Today is ‘National Burger Day‘
*Start at 2.37? /rolls eyes… Oh Clicky, I’m working on The Shining Bathrooms Part 3, but they’re big gifs, difficult to wrap…*
*Yes, I know you’re handy with the sellotape…*
*A little too handy sometimes… /shakes head… Look, Clicky, can we just get on with the post? It’s been another hot day and I’m still sweating buckets here*
Etymology Online gives us…
burger (n.)1939, American English, shortened from hamburger (q.v.).
burgher (n.)1560s, “freeman of a burgh,” from Middle Dutch burgher or German Bürger, from Middle High German burger, from Old High German burgari“inhabitant of a fortress,” from burg “fortress, citadel” (see borough). Burgh, as a native variant of borough, persists in Scottish English (as in Edinburgh).
Yesterday evening, whilst Thoughtful Man listened to Fulham beat Borough in the FA Cup, I got into conversation with Hugo, who’d sent me an article about the discovery of a planet orbiting neighbouring star, Proxima Centuri.
‘”A planet around even a wimpy star like Proxima Centauri is going to be more than a billion times fainter than the star itself. So, what you do is block out the light from the star using a special device and that allows you then to go deeper into the star’s surroundings,” explained Cambridge University’s Prof Gerry Gilmore.’
Did the conversation continue along a scientific line, with wonderment at this discovery? Dear Reader, it did not.
*Eight in the area, Clicky, but I’ve only been to 3*
Then, Red Universe Frank put up a new post at MEROVEE containing a burger reference…
The planet Mercury takes 88 Earth days to go around the Sun and according to Back to the Future, 88mph is the speed that makes time travel possible…
hydrargyrum (n.)“mercury, quicksilver,” 1560s, from Latin hydrargyrus, from Greek hydrargyros “quicksilver” (as prepared artificially from cinnabar ore; native quicksilver was argyros khytos “fused silver”), from hydr-, stem of hydor “water” (see water (n.1)) + argyros “silver” (see argent). Hence the chemical abbreviation Hg for the element mercury.
Of course, ‘argent’ is a ‘Shining‘ word 😉
No.8 ‘The Corridor’ by Toby Dye
Dye pays homage to Kubrick in this installation, applying his pioneering camera and narrative techniques. Each of the four endlessly looping films are set in the same location be feature a different character inspired by Kubrick’s filmography.
UNKLE’s ‘Lonely Soul’ (ft Richard Ashcroft) accompanies Toby Dye’s moving picture. This was the original piece of music that James sent to Stanley Kubrick for the music video that never was. The track features on UNKLE’s critically acclaimed debut album Psyence Fiction.
*Agreed, Clicky… /wipes brow… talk about Mercury rising… a breeze would be nice. Back to the gifs tomorrow… Song for now?*