Starting Music for March 4th, 2022

Aloha world! Here in the Hall of Fame city located in NE Ohio (USA), it is FRIDAY, Mar. 4th –the 63rd day of the year. On this Employee Appreciation Day, we are starting with sunny skies and frost on the ground. The Goodyear Theater is presenting a pre-sale today (10a – 10p) for 38 Special (presented by Tangier’s) on FRIDAY, May 20, 2022 at 7:30 PM. Following are the weather stats from 7:45 a.m.

Sunrise = 06:54 hours; yesterday = 06:56 hours

Sunset = 18:20 hours; yesterday = 18:19 hours

Forecast high = 42; yesterday = 43; actual = 39

Forecast low = 19; yesterday = 21; actual = 20

Winds = SE, 0-6 mph; yesterday = NE, 0-12 mph

Barometric Pressure = 30.51; yesterday = 30.20

Humidity = 77%; yesterday = 72%

Precipitation yesterday = 0.15”; previous day = 0.05”

Snowfall yesterday = 0.60”; previous day = Trace

Official snow depth yesterday = Trace; previous day = 0.00”

Moon phase = Waxing Crescent (4.0%); yesterday = Waxing Crescent (0.9%)

Moonrise = 08:10 hours; yesterday = 07:46 hours

Moonset = 20:37 hours; yesterday = 19:30 hours


ASTRONOMY

This evening, those of you with clear skies and a decent telescope or binoculars can aim them at the eastern limb of the Moon. The craters will really stand out as their rims shine in the sunlight in contrast to their dark floors hidden in shadows. While you’re at it, take a picture or make a mental note of where certain features appear. If you get a chance to check again over the next few days, you’ll notice the moon’s libration, where it seems to “rock” back and forth or up and down.


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

ONLINE SECURITY

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 = 8,655; yesterday = 6,875; running total = 145,454 (21 days)

THOUGHTS

Things that I find ironic:


Irony #05 – Complaining about the expense of space exploration on a computer or mobile device. You would have neither if it weren’t for our ambitions to explore space, which forces us to find ways to miniaturize things and make them weigh less due to the cost of a payload.

Space travel showed us things we didn’t understand, so we created CERN. Robert Cailliau worked at CERN, and wanted a better way to collaborate with colleagues, so he created the World Wide Web.

Do you wear sunglasses? Thanks space travel!

Do you have one of those fancy in-home workout machines? Thanks space travel!

Are you using ‘invisible’ dental braces? Thanks space travel!

Are you wearing comfortable sneakers inspired by Nike’s trainers? Thanks space travel!

Do you have memory foam somewhere in your house? Thanks space travel!

Do you eat freeze-dried fruit? Thanks space travel!

We spend less than 1% of our National GDP on space exploration. By contrast, we spend 3.2% (that we know of) on defense and waaayyy more than that on Services.


Moving onward..

STUFF THAT HAPPENED ON THIS DATE

1675 – 1st Astronomer Royal of England (John Flamsteed)

1681– Sole proprietor charter given to William Penn (for Pennsylvania) via Charles II

1774 – 1st sighting of the Orion Nebula (William Herschel)

1789 – The Constitution of the United States is declared in effect by the 1st US Congress

1797 – 2nd President (John Adams) and Vice President (Thomas Jefferson) inaugurated

1801 – 1st President (3rd overall) inaugurated in Washington D.C. (Thomas Jefferson)

1877 – Premiere of “Swan Lake” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in Moscow presented by the Bolshoi Ballet

1927 – Babe Ruth signs a then-record contract with the NY Yankees

2012 – Vladimir Putin elected Russian president despite allegations of voter fraud

BIRTHDAYS ON THIS DATE

1678 – Antonio Vivaldi (violin virtuoso, composer)

1876 – Theodore Hardeen (Magician’s Guild founder)

1888 – Knute Rockne (NCAA football legend; Notre Dame Fighting Irish)

1889 – Pearl White (actress; stunt woman)

1963 – Jason Newsted (former Metallica bassist)

1990 – Ohio’s own Andrea Bowen (actress)


SPORTS (TEAMS I FOLLOW SOMEWHAT CLOSELY AND ROOT FOR)

NBA (upcoming)

Cleveland Cavaliers (36-26) in a tough one vs. the revamped Philadelphia 76ers (38-23)

NHL (upcoming)

Columbus Blue Jackets (28-25-1) vs. Los Angeles Kings (29-19-7)

Dallas Stars (30-20-3) vs. Winnipeg Jets (24-21-9)

MLB (upcoming)

(All spring games cancelled through March 07th; 1st two regular-season series for all MLB teams cancelled. The people in charge are tone-deaf: millionaires arguing over money while much of the world, especially those who rely on MLB sales, struggle to make ends meet. Baseball was already falling behind in popularity, this ain’t helping. If not for their greed we could be watching/listening to..)


Cleveland Guardians (0-0) vs. Seattle Mariners (0-0)

Texas Rangers (0-0) vs. San Francisco Giants (0-0)


MLS (upcoming)

(No teams that I follow scheduled to play until Saturday)


..and the following collegiate teams..

NCAA Men’s basketball (upcoming)

Kent State Golden Flashes (20-9) vs. Buffalo Bulls (19-9)

Akron Zips (20-9) vs. Central Michigan Chippewas (7-21)

NCAA Women’s Basketball Division Championships Tournament

(upcoming; bracket numbers = team’s seed)

Big Ten: [1] Ohio State Buckeyes (22-5) vs. [8] Michigan State Spartans (15-14)


Yesterday/last night in professional sports, the Mavs pulled off another impressive win over the Warriors. In collegiate sports, the Buckeyes got off the schneid and beat the Spartans thanks to an 11-0 run (it might’ve been 13-0; can quite remember) to start the game, a career night from Joey Brunk, a monster 2nd half jam from Malaki Branham, and a mistake-prone Sparty squad (should probably give the Buckeyes defense some credit here). The Mustangs took care of business against a game Bearcats squad, and both the Men’s and Lady’s Mean Green squads got by the Roadrunners squads.

FINANCIALS

My itty-bitty portfolio and everything that I’m watching mostly saw negative results at the close of yesterday’s markets. (NOTE: “overall” below refers to: since I’ve been tracking daily; mid-January for MTCH and T; mid-February for VMEO).


MTCH -$4.44/share; -$12.85/share overall (soon to be replaced; seems the things I find on my own –like NOA -perform better than most “expert” picks)

VMEO -$0.33/share; -$0.82/share overall

T (AT&T) +$0.20/share; -$1.30/share overall