Procrastinator Jr. just took up the guitar at school. He's in fifth grade and he doesn't really know the Guitar Gods, but he knows a good riff or two. I tried to teach him the letters of the six strings (E, A, D, G, B, and E) via a mnemonic, but sadly my improvisational skills are lacking. The best I could come up with in a couple of minutes was, "Every Apple Doesn't Go Bananas, Everytime."
I'm sure that somebody out there in Blogdom could come up with a better mnemonic than that, right?
Yesterday the offspring caught the tail-end of a show I was watching on PBS that dealt with the Hindenberg disaster. In the documentary, former NASA scientist and hydrogen specialist, Addison Bain proved that the disaster more than likely was not the result of a hydrogen explosion, but a result of the powdered aluminum that was in the blimp's skin for cosmetic reasons (it made is shiny and pretty).Powdered aluminum has a low flashpoint and the skin of the dirigible apparently absorbed a good amount of static electricity. A recipe for disaster, to say the least.Toward the conclusion, the documentary had Addison Bain, explain his theory to an actual American member of the Lake Hurst, New Jersey ground crew who saw the explosion. Of course the ground crew member who saw the whole tragedy, couldn't be convinced that it was anything but hydrogen.I explained to Procrastinator Jr. that much of history is like this, one perspective versus another and neither party can be convinced otherwise. On a different note, it also brought to mind this quote for me...
"Some people say that history is a lie that is agreed upon."
-David Milch from the "Deadwood" DVD commentary