It’s also Veteran’s Day: the 102nd anniversary of the Armistice of World War I. Google commemorates that with a Doodle (click on screenshot). It’s a federal holiday, which means my life doesn’t change at all except I don’t get mail.
The Doodle above was constructed by Jenn Hassin (an Air Force veteran) from actual military uniforms (it does read “Google”):
Specifically, the Doodle is made from ten different uniforms of varying age from multiple branches of the US military including the Navy, Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. These uniforms were deconstructed and made into a kind of paper, then ultimately rolled and arranged in the way you see it today.
My artistic process revolves around transformations. For this project, I first transformed military uniforms into soft cotton rag paper, then rolled the paper into spirals as a symbol for life. One aspect of military service that I’ve found is a common thread amongst my peers is that our time in uniform transforms us in one way or another, and I hope that comes across.
Another example of symbolism in this Veterans Day Doodle is in the colors used. Except the patriotic red and white used for the star and stripes, all of the colors used are normal hues of various US military uniforms.
The artist and her creation:
Here’s a summary of the World-War-I-related holidays today:
- Armistice Day (New Zealand, France, Belgium and Serbia)
- National Independence Day (Poland), commemorates the anniversary of Poland’s assumption of independent statehood in 1918
- Remembrance Day (United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Nations, including Australia and Canada)
- Veterans Day, called Armistice Day until 1954, when it was rededicated to honor American military (Army, Navy, Marine, and Air Force) veterans. (United States)
In Japan, it’s Pocky & Pretz Day. (These are Japanese stick-shaped snacks.)
News of the Day:
The constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act is being weighed by the U.S. Supreme Court. Surprisingly, at least to me, the Court’s questions yesterday signaled that the Justices are not eager to overturn the ACA.
In other news, Franco is still dead, and Trump (now supported by “Secretary of State” Mike Pompeo) is still refusing to concede. This denies Biden access to certain documents, like the President’s daily briefing, that he’d have if Trump condeded
A postal worker in Pennsylvania whose allegations of ballot tampering has been widely cited by Republicans as fraud has admitted that he made up the allegation:
But on Monday, Hopkins, 32, told investigators from the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General that the allegations were not true, and he signed an affidavit recanting his claims, according to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe an ongoing investigation. Democrats on the House Oversight Committee tweeted late Tuesday that the “whistleblower completely RECANTED.”
What does it sound like in the deep sea, and why should we care? The NYT has a good article on the issue, and links to a collection of “Soundcloud” recordings that show it can be damn noisy down there.
Finally, today’s reported Covid-19 death toll in the U.S. is 240,241, a big increase of about 1,400 from yesterday’s figure. The world death toll is 1,281,161, a big increase of about 10,600 over yesterday’s report. The second wave is here with a vengeance.
Stuff that happened on November 11 includes:
Here’s a photo of it, labeled as “Remnant of SN 1572 as seen in X-ray light from the Chandra X-ray Observatory.”
While the original document doesn’t exist, establishing a self-governed colony (under fealty to the British), here’s a transcript by William Bradford:
- 1675 – Gottfried Leibniz demonstrates integral calculus for the first time to find the area under the graph of y = ƒ(x).
Here’s a summary of what looks like calculus from Leibniz’s notebooks:
- 1750 – The F.H.C. Society, also known as the Flat Hat Club, is formed at Raleigh Tavern, Williamsburg, Virginia. It is the first college fraternity.
- 1831 – In Jerusalem, Virginia, Nat Turner is hanged after inciting a violent slave uprising.
- 1880 – Australian bushranger Ned Kelly is hanged at Melbourne Gaol.
Here’s a Wikipedia photo of the brigand with the caption, “Kelly on 10 November 1880, the day before his execution. The photo was taken by renowned photographer Charles Nettleton.”
- 1918 – World War I: Germany signs an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad car in the forest of Compiègne.
And here’s a photo taken right after the signing, labeled by Wikipedia as “taken after reaching agreement for the armistice that ended World War I. This is Ferdinand Foch‘s own railway carriage in the Forest of Compiègne. Foch’s chief of staff Maxime Weygand is second from left. Third from the left is the senior British representative, Sir Rosslyn Wemyss. Foch is second from the right. On the right is Admiral George Hope.” Hitler insisted that the same car be used for the surrender of the French to the Germans in June, 1940. The car was later destroyed by the SS.
