Daily Update: Saturday, September 12th, 2015

Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today is the Optional Memorial of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and is also the birthday of Richard’s nephew Spike, the son of his Brother here in town (1969).

The Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary began in 1513 as a local celebration in Cuenca, Spain, celebrated on September 15. In 1587 Pope Sixtus V moved the celebration to September 17. Pope Gregory XV extended the celebration to the Archdiocese of Toledo in 1622. In 1666 the Discalced Carmelites received the faculty to recite the Office of the Name of Mary four times a year, and in 1671 the feast was extended to the whole Kingdom of Spain. Before the Battle of Vienna in 1683, John III Sobieski placed his troops under the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the following year, to celebrate the victory, Pope Innocent XI inserted the feast in the General Roman Calendar, assigning to it the Sunday within the octave of the Nativity of Mary (8-15 September). In the reform of Pope Pius X (died 1914) the liturgy of the Sundays, which previously had been generally replaced by celebrations of saints, was restored to prominence. The celebration of the Holy Name of Mary was therefore moved to September 12. Later in the same century the feast was removed from the General Roman Calendar in 1969, as something of a duplication of the September 8 feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, but it did not cease to be a recognized feast of the Roman Rite, being mentioned in the Roman Martyrology on September 12. The 2002 typical edition of the Roman Missal restored the celebration to the General Roman Calendar. Today is also the birthday of Richard’s nephew Spike; his name is Murphy Michael, after his father, but his father is Slug within the family, so he is Spike within the family (1969).

I neglected to mention in Friday’s Daily Update that I had received a phone call from the Clinic reminding me of my appointment to have blood drawn on Monday after work for lab work ahead of my September 24th appointment with my Renal Specialist.

Richard brought in the flag that I had put out for 9/11 before we left for work. At the Pre-Shift Meeting Richard won a $10.00 meal comp. When we got out to the casino floor Richard was on Macau Mini Baccarat; when they closed that table, Richard moved over to regular Mini Baccarat. Meanwhile, I spent the day on Four Card Poker. On my breaks I did a store list for Richard, and continued reading Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile.

After work we picked up Richard’s prescription from the Pharmacy, and once home I set up my medications for next week (I have one Over the Counter Vitamin to get later in the week). While I read the morning paper Richard paid the bills (our paychecks hit the bank last night), and then I headed to the Adoration Chapel while Richard headed for Wal-Mart. During my Hour I finished reading the August 31st – September 7th, 2015 issue of my Jesuit America magazine, and started reading the September / October, 2015 issue of The Bible Today. After Adoration I went through the drive through window of McDonald’s and ate my lunch, and got home at 2:15 pm to take a nap, during which I was joined by Richard. At 6:30 pm (half a hour later than I had planned) I woke up and plugged the bills Richard had paid into my Balance My Checkbook Pro app, and I reconciled the bank statement to our checking account, which took me longer than I had thought. I then set up my Daily Update draft for today, then joined Richard in front of the television at 8:15 pm to watch our #14 LSU Tigers play #25 Mississippi State Bulldogs in Starkville. Richard got mad at me when I tried to help him set up Watch ESPN on his Galaxy S-4. Just before halftime, when Mississippi State came back and scored, I went to bed, without doing my Daily Update. (The Tigers won, 21 to 19; their next game is a home game with the Auburn Tigers on Saturday, September 19th.)

Tomorrow is the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Memorial of Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor (died 407), and the anniversary of when Hurricane Ike made landfall in 2008. We will head to work, with me wearing my New Orleans Saints jersey in lieu of my casino shirt, and work our eight hours, and on my breaks I will do my Daily Update for yesterday, Saturday, September 12th, 2015 via WordPress for Android, then continue reading Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile. The New Moon will arrive at 1:43 am local time, and a Partial Solar Eclipse will occur at 1:55 am local time (obviously not visible locally). In the afternoon our New Orleans Saints will play an away game at 3:00 pm with the Arizona Cardinals. And at sunset tomorrow Rosh Hashana 5776 will begin.

Our Saturday Afternoon Parting Quote comes to us from Ray Dolby, American engineer and inventor. Born in 1933 in Portland, Oregon, his father was an inventor. He was raised in San Francisco, and as a teenager in the decade following World War II he held part-time and summer jobs at Ampex in Redwood City, working with their first audio tape recorder in 1949. He graduated from high school in 1951, and while at San Jose State College and later at Stanford University (interrupted by two years of Army service), he worked on early prototypes of video tape recorder technologies for Alexander M. Poniatoff and Charlie Ginsburg. As a non degree-holding “consultant”, Dolby played a key role in the effort that led Ampex to unveil their prototype Quadruplex videotape recorder in April 1956 which soon entered production. In 1957 he received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford. He subsequently won a Marshall Scholarship for a Ph.D. (1961) in physics from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Research Fellow at Pembroke College. After Cambridge, Dolby acted as a technical advisor to the United Nations in India until 1965 when he returned to England, where he founded Dolby Laboratories in London with a staff of four. In that same year, 1965, he officially invented the Dolby Sound System. He then worked on applying the system; the first application was Dolby A, a professional broadband noise reduction for recording studios in 1966. Executives at Decca Records of London, who had rejected the Beatles in 1962, didn’t make the same mistake with Dolby. They were so impressed with the demonstration that they bought out Dolby’s entire production run for six months. Decca used the gear to record all studio sessions, with spectacular results. The best-known Dolby system is Dolby B (introduced in 1968), a sliding band system for the consumer market, which helped make high fidelity practical on cassette tapes, and is common on stereo tape players and recorders to the present day. Of the noise reduction systems, Dolby A and Dolby SR were developed for professional use. Dolby B, C, and, S were designed for the consumer market. Aside from Dolby HX, all the Dolby variants work by companding, or compressing, the dynamic range of the sound during recording and expanding it during playback. (The musician Thomas Dolby is no relation; he got his name as a kid from messing around with Dolby recording equipment.) His invention made him a very rich man, and he won a host of awards, including the AES Silver Medal in 1971, the Academy Award for Scientific or Technical Progress (Scientific and Engineering Award, a plaque) in 1979, the SMPTE Progress Medal For his contributions to theater sound and his continuing work in noise reduction and quality improvements in audio and video systems and as a prime inventor of the videotape recorder in 1983, and the SMPTE Alexander M. Poniatoff Gold Medal in 1985. In 1986 he was made an honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE). In 1988 he was awarded the Eduard Rhein Ring of Honor from the German Eduard Rhein Foundation. At the 1989 Academy Awards he was given the Academy Award for Scientific or Technical Progress (the Academy Award of Merit, a statuette). The same year he received an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He received the AES Gold Medal in 1992, the Special Merit / Technical Grammy Award in 1995, the U.S. National Medal of Technology in 1997, and the IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics Award, also in 1997. He was granted an honorary Doctor degree by the University of York in 1999, and granted an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Cambridge University in 2000. In 2003 he was given the Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame in 2004, and received the IEEE Edison Medal in 2010. A member of the Forbes 400, he had an estimated net worth of $2.9 billion in 2008, although as of September 2012 his fortune was estimated to have declined to $2.4 billion. He was posthumously awarded in 2014 a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and that same year was posthumously inducted into the Television Hall of Fame (died 2013): “I think a lot of developments start with the desire of the developer to get what he really wants so that he can use it. It’s not just the technical fascination or the business opportunity.”

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