More about the autor

Campus Chatter – March 18, 2014

March 18, 2014

Today's Buzz

Campus Chatter – March 18, 2014

Today in history, greetings, and social banter here. (More)

Rome’s Severan Dynasty ended with the murders of Emperor Alexander Severus and his mother Julia Mamaea today (235). Also, Jacques de Molay, the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, was burned at the stake (1314), John Berkeley sold his part of New Jersey to the Quakers (1673), the British Parliament repealed the Stamp Act (1766), the six Tolpuddle Martyrs were convicted of forming a trade union and sentenced to a penal colony in Australia (1834), 300 people died as troops clashed with protesters when the Spring of Nations spread to Berlin (1848), Henry Wells and William Fargo founded American Express (1850), Lord Stanley donated a silver cup as the prize for Canada’s best hockey team (1892), Traian Vuia flew the first front-propeller monoplane (1906), Mohandas Gandhi was sentenced to 6 years in prison for civil disobedience (1922), 695 people died as the F5 Tri-State Tornado carved a world record 219-mile track across Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana (1925), cyclist Emilio Casco flew one kilometer in Enea Bossi’s Pedaliante, the first human-powered aircraft (1937), Mexico nationalized foreign-owned oil fields (1938), the War Relocation Authority was established to oversee the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II (1942), 26 people died as Italy’s Mount Vesuvius erupted (1944), 1070 people died as a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck near Yenice and Gönen in Turkey (1953), President Dwight Eisenhower signed the law authorizing Hawaiian statehood (1959), the Evian Accords ended the 8-year Algerian War of Independence (1964), Aleksei Leonov performed the first spacewalk from Voskhod 2 (1965), 32 million gallons of crude oil spilled when the SS Torrey Canyon struck a reef off the coast of Cornwall (1967), Congress repealed the gold standard (1968), postal workers began one of the largest wildcat strikes in U.S. history (1970), at least 200 people died when a landslide triggered a 100-foot tsunami in Peru’s Lake Yanahuani (1971), the 5-month OPEC Oil Embargo ended (1974), 50 people died when a Vostok-2M rocket exploded on the launch pad at Russia’s Plesetsk Cosmodrome (1980), a 4400-year-old mummy was discovered near the Great Pyramid (1989), 12 paintings worth a total $300 million were stolen from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, the largest art theft in U.S. history, on the same day East Germans voted in their country’s first and last free elections, as Germany would reunited that September (1990), Bosniaks and Croats signed the Washington Agreement, ending their war and forming the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (1994), and 162 people died as a fire swept through the Ozone Disco Club in Quezon City, Philippines (1996). And 50 people died as the tail snapped off an Antonov An-24 charter plane en route to Turkey (1997).

+++++

Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • NCrissieB

    Yesterday on Campus

    Morning FeatureWikiWars? (Meta Monday)
    Things We Did This WeekShare your stories of offline political activism!
    Midday Matinee – addisnana with The Crab Lady
    Campus QuestionGravity waves and cosmic inflation … is this cool or what?

    Today on Campus

    Morning Feature – The Squirrel with FiveThirtyEight ‘Are’ Back
    Noontime News at noon ET
    Midday MatineeTuesday’s Tale: Gravity Waves
    Campus Question at 6pm ET
    Our Earth at 8pm ET – Agent Orange Returns To A Field Near You

  • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

    Good morning! It’s currently a partly cloudy -11 degrees here, although we are supposed to be entering a “warmup phase” starting today. Hopefully this is the last day of subzero temps, and the start of spring. Or something that may resemble the start of it.

    My landlady came back from her vacation (Caribbean cruise) to find out that I still had no hot water. She blew a gasket at Lowes about it, and it should be getting installed today. She said “I can’t believe you’re so patient, I would have been screaming my head off about this.” My response was “Well, it’s not like my landlady was around to yell at.” :lol:

    • Gardener

      ‘Course, I was screaming quite a lot in those cold showers…..! :)

      • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

        I’ve been using one of the empty apartment’s shower. Which she saw me heading towards (she’d just gotten back) and asked “don’t you have hot water yet?” :lol:

    • winterbanyan

      I’m glad your landlady took on the job of yelling at Lowe’s. Sounds like a very nice woman.

      I know I’d have been miserable having to schlep to another apartment for a shower in this weather. Were you able to get there indoors or did you have to go outdoors?

      Yeehaw for hot water showers!

      • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

        I have to walk outside to get there. My apartment is across the parking area from the others, so it’s pack, bundle up, and hike over and back. :roll:

    • NCrissieB

      Blowing a gasket over a water heater sounds … safe. Good thing she didn’t have an all-out BLEVE! :-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

  • glendaw271

    Good morning! It’s currently 33°, and may hit 50 today. Of course, being March in Iowa, there is still a chance of snow for tomorrow.

    A local weatherperson hear is named Joe WInters. The tv station has a charity drive on to raise $9999 by the end of day tomorrow. If they reach it, they will call him Joe Summers all day on Thursday to mark the end of this winter. I think this is a brilliant move for this year.

