Friday, September 4, 2015

Happy 133rd Labor Day America (or 121st when became an official holiday)

“Labor day is a great American holiday that people celebrate by going out & buying products made in China.” ~~ David Letterman,
American television host and comedian; Host of CBS Late Show with David Letterman, recently surpassing Johnny Carson for having the longest late-night hosting career in the USA, on the irony of Labor Day

Letterman photo above courtesy of

Today is Labor Day. Happy 133rd Labor Day America. Let’s admit it, this holiday has been amazingly ironic over the past several years:

Imagine American’s celebrating workers, particularly in light of our country’s high unemployment rates which are a lot higher than our government reports.

Stats and economy aside, all across America, this holiday which was once symbolic for back to school, the end of the summer and the archaic fashion trend – where wearing white after Labor Day is a fashion faux pas – have all been passé for years. Fashion trends rarely pay attention to this rule; Also back to school shopping is now done during the end of July and month of August.

Labor Day photo left courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos

According to Pantone Color Institute® "Fall 2015: An Evolving Color Landscape is the theme for this year. "This season displays an umbrella of accord that weaves earthy neutrals with a range of bold color statements and patterns to reflect a landscape of hope, fun, fantasy and all things natural." PANTONE® FASHION COLOR REPORT FALL 2015 FASHION COLOR REPORT FALL 2015 ~ Fall 2015: An Evolving Color Landscape

According to a recent post by Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®, the top ten colors for men’s and women’s fashion for Fall 2015 are:
♦ PANTONE 18-4214 Stormy Weather
♦ PANTONE 16-1144 Oak Buff
♦ PANTONE 17-0627 Dried Herb
♦ PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala
♦ PANTONE 18-4726 Biscay Bay
♦ PANTONE 15-1340 Cadmium Orange
♦ PANTONE 16-2215 Cashmere Rose
♦ PANTONE 16-0110 Desert Sage
♦ PANTONE 19-4326 Reflecting Pond
♦ PANTONE 17-3628 Amethyst Orchid

Labor Day also marks the beginning of bargain shopping and also when sports excitement begins as the NFL and college football seasons begin.

NFL photo left courtesy of

For the many attentive parents and their children, it's the end of summer reading programs and making sure all of their children's book reports and other assignments are in order.

In a world of digital, it is also a great idea to use the internet for exciting news and interesting ideas.,, and are very helpful sites.

So much happens over the summer and discussing a few books (or just 1)that your child has read, (a simple question will do) is a great refresher and memory exercise. This also best prepares your child for the first day of school.

What about vacation? Talk about a great memory or event during summer family visits and travels.

Back to School photo above courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.

HISTORY (sources: and HISTORY Channel)

One hundred and thirty two years ago (1882), Matthew Maguire, a machinist, first proposed the holiday while serving as secretary of the CLU (Central Labor Union) of New York. Others argue that it was first proposed by Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor in May 1882, after witnessing the annual labour festival held in Toronto, Canada. Oregon was the first state to make it a holiday on February 21, 1887. By the time it became a federal holiday in 1894, thirty states officially celebrated Labor Day.

In the United States, Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.

In many countries, the working classes sought to make May Day an official holiday, and their efforts largely succeeded. In the United States and Canada, however, the official holiday for workers is Labor Day in September. This day was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, who organized the first parade in New York City.

After the Haymarket Massacre, US President Grover Cleveland feared that commemorating Labor Day on May 1 could become an opportunity to commemorate the affair. Thus, in 1887, it was established as an official holiday in September to support the Labor Day that the Knights favored.

Labor Day weekend: what to do.

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Did you celebrate Labor Day? What did you do?

