Going Above & Beyond


What went through the head
Of the inventor
The great idea
To reward
Mindless crime
With the loss of one’s head

1792: Guillotine first used in France, executes highwayman Nicolas Pelletier

Fun Fact:
During the Reign of Terror (June 1793 to July 1794) about 17,000 people were guillotined. Former King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette were executed at the guillotine in 1793.

What’s in the nature
of our makeup

in all things

1953: Francis Crick and James Watson’s discovery of the double helix structure of DNA is published in “Nature” magazine.

6% doesn’t sound like much
But I think we would all be happier
with an extra 6%

It can be the difference between
5 foot nothing and 6 foot god

1954: Bell labs announces the 1st Solar Battery made from silicon. It has about 6% efficiency.

The great eye in the sky
The peeping Tom
The universal spy

A beacon, icon, & spokesperson
Of our lurid species
Snapping great pics of the naked universe

1990: Hubble space telescope is placed into orbit by space shuttle Discovery.

“All I am is what I am going after.”

B. 1940 Al Pacino

Happy Birthday to the majority of Springfield!

B. 1964 Hank Azaria

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29 thoughts on “Going Above & Beyond

      1. History is written by the victors.
        Watson claimed he didn’t know it was her data when a man (a post-doc, ie dogsbody) from the same lab “shared” it with him – even though he had been in a seminar where she presented it, which included: “The results suggest a helical structure (which must be very closely packed) containing 2, 3 or 4 co‐axial nucleic acid chains per helical unit, and having the phosphate groups near the outside.” This was after she scoffed at his 3-strand, phosphate on the inside, DNA theory when he showed her his earlier proposed structure. And then lo and behold, he and Crick publish a 2 strand theory. Hell hath no fury as a man with his theory scorned…
        Stories like Watson, Crick and Franklin shed a lot of light on the low participation rate of women in science, because the plot is very common, just not usually so “blockbuster”.

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      2. Strangely, I think I know this story. It was with a story written about the woman who wrote the code for the Apollo missions and gave humankind the ability to land on the moon.
        It was part of a series of unappreciated, discredited or cheat women through history.
        I hate being constantly disappointed by my gender. Everywhere I look I see further proof of man’s stubborn, mislaid belief of superiority.

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      1. No worries.
        I know, right!
        The level of detail for the personality a digital character is impressive.
        I know people who have the same programming. The world is filled with Clydes! 🤣

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      2. As character creators, you and I, we know there are always layers and hidden meanings in everything we create. A personal touch for us, the writers.

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      3. You mean tnmt don’t you? 😏
        Bebop is erratic, rapid jazz and rocksteady is an easy dance music. I’m guessing those were their personality traits 🤔
        Right answer?

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      4. Perhaps? And yes tmnt.

        My fav will forever be Michelangelo, since he is a party dude.

        If you think about it, between the music references and the references to classic renaissance painters, the creators of tmnt are pretty awesome.

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      5. None greater than Michelangelo!
        I wonder if the turtles shared the personality traits with their famous counterparts 🤔

        It’s wonderful to think they were teaching beyond the surface level or teamwork, comradery, honour etc

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      6. There’s only one way to find out!

        We need to go all bill and Ted and meet them. Then, we go back to the 80s, make a bunch of pizza, and have a mega marathon of tmnt.


        We play all the tmnt games like turtles in time and the arcade one.

        Only then can we form an educated opinion.

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      7. I like the sound of that!
        Although I think we should probably go early nineties, for dexterity and better pizza.
        Why do I have the feeling that the twist in the script will be me being arrested as a pedo for picking up a child version of myself 🤣

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