Daily post : On this day 28th December

Quote of the day :

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the of the day, saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”
~ Mary Anne Radmacher


Picture of the day :

Golden Gates, Warrington

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Youtube video of the day :

Doesn’t look much, the below is the first ever box office hit, and if you don’t like it, then it’s also the first box office flop. Either was, in 1895 when this 46 second black and white silent movie was shown that was it. Literally that was it, though I dare say someone will point to a more obscure film. (Such as Louis Le Prince’s 1888 Roundhay Garden Scene which lasts all of 2 seconds and is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest surviving film in existence.)

1895: La Sortie de l’Usine Lumière à Lyon (Workers Leaving The Lumière Factory in Lyon)

1888 : Roundhay Garden Scene (Don’t blink or you’ll miss it, it only lasts 2 seconds!)


Born on this day…

Born today :

  • Mathematician, John von Neumann
  • Software Engineer, Linus Torvalds
  • Marvel cartoonist, writer and editor, Stan Lee
  • Actress, Dame Maggie Smith
  • Actress, Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura)
  • Actress, Sienna Miller
  • Actor, Denzel Washington
  • Actor, Joe Manganiello
  • Comedian and actor, Cliff Arquette
  • Violinist, Nigel Kennedy
  • TV Chef and cookery book author, Keith Floyd
  • Journalist and TV presenter, Richard Whiteley
  • President, Woodrow Wilson (US)

Also on this day in history

1612 : Galileo discovered the planet Neptune, though he mistook it for a star.

1895 : Wilhelm Röntgen published a paper entitled "On A New Kind Of Rays" (Über eine neue Art von Strahlen) detailing his discovery of a new type of radiation, which later will be known as x-rays and earn him an honourary Doctor of Medicine and a Nobel Prize in Physics. He noticed the effect while early in the November whilst working on vacuum tubes and on November 8th begin testing his theory, working in secret to validate his observations. The first x-ray picture was of his wife’s hand.

1895: While a few films appear to be trending for bombing in the box office here’s a reminder of just how old – or if you prefer how young the box office is. The world’s first commercial projected movie screening took place at the Salon Indien at the Grand Café in Paris, France this day in 1895. The makeshift theatre used the Cinematographe created by the Lumiere Brothers and charged Parisians one franc each to be dazzled by moving pictures, showing ten short films, each under a minute long, the first of which was showed 46 seconds worth of workers leaving the Lumiere factory in Lyon. That first film, entitled "Sortie de l’usine Lumière de Lyon" was made in 1894 and first shown privately three months earlier on September 28, 1895 at L’Eden, La Ciotat. Inaugurated on 16 June 1889, it was the world’s first cinema and is the oldest cinema still existing in the world.

See also La Ciotat’s Eden music hall renovation.

1950 – The Peak District becomes the United Kingdom’s first National Park

1973: The Endangered Species Act is signed into law by President Nixon.


Trending at this moment:

I’m not sure why this particular retro games story is trending all of a sudden as I’m sure it’s been around for a while, but obviously one or two articles from big blogs like Mashable have pushed it back into the limelight. The Internet Archive Console living room has a large number of old Atari games emulated to run in a browser window. Not perfect yet as there’s no sound and some don’t seen to work, but I was looking at it with Opera while they advice using Firefox. The article does say sound will be added soon.

Below is the Atari classic, Space Invaders, running with Opera

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Not trending that I’ve noticed, but worthy of it is China’s giant frozen castle built entirely from ICE

I’ve merged a few of the Reuters and EPA photos together to give you an idea of the scale of the show. The main image is of the 26-metre tall castle tower, the centerpiece of the 30th Harbin Ice and Snow Festival. Some 10,000 workers and craftmen have been toiling magnificently here. The construction crane you can see to the right is for lifting the 551lb (quarter tonne) ice blocks into place. To the top left I’ve show a tradesman polishing an arched window. To the right are one or two images of the many frozen structures. The event officially starts the 5th of January 5 and runs until the end of February, weather allowing.

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