The Daily F Bomb, Sunday 2/17/13

by: Floja Roja

Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 08:24:27 AM EST



Good morning! Any of you have exciting plans for the day? I plan to perfect my couch potato technique.

Interrogatories

Do you get along well with your neighbors? What do you have decorating your walls? Are you a leader or a follower? Can you sing? Are you afraid of needles or is getting a shot no big deal to you? If the end of the world as we know it really was nigh, would you want to survive and deal with the fallout, or would you rather die in the first cataclysm (or whatever it may be)? How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse?

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On This Day

In 1621, Myles Standish was appointed as first commander of Plymouth colony.

In 1801, an electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr was resolved when Jefferson was elected President and made Burr Vice President by the House of Representatives.

In 1964, in Wesberry v. Sanders, the Supreme Court ruled that congressional districts have to be approximately equal in population.

In 1996, world chess champion Garry Kasparov beat IBM supercomputer "Deep Blue," winning a six-game match in Philadelphia.

In 2002, the new Transportation Security Administration took over supervision of aviation security from the airline industry and the Federal Aviation Administration.

In 2005, President George W. Bush named John Negroponte to be the first national intelligence director.

In 2009, President Barack Obama signed a $757 billion economic stimulus package into law.

Born on This Day

1519 - Francis, Duke of Guise, French soldier and politician (d. 1563)

1524 - Charles of Guise, French cardinal (d. 1574)

1754 - Nicolas Baudin, French explorer (d. 1803)

1774 - Raphaelle Peale, American painter (d. 1825)

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1788 - Maurice Quentin de la Tour, French portrait painter (b. 1704)

1821 - Lola Montez, Irish dancer (d. 1861)

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1848 - Louisa Lawson, Australian suffragist and writer (d. 1920)

1877 - André Maginot, French politician (d. 1932)

1910 - Arthur Hunnicutt, American actor (d. 1979)

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1911 - Orrin Tucker, American bandleader and composer (d.2011)

1912 - Andre Norton, American author (d. 2005)

1914 - Arthur Kennedy, American actor (d. 1990)

1914 - Wayne Morris, American actor (d. 1959)

1916 - Raf Vallone, Italian actor (d. 2002)

Some people can fall asleep anywhere.

1919 - Kathleen Freeman, American actress (d. 2001)

1920 - Curt Swan, American comics artist (d. 1996)

1922 - Enrico Banducci, American nightclub owner (d. 2007)

1925 - Hal Holbrook, American actor

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1928 - Marta Romero, Puerto Rican actress and singer

1929 - Chaim Potok, American author (d. 2002)

1929 - Patricia Routledge, English actress

1930 - Ruth Rendell, English mystery writer, whose Inspector Wexford series is great, and whose standalone mysteries as well as those written under the name Barbara Vine are also excellent.

1934 - Alan Bates, English actor (d. 2003)

1939 - Mary Ann Mobley, American actress and beauty queen

1942 - Huey P. Newton, American political activist (d. 1989)

1946 - Dodie Stevens, American singer

1949 - Fred Frith, English musician and composer (Henry Cow, Art Bears, Massacre and Skeleton Crew)

1954 - Rene Russo, American actress

1962 - David McComb, Australian musician (The Triffids) (d. 1999)

1962 - Lou Diamond Phillips, American actor

1963 - Michael Jordan, American basketball player

1966 - Michael Lepond, American musician (Symphony X)

1972 - Billie Joe Armstrong, American musician (Green Day)

1972 - Taylor Hawkins, American musician (Foo Fighters and Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders)

1981 - Joseph Gordon-Levitt, American actor

1981 - Paris Hilton, American heiress, famous for being rich

Died on This Day

1600 - Giordano Bruno, Italian philosopher (burned at the stake) (b. 1548)

1609 - Ferdinando I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (b. 1549)

1847 - William Collins, English landscape and genre painter (b. 1788)

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1854 - John Martin, English painter (b. 1789)

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1909 - Geronimo, Apache leader (b. 1829)

1943 - Konstantin Bogaevsky, Russian painter (b. 1872)

Your otherworldly landscape of the day.

