Starting Music for March 11th, 2022
Aloha world! Here in the Hall of Fame city located in NE Ohio (USA), it is FRIDAY, Mar. 11th –the 70th day of the year. On this Johnny Appleseed/National Oatmeal Nut Waffles/Promposal Day, we are starting with sunny skies again. Following are the weather stats from 8:15 a.m.
Sunrise = 06:43 hours; yesterday = 06:45 hours
Sunset = 18:27 hours; yesterday = 18:26 hours
Forecast high = 53; yesterday = 48; actual = 48
Forecast low = 30; yesterday = 29; actual = 28
Winds = SE, 0-5 mph (increasing throughout the day); yesterday = N, 0-3 mph
Barometric Pressure = 30.02; yesterday = 30.17
Humidity = 67%; yesterday = 79%
Precipitation yesterday = 0.00”; previous day = 0.01”
Snowfall yesterday = 0.00”; previous day = 0.10”
Official snow depth yesterday = 0.00”; previous day = 0.00”
Moon phase = Waxing Gibbous (42.1%); yesterday = Waxing Gibbous (51.2%)
Moonrise = 11:46 hours; yesterday = 11:01 hours
Moonset = 02:51 hours; yesterday = 01:54 hours
Those of you with a decent telescope (6” or larger) and clear skies in the early morning could see the Lyra constellation high in the eastern sky. The brightest star in this constellation is Vega, and SE of Vega lies the Ring Nebula (M57). It’s situated between the stars known as Sulafat and Sheliak. If you’re lucky enough to have a 9” or larger telescope, you should be able to see the white dwarf star at the center with some trial and error. If you weren’t up early, you can try over the next several days.
For those of you without a telescope, binoculars, or clear skies, check out this interactive virtual sky map: https://in-the-sky.org/skymap.php
I opt out of all unnecessary cookies, don’t do those ‘what kind of animal are you?’-type surveys, don’t ‘like’ posts my friends/family share if I can’t find/don’t trust the source, and avoid most of the ‘big media’ sites. Nonetheless, I still have to remove trackers every morning:
Today = 12,915; yesterday = 7,534; running total = 213,149 (26 days) –and this is just my PC; it does not include my mobile devices!
I’ve decided to get back into introducing y’all to some of the sweet electronic tracks that I’ve discovered over the past several years. This is something I used to do on G+ before Google (jerks!) pulled the carpet out from under us.
Anyway, I think I’m just going to reintroduce y’all to those tracks and mix in new ones as I discover them..
“Chasing Heaven” by Bassnectar & Levitate from the Bassnectar album ‘Into The Sun’ released June 30th, 2015. I love the powerful bass that this song builds up into. Bassnectar (Loran Gabriel Ashton) made some great tracks and always did his best to spin out positive vibes back in the day. His twitter account was mostly full of love and positivity. Unfortunately, he was recently accused of some unfortunate incidents and has stepped away from music. I wish all involved healing, and continue to play this song for it’s original message of hope.
STUFF THAT HAPPENED ON THIS DATE
843 – Veneration of the Saints depicted in the icons of the Hagia Sophia Cathedral in Constantinople reinstated
1774 – Sotheby’s Auction House holds their 1st auction (in London; books)
1789 – Mathematician, Astronomer, and Almanac author Benjamin Banneker begins to layout Washington D.C. with Architect Pierre Charles L’Enfant
1823– Concord Academy, the 1st US modern school opens in Concord, Vermont
1892 – Springfield, Massachusetts becomes the site where the 1st public basketball game is played
1917 – The Toronto Arenas beat the Montreal Canadiens in the 1st ever NHL championship game
1918 – Moscow becomes the capital of Russia
1968 – The 1st posthumously-awarded Gold Record goes to the family of Otis Redding for his hit single “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay”
1991 - Monica Seles takes over as the No. 1-ranked female tennis player after Steffi Graf holds the ranking for 186 straight weeks
BIRTHDAYS ON THIS DATE
1738 – Ohio country pioneer and Continental Army officer -Benjamin Tupper
1811 – Co-discover of the planet Uranus -Urbain Jean Joseph le Verrier
1840 – 1st American League (MLB) grand-slam hitter -Herm McFarland
1895 - American actor/comedian -Shemp Howard of ‘The 3 Stooges’ fame
1903 – Accordionist and bandleader -Lawrence Welk (I still remember watching his show growing up)
1922 – 1st African-American woman to direct on Broadway –Vinnette Carroll
1952 –The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy author -Douglas Adams
1977 – 1st female to coach an NBA team –Becky Hammon
SPORTS (TEAMS I FOLLOW SOMEWHAT CLOSELY AND ROOT FOR)
Cleveland Cavaliers (38-27) vs. the top seed in the Eastern conference, the Miami Heat (44-23)
Dallas Mavericks (40-26) vs. Houston Rockets (17-49)
Columbus Blue Jackets (28-27-3) vs. Minnesota Wild (34-19-3)
BASEBALL’s BACK, BABY!!
