Fly away home
No, someone else's home
Someone else's home!
The late season warm spell caused a second "swarm". We had *one* window not tight enough to keep them at bay. Looks like a Ladybug version of an Eli Roth horror movie. I win! (Does that make me the bad guy from "Saw"?)
(Reference to a UK-US-Canada etc rhyme: Ladybug Ladybug, fly away home... In the US they add, "for your house is afire and your children are gone/alone". No, it doesn't make them go away, even if you blow on them as required by tradition.)
Today in 1793, th eLouvre in Paris opened to the public. It took the French Revolution to do it. The Louvre started life as a 12-century fortress built by French King Philip II, but as time passed, the city expanded and the building was useless for defense. By 1580, it had been trasnformed into athe primary residence of the French kings, and remained so until 1680 or so, when Louis XIV (The Sun King) moved to Versailles and left the Louvre to house the royal collection of goodies and oddities and such. French arts academes were based at the Louvre, but were "salons", e.g., elite discussion and education, until the French Revolution... at which point the French National Assembly declared the Louvre a public building to house public treasures of French history, and anything else that came along. The Louvre is most noted by some for the weird-ass glass pyramid annex built onto it in th elate 20th century. If you want architectural discontinuity between the old 12-century fortress foundations (you can visit them in the basement, IIRC) or the Renaissance splendor up top, and a glass WTF, the Louvre is your place!
Here's a pic. Splendor! Grandeur! A greenhouse...? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louvre#/media/File:Paris_July_2011-27a.jpg
In 1895, William Roentgen was exploring electricity and ended up taking the first X-ray pictures. A roentgen is still used osmetimes as a unit for measuring X-ray and/or gamma ray exposure. It's been largely replaced, in common use, b/c while it measures ionization, it's useless for calculating absorption and other factors, so the "gray" or "rad" i sused. The "gray" is the standard scientific measure across the international scientific communities, and has been since I think 1950-something (I'm gonna say 1953, b/c that's when radiation was getting big attention). The sievert is also used, specifically for biological effects of radiation, such as when you walk into a chamber at Chernobyl or Fukushima nuclear plants and they say you got "X millisieverts". The ionizing radiation "dose" is measured by the gray (Gy in shorthand) and then converted to the sievert (Sv). Short version? The gray is the radiation absorbed, the sievert is the biological effect "measure", and there's gobbledygook in there as well, obviously, but you don't want high numbers in either case. Really don't. To give you an idea? Fukushima in 2011 was putting off about 400 Sv an hour. Chernobyl workers who died within a month hit about 6000 Sv dose. If you die within days, hours, weeks, you've topped 10,000 Sv.
X-rays and CTs for medical purposes are measured in milli-sieverts.... that is, thousandths of a sievert. Tiny doses, in other words. Tinier dnow than ever, as the've refined technology to help get more info for less radiation exposure.
How did I get from Ladybugs to X-=rays? Don't ask.
Blessed day to all, and prayers continue for us all.
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