Friday, November 11, 2011

Thank you Veterans

Thank you all who have served.
Let us not forget those who died to protect our country and our way of life.


To echo the post from 1/11/11 today's date means NOTHING. Its 11-11-2011 not 11BC or 11AD.

11-11-11= -11
So today is minus eleven or negative eleven if you please.

Today is Veteran's Day. And if you want to play the numbers in dates and time game remember this:

Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice. If you want to mark today, mark it by thanking a veteran for all that you hold dear. Strike that, how about you thank 11 veterans, now that would be symbolic.

Just so you can head off any more silliness for 10-11-12, that is my birthday, and trust me when I say nothing special happened on that day either.

Nigel Tufnel Day

Yes, the day when everything goes up to 11 - it's November 11, 2011 or, put another way, 11/11/11.

Everything up to 11! Nigel Tufnel, guitarist for the band Spinal Tap is the comic creation of Christopher Guest. The movie This Is Spinal Tap introduced Tufnel and Tap to the world.

A deft satire of so many of the worst qualities in lead guitarists, Tufnel certainly looks as though he was modelled on Jeff Beck but has backstage green-room requirements that, er, riff on Eddie Van Halen's infamous difficulty. Like so many heavy-metal players he is fond of classical music, even mixing Bach and Mozart to make his own "Mach" piece - a beautiful piano instrumental called Lick My Love Pump.

Tufnel is a scene-stealer in This Is Spinal Tap. He has a guitar that still has the price-tag on - to show it's in mint condition. "Don't touch it, don't even look at it!" he warns the film's director, Marty DiBergi. There's another guitar with beautiful sustain; he even attempts to demonstrate. DiBergi points out that he can't hear anything. "You would, if it were playing," Tufnel explains.

"....but these go to eleven..." Classic.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Happy Birthday Marines

236 years of honor, courage and commitment.

To all who wear the eagle, globe and anchor today and to those proudly wore it in years before, 
Happy Birthday Marines.

Sleep well citizens, 
somewhere a Marine stands guard 
to guarantee you wake up free.