- 1923 – Adolf Hitler was arrested in Munich for high treason for his role in the Beer Hall Putsch.
- 1926 – The United States Numbered Highway System is established.
- 1930 – Patent number US1781541 is awarded to Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd for their invention, the Einstein refrigerator.
- 1992 – The General Synod of the Church of England votes to allow women to become priests.
Notables born on this day include:
- 1493 – Paracelsus, Swiss-German physician, botanist, astrologer, and occultist (d. 1541)
- 1821 – Fyodor Dostoevsky, Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, and philosopher (d. 1881)
Here’s a photo of Dostoyevsky hanging on the wall of his apartment in St. Petersburg, which I visited in July, 2011. I’m not sure if it’s his autograph, and, if so, a real one rather than a reproduction:
Here’s a nice Vuillard, “Théodore Duret” (1912). The cat is just ok: it has weird eyes.
Omar Bradley, Ike, and Patton in Bastogne, Belgium, 1945. When we lived in Germany, my father drove us to Bastogne just so he could see the place where General McAuliffe said “Nuts” as a response to a German order to surrender during the Battle of the Bulge (1944). (Did he really say “Nüsse”?)
- 1904 – Alger Hiss, American lawyer and convicted spy (d. 1996)
- 1922 – Kurt Vonnegut, American novelist, short story writer, and essayist (d. 2007)
Here’s Vonnegut during WWII; he was a prisoner of war, forced to work in a factory making malt syrup for pregnant women, an experience that gave rise to his fantastic book Slaughterhouse-Five”. After the war, he attended the University of Chicago, majoring in anthropology, but didn’t graduate.
- 1962 – Demi Moore, American actress, director, and producer
- 1964 – Calista Flockhart, American actress
- 1974 – Leonardo DiCaprio, American actor and producer
Those who snuffed it on November 11 include:
- 1831 – Nat Turner, American slave and rebel leader (b. 1800)
- 1855 – Søren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher, author, and poet (b. 1813)
- 1880 – Ned Kelly, Australian criminal (b. 1855)
- 1945 – Jerome Kern, American composer (b. 1885)
- 1972 – Berry Oakley, American bass player (b. 1948)
- 2004 – Yasser Arafat, Palestinian engineer and politician, 1st President of the Palestinian National Authority, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1929)
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili’s evincing her usual pessimism:
Hili: I do not have any doubts.A: About which subject?Hili: About everything looking very bad.
Hili: Nie mam żadnych wątpliwości.Ja: Na jaki temat?Hili: Że to wszystko bardzo źle wygląda.
Paulina took some photos of Kitten Kulka, who’s starting (save for her gold eyes) to look more and more like Hili:
From Jesus of the Day: How to turn your hands into hooves:
Good morning. pic.twitter.com/IxIdKnFEzy
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 9, 2020
From Ginger K.:
This station didn’t lose a dime. pic.twitter.com/hyHglD2gJH
— Answers in Rocks (@rkdoctr) November 9, 2020
From reader Ken, who says “Jesus Christ, at least one Trump cabinet member will do anything to stay on Dear Leader’s good side. Pompeo is a fascist at heart.”
Pompeo said Tuesday there will be a “smooth transition to a second Trump administration.”
— Bloomberg (@business) November 10, 2020
And this first tweet from Matthew reflects Uncle Joe’s view of Pompeo:
“Secretary of State Pompeo (disbelieving snicker)”
The President-Elect @JoeBiden with one of the most economical burns of all-time.
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) November 10, 2020
Oopsie on this one!
Tfw you tweet from the wrong account pic.twitter.com/kH4yOzNuWQ
— Eyes on the Right (@EyesOnTheRight) November 10, 2020
File under “I did not know that” (viz., Johnny Carson)
Haley L. Yorke, a tarantula researcher at the University of Guelph (@uofg), said:
— ⭐Nereide🪐 (@Nereide) November 10, 2020
I’m slowly winding down on Trump-related tweets, as we don’t want to remember the guy, but here are a couple:
Yet more presidential, statesmanlike and grown-up behaviour: Benjamin Netanyahu publicly congratulated Biden on winning so Trump has unfollowed him on Twitter.
— Stephen Mangan (@StephenMangan) November 9, 2020
Watch Fox News cut away from Press Sec. McEnany: pic.twitter.com/SwW9cq9bJI
— The Recount (@therecount) November 9, 2020