Archive | April 14, 2014

Teischan’s My 8 Years On Earth Timeline For School — Very Cool.

Teischan’s own personal Website that she has had since the very day she was born! Click to access.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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This was a 2nd grade assignment. Earlier in the year they had done Lincoln’s timeline in class and now it was their turn.

They had about 10 days to get it done. Teischan was excited from the get-go, and that her teacher will laminate it (for free), if requested, excited her even more.

Typically this would have been something she would have done with Deanna. They are into doing crafts together. But Deanna has been indisposed this last week so I had to step in. Though I am fairly methodical about naming our picture files, with typically one for each month and then ad hoc ones for special events, it is amazing how many picture folders we have. Going through 8 years of folders was not easy — but fun.

It was definitely a worthwhile exercise and much kudos for her teacher — who is very very good (and also taught Devanee previously). I enjoyed doing it.

Being who I am I first did a PowerPoint ‘page’ for each year and copied the pictures onto that page. That way she wouldn’t get them mixed up PLUS we could minimize the ‘expensive’ photo paper Teischan insisted on using to print the pictures. She drew the house, that we moved into in 2007, and did the lettering. Teischan can be a riot. Look closely at the ‘2008’ pictures on the very top image. 3rd picture from the top — right at the end. That is where she is standing next to a BIG Golden that is 3/4 her height. That was Ulysses in his glory. He was 7 years old and in peak condition. Teischan is standing next to him buck naked. Deanna takes (or took) pictures of the kids with no clothes and let them cavort around nude. I cropped off the bottom part since that wasn’t going to fly. So it was her, 3 years old with Ulysses topless. She told me the picture was fine. Then LATER she told me that she colored in a T-shirt! That cracked me up BUT what is amazing is how well she did it. IF I hadn’t told you you would never notice that that is a hand colored T-shirt she is wearing. Mind boggles what she will do when she masters PhotoShop (or equivalent).


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Lunar Eclipse, With ‘Blood Red’ Moon, Late Tonight (April 15 Really), Over New Hampshire.

Quintessential 'blood red' (or more like 'deep orange') moon during a lunar eclipse. From NASA. Click to ENLARGE.

Quintessential ‘blood red’ (or more like ‘deep orange’) moon during a lunar eclipse. From NASA. Click to ENLARGE.

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First of four (4), yes 4, a so called ‘tetrad‘, of lunar eclipses over the next eighteen months: April 15, 2014, October 8, 2014, April 4, 2015 (Danielle’s birthday) and September 28, 2015.

The ‘blood red‘ is a media hype. It is more a deep orange or amber color. Caused by the dust (mainly volcanic) and debris in the Earth’s atmosphere. The sunlight, during the eclipse, is filtered through this dusty ‘filter’ causing the orangey shadow. Yes, some, like Al Gore, would call it pollution, but volcanoes don’t know any better. They are very impulsive.

IF you have forgotten the physics of eclipses from your school days these two diagrams will bring it all back. Right? Remember?

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From Wikipedia. Click to access Wikipedia entry.

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A simplified diagram, highlighting the Umbra and Penumbra. In the Umbra it is darker. Less of a shadow in the Penumbra.

Here is the NASA visibility map for the April 15 eclipse
with my N.H. annotations.

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As you can clearly see we are on the border — we will see the Penumbral shadow.

But there is the catch — it will occur between 2 am and 4 am!

So that is a bummer.

But, of course, we will see images all over the place tomorrow. CNN might even squeeze some in between its inane and now totally ludicrous coverage of Malaysia MH370.

I will keep you posted about the other eclipses — down the road 


A Very Traditional, Slightly Scary, Easter Greeting From The Vatican Library (Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana).

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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I don’t know, alas, Italian or Latin, though after all these years of papal research I do recognize some words and themes. So, I could tell that the Italian greeting at top was not the same as the one in English. ‘Resurrezione’ is pretty hard to miss and overlook — especially in the context of Easter. Per Google Translate the Italian, as you would expect, says: “Wishing everyone a Happy Easter of Resurrection”. That makes sense. ‘Pasqua’ is Easter and ‘bouna’ is pretty self explanatory.

So why did they omit the ‘resurrection’ part from the English greeting?

