Friday, July 11, 2008

Armed and Dangerous, Hide Bugs!, -and- I Gave at the Office

Armed and Dangerous - woman pulls .44 Magnum on mice, shoots herself
Hide Bugs! - serial rabbit-killer uses Google Earth to find victims
I Gave at the Office - new law: jail for giving to beggars

On this day in history: July 11, 1979 - The derelict space station Skylab finally returns to Earth, ignominiously breaking into 500 separate fragments which are swallowed by the Indian Ocean. That is, except for the ones which crash into Woorlba Sheep Station, near Balladonia in Western Australia. Shortly thereafter, President Jimmy Carter telephones the prime minister of that country to apologize for scattering NASA litter on his nation.

Born on this day in history: July 11, 1934 - Giorgio Armani (1934 - ) Born in Piacenza, Italy, fashion designer Giorgio Armani began as a window dresser in Milan and started his own design house in 1975. In 2003, Armani was the first fashion designer to have an exhibition at London's Royal Academy.

Scripture of the Day: "Therefore I will not keep silent; I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul." - Job 7:11

Video of the Day: California Fires Smoke - from the Sky

Here is a photograph Laura took yesterday afternoon from our backyard. This has been the view of the sun that has plagued us for weeks now. The air quality—as you might well imagine—is horrid. There are many birds here, and Laura and I enjoy listening to them sing. The birds are not singing these days, and we miss their songs greatly. Click to enlarge.

One of my favorite songs at the moment—and one that often echoes in my
head—is a commercial!

"Well, I married my dream girl.
(I married my dream girl.)
But she didn't tell me.
Her credit was bad.
So now instead of living in a pleasant suburb.
We're living in the basement at her Mom and Dad's.
No we can't get a loan, for a respectable home.
Just because my girl defaulted on some old credit card.
If we'd gone to
I'd be a happy bachelor with a dog and a yard."

While the sentiment is certainly not particularly encouraging, the melody is infective, the beat is good, and I rate it a 10!