And Other Illuminating Events
Sunspot 1339 is directly facing Earth. Credit: SDO/HMI
are expecting more explosive activity from the giant sunspot, named
1339. It has already erupted with the most massive solar flare ever,
while the spot was on the side of the Sun away from Earth. That flare
blew solar wind and huge plasma storms toward Venus.
More at SpaceWeather.com
Happy 144 Birthday, Madame Curie
That radiant beauty,
Marie Curie would have been 144 years old on November 6. Her
discoveries live on, and in, her books, papers, and personal possessions
for years to come.
and all things that were hers, are enclosed in sealed lead containers
to prevent the escape of dangerous radioactivity, (radioactive is a word
that she created).
If you sign a waiver and wear a radiation protection suit, you can open one of the lead boxes and read her original research papers.
There is a nice article about her in the Christian Science Monitor.
This months AT&T bill contained some more of the charges that I thought were eliminated when I spoke with them last month.
arrived a couple of weeks ago, but I held off calling until the day
after my regular bills were paid. This gave me time to discard any
unpleasant negative associations I might have regarding phone calls to
billing service personnel, and this issue with AT&T.
that being pleasant in spirit, allows the person on the other end of
the line to feel like they can, and want, to help me. It is a smooth
process when one lets the other person find a way to ameliorate the
And, so as to
deliver more proof of the power of a kind attitude, within a few
minutes, Andrew at the AT&T billing service was able to correct my
bill, and helped me create an additional $4.44 savings on each months
Just A Walk Around
On the way to
and from the mailbox today, I managed to take about 100 or so, really
nice pictures of some spectacular trees and flowers around the Treehouse
Apartments. I think I will begin assembling a few themed slide shows to
share with you in the future.
A bee adds to it’s load.
A lacy winged visitor stops to smell the roses.
When I looked closely, a beetle was revealed.
This new rose adds to the Fall colors.
The afternoon light shines on this new rosebud.
I was going
to put a video about Marie Curie here for the song of the day, but I
felt the narrator sounded disinterested, and the guitar soundtrack was
distracting. I may redo the narrative and sound for the video and post
it at some future time.
Besides, what could be a better song of the day than a bunch of Chinese senior citizens doing a cover version of a Lady Gaga song?
Today’s Relatively Appropriate Song;