I had several requests for the daily correspondence pages that we have been publishing. I was ask if I minded putting them all in correct order and in one spot. I can understand that when I want something I hate digging and hunting for it.
So that is what we are getting ready to do, list all the daily correspondence in the proper order and in one spot. Also after doing that, if we find any beautiful spell pages, we will put them on too. It seems the Printable Spell Page section has been a hit. I am very grateful for that. Personally, I love these pages and have always wanted a place to collect them. And besides, they look great in our BOS.
Now off to work or else we won’t get anything done!
Have a very blessed weekend and please stay warm (it is 3 below here, brrr, to cold to do anything)!
How to Recognize Humour
A Guide for the Genetically Disadvantaged
From Chamber’s English Dictionary (1989 edition):
Humour (Us: Humor) ‘a mental quality which appreciates and delights in the ludicrous or mirthful: that which causes mirth and amusement: playful fancy’
Irony ‘the Socratic method of discussion by professing ignorance: conveyance of meaning (generally satirical) by words whose literal meaning is the opposite.’
Sarcasm ‘a bitter sneer: a satirical remark in scorn or contempt, often but not necessarily ironical’
Brain ‘in vertebrates, that part of the central nervous system that is contained within the skull…intelligence, common sense’
It has recently become apparent that some viewers of the fine website that is The Witches of the Craft have missed out on one of the exciting developments in the evolution of bipedal mammals: the ability to notice when someone is not being entirely serious. Because most of the people behind the website are kind, generous people, who would not say a bad word about anyone, the writing of this article has rather naturally fallen to me.
With the intent of making many lives more wholesome and enjoyable, it is my hope to help you to separate ironic humour articles from hideously idiotic editorials. This is a basic course, however, so don’t get cocky and start reading the transcripts of political speeches.
1) The presence of the word ‘humour.’ One would think that this is an obvious sign, and certainly I think so, but apparently I’m out of step with the world. I blame the stuff they put in the water supply.*
Read the article. Look all over the page. Examine the web address even. If anywhere appears the word ‘humour’ in a label format, you should probably move onto deciding whether the article is funny or not. If you can’t decide on that, please order my new book Is It Funny? retailing at £30.95.
* Shopping trolleys mainly.
2) ‘Tone’ When you read the article, is your first instinct to laugh at how bizarre it is? Congratulations, it’s probably a humour piece! While some people are unintentionally funny, most people have to work hard at it. Come to that, some people have to work hard at basic cognitive functions, but I’m digressing.
3) Content of the rest of the site: Possibly your most useful guide. The most basic point links back to number one: is this article stored within a section labelled as ‘humour’? If you can’t handle the ramifications of this one, please see your doctor immediately and tell him you’re not allowed to reproduce. More time consuming is the examination of the rest of the site. Do all of the pages seem in keeping with the item that originally inflamed your anger? If you think the article encourages an absurdly ‘fluff bunny’ attitude, the intelligent article on controversies within the Pagan community may change your mind. May.
4) Ask the people who run the website whether they’re being serious. This may save you the effort of remembering all those interesting words your dad/uncle/priest used to use when they smelled of domestic bleach, and will save you embarrassment if you ever planned on holding a conversation with representatives of the site.
This concludes the basic guide to spotting humour.
Remember to look out for:
- Convenient label systems.
- Context/accompanying content.
- Hints from the owner of the site that it’s frigging humour.
And if this doesn’t help, frankly we’re going to send the flying monkeys after you.
Article published on The Cauldron
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
2016 February 13
Explanation: Tracks lead to a small robot perched near the top of this bright little planet. Of course, the planet is really the Moon. The robot is the desk-sized Yutu rover, leaving its looming Chang’e 3 lander after a after a mid-December 2013 touch down in the northern Mare Imbrium. The little planet projection is a digitally warped and stitched mosaic of images from the lander’s terrain camera covering 360 by 180 degrees. Ultimately traveling over 100 meters, Yutu came to a halt in January 2014. The lander’s instruments are still working though, after more than two years on the lunar surface.
Moon receding tonight in 2 ways
Tonight – February 13, 2016 – you might or might not see the rather faint constellation Aries and its brightest star, Hamal, to the north of the wide waxing crescent moon. When you see tonight’s moon, you might also enjoy knowing it’s in the part of its orbit that’s carrying it away from Earth. What’s more, over the long course of time, the moon’s mean distance from Earth is increasing as well.
