Thursday, April 16, 2009

Grave Injustice, He's Alive!, -and- Girl Power

Grave Injustice - suit claims funeral home left body in unrefrigerated garage
He's Alive! - DUI suspect attempts to escape trial with fake obituary
Girl Power - female-only ant species discovered

On this day in history: April 16, 1943 - Chemist Albert Hofmann inadvertently experiences the world's first acid trip when a tiny quantity of lysergic acid diethylamide accidently seeps through the skin of his finger. After leaving work early, he went home and settled into "a not unpleasant intoxicated condition." Then he had solid two hours of visual hallucinations: "I perceived an uninterrupted stream of fantastic pictures, extraordinary shapes with intense, kaleidoscopic play of colors." It will be another three days before Hofmann gets up the courage to swallow 250 micrograms and ride his bicycle home.

Born on this day in history: April 16, 1965 - Martin Lawrence (1965-) Actor/Comic born in Frankfurt, Germany.As a teen, Lawrence pursued a love of boxing, but was also a gifted comedian. A teacher encouraged Lawrence to attend an open mic night at a local comedy club, and his career as a comic was born.

Scripture of the Day: Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. - 1 Corinthians 15:24

Video of the Day: Dilbert - Hard Reboot and Free Energy - submitted by Amber

Imagine my surprise when I encountered this sign in a store window while jogging to my office this morning! Click to enlarge.

The lure of the grill is great. I am driven to grill whenever possible. When wind such as that to which we were subjected two evenings ago plagues us, however, the outdoor grill is not an option. We are not fortunate enough to have an area in which to place our barbecue that is sheltered from the wind, and the wind of two evenings ago was so substantial that it was considerably less mine own discomfort that made me eschew it than it was the certainty that the wind would not allow the flame to remain active.

Therefore, it was the indoor grill upon which I placed the evening's meal. The indoor grill lacks the robust heat and the flesh-charring flames of the barbecue, and its size is certainly a limiting factor. Nonetheless, all its limitations do not dissuade me from engaging it often during times when weather conditions do not allow the use of the outdoor grill.

Perhaps it is due to some extent to a tribal consciousness that extends to me from my caveman ancestors. Whatever the exegesis may be, I know only that the thrall in which the grill holds me is great and cannot be denied. I am drawn, inexorably, as is the proverbial moth, to the flame!