As a homeowner and inhabitant of the planet, Stephen is really hoping Earth continues to be.Doomer though I am, I'm with Colbert. I may repost this at Crazy Eddie's Motie News on Tuesday, after I post the worksheet for "Treasures of the Earth: Power" that I promised to post three weeks ago, the winners for Dramatic Presentation at the Hugo Awards, and the winners of the Teen Choice Awards.
I gave a lecture on human population yesterday and showed some of the videos I included in A very late celebration of World Population Day. At the end of the lecture, one of my students asked if I did that because it was Earth Overshoot Day. I said no, I would have given that lecture that day no matter what. It turned out to be a happy coincidence. Now I'll have to remember to check for Earth Overshoot Day in the future to observe it at my main blog.
Just like Emoji Day, National Junk Food Day is a holiday I deem unworthy of mention at Crazy Eddie's Motie News, especially when it's in competition with National Moon Day, which is. That might change next year, so long as the U.S. has a president who likes junk food. Stay tuned and Happy National Junk Food Day!
The blog passed 800,000 page views about 8 AM on 12/7/16. It published its 3000th post on 12/8/16. The month ended with 37 comments and 36,117 page views, the second most of any month behind only October 2016.
( Most read, shared, and liked posts of December 2016 behind the cut. )
There are some holidays I don't plan on blogging at Crazy Eddie's Motie News. World Emoji Day is one of them. Here's what National Day Calendar says about the holiday.
( Description of the holiday and a trailer for the Emoji Movie behind the cut. )
I'll be back tomorrow with the entries I actually posted at my main blog.
I've celebrated Wester online since 2007, most recently on Dreamwidth in 2012. I also celebrated Norther, a parody holiday created by John Michael Greer, who journals here as ecosophia, at Crazy Eddie's Motie News in January. Today, I'm celebrating Wombats and ice cream for the first Souther! Here's the blurb about the holiday I wrote for social media promotion of the post.
Today is the first Souther, the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Summer Solstice, a holiday created by John Michael Greer the Archdruid. Its mascot is the wombat. It's also National Ice Cream Day, so I'm celebrating with ice cream drink recipes from Tipsy Bartender and a video that's supposed to be a wombat eating ice cream. It's actually a woodchuck, but who cares?
Come over for the booze and ice cream recipes!
Happy Bastille Day! Over at Crazy Eddie's Motie News, I wished my readers a drum corps Bastille Day, just as I did last year. However, I have more material saved up than I used this year at the main blog. As I have written multiple times, most recently in Tipsy Bartender recipes for National Mojito Day, "I'm an environmentalist; not only do I recycle, I conserve my resources." In the meantime, Vive La France!
Boston Crusaders 2011.
From the DCI World Championship the 2011 Boston Crusaders opener. They placed 8th overall.Flashback Friday - 2011
2013 Santa Clara Vanguard - Les Misérables.
Over at Crazy Eddie's Motie News, I'm celebrating two days about Caribbean rum drinks. Join more for six recipes from Tipsy Bartender and other fun.
Tipsy Bartender recipes for National Pina Colada Day
Tipsy Bartender recipes for National Mojito Day
I'll return with January's saved comments and top posts tomorrow and the day after.
Happy 4th of July AKA American Independence Day! To celebrate, I'm sharing the following links to my 4th of July entries over at Crazy Eddie's Motie News. If nothing else, my readers can listen to patriotic music while drinking red, white, and blue cocktails.
Bald Eagle facts for 4th of July weekend from DNews
A drum corps 4th of July
A drum corps Stars and Stripes for the 4th of July
A drum corps 4th of July from the Troopers
Drink recipes for July 4th from Tipsy Bartender
Drinks for 4th of July from Tipsy Bartender
Drink to a drum corps 4th of July from The Cadets
I'll return to posting top posts and saved comments tomorrow or the day after, as I might post something fannish tomorrow instead. In the meantime, my American readers can enjoy the holiday.
For more, read the following entries at Crazy Eddie's Motie News.
50 years of the Maple Leaf Flag for Canada Day
Canadian drum corps for Canada Day
A Happy Drum Corps Canada Day 2017!
