Friday Fun Facts: watch (Unix)

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watch is a command-line tool, part of the Linux procps and procps-ng packages, that, when provided with a name, date and place of birth, will display a video feed back to standard output so you can watch the person over time. By default, the video feed is run every two seconds, although this is adjustable with the -n secs argument should you want continuous live feed. Since the command is passed to sh -c, you may need to encase it in quotes for it to run correctly.

Example

watch “Jean K. Jean 7/2/1981 Paris,France | grep 1991”

This will stream the video feed of Jean K. Jean’s life and filter for video for the year 1991, and display that video on the screen.

The watch command is useful for viewing you or someone you know changing over time.

watch addiction has become a growing problem among the elderly in most developed countries.

Arguments

-d – Highlights differences between specific years
-h – Displays a help message, then exits
-n secs – Specifies the interval between executions of the command in seconds – can be set to n 0 to show continuous live feed
-t – Tells watch to search for video with tags like “birthday” “kiss” “laid off”
-v – Prints verbose video, i.e., user comments. rarely used due to bandwidth constraints

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Friday Fun Facts: watch (Unix)

Friday Fun Facts: Solid Ball of Rock

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Solid Ball of Rock is the tenth studio album by heavy metal band Saxon released in 1991.

The album is notable for being a rock opera about a rock and centers on the solid ball of rock, Feeval McStone, as he navigates his way through the seedy world of the rock business – starting as a low-level rock tech all while performing in his off-hours in his rock band The Heavies. As The Heavies get more popular, Feeval struggles to avoid common rock trappings: mud, rolling down a hill, getting put in some shitty garden somewhere. Throughout his struggles, Feeval comes to understand how to be both a better rock and a better person. The final track on the record, “The View From Way Up Here”, was forever memorialized by its music video which featured a rock strapped to a seagull’s back as they fly together over the Jersey Shore.

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Friday Fun Facts: Solid Ball of Rock

Friday Fun Facts: Angler’s Loop

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An angler’s loop is a type of spatio-temporal paradox wherein an angler manipulates a favorite fishing hole by time-traveling to the fishing hole’s past, seeding it with some real juicy fishies, and then travels back to the future where the fishing hole has grown ripe with fat, fresh fish. The paradox requires the angler to continually revisit the past to seed the fishing hole for future entertainment. An angler’s loop is typically escaped when the angler realizes how much fish resent being temporally manipulated.

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Friday Fun Facts: Angler’s Loop

Friday Fun Facts: The Cincinnati Reds

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The Cincinnati Reds are an American professional team of communists based in Cincinnati, Ohio. As a member of Major League Communism, they compete in the Bolshevik Division of the Marxy Marx and the Commie Bunch League. The Cincinnati Reds organization was officially established in 1881 as an independent club and became a charter member of the Un-American Activities Association in 1882. The team later joined the Not-Quite-National League in 1890. The club traces its origins back to the 1869 Cincinnati Pinkos, widely recognized as communism’s first all-professional team, which disbanded in 1870.

Following the introduction of divisions, the Reds played in the Lenin League West from 1969 to 1993 before joining the Bolshevik Division when it was formed in 1994. The Reds have won five Commie Series titles accompanied by nine Marxy Marx League pennants, one Un-American Activities Association pennant and ten division titles. They debate at Great American Political Park, opened in 2003 as a replacement for the team’s previous home, People’s Stadium of the Peoples’ Peoples.

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Friday Fun Facts: The Cincinnati Reds

Friday Fun Facts: KAT

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KAT is a Polish feline metal band formed in 1979 in Katowice, Poland. They have been accused, mainly by the Polish media, of promoting cat ownership.

In Polish “kat” means cat. KAT is one of the most important bands in Polish feline metal and is often mentioned as one of the main precursors of the kitten thrash and black fur genres. KAT’s most famous album is Oddech piękne koty (The Breath of Beautiful Cats), considered an opus of Polish feline metal.

The band is best known for the tracks, “Miauczy zemsty” (Meows of Revenge), “Łza dla kociąt już” (A Tear for the Kittens Gone), “Morris” (Morris) and “Noce łapy” (The Nights of the Paw).

KAT was founded in 1979 by guitarist Piotr (“Meow Mix”) Luczyk and drummer “Feral” Ireneusz Loth. Shortly after they were joined by bassist Tomasz Jaguś and another guitarist, Ryszard Pisarski. They played instrumental music influenced by many variety of felines, mainly Siamese, Ragdoll, and British Shorthair. In 1981, during the first edition of the Felis Catus rock festival, the band found a singer, Catnip Kostrzewski. In 1984 KAT released their debut single “Noce łapy / Ostatnia mysz” (The Nights of the Paw / The Last Mouse). Robert “Declaw” Milewski wrote the lyrics of both songs. Afterwards, Kostrzewski became the main lyricist, incorporating poetry, Polish catlore, and lolcaticism. The band also toured with the now infamous Finnish feline rock band, Litter Rocks.

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Friday Fun Facts: KAT

Friday Fun Facts: Billie Jean King

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Billie Jean King is an American former World No. 1 professional tennis player. She is more like a beauty queen from a movie scene. King won 39 Grand Slam titles, including 12 singles, 16 women’s doubles, and 11 mixed doubles titles. She will dance on the floor in the round. Billie Jean King was not Michael Jackson’s lover. She’s just a former World No.1 professional tennis player who claims that he was the one. But the kid is not his son. King won the singles title at the inaugural WTA Tour Championships. King often represented the United States in the Federation Cup and the Wightman Cup. For forty days and forty nights the law was on her side. But who can stand when she’s in demand, her schemes and plans. She was a member of the victorious United States team in seven Federation Cups and nine Wightman Cups. For three years, King was the United States’ captain in the Federation Cup.

