Friday, March 20, 2009

Stupid Criminals, Along Came a Spider, -and- The Nose Knows

Stupid Criminals - car thief nabbed after calling 911 to brag
Along Came a Spider - world's deadliest arachnid found in Whole Foods produce section
The Nose Knows - Michael Jackson plans more plastic surgery for comeback

On this day in history: March 20, 1968 - The U.S. goes off the gold standard.

Born on this day in history: March 20, 1928 - Fred Rogers (1928 - 2003) Born in Latrobe, PA, TV personality Fred Rogers became famous as host of "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood," a show for preschoolers that debuted in 1965. Rogers’ distinctive manner made him a national institution.

Scripture of the Day: "Who has stirred up this king from the east, who meets victory at every step? Who, indeed, but the LORD? He gives him victory over many nations and permits him to trample their kings underfoot. He puts entire armies to the sword. He scatters them in the wind with his bow. He chases them away and goes on safely, though he is walking over unfamiliar ground. Who has done this and carried it through, calling forth the generations from the beginning? I, the LORD—with the first of them and with the last—I am he." — Isaiah 41:4

Video of the Day: "Spring" - Vivaldi ("Four Seasons")

Spring is NOW! Click to enlarge.

SPRING IS HERE! Spring begins on the Vernal Equinox (usually March 20 in the Northern Hemisphere) and lasts until the summer solstice (usually June 21 in the Northern Hemisphere).

In spring, the axis of the Earth is tilted toward the Sun, and the length of daylight rapidly increases for the relevant hemisphere. The hemisphere begins to warm significantly causing new plant growth to "spring forth," giving the season its name.

I recently bought a battery-powered alarm clock called "Night Vision." It is called "Night Vision" because of the backlit LCD that provides illumination for viewing the time in a dark room. The clock has a sensor on top that activates the backlighting when the sensor determines that the room is sufficiently dark to require this. Additionally, a bar atop the clock increases the backlighting when pressed. Unfortunately, none of these backlighting features operated when I installed three AA batteries in the clock and set the time, as directed by the instructions.

I emailed the manufacturer and was told that a new clock would be sent to me.

[While I slept] The new clock arrived at my office. I had anticipated its arrival and had placed three AA batteries in my pocket. I installed the batteries, and the clock did not illuminate the LCD readout. I thought perhaps the room was too well lighted. I placed my finger over the sensor. No backlighting took place. I took the clock into the bathroom, closed the door, and turned off the light. No backlighting occurred. I emailed the manufacturer and explained that this clock was faulty. I was assured a new clock would be sent. Several days elapsed, and no replacement clock arrived. I emailed the manufacturer, voiced my disappointment, and said that my patience was quickly evaporating. I was assured a replacement clock would be shipped overnight FedEx. The next day, the FedEx driver appeared at my office with a very large package. When I opened it, I found a full case (144) of clocks, a box containing 432 AA batteries, and an apologetic letter from the chairman of the board of directors of the manufacturer. Throughout the day, I inserted batteries into clocks. None of the clocks illuminated! At 4 PM—in unison—the alarms on the clocks sounded loudly. I scampered about the room, turning off the alarms. It was a laborious task, but I finally completed it. When I quieted the last clock, I awakened.

Hopefully, when the replacement clock arrives, it will work properly, and there will be no need to live out this nightmare.