Or lack thereof.
I’ve learned a lot since startng the blog near ten weeks ago, but still a lot to come.
For example, a simplified way for us bloggers to navigate the growing wealth of the blog to take full advantage of it.
Especially with two new contributors waiting patiently to plunge in.
Today I meet with my Microsoft technology support to try out an odea that came to me yesterday.
Thy name is frustration.
Today’s Web Site Post presents a story of growing up in Boston’s Italian North End in the watershed decades of the 1950s and 1960s.
Today’s offering is from Sammy Viscione of Boston’s North End: I’m a Girl Watcher.
Aren’t we all?
Today is Wednesday, August 22
This is my 134th consecutive daily posting.
Time is … and Weather
Today’s dinner is…
Photo of the Day
Boston Public Garden Series: Ducklings
I’ll note here the passing of time.
Seems like yesterday I posted (it was late may, when my daughter came back home for the summer) that Kat was just starting her summer quest to become a certified yoga instructor.
I warned then how quickly this time would pass.
I was right, again.
Time flew past.
Her formal instruction has ended.
We return to Swarthmore on Wed., 29th, where Kat will resume her studies, as a sophomore, as Vice-President of the student government, and a certified yoga teacher with a Swarthmore class to teach – a paid position. And if that weren’t enough, she will be a contributor to the blog with the appellation, From the Desk of a Young Woman.
On my return from Swart, on Saturday, I’ll repack the car and leave on Tuesday, day after Labor Day weekend.
And with the start of the fall season, how far behind is winter?
Makes one appreciate the present warm weather.
What is spacetime?
Find the answer just before today’s Post below.
Give yourself partial credits for partial answers.
Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon (born March 22, 1976) is an American actress, producer, and entrepreneur.
She is the recipient of several awards, including an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe Award. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and raised in Tennessee, she began her career as a teenager, making her professional screen debut in The Man in the Moon (1991), for which she was nominated for a Young Artist Award.
Following breakout roles in Desperate Choices: To Save My Child (1992) and Jack the Bear (1993), she starred in the comedy-drama Pleasantville (1998), for which she won the Young Hollywood Award for Breakthrough Performance.
Witherspoon's breakthrough role was playing Tracy Flick in Election (1999) was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
She achieved global recognition with her role as Elle Woods in the 2001 film Legally Blonde, for which she received her second Golden Globe nomination.
The following year, she starred in the romantic comedy Sweet Home Alabama, which emerged as her biggest live-action commercial success.
In 2005, she portrayed June Carter in Walk the Line, which earned her the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Critics Choice Award for Best Actress.
Her other films include Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003), Monsters vs. Aliens (2009), Water for Elephants (2011), and Sing (2016).
In 2014, Witherspoon produced the thriller Gone Girl and received critical acclaim for portraying Cheryl Strayed in Wild, for which she earned her second Academy Award nomination for Best Actress and a fourth Golden Globe nomination.
In 2017, she co-produced and starred in the HBO drama series Big Little Lies, for which she received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie and Outstanding Limited Series, winning the latter as a producer.
Witherspoon owns a production company Hello Sunshine, a clothing company Draper James, and she is actively involved in children's and women's advocacy organizations.
She serves on the board of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) and was named Global Ambassador of Avon Products in 2007, serving as honorary chair of the charitable Avon Foundation. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010.
Thank you, Wikipedia
Legally Blonde is a 2001 American comedy film based on the novel of the same name by Amanda Brown. It was directed by Robert Luketic, scripted by Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith, and stars Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair, Matthew Davis, Victor Garber, and Jennifer Coolidge.
The film tells the story of Elle Woods, a sorority girl who attempts to win back her ex-boyfriend by getting a Juris Doctor degree.
The title is a pun on the term "legally blind".
The film was released on July 13, 2001, and received positive reviews from critics.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the critics' consensus states "though the material is predictable and formulaic, Reese Witherspoon's funny, nuanced performance makes this movie better than it would have been otherwise".
It was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy and ranked 29th on Bravo's 2007 list of "100 Funniest Movies".
Witherspoon received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, and the 2002 MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance.
