Starting Music for Saturday, Feb. 19th, 2022

Aloha world! Here in the Hall of Fame city located in NE Ohio (USA), it’s Saturday, Feb. 19th –the 50th day of the year. We have partly cloudy skies to start the day, with a low of 17 degrees Fahrenheit later tonight. Our high was 30 early this morning. We saw another 0.01” of precipitation and 0.40” of snowfall yesterday/overnight. The forecast for yesterday was off by -1 degree for our low and -1 degree for our high. The official recorded overnight snow depth is now down to 1”, with a visible layer of ice/snow from yesterday’s flurries. We are no longer under a flash flood watch for rivers. Winds are very brisk out of the NW at 5 to 25 mph, barometric pressure is up slightly at 30.12, and the humidity was down at 57%.


The sun came up 1 minute earlier than yesterday at 7:14 a.m. and will set 2 min. later than yesterday at 18:05 hours. The moon continues its phase of waning gibbous (90.5%) and will start its run above the horizon at 21:23 hours. It set earlier this morning at 8:58 a.m.


Those of you with clear, dark skies will be able to see the Zodiacal Light (comet trail dust) after sunset. Look along the ecliptic (plane of the solar system where you normally see the planets in the sky), up from the western horizon. The conical glow will extend up through the V-shaped head of Taurus.


This morning I removed 6,793 trackers (mostly social media and advertising) from my PC. That’s over 54,000 trackers in 1 week, and the real cause of internet lag and slow connections. Trackers are the result of an over-infatuation with SEO results by media giants and results in their attempts to persuade you to spend more time as “a prisoner of your own device(s)” for their own gain (power, money, etc.). Break the cycle. Make your own content. Stop spreading divisive memes that you don’t know the true source of.


On this date in 1878, Thomas Alva Edison received a patent for his gramophone -or what we know as a phonograph/record player. In 1910, “Typhoid” Mary Mallon is allowed out of isolation, only to end up causing several more outbreaks of the disease in New York. In 1945, the iconic photo of the U.S. Marines planting a flag on Iwo Jima is taken. In 1963, poet Robert Frost wins the Bollingen Prize. In 1971, Yes released their 3rd album (The Yes Album) and it becomes their first major success, and in 1991, Joni Mitchell’s 14th album (Night Ride Home) is released.


Today’s birthdays include Nicolaus Copernicus (theorized the Heliocentric theory where the planets revolve around the sun), Seal (a. k. a. Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel; singer), and actress Millie Bobby Brown (UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador).


Moving on to sports –tonight I’ll be rooting the following professional teams..

NBA

(no games: All-Star weekend)

NHL

(none of the teams I follow are in play)


..and the following collegiate teams..

NCAA Men’s basketball

#18 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Iowa Hawkeyes

Akron Zips vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles

North Texas Mean Green vs. UAB Blazers

NCAA Women’s basketball

SMU Mustangs vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricanes

North Texas Mean Green vs. UAB Blazers

Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Akron Zips


..and, of course, Team USA in the Winter Olympics.


Yesterday/last night in professional sports, the Stars beat the Blackhawks. In collegiate sports, the Golden Flashes beat the Bobcats. I unexpectedly ended up watching the celebrity All-Star game. It was kind of entertaining and really made you appreciate how good NBA players are. True to their coach’s nickname of “The Human Highlight Reel,” Team Wilkins had most of the highlights with several powerful slam dunks from Myles Garret, but played undisciplined and selfishly, easily losing to the better-coached Team Walton that included the surprisingly nimble Mayor of Cleveland, Justin M. Bibb. Over in the Olympics, Team USA remains in the 4th position for the Winter Olympics medals count. They now have 8 Gold, 9 Silver, and 7 Bronze (24 total).


Everything that I’m watching -except T (AT&T) and everything in my itty-bitty (but growing!) portfolio was down at the close of yesterday’s markets (“overall” refers to: since I’ve been tracking daily; mid-January for MTCH and T; mid-February for VMEO).


MTCH -$4.32/share; -$8.28/share overall

VMEO -$0.07/share; -$0.32/share overall

T (AT&T) +$0.11/share; -$1.34/share overall


The Minds coins cryptocurrency (based on Ethereum) was down this morning approximately -$0.13 to $2.03/coin; -$0.84/coin overall.


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


Well, that’s a wrap. I’ll be starting the day off with the next song in my playlist –“Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls from the album, “Dizzy Up The Girl” (1998). The song was originally written for the “City of Angels” soundtrack and is one of the best-selling singles of all-time in Ireland.


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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