▐■  Labor Day weekend: what to do,
▐■  In Praise of the American Worker, Life Magazine
▐■  The History of Labor Day, United States Department of Labor
▐■  History of Labor Day, Knights of Labor,
▐■  Labor Day, Wikimedia
▐■  Wear White Immediately -- We'll Show You How (PHOTOS), Huffington Post
▐■  You Can’t Wear White After Labor Day? These 7 Fashion-Tech Founders Say Otherwise,

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Happy Sweet 16th B-Day to Alphabet's Google Blogger
August 23
#BlogYourBrainsOut ▲ ▲ ▲

'evergreen marketing insighter' by Gloria Buono-Daly

Alphabet's Google Blogger turns sweet sixteen

"The bottom line is that blogging is like sex. You can’t fake it. You can’t fake passion. You can’t fake wanting to engage with the public. If you do, it will ultimately be an unsatisfying experience for both blogger and their readers." ~Kevin Anderson, Journalist, Editor for the Guardian, multi-blogger and online expert.

Happy Birthday Blogger!

This year  Blogger  is celebrating it's Sweet Sixteen? Happy Sweet 16th to Blogger. Google doodle? If so it will be posted here at a later time. As of March 2015, Blogger ranks 93 on Alexa Internet, Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of

Do you think that blogging is like sex? If so why?

Many who write blogs, do it for the love and the passion they have. Be it for sharing experiences, ideas, etc. True blogging (like true love) is something you simply cannot fake.

Another aspect that comes to mind is gender bias. Do men have different perspectives about blogging than women? Are men more likely to equate blogging to having sex? Are women more likely to equate it to passion or love?

Would you write a blog that would deceive your readers? Would you have sex and deceive your partner or fake an orgasm?

Obviously, it's better to refrain from writing blogs (having sex) if doing so out of desperation, which ultimately leads to shallow blogs (cheap, superficial, unfulfilled sex and relationships).

On the positive note, the more one blogs the more one improves just as the more one loves the more meaningful relationships. So the next time you begin writing your blog post, think of all the love and passion you bring.

You might come up with quite a few surprises for yourself and your readers. Go ahead "blog your brains out." #BlogYourBrainsOut

Below is a listing of some interesting postings I've found so far on this topic (note practically all are written by men):

- Why blogging is like sex, Ted Vieira,
- Is blogging like sex, Spiralbount
- Why blogging is like sex, The Web Citizen
- Is blogging like sex, Ouriel Ohayon
- Blogging is like sex INFOGRAPHIC (see photo above right) by by GenY Medium on Pinterest
- Why Do 95% of Bloggers Give Up, by Mike A Chim,

Bloggers main objectives are to write blogs that engage readers. This is the most difficult as it takes creativity, passion, and uniqueness. Unfortunately, writing to become popular or rich and famous compromises a writer's potential. The best blogers are those who write and post to share stories, thoughts, opinions, passions, expertise and perspectives.

The number of bloggers in the U.S. has increased over the past 7 years (2007 to 2014), yet writers who have primary sources of income from blogs are still relatively few in relation to the overall U.S. blogging population. reported an increase of 31% more bloggers in the past three years.

According to "Rise of Blogger" "In the past 5 years, blogging has SKYROCKETED and created a living for millions and is an integral part of businesses today."

However, although bloggers with primary source of incomes from blogging increased nearly 450% in the past 5 years -- to 8% (2.48 million) from less than a quarter of 1% (.02% or 452,000 bloggers) in 2007 -- the representation is very insignificant compared to the remaining 28,520,000 bloggers who are unable to earn a minimal income from blogging.

International Telecommunications UnionTotal worldwide reports that global internet users have increased nearly 3% over the past 3 years -- from 6.9 billion in 2010 to 7.1 billion in 2013 with the largest worldwide subscriptions from Mobile broadband representing a 161% 3 year increase -- from 11.3% in 2010 to 29.5% in 2013. Not surprising, mobile is here to stay.

China still ranks 1st at 42.3% penetration (568,192,066 users vs 538 million users the prior year) of the 7.1 billion world internet users and India the same rank of 3rd at 12.6% penetration (151,598,994 vs 137 million users the prior year). USA has also remained 2nd with 254,295,536 users and 81% penetration.

