Thursday, October 30, 2014

Longhorn chicks were hot 70 years ago

In the 2014 premier issue of Austin Way, an article by Jane Kellogg Murray highlights women at the University of Texas during the World War 2. In the article, she discusses how the university actively recruited women to keep the school afloat. You can see the rest of her article HERE.

One thing is for sure, the women in this photograph are beyond hot.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014


I recently used the word "umpteenth" to describe something to my son's mother. It's a word I rarely use, but it got me thinking as to whether this word was actually a word or if it's just jargon.

Well, according to, "umpteen" is a word and it means "very many." It's a word often used informally to describe something that is occurring in large but unspecified quantities.

The word "umpteen" was first used in 1918 and it derives from the word "umpty," which was first used in 1905. Umpty was originally the Morse code slang for "dash."

Source: Wikipedia,,

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Babies in gas masks

There's been a lot of fear going around because of Ebola. The fear is more spurred because we don't know how exactly one gets Ebola. The only thing we know is that Ebola kills.

According to news agencies, the sale of gas mask and protective suits have increased in the past few weeks because of the fear of Ebola. You can see the articles HERE and HERE.

I came across a picture on Twitter of nurses carrying babies in gas masks. The photo was taken during the 1940s when Germany was bombing London. The British government issued millions of gas masks to its citizens in case German planes would drop gas bombs.

But would gas masks or hazmat suits protect a person from getting Ebola?  Craig Spencer followed Doctors Without Borders' strict procedures while treating Ebola patients, meaning he wore a hazmat suit. Yet, he still got Ebola.

Rather than invest in hazmat suits and gas masks, perhaps we should focus all our resources in finding a cure and mass produce the serum.


Monday, October 27, 2014

CollegeHumor gives us a peek into "Second Puberty"

Yep, I remember turning 30. I'm two years away from 40 and I am frightful.

College Humor YouTube Channel

Photo: Seriously Playing Minecraft

Photo taken on October 18, 2014 using the iPhone 5S.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Francisco Goya

Art Appreciation

I came across a great article in the October 27, 2014 issue of TIME Magazine that previewed the exhibition by artist Francisco Goya at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

The article started by making a comparison of the 18th Century Goya with the 20th Century Alfred Hitchcock--both liked to put themselves into their creations. The article further provides a history of Goya and even evaluates some of his paintings.

The Spanish romantic painter Francisco Goya was born on March 30, 1746. He is best recognized as the Spanish royal court's artist who painted kings and queens and dukes and duchesses, such as Charles IV and the Duchess of Alba.
You can read more of his interesting biography HERE and view his amazing paintings HERE.

Goya's exhibition runs until January 19, 2015. For more information, visit

Self-portrait with Doctor Arrieta (1820) via commons.wikimedia

Duchess of Alba (1797) via venetianred

The Naked Maja via

Lacayo, Richard. Only Goya: A retrospective for the Spanish master who saw things in the dark. TIME Magazine, October 27, 2014, p. 48.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

5th Game of the Fall Season

The fifth game of the fall season was played on a beautiful October day. The game was against a more experienced team, but that didn't prevent our boys from playing hard.

Both sets of grandparents attended the game, which made our son more eager to play harder. And he did play hard. Whereas, in the past, my son would gamble for a walk to first base, he attacked each pitch that came close to the batter's box.

He did hit the ball the two times he went up to bat, but was tagged out at first. He did manage on the last hit to bring a runner home, which earned him an RBI.

His stats so far:

Game 1: PA: 2 AB: 2 BB: 0 SO/K: 0 H: 2 SB: 4 R: 2 RBI: 0
Game 2: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 2 R: 0 RBI: 1
Game 3: PA: 1 AB: 0 BB: 0 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0 RBI: 0
Game 4: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 0 SO/K: 1 H: 1 SB: 2 R: 1 RBI: 0
Game 5: PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 0 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0 RBI: 1
Total:     PA: 9 AB: 4 BB: 1 SO/K: 1 H: 3 SB: 4 R: 3 RBI: 2