THE PERFECT number… and some architectural features found in the Pantheon.
A round or eye-like opening or design
A whole number whose summed factors equal it (6,28,496,8128)
Any building with a circular ground plan, and sometimes covered by a dome
A low-density, lightweight volcanic rock
The compact, finer-grained material in which the crystals are embedded in a porphyritic rock (groundmass also called matrix)
An igneous rock consisting of large-grained crystals such as feldspar or quartz dispersed in a fine-grained silicate rich, generally aphanitic matrix or groundmass
On this biggest sports day of the year, the Super Bowl, I pondered why NFL football remains America’s #1 sport.
NFL football became America’s #1 sport through a variety of complex, interwoven and additive reasons as analyzed here in the Bleacher Report. The reasons why it has remained so, and only widened the gap, are a little different, in my opinion. The latest survey from Harris for ESPN shows some interesting demographic divides among the popular sports, though, but it’s not these demographics I’m looking at, rather the overall results. Finally, I have to be clear that #1 is for watching and interest, not participation. That belongs to soccer, probably for its ease to be able to play without huge costs for gear and facilities to play in.
The Federal Government of Canada just announced that the $25 shipbuilding contract to build the next generation of Canadian Navy ships will go to Irving Shipyards in Halifax, Nova Scotia!
The Lucky Few is an hour long documentary about the story of the USS Kirk and its crew in their incredible mission to rescue Vietnamese refugees during Operation Frequent Wind in the final days of the Viet Nam War.
As the War was coming to an end on April 29th to 30th, 1975, Operation Frequent Wind airlifted about 7100 “at risk” Vietnamese (to death from the Communist Viet Cong) and American civilians out of Sai Gon, the capital of South Viet Nam. Some lifts were scheduled. Others were not. The relative American small warship USS Kirk, a destroyer escort, and its crew suddenly found themselves in the midst of a flock of unscheduled airlifts, to which it admirably accommodated even though it was neither meant nor ready to do any such thing.
Welcome back to daylight savings time (DST), or what should be regular time as far as I’m concerned. This is actually the artificial time change to “spring ahead” the 1 hour for the majority of the year. But if it’s for most of the year, it should be the standard, in my opinion. It’s only a matter of time before you get revolutions and change when the minority rules.
It never ceases me every time I have to change the “clocks” of many many “clocks” I have to change. That doesn’t even include the ones I don’t have to change, like the one on my computer which changes itself after I had set it up to do so!
This year, I am “down” to a “merciful” eleven clocks/watches! ELEVEN!!!