Below please find a brief Web to Web 2.0 timeline of newsworthy milestones which purport to provide a basic historical and informational chronology from a marketing perspective of the internet:

• 1994 – In January, Jerry Yang and David Filo create "Jerry's Guide to the WWW" while studying at Stanford University and rename it Yahoo in April

• 1995 – Yahoo is incorporated in March

• 1995 – Amazon is launched

• 1995 – Search engines are launched

• 1999 – Although bookmarking was around earlier, bookmarking became popular in businesses and mainstream during this period

• 2000 – Sites are optimized for search engines that were being catalogued on the Web

• 1996 to 1999 – Search engines are launched with pay per click programs, Open Text in 1996 and in 1998

• 1997 – The first blog goes online, known as “weblog” originally used as a niche for geeks; Weblog was coined in December 1997 by Jorn Barger 

• 1997 – The phrase “search engine optimization” is mostly likely coined during this period, according to Danny Sullivan of  The New York Times

• 1998 – Google  is founded by Stanford University graduate students Larry Page and Sergey Brin and files for incorporation in California on September 7th

• 1999 – The first version of RSS feed is created in March by Romanathan V. Guha for use on the portal (RSS 0.9)

• 1999 – Blogger  is launched on August 23rd by Pyra Labs. Evan Williams and Megan Hourihan of Pyra Labs, originally created this software with the intention of being an in-house application to integrate project management, contact management and task lists. Blogger becomes available to the public in August but does not become mainstream until later on.

• 2000 – Google reaches the first billion-URL index and earns the reputation of being the largest search engine in the world; Adwords program is launched offering internet pay per click programs; Yahoo selects Google as it's default search results provider

• 2001 – changes their name to Overture (purchased by Yahoo later)

• 2001 – According to MediaPost on August 9, 2001, Jupiter research predicted spending on digital marketing US ad spending would reach $19 billion by 2006

• 2001 – Wikipedia is available but is not yet mainstream
• 2001 – Danny Sullivan of The New York Times coins the term “Search Engine Marketing”

• 2002 – Search Engine Marketing US advertising spending reaches approximately $1.3 billion

• 2002 – Blogger  is completely rewritten at Prya Labs for licensure for other countries, with Globo company of Brazil becoming the first licensee recipient

• 2002 – Blogs gain momentum

• 2002 – Consumer Reports WebWatch files a report about the controversy and issues on search engine paid advertising

• 2002 - Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issues communications about the importance of paid advertising on search engines in response to a complaint from Consumer Advocacy Group, affiliated with Ralph Nader

• 2003 – Google purchases Blogger from Pyra Labs in February, the terms were undisclosed.

• 2003 – Yahoo purchases the Overture pay per click (PPC) program and offers paid online advertising

• 2003 –,  initially known as a passive bookmark function launches; Later on becomes very popular with the launch of Friendster (2007); Users are able to let other users see what they are bookmarking; Social bookmarking gained popularity with the launch of

• 2003 – The second US 3G (3rd generation cellular wireless) Verizon Wireless network operation launches; The first US Monet Mobile Wireless launched and shut down shortly afterwards; Japan, May 2001 and Korea, May 2002, were the first 2 countries to launch 3G operation networks

• 2003 - The Can Spam Act is signed into law on December 16th by President George W. Bush to regulate commercial email and is enforced by the FTC

• 2004 - Yahoo launches its own web-crawling algorithm in February, using its own site index phasing out Google's search results system it has used since May 2000
• 2004 -Google launches Gmail; In April Amazon partnered with Google using it' search results system

• 2004 - The first Annual Advertising Week Conference begins in September in New York City

