Archive | April 2017

To Kill a Mockingbird

Is it really a sin to kill a mockingbird? I think so.

https://lotuseditions.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/tokillamockingbird.jpg?w=291&h=379

My Brother  tells me that I am Classic-Challenged in my selection of movies because I have not watched many of the older movies. He told me a few weeks ago that I should watch To Kill a Mockingbird.

To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee published in 1960. It was immediately successful, winning the Pulitzer Prize, and has become a classic of modern American literature.

I do not want to spoil the movie for you, in case…..you are also Classic-Challenged.

It is a wonderful movie. I give it a 10.

The lesson I learned:

Sometimes we are afraid of the wrong things in life.

The movie is available to stream on Netflix. I hope you will take time to watch it and send me your opinion.

-Sheila-

THE SPHINX—-OOPS

The Editor:  What is ” oops “, LL ?

Where Did I Leave My Gun Cat:  It’s just a little mistake.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/04/22/Air-marshals-gun-found-by-passenger-in-planes-bathroom/5471492891922/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=5

Titleist has a new golf ball treat.

http://golfweek.com/2017/01/25/first-look-titleist-pro-v1-pro-v1x-balls-2017/

http://nypost.com/2017/04/22/chopped-golf-balls-in-hash-browns-prompts-recall/

Churchill was right.

https://www.studyfinds.org/change-lightbulb-household-chores-study/

Any soda is a waste of money.  They are also killers.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/living/3376748/diet-coke-pepsi-max-deadly-stroke-and-dementia/

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Cassini Looks Out from Saturn
Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, Space Science Institute

Explanation: This is what Saturn looks like from inside the rings. Last week, for the first time, NASA directed the Cassini spacecraft to swoop between Saturn and its rings. During the dive, the robotic spacecraft took hundreds of images showing unprecedented detail for structures in Saturn’s atmosphere. Looking back out, however, the spacecraft was also able to capture impressive vistas. In the featured image taken a few hours before closest approach, Saturn‘s unusual northern hexagon is seen surrounding the North Pole. Saturn’s C ring is the closest visible, while the dark Cassini Division separates the inner B ring from the outer A. A close inspection will find the two small moons that shepherd the F-ring, the farthest ring discernable. This image is raw and will be officially verified, calibrated and released at a later date. Cassini remains on schedule to end its mission by plunging into Saturn’s atmosphere on September 15.

Tomorrow’s picture: glowing neutron star

THE SPHINX—-OLDE STUFF

The Editor:   What is old, LL ?

Rjktzbpwreb Cat:   The Icelanders are going to have to be bilingual to save their old language.  It wouldn’t hurt to put a couple of vowels in their words.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_ICELAND_LANGUAGE_THREATENED?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-04-22-11-48-17

Here is where the arms race began.

http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/04/26/South-African-cave-yields-Middle-Stone-Age-projectiles/9791493235208/?utm_source=fp&utm_campaign=ts&utm_medium=16

Those old Romans knew how to make concrete.

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.785858

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/04/26/Ancient-tablet-unearthed-at-historic-Roman-excavation-site-in-Israel/6841493234436/?utm_source=fp&utm_campaign=ls&utm_medium=3

http://www.crystalinks.com/romeaqueducts.html

Native Americans are older than previously thought.  There are more broken bones here than on an United Airline flight.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/apr/26/could-history-of-humans-in-north-america-be-rewritten-by-broken-mastodon-bones

https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=alley+oop+song

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Arches of Spring
Image Credit & Copyright: Ondrej Kralik

Explanation: Two luminous arches stretched across the dome of the sky on this northern spring night. After sunset on March 29, the mountain view panorama was captured in 57 exposures from Chopok peak in central Slovakia at an altitude of about 2,000 meters. The arc of the northern Milky Way is visible toward the right, but only after it reaches above the terrestrial lights from the mountain top perspective. Though dusk has passed, a bright patch of celestial light still hovers near the horizon and fades into a second luminous arch of Zodiacal Light, crossing near the center of the Milky Way. Dust in the ecliptic plane reflects sunlight to create the Zodiacal glow, typically prominent after sunset in clear, dark, skies of the northern spring. Almost opposite the Sun, Jupiter shines brightly near the horizon toward the left. Since Jupiter lies near the ecliptic, it appears within the slight brightening of the Zodiacal band also opposite the Sun called the Gegenschein.

Tomorrow’s picture: looking out from Saturn

THE SPHINX—-CATS, SNAKES, MONKEYS, CREEPS

The Editor:   What’s new, LL ?

Brave Cat:  Here is a brave cat,  in the Lone Star State.

http://www.click2houston.com/news/cat-stares-down-rattlesnake-in-south-texas-town

Look who showed up in Florida.

http://www.clickorlando.com/news/bolo-issued-for-monkey-in-apopka-fwc-says

Here is a caterpillar that eats credit cards.

http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/04/24/Scientists-find-commercial-caterpillar-capable-of-eating-processing-plastic/4161493058755/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=3

Here is a creature/creep that eats taxpayer money.

http://dailycaller.com/2017/04/25/al-gores-new-group-demands-15-trillion-to-fight-global-warming/

This is what happens when laws aren’t enforced from day one.  You could even say that there were no rules at home.

http://www.sfchronicle.com/crime/article/BART-takeover-robbery-50-to-60-teens-swarm-11094745.php

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Exploring the Antennae
Image Credit & Copyright: Data; Subaru, NAOJ, NASA/ESA/HubbleAssembly and Processing; Roberto Colombari

Explanation: Some 60 million light-years away in the southerly constellation Corvus, two large galaxies are colliding. Stars in the two galaxies, cataloged as NGC 4038 and NGC 4039, very rarely collide in the course of the ponderous cataclysm that lasts for hundreds of millions of years. But the galaxies’ large clouds of molecular gas and dust often do, triggering furious episodes of star formation near the center of the cosmic wreckage. Spanning over 500 thousand light-years, this stunning view also reveals new star clusters and matter flung far from the scene of the accident by gravitational tidal forces. The remarkable mosaicked image was constructed using data from the ground-based Subaru telescope to bring out large-scale and faint tidal streams, and Hubble Space Telescope data of extreme detail in the bright cores. The suggestive visual appearance of the extended arcing structures gives the galaxy pair its popular name – The Antennae.

Tomorrow’s picture: light-weekend