for pranks.

April 1, 2023   Comments Off on April Fool’s Day

Vernal Equinox

It’s that time of year. Spring arrives at 4:24PM CDT this afternoon. You could have watched it come at Archæoastronomy.

The air is already filled with pollen and the live oaks are dropping last year’s leaves. The azaleas have already peaked and the pear trees are snowy with blooms.

I would note that locally we have had 12 hours or more of daylight since before St. Patrick’s Day, and usually do.

March 20, 2023   2 Comments

Iditarod 2023 – Day 13

Iditarod 2023 MapSled DogJason Mackey (20) only has 5 puppies in harness. I was sure that the minimum was 6. I’ll have to research it. Update the rule is now 5 puppies on the towline as a minimum. They must must have changed it when they went to 14 instead of 16 as the maximum.

Looks like The Φ (Red Lantern) will come to Nome today. Jason Mackey (20) ended the race when he brought the Red Lantern under the Burled Arch in Nome at 8:03PM tonight.

Standings at 8:03PM CDT (5:03PM AKDT):
Finished at Nome
1 Ryan Redington (5)
2 Peter Kaiser (33)
3 Richie Diehl (15)
4 Matt Hall (7)
5 Jessie Holmes (2)
6 Kelly Maixner (23)
7 Eddie Burke Jr (18)R
8 Matthew Failor (16)
9 Mille Porsild (4)
10 Wade Marrs (28)
11 Hunter Keefe (12)R
12 Dan Kaduce (11)
13 Christian Turner (30)
14 Jessie Royer (26)
15 Aaron Peck (31)
16 KattiJo Deeter (10)R
17 Nicolas Petit (9)
18 Riley Dyche (21)
19 Ramey Smyth (24)
20 Deke Naaktgeboren (34)
21 Kristy Berington (6)
22 Anna Berington (8)
23 Michael Williams Jr (32)
24 Bailey Vitello (3)R
25 Joanna Jagow (25)
26 Gerhardt Thiart (22)R
27 Bridgett Watkins (19)R
28 Jed Stephensen (27)R
29 Jason Mackey (20) Φ
[continued below the fold] [

March 17, 2023   Comments Off on Iditarod 2023 – Day 13

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

Éireann go Brách!

Irish Flag


Well everyone agrees that he died on March 17th, but the year is subject to debate. This is his feast day on the Catholic calendar. Enjoy as you are wont.

Wikipedia has more on Saint Patrick’s Day, if you need more.

March 17, 2023   Comments Off on Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

Iditarod 2023 – Day 12

Iditarod 2023 MapSled DogI put the Top Ten below the fold to show how the teams in the back of the pack are doing.

Standings at 9:30PM CDT (6:30PM AKDT):
Finished at Nome
11 Hunter Keefe (12)R
12 Dan Kaduce (11)
13 Christian Turner (30)
14 Jessie Royer (26)
15 Aaron Peck (31)
16 KattiJo Deeter (10)R
17 Nicolas Petit (9)
18 Riley Dyche (21)
19 Ramey Smyth (24)
20 Deke Naaktgeboren (34)
21 Kristy Berington (6)
22 Anna Berington (8)
Beyond Safety
23 Michael Williams Jr (32)
At White Mountain
24 Bailey Vitello (3)R
25 Joanna Jagow (25)
26 Gerhardt Thiart (22)R
27 Bridgett Watkins (19)R
Beyond Elim
28 Jason Mackey (20)
29 Jed Stephensen (27)R
[Top 10 finishers below the fold] [

March 16, 2023   4 Comments