As of June 2018, Witherspoon has been in discussions with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to produce a third instalment in the Legally Blonde film series. In addition to reprising her role as Elle Woods, Witherspoon is bringing back both Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith to pen the film's script.
MGM later confirmed in a Twitter post that Legally Blonde 3 is set to be released on February 14, 2020
Thank you, Wikipedia
Word of the Day
spatial: relating to or occupying space.
"the spatial distribution of population
spatial analysis: includes any of the formal techniques which study entities using their topological, geometric, or geographic properties.
Answer for Encyclopediacs
In physics, spacetime is any mathematical model that fuses the three dimensions of space and the one dimension of time into a single four-dimensional continuum.
Spacetime diagrams can be used to visualize relativistic effects such as why different observers perceive where and when events occur.
Until the turn of the 20th century, the assumption had been that the three-dimensional geometry of the universe (its spatial expression in terms of coordinates, distances, and directions) was independent of one-dimensional time.
However, in 1905, Albert Einstein based his seminal work on special relativity on two postulates:
(1) The laws of physics are invariant (i.e., identical) in all inertial systems (i.e., non-accelerating frames of reference);
(2) The speed of light in a vacuum is the same for all observers, regardless of the motion of the light source.
The logical consequence of taking these postulates together is the inseparable joining together of the four dimensions, hitherto assumed as independent, of space and time.
Many counterintuitive consequences emerge: in addition to being independent of the motion of the light source, the speed of light has the same speed regardless of the frame of reference in which it is measured; the distances and even temporal ordering of pairs of events change when measured in different inertial frames of reference (this is the relativity of simultaneity); and the linear additivity of velocities no longer holds true.
Einstein framed his theory in terms of kinematics (the study of moving bodies).
His theory was a breakthrough advance over Lorentz's 1904 theory of electromagnetic phenomena and Poincaré's electrodynamic theory.
Although these theories included equations identical to those that Einstein introduced (i.e. the Lorentz transformation), they were essentially ad hoc models proposed to explain the results of various experiments—including the famous Michelson–Morley interferometer experiment—that were extremely difficult to fit into existing paradigms.
In 1908, Hermann Minkowski—once one of the math professors of a young Einstein in Zürich—presented a geometric interpretation of special relativity that fused time and the three spatial dimensions of space into a single four-dimensional continuum now known as Minkowski space.
A key feature of this interpretation is the formal definition of the spacetime interval. Although measurements of distance and time between events differ for measurements made in different reference frames, the spacetime interval is independent of the inertial frame of reference in which they are recorded.
Minkowski's geometric interpretation of relativity was to prove vital to Einstein's development of his 1915 general theory of relativity, wherein he showed how mass and energy curve this flat spacetime to a Pseudo Riemannian man.
I’m a Girl Watcher
Not me, but Johnny Damiano. He and his brother Anthony were affectionately known as the “Twins.” In was 1961. Johnny was playing centerfield for our team the Remenham A.C. That season we beat out the Cristy club for first place. The Cristy’s were the favorites to win. Players like Carlo De Luca, Richie Fan, Guso, Victor Passacantilli, Paul Corolla and Benny “Cycki” Farentino, comprised a very good team.
The Barnoner’s won the other division despite being underdogs. However the so-so talents of Billy Venezia, Lyo, Leo the lion, Gunga Din, Felix Rossi, Georgie Macaroni to name a few prevailed. The Remenhams were a balanced team in both offense and defense. Johnny Repucci, Franny “the jet” Viscione, Charlie Coppola, Bobby Chiota, Roger Mustone, Cody Giovanditto, Emo Bevilaqua, and our pitcher Davy Fasano, Junior “Flash” Gaudin and myself made it happen. The championship game was close in scoring. The lead changed hands many times to my dismay. I thought we would shellac them for sure. Well, going into the last inning we were leading by one run when they loaded the bases with one out. Gunga Din came to bat. Davy wound and pitched; Gunga swung and lofted a routine fly ball to centerfield. Then disaster struck. Johnny didn’t catch it because Johnny didn’t see it. How could he when he was watching the bathing beauties in the pool. Needless to say we lost the game. I often think of that game and truly believe events like that could only happen in the North End. Johnny remained a life long friend but I never forgave him for the loss.