Starting Music for March 5th, 2022

Aloha world! A shout-out for a great birthday to my friend Mark in Texas! Here in the Hall of Fame city located in NE Ohio (USA), it is Saturday, Mar. 5th –the 64th day of the year. On this National Cheese Doodle (cheesy poofs!) Day, we are starting with partly cloudy skies and frost on the ground. Following are the weather stats from 10:00 a.m.

Sunrise = 06:53 hours; yesterday = 06:54 hours

Sunset = 18:21 hours; yesterday = 18:20 hours

Forecast high = 67; yesterday = 42; actual = 42

Forecast low = 33; yesterday = 19; actual = 17

Winds = SE, 0-12 mph (increasing throughout the day); yesterday = SE, 0-6 mph

Barometric Pressure = 30.25; yesterday = 30.51

Humidity = 39% (the bottom dropped out!); yesterday = 77%

Precipitation yesterday = 0.00”; previous day = 0.15”

Snowfall yesterday = 0.00”; previous day = 0.60”

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

Moon phase = Waxing Crescent (9.6%); yesterday = Waxing Crescent (4.0%)

Moonrise = 08:33 hours; yesterday = 08:10 hours

Moonset = 21:42 hours; yesterday = 20:37 hours


ASTRONOMY

This evening, those of you with clear skies and a decent telescope or binoculars can continue to 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. Remember to take pictures or make mental notes of where certain features appear. Over the next few days, it will help you notice the moon’s libration, where it seems to “rock” back and forth or up and down.


For you early risers (an hour or so before dawn), Saturn can be found in Capricornus and east of Mercury, which will soon disappear from visibility for a while below the horizon as Saturn rises higher above it.


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 = 8,251; yesterday = 8,655; running total = 153,705 (22 days)

THOUGHTS

Things that I find ironic:


Irony #06 – Online newspapers blocking access to their stories unless you are a subscriber. Look, I get it, newspapers are hurting financially and looking for other ways to generate revenue, but do they honestly think their stories are so unique that most visitors won’t simply look elsewhere for the information or just decide to move on to something else? It seems to me that the best way to go about it is the limited access (a few free articles in a period of time) or free access with requests for subscriptions/donations planted in the middle of the articles. Complete obstruction will eventually just lead to complete irrelevance.


Moving onward..

STUFF THAT HAPPENED ON THIS DATE

1750 – 1st American adaption of a Shakespeare play (Richard III) in NYC

1770 – The Boston Massacre becomes one of the main sparks that will ignite the Revolutionary War

1807– 1st performance of Beethoven’s 4th Symphony in B

1853 – Steinway & Sons piano company founded in NYC

1904 – Ball lightning formation described by Nikola Tesla in “The Electrical World and Engineer: Vol. 30”

1933 – President (32nd) FDR proclaims the 10 bank holidays

1946 – During a speech in Missouri, Winston Churchill uses the term, “Iron Curtain” and draws attention to divisions happening across Europe

1960 – The 2-year service term in the US Army ends for Elvis Presley

1971 – 1st live performance of “Stairway To Heaven” by Led Zeppelin

BIRTHDAYS ON THIS DATE

1910 – Momofuku Ando (instant/cup noodles inventor)

1958 – Andy Gibb (musician; performer; youngest Gibb brother; others formed the Bee Gees)

1974 – Eva Mendes (actress; businesswoman)

1975 – Jolene Blalock (actress; T’Pol on ST: Enterprise)

1977 – Wally Szczerbiak (NBA; former MAC player of the year for Miami of Ohio)


SPORTS (TEAMS I FOLLOW SOMEWHAT CLOSELY AND ROOT FOR)

NBA (upcoming)

Dallas Mavericks (38-25) vs. Sacramento Kings (24-41)

NHL (upcoming)

Columbus Blue Jackets (28-25-2) vs. Boston Bruins (33-18-4)

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. San Diego Padres (0-0)

Texas Rangers (0-0) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (0-0)

MLS (upcoming)

FC Dallas (0-0-1) vs. New England Revolution (0-0-1)


..and the following collegiate teams..

NCAA Men’s basketball (upcoming)

North Texas Mean Green (23-4) vs. UTEP Miners (17-12)

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

NCAA Women’s Basketball Division Championships Tournament

(upcoming; bracket numbers = team’s seed where applicable)

Kent State Golden Flashes (17-11) vs. Ohio Bobcats (15-12)

Akron Zips (15-10) vs. Miami (OH) RedHawks (8-20)

North Texas Mean Green (15-11) vs. UTEP Miners (14-13)


Yesterday/last night in professional sports, the Cavs lost a tough one to the 76ers, the Blue Jackets lost in OT to the Kings, and the Stars beat the Jets. In collegiate sports, the Golden Flashes beat the Bulls, the Zips edged the Chippewas, and the Lady Buckeyes took care of business vs. the Lady Spartans in their 1st round of the Big Ten Championship tournament.

FINANCIALS

My itty-bitty portfolio and everything that I’m watching mostly saw 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 -$6.40/share; -$19.25/share overall (soon to be replaced; seems the things I find on my own –like NOA -perform better than most “expert” picks)

VMEO -$0.28/share; -$1.10/share overall

T (AT&T) +$0.04/share; -$1.34/share overall


The Minds coins cryptocurrency (based on Ethereum) was down this morning, approximately -$0.11 to ~$1.36/coin; -$1.51/coin overall.


Check out Stockpile for traditional shares because you can order by a dollar amount instead of whole shares and build from there.