Thursday, February 4, 2010

What can I say ...

sometimes stuff just falls into your lap

As if Curious George was enough - Werner Herzog reads Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

I'm waiting for If You Give a Mouse a Cookie - a searing indictment of child rearing.

On February 4, 2008, at 00:00 GMT, NASA transmitted the Beatles song Across The Universe in the direction of the star Polaris, 431 light years from Earth. The transmission was made using a 70m antenna in the DSN's Madrid Deep Space Communication Complex, located outside of Madrid, Spain. It was done with an "X band" transmitter, radiating into the antenna at 18 kW.

Why - because they could.

February 4, 1918 -
Ida Lupino, actress, director, and a pioneer among women filmmakers was born on this date.

Nobody messes with Ida Lupino

February 4, 1948 -
Vincent Furnier (Alice Cooper), rocker and avid golfer, was born on this date.

Yes, we're all not worthy.

February 4, 1977 -
Fleetwood Mac's Rumours was released on this date.

What a happy little album

Today in History:
February 4, 1861 -
State delegates meet in Montgomery, Ala., to form a Confederate government.

Do you think Hallmark has a card commemorating this event?

February 4, 1889 -
Harry Longabaugh is released from Sundance Prison in Wyoming, thereby acquiring the famous nickname, The Sundance Kid.

February 4, 1902 -
Isolationist, racist, neo-nazi and early environmentalist Charles Lindbergh, first man to fly solo across the Atlantic, was born on this date.

Kind of complicated guy, don't you think.

February 4, 1913 -
Rosa Lee Parks, civil rights activist whose refusal to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Alabama started the Civil Rights Movement, was born on this date.

February 4, 1974 -
The Symbionese Liberation Army kidnaps Patty Hearst in Berkeley, California.

February 4, 1983 -
Karen Carpenter dies of anorexia nervosa. She frequently took laxatives and induced vomiting to prevent weight gain.

At the time of her death she was pencil thin. Lead graphite thin.

February 4, 1987 -
Pianist/jewelry wearer Wladziu Valentino Liberace in Palm Springs, California due to complications from AIDS.

Nobody ever suspected the man was gay.

February 4, 1998 -
Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates is assaulted with a direct hit by a fluffy cream pie during a three-pronged attack in Brussels. He was in Belgium attending meetings with industry and government leaders.

Rumour is that the attack was engineered by Noel Godin, infamous for his other pie throwings at government officials.

And so it goes.

1 comment:

zoe said...

ah! an amusing day :D
except for poor liberace, of course.
that opening that "work safe?"
thanks for making me laugh!