Friday, February 4, 2011

Some quick notes to the media elite.

Anderson, please come home, you've got nothing to prove (unless you have a T. E. Lawrence thing with Arab men going on.)

Bill, Oprah can buy and sell you with her pocket change, do you really want to take her on?

For the moment - The world's greatest commercial

I want no arguments - the kid's reaction is priceless.

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.

The album shot to the top of Billboard's chart staying there for 31 weeks. More than 17 million copies have been sold in the U.S.

What a happy little album

The Second Day of Chinese New Year Festival -

One should eat dumplings today. Some Chinese will eat dumpling because its shape like ancient Chinese money - gold ingot. On this day, people pray to their ancestors as well as the Gods to bring them good luck and prosperity in the coming year. The married women visit their own houses in the second day. The second day is also considered as the birthday of all the dogs and so the people behave kindly to the dogs and feed them.

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

They elected Jefferson Davis as president of Confederacy. 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, 1912 -
Franz Reichelt (alias the flying tailor) designed an overcoat to fly or float its wearer gently to the ground like the modern parachute. To demonstrate his invention he made a jump of 60 meters from the first deck of the Eiffel Tower, at that time the tallest man-made structure in the world.

The parachute failed and Reichelt fell to his death. The jump was recorded by the cameras of the gathered press. Winner of the 1912 Darwin Award.

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 -

Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst, 19 years old, was kidnapped in Berkeley, California, by the Symbionese Liberation Army on this date.

February 4, 1983 -
Karen Carpenter dies of anorexia nervosa on this date. 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, 1999 -
In NYC plainclothes police officers fired 41 shots at Amadou Diallo, a Bronx street peddler and immigrant from Guinea, who was unarmed in front of his Bronx home. Police were searching for a rapist and Daillo was killed with 19 gunshot wounds.

Officers Kenneth Boss, Sean Carroll, Edward McMellon and Richard Murphy were later indicted (but ultimately cleared) for 2nd degree murder.

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.

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

And so it goes.

1 comment:

Jim Haas said...

My mother -- Maria Salvatrice Regina Vigneri -- loved Ida Lupino.