31 Day of Halloween Horror
Back before my body betrayed me and I find it hard to gather the strength to party like I use to, I made a big deal out of Halloween. So this year I decided to take a clue from SYFY channel and do my own 31 Days of Halloween Horror. This will be easy to share because I do a daily blog. I will post everyday what movie I will be watching that night, so you can join the fun or just see what craziness I’m up to. Here is my first installment:
1. Night of the Living Dead
International Day for the Elderly
In 1990, the United Nations General Assembly designated October 1st as the International Day for the Elderly, also known as the "International Day for Older Persons". The holiday is the result of the UN World Assembly on Aging which was formed in 1982 to explore and tend to the needs of the elderly in the world.
Did you Know? According to the United Nations, "one of every 10 persons is now 60 years or older. By the year 2050, one of five will be 60 years or older; by 2150, it will be one of three persons".
Picture postcards make super souvenirs for travelers, as well as scrapbook entries and cheery greetings. What's more, postcards may usually be mailed with cheaper stamps than standard letters. Postcards may be silly or scenic, artistic or photographic.
According to letter lore, the first postcard was sent on this date in 1869, departing from a postal office in Vienna, Austria. Celebrate Postcard Day by writing and mailing one of these miniature missives to someone special on October 1st.
World Vegetarian Day
Of course, October 1st is also World Vegetarian Day. Although this non-carnivorous celebration was not established by international decree, the holiday has served (since the 1970s) as a reminder for all of us to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. On this date, vegetarian (and vegan) groups annually hold picnics and potlucks, to which attendees bring meatless dishes to share.
CD Player Day
1982: Sony starts selling the first CD players to the public. Change is in the air.
Once upon a time cassettes were the preferred method of storing music. These mighty rectangles of plastic and magnetic tape allowed for easy recording, flaunted ample capacities, and were effortlessly portable. (If you weren’t worried about portability, there was still the reliable LP vinyl phonograph disc.)
Tapes easily wore out after repeated use, they were prone to kraken-like tangles, and audio fidelity was about as sharp as a bowling ball. By the mid ’70s electronics behemoth Sony was eager to replace cassettes with a high-quality digital format.
The firm demoed an optical digital-audio disc in 1978 that could hold 2½ hours of music with 16-bit linear resolution and cross-interleaved error-correction code. Sony used this optical disc as a template, and four years later released the very first commercial compact disc player.
The CDP-101 did not come cheap nor did it come svelte. Early adopters had to part ways with the equivalent of $2,200 in today’s ducats for a single 14 x 5 x 12½-inch unit. Worse yet, the CD player’s media library was pathetic. At launch a mere 113 albums were available for purchase.
Compact discs themselves were not exactly inexpensive either. A single album sold for around $33 to $45 in today’s currency.
But that didn’t stop folks from buying in. Classical music snobs and serious audiophiles went gaga for the stratospheric increase in sonic quality that came with the compact disc.
Mozart and Beethoven were some of the first artists on CD, and the ability to fit Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on a single disc at least partly determined the CD’s capacity. Some classical fans complained of tininess or excessive crispness in the sound mix, but that eventually faded away as audio engineers learned how to optimize quality in the new medium.
Sony sold 20,000 CDP-101s by the end of 1982. Less than a year later digital music exploded like a Michael Bay film. CBS records issued 16 new titles on CD in March of 1983.
In 1985, the Dire Straits album, Brothers in Arms would be the first CD to sell over a million copies. More than 400 million CDs were produced in 1988 by some 50 factories scattered around the world.
Compact discs were thought of as the heir apparent to both cassettes and vinyl. It turns out the format would also pave a binary-coded road for almost all forms of digital media we use today. Everything from CD-ROMs to Blu-rays to USB sticks to MP3s — which in their own turn essentially killed the CD format — can all trace their lineage back to the success of the CDP-101.
National Fire Pup Day
Check out the FirePup Program. The National Fire Safety Council is a non-profit; federally tax-exempt organization that works with paid and volunteer fire departments to provide fire safety educational materials to public and private schools. Simply request materials from your local fire department. This is a great way for parents and teachers to expose their Pre-K to 6Th grade students to the importance of fire safety.
Check and replace the batteries in your smoke detector. The National Fire Prevention Association says people with operating smoke detectors are 50% less likely to die in a reported fire. Also, check the expiration date on any fire extinguishers you are dependent on in the event a fire starts. For businesses, some states require that the extinguishers are inspected annually. While you are at it, send out a text, Tweet, or Facebook message to your friends and family about the importance of checking their prevention devices. Remember elderly neighbors that may not be able to reach their smoke detectors to check or change the batteries.
National Homemade Cookie Day
While the origins of this particular food holiday are unknown, now is the perfect excuse to whip up a batch of your family’s favorite treat. And with cooler weather on the way, nothing smells more inviting than fresh cookies baking in the oven. Who can resist biting into a warm and delicious, homemade cookie just like grandma used to make? Whether you prefer yours soft and chewy or crispy and crunchy, there is nothing like a homemade cookie to satisfy your sweet tooth.
So in honor of Homemade Cookies Day, put away the scale and enjoy a help yourself to a heapin’ helping of homemade cookies.
Magic Circles Day
The Magic Circle was founded on October 1st 1905 after a meeting of 23 amateur and professional magicians at London's Pinoli's Restaurant. At this founders meeting, chaired by Servais Le Roy, those present decided upon the name of the Society — it was initially felt that the name of the Society should be the Martin Chapender Club, in memory of the noted performer, and founding member, who had recently died at the age of twenty-five. However, it was then agreed that the name "Magic Circle" would be more appropriate and that this name shared the same initials as those of Martin Chapender. The first official meeting was at the Green Man public house in Soho, but meetings were later in a room at St George's Hall in Langham Place, where David Devant and John Nevil Maskelyne were regularly seen performing.
Devant became the first president of The Magic Circle, and in 1906, Maskelyne edited the first issue of The Magic Circle Magazine, a regular feature for members ever since. The Magic Circular claims to be the longest running regular magic magazine in conjuring history.
The club was male-only until 1991, when more than 75% of members voted to admit women. There are around eighty female members of The Magic Circle, including Paul Daniels' wife, Debbie McGee.
National Lace Day
Lace is an openwork fabric, patterned with open holes in the work, made by machine or by hand. The holes can be formed via removal of threads or cloth from a previously woven fabric, but more often open spaces are created as part of the lace fabric. Lace-making is an ancient craft. True lace was not made until the late 15th and early 16th centuries. A true lace is created when a thread is looped, twisted or braided to other threads independently from a backing fabric.
Originally linen, silk, gold, or silver threads were used. Now lace is often made with cotton thread, although linen and silk threads are still available. Manufactured lace may be made of synthetic fiber. A few modern artists make lace with a fine copper or silver wire instead of thread.