Starting Music for Thursday, Feb. 17th, 2022
Aloha world! Here in the Hall of Fame city located in NE Ohio (USA), it’s Thursday, Feb. 17th –the 48th day of the year. We have rainy skies again to start the day, with a low of 33 degrees Fahrenheit earlier this morning. Our forecast high is 53 later this afternoon. We saw 0.01” of precipitation and no snowfall yesterday/overnight and were slightly warmer than forecast. The official recorded overnight snow depth is still showing 3”, but around me, the only visible snow is in large piles and shaded areas. We are currently under a flash flood watch due to the melting snow and heavy rains. Winds are brisk out of the S at 5 to 20 mph, barometric pressure is down at 29.98, and the humidity was at officially at 64%, but is currently 100% around me as it is raining.
The sun came up 2 minutes earlier than yesterday at 7:16 a.m. and will set 1 min. later than yesterday at 18:02 hours. The moon continues its phase of waning gibbous (99.1%) and will start its run above the horizon at 19:09 hours. It set earlier this morning at 8:09 a.m. We dodged a bullet yesterday as the sun released a massive coronal ejection from its far side. Check out Spaceweather.com for more details on that.
Those of you with clear skies and a telescope 3” or more in diameter can watch the dwarf planet Ceres run through Taurus the Bull tonight/early in the morning. It will be less than 4 degrees SE of the Pleiades (M45; the Seven Sisters).
This morning I removed 7,009 trackers (mostly social media and advertising) from my PC. That’s over 40,000 trackers in 5 days and the real cause of internet lag and slow connections. This is mostly due to an over-infatuation with SEO results and attempts to persuade you to spend more time as “a prisoner of your own device.”
On this date in 1943, NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio (Mr. Coffee to many of us growing up in the 70s) enlists in the Army to help fight the Axis forces in WWII. In 1969, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash record an album that never gets released. In 1972, the Volkswagen Beetle surpasses the sales numbers long held by the Ford Model T, and in 1996 chess champion Garry Kasparov outduels IBM’s Deep Blue 4 to 2, proving that there is something to be said for human guile and strategy vs. cold logic.
Today’s birthdays include Brenna (happy birthday, young Miss!), Jim Brown (NFL/Cleveland Browns greatness), Michael Jordan (NBA greatness), and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (actor/filmmaker). It also includes French physician René Laënnec (invented the stethoscope), and early 20th century best-selling author Dorothy Canfield Fisher. Fisher was also an educational reformer presiding over the 1st adult education program, social activist, and influential member serving on the selection committee of the Book-of-the-Month club from 1925 to 1951.
Moving on to sports –tonight I’ll be rooting the following professional teams..
Dallas Mavericks vs. New Orleans Pelicans
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Chicago Blackhawks
..and the following collegiate teams..
NCAA Men’s basketball
Akron Zips vs. Northern Illinois Huskies
North Texas Mean Green vs. Florida Atlantic Owls
NCAA Women’s basketball
#18 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. #13 Maryland Terrapins
North Texas Mean Green vs. Florida Atlantic Owls
..and, of course, Team USA in the Winter Olympics.
Yesterday/last night the Mustangs (men’s team) lost to the Huskies, the Lady Mustangs lost to the Lady Tigers, the Lady Golden Flashes beat the Lady Huskies, and the Lady Zips beat the Lady Chippewas. Team USA held on to the 4th position for the Winter Olympics medals count. Team USA now has 8 Gold, 8 Silver, and 5 Bronze (21 total).
Here are the results at the close of yesterday’s markets for my itty-bitty (but growing!) portfolio and the stocks that I’m watching (Overall refers to “since I’ve been tracking daily; mid-January for MTCH and T; mid-February for VMEO).
MTCH -$1.11/share; +$1.49/share overall
VMEO -$0.33/share; -$0.08/share overall
T (AT&T) -$0.40/share; -$1.27/share overall
The portfolio was up thanks to gains by DIS and NOA. MJ remained the same and the Minds coins cryptocurrency (based on Ethereum) was down this morning approximately +$0.17 to $2.28/coin; -$0.59/coin overall (I had previously been reporting my overall wallet value in error).
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 –“Heaven Is One Step Away” by Eric Clapton. It was intended for the album, “Behind the Sun” (1984), which also includes “She’s Waiting” and “Forever Man”. The album had contributions from Phil Collins (Genesis), Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac), and more. This song ended up being released on the soundtrack album for the Back to the Future movie. It was also later released on the Crossroads Box Set.
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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