Heads or Tails – Fool

Skittles started the Heads or Tails Meme some time ago this time we are writing anything we like about Fool.Source: Wikipedia

British folklore links April Fool’s Day to the town of Gotham, the legendary town of fools located in Nottinghamshire. This picture is of a bronze statue located in Nottingham, England

According to the legend, it was traditional in the 13th century for any road that the King placed his foot upon to become public property. So when the citizens of Gotham heard that King John planned to travel through their town, they refused him entry, not wishing to lose their main road. When the King heard this, he sent soldiers to the town. But when the soldiers arrived in Gotham, they found the town full of lunatics engaged in foolish activities such as drowning fish or attempting to cage birds in roofless fences. Their foolery was all an act, but the King fell for the ruse and declared the town too foolish to warrant punishment.

King John, a particularly rotten sort, is the same king that the Robin Hood stories mention, and who was also forced to sign the Magna Carta by the Barons of England in 1215, which was an attempt to curtailed royal authority.

How does this relate to Batman and Robin?

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I sent my son these lyrics, I hope he takes them to heart

“Watching You”
Driving through town just my boy and me
With a happy meal in his booster seat
Knowing that he couldn’t have the toy
Till his nuggets were gone
A green traffic light turned straight to red
I hit my brakes and mumbled under my breath
His fries went a flying and his orange drink covered his lap
Well then my four year old said a four letter word
That started with “s” and I was concerned
So I said son now now where did you learn to talk like that
[Chorus one]
He said I’ve been watching you dad, ain’t that cool
I’m your buckaroo, I wanna be like you
And eat all my food and grow as tall as you are
We got cowboy boots and camo pants
Yeah we’re just alike, hey ain’t we dad
I wanna do everything you do
So I’ve been watching you
We got back home and I went to the barn
I bowed my head and I prayed real hard
Said Lord please help me help my stupid self
Then this side of bedtime later that night
Turning on my son’s Scooby Doo nightlight
He crawled out of bed and he got down on his knees
He closed his little eyes, folded his little hands
And spoke to God like he was talking to a friend
And I said son now where’d you learn to pray like that
[Chorus two]
He said I’ve been watching you dad, ain’t that cool
I’m your buckaroo, I wanna be like you
And eat all my food and grow as tall as you are
We like fixing things and holding mama’s hand
Yeah we’re just alike, hey ain’t we dad
I wanna do everything you do
So I’ve been watching you
With tears in my eyes I wrapped him in a hug
Said my little bear is growing up
He said but when I’m big I’ll still know what to do
[Chorus three]
Cause I’ve been watching you dad, ain’t that cool
I’m your buckaroo, I wanna be like you
And eat all my food and grow as tall as you are
By then I’ll be as strong as superman
We’ll be just alike, hey won’t we dad
When I can do everything you do
Cause I’ve been watching you.


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I like to use Live Writer to create a post so I got round the lack of a Live Writer plugin by posting from Live Writer as a draft then I can add in the Zemanta items I want.

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Projects and pursuits

The weather has been so lovely lately although the wind is still bitterly cold. I walked down into the village today to help my husband and his buddy who are trying to use my old sewing machine to sew a canvas cover for their boat. They had trouble threading it, but emancipated men that they are they did not even try asking me to make it for them. My husband knows I hate to sew, stapling and gluing or sticky tape is my answer to hems that come down. He sews so much more neatly than I do anyway. He taught his two daughters how to sew, darn, crochet and knit and as long as he is allowed to fry it he can cook most things too. In fact there is not much that man cannot do except spell.

As some of you knowDSC00284 he built a lovely little solarium that we enter from the living room and it is ideal for the plants and I am also drying my laundry in there now it is warmer. It is actually quite hot in there right now and I had to open the windows, despite the fact that it actually only a few degrees above zero outside and we still have about 2ft of snow. The solarium probablyDSC00285 will be very hot in the summer but we will just use it then as a greenhouse for tomatoes and peppers and to enjoy the long evenings.  After all we don’t have very many really hot days so I don’t think it will be a problem but he did talk about making some kind of drape that he can pull across the ceiling to block the sun. I thank God daily for such a handy man!

I really need to get a comfortable chair in the solarium though if I want to be in there for any length of time.  I have pulled up my arm chair close to the door. Right now he has a jigsaw puzzle he is working on at the table but later on I hope to have our supper in there.