1943 - Armand J. Piron, American jazz violinist and composer (b. 1888)

1944 - Fausto Agnelli, Italian painter (b. 1879)

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1961 - Nita Naldi, American actress (b. 1897)

Nita monitors the airwaves for alien transmissions.

1966 - Gail Kane, American actress (b. 1885)

1982 - Thelonious Monk, American jazz pianist (b. 1917)

1982 - Lee Strasberg, Austrian-born actor (b. 1901)

1994 - Randy Shilts, American author and activist (b. 1951)

2006 - Bill Cowsill, American singer (The Cowsills) (b. 1948)

2010 - Kathryn Grayson, American actress and singer (b. 1922)

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Champion Crab Races Day
National Cafe au Lait Day
National Cabbage Day
Random Acts of Kindness Day
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Good morning, Mooses! (2.00 / 16)
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One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. - A.A. Milne

:: nods :: (2.00 / 15)
   REMINDER: If voting didn't matter, Republicans wouldn't mind if black people did it.bit.ly/WSaDnx
   - LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) February 16, 2013

Your history lesson: Wesberry v. Sanders:

Wesberry v. Sanders, 376 U.S. 1 (1964) was a U.S. Supreme Court case involving U.S. Congressional districts in the state of Georgia. The Court issued its ruling on February 17, 1964. This decision requires each state to draw its U.S. Congressional districts so that they are approximately equal in population.

Nationally, this decision effectively reduced the representation of rural districts in the U.S. Congress. Particularly, the Court held that the population differences among Georgia's congressional districts were so great as to violate the Constitution.[...]

In reaching this landmark decision, the Supreme Court asserted that Article I, Section 2 of the United States Constitution requires that representatives shall be chosen "by the People of the several States" and shall be "apportioned among the several States...according to their respective Numbers...." These words, the Court held, mean that "as nearly as practicable one man's vote in a congressional election is to be worth as much as another's."

This was a BHD. We already have a non-representative legislative body where the concerns of 37 million Californians are represented by the same number of Senators that the 586,000 people of Wyoming have. Or as this Tufts study showed, "the half of the U.S. living in the largest nine states is represented by 18 Senators. The other half of the country living in the other 41 states has 82 Senators,".

Today My Way involves the Highway. Adios!

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


Well, the House and the Senate (2.00 / 9)
are designed to complement each other as to representation.

I'm lucky.

[ Parent ]
reduced the representation of rural districts (2.00 / 6)
everywhere except in utah.  


[ Parent ]
OK, I'll play (2.00 / 14)
Do you get along well with your neighbors?

Very well, we watch each others' pets during vacations, our cats have play dates, we share the same political views (we watched the election returns together in November with LOTS of wine on hand)...

What do you have decorating your walls?

The only wall space without windows has bookcases or the cat tree.

Are you a leader or a follower?

Neither. I just kind of wander from place to place. Maybe a little following here and there. I follow lots of people on Twitter, if that counts.

Can you sing?

If you enjoy the mellifluous sounds of cats in heat, then you would enjoy my singing.

Are you afraid of needles or is getting a shot no big deal to you?

No big deal at all.

If the end of the world as we know it really was nigh, would you want to survive and deal with the fallout, or would you rather die in the first cataclysm (or whatever it may be)?

While I enjoy all the apocalyptic fiction there is out there, I definitely would not want to survive. Those preppers have a romanticized idea of what it would be like.

How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse?  

I have my Led Zeppelin records!  I had a dream (it must have been a prophetic one, no?) wherein it was proven that loud rock and roll wards off zombies.

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. - A.A. Milne


When the zombies hear rock 'n' roll, (2.00 / 8)
perhaps their reaction is, "Noooo brains heeeere!"

I'm lucky.

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Name, rank, serial number. (2.00 / 14)
Do you get along well with your neighbors?

- Yep. Wisconsin ex-pats next door who play Euchre, good-ole retired neighbors down the point a bit. Have a tendency to rescue neighbors' docks as the lake goes up and down.

What do you have decorating your walls?

