Quotes December 31, 2016

We all have ability. The difference is how we use it.
Stevie Wonder,
singer and songwriter

 

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
William James

 

“Talent is insignificant. I know a lot of talented ruins. Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but, most of all, endurance.”
James Baldwin, Paris Review Interviews, II

 

“There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than bread.”
Mother Teresa

 

Hope is a good breakfast but a bad supper.
Francis Bacon,
philosopher and statesman

 

Your task is not to foresee the future, but to enable it.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery,
writer and aviator

FYI December 31, 2016

NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS

 

 

Awesome Facebook Video Downloader

 

Ayan Basu: I Visited The Cutthroat World Of A Used Car Dealer Auction

 

Luc Sante: Why We Get Stupid And Shitfaced On New Year’s Eve: A Cultural History

 

Megan Reynolds: HBO Sets Premiere Date for Bright Lights: Starring Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher

 

Tom McParland: Watch This Guy Go Full Jackie Chan On The Scooter Thief Who Stole His Phone

 

Repeat:

907 Updates December 31, 2016

Alex DeMarban: Tiny Nikiski makes ambitious bid to become Alaska’s biggest city

 

Chris Klint: Skiers walk away after being caught in Turnagain Pass avalanche, but danger remains

 

Zaz Hollander: Feral rabbit peril: Owner blames Lazy Mountain bunnies for dog’s near-death

 

Chris Klint: Facebook puts a freeze on North Pole Santa Claus’ page for Christmas

 

Mike Dunham: What Teri Rofkar taught us through her art

Shorpy December 31, 2016

New York circa 1914. “Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street.” Lions of the New York Public Library at right. 5×7 inch dry plate glass negative.

 

Detroit circa 1916. “Dime Bank branch, Broadway & Grand Circus Park.” Co-starring the Crescent Music Co. and a fine-looking carbon-arc streetlight. 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

FYI December 30, 2016

Bacon Day

 

NATIONAL BICARBONATE OF SODA DAY
National Bicarbonate of Soda Day or Baking Soda day is observed annually each year on December 30th.
According to Almanac.com, here are a few of the many uses for baking soda:
Add baking soda to your bath water to relieve sunburned or itchy skin.
Make a paste of baking soda and water, and apply to a burn or an insect bite for relief.
Clean your refrigerator with a solution of one teaspoon baking soda to one quart of warm water.
Pour a cup of baking soda into the opening of your clogged drain and then add a cup of hot vinegar. After a few minutes, flush the drain with a quart of boiling water.
To remove perspiration stains, make a thick paste of baking soda and water. Rub paste into the stain, let it sit for an hour and then launder as usual.
If you crave sweets, rinse your mouth with one-teaspoon baking soda dissolved in a glass of warm water. Don’t swallow the mixture; spit it out. Your craving should disappear instantly.
Add a pinch of baking soda to boiled syrup to prevent it from crystallizing.
To remove pesticides, dirt, and wax from fresh fruits and vegetables, wash them in a large bowl of cool water to which you’ve added two to three tablespoons of baking soda.
Soak toothbrushes in baking soda and warm water overnight to clean bristles.
Gasoline and oil odors can be removed by putting clothes in a trash bag with baking soda for a few days before washing them.
Lay down a barrier of baking soda under sink pipe openings and along basement windows to keep carpenter ants, silverfish, and roaches from invading. Roaches eat the baking soda, dehydrate, and die.
A light baking soda paste on a damp cloth will remove bugs and tar from cars without damaging the paint. Let the paste sit for a few minutes before wiping and rinsing clean.
To remove stains from your coffee and tea cups, wipe them with a damp sponge dipped in baking soda paste.
Keep your rubber gloves dry and smelling good by sprinkling baking soda inside them. They’ll slip on more easily too!
Sprinkling baking soda on your front steps will provide traction and melt the ice. Unlike rock salt, kitty litter, or sand, it won’t damage outdoor or indoor surfaces or shoes.
Boil two inches of water in a pan with a burned bottom, turn off the heat, then add half a cup of baking soda. Let it sit overnight. In the morning it will be easy to clean.
Sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda on the bottom of your toaster oven to eliminate the burned smell from drippings and crumbs.
A paste of baking soda removes red sauce stains from plastic.

 

On this day:

1896 – Canadian ice hockey player Ernie McLea scores the first hat-trick in Stanley Cup play, and the Cup-winning goal as the Montreal Victorias defeat the Winnipeg Victorias 6–5.

 

1922 – The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics is formed.

 

Born on this day:

1928 – Bo Diddley, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2008)

 

1934 – John N. Bahcall, American astrophysicist and astronomer, co-developed the Hubble Space Telescope (d. 2005)

 

1942 – Michael Nesmith, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

 

1945 – Davy Jones, English singer-songwriter and actor (d. 2012)

 

1946 – Patti Smith, American singer-songwriter and poet

 

1954 – Barry Greenstein, American poker player and philanthropist

 

 

 

FYI

 

Casey Chan: A Look Back at the Movies and TV Shows of 2016 [NSFW]

 

Michael Nunez: What 2016 Would Look Like as a Horror Film

 

Susan Svrluga, The Washington Post: To reset the conversation about race, college course starts with a DNA test

 

Megan Reynolds: NY Chair Carl Paladino Told to ‘Resign Immediately’ Following Very Racist Comments About Obama

 

Aimée Lutkin: Tech Companies Are Courting the Same Handful Of Women to Be On Their Boards

 

Aimée Lutkin: This Couple Ruined Everyone’s Flight With Their Brawl

 

Megan Reynolds: St. Ives Apricot Scrub Faces Lawsuit for Causing Facial Irritation

907 Updates December 30, 2016

Tegan Hanlon: Anchorage gang loyalists sentenced for drugs, guns, money laundering

 

Boo-freakin’-hoo
Nathaniel Herz: Alaska’s budget crisis hits lawmakers where it hurts: their stomachs

 

Tegan Hanlon: Anchorage gang loyalists sentenced for drugs, guns, money laundering

 

Zaz Hollander: Amid rising crime concerns, Mat-Su residents to talk public safety

 

Mike Dunham: Alaska military historian John Cloe dead at 78

 

Mike Campbell: Clamming shut down again on Kenai Peninsula beaches

 

Ned Rozell: Remembering a giant among the Alaska science community

 

Nothing sounds good.
Riza Brown, Mara Severin: Here are the 10 best dishes our food reviewers ate in Anchorage this year

 

Mike Dunham: Nine Alaskans have been selected to receive the 2017 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities at a gala in Juneau on Jan. 26. They are:

-Robert Banghart of Juneau, for distinguished service to the humanities

-Marilyn Davidson of Kodiak, for arts education

-Charlotte Fox of Anchorage, for lifetime achievement in the arts

-Lani Hotch of Klukwan, for arts business leadership

-Kathleen Carlo Kendall of Fairbanks, for Alaska Native arts

-Heather Lende of Haines, for distinguished service to the humanities

-Lance Petersen of Homer, for individual artist

-Robert Sparks of Kenai, for Alaska studies educator of the year

-Shirley Mae Springer Staten of Anchorage, for distinguished service to the humanities

 

Kirk Johnson, The New York Times: Alaska faces a pilot shortage. Could the state become a proving ground for pilotless aircraft?