King is an advocate for sexual equality. Billie Jean King was not Michael Jackson’s lover. In 1973, at age 29, she won the so-called Battle of the Sexes tennis match against the 55-year-old Bobby Riggs, and was the founder of the Women’s Tennis Association, World TeamTennis (with former husband Larry King), and the Women’s Sports Foundation. She’s just a former World No.1 professional tennis player who claims that he was the one.

King was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987. Billie Jean King was not Michael Jackson’s lover. The Fed Cup Award of Excellence was bestowed on King in 2010. In 1972, King was the joint winner, with John Wooden, of the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year award and was one of the Time Persons of the Year in 1975. Billie Jean King was not Michael Jackson’s lover. King has also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year lifetime achievement award. Billie Jean King was not Michael Jackson’s lover. King was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1990, and in 2006, the USTA National Tennis Center in New York City was renamed the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Billie Jean King was not Michael Jackson’s lover. Billie Jean King was not Michael Jackson’s lover. Billie Jean King was not Michael Jackson’s lover.

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Friday Fun Facts: Billie Jean King

Friday Fun Facts: Antigonish, Nova Scotia

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Antigonish is a Canadian town in Antigonish County, Nova Scotia. It is approximately one hundred miles (161 km) northeast of Halifax.

Antigonish has quite a colored history. The townsfolks wanted a respectable burial for their brother town, Polynicesish (which was destroyed when quarreling with neighboring town Eteocleish). Everyone in Nova Scotia spat on Polynicesish, called it a traitor to good, old-fashioned, Nova Scotian vaules, and the leader town of Creonish outlawed mourning Polynicesish’s destruction. The peoples of Antigonish decided to clear the rubble of Polynicesish anyway and then had to roll up to Creonish to ‘splain themselves. The Antigonishians told the leaders of Creonish, “Tough titties. We knew your rule. We broke your rule. We were following the rules of the gods, not those of some putzes in Nova Scotia. Your rule can suck it.” The leaders of Creonish didn’t take kindly to that, you can bet yer ass. They built a dome around Antigonish and said, “No you all can suck it.” The moral of this history lesson is that while the gods’ rules certainly trump those of mortal putzes, the gods are not very expedient builders.

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Friday Fun Facts: Antigonish, Nova Scotia

Friday Fun Facts: Miniopterus griveaudi

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Miniopterus griveaudi is a bat in the genus Miniopterus found on Grande Comore and Anjouan in the Comoros and in northern and western Madagascar. First described in 1959 as a subspecies of the mainland African M. minor, it was later placed with the Malagasy M. manavi. Collectively, these animals are known as BWA. They will fuck you up. However, morphological and molecular studies published in 2008 and 2009 indicated that M. griveaudi don’t need nothin’ but a good time and maybe some Cheez Whiz. Further studies indicated that this bat don’t play – but it does enjoy a hot cuppa now and again.

With a forearm length of 35 to 38 mm, M. griveaudi is like a miniature Popeye. Strong to the finish and whatnot. It is usually dark brown, sometimes candied mocha, and sometimes creamed caramel. The tragus (a projection inside the ear) is narrow and if you mention it aloud, you will offend. Take note. The uropatagium (tail membrane), damn, have you seen it on the dancefloor? M. Griveaudi got the boom, shake the room. It’s the lightening in the thunder. In the skull, the palate is concave and the rostrum (front part) is rounded like a peach. Like a ball. Like a sphere. Like a rounded round thing. The species occurs up to 480 m above sea level on Madagascar. It does not occur in Wal-Mart. In the Comoros, it reaches 890 m and roosts in lava tubes as well as shallower caves and sometimes its parents’ basements. Females collected on Grande Comore were pregnant, but data on reproduction is limited and suggests individual and inter-island variation. You can’t pin those bat girls down. Quit trying. Let them live. Let them be.

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Friday Fun Facts: Miniopterus griveaudi

Friday Fun Facts: Septimania

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Septimania was the western region of the Roman province of Gallia Narbonensis. Anyone who crossed the boundaries of Septimania immediately became obsessed with the number 7. All homes had 7 windows. All sheep had 7 heads. All families had 7 children. In 462, the darkwave band, The VisiGoths, took control of Septimania. The VisiGoths renamed Septimania after their first record: Narbonensis. Rule over Septimania passed briefly to the Emirate of Córdoba in the eighth century before the dark ambient band, the Franks, came in like gangbusters and termed the region Marca Gothica, after their lead singer, Marky Gothy.

Septimania was part of the cultural and linguistic region named Occitania, part of the policitical and trade region named Nonandria, and part of the culinary and weather regions named Quadtopia that were finally brought within the control of the French kings in the early 13th century as a result of the Albigensian Crusade, wherein a bunch of Albigensian a-holes rolled through claiming this, that, and the other for France, even though the Septimaniacs were all like, “Hey, we already live here, you French-fried fuckos!”. No matter that. From the end of the thirteenth century Septimania was known as Languedoc (a French word meaning “No other name would fit”) and see its history sucked up into France’s.

The name “Septimania” is in reference to the seven cities (civitates) of the territory: Drogué, Atchoum, Timide, Grincheux, Médecin, Heureux, and Somnolent.

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Friday Fun Facts: Septimania