Tony Sartain, MBA, NE

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Good afternoon. Today is Thursday, the 21st day of June. It's the 172nd day of the year. We're not in a leap year, so there are 193 days remaining in 2018. On the Jewish calendar, today is the 8th day of Tammuz in the year 5778. On this day in 1948, Columbia Records introduced the long-playing record album in a public demonstration at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, New York.

This website is a demonstration of smart content rendering. The content updates continuously without the help of Internet monkeys. All the information was current at the time you arrived here. If you're looking for information on the technology, it's at the bottom of this page.

Today in History: Senator McCarthy and His Witches

It was on this day in 1956 that the playwright Arthur Miller refused to name communists before the House Un-American Activities Committee. For years, Miller had watched as the committee had been investigating high-profile writers and filmmakers and intellectuals, forcing them to name names or be prosecuted for contempt.

Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe, 1957His friend the stage director and filmmaker Elia Kazan, who had directed the Broadway production of Miller's Death of a Salesman, had been approached by the committee and asked to name names, and he cooperated with the government. Miller was shocked and broke with him over it. He later wrote: "I felt my sympathy going toward him and at the same time I was afraid of him. Had I been of his generation, he would have had to sacrifice me as well."

Miller saw parallels between the McCarthyism and the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, so he soon began writing his play The Crucible, about a farmer named John Procter who prefers to die rather than give a false confession that he is a witch. When The Crucible opened in 1954, it was not a big success. Miller said that on opening night, people he had known and worked with for years treated him like a stranger. After the play had its premiere, he learned that he had been denied a passport by the government. Two years later, on this day in 1956, he was called before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. When he refused to name names, he was charged with contempt and sentenced to a month in jail. He challenged the conviction and won his appeal. In 1958, The Crucible was revived off Broadway, and it ran for more than 600 performances. Today it remains one of Miller's most produced plays, second only to Death of a Salesman. (Source: Writer's Almanac)

Editor's Footnote: Arthur Miller was the third husband of Marilyn Monroe. They split after five years. The first and second husbands were James Dougherty and Joe DiMaggeio, respectively. Arthur Miller, who died in 2005, is buried in Roxbury Center Cemetery in Roxbury, Connecticut. Ms. Monroe is entombed in Crypt 24 in the Corridor of Memories of the mausoleum at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles. Hugh Hefner owns the crypt adjacent to hers. At the time he purchased it, he said he would lie eternally next to Marilyn Monroe. Although he was married at the time, he made no provisions for his wife's interment. No, Virginia, you can't make these things up.

Today's Birthday Boys and Girls

Today is the birthday of Czar Michael Fjodorovitsj (1596), Abraham Mignon (1640), Martha Washington (1731), Johann Christoph Frederic Bach (1732), Simeon-Denis Poisson (1781), Henry O. Tanner (1859), Wilhelm Maler (1902), Al Hirschfeld (1903), JeanPaul Sartre (1905), Jane Russell (1921), Maureen Stapleton (1925), Mariette Hartley (1940), Ray Davies (1944), Meredith Baxter (1947), Michael Gross (1947), David Morrissey (1964), Nicole Kidman (1967), Pierre Omidyar (1967), Juliette Lewis (1973), Chris Pratt (1979), and Prince William (1982).

On Wall Street

About the stock numbers: There's no current stock market reporting at the moment because of a snag in the link that retrieves the data and gets it to the screen. The stock market stuff is on the work bench until it's working again.

The New York Stock Exchange is currently closed. At closing today, the NASDAQ was up by to . The S&P500 index closed at , up by .

Note: During trading hours all data is in real time. The data is preserved at the end of the trading day. It remains until the next opening bell. The process of retrieving stock info involves many links between the sources and what you're reading on the screen. At the moment, there's a technical issue up the line with the DJ average. Occasionally, the data appears as random characters. If there's numerical data on the screen, it's accurate. The other indicies are working and accurate.

Earth and All Spheres

The overall weather conditions at Love Field were reported as a few clouds at 5:53 PM CDT. The temperature was 99F, and the relative humidity was 31%, pushing the heat index up to a sweltering 101F. It's way too hot outdoors.

Love Field's average high and low temperatures for today, June 21, are 93 and 74 respectively. In general, Dallas temperatures were much colder during the winter than usual, but that's history at this point, and it seems that spring will arrive in pretty much the usual fashion. The temperature on this day reached a record high of 105 in 1953. An all-time evening low of 61 was recorded in 1961. More [...]. For the seven-day forecast [click here].

We are under a first quarter moon. At the time you accessed this page, its exact age was 8 days, 11 hours, and 43 minutes. We will be under a new moon again on Thursday, July 12th at 7:46 PM CDT. The moon will reach full luminescence on Thursday, June 28th at 1:24 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 constellation of Cancer in the first day of summer, which arrived on Thursday, June 21st at 5:07 AM CDT with the occurrence of the Summer Solstice. On the day of the Solstice, the sun rose at 6:15 AM CDT and set at 8:26 PM CDT. For today, our sunrise and sunset times (at -96.852/32.847) are 6:14 AM and 8:26 PM, giving us 14 hours and 12 minutes of daylight. For now, we're on Daylight Saving Time. We will switch to Standard Time on Sunday, November 4th at 2:00 AM when our clocks will magically roll backward 1:00 AM, following the NIST standard.

The Technology

This site is a working demonstration of on-demand PHP scripting. The code tightly integrates computed and imported data with text, spewing forth natural-sounding narrative output with flawless grammar and syntax. The birthdays, history section and the text below--which all change daily--are from an in-house database. Raw data used in the financial and weather sections is imported at page generation time. All the other data, particularly the celestial stuff, is derived and rendered by several hundred lines of code at the time the page request reaches the server. THIS SITE IS SELF-MAINTAINING. The daily content updates at midnight CDT. The weather target is -96.852/32.847.

When you encounter seemingly good advice that contradicts other seemingly good advice,
ignore them both.
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