It's maddening that there are still bans being proposed and in states like Indiana which is more purple than red, politically. Of course, there are hardly any states that haven't either approved it or banned it already. But this is a special case, just like my own state. Not just because it's a constitutional ban being proposed, but because of this:
"Leonard (Indiana lawmaker) said he's a firm believer that marriage should be between one man and one woman, but like others he has concerns about the amendment's second sentence, which would ban other arrangements "substantially similar" to marriage, including civil unions."
This is the same blackout language in Wisconsin's constitution that prevents even moderate steps toward same-sex marriage such as civil unions or state registries.
The only possible silver lining is that in preventing any unions whatsoever, it dodges complacency from the false separate but equal concept of a civil union and forces opponents to push to wipe the ban from the constitution altogether. And I assure you I don't invoke the civil rights terminology lightly. It's cold comfort for those whose relationships are devalued by this sort of action, but there is some procedural benefit, I suppose.
My issue with these is under what authority? English dictionaries are careful to note in their initial pages that they are an observation of the language as it is used, not the final arbiter of correctness within English. It's why entries change or are added in each edition because the language changed and the dictionary is keeping up. By that token, I'd argue that any widely used and broadly understood pronunciation can be 'correct' to the extent the word 'correct' has meaning in this case. Speaking it per the dictionary pronunciation helps to sound cultured in formal speech situations, but you are more speaking 'textbook English' than 'correct English'.
In fact, 'incorrect' pronunciations are generally only enforced once we, as a speaking population, decide to do so. Such as ask/aks where both were so widely accepted and uncontroversial that Chaucer used them both interchangeably in his writing (as did everyone else of his time), but aks is now considered horrifyingly incorrect by those who care. Why? Just 'cause. Seriously. That's the only reason. We just decided it was wrong at some point in roughly the 1600's and have been badgering people about it ever since.
That said, names? Those have correct pronunciations. You pronounce them the way the person wishes them to be pronounced.
Since I see it over and over again, I'm posting separately here. "Nucular" while generally recognized as incorrect, is a simple difference in dialect, not a sign of education or intelligence. It's also growing in use in English around the world and is common among everyone from politicians to scientists and everywhere from Australia, Canada, and the US to England itself. Most physicists really don't care and likely wouldn't notice it. You see the pronunciation of an English word doesn't make or break their neutrino detectors or particle accelerators. And many prominent physicists either don't speak English as a first language or don't speak it at all. Pointing it out is pedantic (and I should know, I'm a serial pedant), obnoxious, and is usually meant to be insulting. If you judge a video by how the speaker pronounces English, you may as well never come to YouTube.
Douglas Adams also died of a heart attack while running on a treadmill in an effort to improve his health. In addition to seemingly being dangerous to one's heart, it also appears running is correlated with tragically appropriate deaths.
Good luck to SpaceX with their next GEO launch, this time of the Thaicom 6 satellite. No fly back to pad on this mission, but past flights have usually run a few tests wherever possible. I expect this flight will be no exception.
I'm pleased to see the focus on Falcon Heavy. I'm waiting eagerly for that maiden flight, but no word on a proposed date for it.
It's a decent view, though nothing to take your breath away. You can definitely hear every year of age in the elevators on the way up as well. It's a decent spot to stop at if you happen to be in Knoxville, but I wouldn't take a special trip to check it out. World's Fair Park was well maintained and overall a very nice park as well.