Good morning. Today is Wednesday, the 25th day of May. It's the 145th day of the year. This is not a leap year, so there are 220 days remaining in 2022. On the Jewish calendar, today is the 24th day of Iyyar in the year 5782. On this day in 1842, physicist Christian Doppler presented his idea, now known as the Doppler Effect, to the Royal Bohemian Society, Prague.
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Arthur C. Clarke: Author, Inventor, Visionary
It was on this day in 1945 that Arthur C. Clarke published a paper proposing that the geostationary orbit be used for communication relays. The theory proved to be valid and the employment was a matter of developing the technology. Few innovations have impacted society more that satellite communications. Clarke served during WWII in the Royal Air Force and was a major contributor to the technologies that ultimately led to Ground Controlled Approach radar. His technological mind was the result of a roll of the DNA dice. He didn't actually receive formal training until after the war when he earned a first-class degree in mathematics and physics at King's College London. He served two
Arthur C. Clarke: Author, Inventor, Visionary
non-consecutive terms as Chairman of the British Interplanetary Society.
In a taped interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 1974, Clark is questioned by the interviewer as to how he believes the computer will change the future for the everyday person and what life will be like around the year 2001. Clarke accurately predicts many things which have become a reality, among them online banking, online shopping and other commonplace things. In responding to the interviewer's question about how his (the interviewer's) son's life will be different, Clark responds: "[H]e will have, in his own house, not a computer as big as this, [points to nearby computer], but at least, a console through which he can talk, through his local computer and get all the information he needs, for his everyday life, like his bank statements, his theater reservations, all the information you need in the course of living in our complex modern society, this will be in a compact form in his own house ... and he will take it as much for granted as we take the telephone." (source: Wikipedia)
Clarke began his writing career in 1937, although his first professional work was published in 1946 in Astounding Science Fiction. In 1948 he wrote a science fiction piece, "The Sentinel" for a BBC competition. It was rejected, but as with all good stories, there was great irony on the horizon. "The Sentinel" became the basis for 2001: A Space Odyssey. With considerable time constraints, Clarke worked closely with Stanley Kubric in an attempt to write the screen play and simultaneously expand "The Sentinel" into a full novel that he anticipated the movie to closely follow. As it turned out, the movie premiered before the book was published. Clarke first saw 2001: A Space Odyssey in a public theatre and literally left the showing in tears. He was terribly upset that Kubrick left much of the story unexplained. Clarke had gone to great lengths to include details and explanations in his novel and he had operated under the assumption that the same would hold true for the screen version. Some scholars attribute the success of the movie to it's simplicity and lack of explanation.
Today's Birthday Boys and Girls
Today is the birthday of Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803), Claude Akins (1918), Jeanne Crain (1925), Miles Davis (1926), Robert Ludlum (1927), Beverly Sills (1929), Tom T. Hall (1936), Dixie Carter (1939), Ian McKellen (1939), Leslie Uggams (1943), Frank Oz (1944), Connie Sellecca (1955), Mike Myers (1963), Anne Heche (1969), and Lauryn Hill (1975).
On Wall Street
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The New York Stock Exchange is currently closed. At closing Tuesday, the NASDAQ was up by to . The S&P500 index closed at , up by .
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Earth and All Spheres
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We are under a waning crescent moon. At the time you accessed this page, its exact age was 24 days, 10 hours, and 16 minutes. We will be under a new moon again on Monday, May 30th at 7:01 AM CDT. The moon will reach full luminescence on Tuesday, June 14th at 1:23 AM. For now, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter are visible in the night sky. Mars, seen in the southern sky, is clearly visible and its red glow clearly identifies it. It can be seen beginning at nightfall; it moves slowly in a westerly fashion before disappearing. Mercury can be seen in the eastern sky just before dawn.
We are under the sign of Gemini in the 519th day of winter, which arrived in the Northern Hemisphere on December 21st at 4:02 AM CST with the occurrence of the Winter Equinox. On the date of the Equinox, the sunrise and sunset times were 5:12 AM CDT and 7:23 PM CDT. For today, our sunrise and sunset times (at -96.852/32.847) are 6:16 AM and 8:14 PM, giving us 13 hours and 58 minutes of daylight. For now, we're on Standard Time. We will switch to Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, March 14th at 2:00 AM, following the NIST standard.
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I guess what everyone wants more than anything else is to be loved. And to know that you loved me for my singing is too much for me. Forgive me if I don't have all the words. Maybe I can sing it and you'll understand.
Ella Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 - June 15, 1996)
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