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May 3rd, 2014, 15:33
… a day when pibbur once again is in Phoenix. USA. At the HL7 Workgroup Meeting (WGM). And he is not entirely happy.
1. Temporal disagreements. Pibbur time is at the moment of writing 13:00, and he's just come out of bed. Kind of late, but then he arrived at the hotel at 05:00 am, However, the locals claim it's now 04:30 am. And unfortunately things are running according to their interpretation of spacetime.
2. It's hot!!! Last time he visited Phoenix was in January 2013, which was not too bad. Now it's May and the temperature outside is 307 K (34 C or 93.2 in that weird, temperature scale wannabe that won't be mentioned by name). Pibbur has never in his life (outside the womb) experienced temperatures like this. And now he's exposed to it for a week. They say it's worse in august/september. Pibbur begs the powers that be behind selecting WGM places not to consider Phoenix for a september session.
3. The toilets. Say no more.
1791: The Constitution of May 3 - November 23 1793 (the first modern constitution in Europe) is proclaimed by the Sejm of Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, giving the People the right to vote with a, typical for the time, somewhat restricted definition of who this People was. Didn't find any numbers, but for comparison, in the Norwegian constitution which humbly celebrates its 200 year anniversary on the 17th this mont, the People was around 13 percent of the people, and did not include women, of course.
BTW, the Norwegian word for seigmenn is "seigmenn" - didn't find the English word, but they are jelly , covered in sugars and shaped like a man (without a penis) or woman (with tits). One of the companies making them recently wanted to patent the word, claiming that any use of it not specifically connected to their specific product would be a specific infringement of their specific physical property rights. Didn't happen as this specific word in Norwegian predates the company by decades. Still somewhat amusing.
1802: Washington .DC transforms from a district (of Columbia, whatever that is) to a city (of Columbia? Whatever that is). The significance of said event, which is significant enough to be included on Wikipedia eludes pibbur
1830: The Canterbury and Whitstable Railway is opened. It's the first steam hauled passenger railway to issue season tickets and include a tunnel. Pibbur loves railways.
1837: The University of Athens is founded in … Athens (surprise!!!!).
1849: The May Uprising in Dresden begins in, Wikipedia doesn't say but I think we can safely assume it IS Dresden.
1957: Walter O'Malley, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, agrees for some reason to move the team from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, assumingly renaming them to the Losa Angeles Dodgers. As usual,pibbur hasn't bothered checking the details, he doesn't know what a Dodger is, but in general he finds the names of American sports clubs funny.
1960: The Off-Broadway musical comedy, "The Fantasticks", opens in New York City's Greenwich Village. At 42 years and 17,162 performances it's the longest-running musical of all time. Impressing, but it pales compared to Agata Christie's "The Mousetrap", which opened in 1952, and has been running continuously since then. Its 25,000th performance took place on 20121108. Pibbur has seen it twice, but as an accomplice in crime, he won't tell you who the killer is.
Other news, not directly related to today, is that Neil Robertson (not pictured) became the first snooker player to score 100 centuries in a season. Pibbur doesn't know much about this sport, but for some reason he knows that centuries has something to do in cricket. So he is confused.
pibbur who thinks the People are the 18800 googles voting for him
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