Daily Archives: May 28, 2014

great compositions/performances: Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune


Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune

Leonard Bernstein conducts Claude Debussy‘s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun – extract from “The Unanswered Question“, Boston Symphony Orchestra

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House Committee Puts NSA on Notice Over Encryption Standards – ProPublica


 

House Committee Puts NSA on Notice Over Encryption Standards – ProPublica.

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Angela GHEORGHIU – Habanera -Bizet’s Carmen (Music Video)


Angela GHEORGHIU – Habanera – Carmen (Music Video)

Music Video: Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu sings the Habanera, from Bizet’s opera ‘Carmen’ (2002)

This video was filmed to promote the complete recording of the opera “Carmen” (EMI Classics)
http://www.emiclassics.com/releasedet.

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Saint of the Day

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today’s holiday: Armenia First Republic Day


Armenia First Republic Day

The people of Armenia lived for hundreds of years under foreign domination. Then, in 1917, the Russian Revolution allowed Armenia the opportunity to create a modern republic. The Democratic Republic of Armenia (DRA) was formed in 1918. The DRA was short-lived but important, as it represented the beginning of the modern quest for democracy and independence in Armenia. On First Republic Day, titles and medals are awarded to Armenians of outstanding achievement, and there are speeches by government officials, fireworks displays, concerts, and dancing. More… Discuss

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quotation: To him who is in fear everything rustles. Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)


To him who is in fear everything rustles.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC) Discuss

today’s birthday: Jim Thorpe (1888)


Jim Thorpe (1888)

Thorpe was one of the most versatile athletes in modern sports. He won Olympic gold medals in the pentathlon and decathlon, starred in college and professional football, and played basketball and Major League baseball. He lost his Olympic titles, however, when it was discovered that he had played minor league baseball prior to competing, thus violating the amateur status rules. His medals were later restored to him. Legend has it that Thorpe began his athletic career in what casual way? More… Discuss

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this day in the yesteryear: Neville Chamberlain Becomes Prime Minister of England (1937)


Neville Chamberlain Becomes Prime Minister of England (1937)

Chamberlain served as prime minister of the UK from 1937 to 1940. His political legacy is defined by his controversial policy of “appeasement” toward Adolf Hitler, exemplified by the Munich Pact that allowed Hitler to annex the Sudetenland in 1938. Once Hitler annexed the rest of Czechoslovakia and invaded Poland in 1939, Chamberlain led Britain to war. However, he was forced to resign eight months later, following the failed British campaign in Norway. How much longer did Chamberlain live? More… Discuss

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news: Cell Phones’ Effects on Adolescent Brains


Cell Phones’ Effects on Adolescent Brains

Although today’s youth cannot conceive of a world without cell phones, the devices have only been around for a few decades, and little is definitively known about their health effects. Researchers in Britain are therefore launching a study to investigate the effects of cell phones and similar devices on children’s brain development. It will track some 2,500 preteens into early adolescence and evaluate cognitive functions like memory and attention in an effort to discern whether their use of mobile phones, smartphones, or other wireless devices plays a role either in improving or impairing these functions. More… Discuss

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article: Hybrid Vehicles


Hybrid Vehicles

A hybrid vehicle uses multiple energy sources—or propulsion systems—to provide its motive power. Typically, these sources are gasoline and electric batteries. Hybrids have become especially popular in recent years, as they provide greater fuel economy with lower emissions and are thus more environmentally friendly than traditional internal-combustion engine vehicles. What makes hybrid vehicles a greater safety risk to pedestrians and cyclists than conventional vehicles? More… Discuss

word: abdication


abdication

Definition: (noun) A formal resignation and renunciation of powers.
Synonyms: stepping down
Usage: Despite his reluctance to relinquish the throne, the besieged king managed his abdication with dignity. Discuss.
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