9 Minutes…

On October 24, 1911, Orville Wright stayed in the air for 9 minutes and 45 seconds in the Wright Glider at Kill Devil Hills, NC. in what is believed to be man’s first sustained flight.  They had flown before, but for under a minute.  This flight proved man wasn’t limited to the ground.

Orv and Wil

But, let’s get one thing straight, they were from Dayton, Ohio.

And Dayton, Ohio is “The Birthplace of Aviation.”

Happy Friday, and feel free to discuss.

OK, I finally made it through all three of Ken Follett’s Century Trilogy novels.

It wasn’t easy.

Having never read any of Follett’s work before, I didn’t know what to expect, but reading the jacket of the first novel, The Fall of Giants, I was intrigued, to say the least.

The pre-World War I and World War I eras are fascinating times in world history.  So much change, so much UPheaval, so much drama, really, I can’t resist it.

So, it was a 1000 pages, who cares, I love to read.

And it was good.

Fall of Giants

When I realized it was the first of a trilogy, I was a bit worried.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love John Jakes’ work, but the eight book Bastard series killed it for me as far as literary series go.

It was just too much work!

But, wanting to know what happened to all the folks in the first book, I sucked it UP, and bought book two, The Winter of the World.

It was a struggle.

Winter of The World

I chalked that UP to the fact that mid-20th century US history doesn’t grip me like the earlier stuff does.  I read the book, and it was OK.

Really, just OK.

But, hooked as I was, and hating to leave any little thing unfinished, I bit the bullet, bought the third book and dove right in.

The Edge of Eternity was history I lived. I remember it, I saw it on the evening news, I was there.

Edge of Eternity

And frankly, Follett got some of it wrong.

Some, not all.

But enough to annoy the crap out of me.

Plus, the book was a DRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRAG!  It was slow.

Just as the second one didn’t live UP to the first, the third didn’t live UP to the second.

And, honestly, if a book is going to be 1,100 pages long, it really needs to live UP to something.

So, if you have the time, and you’re willing to be patient, g’head, read it.

If not, well, then don’t.

In Desperate Need Of A Party?

Kim’s birthday wasn’t enough, well, here ya go.

Today is Fechner Day, a day celebrated by psycho-physicists world-wide.

Who knew?

Gustav Fechner was a German philosopher, physicist, and experimental psychologist, and early pioneer of experimental psychology, and the founder of psycho-physics.

Among other things, he speculated that consciousness dealt with brain.

Even back then, he was born in 1801, it was known that the brain is bilaterally symmetrical.

There is a deep division between the two halves which are linked by a connecting band of fibers called the corpus callosum.

Sort of a super-highway connecting the right and left brains.

Fechner speculated that if the corpus callosum were split, two separate streams of consciousness would result – the mind would become two.

But, of course, he believed that his theory would never be tested.

Well, he was wrong. During the mid-twentieth century, Roger Sperry and Michael Gazzaniga worked on epileptic patients with sectioned corpus callosum and observed that Fechner’s idea was correct.

Some claim that on October 22, 1850, he awoke with new insight on how to study the mind.

Mexican food for dinner?

Moving from older thought to new ideas, he developed her psychophysical Fechner scale, which I quite frankly, do not understand!!!!

Anyhoo!  On 10/22 each year, in Lepzig, his home town, there’s a big-assed nerd fest celebration of his findings.

So, if you’re desperate to party tonight, well, here’s your reason.

Go Fechner, Go Fechner…

Gustav Fechner

Can you say, “Life of the party?”

I Wouldn’t Want You To Miss It!

Kim Kardashian turns 34 today!

Kim without makeup

Really, go out and celebrate!