• 2004 -  Web 2.0 O’Reilly Conference is held on October 5 – 7, 2004 at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco, CA. Although about16 years into Web 0.0 and 5 years into Web 2.0, we still do not know where it is going; Transformational elements are unknown as Web-Web2.0 are still new and the industry has no idea of what infrastructures will go away. Many innovations with no ads, no subscription feeds, free to the end user, are floating on venture capital. Big issue is these innovations lack business models and it is predicted that many of these web innovations probably will not survive unless purchased, merged, with a larger company, etc.
  • Wikipedia and Blogs become mainstream; Momentum is largely attributable to the announcement of Web 2.0
  • February 2004 Flickr (image tag base navigation becomes available)
  • February 2004 - it is estimated that Facebook has over 10 billion photos from over 125 million users by the end of 2004 (Facebook & Flickr become the biggest privacy disasters)

• 2005 – National Governments all over the world embrace Web 2.0 and create official blogs; Israel is the first country to have a government blog, IsraelPolitik

• 2005 - February 2005 – YouTube

• 2005 – August 2005 - Library Thing

• 2005 – opens to beta testers on August 8, 2005 and to the public on November 21, 2005.

• 2005 – Search Engine Marketing advertising spending is at approximately $5.8 billion (a 363% increase from 2002)

• 2005 – Google begins personalizing search results by users dependent upon user’s previous search history

• 2005 – In December, Microsoft and the Outlook team announce they are using the RSS feed icon which was first used in the Mozilla Firefox Browser 

• 2006 - $18.7 billion on internet ads was invested worldwide in 2006

• 2006 – Twitter is launched in October and evolves into a virtual water cooler experience having the power to hold social groups; Users can chat away about what they're doing and if anyone is interested in knowing, they can read, or watch what you’re doing and reply, follow, etc.; E.g., discuss iPhone feature,  communicate with people in different parts of the world separated in space and time; Although it is not the same as face to face it is similar enough to feel some kind of connection to people using twitter, Facebook or Youtube

• 2006 – Search Engine Marketing takes the lead in advertising and grows much faster than traditional advertising and other online marketing channels; US SEM advertising spending reaches approximately $9.4 billion, (a 62% increase over 2005 US spending); Worldwide, US 2006 ad spending had a 38% marketshare of total global internet ad spending calculated at $24.9 billion internet ads invested worldwide in 2006 (an increase of 33% from the previous year’s worldwide ad spending); Interesting to note that Jupiter’s estimate back in August 2001 was off by almost $10.0 billion less than actual of $9.4 billion

• 2006 – Google acquires YouTube, an internet video sharing service. Check out Gloria's latest YouTube videos here and subscribe as many more will follow.

• 2007 – October 2007 FriendFeed is created by former Google employees (known as the first lifestreaming service integrating all of your internet activity in your friendfeed nework, can have messages from twitter pulled into friendfeed which generates a lot of discussion in friendfeed and social networking feedback which can lead you to discover other sources of friends with similar interests; If you are traveling and you are in the same location as someone else in your friendfeed network, this can be a useful tool in knowing who in your network is nearby; all different internet activities are funneled into a single place and has a personal view; has the highest level of discussion, can get a huge amount of interaction in friendfeed more than from blogs; can create a room and pull entries from different sources that can create an RSS feed, audio podcasts, etc. used by science publishers, libarians, etc. create customized feeds that can come to you, the individual, on what type of information you want to have delivered to you)

• 2007 – pay-per-click programs become primary money-makers for search engines

• 2007 – Google announces a campaign against “paid links” that transfer page rank and many urls are suspended and banned from the Web

• 2007 – China's launch of 3G network is delayed in September 2007; A total of 190 3G networks are operating in 40 countries by December 2007

• 2008 – Google Chrome is released on September 4th and celebrates it's 10th year on September 7th

• 2008 – Sprint NOW 3G Network (3rd generation of cellular wireless) is launched in December

• 2008 – Web 2008 World of Social Networking:  private information becomes public

  • Blogs, wikis, RSS, bookmarking, image tagging, multimedia, search, etc. 

