Starting Music for Pi Day, 2022
Aloha world and happy Pi Day! Here in the Hall of Fame city located in NE Ohio (USA), it is Monday, Mar. 14th –the 73rd day of the year. On this Nat'l. Potato Chip/Write Down Your Story/Learn About Butterflies/Children’s Crafts/Underground America/Napping Day, we are starting with sunny skies. Following are the weather stats from 8:45 a.m. (Note: happy 104th birthday to Grandpa G in heaven)
Sunrise = 07:38 hours; yesterday = 07:40 hours (DST began)
Sunset = 19:31 hours; yesterday = 19:30 hours (DST began)
Forecast high = 56; yesterday = 40; actual = 38
Forecast low = 32; yesterday = 15; actual = 10
Winds = S, 0-7 mph (increasing throughout the day); yesterday = SW, 5-20 mph
Barometric Pressure = 30.31; yesterday = 30.17
Humidity = 75%; yesterday = 68%
Precipitation yesterday = 0.01”; previous day = 0.06” (0.26” over the weekend)
Snowfall yesterday = 0.10”; previous day = 0.90” (3.50” over the weekend)
Official snow depth yesterday = 2.00”; previous day = 2.00”
Moon phase = Waxing Gibbous (85.3%); yesterday = Waxing Gibbous (78.3%)
Moonrise = 15:41 hours; yesterday = 14:37 hours
Moonset = 06:08 hours; yesterday = 05:28 hours
Those of you with a decent telescope (4” or larger) and clear skies in the evening (until midnight or so) can look in the Aries constellation for Uranus and HIP 12349 (a red giant field star). The brightest star in this constellation is Hamal, and you’ll find the planet and red giant to the SE of it. As a bonus, if you look S-SE of Uranus, you should be able to find Ceti. And if you are lucky enough to be able to watch nightly, you’ll notice the planet pulling away to the east and continuing to move north of HIP 12349. FYI: Uranus will be approximately 1.9 billion miles away when you view it!
Side note: Anyone in the more extreme northern latitudes should be on the lookout for bright auroras at night due to the CME from the sun that hit our planet’s magnetic field yesterday. Details at spaceweather.com
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 ‘big tech’ trackers every morning:
Today = 6,622; yesterday = 8,965; running total = 236,791 (29 days) –and this is just my PC; it does not include my mobile devices!
Just a note before we get into the music. About a month ago I mentioned that I had signed up for that ‘mycavslocker.io’ NFT stuff. Here’s the breakdown:
The free Cavs NFTs that I got are apparently pretty rare on the Sweet app as I keep getting trade proposals for them. The headband is a Tier 5 rarity (the higher the tier, the more rare), and I have #347 out of a run 500. I haven’t looked into straight up selling anything yet, but I did purchase a cheap NFTs package that included rare items just to see how well it would work. So far, so good (so what! >:} ).
Most of these NFTs are simple-looking graphic icons, like a slice of watermelon with a smiling face, or a bunch of grapes with the same, etc. You want to pay attention to the Tier rarity for the most part. If you’re trading straight-up as far as tiers go, try to get something with fewer runs than yours or that is closer to number 1 than yours, unless of course it’s something you just really want.
Some of the other types of NFTs include photos with a short audio sample embedded, 3D graphics, and simple, short audio clips, or animated gif-style stuff. I’ve seen a few recognizable names like Evanescence, The Knicks, Chicago Blackhawks, etc. And, of course, big brands like Kia, Macy’s, and others are trying to cash in on this budding financial platform as well.
I’ll provide another update should I decide to sell something. For any Sweet members reading this, unless you’re offering equal value as far as Tiers go, you’re just wasting both our time.
TODAY’S ELECTRONIC TRACK
“Emotional Bliss” by JustCasey, an artist I first became aware of through the browser-based music DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) known as ClubCreate. It worked by providing you with little snippets of musical instruments (anywhere from 2 to 20 or so seconds long) that you could piece together to form a song. Unfortunately, like most of these types of online DAW systems, it went defunct a few years later. They’re fun to dabble with when they pop up, but I have FL Studios as my PC-based app/program.
Back to the song -I love the juxtaposition of all the different sounds JC used to create layers, forming an upbeat rhythm and superb background track. I just wish it was longer -enjoy!
