Podium, Brew, Kinetograph, Bonus
Five things you need to know today.
1. Expect a breezy day, 14 to 22 miles per hour across Mashpee off Buzzards Bay, with a high of 85 degrees. Another good sleeping night with a high of 67.
2. Word of the day: Podium. Excuse me, the misuse of the word, misuse ignored or considered minor to most people, causes consternation in me. I don't know why, except that it demonstrates a lack of knowledge about the languages underlying English. When someone at a selectmen's meeting steps behind a lectern and says something like, "Thank you for allowing me to speak from this podium," I say to myself, "Stand on it." Podium comes from the Greek work for foot. An orchestra conductor stands on a podium, a small platform. Someone addressing a group from behind a standing piece of furniture does so from a lectern (from Latin to read). Variations of the lectern include the pulpit (enlightening, bully or mundane) and the rostrum. Speakers at the national party conventions do not speak from a podium, but from a rostrum - a stage with a beaklike projection similar to the bow of a ship. Podium? Prove it. Stand on it.
3. Consider the fate of two inventions. This day in 1897 Thomas Edison patented the kinetograph. This day in 1955 William G. Cobb demonstrated the sunmobile. The crude kinetograph become the movie camera. The 15-inch sunmobile has yet to become the solar-powered car.
4. If you're not already a brewster (no upper case B), try the weekly Friday night craft beer sampling at the Grain and Vine Spirit Shoppe at 101 Iyannough Road from 5:45 to 8:00 pm. You might learn something new about styles and methods of brewing.
5. Despite the coming Labor Day weekend madness, don't forget the story hour at the Centerville library beginning at 9:30 am.
6. Bonus. Drive safely and soberly. Regarding safe: we know people will drive crazily this weekend, especially on the rotaries and in the rush of getting on and off Cape, don't let them enrage you, not worth the time of your life. Regarding sober: look at the police log this past week. Please don't make me include your name in it after the weekend.