Robot Butterflies

For my fellow Septuagenarians

Old is the New Black
Are you turning off the lights for EARTH HOUR this evening?
DIA is--including the lights on the "Demon Bronco".
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money along. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.
--Dwight D. Eisenhower

Who knew that song was copyrighted?

t's the birthday of the woman who wrote "Happy Birthday to You," Patty Smith Hill, born in Anchorage, Kentucky (1868). Most of her life was spent as a kindergarten teacher. She began teaching in Louisville, Kentucky, and it was there, in 1893, that Hill first wrote the lyrics to the song. But it was originally meant as a welcome to start the school day and was first called "Good Morning to All." Hill's sister Mildred, an accomplished musician, provided the melody. Hill was 25 when she wrote the lyrics to the famous song.

It became popularized with the invention of radio and sound films. The song appeared in the Broadway musical "The Band Wagon" (1931), and was used for Western Union's first singing telegram in 1933. A third sister, Jessica Hill, noticed the similarities between "Happy Birthday to You" and the song her sisters wrote, and she was able to prove it in a court of law. The song was copyrighted in 1935 and remains under copyright to this day. According to Forbes magazine, the song produces about $2 million in licensing revenue each year. "Happy Birthday to You" is still one of the most popular songs in the English language, along with "Auld Lang Syne" and "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow."

Hope the new owners don't change anything

Joyce Meskis, long time owner of the Tattered Cover Bookstore, is planning to sell it.

Popeye would be proud.

Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) is an edible flowering plant in the family Amaranthaceae. It is native to central and southwestern Asia. It is an annual plant (rarely biennial), which grows to a height of up to 30 cm. Spinach may survive over winter in temperate regions. The leaves are alternate, simple, ovate to triangular, very variable in size from about 230 cm long and 115 cm broad, with larger leaves at the base of the plant and small leaves higher on the flowering stem. The flowers are inconspicuous, yellow-green, 34 mm diameter, maturing into a small, hard, dry, lumpy fruit cluster 510 mm across containing several seeds.

Today Is Spinach Day!

Today is the birthday of poet Robert Frost (b. 1874).
Poetry, he said, "begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a loneliness."

Respect the elves  or else

Huddled together amid the jagged rocks of the Gálgahraun lava field, a group of nervous onlookers wait with bated breath. Suddenly, theres a loud crack and a tumble of stones as a 50-tonne boulder is wrenched from the ground, then slowly raised into the air and eased down nearby, so delicately youd think it was a priceless sculpture. I just hope theyre happy in their new home, says Ragnhildur Jónsdóttir. The elves really dont like being uprooted like this.

Road-builders are used to seeing their plans scuppered by the protected habitats of bats and newts, or sites of special scientific interest and outstanding natural beauty. But in Iceland, there is another hindrance: the world of the huldufólk, as they call them, the hidden people.

If you want to lay a road, build a house, or construct a dam in Iceland, theres one influential group you have to clear it with first  elves. [Reporter] Oliver Wainwright on the power of the "hidden people"

Click the link to learn about the name

Fractured Prune Doughnuts will open soon in Denver.

Tasty news for Mile High doughnut fans: Fractured Prune Doughnuts, founded in Ocean City, Maryland in 1976, has opened its Denver shop today at 4090 E. Mississippi Ave. It sits just a block east of South Colorado Boulevard.

The shop encourages customers to channel their inner doughnut genius by customizing orders via 12 different glazes and 15 toppings. (Lucky us, the Denver shop, run by franchisee Jacky Hardy, offers 18 toppings, including fresh crumbled bacon.) You get such non-traditional options as French Toast (maple, cinnamon and sugar), Blueberry Hill (blueberry glaze and powdered sugar) and Morning Buzz (mocha, chocolate chip cookie crumbles), among others.

The Process Of Yuzen

Pluto Naming Rights

The transformation of Pluto from a fuzzy blob to a sharp and clear world will be so rapid, in fact, that there wont be time to name all the new surface features seen. Thinking ahead, the scientists involved have decided to create a list of potential names for features not yet seen. Thats pretty clever, but what names should go on that Plutonic list?

That, it turns out, is up to you. Seriously. The New Horizons team, in coordination with the International Astronomical Union (the official keeper of cosmic names), has a website called Our Pluto where you can suggest names and vote for the ones you like.

Want to Name a Feature on Pluto?

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.-
-Maya Angelou



Everything has a beginning and an end. Life is just a cycle of starts and stops.
There are ends we don't desire, but they're inevitable, we have to face them. It's what being human is all about. - Jet Black