June 16, 2017

June 16, Bloomsday

Bloomsday is a commemoration observed annually on June 16 to celebrate the life of Irish writer James Joyce and relive the events in his novel Ulysses, all of which took place on that day in Dublin in 1904.  The name derives from Leopold Bloom, the protagonist of Ulysses. Bloomsday has grown to unforeseen heights.

In Dublin, hard-core devotees have been known to hold marathon readings of the entire novel. On the Sunday before Bloomsday 2004 (the 100 year anniversary of the fictional events of the novel) 10,000 people in Dublin were treated to a free, open-air, full Irish breakfast consisting of sausages, rashers, toast, beans, and black and white pudding.

In 2011 in Ulysses met Twitter and the entire text was tweeted 140 characters at a time. The copyright on Joyce’s works in the European Union expired at the close of 201and Joyce’s writing moved into the public domain. Ulysses is available for download from the Guttenburg Project, the free online depository of books in the public domain and an audio version is available from Librivox, also free.



June 11, 2017

On June 11, 1936 The International Surrealist Exhibition opened in London. The exhibit, which ran until July 4 of the same year, was attended by approximately 2,000 people /day. 390 paintings, sculptures, and drawings were displayed by 58 artists from 14 countries.

A series of lectures were also offered during the course of the show, the most famous being the one in which Salvador Dalí nearly suffocated in a deep sea diving suit.

This image appears on the cover of the September 1936 issue of the Surrealist Bulletin, showing the opening performance by Sheila Legge in Trafalgar Square wearing  a white wedding dress and her head completely obscured by a flower arrangement.

Source: http://www.flashpointmag.com/British_Surrealism_1.htm retrieved June 11, 2017

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May 29, 2017

May 29 is World Digestive Health Day. It is sponsored by the World Gastroenterology Organisation, an international federation of over 100 national GI societies and 4 regional associations which represent over 50,000 individual members.

Founded in 1935, WGO is focused on “the improvement of standards in gastroenterology training and education on a global scale.

This delightful image of the human microbiome was provided by Gut Microbiota for Health and if you want some really interesting reading you should visit their site.


May 28, 2017

“May 28 is Menstrual Hygiene Day, an annual awareness day that aims to break taboos and raise awareness about the importance of good menstrual hygiene management (MHM) for women and adolescent girls worldwide.

t was initiated by the German-based NGO WASH United in 2014. Menstrual Hygiene Day has received the support of over 270 global partners who are committed to making good menstrual health and hygiene a priority worldwide.

The day complements other important days of the year in relationship to sanitation and hygiene such as 15 October for Global Handwashing Day or 19 November for World Toilet Day.

May 28 was chosen for its symbolism since May is the 5th month of the year and most women average 5 days every month and their cycle is approximately 28 days.”

This post is quoted from Wikipedia.

This logo for Menstrual Hygiene Day was created by WASH United and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.


May 26, 2017

The first 24 Hours of Le Mans (French: 24 Heures du Mans) was held May 26, 1923. It is the world’s oldest active sports car endurance race held annually near the town of LeMans, France. It is one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world and is often called the “Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency”. The event represents one leg of the Triple Crown of Motorsport, the other events being the Indianapolis 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix.

This track map was created by Will Pittenger and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. You can see more of his stuff here. http://wlps-ge-stuff.ucoz.com/


May 25, 2017

May 25, Towel Day

Towel Day is celebrated every year on 25 May as a tribute to Douglas Adams. The commemoration was first held 25 May 2001, two weeks after Adams’ death. Some fans registered the domain name http://www.towelday.org and it was an immediate success.

In May 2010 an online petition was created asking Google to recognize Towel Day with either a Google Doodle or by returning search results in the Vogon language for a day. Although 5,373 signatures were collected Google has not done either, as far as I can tell.

On Towel Day 2015, astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti sent a “Towel Day Greeting” and read aloud a sample from The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy from the International Space Station.

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May 24, 2017

Calling all library buffs. On May 24, 1597 Leiden University Library (The Netherlands) produced “Nomenclature” the first printed catalog of an institutional library. For those of us who love lists and organizational schemes, it is the precursor of Wikipedia (and other similar repositories of knowledge) from which this article has been summarized.

For what it’s worth, a “nomenclator,” in classical times, was a slave whose duty was to recall the names of persons his master met during a political campaign. However, it has taken on several other meanings and also refers to a book containing collections or lists of words.

This image is a photographic reproduction of Willem Blaeu’s 1649 woodcut of the Leiden University Library, a work in the public domain.