Archive for February 2014
Today’s the birthday of John Tenniel. Of great illustrators a favorite perennial. His whimsical drawings do happily tell us The strange and enchanting encounters of Alice.
Born today was Alan Guth. Atomic physicist, forsooth. And a prominent Big Bang sleuth. Too abstruse for me, in truth. “More recently, Guth has expressed his belief that our universe is just one of many universes that came into existence among countless others as part of a multiverse. According to this theory, cosmic inflation never... Read more »
Born today was Levi Strauss Whose pants are worn around the house. And if the husband is a mouse, They’re probably worn by his spouse. “In 1872, a Nevada tailor named Jacob Davis asked Strauss to join him in a business venture. He had added metal rivets to the pockets of denim pants, making... Read more »
Born today Enrico Caruso Great tenors like him there have been just few so. La Donna e Mobile was one of his staples. Once being booed he stopped singing in Naples. “It was in 1901, the year of his greatest success at La Scala, when Caruso suffered his cruelest blow. The audience he most wanted... Read more »
Today’s birthday is Abe Vigoda’s, Whose long life rivals Pepsi soda’s. Now, though wrong, it’s often said, “Abe Vigoda? I thought he was dead. [As Phil Fish on “Barney Miller”] Abe turns 93 today. He just keeps swimming along! Happy birthday, honest, Abe!
Today’s the birthday of George Handel. Music lovers in England’ll Absolutely tell you why a Person should know his “Messiah”. [The Great Handel Festival of 1857 at the Crystal Palace in London’s Hyde Park. It had a choir of 2000 and and orchestra of 500.] “Handel is often regarded as being a British composer. Although... Read more »
Born today was Schopenhauer Whose world view was downright sour. An endless circle of desire Until in turn we all expire. “Where contemporaries such as Hegel saw will as a positive force, Schopenhauer sees humanity at the mercy of a mindless, aimless universal Will. It lies behind our most basic urges, he insists, and is... Read more »
Today is the birthday of Anais Nin. The conventional would say she’s lewd and obscene. A provocative novel of hers in this genus? Erotically titled “The Delta of Venus”. “50 Shades of Grey” eat your heart out.
Today’s the birthday of George Smoot, One of the astrophysics gang. Herein his laurels I will toot For finding the evidence of the Big Bang. “We had observed the oldest and largest structures ever seen in the early universe,” the cosmologist George Smoot explained on April 23, 1992, after announcing that his team of... Read more »
Today’s the birthday of Copernicus Whose view of the Sun created a fuss. Around old Sol he said we go, But the powers that be kept the status quo.