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Fourth of July 2012

Here's a 15-second exposure I made of the Bay Bridge New East Span, stil under construction, on the Fourth of July:

Bay Bridge New East Span on Fourth of July 2012

Look at it full-sized for details.

I also made an artsy-fartsy video of fireworks from Teasure Island. So glad to find this bizarre version of the Star-Spangled Banner that was exactly what I was looking for:

Fourth of July 2012 from ToastyKen on Vimeo.

Mighty Hunter

Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations orchestral composition was on the radio this morning. The most famous part of this piece is Variation IX: "Nimrod", often subtitled "Hunter", dedicated to Elgar's friend August Jaeger. I was curious as to the origin of the word "nimrod"...

Turns out Nimrod was a Biblical king known for being a mighty hunter, and "j├Ąger" is German for "hunter", thus the name of the piece. But how did it come to mean "idiot"?

That usage only became popular in the 20th Century, popularized by none other than Bugs Bunny, who used it ironically to refer the less-than-mighty hunter, Elmer Fudd.

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