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Today is Catfish Day

25 June is Catfish Day.

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan opened a presidential address by speaking about the culinary pleasures of eating catfish, and farmed catfish in particular. He went on to explain how catfish farming was creating both a stable income for farmers and an affordable food source for Americans.

Thinking of people referred to as ‘President’, does the third one down remind anyone else of Donald Trump?

Apparently, I’m doing it wrong ūüė¶

Catfish

Catfish

So, I found some exotic catfish – but WordPress won’t allow imgur galleries to be embedded, so I had to clip small versions so I could include them.

Exotoc catfish

Exotoc catfish

And, a nice ‘Deep Dream’ version of the last one (you’ll have to search for that if you don’t know what it means).

Deep Dream catfish

Deep Dream catfish

25/06/2019 Posted by | Civilian | | Leave a comment

Today is Colour TV Day

25 June is Colour TV Day.

The source for this day claims European broadcasting systems lagged the US in adopting this technology, and that it took until 1967 before such broadcasts became regular, and it took until the 1980s before it became common, with another 5 years passing before it became prevalent around the world.

I can’t really comment, as ‘we’ were late to this in our home.

Part of the reason was down to the poor rendering of colour in those days. While we did make the change from 405 to 625 line TV quite early (so early, we had a switchable 405/625 set), the cost of a colour TV (and the licence of course) just didn’t seem worth it.

This seems to be more of a US than a global day, and most of the info tacked onto it is based on US systems, so rather than go into more detail, and maybe upset UK readers (plus US, and maybe many other since so many were involved with early television development), and those who have a detailed knowledge of the work being carried out by John Logie Baird, I’m not going to dive into those waters.

However, the strathwonderwall has a section depicting Baird’s electronic colour television of 1940, a 600-line system which he developed after the more widely known and earlier mechanical television system. Even that had been demonstrated with colour back in 1928 – it was purely experimental but showed the principle of using red, green and blue images to create a colour image.

Baird strathwonderwall mural

Baird strathwonderwall mural

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