Weekend, Wrapped Up

The weather’s perfect.  Took Max to his favorite place this morning, just as the sun was rising.

I was saddened that, once again, some low-life vandalized the boardwalk overlook area.  Fish entrails were scattered about; big notches cut into the top rail.

On a more positive note, a dead tree near the canoe launch site, was chock-full of roosting cormorants.  Mist was still rising from the water.  I counted 28 of them.  The things one sees without a camera.

Highlight of the day was a trip to a well-known, membership wholesale store–accompanied by thousands of other shoppers, more enthusiastic than I.

The pregnant giraffe that sparked an internet frenzy, is still pregnant.

It’s not too late to fill out brackets for the NCAA playoffs.  It should be easier, now that the number of contenders has narrowed considerably.

Don’t dare mention anything about this to my spouse–her favorite programs on the sponsoring TV network have been preempted.  An unforgiveable sin of omission.

Three more Monopoly game pieces have fallen out of favor–the boot, thimble, and wheelbarrow.  The iron was previously kicked out.

Could there be any significance to the fact that most of the disfavored pieces signified manual labor?  The booted out boot represented typical working stiffs.

How did this come about?  Results of an internet vote, put up by Hasbro, current owners of the popular board game.  Growing up it was owned by Parker Brothers.

This could be an E-bay opportunity for “running-dog capitalists.”  Selling culturally banned items–specifically, banned Monopoly board pieces.

“Keep it quiet.  I may know somebody, who knows somebody, that may have… And you didn’t hear it from me.”

 

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Make It Happen

Pluto, perennial pipsqueak of the planets, could be reinstated by the International Astronomical Union to full planet status–as some NASA scientists are proposing.

Pluto was called a planet from 1930 to 2006… Pluto’s demotion angered some scientists who are still fighting for Pluto to be reinstated as a planet, including Alan Stern, the lead scientist with NASA’s New Horizon’s mission to Pluto.

Stern recently submitted a proposal to the International Astronomical Union to make Pluto a full-fledged planet.

In the mind of the public, the word ‘planet’ carries a significance lacking in other words used to describe planetary bodies, according to the proposal.  In the decades following the supposed ‘demotion’ of Pluto by the International Astronomical Union, many members of the public, in our experience, assume that alleged ‘non-planets’ cease to be interesting enough to warrant scientific exploration.

A planet is a sub-stellar mass body that has never undergone nuclear fusion and that has sufficient self-gravitation to assume a spheroidal shape adequately described by a triaxial ellipsoid regardless of its orbital parameters, the proposal continued.

Who besides the IAU cares whether or not Pluto is smaller than earth’s moon?  It meets all other criteria necessary for planet hood.  Vote it in–make it happen.  Now, that’s a cause we can all get behind!

 

–Science & Health, http://www.voanews.com/–

FORBIDDEN ZONES (Breaking Rules)

Do excessive pedantic grammatical correctness diatribes make the blogging world a better place?

Spelling errors drive me bonkers.  Maybe it’s just me?  They seem to be more common, everywhere, everyday.

Grammar enforcers rail against poor syntax, cliché ridden, pun-infused, pieces of literary trash.  I suspect, in some cases, the argument is more about control than correctness.

Why don’t we all aspire to be reincarnations of Hemingway, Keats, Proust, or Samuel Clemens?  If it were only that easy.

For most of us that don’t write for financial remuneration–it’s about self-expression.  …Having a few laughs.  We can be better in all endeavors, not just writing–if we choose to do so.

Isn’t there enough pressure in day-to-day living?  Perfection is as perfection does.  Lighten up.  Stop and smell the roses.  There’s a cliché for you.