- Donna likes metal art, been collecting that for a while. Paintings and other things gathered from our various home locations.

Are you a leader or a follower?

- I tend to break trail, and believe in the Socratic ideal of leadership. The art of medicine is focusing on what is best for the patient, not the doctor. The art of sculpting is purely focusing on the needs of the stone not the sculptor. The art of leadership is focusing on the needs of the team, not the leader.

Can you sing?

- As far as I know. Sang a bit of lead-vocals for a friends' rock band, and some Bobby Darin at a bar in Hell's Kitchen. Belt it out when it is a campfire or other group music thing.

Are you afraid of needles or is getting a shot no big deal to you?

- I hurt myself more than that before breakfast every day.

If the end of the world as we know it really was nigh, would you want to survive and deal with the fallout, or would you rather die in the first cataclysm (or whatever it may be)?

- drag it out to the bitter end.

How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse?

- no firearms, but an axe works fine (zombies are slow).

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


Oh, don't get me started. (2.00 / 11)
My current neighbors are young, thoughtless and NOISY. To be fair, they've calmed down a bit since I complained to the landlord about the late-night screaming matches, LOL!

I tend not to worry about the Apocalypse, because I know I'll be raised in the Rapture. ;-p

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)


On my walls (2.00 / 14)
Tapestries, candle sconces, and some pictures. Here's my living room:

Living Room tapestry photo LivingRoom01.jpg

Living Room again photo LivingRoom03.jpg

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)


Nice straw hat!! (2.00 / 11)
Do you wear it or is it just for decoration?

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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I used to wear it occasionally. (2.00 / 10)
But not since I've stopped dressing up. And the poor thing is 80 or 90 years old and is getting fragile, so I leave it where it is, as a souvenir of past glories. :-)

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

[ Parent ]
We have similar lamps.....and door knobs! (2.00 / 10)
Good morning silks :)

Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

[ Parent ]
Howdy, princess! (2.00 / 10)
I always knew you had great taste. ;-)

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

[ Parent ]
Nice! (2.00 / 10)
Why did I know that was you before I scrolled down to see your name? ;-)

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. - A.A. Milne

[ Parent ]
Because... (2.00 / 9)
...you recognize greatness? ;-p

Though, to be fair, I have shared these pics before, at the Other Place. :-)

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)


[ Parent ]
Thanks for sharing, (2.00 / 7)
a bit of your world.

I like the hat stand, looking for something just like that.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."


[ Parent ]
Coat/hat-rack... (2.00 / 6)
...was a Craigslist find from right in my own neighborhood. Five dollars well spent! :-)

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

[ Parent ]
Morning from Chilly North Carolina (2.00 / 11)
We didn't get any snow here in Winston Salem but it is cold.

Do you get along well with your neighbors? The people upstairs are the most obnoxious people I've ever had as neighbors. I'm tempted to send Fido after them. The ones on either side are wonderful. One of the little boys next door brought me a valentine.

What do you have decorating your walls? Joe Montana pictures, Marvin the Martian pictures, favorite unicorn pictures, and a ton and a half of my own art work.

Are you a leader or a follower? Leader

Can you sing? Yes

Are you afraid of needles or is getting a shot no big deal to you? No big deal.

If the end of the world as we know it really was nigh, would you want to survive and deal with the fallout, or would you rather die in the first cataclysm (or whatever it may be)? Survive definitely

How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse? Not very but observing Merlin to see how to act like a zombie. ;-)

Fido
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"A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde


Did Merlin look like this as a baby? (2.00 / 3)
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One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. - A.A. Milne

[ Parent ]
Answers for Feb 17 (2.00 / 13)
also born today, my brother.

Do you get along well with your neighbors?

Sure. Not much interaction, but no problems.

What do you have decorating your walls?

When I lived alone, there was nothing on my walls - I just didn't think about it. Now we have some paintings (two of which my wife painted), some drawings, some photos.

I am very non-visual, my wife is very visual.

Are you a leader or a follower?

Depends on the situation.

Can you sing?

Only if I want to hurt you.

