Wednesday, July 19, 2017

18 July 17

To help celebrate National Zoo Keeper Week, I'm wearing animals from Zambia . . . the "REAL AFRICA," according to the label on the tie. I am happy knowing that most zoo keepers in 2017 are focusing on insuring the animals' survival and welfare, not exhibiting them for entertainment.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

18 July 17

My chemistry tie for today is primarily a reaction to the 1937 birthday of Roald Hoffman, famous in organic chemistry for studying how the geometry of molecules influences the progress of reactions. He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1981. Also born on this date, in 1635, was Robert Hooke, an English scientist who developed the microscope and also produced "Hooke's Law" that describes the mechanics of oscillating springs. Some molecular model kits use balls for atoms and springs for chemical bonds (because bonds are "stretchy"), so my photos show some models for formaldehyde (methanal) and benzene. The American philosopher of science Thomas Kuhn was born on this date in 1922, and his theory of "scientific revolutions" can easily be stretched to include the paradigm shifts within chemistry when old ideas about simple linear bonding had to be exploded to include rings and "molecular orbitals." Finally we can celebrate the birthday of astronaut and Senator John Glenn (1921-2016), who was helped into orbit in 1962 through the magic of hydrogen-oxygen combustion.

Monday, July 17, 2017

17 July 17

Three hundred years ago today, Handel's "Water Music" premiered! You can listen to a beautiful concert hall rendition at this link. Today also marks the 82nd birthday of Peter Schickele, who has been discovering the unpublished musical works of P. D. Q. Bach since 1965, and the 1928 birthday of jazz musician and pianist Vince Guaraldi, who is most famous for his compositions for the animated Peanuts® cartoons.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

16 July 17

Happy Ice Cream Day! My tie features scoops of ten different flavors. Of special note today -- Kroger stores are selling their "Deluxe" ice creams for 99 cents!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

13 July 17

This is "Embrace Your Geekness Day." Geeks are famous for their enchantment/obsession with anything new in technology. I would label myself as a "weak geek": I do not rush out to own the latest items, but I do enjoy our Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, and I have Amazon's "Reverb" on all of my computers and my iPhone, so I can use "Alexa" whenever I need her. I think it would be very cool to have an implantable brain chip for Internet access, but I'm not interested in Bluetooth tattoos or most of the "wearable technology" marketed to geeks. My tie celebrates computers and email and the Internet; it's from the era before iPods, iPhones, iPads and Google.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

12 July 17

Yes, there are special occasions for wearing a simple, solid gray tie on a white shirt. Today is Simplicity Day, honoring the birthday of Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862). From Walden:
"Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb nail."

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

11 July 17

103 years ago today, 19-year-old George Herman “Babe” Ruth played his first major league baseball game, as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. He would go on to greatness with hitting home runs, setting a single-season record (60 HR) in 1927 that would last for 34 years. His career total 714 home runs, ending in 1935, lasted as the record until 1974. On my tie, Snoopy has just smacked the ball for a very long hit -- maybe a home run!