epa (environmental protection agency) administrator scott pruit, is spending nearly $25,000 to construct a secure, soundproof communications booth for his office, according to government contracting records. he signed a $24,570 contract earlier this summer with acoustical solutions, a eichmond-based company, for a “privacy booth for the administrator.” he sought a customized version — one that eventually would cost several times more than a typical model — that he can use to communicate privately.
when i read this i could not help but be reminded of
* ‘the cone of silence’ from the 1960’s spy comedy, ‘get smart,’
one of my all-time favorite shows.
except that this time it’s real.
*The Cone of Silence is one of many recurring joke devices from Get Smart, an American comedy television series of the 1960s about an inept spy. The essence of the joke is that the apparatus, designed for secret conversations, makes it impossible for those inside the device – and easy for those outside the device – to hear the conversation. The end result being neither secret nor communication.
In popular culture, “cone of silence” is a slang phrase meaning that the speaker wishes to keep the indicated information secret and that the conversation should not be repeated to anyone not currently present. For example: “We aren’t inviting Cindy and her boyfriend to the movies because they embarrass us, but keep that in the cone of silence.”
“to silence criticism is to silence freedom.”
credits: nbc television, cbs television, wikipedia, @alt national park service
when i went into the post office to mail something and buy stamps
i was approached in line
by a postal worker who tried to help out and save me time
by offering me stamps
“i have some pretty flowers or american flags available.”
i must appear to be a feminine and/or patriotic gardener
it was a nice gesture but i chose to wait a minute and select my own
when i made it to counter and the postal worker opened her book
she offered me hearts and flowers
(is it my lavender body lotion?)
i asked to look through the book and chose the two above –
jimi hendrix and jfk
she looked at me, nodded, saying
interesting does not even begin to describe them.
“genius is essentially creative;
it bears the stamp of the individual who possesses it.”
-madame de stael
(my glamour shot after returning from the salon and in full singing mode)
i love that my class
that i am not a top notch singer
they are the best audience ever
very non-judgmental and accepting
as i belt out my tunes
and try to get them on board
i often improvise my own lyrics
when i only know part of them
think of something i’d like to add
many times accidentally
creating my own key
it’s all about the gusto
and not so much the skill.
“music in the soul can be heard by the universe. “
fall is only ‘fall’ to americans, even though the term was coined in britain.
what do you call the picking of ripe sweet potatoes, apples, squash and pumpkins?
that was the word used until the 1300s to describe the next few months of weather.
because “harvest” also meant the gathering of ripe crops, when the word “autumn” showed up in english writing, its popularity soared.
some time after, poets coined the phrase “the fall of leaves” — shortened to “fall” in the 1600s.
the word “autumn” still remained popular throughout england’s period of colonizing the world.
the lack of consistent communication between the english and the people in the american colonies led to differences in the language.
by the mid-1800s, the word “fall” had firmly rooted itself in america.
and apparently something was again lost in translation
when communicating with mother nature
as yesterday was the official first day of
and our temps in michigan were in the 90s.
(photo: fuller park, ann arbor, mi, usa)
credit: cnn news