Archive | November 2014

THE SPHINX—–SKY NEWS

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The Editor:   Are people interested in the sky, Lois ?

Cosmos Cat:  They sure are, unless they live in the city and have light pollution or riots, then the stars can’t be seen.  Here is a short video about the cosmos.

http://www.solarsystemscope.com/

The Editor:  Is the sun stable, CC ?

CC:  It is about as stable as a nuclear reaction can be.  It is certainly safer than Fukushima.  Here is one thing that might kill us all and/or knock out all electricity.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/11/21/nasa-big-sunspot-is-an-odd-one/70044106/

http://www.space.com/27552-giant-sunspot-huge-solar-flares.html

The Editor:   Would all electricity be disabled, CC, even Hoover Dam/Lake Meade ?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCmErHEZafM

Frizzy Cat:  It could be if a big x class CME hit the area.  The lake might also run dry.

http://www.nbcnews.com/watch/nightly-news/lake-mead-reaches-record-low-water-levels-amid-ongoing-drought-320641091566

Safety Cat:   As always–be careful of electricity.

http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/80654598/

I don’t think even Steve Zodiac and Venus could help.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ifS2nP53Zs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9aHrgtf2zY

THE SPHINX—INTERESTING STUFF

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The Editor:  What’s interesting, Lois ?

Santa Cat:   Barbie is number two.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2014/11/26/Frozen-pushes-Barbie-down-list-of-top-holiday-toys/8281416986355/?spt=hts&or=1

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/11/27/2-women-fight-at-norwalk-walmart-over-barbie-doll/

Go to Jail, Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200, Cat:  If you land on Boardwalk or Park Place pay the piper.

http://news.kron4.com/news/monopoly-player-not-just-visiting-jail-after-game-prompts-fight/

Remember, Santa Likes Elves Buttocks, Cat:   After a little eggnog, Santa gets his pinch of nutmeg mixed-up with the Elves Buttocks.

http://guardianlv.com/2013/11/bad-santa-wont-deliver-gifts-this-christmas-eve-video/

Here is a nifty item, if it delivers as advertised.   Maybe The White House could use one to detect intruders.

http://deals.kinja.com/monitor-your-home-with-dropcam-only-100-for-black-fri-1664050973/+shepmcallister?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+lifehacker%2Ffull+%28Lifehacker%29

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=US5bSTfMia8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJSUT8Inl14

HISTORIES, HOROSCOPES, AND AJC VENTS–REVENTED

                         THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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TODAY IN GEORGIA HISTORY

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 TODAY IN NORTH CAROLINA HISTORY
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 http://nchistorytoday.wordpress.com/

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YOUR HOROSCOPE FOR TODAY

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 http://shine.yahoo.com/horoscope/aries/
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Your Chinese Horoscope

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AJC VENTS–REVENTED

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Astronomy Picture of the Day

The Seahorse of the Large Magellanic Cloud
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Livio (STScI)

Explanation: It may look like a grazing seahorse, but the dark object toward the image right is actually a pillar of smoky dust about 20 light years long. The curiously-shaped dust structure occurs in our neighboring Large Magellanic Cloud, in a star forming region very near the expansive Tarantula Nebula. The energetic nebula is creating a star cluster, NGC 2074, whose center is visible just off the top of the image in the direction of the neck of the seahorse. The representative color image was taken last year by the Hubble Space Telescope‘s Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 in honor of Hubble’s 100,000th trip around the Earth. As young stars in the cluster form, their light and winds will slowly erode the dust pillars away over the next million years.

Tomorrow’s picture: stars and dust

Astronomy Picture of the Day

3D 67P
Image Credit: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/ROLIS

Explanation: Get out your red/blue glasses and float next to a comet! The Rosetta mission lander Philae’s ROLIS camera snapped the two frames used to create this stereo anaglyph for 3D viewing during its November 12 descent to the nucleus of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The comet’s curious double lobed nucleus is seen nearly end on from a distance of about 3 kilometers, about 1 hour before Philae arrived at the surface. Philae’s initial landing site is near the center of the front facing lobe. Part of a landing gear foot cuts across the upper right corner, in the close foreground of the 3D-view. Philae bounced twice in the comet’s weak gravity after its first contact with the surface. Using high resolution camera images from the Rosetta orbiter along with data from the lander’s instruments, controllers have followed Philae’s impromptu journey over the comet’s surface and have identified a likely area for its final resting place.

Tomorrow’s picture: The Seahorse of the LMC

THE SPHINX—COMMON CORE COURSES IN SCHOOL

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The Editor:  What is ” common core ” in education, Lois ?

Albert Einstein Cat:   Let me start with how we teach at Cumberland.  We teach Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic,  to begin with.  We also teach Social Studies, Government, History, Biology, Personal Finance, and a Miscellaneous Course for stuff we missed.

The Editor:   Is there a set goal/test result/promotion for teachers, etc. ?

What Happened Here Cat:  No, the goal is to give every student the best education that they can learn.  They can’t be put in categories.  There are general rules, but nothing is written in Quikrete.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6ViXU6kp7g

http://www.wimp.com/concretetents/

Every one needs a basic course in social interacting.  You also need a basic understanding of history, unless you want every generation to start from inventing the wheel.  We don’t want this to happen to our graduates.

http://www.ifyouonlynews.com/politics/texas-tech-students-give-jaw-droppingly-shocking-answers-political-questions-video/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-j-leclerc/killing-cursive-is-killin_b_4261572.html

The Editor:  What about these ?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/01/18/everything-you-need-to-know-about-common-core-ravitch/

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/03/science/fewer-topics-covered-more-rigorously.html?_r=1&

https://time.com/3559588/how-to-ditch-the-common-core-and-teach-kids-real-skills/

Smart Cat:   College isn’t for everyone, some children are prepared for vocations, like nursing, electrician, mechanic, etc.  The parents have to help with reading and thinking. Here are the hot jobs for the next ten years.

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/09/the-10-most-promising-jobs-for-the-next-10-years/244401/#slide1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhzG9aeOn9w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YR5ApYxkU-U