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September 10, 2015

Today we celebrate:

International Creepy Boston Dynamics Robotic Horse Day - As you may or may not know, people who know how to do such things are very busy trying to create realistic looking working robots.  I think that they have the idea that if they make a robot look like something that people are already used to, people will accept it more easily.   That or they figure that why try to reinvent the wheel.  If a body structure works in real life, maybe it will work in artificial life.  However, if you break a body down to see it’s bare bones, it’s pretty creepy looking.  So robots, without a covering to hide their inner workings, are also pretty creepy.  Boston Dynamics is an organization that builds robots and they have a good one that resembles a horse.  Albeit, a creepy one.

International Make-Up Day - This is a day for making up with anyone that you have hurt either purposefully or accidentally.  Apologize for anything you did or said that was wrong or hurtful and you will both feel better for it.

Sewing Machine Day – Also celebrated on June 13th, this is a day to use your sewing machine to make some new clothes for yourself and your family. Elias Howe received a patent for his sewing machine on this day in 1846.

TV Dinner Day - In 1953, Swanson & Sons did something no one else had ever done and put a full, single serving meal on a tray, in a box and froze it.  It became known as a TV dinner.  There are lots of different kinds of meals that can be found like this in the grocery store now, and some of them look like they might be somewhat healthy.  They can also be cooked in a microwave instead of in the oven these days which makes it even faster.

Swap Ideas Day – This is a day for an open idea exchange. Swap your ideas with everyone you meet today, the only rule is that you must be open minded and not get into a fight just because someone might disagree with you or share an idea that you find repugnant.  Politics and religion are particularly inflammatory subjects.  So please remember that the idea today is simply to exchange ideas, not to convince someone to change their thinking on a subject.  You can agree to disagree.

World Suicide Prevention Day – This is a day to do whatever you can to prevent suicides from happening. There are warning signs, find out what they are and spread the information around. If more people are able to recognize when someone might be headed down a suicidal path, there is a greater chance of diverting them to a more positive place and possibly saving a life.

R U OK?Day - Celebrated on the second Thursday in September, this is a day to prevent suicide from happening by asking your friends, “R U OK?”, listening to the answer, encouraging that person to seek help and following up with them to monitor whether there is any improvement in their situation.

To celebrate today, grab your sewing machine, and head to a friend's house to make up for past hurts and swap creepy robot ideas while you sew. While you are there, check your friend over very carefully for suicidal tendencies and come right out and ask them if they are ok.  Then, it’s an easy TV dinner for your meal tonight.

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