• 2008 – US internet ad spending reaches $27.5 billion

• 2008 – The Dow's biggest one-day drop on September 29, 2008 of 778 points (surpassing the first trading day loss after 9/11), after the rejection of the House bailout plan; According to CNN Money, this drop represents an approximate value loss of $1.2 trillion

• 2009 – Google takes measures to mitigate the effects of PageRank sculpting by use of nofollow attribute on links

• 2009 – The future of blogging is customization and life relevancy; After 16 years after inception, LifeStream  is all the buzz as the next generation of social media. Back in the mid 1990’s, the term LifeStream was originally coined by Eric Freeman and David Gelertner at Yale University to describe a cyber diary of one’s life, streaming all of internet activities in one cohesive lifestream. Now about 15 years later, LifeStreaming, an innovative cyber platform combines all of a individual’s internet activities and information onto a unified platform known as a stream. Addins and plugins are created to help the user to “stream his/her life” and are listed as follows:

• 2009 - Advertising Week celebrates it's fifth annual event September 21st - 25th at the Nokia Theatre in New York City

• 2009 - Blogger announced the celebration of its 10th anniversary will include the addition of new features that were requested by its users

October 2009 - Web 2.0 Summit, Co-produced by TechWeb and O’Reilly Media Inc. is being held on October 20 - 22, 2009 in San Francisco, CA at the Westin San Francisco Market Street

• 2010 - Blogger introduced their new templates and redesigned its website. According to the Experiment Garden blog "Critique and Criticism of the New Blogger Post Editor," the new post editor was criticized for being less reliable than its original version created in June 2008

• 2012 - Blogger updates signup process ensuring new users are immediately equipped with a Gmail and Google+ account as soon as their Google account has been registered in addition to all of Google activity streamlined -- Blogger now joins YouTube, Docs, Search, Gmail, and Google+ in getting the updated signup flow.

• 2014 - Latest google analytics blog posts

• 2015 - February 24, 2015, Blogger announced it will no longer allow users as f March to post sexually explicit content (unless the nudity offers "substantial public benefit," for example in "artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts").

• 2015 - February 28, 2015, accounting for severe backlash from long-term bloggers, Blogger reversed its decision on banning sexual content, going back to the previous policy that allowed explicit images and videos if the blog was marked as "adult."

• Other interesting resources:
          --- "What Is Google Blogger (Blogspot) and "What Are Its Pros and Cons"
          --- Wolfgangjaegel, "Rise of the Bloggers - Blogging Statistics 2014"

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If you have any comments about Blogger's Sweet 015, don't hesitate to post your comments. Thanks for visiting and again, "Happy Blog Day to you Blogger!" Note, this article is an update from previous annual posts.

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Happy Sweet 16th to Blogger is part of the "evergreen marketing insighter" series by Gloria Buono-Daly. This post has been updated from the original post published in August 2009. Copyright (C) 2009.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 becomes and G is for Google

In the new Alphabet world at, G is for Google.

As of Monday, August 10, Google has a new name, “Alphabet.”

Who would think that the renamed, reorganized, Google corporation, is officially named after a set of 26 letters in fixed order, “Alphabet.”

Of course, Google remains its own, fine-tuned, Google brand as the internet arm for Search, Advertising, Google Maps, YouTube, Chrome, Android, Google Apps, etc.; However, Google will be owned by the newly created company Alphabet where G = Google. Will C = Calico, F = Fiber, N = Nest, X = Google X, etc. ?

According to a recent blog by Google co-Founder Larry Page,
“What is Alphabet? Alphabet is mostly a collection of companies. The largest of which, of course, is Google. This newer Google is a bit slimmed down, with the companies that are pretty far afield of our main Internet products contained in Alphabet instead … Alphabet is about businesses prospering through strong leaders and independence … For Sergey and me this is a very exciting new chapter in the life of Google -- the birth of Alphabet. We liked the name Alphabet because it means a collection of letters that represent language, one of humanity's most important innovations, and is the core of how we index with Google search!” #GisforGoogle #Alphabet

REORGANIZATION OF GOOGLE – What does this mean?

