Sunday, August 7, 2016

Lighthouse Day August 7, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Lighthouse Day

A light that shines in the darkness to protect and alert. Sounds like something one would say about that friend or mentor whom helps us in the hardest of times, but alas, this is not that reference. This is a reference to the silent, but bright, guardians of our coastlines and ships, the majestic lighthouse.
The lighthouse has been a staple of culture in the world since we built boats to sail the seas. Protection from fog, reefs, rocks and other hazards of the coastline have been signaled by these monoliths of light, even before the advent of electricity. Surprisingly, large fires were lit in the top of the early lighthouses, so ship captains knew not to sail to close to them in order to avoid dangers to their ships. Some even used early forms of light refraction to make the light spread farther out to see – mirrors were used in some cases, but in many it was actually metal polished to a shine that was used as mirrors were not as easily come by as they are today. Electricity and the light bulb paved the way for current lighthouses – the rotating beam of light that is done with some creative positioning of mirrors, glass and a motor to spin a curved mirror in a circle around the light bulb. This effect channels the light outwards in a beam, rotating around and around to catch the eye, and help the light pierce the fog.

Go and see a lighthouse or two. Visit and see about understanding what the lighthouse specifically protected against – was it just fog and to alert captains of land close by, or are there rocks in shallow water, reefs of danger just beneath the soft waves, or maybe a more disastrous effect, like whirlpools or cliff edges instead of a port? Sometimes a lighthouse existed both as a ship warning and a guard post from when local militia and army forces were stationed to defend against coastal attackers. Or if your not near any lighthouses, share pictures you find enjoyable of lighthouses to those nearby or over social media. Enlighten them on what a lighthouse does if they want to know. Or maybe build a miniature lighthouse all your own, setting it up high in a room so the light spirals around in the same effect. This little adventure into modeling can spark conversations for years to come, and is something that may just bring you one step closer to being the master of a lighthouse yourself some day.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A likeness or image, especially of a person.
Usage:The penny bears an effigy of Lincoln.

Idiom of the Day

a bit out of it

 — Feeling somewhat disoriented, phased, or out of touch with the world; spaced out.


Ralph Bunche (1904)

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Bunche was a US diplomat who in 1950 became the first person of color awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, which he earned for mediating the 1949 Arab-Israeli truce. During WWII, he worked in the US War and State Departments. After the war, he helped establish the UN and spent the remainder of his career in a variety of UN positions, including principal secretary of the UN Palestine Commission and Under-Secretary General.

Dublin Irish Festival

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During the 19th century, a large Irish immigrant population settled throughout the United States. One enclave established north of Columbus, Ohio, took the name of the capital of Ireland. In 1987, the first Dublin Irish Festival was held to commemorate the city's rich heritage. One of the festival's main events is the Columbus Feis, in which competitors square off in a Gaelic dance known as theceilidh. Other activities include listening to storytelling and folklore at three cultural stages, eating traditional Irish food, shopping for imported Irish goods, and watching sheepherding demonstrations.

Pregnancy Myths that Are True: Women Are More Fertile after Tonsils and Appendixes Are Removed, Stud

One of the many myths regarding pregnancy and conception has recently been busted. For years, there has been a lot of confusion on whether having tonsils and appendixes removed reduced a woman's chances of getting pregnant. 

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1888 - Theophilus Van Kannel received a patent for the revolving door.

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1934 - The U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling striking down the government's attempt to ban the controversial James Joyce novel "Ulysses." 

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1959 - The U.S. launched Explorer 6, which sent back a picture of the Earth. 

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1974 - French stuntman Philippe Petit walked a tightrope strung between the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center. 

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2003 - In California, Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that he would run for the office of governor.

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2003 - Stephen Geppi bought a 1963 G.I. Joe prototype for $200,000.



If You Were Born Today, August 7
You are a person who is very concerned with balance so that you always aim to be fair. Even so, you are in fact given to excess and at times you can be quite indulgent, as you love all the good things in life. You are charismatic with a friendly, communicative matter but also a highly developed spiritual or imaginative side that others might not always know about. In love, you can sometimes be impulsive, as you follow your heart and not always logic, as logical as you are in other areas of life. You might notice that you are more accountable than most when things go wrong. Famous people born today: Mata Hari, David Duchovny, Charlize Theron, Brit Marling, Liam James, Michael Shannon.
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Nils Torvalds

Nils Torvalds (b. 1945) is a Swedish-speaking Finnish broadcast journalist, writer and politician, who is serving as a Member of the European Parliament. Born in Ekenäs, Torvalds has been active in politics since he was a college student in the 1960s. He is the son of Ole Torvalds and the father of Linus Torvalds.

Picture of Havasu Falls in Arizona at night illuminated by a headlamp

Night Falls

Photograph by Jes Stockhausen, National Geographic 
By day, the water of Arizona's Havasu Falls is a remarkable, bright blue-green. In this image submitted by Jes Stockhausen, it’s a milky ribbon, illuminated at night by the light of a camper’s headlamps. “While camping in the Havasupai [Indian Reservation], you hear the roar of the falls 24/7. My friend and I went to see if we could see the stars and were blown away [by] the sheer darkness of the canyon. This shot was [made] with two headlamps, one at the subject’s feet and one on his head.”






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No Loom Fishtail Bracelet
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When there is no peril in the fight there is no glory in the triumph. - Pierre Corneille

Dong Changchun of Jinzhou, China, swallows small steel balls and makes them reappear from his eyes! -------------------- When a beekeeper from the Spanish Pyrenees dies, his bees are all splashed with a drop of black ink. -------------------- Tong Aonan of Shenyang, China, created a portrait of his crush using 840 Rubik’s cubes, solving each one of them to fit his design! -------------------- A group of cottonwood trees in El Valle de Anton, Panama, mysteriously grow with square trunks!


How to (Quickly) Chill a Cocktail Glass

By Jackie Dodd
eHow Contributor
We've all been there. You've got the perfect drink recipe, and a few willing and thirsty cocktail drinkers waiting for a sample. Presentation is as important as the drink, and a frosted glass would be ideal. Maybe you thought ahead and stored a few glasses in the freezer, or maybe your freezer is a wee bit stockpiled at the moment and that isn't an option for you. No worries, I have some cocktail glass chilling methods for you, just pick the one that suits you best. And don't forget to pour yourself a cocktail. After all, you've earned it.


  • Want to make crushed ice for your cocktail? Add ice cubes to a zip-top bag, smash with a rolling pin or heavy skillet until crushed. Perfectly crushed cocktail ice!
Things You'll Need

  • Cocktail glasses to chill
  • Ice
  • Water
  • Paper towels

Method One

Just store your cocktail glasses in the freezer. Or place them in the freezer for 20 minutes. While this is clearly easy, it's a little inconvenient at the last minute.

Method Two
Wrap a wet paper towel around the glass you'd like frosted and add the glass to the freezer for 5 minutes. Remove from the freezer, remove the towel and you're all set.
Method Three
Fill the glass with crushed ice and add cold water. Let stand for 3 minutes, swirling occasionally. Pour out the ice and water and the glass will be frosted. This is the method used most often by bartenders in the field.



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