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I Missed the Bus

October 2, 2021

“I Missed the Bus,” written by Jermaine Dupri, recorded in 1992 by Kris Kross, Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly and Chris “Daddy Mac” Smith, then about 12 or 13 years old.  It samples a 1976 Sammy Davis, Jr. recording of “Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow,” the theme song of TV’s Baretta. The video was directed by Daniel Lodge.

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Wild Blue Wind

September 12, 2021

“Wild Blue Wind,” written and performed by Erin Rae, 2017.

Erin Rae website

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Bagel Day

September 11, 2021

Bagel Day
Tuesday was Bagel Day at the software development center, and I favored Bagels & Baguettes near Stanton Park. There was a line when I got there, around 8:30 AM. The shop was near the Senate office buildings and the Heritage Foundation, so there was a TV tuned to CNN to keep news-obsessed customers occupied.

By the time I got my two dozen hot bagels, the damnedest thing was on that television. An airplane had crashed into a World Trade Center tower in New York, and the building was on fire. It was September 11, 2001.

I went to the office break room and put out the bagels, cream cheese, and smoked salmon. I guess I was making coffee when the second plane hit the other tower. I figured people still had to eat.

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The Horned Helmet of Henry VIII

August 18, 2021

Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I gave a horned helmet to  England’s Henry VIII in 1514. It’s weird.

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Gender Identity and Pronouns

July 21, 2021

You’re seeing people list their preferred personal pronouns on their profiles and email signitures these days. Why? A video from the Pride Centre of Edmonton.

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Warning Sign

May 28, 2021

A truck ignores alerts that it’s too tall to enter the Sydney Harbour Tunnel, so an automated system has to project a giant stop sign onto a curtain of water to get the truckie’s attention. Crikey, mate.

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Truffles the Cat Wears Glasses

March 9, 2021

Optician Danielle Crull rescued her cat, Truffles, in 2016, and the feline now helps her show young kids that wearing glasses is cool.

More:

“After being rescued by an optician, this cat now helps kids get comfortable wearing glasses,” Jen Reeder, Today

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Deliver Me

January 10, 2021

“Deliver Me,” recorded by the Staples Singers, 1967.

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Back-to-School Special: COVID-19

November 4, 2020

Back-to-School Special: COVID-19

Strained by managing on-line schooling and providing their own daytime childcare during this pandemic, many parents favor in-person schooling for their offspring. After all, the president says it’s safe, right?

The facts say otherwise. Last week, more than 61,000 American children caught the novel coronavirus, the highest weekly increase since the start of the pandemic. So far, 853,000 children in the U.S. have contracted the disease since the outbreak began, and a third of them needed ICU hospitalization. From February though July, at least 121 children have died. Long-term effects of COVID-19 infection in children are suspected.

More:

“More than 61,000 children got Covid-19 last week, a record,” Erika Edwards, NBC News

“Cases of Covid-19 in children on rise, with highest 1-week spike yet,” Sandee LaMotte, CNN

Related:

“I’m Scared to Death’: How Teachers Feel About COVID-19 School Safety,” Healthline

“Risk for Severe COVID-19 Illness Among Teachers and Adults Living With School-Aged Children,” Adam W. Gaffney, MD, MPH, David Himmelstein, MD, and Steffie Woolhandler, MD, MPH, Annals of Internal Medicine

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Bagel Day

September 11, 2020

Bagel Day

Tuesday was Bagel Day at the software development center, and I favored Bagels & Baguettes near Stanton Park. There was a line when I got there, around 8:30 AM. The shop was near the Senate office buildings and the Heritage Foundation, so there was a TV tuned to CNN to keep news-obsessed customers occupied.

By the time I got my two dozen hot bagels, the damnedest thing was on that television. An airplane had crashed into a World Trade Center tower in New York, and the building was on fire. It was September 11, 2001.

I went to the office break room and put out the bagels, cream cheese, and smoked salmon. I guess I was making coffee when the second plane hit the other tower. I figured people still had to eat.

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