Faith and Begorrah! Is it Saint Patrick’s Day already? Shakespeare warned us to beware the ides of March. Apparently he foresaw the mayhem that would accompany the day set aside to honor the patron saint of the emerald isle. We wish you well in your endeavors on this night of revelry. Have fun, tip a pint or two and don your greenest greens. We’re all a little Irish today. Remember to be careful out there, and please be kind to your fellow Fenians. We’ve compiled a play list of old classics and modern traditionals and paired them with quotes about Ireland and some wisdom from its shores. We think they'll go well with a Guinness. Sláinte!
1. Raise A Glass To St. Patrick – The Irish Rovers
“May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.“
- Irish blessing
2. Last Ones Standing – Ceann
“The heart of an Irishman is nothing but his imagination.”
- George Bernard Shaw
3. Whiskey, You’re The Devil – The Clancy Brothers
“Drink is the curse of the land.
It makes you fight with your neighbor.
It makes you shoot at your landlord,
and it makes you miss him.”
- Irish proverb
4. Danny Boy – Eva Cassidy
“The Ireland I now inhabit is one that these Irish contemporaries have helped to imagine.”
- Seamus Heaney
This Saturday (3.14.15) marks the most spot-on Pi Day celebration of the century. Exactly 53 seconds after our clocks roll to 9:26 AM (3/14/15 at 9:26:53), the time will reflect the value of Pi to nine digits. Oh, and it’s also Einstein’s birthday. Math geeks of the world, divide and conquer! Or be fruitful and multiply! At least eat some pie for breakfast.
Any hat seller worth his/her salt knows what a helpful friend Archimedes unleashed upon us when he approximated the value of Pi in the third century BCE. We calculate hat size by measuring the circumference of the head, dividing the result by Pi and rounding it up to an eighth of an inch. Pi was in use long before Archimedes and has since been calculated out to more than a trillion digits. We only use the first three to calculate hat size, so Archimedes is good enough for us.
So, what can Pi do for you, you ask? Well, if you need to figure out the height of an elephant, you (carefully) measure the diameter of its foot and multiply the result by two. Then multiply that result by Pi. Boom! You know whether your elephant is tall enough to carry out your nefarious plot. If you don’t happen to have any unmeasured elephants at your disposal, you could calculate a circle the size of the entire known universe down to a proton using only the first 39 digits of Pi. Then all you have to do is find a use for that amazing bit of information. Pi is awesome. It’s employed in harmonic motion theory, superstring equations and in birthday boy Albert Einstein's gravitational theory. Making a play list in its honor is the least we could do. Except for not making a play list in its honor, of course. Math geeks are always so literal. Here are some songs for Pi Day, paired with some quotes from the immortal Dr. Einstein. We wish you infinite enjoyment. (As always, you can listen to the Play List on Spotify player at the bottom of this page, and enjoy some bonus songs we included).
1. A Song About Pi – Lucy Kaplansky
“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”
2. Pi Day – Chartreuse Boys
“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”
3. American Pie – Don McLean
“When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity.”
We were going to write about the Oscars this week -- kicking it off with Everything Is Awesome, wrapping it up with the statue-winning Glory, and having some fun at the expense of Adele Dazeem and last week's Play List hero Glom Gozingo. Maybe we'd have engaged in a brief discussion about Common’s real name (Lonnie Lynn -- who knew?).
But, instead, we got sidetracked by a surprising fact: today is the birthday of one Mr. Jack Handey, genius writer of Deep Thoughts, among other things. Having assumed he was a figment of the imagination of the brilliant Phil Hartman, who voiced the intro for the recurring bit on Saturday Night Live, it was thrilling to discover that Jack Handey is real, still living among us, and still penning humorous thoughts and observations. Now that we know he’s a real person, we have a new hero to salute. Happy Birthday, Jack Handey. We hope you get your kryptonite cross this year and keep cranking out the humor for another sixty-six years. Here are a handful of our favorite Deep Thoughts for you to enjoy with some thematically-paired songs.
“Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.“
1. Walk A Mile – Holly Golightly
“Dad always thought laughter was the best medicine, which I guess is why several of us died of tuberculosis.”
2. Bad Medicine – Bon Jovi
“If God dwells inside us, like some people say, I sure hope He like enchiladas, because that's what He's getting! “
3. The Whole Enchilada – Keb Mo
Want to hear something weird? Fifty one years ago today, the first Church of Scientology was founded in California. On that very same day, famous Scientologist John Joseph Travolta was born in Englewood, New Jersey. It must seem pretty cool to know that you are the exact same age as your religion, assuming that’s how Travolta views of his membership in Scientology. Apparently not all Scientologists do. We aren’t going to pass judgment on L. Ron Hubbard’s creation or those who subscribe to his teachings. We just thought the coincidence was too weird to let pass unremarked upon. Now that we’ve done our remarking, we leave you with these songs inspired by Scientology or created by Scientologists along with some quotes attributed to Lafayette Ronald Hubbard himself. Happy birthday, Vincent Vega.
1. The Way That It Began – Children’s Scientology Pageant
“A science is something which is constructed from truth on workable axioms. There are 55 axioms in scientology which are very demonstrably true, and on these can be constructed a great deal.”
2. You’re The One That I Want – John Travolta and Olivia Newton John
“There were very, very large sums of money that I made when I was very young - 15 million published works and a great many successful movies don't make nothin'.”
3. The Show – Doug E Fresh
“Scientology is the study of knowingness. It increases one's knowingness, but if a man were totally aware of what was going on around him, he would find it relatively simple to handle any outnesses in that.”
Among our many local lovelies in store for you and your Valentine(s), we want to tell you about two must haves: Double Premium Confections, hand-crafted, beautifully-packaged, fresh and all natural ... and delicious. And: Paper Love, a fascinating, captivating tale of author Sarah Wildman's search for her grandfather's lost love. We're delighted to invite you to meet Sarah on Thursday the 12th ...Read More
Don't know about you, but we love watching seeds turn into full-blown plants. Come these gloomy winter days when spring seems sooo far away. .. well, "love" might not accurately depict things; it's more a giddy obsession. We rush to check the seedlings every morning ... and evening ... and several times in between. Can nature really be so magical? Can tiny specks truly become beautiful herbs pretty much right before watching eyes? YES + YES = Spring Will Come Again.
Come, enjoy/obsess with us! We planted this awesome new self-watering Modern Sprout herb sack today, so check back here (and on instagram) to watch the magic unfold.Read More