La Jolla’s ‘Gem’ of the week: Inspiration

Cat in the Hat (Geisel's alter ego) looks over his shoulder on the UCSD campus outside the Geisel Library. Photo: Susan DeMaggio

Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) works in his studio while a 7 1/2-foot Cat in the Hat (Geisel’s alter ego) looks over his shoulder. The sculpture was created by Geisel’s stepdaughter, Lark Grey Dimond-cates of Rancho Santa Fe, and installed on the UCSD campus outside the Geisel Library. It was dedicated on Geisel’s 100th birthday on March 2, 2004.


“If it doesn’t matter who wins or loses, then why do they keep score?”

— Vince Lombardi



adjective. A form of rap music with lyrics relating to computers, technology and engineering. Rajeev Bajaj, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, was a geeksta pioneer, according to the Times of India. His “Geek Rhythms” debut album includes these lyrics:

“Hot electrons can ruin my day

“Switch the transistor to go the other way

“I make my software self-healing

“To prevent such a calamity from dealing

“A deadly blow to my directory root

“If all else fails ... YO, REBOOT!”

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September brings the last day of summer and the first day of fall. The precise moment fall arrived for the Northern Hemisphere this year was at 11:09 p.m. EDT Sept. 22.

(True.) On the equinox, the sun rises directly in the east and sets directly in the west. This is true for the fall and spring equinoxes. So on two days of the year, you can find the exact cardinal directions of east and west by using the sun. The ancients did this when they set up their calendars at Stonehenge and the Mayan pyramid, among others.