Are you afraid of needles or is getting a shot no big deal to you?

No big deal, especially if I can watch.

If the end of the world as we know it really was nigh, would you want to survive and deal with the fallout, or would you rather die in the first cataclysm (or whatever it may be)?

I want to be at ground zero.

How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse?

Not at all. Also not prepared for outbreak of bubonic plague (which was never cured and is much more likely than zombies)

"Most people worry about their own bellies and other people's souls when we all ought to worry about our own souls and others' bellies" Israel Salanter


happy birthday to your brothers! (2.00 / 7)
plague shows up occasionally out west.  hantavirus.  

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30 degrees and clear. Snow predicted, but when? (2.00 / 11)
Pink Floyd are singing about a bike.

And I will answer the following questions to the best of my ability:

Do you get along well with your neighbors? What do you have decorating your walls? Are you a leader or a follower? Can you sing? Are you afraid of needles or is getting a shot no big deal to you? If the end of the world as we know it really was nigh, would you want to survive and deal with the fallout, or would you rather die in the first cataclysm (or whatever it may be)? How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse?

Yep.  Good neighbors all around, it seems.

Let's see.  A poster of Picasso "painting" the air with a flashlight; a poster of Dali from The Jump Book; a clock; a trivet in the shape of a fish.  That's just the living room.

Follower.  This reminds me of the self-evaluation tests they gave us in first grade.  There were little drawings with captions like, "I am a good leader"; "I am a good follower."  You had to check the ones you thought you were.  Psychological testing from the mimeograph!

I can/could sing.  My singing voice has kind of atrophied in my old age through disuse, and the world is the worse for that!  ;-)

No problem with shots.

Hmm.  If I thought there'd be a large decrease in the population, I might want to stick around for the coming "Golden Age."  But, at 62, I'm not sure I want to be cleaning up all that mess.

I think I have some duct tape.

John Zorn's Masada are making good noises now.

I'm lucky.


Weather update from Maryland... (2.00 / 5)
The wind has begun to howl, and the clouds are blowing in.  Maybe there will be snow after all?

Up to 32 now, and not much farther to go to that predicted high of 35.

And the Steve Miller Band are singing something about a sacrifice.

I'm lucky.


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we have snow predicted too (2.00 / 6)
but some wind will have to blow before that happens, it's a bit warm out.  this snow was originally forecast for friday.  this is when i don't understand weather forecasters.  

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Other people's observations (2.00 / 10)
The difficulty in studying the mind is that it's the mind that's studying it.

- Chris Dashiell

And yet I am optimistic!

I'm lucky.


Bill Frisell : I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (2.00 / 10)

Good morning!

Love is the lasting legacy of our lives


Thanks! Love Bill Frisell. (2.00 / 8)


I'm lucky.

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Other people's observations (2.00 / 9)
The difficulty in studying the mind is that it's the mind that's studying it.

- Chris Dashiell

And yet I am optimistic!

I'm lucky.


Morning all! (2.00 / 12)
Neighbors:  yeah, we get along all right they are all republicans though and love to be all up in our business.  Sometimes I just want to walk to my garage without speaking to anyone.  One has a pool that they let us use and they are lovely older folks.  One is a house full of psychological issues so that can be a bit hairy sometimes...

Walls:  paint, art (mostly framed art posters cause that is affordable) and books and beautiful leaded glass windows

Leader or follower:  I'm not really a joiner.  Large groups, gatherings and especially meetings just annoy me.  I can be the leader of a small group but not a large one.

Sing:  my kids think I am a great singer.  Their dad is a professional one though

Needles:  no biggie

End of the world:  I don't know, I guess I'd rather die as long as I knew what happened to my family.

Zombies:  meh


Moi (2.00 / 11)
Do you get along well with your neighbors? Hardly know them. A lot of changes over 23 years. I miss my earlier neighbors. We got along great.

What do you have decorating your walls?
Art art art art. Stop me before I post every painting, photo, and print on Flickr or take you on a video tour.

Are you a leader or a follower? Follower but I'm barely even willing to do that if I don't know what's going on.