All of the other venture projects, i.e., Google X (moonshot which includes driverless cars and delivery drones) Calico (biotech research), Nest (smart home projects), Fiber (high-speed internet), Ventures and Capital (investing), once part of Google, will operate under Alphabet as separate entities. Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page have new titles, Alphabet CEO and Alphabet President, respectively.

Google’s new CEO is Sundar Pichai (formerly Larry Page’s deputy), who according to a recent Bloomberg post, is known as the “most powerful man in mobile.” #GisforGoogle #Alphabet

Many leading economists equate this recent Google strategy to Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway business model. Although quite different, (i.e., Google innovative non-consumer product vs. Berkshire Hathaway ordinary consumer products) Berkshire’s Insurance business is the key income generator for Berkshire Hathaway just as Google Search is the key income generator for Alphabet. For the economy it means more jobs including more CEOs for many of Alphabet’s emerging entities, more financing and investment opportunities, and continued technological innovations.

RESTRUCTURING OF GOOGLE STOCK – If you own Google’s stock, what will you do?

Apparently this new stock structure has to do with transparency for Google’s investments and the new Alphabet will make future acquisitions much more seemless than before. Do you think this restructuring will shed an entirely new light to disruptive innovation and turn the markets upside down?

According to the company’s recent SEC filing, Alphabet will gradually replace Google as the publicly traded company on the Nasdaq stock exchange. Therefore all shares of Google will convert to shares of Alphabet and will represent the same amount of shares. This merger will most likely occur sometime later this year. #GisforGoogle #Alphabet

Google SEC Filing, SEC
Google Investor, Google
Google Creates New Company Called Alphabet, Restructures Stock, Bloomberg
Google Investor Relations, Google
How Google Became Alphabet from A to Z, Wired
A New Company Called Alphabet Now Owns Google, Wired
What is Alphabet, Google's new company?, Business Insider becomes and G is for Google is part of the "evergreen marketing insighter" series by Gloria Buono-Daly

Monday, July 27, 2015

Happy 75th B-Day to Bugs Bunny: America's smartest cartoon character

“Eh...What’s up Doc?”
~~ Bugs Bunny

Bugs Bunny’s most famous catchphrase introduced at the debut of cartoon short, “A Wild Hare,” on July 27, 1940

Hard to believe, the world's smartest cartoon character, Bugs Bunny, turns 75 years young today (7/27/15). Bugs was born with the release of cartoon short, "A Wild Hare," directed by Tex Avery, on July 27, 1940.

According to the publication "Bugs Bunny: 50 Years and Only One Grey Hare," Bugs was born in Brooklyn, New York, in a warren under Ebbets Field, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Actually, he was created by many animators and staff, including Tex Avery. According to the late Mel Blanc, the character's original voice actor, Bugs has a Flatbush accent.

A Wild Hare, is the first cartoon where both Elmer Fudd and Bugs are shown in their fully developed forms as hunter and tormentor.

In this cartoon Mel Blanc first uses what would become Bugs' standard voice; this cartoon also marks the first time that Bugs uses his catchphrase, "What's up, Doc?"

Animation historian Joe Adamson deems "A Wild Hare" as the first "official" Bugs Bunny short. The short was a huge success in theaters and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.

Other Resources
A Brief History of Bugs Bunny, Bathroom Reader, Comics & Cartoons on Nov 8, 2010; Bugs Bunny Quotes
Yahoo Voice, The History of Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny at the Symphony (Tour dates - 2012-2013 Listing of Bugs Bunny cartoons in chronological order - The Wild Hare, starring Elmer Fudd, July 27, 1940

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Google celebrates the partnership of NASA and Facebook’s Instagram sneak-peek exploratory Pluto photo

NASA let Facebook-owned Instagram sneak peek Pluto photos and Google celebrates the partnership of NASA and Facebook’s Instagram sneak-peek exploratory Pluto photo with a lovely animated doodle. Pluto’s sneak peek photo on Instagram marks the first time NASA has given social media the first shot, sneak peek to its space exploratory photo.

