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Cold, Cold, Cold…


xkcd‘s wise Randall Munroe on the tricks that memory can play… and the havoc they can wreak on rational discussion of climate change…


As we tie strings around our fingers, we might recall that it was on this date in 1896 the the first speeding ticket was issued: to Walter Arnold in Peckham in Kent. He was caught doing 8 mph in a 2 mph zone, and was fined one shilling.

The first traffic ticket in the U.S. was issued three years later, to a New York City taxi driver caught doing 12 mph down Lexington Avenue.




Written by LW

January 28, 2014 at 1:01 am

“Time moves in one direction, memory in another”*…

 source: xkcd

* William Gibson


As we Dance to the Music of Time, we might spare a thought for Lady Mary Wortley Montagu.  An accomplished writer (her poems and her letters home from Turkey, where her husband was Ambassador, were widely influential), Lady Mary was perhaps as importantly a health-care pioneer: she was instrumental in establishing the practice of vaccination against smallpox.

Her last words, uttered on this date in 1762, were– appropriately enough– “It has all been most interesting.”

 Lady Mary, with her son Edward (source)

Written by LW

August 21, 2012 at 1:01 am

We can remember it for you wholesale…

source: James Madison University

The good folks at EU Design, a web hosting and design firm, maintain a compendium of mnemonics

Mnemonics (pronounced “ne-mon’-ics”) is the art of assisting the memory by using a system of artificial aids – rhymes, rules, phrases, diagrams, acronyms and other devices – all to help in the recall of names, dates, facts and figures.

From English monarchs to the world’s longest rivers, from the periodic elements to the Bond films of Sean Connery, Mnemonics offers over 120 helpful formulae…  as the site suggests, “you never know what might just be useful to remember.”

As we prepare to put our answer in the form of a question, we might raise a celebratory cup of tea to the incomparable Jane Austen, born this date in 1775.

Watercolor portrait of Jane Austen believed to be by her sister, Cassandra

Merry Melodies…


For Proust, it was a sugary cookie; but for many, music is the gateway to memories deep and rich…  a song from years ago can catapult one directly back to the time and place– and into the feelings– of those by-gone days.

Lest one forget, Songs You Used to Love… a “time machine” that can transport one back into moods and memories past.

As we look for those old yearbooks, we might note that this was a big date for broadcast music:  on this date in 1948, CBS telecast a concert by the Philadelphia Philharmonic;  *and on the same day, the NBC Orchestra also performed on the televsion airwaves– the first symphony telecasts in the U.S.  Indeed, the NBC concert was also carried on a several AM and FM radio stations, making it also the first ever simulcast.

Written by LW

March 20, 2009 at 1:01 am


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