The other thing he has been working on is a bookshelf unit for the bedroom which he has just about finished. He used the beetle wood for the bottom doors. We decided to darken the walls so he has painted the bookcase the colour we want and will do the rest later. I bought a new bedspread etc. and it is in old gold and deep chocolate brown as you can see and the sheets that I bought to go with it are chocolate brown also. I can’t eat the stuff but I can sleep in it!

Well, all this deprivation I have been doing to myself has caused me to lose another pound. 147 this morning and 2 more to go for my doctor’s satisfaction, maybe I will try a bit longer and get swim suit ready for Mexico. Or should I really care at 61, but I think I am still vain enough to want to look as good as I can for my age. I have been visiting blogs via my Google Reader but I must say my blogging enthusiasm has dried up somewhat. Like Skittles I need to step back a little and I have been using the time wisely and exercising. I think I will try and have days to blog and days to visit I just can’t seem to keep up with everyone and I do appreciate when someone leaves me a comment and I am sure everyone else does too.

I have been immersed in the Harry Potter books. I wanted to see what they were all about and actually I think they are quite good, very creative and I know lots of people thought they should not let their children read them, but I think you can find something of the redemption story in it if you have an open mind. Tomorrow I might take a drive up to Smithers and check out the health food store there. I like to try all sorts of different things, and my husband enjoys being a guinea pig and on Sunday we will drive the other way to Burns Lake and go to church, pop into Overwaitea for some groceries and stop at our usual Chinese food hang out. Now the roads are clear I am able to get out of the village a bit more and therefore have not been at my computer quite as much.

Amazing Grace – Computer scientist

older grace Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (1906 – 1992) was a US naval officer and mathematician who invented the computer compiler in 1952. Her compiler revolutionized computer programming, making computers easier to understand. Hopper and a team developed the first user-friendly business programming language, COBOL . There is an unconfirmed story that Hopper determined than an error in the early Mark II computer was caused by a moth that was trapped in it; she then coined the term “computer bug.” Because of the breadth of her accomplishments and her naval rank, she is sometimes referred to as “Amazing Grace”.

Just some of her honours are:

She won the first “man of the year” award from the Data Processing Management Association in 1969.

She was the first woman of any nationality to be made a Distinguished Fellow of the British Computer Society in 1973.

USS Hopper (DDG-70) was launched. Nicknamed Amazing Grace, it is on a very short list of U.S. military vessels named after women in 1996.

Also women at the world’s largest software company, Microsoft Corporation, formed an employee group called “Hoppers” and established a scholarship in her honor. Hoppers has over 3000 members worldwide.

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing October 1-4, 2008, Keystone Resort, Colorado.

Heads or Tails – Surprise

Skittles hosts a meme called Heads or Tails. She has just changed her blog address and made some other changes go check it out.

Spring is coming on leaden feet to the Bulkely Valley

We took Annie the dog down by the river today. It felt lovely and warm despite the ice and snow. There is evidence of spring all around, the buds of the Saskatoon bushes are swelling, the willows have put out lovely red and gold shoots and there is mud underfoot. Spring seems to take forever to come our way and then one day you are surprised to see the tiny pale green leaves and the edges of the snow showing new green grass and before you know it Summer is here.

You will never see this again

Easter 2008

Easter is early this year. Easter is always the 1st Sunday after the 1st full moon after the Spring Equinox (which is March 20). This dating of Easter is based on the lunar calendar that Hebrew people used to identify Passover. The Jewish or Hebrew calendar is a lunisolar calendar used for predominantly religious purpose which is why it moves around on our Roman calendar. The Gregorian calendar is the mostly widely used calendar today, it is a reform of the Julian calendar.

Based on the above information, Easter can actually be one day earlier (March 22) that is rare.

This year is the earliest Easter any of us will ever see the rest of our lives! And only the most elderly of our population have ever seen it this early (95 years old or above). And none of us have ever, or will ever, see it a day earlier!

Here are the facts:

The next time Easter will be this early (March 23) will be the year 2228 (220 years from now). The last time it was this early was 1913 (so if you’re 95 or older, you are the only ones that were around for that!).

The next time it will be a day earlier, March 22, will be in the year 2285 (277 years from now). The last time it was on March 22 was 1818. So, no one alive today has or will ever see it any earlier than this year!

Written by the Principal of Neerlandia High,Alberta, Canada

Happy Easter to all my readers. Maranatha – The Lord has Risen

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