What am I noting today?

November 23, 2020
Doctor WhoVarious actors who played the Doctor in the TV series Doctor Who (from left to right): William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and Matt Smith.

On this date in 1963, Dr Who was first broadcast.

Doctor Who chronicled the adventures of an eccentric time-traveling scientist from the remote planet Gallifrey, home of the Time Lords. The Doctor, a Time Lord himself, traveled through time and space in his unique craft, the TARDIS, an acronym for Time and Relative Dimensions in Space. With an interior larger than its exterior, the TARDIS could take on various shapes to blend into its environment. Although capable of whisking the Doctor and his passengers to any time and any place in the universe, the craft was frequently parked on Earth in the form of a blue police box. Whether in England or in the far reaches of space, the Doctor and his colleagues battled a multitude of evils, including robots, monsters, and a twisted Time Lord. Certain adversaries recurred throughout the series, notably the Daleks, genocidal aliens armoured in robotlike suits who sought the extermination of life-forms inferior to themselves.” – Encyclopedia Brittanica

Dr. Who ran from 1963 to 1999. The series was revived in 2005, but who cares.


What am I sappy dog blogging?

November 20, 2020

What am I noting today?

November 14, 2020

Leo Baekeland, born November 14, 1863, in Belgium is noted for inventing Velox paper and plastic, Bakelite. (Isn’t it interesting that Belgium put him on a stamp?)

“Baekeland received his doctorate maxima cum laude from the University of Ghent at the age of 21 and taught there until 1889, when he went to the U.S. and joined a photographic firm. He soon set up his own company to manufacture his invention, Velox, a photographic paper that could be developed under artificial light. Velox was the first commercially successful photographic paper. In 1899 Baekeland sold his company and rights to the paper to the U.S. inventor George Eastman for $1,000,000.

“Baekeland’s search, begun in 1905, for a synthetic substitute for shellac led to the discovery of Bakelite, a condensation product of formaldehyde and phenol that is produced at high temperature and pressure. Though the material had been reported earlier, Baekeland was the first to find a method of forming it into the thermosetting plastic. Baekeland received many honours for his invention and served as president of the American Chemical Society in 1924.” – Encyclopedia Brittanica

I love Bakelite and am fortunate to own some . . . not these, but some like them


What am I sappy cat blogging?

November 13, 2020


Oh, No!

November 12, 2020

It’s not just the globe; it is the whole universe!

Astronomers at Ohio State University have taken the mean temperature of cosmic gas at different distances and ages, and found that it’s roughly 10 times hotter today than it was 10 billion years ago.

Here’s the link at New Atlas, but I am sure it is (fill-in-the-blank’s) fault.

image: NASA Hubble


Veterans Day

November 11, 2020
happy veterans day image

What am I sappy bird blogging?

November 7, 2020

What am I sappy pelican blogging?

November 6, 2020

This one’s for you, HMS Defiant


The election

November 5, 2020
This is what we know so far.

Remember, remember . . .

November 5, 2020

Remember, remember the 5th of November

Gunpowder, treason and plot.

I see no reason that gunpowder treason

Should ever be forgot.

More at wikipedia and elsewhere

Have a bonfire; set off some fireworks, enjoy a slice of parkin.