Daily Post : 11th December, 2013

Daily Post, started 8:09:10 on 11/12/13
OK, I wasn’t out of bed quite that early this morning, but still, it is 11-12-13


Quote of the day :

If every year is a marble, how many marbles do you have left? How many sunrises, how many opportunities to rise to the full stature of your being?
~ Joy Page


Pic of the day :

Following on from another photo I put up this week, here’s another of Liverpool’s street artists, this one covered in black and gold paint and make-up to have a gold-veined marble look.

gold-flecked-marble-street-artist

Purely as an aside, I found a great site covering the Yule marble quarry in Colorado where the stone for the Lincoln memorial statue was cut. The photographer in charge of the blog has over 100,000 photographs of the historic site. They even sell a DVD covering all the work there, including the search for a replacement wall for the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington, VA, which apparently is cracked and crumbling and basically unrepairable. There’s a 9 minute extract of the DVD you can watch on the site too.


Tube of the day :

I was jumping about, like you do, and found this 70’s classic to share with you : The two Ronnies fork handles sketch.


On this day…

Born today :

  • Politician, John Kerry
  • Heiress and business woman, Christina Onassis
  • 60’s singer, Brenda lee
  • Film producer, Carlo Ponti (Married to Sophia Loren, his films included Dr Zhivago
  • Physicist, Max Born (Shared a Nobel prize in 1954 for his work in quantum mechanics)
  • Singer and guitarist, Jermaine Jackson (of Jackson 5)

Also on this day in history

Doom is 20 years old today. You can read an article about it over on Extremetech :
Doom, the original and best first-person shooter, is 20 years old today

Doom box cover

the-horse-in-motion-muybridge You may well have once seen this iconic set of black and white photos of a horse galloping. I’ve not been able to substantiate this but according to one site (BeautifulBritain) today was the day in 1877 that English photographer Eadweard Mubridge (born Edward James Muggeridge) proved horses are off the ground when running. He was originally hired in 1872 by the former governor of California Leland Stanford to prove that a horse’s four feet are all off the ground simultaneously once every stride. He used multiple cameras around the track, each taking a single frame via a series of trip wires. His photographic work, which included scenic and motion capture of boys playing leapfrog, of buffalos and of couples dancing was highly influential. You can also read more about Eadweard Muybridge on Wikipedia
There is also a page on Eadweard Mubridge at Artsy.

1903 The first wildlife preservation society was formed in Britain to protect fauna. It was called the Society for the Preservation of Wild Fauna of the Empire.

1914 The Royal Flying Corps, which later became the RAF, adopted the red, white and blue roundel to identify its aircraft more easily during World War I.

Aviation enthusiasts can mark today as the day in 1967 that Concorde eased it’s instantly recognisable nose out of the hanger for the first time (confirmation needed to actual date, possibly at Toulouse). The first test flight of the prototype took off in Toulouse on 2 March 1969, but it wasn’t until the 1st of October of 1969 that it reached supersonic speed. Discussion for this aircraft began in the early 50’s and its first flight wasn’t until March 2nd, 1969. Concorde was the world’s first supersonic commercial airliner, with a top speed of Mach 2 (1,354 mph) and, as it was retired in 2003 (Nov 26th), it was also the last.

According to an article on Forbes one company, Aerion Corporation, is planning the world’s first supersonic business jet. However, as it’s at least 8 years off and will only be a 12-seater, I’d not be optimistic about it.

I don’t like to be negative, but it’s noteworthy for it’s notoriety, so it’s going in! In 2008 5 years ago Financier Bernard Madoff was arrested and charged with securities fraud in a $65 billion Ponzi scheme. (Others put the figure at $50 billion, with actual losses around $18 billion). I mean, really, how could one person be left to control so much money for so long?

If you prefer happier nostalgia, in 1971 Benny Hill has a number one in the UK single charts with, ‘Ernie, the fastest milkman in the west’.

Next time you are sat in the waiting room for a filling, dreading the novocaine needed, give a moments thought for those before you as it wasn’t until 1844 that the dental use of nitrous oxide was recorded, in Hartford, Conneticut.

Trending at this moment:

Hot on Google UK is news of a trailer for the latest remake of Godzilla, due for release next May.

Also trending and looking far more captivating than a rehash of an impossibly big lizard is Jupiter Ascending, which just looks awesome. Can’t hurt that this new sci-fi adventure is brought to us by the Wachowski brothers (of The Matrix fame) and stars Sean Bean and Channing Tatum. The female lead goes to Mila Kunis, who recently starred in films like Black Swan, Oz:The Great and Powerful and Ted.

See the trailers below.

On Yahoo, Google and elsewhere, it’s all about President Obama’s selfie. To be more precise, it’s the disapproving looks he got from his First Lady wife as he snuggles up to Denmark’s lady Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt and David Cameron, snapping away at themselves – presumably in a break – during the Mandela’s memorial service Johannesburg, yesterday.

It doesn’t help that other photographs show him greeting her and landing a kiss in what appears to be a little more enthusiasm than a simple peck on the cheek. Michelle, in his shadow, is not smiling. So when a bit later he’s snapped putting his hand and arm on her shoulder, her look gets ever frostier. I guess someone slept on the presidential couch last night! 😀

obama-selfie

(Cropped photo, ©Associated Press and Getty Images)

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