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft traveled for 9 years, 3 billion miles, at 14km per second (roughly 1.79 miles per second) around Pluto capturing the very first image today (July 13) at 4 p.m. (E.D.T.) at 476,000 miles from Pluto’s surface. The closest and most detailed image was photographed later this morning at 7:49 a.m.

NASA’s live briefing on NASA TV began 8 a.m. today at NASA TV, and the high resolution photo will be posted at with more coverage on NASA TV throughout the day.

NASA also agreed to give Facebook's Instagram, which currently has 300 million users, a head start by allowing it to post the first image 7.a.m. before official release. The NASA Instagram is very popular and has over 3.5 million followers. For decades has been much debate and challenge as to the size of Pluto due to many factors including Pluto's atmosphere. With NASA’s latest New Horizons spacecraft mission the size of Pluto is estimated at 1,473 miles (2,370 kilometers) in diameter, somewhat larger than many prior estimates.

Pluto is the second-most massive direct orbit of the Sun in the Solar System and ninth largest (tenth-most massive) known object directly orbiting the Sun. Eight planets orbit the sun, listed in order closest to the Sun: Mercury,Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune. Once classified as a planet, Pluto, is now classified as a dwarf planet or plutoid.

@NASANewHorizons will be live-tweeting beginning this morning using the hashtag #plutoflyby. Other hashtags include #nasa #pluto #plutoflyby #newhorizons #solarsystem #nasabeyond #science

As of 8:25 a.m, there are currently over 90.5K likes and over 3,500 comments on NASA’s Instagram.

How Big Is Pluto? New Horizons, NASA’s Mission to Pluto
Pluto will send earth a love letter tomorrow, WIRED
Pluto on Wikipedia
The New Horizons Pluto mission is a big deal. Here are 7 reasons why.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Happy 239th Independence Day America! Life is "goodle" with Google's Fourth of July doodle.

“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” ~~ Erma Bombeck, American humorist, reknown suburban home life newapaper columnist chronicling the ordinary life of a midwestern suburban housewife(mid-1960s - late 1990s); Publisher of 15 books, most bestsellers; On patriotism and Independence Day.

Visit this link The Macys 39th fireworks is back to the East River 2nd time in a row and will light up NYC's Brooklyn Bridge (one of the oldest suspension bridges in the US)!
This marks the 2nd time in a row that Macy’s lit up the Brooklyn Bridge with fireworks since July 4, 1995.

Visit this link The best viewing places to see the Macys fireworks are Brooklyn Bridge Park and Brooklyn Heights Promenade according ty
Visit this link Best Places to Watch Fireworks in NYC

For things to do in NYC on July 4th visit the following posts:
Δ Annual Nighttime Walking Tour of Revolutionary War New York as listed on TIMEOUT
Δ Fourth of July in New York City post by NYC TOURIST.
Δ Fourth of July at SkyRoom, Hells Kitchen, NYC
Δ Where to Eat and Drink on July Fourth in NYC

Here's Google's wonderful doodle for this year's Fourth of July!

Happy 239th Independence Day America! Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy and safe one.

However you spend it and whatever you do, please remember to not text while driving or while playing with fireworks. Hard to believe, I swear you can't make this up: This morning on my way home from the Jersey Shore, a lady driver was in her car plucking hairs from her chin on Hope Road before the right turn onto the Garden State Parkway not only during the red light but continuing tweezing even when the light turned green. She must have a hell of a lot of hair on her chin.

Although President Adams's Independence Day prediction was July 2, the actual date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress, from the getgo, Americans celebrated independence on July 4th, which is the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence. Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. This year marks the 238th Anniversary.

Remarkable coincidence is that both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence who later served as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration.

Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but another Founding Father who became a President, James Monroe, died on July 4, 1831, thus becoming the third president in a row who died on this memorable day. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, was born on July 4, 1872, and, so far, is the only President to have been born on Independence Day.