I'll return to my regular series of posts with the saved comments for June 2017 tomorrow and the top posts for June 2017 on the 3rd.
As part of the opening to Debate, endorsements, and a poll from KPBS in San Diego, I observed in passing that yesterday (at least here in Michigan) is a holiday. I made no further mention of the day, which is odd, because I stated in Happy Festivus! that I love holidays, including fake ones. I realized that I should have posted something about Martin Luther King Day, at least as much as last year, when it was combined with Obama's Inauguration. Today, I'll mark the occasion by describing my most vivid memory about the holiday, which ironically has nothing to do with the intended meaning of the day. Instead, it's about experiencing the Northridge earthquake from afar through television, a story I tell my students.
Before our daughter was born, my ex-wife and I had agreed that I would take the second feeding of the night, which means that she was bottle-fed. After several years, that meant that I was in charge of my daughter's breakfast. On the morning of MLK Day, my daughter woke me up by saying "Daddy, I'm hungry." So I got up, prepared her breakfast, sat her down in front of the TV in the basement, and then put one of her favorite Disney tapes, which was either "Sleeping Beauty" or "Cinderella," I forget which. Just before the tape started running, I saw the announcement on Good Morning America that there had been an earthquake in Los Angeles. "Yeah, yeah, what else is new," I thought. Then the movie started and I lay down on the couch to sleep. After all, it was a holiday, and I didn't have to go to school or work. When I woke up, Regis and Cathy Lee were not on, as I expected, but news coverage. I recognized immediately that this was a bad thing. The last time I saw news instead of the mid-morning show was when the Challenger exploded. I grew even more horrified when it was about the earthquake and the location shots were all of places I knew and had been. There was damage at the university I had attended before I moved,* damage to the apartments my sister had lived in, damage to the mall where I had shopped. I may have been 2,000 miles and five years away, but it still struck close to home.
I could go on, but I'll let Peter Jennings and the ABC Evening News do the showing instead of me doing the telling in 1/17/94 1st Segment of "ABC World News Tonight" Northridge Quake.
For the rest of the entry, including two embedded videos, surf over to Twentieth anniversary of Northridge earthquake at Crazy Eddie's Motie News.
Adapted from my original 2007 post: Happy Wester Everyone!
Yes, you read that correctly--I wish you all a happy Wester! What is Wester? Well, it's the mirror image of Easter, which is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first Full Moon after the Vernal Equinox. Therefore, Wester is the first Sunday after the first Full Moon after the Autumnal Equinox, which is today.* In the northern states of the U.S. and the southern parts of the Canadian Provinces, it is usually one of the last days of pleasant weather before the full chill of Autumn descends. As such, it's a good excuse to enjoy summer activities outdoors one last time.Thanks to berkeleyfarm and etrangere for pointing out that Wester usually falls during Sukkot (The Feast of Tabernacles) and to popesnarky for claiming the holiday for Discordianism. Hail Eris!
Although I'm probably the first person to wish any of you Wester (correct me if I'm wrong, as I'd like more documentation), I did not come up with the idea. It originated in Berkeley, California, during the 1980s, and the message was brought to Michigan by my colleague Tim Pearce. Tim invited me to a Wester party in 1991 and explained the holiday to me. The party was a blast, and I've been eternally grateful to him for introducing me to the concept. Therefore, I am sharing this meme with you.
One last time, Happy Wester!
*This timing assumes that the Eastern Hemisphere sets the date. If it were set locally, last Sunday would have been Wester, as the Harvest Moon was on Saturday of last week.
This year's greetings also posted to Crazy Eddie's Motie News.
Video news coverage of Mother's Day, including the segments promoting consumption (not that this is necessarily a bad thing, as Mother's Day weekend is one of the busiest days for greenhouses and nurseries, which can mean a lot of sustainable gifts; besides, mom deserves recognition), over at Crazy Eddie's Motie News.
