Today in History: August 25

Every
Year
August 25 is the 237th day of the year (238th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 128 days remaining until the end of the year.
1967 Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page hears Jake Holmes play “Dazed and Confused”.

Jake Holmes’ ‎Dazed And Confused (Tower 393, US) 7” Vinyl 45 RPM Promo

Jake Holmes’ ‎Dazed And Confused (Tower 393, US) 7” Vinyl 45 RPM Promo

On August 25, 1967, Jake Holmes played “Dazed and Confused” when he opened for The Yardbirds at the Village Theater in Greenwich Village, New York. Jimmy Page, then of The Yardbirds, liked “Dazed and Confused” so much that he later recorded it and the song appeared on Led Zeppelin’s debut album released on January 12, 1969.

In the early 1980s, Holmes wrote a letter to Led Zeppelin and said, “I understand it’s a collaborative effort, but I think you should give me credit at least and some remuneration.” Led Zeppelin never responded.

Jake Holmes’ ‎Penny’s (Tower 393, US) 7” Vinyl 45 RPM Promo

Jake Holmes’ ‎Penny’s (Tower 393, US) 7” Vinyl 45 RPM Promo

In June 2010, Holmes filed a lawsuit against Jimmy Page for copyright infringement, claiming to have written and recorded “Dazed and Confused” two years before it appeared on Led Zeppelin’s debut album. In court documents Holmes cited a 1967 copyright registration for “Dazed and Confused” which was renewed in 1995. This case was settled out-of-court in January 2012.As Led Zeppelin’s version of the song evolved over the years, it also incorporated parts of Gustav Holst’s “Mars, the Bringer of War”.

Woman Dies after Prophet Puts Heavy Speaker on Her Body to Demonstrate a Miracle

At the Mount Zion General Assembly church in Polokwane, Limpopo, South Africa, an unnamed woman died from internal injuries after Pastor Lethebo Rabalango put a heavy speaker on her body to demonstrate a miracle.

“The pastor, however, blamed the girl and accused her of having little faith for she could not withstand a very simple task.”

Woman Dies after Prophet Puts Heavy Speaker on Her Body to Demonstrate a Miracle

At the Mount Zion General Assembly church in Polokwane, South Africa, an unnamed woman died from internal injuries after Pastor Lethebo Rabalango put a heavy speaker on her body to demonstrate a miracle.

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Vomiting, Barfing, Puking, …

I found this comment on a Facebook post:

I wish there was a barfing emoticon…

I wish there was a barfing emoticon…

It got me thinking, somewhere there needs to be a collection of barfing images you can paste into the comments section on Facebook and other places, even here if you want to.

So I went to Google Images and did a search. Here are a few that I found, cleaned up, edited, and resized, and some that I made myself.

Vomiting 001. Artist unknown. Found on Google Images.

Vomiting 001. Artist unknown. Found on Google Images. Click image to open it in a new window.

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Today in History: July 16

Every
Year
July 16 is the 197th day of the year (198th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 168 days remaining until the end of the year.
622 Epoch (beginning) the Islamic calendar.

Day one of the Islamic calendar corresponds to July 16, 622 CE in the Julian calendar.

Cool Characters for Facebook, Etc.

𝕃𝕠𝕠𝕜 𝕒𝕥 𝕨𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕀 𝕔𝕒𝕟 𝕕𝕠!   Lᴏᴏᴋ ᴀᴛ ᴡʜᴀᴛ I ᴄᴀɴ ᴅᴏ!   Lоок дт шндт Ї cди dо!

I can make fancy characters to put in Facebook posts and other places where I’m limited to characters with no formatting options.

This is your basic set of alphanumeric characters: the capital letters A–Z, the lower-case letters a–z, and the digits 0–9. The conversions only work on alphanumeric characters.

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789

Most of the double struck letters are mathematical symbols, but they look cool.

𝔸𝔹ℂ𝔻𝔼𝔽𝔾ℍ𝕀𝕁𝕂𝕃𝕄ℕ𝕆ℙℚℝ𝕊𝕋𝕌𝕍𝕎𝕏𝕐ℤ 𝕒𝕓𝕔𝕕𝕖𝕗𝕘𝕙𝕚𝕛𝕜𝕝𝕞𝕟𝕠𝕡𝕢𝕣𝕤𝕥𝕦𝕧𝕨𝕩𝕪𝕫 𝟘𝟙𝟚𝟛𝟜𝟝𝟞𝟟𝟠𝟡

With the conversion to small caps letters, only the lower-case letters get converted to small capital letters.

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ ᴀʙᴄᴅᴇғɢʜɪᴊᴋʟᴍɴᴏᴘǫʀsᴛᴜᴠᴡxʏᴢ 0123456789

The fake Cyrillic writing is just what it says: fake Cyrillic writing. It doesn’t really mean anything in Russian, Ukrainian, or any other language.

ДBCDЄFБHЇJКLMИОPQЯЅTЦVШЖЏZ двcdєfgнїjкlмиоpqяšтцvшжуz 012З456789

Type your message in the box below and click the Convert My Message button. Your message will be converted to all three styles.


 

Double Struck:

Small Caps:

Fake Cyrillic:

Dog Rides Comfortably in Sack on Running Board

Dog Rides Comfortably in Sack on Running Board. Ad in Modern Mechanix, June 1936.

Dog Rides Comfortably in Sack on Running Board
Ad in Modern Mechanix, June 1936

Dog Rides Comfortably in Sack on Running Board

When you take your dog along for a ride, but prefer not having it inside the car, it can ride safely and comfortably in this sack, which is carried on the running board. The bottom of the sack is clamped to the running board and the top is fastened to the lower part of an open window with hooks, covered with small rubber tubing to prevent marring the car.

Ad in Modern Mechanix, June 1936

Windows: How to Enter Unicode Characters via the Keypad

If you’ve used Windows for any length of time you’re probably familiar with entering special characters with the ALT+ method. For example, to enter “É” — Latin Capital Letter E with Acute, Unicode code point U+00C9 — you can hold down the ALT key and while continuing to hold it down, type 0201 on the numeric keypad, then release the ALT key. It doesn’t take long before you’ve memorized the characters you use frequently.

There are some problems with this method. The original PCs used CP437 (code page 437) keyboard mapping for English. When Windows came along, CP1252 (code page 1252) began to be used for keyboard mapping. If you use the ALT+ method with a three-digit code (the first digit non-zero), for example, ALT+201, you get “╔”— Box Drawings Double Down and Right, Unicode code point U+2554 — the character at CP437’s code point 201. If you add a leading zero (0) and then the number, ALT+0201, you get “É”, the character at CP1252’s code point 201. Confusing, right?

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Thomas Jefferson: “Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will…”

Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale

Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale

“Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will, within the limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’; because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual.”

— Thomas Jefferson, in letter to Isaac H. Tiffany, April 4, 1819.

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