Friday, August 23, 2013
Friday is here! TGIF! Are you ready for the weekend? What will you be reading? Let us know in the comments. Also let us know if you’ve entered our current giveaway.
Some of the writers born August 23rd include:
Sigismund von Herberstein (1486), François Hotman (1524), Stanisław Lubieniecki (1623), William Ernest Henley (1849), Arnold Toynbee (1852), Edgar Lee Masters (1868), István Medgyaszay (1877), Alexander Grin (1880), Will Cuppy (1884), Henry F. Pringle (1897), Nazik Al-Malaika (1922), Ephraim Kishon (1924), Gyula Hernádi (1926), Dick Bruna (1927), Nelson DeMille (1943), Willy Russell (1947), Andrei Pleşu (1948), Charles Busch (1954), Park Chan-wook (1963), Roger Avary (1965), Charley Boorman (1966), Jeremy Schaap (1969), Christian Beranek (1974), and Diamondog (1980).
This day in history
On August 23, 1990, Saddam Hussein appeared on Iraqi state television with a number of Western “guests” (actually hostages) to try to prevent the Gulf War. In an unrelated story, that same exact date is when Tim Bernes-Lee opened the WWW (World Wide Web) to new users.
Each year August 23rd is observed as International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. UNESCO designated this day to memorialize the transatlantic slave trade. The date is significant because, during the night of August 22 to August 23, 1791 on the island of Saint Domingue (now known as Haiti), an uprising began which set forth events which were a major factor in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. UNESCO Member States organize events every year on this date, inviting participation from young people, educators, artists and intellectuals. As part of the goals of the intercultural UNESCO project, “The Slave Route”, it is an opportunity for collective recognition and focus on the “historic causes, the methods and the consequences” of slavery. Additionally, it sets the stage for analysis and dialogue of the interactions which gave rise to the transatlantic trade in human beings between Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean.
Today is Valentino Day which commemorates the death of Rudolf Valentino (or Rudolfo Alfonzo Raffaelo Piero Filibert Guglielmi De Valentina D’Antonguolla) who was a 1920’s film star from movies such as The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, The Sheik, Blood and Sand, The Eagle and Son of the Sheik.
Today is a carefree day to soar above the earth because it is Ride the Wind Day. Catch a ride with the breeze, or float along slowly like a gentle, late summer cloud. Summer will soon be over. Catching the drift of this day is easy. Just relax, and let the wind carry you away in whatever direction it is blowing. Leave your troubles and worries behind for a spell, as you waft in the air. Some great ways to enjoy today include flying in an airplane, flying a kite, parachuting, hang gliding, riding on a motorcycle, sail boating, or getting lost in a book about flying.
Our deal of the day takes you to the sky. The paperback Cruising Attitude: Tales of Crashpads, Crew Drama, and Crazy Passengers at 35,000 Feet by Heather Poole falls into the memoir genre. Amazon gives the following description:
Real-life flight attendant Heather Poole has written a charming and funny insider’s account of life and work in the not-always-friendly skies. Cruising Attitude is a Coffee, Tea, or Me? for the 21st century, as the author parlays her fifteen years of flight experience into a delightful account of crazy airline passengers and crew drama, of overcrowded crashpads in “Crew Gardens” Queens and finding love at 35,000 feet. The popular author of “Galley Gossip,” a weekly column for AOL’s award-winning travel website Gadling.com, Poole not only shares great stories, but also explains the ins and outs of flying, as seen from the flight attendant’s jump seat.
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