So we watched the last two episodes of Arrow last night and, afterwards, I turned to my wife and said “I’m not imagining that, am I?  Nyssa and Laurel were totally into one another, weren’t they?”

I mean, they went training together and Nyssa got to beat up a guy in front of Laurel, peacocking the hell out of it.  Then they went on a first date, which Laurel only seemed to realize about halfway through after she’d been staring across the table at Nyssa.  And they confessed that they had FEELZ for one another but it made them both horribly awkward.  Then there was all that arm grabbing and standing protectively in front of Nyssa that Laurel was doing (peacocking her own way, I’m sure), not to mention THAT EYE CONTACT they had mid-fight.  

I didn’t want to ship them.  I DIDN’T WANT TO SHIP THEM.  But if these actresses were intending to show a burgeoning friendship and nothing else, THEY FAILED. 


On This Day in History April 27, 1961: The West African state of Sierra Leone gains its independence, after more than 150 years of British colonial rule. Sir Maurice Dorman, Governor since 1956, was then sworn in as Governor-General by Chief Justice Beoku Betts. Sir Milton Margai became the Prime Minister.

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Sisco, the Quiet Huntress

Can’t say boo to a goose
they collectively surmised
One impression done us all wrong
Until the right one came along
And we saw that she don’t need
To scare away a goose
When her true purpose
Is to grab it by the neck,
defeather it efficiently
and stew the bird without so much as a pip
Now we salute her silently as she passes forth
And she still manages a bashful smile
With eyelids lowered to the ground
Where death beams back
At its fateful weapon of mass destruction

On This Day in Baseball History April 18, 1923: Colonel Jacob Ruppert’s ballpark in the Bronx opened up for business in front of 74, 200 spectators. Babe Ruth christened the ballpark the “House that Ruth Built” with the first of many homers in the new Stadium.

Baseball Sisco Presents: First Baseball Game Played at Yankee Stadium April 18 1923


On This Day in Baseball History April 26, 1961: On a frigid Detroit Wednesday, a sparse crowd of 4,676 fans braved the elements at Tiger Stadium to see the epic 1961 home-run race take its first steps.

BaseballSisco Presents: The M&M Boys Start Their Epic Home Run Race April 26, 1961


On This Day in History April 24, 1792: The French national anthem, “La Marseillaise,” was composed by Capt. Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle. What’s the background history to La Marseillasie? According to the Background page of the website

Following France’s declaration of war on Austria and Prussia, the mayor of Strasbourg, Baron de Dietrich, asked army engineer Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle to write a marching song. On the night of April 25th 1792, Rouget de Lisle penned the Chant de guerre pour l'armée du Rhin - war song for the Rhine Army, named in honour of the garrison to which he belonged.

The song was published under the name of Chant de guerre aux armées des frontières - Border armies’ war song by one François Mireur, who was in Marseille to organise a march of revolutionary volunteers on King Louis XVI’s Tuileries palace. The French Embassy in Fiji site describes Mireur as a student from Montpellier whereas the Prime Minister’s site casts him as a general of the Egyptian army recruiting volunteers from Montpellier and Marseille. I suspect this is more likely to be true.

Ironically, since Rouget de Lisle supported the monarchy, the revolutionaries adopted the song and sang it with such fervour as they entered the capital, on July 30th 1792, that the Parisians named it La Marseillaise.

It was declared a national song on July 14th 1795 but subsequently banned under the Empire. The July revolution of 1830 reinstated the song, which was rearranged by Hector Berlioz, and it was adopted as the national anthem under the Third Republic in 1879. In 1887 the Ministry of War, after consultation with a specially-appointed commission, adopted what it was to call an “official version” of the song, which was written into the Constitutions of the Fourth and Fifth Republics (1946 and 1958 respectively). Article 2 of the Constitution of October 4th 1958 designates La Marseillaise the national anthem of France.

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On This Day in Baseball History April 20. 1939: 20-year old Boston Red Sox rookie outfielder Ted Williams made his debut against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Williams would start in Right Field and bat fifth in the lineup. Williams would get his first career hit, a double and went 1 for 4 with three putouts in the field in a 2-0 loss

Baseball Sisco Presents: Ted Williams Debuts For The Boston Red Sox April 20, 1939

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On This Day in History April 30, 1803: Negotiations between James Madison (left) and Robert Livingston minister to France of the United States (center) and Finance Minister François Barbé-Marbois of France (right) led to the Louisiana Purchase (Vente de la Louisiane) which was the acquisition of the Louisiana territory (828,000 square miles) by the United States from France for $15 million or approximately four cents an acre. The Louisiana Purchase treaty would be ratified by the Senate on October 20, 1803. 

The Louisiana Purchase would double the size of the United States and open up the continent for westward expansion. The following 15 states were eventually created in full or partly from the Louisiana Purchase: 

Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska; Minnesota (west of the Mississippi River); parts of North Dakota and South Dakota; the northeastern part of New Mexico; the northern portion of Texas; Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado

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DS9 Profit and Loss

I guess many people before me had the same headcanon but nevertheless I will say it because I frequently see different opinions also. Come on! Everything here is leading to Garak never intending to let anything happen to Natima and her students. Okay. First one. When he was talking to Sisco - he stressed that he’s just relaying a message and then suggested he stop by his shop? Come on, Sisco already knows through that first time with Bashir what it means - that he has to go to the shop and have a less official talk. And he obviously did. So Sisco doesn’t like to let Natima and students be taken by Cardassians or be killed but he can’t be involved officially. But he has people who can do it for him: Quark who has the motivation love (and Garak clearly was making sure of that when he talked to him), Garak who also loves but Cardassia and the idea of civilian if not democratic Cardassia (Sisco knows where Garak stands from the last time in Cardassians when he chose civilian government over military) and Odo who also think that it’s not good because justice. Do you think Odo would do it behind Sisco and without much of planning how he would explain it for him? I don’t think so, I think he already was given go-ahead and they both know what they will tell to Bajoran government, they have a cover up story for it, Odo don’t need to stage something for Sisco, he can just let them go like that. But they need Quark and his cloaking device and frankly Odo enjoyed Quark begging :) So the last piece was Garak and his monologue pointing  phaser (one of two he had :) oh god he knew Toran is that stupid) and it was just to flush Toran out and kill him. He never intended to kill Natima and everyone. And he really still as clever as he was and knew they won’t accept him back just for killing them - you clearly hear irony in Garak’s voice. Garak didn’t change his mind, he actually never do that, he’s meticulous planner and he sticks with his decisions. No, he always gonna let them go but he knew that Toran is lurking somewhere in the shadow so he came to kill him.
So, practically… never trust anything Garak say especially if he’s pointing a phaser at you and you’re still alive :) When he intends to kill you, you won’t hear a thing.

Sliced bread: the greatest thing since…sliced bread.

Since I mention Trivia Crack in a prior post, one of the historical questions that came up in the game was “Who Invented Sliced Bread”. The answer to that is Otto Rohwedder of Davenport, Iowa who in 1928 patented the slicing machine that made the mass sales of Sliced Bread a reality. 

This article is quite informative on the man who invented sliced bread.