Song of the Day: Johnny Horton, “Battle Of New Orleans”

Went to bed last night and completely forgot about this. Sorry!

Country, rockabilly, and honky-tonk singer Johnny Horton was born on this day in 1925. His most popular songs had a historical bent to them: in addition to "Battle of New Orleans," he recorded "Sink The Bismarck" and "North To Alaska," the latter being used in the 1960 movie of the same name starring John Wayne. He died in a car accident in November 1960, just 35 years old. "Battle Of New Orleans" went to #1 on both the Hot 100 and the Country chart in 1959.

TV Draft Round 3 – Pick 1 – Hogan’s Heroes

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  • SHOW: Hogan’s Heroes
  • RUN: 1965-1971

This was as unlikely a hit show as you could find: A sitcom set in a Luftwaffe prison camp in Nazi Germany during World War II. They actually used the tagline “If You Liked World War II, You’ll Love Hogan’s Heroes.” Yet, it found an audience and lasted on CBS for six years until Norman Lear convinced the network that their viewers would rather see a sitcom about a bigot from Queens than Hogan’s Heroes, or any show that had anything to do with rural people.

Hogan’s Heroes was inspired by the movie The Great Escape, where Allied…

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FPQ: Daylight Saving Time

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I don’t as a rule do Fandango’s Provocative Question because I find it a little too provocative at times, but playing with time is one of my favorite subjects, so I figured to th’ow my two cents in here…

Assuming you agree that we should have the same time year-round rather than moving up an hour each spring and back an hour each fall, do you favor going to permanent Daylight Saving Time or permanent Standard Time? Why do you feel that way?

I am no fan of Daylight Saving Time, but I can understand the rationale behind it: you don’t want the sun rising too early or too late. Until not too long ago, DST began on the last Sunday in April and ended the last Sunday in October. Here’s what that would have looked like this year in Atlanta:

  • April 23 (day before DST): Sunrise 5:57 AM, Sunset 7:14 PM

  • April 24 (DST): Sunrise 6:56 AM, Sunset 8:15 PM

  • October 29 (last day of DST): Sunrise 7:54 AM, Sunset 6:47 PM

  • October 30 (EST): Sunrise 6:55 AM, Sunset 5:46 PM

Were we not to set the clocks ahead on April 24, the sun would come up earlier and earlier until, by June 22, it would rise before 5 AM. At the other end of the year, if we didn’t set the clocks back on October 30, the sun wouldn’t rise until 9 AM on December 21. (I used this page to get the rise and set times, subtracting 1 hour from the April numbers because Atlanta would still be on standard time on April 23 in our example).

So there is a rationale for moving the clocks, and you can see the consequences of staying on DST all year and staying on standard time all year. As I see it, DST only became a big issue when they decided to start it in March and end it in November. So, here are my suggestions:

  • Go back to the days of "last Sunday in April to last Sunday in October." That way, you have roughly 6 months of daylight time and 6 months of standard time, and it makes sense.
  • If that’s not acceptable, split the difference: on November 6: set the clocks back 30 minutes and leave them there.

Regardless of what we do, some people aren’t going to happy…

One final thought:

Wheel… of… Fortune! #socs

Did you watch Wheel of Fortune this week? The person who wins the regular game gets a chance to spin the "bonus wheel," which has 50 cards on it that specify either dollar amounts ($39,000, $45,000, $50,000 or $100,000) or different model cars. They don’t know what prize is on the card until after they try to solve the puzzle, when Pat Sajak opens the card. If they solve the puzzle, they get what’s on the card. The big prize is $100,000, so the chance they pull that card is one on 50, or 0.02. Well, this week, the $100,000 was pulled three times in a row. The chance of that happening is 0.02 to the third, or 0.000008. So we saw something happen that only happens 1 out of 125,000 times. That’s pretty rare. With 200 shows in a season, they haven’t even reached 10,000 shows in the 39 years they’ve been around. The chances are good that Pat and Vanna won’t be doing the show when it reaches 10,000. That’s in about another 11 years, by which time Vanna will be a glamorous woman in her mid-70’s and Pat will be pushing 90. Who know what could happen by then?

Now, from 1952, Kay Starr and her #1 hit, "Wheel Of Fortune."

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Maggie Has Questions; I Have Answers

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Maggie posted ten questions to her blog and wanted to get our opinion on them. So, for better or worse, here we go…

  1. Do you respond to every comment, even if it is just an emoji? Do you mean the comment is an emoji, or the answer is? The answer is yes either way. I try to reply to every comment, but in some cases it might be a few days, or I might intend on answering and never get around to it. I try.

  2. Are there styles, colors, or fonts that make reading a blog more difficult? My blog uses Alegreya (similar to Times New Roman) for the main text and Oswald (similar to Arial Narrow) for the headings, simple black on white. There are times I consider using Arial or Helvetica for the body font, but I’ve heard a serif font is more easily read than a sans-serif one, so I stick with it. The curlicue fonts are cute and work in headings, but I don’t use them. Anything apart from this combination make it harder to read. White on black is illegible, as is anything smaller than 12-point.

  3. Under what circumstances would you block a user? If he’s being an asshole or posting comments that have nothing to do with what I’ve written (i.e. trying to use my blog to sell something). I’ve found that Akismet is very good at trapping nearly all of these offenders, so I haven’t had to block anyone.

  4. Are there certain topics you refuse to engage with? Politics. I do read political blogs and reply to them, but I try and keep things as strife-free as possible here.

  5. How do you feel about blogging awards? Enh. I might answer them, but will not resort to tagging others.

  6. How old is your current blog? Ten years as of last January 9.

  7. Do you respond to prompts? All the time.

  8. Do the number of your blog followers matter to you? No. A significant percent of my "followers" are people who followed me in the hope that I’d follow them back and jack their numbers up. Many who follow me do so either through a feed reader (e.g. Inoreader or Feedly) or through Bloglovin’, so my "numbers" are pretty irrelevant.

  9. What motivates you to follow or unfollow a blog? I’ll generally follow someone who has followed me to see what their blog is about. If I don’t like it, I unfollow them. As I said, I don’t use WordPress’s feed reader, so most of you don’t know if I’m following or not.

  10. What is your blogging pet peeve? The Gutenberg editor. I don’t complain because they don’t care what I think. I’ve taken to writing posts in BBEdit and cut-and-pasting them out of there.

Hope these answer your questions, Maggie!