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Saturday, April 13, 2019

So, using the baloney-slicing technique, thin slice by thin slice, nature shuts us down until the quality of life so diminishes that you wonder if it is worth living.

The latest slice taken from me is my afternoon espresso at my favorite café: a very hot double-macchiato.
Why deprive me of that?
A tiny cup of coffee?
I see others swill down that caffeine by the thermos bottle.
They just wipe their mouths and get on with life.
Bastards!

The day after the blog’s first birthday celebration, after an enjoyable café moment with my friend Nicky, I returned home to finish the day’s post.
4.30pm by the time I sat at my computer.
A touch of dizziness.

I worked for a while but the dizziness grew stronger and was joined in by a feeling of nausea.
From 5.00pm until 11.00pm the dizziness held sway, forcing me to sit while the nausea forced me to wait doubled over for the inevitable expulsion.
After the expulsion feeling well enough to get to sleep despite the persisting dizziness.

I had and have no doubt that my afternoon caffeine-intake must be severely reduced.
No doubt because ten years ago I had a similar reaction to American-style coffee and have since been on a strictly-controlled intake of morning coffee, ever-diminishing as I watch my body for signs of problems, now down to a single cup, or two cups of half-decaf.
I will try my espresso with a single shot only and see if my body can handle that.

Makes you wonder if life is still worth living.

While rain is still predicted for the Boston Marathon, the projected temperature has tickedup to 57*. We hope that at that temperature our friend Kali will thrive. And the others, too. Of course.  Remember that it’s springtime according to our own calendar. Starting April 7, extending to June 15.  Tick Tock. In clock language:   Enjoy today. Enjoy the week.

While rain is still predicted for the Boston Marathon, the projected temperature has tickedup to 57*. We hope that at that temperature our friend Kali will thrive. And the others, too. Of course.

Remember that it’s springtime according to our own calendar. Starting April 7, extending to June 15.

Tick Tock.
In clock language:

Enjoy today.
Enjoy the week.

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Postings Count, Weather Brief, and Dinner

Saturday, April 13, 2019

My 372nd consecutive posting, committed to 5,000.
After 372 posts we’re at the 7.44% mark of my commitment, the commitment a different way of marking the passage of time.

Time is 12.01am.

On Saturday, Boston’s temperature will reach a high of 70* with a feels-like temperature of 75* with a chance of showers.

Dinner in Philadelphia @ Buddakan. Been there. Excellent.



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Question of the Day:
Who were the Wright Brothers?

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Chuckle of the Day
:
“US News and World Report says that’ve identified three legitimate lawyer jokes.”
“Only three?”
“Yep. All the rest are true stories.”

Boston Marathon Finish Line, 1910.

Boston Marathon Finish Line, 1910.

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

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This from Kali L responding to the post on perpetualizing ourselves through our children:

I love that perspective! Eternal life for ourselves. Children certainly reset our spirit :)

And Kali, a marathon entry this year, adds:

Can't wait for my rainy 26.2 to Boylston on 4/15 :)

Web Meister Responds: We all wish that you achieve what you set out to do. Have fun, sweet girl.

Orville Wright 1905

Orville Wright 1905

Wilbur Wright 1905

Wilbur Wright 1905

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Answer to the Question of the Day:
Who were the Wright Brothers?

The Wright brothers, Orville (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912), were two American aviation pioneers generally credited with inventing, building, and

"[I] always wanted to learn to fly, but I never did. The Wrights refused to teach me and tried to discourage the idea. They said they needed me in the shop and to service their machines, and if I learned to fly, I'd be gadding about the country and maybe become an exhibition pilot, and then they'd never see me again."

"[I] always wanted to learn to fly, but I never did. The Wrights refused to teach me and tried to discourage the idea. They said they needed me in the shop and to service their machines, and if I learned to fly, I'd be gadding about the country and maybe become an exhibition pilot, and then they'd never see me again."

flying the world's first successful airplane.
They made the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft with the Wright Flyer on December 17, 1903, four miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

In 1904–05, the brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft, the Wright Flyer III.
Although not the first to build experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible.

The brothers' breakthrough was their creation of a three-axis control system, which enabled the pilot to steer the aircraft effectively and to maintain its equilibrium.
This method remains standard on fixed-wing aircraft of all kinds.
From the beginning of their aeronautical work, the Wright brothers focused on developing a reliable method of pilot control as the key to solving "the flying problem".

This approach differed significantly from other experimenters of the time who put more emphasis on developing powerful engines.
Using a small homebuilt wind tunnel, the Wrights also collected more accurate data than any before, enabling them to design more efficient wings and propellers.
Their first U.S. patent did not claim invention of a flying machine, but a system of aerodynamic control that manipulated a flying machine's surfaces.

The brothers gained the mechanical skills essential to their success by working for years in their Dayton, Ohio-based shop with printing presses, bicycles, motors, and other machinery.
Their work with bicycles in particular influenced their belief that an unstable vehicle such as a flying machine could be controlled and balanced with practice.

From 1900 until their first powered flights in late 1903, they conducted extensive glider tests that also developed their skills as pilots.
Their shop employee Charlie Taylor became an important part of the team, building their first airplane engine in close collaboration with the brothers.

Charlie Taylor and Wilbur Wright attach a canoe onto a new Flyer at Governor's Island New York, October 1909.

Charlie Taylor and Wilbur Wright attach a canoe onto a new Flyer at Governor's Island New York, October 1909.

The Wright brothers' status as inventors of the airplane has been subject to counter-claims by various parties.
Much controversy persists over the many competing claims of early aviators.

Edward Roach, historian for the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, argues that they were excellent self-taught engineers who could run a small company, but they did not have the business skills or temperament to dominate the growing aviation industry.

I take and record my own blood pressure daily, recording the day, time and circumstances. I tend to run a little high and am tracking it to decide on treatment.

I take and record my own blood pressure daily, recording the day, time and circumstances.
I tend to run a little high and am tracking it to decide on treatment.

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Good Morning on this Saturday, the Thirteenth Day of April.
Today we talked about the coming calendar and the Marathon and the weather, and dinner at Buddakan, in Philadelphia.
We posted a new chuckle and two comments from Kali L.
And we did a brief bio of the Wright Brothers and Charlie Taylor.
 
And now? Gotta go.

Che vuoi? Le pocketbook?

See you soon.

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