Tuesday, June 29, 2010

This Date In History

1905 - Archibald "Moonlight" Graham of the Giants plays in his only major league game.

(Thanks Joy of Sox)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows trailer

It has been Harry Potter week at the Mock! household. I enjoyed the books and have seen the first four movies (five and six are on tap for this week). That being said, this one looks like it might be worth seeing in the theater.

Monday, June 28, 2010

This Day In History

Between July 1945 and November 1962 the United States conducted at least 216 atmospheric and underwater nuclear tests. The photos documenting this collected in a book, 100 Suns, the name given by J. Robert Oppenheimer to the world’s first nuclear explosion in New Mexico. Oppenheimer quoted from the Vedic text, the Bhagavad Gita: “If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst forth at once in the sky, that would be like the splendor of the Mighty One. I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”

100 Suns was complied by a San Francisco photographer Michael Light using the archives from Los Alamos National Laboratory, the National Archives and heretofore classified materials from the Lookout Mountain Air Force Station in Hollywood. In 1963, the Limited Test Ban Treaty between the U.S. and the Soviet Union forced the nuclear testing to go underground, ending the haunting yet magnificent era of 100 Suns. The above picture was of 8.9 Megatons atom bomb ‘Oak’, tested at Enewetak Atoll on June 29th 1958 as the part of Operation Hardtack. With test moratoriums on the horizon, the army labs rushed out many new designs, and Oak was the first successful test for TX-46 full-yield thermonuclear bomb.

The residents of Enewetak were evacuated involuntarily after WWII for the nuclear testing, and some 43 nuclear tests were fired at Enewetak between 1948 and 1958, including the first hydrogen bomb test, code-named Ivy Mike, which vaporized the island of Elugelab. Only in 1977, the U.S. government began decontaminating the islands and in 2000 compensated $340 million to the people of Enewetak.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Lift Up Your Heart, All Will Come Right

On June 12, 1941 Sir Winston Churchill delivered his famous "Great Declaration" speech to the Allied delegates at St. James Place in London. But what if.....he was visited by some funky dudes from the future...

Via Bully Says

Panel from Spider-Man newspaper strip, 6/23/10

Peter Parker: Portrait of a hero!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Toyriffic: The awesomest thing ever that you will see today

Toyriffic: The awesomest thing ever that you will see today

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

He-Man "What's Up?"

Growing up I just missed the He-Man craze. I did, however, fully embrace The Four Non-Blondes craze. I remember everyone dressing up like Christa Hillhouse and Shaunna Hall and quoting the subtle and heartfelt lyrics of Linda Perry. Always arguing over which drummer better suited the group, Wanda Day or Dawn Richardson. It was a crazy, heady time that I won't soon forget.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

This Day In History

(via Iconic Photos)

On 13th June 1981, a tourist in London photographed the Queen of England reviewing her troops at the annual Trooping the Colour. Six shots rang out and the Queen’s horse shied. Members of the crowd, police and troops guarding the ceremony quickly subdued the shooter, who told them “I wanted to be famous. I wanted to be a somebody”.

On his return home, the tourist, Georg P. Uebel, developed his film and discovered the above picture, which he turned over to the British police. They used it to prosecute Marcus Sarjeant, an unemployed 17-year-old, inspired by the recent shootings of the Pope, Ronald Reagan and John Lennon, to attempt an assassination on the Queen. He only fired blanks, and the Treason Act sentenced to five years in prison, a sentence for what he did, not for what he might have done.

The picture was made public at his trial in May 1982 but did not attract that much attention. It was as LIFE magazine called it, “a misfired moment of minor note”. More shocking however was the fact that at the time of his arrest, Sarjeant had on him a tape noting his intent to attack the Queen again with a loaded weapon.

Sarjeant wrote to the Queen from prison to apologise, but he never received a reply. Released in October 1984, at the age of 20, he changed his name and disappeared into history, a mere footnote.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

My joke has been stolen before I can tell it....

Celebrity Pictures - Simon Pegg and an iPad

I've seen this in Lee's tumblr feed and on Lol Celebs (where they keep track of celebrity tweets). Either way, on Tuesday, I am getting an iPad to "test" over the summer . I had already started thinking of jokes like this.....grrrr.....

Monday, June 7, 2010

A TV Commercial For A Comic Book!

According to Topless Robot, the above commercial aired on BBC America last week. I post it because the above referenced comic, Fables, is without a doubt my current favorite. I tried to get Lee to read it a while back, but it didn't click for him. It is a very mature take on the idea that ALL fairy tale characters are "real" and living in New York City. Quite a lot of fun!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

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I received another book recommendation via Goodreads. I'm not sure how Dr. Fouse and I became "friends" nor what he saw in my book list that made him think I could read this...

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Bud Selig Maintains His Legacy As Incompetent, Worthless A$$hole

from The Joy of Sox by redsock via ESPN:

Commissioner Bud Selig won't reverse an umpire's admitted blown call that cost Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game.

Selig said Thursday that Major League Baseball will look at expanded replay and umpiring, but didn't specifically address umpire Jim Joyce's botched call Wednesday night.

A baseball official familiar with the decision confirmed to The Associated Press that the call was not being reversed. ...

Former Cub Milt Pappas, who lost a perfect game in 1972 when the home plate umpire called a ball on a full count on the 27th batter, ridiculed Selig for his refusal to reverse Joyce's decision.

"What an idiot. How the hell can [Selig] not do that? ... I can't believe that, after the umpire even admitted what he did," Pappas told ESPNChicago.com's Willie Weinbaum. "[Joyce] ruined the kid's perfect game and said so. Unbelievable. It's too bad."

(PS: Go ahead and "google" Bud Selig....half the images look like the one above....)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday, Morgan Freeman!*
*This post created on 10-22-09 when I found the above photo. I hope he hasn't died in the interim.


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