STUFF THAT HAPPENED ON THIS DATE
1592 – At 6:53:58 A.M., this was the ultimate Julian calendar era Pi Day: 3.14159265358
1743 – Boston’s Faneuil Hall hosts the 1st recorded American town meeting
1888 – NYC endures the city’s 2nd largest snowfall in a 24-hr. period (21”)
1899– US Patent office accepts the design for a “Navigable Balloon” from German Ferdinand von Zeppelin
1973 – John McCain released from a N. Vietnamese POW camp after 5 years of interment. One of the places he trained to be a naval aviator was Corpus Christi, TX (1959). He also served aboard the 1st nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and was carrying on a strong naval tradition in his family as both his father and grandfather served as Navy admirals. In 1967, his plane was shot down and he was captured. This was a man convinced that he was doing the right thing by serving the country that he loved and damn near paying the ultimate price. Meanwhile, the person who likes to make fun of him was being chauffeured around Manhattan in a silver Cadillac with his initials on the vanity plates, dating slinky fashion models, and hobnobbing around with the NYC elites in the most exclusive clubs, pretty much like he still does. Just because someone says they are on your side doesn’t mean they are. Look for the motivation behind it. ““The final key to the way I promote is bravado. I play to people's fantasies.”
BIRTHDAYS ON THIS DATE
1879 – Theoretical physicist who came up with E = mc² -Albert Einstein
1933 – British actor known for too many roles to list –Michael Caine
1974 – American actress known for her action roles and more –Grace Park
1988 –Akron, Ohio’s own ‘other’ basketball son –Stephen Curry (born in the same hospital as LeBron James)
1997 – American Olympic gymnast –Simone Biles
SPORTS (TEAMS I FOLLOW SOMEWHAT CLOSELY AND ROOT FOR)
7 P.M. - Cleveland Cavaliers (38-29) vs. the Los Angeles Clippers (36-34)
Mar. 16th – Dallas Mavericks (42-26) vs. Brooklyn Nets (3x-3x)
Mar. 15th – Dallas Stars (32-22-3) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (37-17-5)
Mar. 16th – Columbus Blue Jackets (30-27-3) vs. Ottawa Senators (2x-3x-x)
Mar. 18th - Cleveland Guardians (0-0) vs. Chicago Cubs (0-0)
Mar. 18th - Texas Rangers (0-0) vs. Los Angeles Angels (0-0)
Mar. 19th – The 1st place (East) Columbus Crew (2-0-1) vs. New York Red Bulls (2-1-0)
Mar. 19th – The 8th place (West) FC Dallas (1-1-1) vs. Portland Timbers (1-0-2)
..and the following collegiate teams..
NCAA Men’s basketball (upcoming)
(upcoming; bracket numbers = team’s seed where applicable)
Mar. 17th –  Akron Zips (24-9) vs.  UCLA Bruins (25-7)
Mar. 18th –  Ohio State Buckeyes (19-11) vs.  Loyola Chicago (25-7)
Mar. 15th –  North Texas Mean Green (24-6) vs.  Texas State (21-6)
Mar. 16th –  SMU Mustangs (23-8) vs.  Nicholls Colonels (21-11)
NCAA Women’s Basketball (upcoming)
(upcoming; bracket numbers = team’s seed where applicable)
Mar. 19th –  Ohio State Buckeyes (23-6) vs. TBD
Yesterday/last night in professional sports, the Mavericks ended the Celtics 5-game winning streak, and the Blue Jackets held on for the win against the Golden Knights. Over the weekend, the Columbus Crew overcame the hot start by Toronto FC and FC Dallas beat Nashville SC.
In collegiate sports, here are the results for the teams that did not make the NIT or NCAA Tournaments.
Kent State Golden flashes (23-10 overall; 16-4 in conference; 2nd place and an unfortunate social media blunder)
Kent State Golden Flashes (18-11 overall; 10-10 in conference; 6th place*)
* -3-way tie
Akron Zips (17-11 overall; 13-7 in conference; 3rd place)
North Texas Mean Green (17-12 overall; 10-7 in conference; 2nd place)
SMU Mustangs (14-14 overall; 7-7 in conference; 5th place)
Everything that I’m watching saw mostly negative results at the close of Friday’s markets, but T (AT&T) saw no change. (NOTE: “overall” below refers to: since I’ve been tracking daily; mid-January for MTCH and T; mid-February for VMEO).
MTCH -$6.46/share; -$27.39/share overall (soon to be replaced)
VMEO -$1.08/share; -$1.81/share overall
T (AT&T) $0.00/share; -$2.02/share overall
The Minds coins cryptocurrency (based on Ethereum) was up this morning (from Sunday), approximately -$0.01 to ~$1.17/coin; -$1.70/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 Spotify playlist (Randomly Cool Big List No.1), “After Forever – 2014 Remaster” by Black Sabbath. Originally, this was the 2nd track on the album ‘Master of Reality’ (1971).
Bassist Geezer Butler penned the lyrics in the 70s when there was a lot of strife between England and Northern Ireland. His thinking was, "I always felt that God and Jesus wanted us to love each other. It was just a bad time in Northern Ireland, setting bombs off in England and such. We all believed in Jesus - and yet people were killing each other over it. To me it was just ridiculous. I thought that if God could see us killing each other in his name, he'd be disgusted."
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.
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