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.
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