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After this week, page 1b will be no more, of no more use since the Eclipse will have come and gone.

According to the map (last one) on page 1b, it looks like the next one to hit the United States will be on October 14, 2023, cutting a swath from Oregon down through Texas.  Hey, that's only 6 years from now.  Of course, there are others in Canada and around the world just in case you're a real eclipse chaser.

But if you're really intent on watching it from your front yard on Monday, August 21st, just remember it starts at around 1:16:42 P.M. so be out there with your solar glasses on and your lawn chairs positioned correctly.  What ever you do, don't ever look directly at the sun without the safety of the solar eclipse glasses.  Real ones should conform to ISO 12312-2 (Filters for Direct Observation of the Sun) and it should say something to that affect somewhere on the frame of the glasses.  There's a log of companies out there creating FAKE ones just to get in on the eclipse craze and they don't really care if you burn out your retinas or not.  Real ones are akin to welders goggles (dark, dark, black) and you can't see a normal light bulb through them.

And since we're not going to be in the zone of totality, never, ever, think "now it's safe to remove them and look at the eclipsed sun."  Remember, we'll still have about 15-20% of the sun shining through.

I've also heard (but it is untested) that you can take short, quick pictures with your smart phone.  How I don't know if you can't see the image on the back of your phone so you really don't know what you're pointed at.  That is, unless you take your eclipse glasses off, but then that's a no-no, isn't it.  Maybe, just take a wild shot in the dark, so to speak!

But don't leave the appiture open for more than just an instant (so I've been told) since it can destroy your phone/camera just like it would your eyes.



August 20, 2017

"Medley: Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)" (commonly called "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In", "The Age of Aquarius" or "Let the Sunshine In") is a medley of two songs written for the 1967 musical Hair by James Rado & Gerome Ragni (lyrics), and Galt MacDermot (music), released as a single by American R&B group The 5th Dimension. The song peaked at number one for six weeks on the US Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart in the spring of 1969. The single topped the American pop charts and was eventually certified platinum in the U.S. by the RIAA. Instrumental backing was written by Bill Holman and provided by session musicians commonly known as the Wrecking Crew. The actual recording is something of a "rarity"; the song was recorded in two cities, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, then mixed together in the studio, afterwards.

The song listed at number 66 on Billboard's "Greatest Songs of All Time".


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