So, in both ways, we have a receding moon on this night!
Like virtually all orbits in space, the moon’s orbit around Earth is not a perfect circle, even though it’s very nearly circular. In February, 2016, the moon sweeps to perigee – its closest point to Earth – on February 11 (364,360 kilometers), and then it swings out to apogee – its farthest point – on February 27 (405,383 km).
In a sense, we can regard the moon as receding from Earth right now, because the moon was at perigee a few days ago, and is now heading for its February 27 apogee.
On the other hand, when astronomers talk about a receding moon, they are usually referring to the moon’s increasing mean distance from Earth.
Yes, it’s true. The moon’s mean distance from Earth is increasing over time.
How do we know? First of all, Edmund Halley’s studies of ancient solar and lunar eclipses suggested the possibility. More recently, Apollo astronauts placed laser reflectors on the moon from 1969 to 1972, which enabled astronomers to measure the moon’s distance with great accuracy since then.
The moon’s mean distance has been found to be increasing at the rate of about 3.8 centimeters (1.5 inches) per year.
Tidal friction with the Earth’s oceans is responsible for this long-term increase of the moon’s distance from Earth. It’s causing the moon to spiral into a more distant orbit. Tidal friction also slows down the Earth’s rotation, lengthening the day by about 1 second every 40,000 years. Hence, the number of days in a year is slowly diminishing over the long course of time.
Simulations suggest that at the time of the moon’s formation some 4.5 billion years ago, the moon was only about 20,000 to 30,000 kilometers (12,000 to 18,000 miles) from Earth. Way back then, Earth’s day might have been only 5 or 6 hours long. That would mean over 1,400 days in one year!
Geologic evidence indicates that much more recently, some 900 million years ago, there were about 480 18-hours days in one year. At that time the moon was about 90% of its present distance from Earth.
In our day and age, the moon’s mean distance is 384,400 kilometers (238,855 miles). Sometime in the distant future, the moon will recede far enough from Earth so that the moon’s disk can no longer completely cover the sun during a solar eclipse. That means total solar eclipses will become a thing of the past.
As you view our companion world tonight, ponder on the rich history and intriguing future of our planet Earth and its wayward moon!
Bottom line: We have a receding moon on the night of February 13, 2016, in two ways. The moon has passed its monthly perigee or closest point, so is now moving farther from Earth again. Over the long course of time, the moon’s mean distance from Earth is also increasing.
Bruce McClure is the chief writer for the popular EarthSky Tonight pages. Since joining EarthSky in 2004, he has written thousands of astronomy articles, enjoyed here by millions. He also writes, gives planetarium shows and hosts a wide assortment of public astronomy programs in and around his home in upstate New York. If you ask an astronomy question on our site, it’s likely to be Bruce that answers it. His love for the heavens has taken him to Lake Titicaca in Bolivia, and he has sailed the North Atlantic, earning his celestial navigation certificate through the School of Ocean Sailing and Navigation. Bruce is also a sundial aficionado. He says his number one passion – besides his wife Alice – is stargazing.
Article published on EarthSky
Your Daily Influences
February 13, 2016
Nine of Pentacles Reversed
A time to proceed with caution. Ventures may falter. Properties and friendships may be at risk.
Dagaz represents the fresh light of a new day. You are close to making a breakthrough. You have the will to change whatever you deem necessary. You may see the world with absolute clarity at this time.
This aspect is influenced by someone you find very attractive. Attraction in many cases is a dangerous thing that often causes more evil than good.
Your Daily Influences represent events and challenges the current day will present for you. They may represent opportunities you should be ready to seize. Or they may forewarn you of problems you may be able to avoid or lessen. Generally it is best to use them as tips to help you manage your day and nothing more.
Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today
Ancestors represents the ongoing influence and remarkable contributions those who came before us have made to our state of being. Ancestors also reminds us that sometimes old wisdom is the best wisdom–especially when events are moving in ways we do not understand. Ancestors can bring comfort to a shaken spirit. It is a card of warmth in the sense that it reminds us that the spirit of past generations remains with us and can be called upon for guidance at any time.
As a daily card, Ancestors suggests that you may be well served to by exploring your family tree to find solutions to current dilemmas. When searching for solutions to conflicts in your life, you might do well by asking yourself what a grandparent or great grandparent would do in your current situation.