If it is spelled out in the Italian why gloss over it in the English?

Doesn’t make sense.

I wish they told us SOMETHING about this picture. Seems to be a lot of activity around an empty tomb and I am not 100% sure (since I have never read the Bible at length) but wasn’t the body placed on a ledge as opposed to a tomb? Plus it looks like (Roman) soldiers in disarray. Would really have been nice to be told at least where is came from so I could have Google it.

One last thing. You would think that they must have some BETTER pictures than this.

Never mind. It is the thought that counts.

Happy Easter.

 


Unlike Last Year Good Friday Is NOT A Day Off From School For The Alton Central (ACS) Kids This Year.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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2013acseasterYes, I know it is NOT a Federal or State holiday, though the Stock and Bond Markets are closed, and in my world, that is the barometer of the American psyche. Did YOU know that these U.S. states celebrate Good Friday as a holiday: Conn., Del., Hawaii, Ind., Ky. (half day), La., N.J., N.C., N.D., & Tenn.? That is pretty amazing. As soon as I heard that States celebrate it, I immediately thought of Ma. No Ma., but N.J., Hawaii and Delaware? Wow. What a country.

You may not remember it, but I have the benefit of an all remembering electronic diary — a.k.a. ‘this blog’. Yes, it was a holiday last year, and I noted that I was GLAD. Yes, it was one of those inspired and genii ‘teacher conference’ days. Feel bad for the teachers that they might have had to come in for a couple of hours but it was a great for the kids. I guess ‘they’ must have got some flack for that. NOT a holiday this year. I am crushed. A conjunction of two things brought it to mind this morning. CNBC reminded me, very early this morning, that the Markets were closed Friday. To me that is a HOLYDAY. I also have an evening presentation on “Pope John XXIII Canonization”at the New Durham Public Library on Thursday — Easter eve. The kids will attend since they like to see me present. Plus we are taking cake. So, if they don’t have school Friday we could go out after the presentation for an ice cream. C’est la vie.

Happy-Easter-22Having grown up in a 70% Buddhist country which per its British antecedents celebrates as holidays BOTH Good Friday and Easter Monday, I find it strange to live in a predominantly (and in pockets very devout) Christian country where kids have to go to school on Good Friday. I fully appreciate and applaud the ‘State-and-Church’ thing, BUT you cannot deny that Christmas is celebrated as Christmas. So that blows that argument out of the water. And lets face it, Eater is the more important of the two holidays — even if WE (yes, we) spend 1/100th on Easter presents as we do for Christmas. You do do Easter presents … right? Easter bunny? Teischan reminded me this morning that she is expecting the big, yellow bunny! She is nobody’s fool when it comes to holidays that involve chocolates and presents. She will play along. She know which side the bread is buttered on (to kind of mix metaphors).

Yes, yes, I understand. If they have Good Friday off they will have to come in for another additional day in June. I think we should ask the kids.

C’est la vie. I wonder how many parents keep their kids home for Good Friday?

Oh! I checked something else. I checked to see whether, at least, they would be getting FISH on Good Friday. Heck NO, though funnily enough there was a ‘riddle’ about Easter on the menu and one about crossing a teacher with a vampire. Call me old fashioned BUT I think both of those are INAPPROPRIATE on a school menu — especially vampire jokes, more so if they involve teachers! To me the Easter ‘joke’ is more appropriate than the vampire one — plus isn’t it TACKY to have a vampire joke on a school menu?


The Lovely Kate Middleton, The Duchess Of Cambridge, Future Queen, Playing Cricket In New Zealand.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access original coverage from the U.K. 'Daily Mirror'.

Click to access original coverage from the U.K. ‘Daily Mirror’.


Not bad at all. Not bad at all. The legs could have been a bit closer together but I doubt if many real men will have any complaints about the lovely Kate having her legs apart. Not textbook, BUT I like it. She is a good sport and it tells. You have to like her. I am glad she is inline to be the future Queen though I doubt whether it will be in my lifetime.

Though I am very fond of Piers Morgan too, I have to say, and I am sure Piers (who is also a good egg) will agree, she looks a damn sight better with a bat in her hand than did Piers, in Australia, a few months ago.


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