Friday, November 20, 2009

Fighting Back, No Service, -and- Higher Education

Fighting Back - store greeter foils shoplifter
No Service - couple busted for refusing to pay tip
Higher Education - UCLA tuition increased 32%

On this day in history: November 20, 1912 - Mad Bomber Carl Warr enters Los Angeles city jail with 60 sticks of dynamite strapped to himself. After an hour, two detectives attack Warr who then pulls the bomb's trigger. Nothing happens, and the freakishly masked bomber begs police to kill him.

Born on this day in history: November 20, 1946 - Duane Allman (1946 - ) Howard Duane Allman was born in Nashville, Tennessee on November 20, 1946. Duane, as he was known, and his brother, Gregg, were raised by their mother Geraldine Allman after their father, Willis, was murdered when Duane was just 3-years-old. Geraldine, "Mama A" moved with her boys to Daytona Beach, Florida in 1957. Once Gregg heard a neighbor playing guitar, he decided that he needed to learn the instrument. Duane soon followed suit, and became an even better player than his brother. The boys were influenced by the bluesy music of artists such as B.B King, whom they saw in concert while teenagers. Duane dropped out of high school to stay home and practice guitar and when Gregg graduated from Sea Breeze High School in 1965, the young men formed their first official band, the Allman Joys. When the Allman Joys became The Hour Glass in 1967, the group moved to Los Angeles. During this time, Duane perfected his electric slide guitar technique, using an empty Coricidin glass bottle over his ring finger as a slide.

Scripture of the Day: When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul. — Psalm 94:19

Video of the Day: MacBook Air Ad (Parody) - submitted by Cindy

Imagine my surprise when I encountered this scene while passing through Walmart on the way to my office! Click to enlarge.

The Weather The weather reports have changed so often during the week that one is left with great uncertainty regarding what sort of weather Hometown Christmas will encounter. Early this week, most forecasts predicted rain on Wednesday, heavy rain on Friday, and sunshine on Saturday. Yesterday, forecasters predicted heavy rain beginning Friday and lasting into next week. A major storm was predicted. The forecast for Saturday turned from sunshine to rain. This morning, forecasts call for rain late this morning and again this evening and sunshine and clear skies Saturday through next Thursday. I shall arise in the morning and peer outside. I will then be able to predict the weather with some degree of accuracy!

Hometown Christmas Corning's annual Hometown Christmas will take place Saturday, November 21—featuring Downtown Corning food vendors, craft vendors, live Nativity scene, pictures with Santa, and a lighted parade.

Technology News
Air Canada tests in-flight Wi-Fi
Dell earnings down 54%
Town to photograph every car that enters and leaves