Feeling down about spaceflight? Lift your spirits with Yuri's Night
By Alan Boyle
Yuri's Night has been celebrating space odysseys since 2001, on the 40th anniversary of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's history-making launch into orbit — but it's much more challenging to find cause for celebration this year.For a schedule of events, see the Yuri's Night website.*
First of all, it's been just a year since the huge golden anniversary of the first human spaceflight, in 2011. To mark the occasion, Yuri's Night put on more than 600 events in 75 countries, and that's a hard act for anyone to follow. Perhaps more importantly, this year marks the first Yuri's Night since NASA retired the space shuttle fleet. For the next few years, there's no way to launch astronauts from U.S. soil.
"With the shuttle era coming to an end, there's going to be a lot of nostalgia this year," Veronica Ann Zabala-Aliberto, director of marketing for Yuri's Night 2012, told me this week. "It's going to be an interesting time to see how people bridge the gap."
*Originally posted as the lead story in Overnight News Digest: Science Saturday (Yuri's Night 2012 edition) on Daily Kos.
Above originally posted on Crazy Eddie's Motie News.
Huffington Post: Pi Day in America
Today, 4,000 years after people first discovered how useful pi could be, we are about to celebrate International Pi Day. The first time a day was dedicated to pi was on March 14, 1989 at the Exploratorium, a museum of science, art and human perception in San Francisco. The idea was the brainchild of Larry Shaw, a physicist at the center...Also, Mathematicians Pictures is having a pi drop at 1:59 PM EDT today (get it? 3.14159) here.
Since then, this museum and many others, as well as universities, schools and individuals have celebrated Pi Day by performing pi-related activities; some serious and some less so, such as creating pi puns; baking, throwing and eating pies; and singing pi songs. You can check out this year's bash at the Exploratorium here.
The date is derived from the first three digits of pi -- 3.14 -- using American dating order, just as September 11 is 9/11. And 2015 is going to be a big year for pi since we will celebrate 3.14 15 (correct to 4 places).
At first, Pi Day was a gimmick and a good joke, but now it is a big deal. Many North American and UK schools use it to spark interest in maths and science projects (for example, learning how the Greeks or Arabs did arithmetic; studying famous scientists like Gauss, Newton or Archimedes who worked on pi; or perhaps calculating the volumes of real pies before eating them).
Above originally posted to Crazy Eddie's Motie News, where I made the following meta comment.
Don't expect a lot of serious posts for the next week. Tomorrow is the Ides of March. Two days after that is St. Patrick's Day. Finally, a week from today is this blog's first birthday. Party time!
It's that time again.
So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month?That's not really what I had in mind for this blog. If I were using my LiveJournal (not a good idea, as the service is subject to DDoS attacks, which would prevent me from fulfilling my pledge to post every day) or my Dreamwidth (I really don't want to post the name of that blog on a feminist site; I also don't want to rename it), I could do this, as both are personal blogs. Other than talking about what my relatives have done (or not done) in terms of sustainability, broadly interpreted, I think it would be off-topic.
Families form in hundreds of different ways -- from the brothers and sisters you are born with to the people who become fictive kin as you go through life, our relationships define us and support us. Use the month to not only explore your connections to the obvious relatives -- your aunts, cousins, or grandparents -- but your ancestors, the people who are no longer part of your family, and the ones that you wish were related to you.
So tell us about your siblings. If you can name at least five things about them, it means you have at least five blog posts inside of you. And if you can do five posts, you can certainly expand that and do an extra 25 or so.
However, these Nablopomo themes always have approved alternative interpretations.
This is also a month to look for connections between two unrelated concepts or objects. It's a month to get subjective, to state opinions, to examine your personal truth.I do both all the time. I find two things that on the surface appear to be unrelated, but show that they really are. I also have been stating opinions all along. Looks like this topic is just fine for this blog.
Above originally posted at Crazy Eddie's Motie News.
The other Relative posts this week include:
Groundhog Day 2012 and the climate
Driving update for February 2012
Relative: Yosemite video from Vimeo
More next week.
Mandarin: Gong Xi Fa Cai/Xin Nian Kuai Le
Cantonese: Kung Hei Fat Choi
Hokkien (Fujian/Taiwanese): Kiong Hee Huat Tsai/Sin Ni khòai lok
Simplified Chinese: 恭喜发财 新年快乐
Traditional Chinese: 恭喜發財 新年快樂
Above originally posted in my LiveJournal two years ago. Currently crossposted at Crazy Eddie's Motie News.