Posts Tagged ‘birthday’

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What am I celebrating ?

April 26, 2016

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richterToday is Richter Scale Day when we commemorate the birth of Charles Richter.  In 1935, the seismologists Charles Francis Richter and Beno Gutenberg, of the California Institute of Technology, developed the (future) Richter magnitude scale, specifically for measuring earthquakes in a given area of study in California, as recorded and measured with the Wood-Anderson torsion seismograph. Richter derived his earthquake-magnitude scale from the apparent magnitude scale used to measure the brightness of stars.

Richter’s scale (which has been replaced by the Moment Magnitude Scale) measures the magnitude of an earthquake.  The magnitude value is proportional to the logarithm of the amplitude of the strongest wave during an earthquake.

This very cool video explains magnitude . . .

Adapted from Wikipedia

 

 

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What am I celebrating today?

March 8, 2016

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Today is the birthday of my nom de blog, Anne Bonney, born in 1702 in Kinsale, Ireland.

 

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Read more here.

It is tattoo Tuesday:

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Whose birthday am I celebrating?

February 17, 2016

There’s no night without stars.

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Andre Norton was born February 17, 1912 in my fair city.  Born Alice Mary, she began writing when she was still a student at Collinwood High School.  At Western Reserve University she was training to become a teacher.  The Great Depression derailed those plans and she entered employment in the city’s public library system.  I can’t help but think all those books in the young adult section had a formative influence on her prolific output. She initially wrote historical fiction, but her later works include fantasy, science fiction and even crime fiction.

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Find her bibliography here.

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Whose birthday am I celebrating on tattoo Tuesday?

December 8, 2015

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Eli Whitney was born on the day is 1765 in Westboro, Massachusetts.  Although known for inventing the cotton gin, a machine that greatly simplified the process of removing the seeds of the cotton plant from the fiber, he should also be remembered for pioneering the idea of interchangeable parts for machinery – important ideas for the rise of industrialism.  Click here for a short biography.

It is Tuesday – so here is the tattoo du jour:

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Whose birthday am I celebrating on tattoo Tuesday?

October 27, 2015

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Captain James Cook, explorer, was born on October 27, 1728, in a small village near Middlesbrough, Yorkshire. His discoveries included the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii).  He famously vowed, “to sail ‘as far as I think it possible for man to go.'”

On his third trip to Hawaii he was killed in an argument with the native people.  And that was about as far as he could go.

cook tattooThis is a Maori tattoo similar to the tattoo style noted by and commented on by Capt. Cook when he traveled in Polynesia.

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Whose birthday am I celebrating?

October 15, 2015

VirgilHappy  Birthday to Publius Vergilius Maro, born this day in 70 BC in Lombardy, Italy.  Virgil was a classical Roman poet, best known for three major works—the Eclogues (or Bucolics), the Georgics, and the Aeneid. The son of a farmer, Virgil came to be regarded as one of Rome’s greatest poets. His Aeneid can be considered a national epic of Rome and has been extremely popular from its publication to the present day.  Reference  (That’s Virgil in the middle up above between Clio and Melpomene)

 

Virgil is also characterized by having his nose missing in many of his portraits –

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virgil2a coincidence? – maybe not . . .

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Whose birthday am I noting on tattoo Tuesday?

September 15, 2015

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No, no.  Not this Fay Ray . . .

 

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This Fay Wray – who was born on September 15 in 1907.  Although best known for her role in King Kong, Miss Ray had a career in film and television that spanned 57 years.

She appeared other films such as The Countess of Monte Cristo,  Doctor X, and The Most Dangerous Game, and on television in shows such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Perry Mason, and Playhouse 90.

Fay Wray died quietly in her sleep on August 8, 2004.  She was 96 years old.  Two days after her death, the lights of the Empire State Building were extinguished for 15 minutes in her memory.

Of course, someone is sporting a tattoo of this lovely lady . . .

wray tattooCredit:  Wikipedia