If you happen to be in New York City on July 4th, don't miss Macy's Fourth of July fireworks display on the East River which begins at 9:00pm. This year marks Macy's 39th year celebrating July 4th with fireworks in NYC. More information visit this link at Macys Fireworks return to East River at Brooklyn Bridge!
or go to this Christian Today article about July 4th.
Photos courtesy of unless otherwise indicated.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy 106th Fathers Day America! Sunday, June 21, 2015

"It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father."
~~ Pope John XXIII
(Latin: Ioannes XXIII), born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (Italian pronunciation: [ˈandʒelo dʒuˈzɛppe roŋˈkalli]; 25 November 1881 – 3 June 1963), reigned from 28 October 1958 to his death in 1963. (photo above right, boy with hand-made gift for his dad, courtesy of

"My father could have been a great comedian but he didn't believe that was possible for him. So he made a conservative choice. Instead he got a 'safe job' as an accountant, and when I was 12 years old he was let go from that safe job. Our family had to do whatever we could to survive...I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which, was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love."  
~~ Jim Carrey,
Award winning actor, comedian, children's book author, philanthropist, on how his late father inspired him to follow his dreams. Quote taken from his speech at a recent Maharshi University Management Class of 2014 in Fairfield, Iowa, and received an honorary doctorate for his achievements as a comedian, artist, author, and philanthropist. (Photo,You Tube video screen capture; Full speech at

Happy 106th Fathers Day America! The first Fathers Day celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910 (107 events ago and 106 years ago)? Incidentally either plural (i.e., Fathers) or possessive (i.e., Father's) can be used.

Many countries celebrate it on the third Sunday of June, but it is also celebrated widely on other days.

This year, Google's animated Fathers Day doodle by doodler, Olivia Huynh, intends to characterize the “universality of familial love.” In 2013, Google celebrated Father's Day with an interactive doodle that shows dads in many different roles with simple clicks. Last year, Google's doodle celebrates Father's Day and World Cup with an adorable doodle moustached dad with the letter O.

While I'm at it, I have to share a photo of my Grandfather (Angelo Buono) circa about 1908 with a similar moustache like Google doodle. Born in Naples, Italy my grandmother would tell me stories of how he became an engineer and seeked a better life by immigrating to the U.S. Around 7 years later, 1915, he moved to New York, NY and opened a fruit and produce business on Arthur Avenue, the Bronx's Little Italy. The business stayed in the family for over 80 years (1915 - late 1990's).

Did you know that "Father's Day" was created to complement Mother's Day, a celebration that honors mothers and motherhood. In addition to Father's Day, International Men's Day is celebrated in many countries on November 19 for men and boys who are not fathers.

For those of us whose dads are no longer with us, (an estimate of about 100 million folks in the U.S.A.) and for the many more who still have their dad, there are so many things to do to keep his memory in your heart. Do things that your dad loved and things that brought out the best as well as visiting your dad's friends and family.
(photo left courtesy of

I have so many fond memories as a child with my dad and other family members at the Jersey Shore that I was inspired to write a short story in memory of my dad, “The Painting Ballerina".

The short story (published in 1999) was about a young girl by the sea who with the help of her animal friends, creates a new art form “ paint-dancing.”

Enjoy this article originally written years ago and updated and reprinted a few times in a local Il Progresso about my late dad and his fellow veteran brothers who served WWII with honors.
Besides baseball games, brunch in NYC or a beer cruise in NYC, and DadFests, why not celebrate "Father's Day" by donating to NTEN, a membership organization of nonprofit professionals who put technology to use for their causes. This is great especially for all you digital, tech geeks out there.

What things do (or did) your dad enjoy? Are you planning anything special this Father's Day?

Lovingly and appropriately, I did things that my dad enjoyed this FD weekend -- dining out at fine restaurants with friends and having lots of laughs throughout the event. Here's a few photos posted on Facebook - Ladies Night Out to celebrate birthdays of Helen and Rosann.

Things to do and other resources for Father’s Day:
• Take the Fatherhood Pledge
• 10 Freebies for Father's Day
•'s_Day Father's Day on Wikipedia