Monday, April 23, 2012

There, that's better.

So, i got the old Blogger interface back. Yippee!

Us first-cousins-to-Luddites do not like the new stuff when we still haven't figured out all of the old stuff yet.

Now, if i can get Miss Lizzie to send it to me, i will try to post picture and/or video of #2 Son with a garter snake. He has let it loose in our Sega palm so it will eat the roaches that breed there. Wish me luck with getting the picture, i'm still trying to learn.

Today is

Banyan Tree Birthday Party -- Lahaina, Maui, HI, US (come celebrate the birthday of Lahaina's most famous landmark, a Banyan Tree planted in 1873 that now spreads out over 2/3 of an acre; lots of fun and activities, through tomorrow)

Book Day and Lover's Day -- Spain, especially Catalan (women give books to men, while men give flowers to the women. Celebrated in the Spanish city of Barcelona since 1714 to honor Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes [author of "Don Quixote"] and in observance of St. George's Day)

Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day -- date as celebrated in prior years; cannot confirm this date in 2012 as the associated website is down

Canada Book Day

Chance Day -- Fairy Calendar

Children's Day -- North Cyprus; Turkey

Independence Day -- Conch Republic, Key West, FL. US (a tongue-in-cheek micronation which seceded from the Union in 1982; celebrated yearly with a week long festival)

International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day -- on St. George's Day, encouraging members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America to continue to be what Howard V. Hendrix derogatorily termed "webscabs", posting their stories free on the internet

Jurgi Festival -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (day sacred to Usins; first day outdoor work began for the summer)

Landing of the 33 Patriots Day -- Uruguay

Loktantra Diwas -- Nepal (Democracy Day)

National Cherry Cheesecake Day

National Picnic Day -- US

National Sovereignty Day -- Turkey

Pastele Blajinilor -- Moldova (Parents/Memory Day)

Sigurd the Dragon Slayer's Day -- because he was probably the inspiration for some of the legends about St. George

St. Adalbert's Day (Patron of Prussia)

St. George's Day (Patron of England, Portugal, Germany, the Boy Scouts, cavalry, equestrians, farmers, horses; against leprosy, syphilis; by the middle ages, St. George was revered in much of Europe as the personification of chivalry)*

Take a Chance Day -- internet generated encouragement to try something different

Talk Like Shakespeare Day -- on The Bard's birth anniversary

Vinalia Priora -- Ancient Roman Calendar (tasting the first wines of the year)

World Book & Copyright Day -- UN (this date chosen because of how parts of Spain celebrate St. George's Day, with books)

*To save a Maid, St. George the Dragon slew
A pretty tale, if all is told to be true
Most say, there are no Dragons, and tis said
There was no George: pray God there was a Maid.
-- John Aubrey, Remains of Gentilism (1688)

Birthdays Today:

Dev Patel, 1990
John Cena, 1977
Scott Bairstow, 1970
George Lopez, 1961
Valerie Bertinelli, 1960
Craig Sheffer, 1960
Jan Hooks, 1957
Michael Moore, 1954
Joyce DeWitt, 1949
Sandra Dee, 1942
Lee Majors, 1940
Roy Orbison, 1936
Shirley Temple Black, 1928
Vladimire Nabokov, 1899
Sergei Prokofiev, 1891
James Buchanan, 1791
William Penn, 1621
William Shakespeare, 1564

Today in History:

The founding of the Order of the Garter by King Edward III is announced on St George's Day, 1348
William Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor is first performed, with Queen Elizabeth I in attendance, 1597
The first public school in the United States, Boston Latin School, is founded in Boston, Massachusetts, 1635
Connecticut is chartered as an English colony, 1662
Canada issues its first postage stamps, 1851
The Vitascope system of movie projection debuts the first motion picture at Koster & Bial's Music Hall in NYC, 1896
Namibia becomes the 160th member of the UN and the 50th member of the Commonwealth of Nations, 1990
Eritrians vote overwhelmingly for independence from Ethiopia, 1993
Beijing closes all schools for two weeks because of the SARS virus, 2003
The gamma ray burst GRB 090423 is observed for 10 seconds. The event signals the most distant object of any kind and also the oldest known object in the universe, 2009


  1. I hope you manage to post some pics or a video. I like critter-oriented stuff.

    And I hope your new roach eater does its job. :)

  2. National Picnic Day? On a Monday? Who thunk that one up?

  3. Good luck with the uploads. I also wish you luck with Blogger. I know you can change back easily enough for now, but I understand that the old Blogger will be going bye-bye within a few weeks.

  4. Frank, i hope it does also, and i like snakes, so it's welcome.

    Stephen, it's always on the same date, so who knows why it was set that way?

    Hilary, if it does, i'll have to keep trying to work with it.


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