Category Archives: MY TAKE ON THINGS

this pressed for your spider photo collection: 5 Spooky Spider Myths Busted : Discovery News


Spiders: they creep, they leap, they haunt the nightmares of arachnophobic humans. But a lot of the fear surrounding spiders is based on myths, not facts, according to the experts who study these eight-legged creatures.

Did you know, for example, that the venom of most tarantulas would hardly make adult humans flinch, let alone kill them? And all those stories you’ve heard about spiders laying eggs inside an open wound are the stuff of urban legend, not reality.

via 5 Spooky Spider Myths Busted : Discovery News.

Kempff – Brahms Capriccio op.76 no.2 in B minor: great compositons/performances


Kempff – Brahms Capriccio op.76 no.2 in B minor

Stravinsky Divertimento from “The Fairy’s Kiss” (Muti-Philadelphia Orch.): great compositions/performances


Stravinsky Divertimento from “The Fairy’s Kiss” (Muti-Philadelphia Orch.)

Gioachino Rossini – Semiramide (Overture): make music part of your life series


This pressed for your guidance: Matthew 15:14 “Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.” — Catholic Online October 31, 2014


this presssed for your bat week experience: National Bat Week Pictures: Just in Time for Halloween!


Mexican free-tailed bats fleeing a bat-cave preserve.

Bats on the Wing Photograph by Joel Sartore with Cole Sartore, National Geographic Creative

Bats on the Wing

Photograph by Joel Sartore with Cole Sartore, National Geographic Creative

Bats have long been associated with vampires, witches, and Halloween. But their bad reputation looks more like a trick than a treat.

Bats matter in a big way in countless ecosystems around the world. In truth, the only thing scary about bats is the rate at which they’re disappearing.

Bats are a wildly diverse order of mammals, with more than 1,300 species worldwide. About one out of every five mammal species is a bat.

Despite the way they’re often depicted in movies and television, only three species of bats feed exclusively on blood. Most species—around 70 percent—dine on insects, making them invaluable partners in human agriculture by removing crop pests. The rest eat nectar and fruit and serve as some of the best pollinators and seed dispersers on the planet.

via National Bat Week Pictures: Just in Time for Halloween!.

Saint of the Day for Thursday, October 30th, 2014: St. Alphonsus Rodriguez


this day in the yesteryear: The Rumble in the Jungle (1974)


The Rumble in the Jungle (1974)

The “Rumble in the Jungle” pitted boxer Muhammad Ali against heavyweight champion George Foreman in Zaire—now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The match is remembered for Ali’s incredible performance in regaining the heavyweight title. Surrounded by spellbound fans, he used a strategy later dubbed the “rope-a-dope” to tire Foreman before winning in the eighth round. This fight was Don King‘s first major venture as a professional boxing promoter. What musical acts were booked for the event? More… Discuss

This pressed for your action – ask google to fix it!: Hackers Are Using Gmail Drafts to Update Their Malware and Steal Data | WIRED


via Hackers Are Using Gmail Drafts to Update Their Malware and Steal Data | WIRED.

with power comes responsibility, above petty annoyances like the one with Amazon: they are not in your way, they were there when you started your march and design to overpower them! They are people, just like you, so get along!

Czardas – Piano Transcription after Monti by Tzvi Erez: great compositions/performances


Czardas – Piano Transcription after Monti by Tzvi Erez

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From the upcoming new album “Sentimental”, Tzvi Erez performs his own transcription of Monti’s Czardas on a Bosendorfer. The new album “Sentimental” includes:Serenade (Liszt/Schubert)

Nocturne in F-Sharp (Chopin)
Chaconne (Pachelbel)
Clair de Lune (Debussy)
Adagio cantabile from Sonata Pathetique (Beethoven)
The Lark (Mikhail Glinka)
Traumerei (Schumann)

Tzvi Erez plays Chopin’s Prelude No. 20 in C Minor: make music aprt of your life


Tzvi Erez plays Chopin’s Prelude No. 20 in C Minor


Can money buy, Remember, poetic thoughts by George-B


Find more of George-B’s poems and few recitation from Jacques Prevert and Stefan Augustin Doinas  on SoundCloud

make music part of your life series: Hear A Stunning Bonus Track From Angel Olsen’s ‘Burn Your Fire For No Witness’ : All Songs Considered : NPR


Hear A Stunning Bonus Track From Angel Olsen’s ‘Burn Your Fire For No Witness’ : All Songs Considered : NPR.