Mar. 18th - Cleveland Guardians (0-0) vs. Chicago Cubs (0-0)
Mar. 18th - Texas Rangers (0-0) vs. Los Angeles Angels (0-0)
Mar. 12th – Columbus Crew (1-1-0) vs. Toronto FC (0-1-1)
Mar. 12th – FC Dallas (0-1-1-) vs. Nashville SC (1-1-0)
..and the following collegiate teams..
NCAA Men’s basketball (upcoming)
(upcoming; bracket numbers = team’s seed where applicable)
 Kent State Golden Flashes (22-9) vs.  Ohio Bobcats (24-8)
 Akron Zips (22-9) vs.  Toledo rockets (26-6)
 North Texas Mean Green (24-5) vs.  Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (23-9)
 SMU Mustangs (22-7) vs.  Tulsa Golden Hurricanes (11-19)
NCAA Women’s Basketball Division Championships Tournament
(upcoming; bracket numbers = team’s seed where applicable)
 Akron Zips (17-10) vs.  Buffalo Bulls (23-8)
 North Texas Mean Green (17-11) vs.  Charlotte 49ers (20-9)
Yesterday/last night in professional sports, the undermanned Blue Jackets got ambushed by the Islanders.
In collegiate sports, the Buckeyes fell to the Nittany Lions despite a hot start, the Golden Flashes beat the Redhawks, the Zips edged the Bulls, and the Mean Green walloped the Owls. Over on the Lady’s side, the Mean Green took care of the Monarchs.
My itty-bitty portfolio and everything that I’m watching saw mostly negative results at the close of yesterday’s markets, but NOA was up again! (NOTE: “overall” below refers to: since I’ve been tracking daily; mid-January for MTCH and T; mid-February for VMEO).
MTCH* -$4.02/share; -$20.93/share overall
* -soon to be replaced; seems the things I find on my own –like NOA and VMEO -perform better than most “expert” picks
VMEO -$0.76/share; -$0.73/share overall
T (AT&T) -$0.07/share; -$2.02/share overall
The Minds coins cryptocurrency (based on Ethereum) was up this morning, approximately +$0.02 to ~$1.34/coin; -$1.53/coin overall
Check out Stockpile for traditional shares because you can order by a dollar amount instead of whole shares and build from there.
THE WRAP/MUSICAL START
Well, that’s a wrap. I’ll be starting the day off with the next song in my playlist, “The Widow” by The Mars Volta. This is the 2nd main track on the concept album ‘Frances the Mute’ (2005), which has sub-tracks under the main tracks, sort of like a paragraph essay outline.
This song, and this band for that matter, isn’t for everyone. You kind of have to be someone who appreciates eclectic music to be a fan of either. It also helps to appreciate the skill level it takes to pull something like this off. I was lucky enough to have a kindred musical soul at my former employer who introduced me to this band.
There are some good interpretations for the meaning of this song on songmeanings.com.
Remember, Fear is the Mind-Killer, Don’t Panic, Keep Your Head Right with Ball, and May God be gracious to you and bless you and make His face shine upon you.