    Finally, I just saw a brilliant twitter hashtag hijack. It seems that Jenny McCarthy, now a part of the View, asked viewers last Thursday what they looked for in a mate and to tweet the answer to #JennyAsks. She is getting inundated with messages about why vaccinations are so important, and maybe she should believe in science. I wonder if she will be talking about the results any time soon.

    • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

      Phil Plait covered some of the best responses over at Bad Astronomy. ;-) Excellent slapdowns all around. :lol:

      • winterbanyan

        Irresistible comments. :) So good I went to the hashtag. I hadn’t put that woman together with the one in the anti-vaccine movement, not that I watch The View.

        Now I will never forget.

    • winterbanyan

      That predicted high sounds like heaven after the winter you’ve been through. Enjoy! :)

      That’s a great idea for raising money for charity. I hope they succeed in reaching the goal. And all the time they’ll spend explaining the name change will be great PR for next year’s drive. Brilliant indeed.

    • addisnana

      Thanks for the #JennyAsks. I hadn’t seen it and it is great!

    • NCrissieB

      Moral of the story: Never pitch Twitter a high, hanging curve. ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

        The other moral is that while being blonde and looking good naked does qualify you to be a Fox News anchor or talk show guest, it doesn’t make you a medical expert. :razz:

        • Gardener

          Don’t I know it! :)

  • Gardener

    Good morning!

    Those of you who Tweet, please commence the piling on… (See above). We have 30 degrees and a dark sky. Ran some errands up in town, drove by the park, thought I’d check on my new purchase, by golly, the neighbors were up there and had it loaded on a trailer! That’s the kind of neighbors we have, that is how they roll. What a place! We brought it home and I moved it around a bit, to get used to the controls before backing it into the shed. There’s no manual, so it was a bit dicey, but I think I’ve got a handle on it. Will be visiting a dealer soon!

    Have a handyman job @ church this morning, and a Food Pantry Ministry Team meeting @ 1300, for which I have volunteered to present the devotion. IDK what happened, at the previous meeting they asked for a volunteer and my hand shot up! :) I’m using a 2013 NPR story by Ari Shapiro about a Mormon Bishop who disguised himself as a homeless man and visited his church. Interesting… If I could provide you a linky, I sure would!

    Hope all are well today!

    Best, G

    • glendaw271

      That story about the Mormon Bishop is a good on, Gardener. I remember it causing some commotion at the time.

      • Gardener

        Agreed! An excerpt from what I’m planning to present:

        “What makes children more compassionate than adults? What makes children more compassionate than half a church-ful of adults? But most importantly, how can we get some of that?”

    • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

      Here’s the story. Google is your friend! ;-)

      • Gardener

        Thanks Norbread. I Googled the thing to find it, but the embed part is beyond me…. Yer a pal!

    • winterbanyan

      I guess you have something to say, Gardener. The hand shoots up in those instances only when we are moved at some unconscious level. WTG. Let us know about it.

      Glad you were able to handle your new toy fairly well. That must be reassuring. ;)

      Have a great day today!

      • http://cendax.wordpress.com Norbrook

        Yes, ever organization needs a sucker valued member like that! :twisted:

      • Gardener

        Thank you for your kind words!

    • addisnana

      Gardener, have you googled to see if there is an on-line manual? I’m glad your neighbors were so helpful and that your new machine is safely in the shed. :)

    • NCrissieB

      I’m glad you were able to back Big Loader into the shed. Did Little Plow enjoy the meeting? I worry about these things…. ;-)

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

      • Gardener

        I think they’re OK…. :)

  • addisnana

    Good Morning. I’m watching the weather and hoping that spring is really closer than just around the corner. Most of Minnesota had/has a winter weather advisory/watch/warning yesterday and today. In six weeks I hope to be getting the campground ready for the season. That seems unimaginable just now, let alone being able to drive back up north.

    The U of MN is working a process called design thinking. The article talks about various departments learning to collaborate and share if they are working on the same issue, for example hunger or poverty. I would think this has a lot of promise. :) The article is a bit dense. My plain English summary….. If all the people with a piece of the puzzle work together they could have a bigger impact.

    • Gardener

      Amen! Just think about the possibilities if those TGOP anti-American buggars would help instead of hinder!

      • addisnana

        The problem is that “those buggers” have no intention of solving the problem. What we see as a bug in the system (poverty) they see as a feature.

    • winterbanyan

      Seven years ago when my son was considering pursuing an advanced degree, several majors interested him. The thing that fascinated me was when he told me that many of the departments were now collaborating, and that he could actually combine two or more interests into a single degree.

      The isolation of knowledge into finite boxes slows its growth. Good for UMN.

    • NCrissieB

      What a fascinating article. :grin: I hope that process spreads. Universities have lots of people with relevant expertise about almost any significant problem … but they’re usually in different departments, consulting different bodies of research to write different studies for different journals. Getting them on the same page would be … helpful.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::