Kind of amazing, sports.
People in Boston and Los Angeles who are not sports fans, who don’t know the lead-off hitters of their own home team, are captivated by the World Series.
Turn on the local news to find out, not the weather for tomorrow, but did ‘their’ team win.
What is the motivation?
An affirmation that we are Bostonians or Los Angelenos.
Does US News issue a ‘study’ that proves our town has the best hospitals; or the best schools?
Makes us feel better.
Even if we have no children.
Or are in perfect health.
We’re part of a collective, political, sociological, and spiritual psyche.
Part of a single creature.
Zebras, walruses, wildebeests, gemsboks, and people, alike in sharing a collective psyche.
Friday, October 26, 2018
My 199th consecutive posting.
Time is 12.01am
Boston’s temperature will reach a high of 51* and be mostly sunny.
Dinner is Roasted Duck. The recipe on this website works! Wow!
Quiz Question of the Day:
What is a rainbow?
Wednesday was Rainbow Day in Boston and from my window, 31 floors up, I was treated to a double rainbow.
I ran to the elevator but by the time I got downstairs the lovely art had dissipated. Mostly.
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Answer to Quiz Question:
A rainbow is a meteorological phenomenon that is caused by reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky. It takes the form of a multicolored circular arc.
Rainbows caused by sunlight always appear in the section of sky directly opposite the sun.
Rainbows can be full circles. However, the observer normally sees only an arc formed by illuminated droplets above the ground, and centered on a line from the sun to the observer's eye.
In a primary rainbow, the arc shows red on the outer part and violet on the inner side.
This rainbow is caused by light being refracted when entering a droplet of water, then reflected inside on the back of the droplet and refracted again when leaving it.
In a double rainbow, a second arc is seen outside the primary arc, and has the order of its colors reversed, with red on the inner side of the arc.
This is caused by the light being reflected twice on the inside of the droplet before leaving it.
But this describes the physical, scientific side of a rainbow.
The essence of the rainbow, the gestalt, is the imaginative, as in Judy’s signature song.
Somewhere over the rainbow way up high
There's a land that I heard of once in a lullaby
Somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true
Someday I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me
Somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow.
Why then, oh, why can't I?
Composer: Harold Arlen
Lyricist: E.Y. Harburg
This is what a rainbow is.
Or our baby’s dreams, as in singing our child to sleep, the soft, dreamy lullaby perfect for easing her into slumber land.
The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Widely considered to be one of the greatest films in cinema history, it is the best-known and most commercially successful adaptation of L. Frank Baum's 1900 children's book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
It was directed primarily by Victor Fleming (who left production to take over direction on the troubled Gone with the Wind production).
It stars Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale, alongside Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke and Margaret Hamilton, with Charley Grapewin, Pat Walshe and Clara Blandick, Terry (billed as Toto), and Singer's Midgets as the Munchkins.
Legendary for its use of Technicolor, fantasy storytelling, musical score and memorable characters, the film has become an icon of American popular culture.
It was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, but lost to Gone with the Wind.
It did win in two other categories: Best Original Song for "Over the Rainbow" and Best Original Score by Herbert Stothart.
While the film was considered a critical success upon release in August 1939, it failed to make a profit for MGM until the 1949 re-release, earning only $3,017,000 on a $2,777,000 budget, not including promotional costs, which made it MGM's most expensive production at that time.
The 1956 television broadcast premiere of the film on the CBS network reintroduced the film to the public; watching it became an annual tradition and, according to the Library of Congress, it is the most seen film in movie history.
It was among the first 25 films that inaugurated the National Film Registry list in 1989.
It is also one of the few films on UNESCO's Memory of the World Register.
The film is among the top ten in the BFI list of the 50 films you should see by the age of 14.
The Wizard of Oz is the source of many quotes referenced in contemporary popular culture.
Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolf received credit for the screenplay, but uncredited contributions were made by others.
The songs were written by Edgar "Yip" Harburg (lyrics) and Harold Arlen (music).
The musical score and the incidental music
October 26, Friday
And so, Good Morning.
We’ve talked about our collective psyche, with an accompanying gallery of images, rainbows scientific as well as the imaginative and a slice of city life when a double rainbow pops up, with an accompanying gallery of images, and the Wizard of Oz, the film.
Have a good day, my friends.
See you soon.