Can you sing? I've often wondered. I think I can carry a tune and I have timing. With practice who knows? Trouble is, I'm an alto, and we get the harmony, not the melody.

Are you afraid of needles or is getting a shot no big deal to you? No big deal.

If the end of the world as we know it really was nigh, would you want to survive and deal with the fallout, or would you rather die in the first cataclysm (or whatever it may be)? I'd rather d

How prepared are you for the Zombie Apocalypse? I don't know what that is.    

Let there be light. Then let there be a cat, a cocktail, and a good book.


On my living room wall..... (2.00 / 10)

A painting of Bellingham Bay as seen from the studio window of a neighbor, the artist Tom Wood. Some creative swapping happened so the painting could live in my home.

Love is the lasting legacy of our lives


That's a wonderful painting! (2.00 / 10)
And the colors would go nicely in my scheme. :-)

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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I like it! (2.00 / 11)
What is the red pyramid?

Let there be light. Then let there be a cat, a cocktail, and a good book.

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It's a sailboat..... (2.00 / 10)
With artistic license of course! We do see sailboat races every Wednesday night in the summer and the spinnakers are very colorful.....but not as colorful as the painting.

Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

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Happy birthday, Fred Frith!!!!!! (2.00 / 10)
1949 - Fred Frith, English musician and composer (Henry Cow, Art Bears, Massacre and Skeleton Crew)

Fred is high on my list of musical heroes.  Love the video you picked.  I wonder how Evelyn Glennie, being deaf, experiences music?

Massacre are highly recommended, as are French, Frith, Kaiser, and Thompson; Keep the Dog; Cosa Brava.  And the projects you mentioned above.

Fred keeps busy, and it's hard to keep track of his discography.

I'm lucky.


Not sure *everyone* would agree, (2.00 / 10)
but it's sad to think of a Cowsill having died.

2006 - Bill Cowsill, American singer (The Cowsills) (b. 1948)


I'm lucky.

That Collins painting looks better and better (2.00 / 10)
due to its basic simpleness after you look at the two overly dramatic paintings you chose to follow it.

Hope your day is a good one Floja Roja.


A's: try and find out! hah. so/intrusive.... (2.00 / 6)


she is the nosy one (2.00 / 6)
i think she is collecting our data.  and plotting.  

[ Parent ]
i think she's a sleep on d/couch.... (2.00 / 6)


[ Parent ]
You're both right! (2.00 / 6)


One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. - A.A. Milne

[ Parent ]
Awesome questions today! (2.00 / 7)
Neighbors - I have great neighbors at my home in suburban Houston area and here at my eventual retirement place in NC. Having good neighbors in retirement is really important, as we'll be "home" a lot more of the time. We are really fortunate to have selected a great community and neighborhood and even a great plot of land in the midst of great folks!

Decorating my walls - maps, aerial photos, and artistic creatures from the sea like this:

Fish

Leader or follower? Leader, although sometimes I have the sneaking suspicion that if I look back, nobody's following.

Can I sing? Yes, but I try not to annoy others with my tendency to sing an alto harmony when I can no longer reach the soprano upper range thanks to being on Danazol years ago for treatment of endometriosis. It's a synthetic testosterone derivative and lowers the voice in addition to some other suboptimal side effects.

Needles? Do not phase me. I am a frequent blood donor and am amazed at people who avoid donating due to such a fear. I imagine that the people who need blood are in way worse shape than I am, and that they are enduring all sorts of potentially painful treatments. Whatever momentary distress I might feel is nothing.

Die or survive in end-or-world festivities? I'd rather survive and be able to assist other people... or at least blog about it until I expired or succumbed to fried brain syndrome.

Zombie Apocalypse: as an avid gardener, I have pitchforks, shovels, electric hedge clippers and edger, plus geology hammers, a power washer, and other garage items that could be deployed. Then again, I could hop in my car or on my bike and outrun them.  

I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.


-- Oscar Wilde


Pretty fish! (2.00 / 7)
I think my Lulu would like those.  She likes the fish motif on plates, trivets, and her upper left arm.

I'm lucky.

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