The “shadow” of a Hiroshima victim, permanently etched into stone steps, after the 1945 atomic bomb: you can tell that it was a elderly human being by the use of the cane in his right hand.


The "shadow" of a Hiroshima victim, permanently etched into stone steps, after the 1945 atomic bomb: you can tell that it was a elderly human being by the use of the cane in his right hand.

The “shadow” of a Hiroshima victim, permanently etched into stone steps, after the 1945 atomic bomb: you can tell that it was a elderly human being by the use of the cane in his right hand. (Click to enlarge in new window)

This pressed for your right to know: On isolated Gaza’s southern flank, an Egyptian buffer zone takes shape http://t.co/DUn8weHScr via @CSMWorldDesk


Buying Healthy Bread | Choosing the Healthiest Bread |via Vegetarian Times


How to Buy Healthy Bread

Kate Hahn loves bread so much that on occasion her boyfriend has kept quiet after buying a loaf just to be sure there would be enough for lunch the next day. It’s a lifelong fondness for Hahn, who grew up baking homemade bread. Now in her 30s and navigating the busy life of a writer in Los Angeles, she’s content to buy it. Whether she brings home rustic rolls or her favorite loaf of sourdough, one thing is certain: “It will be eaten,” she says, laughing. “If there is good bread in the house, it’s usually gone that night.”

Buying Healthy Bread | Choosing the Healthiest Bread | Vegetarian Times.

As Kavik thaws out, that means more work for Sue as she prepares for warmer days. LIFE BELOW ZERO: THE THAW PREMIERES TUESDAY NOVEMBER 4 at 9P



As Kavik thaws out, that means more work for Sue as she prepares for warmer days. LIFE BELOW ZERO: THE THAW PREMIERES TUESDAY NOVEMBER 4 at 9P

Prokofiev “War” Sonata #7 Valentina Lisitsa 1st mov. Allegro Inquieto: Great compositions/performaces


Prokofiev “War” Sonata #7 Valentina Lisitsa 1st mov. Allegro Inquieto

Saint of the Day for Wednesday, October 29th, 2014: St. Narcissus


Today’s Holiday: Turkey Republic Day


Turkey Republic Day

The Turkish Republic was founded by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in 1923 after the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Kemal was named the first president on October 29, a full republican constitution was adopted the following April, and all members of the Ottoman dynasty were expelled from the country. The public celebration, which lasts for two days, includes parades, music, torchlight processions, and other festivities in honor of the founding of the republic. The largest parades are held in Ankara and Istanbul. More… Discuss

1917_-_Regina_Maria_pe_timpul_vizitei_într-un_spital_în_anul_1917_historic Photos at Euzicasa


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quotation: Liberty: One of imagination’s most precious possessions (The Devil’s Dictionary). Ambrose Bierce


Liberty: One of imagination’s most precious possessions.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) Discuss


October 29, 1875 in History Born:
Marie, queen consort of Ferdinand I of Romania, 1914-27

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Princess Marie of Edinburgh, more commonly known as Marie of Romania (Marie Alexandra Victoria; 29 October 1875 – 18 July 1938),[note 1] was the last Queen consort of Romania as the wife of King Ferdinand I.

Born into the British royal family, she was titled Princess Marie of Edinburgh at birth. Her parents were Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia. Marie’s early years were spent in Kent, Malta and Coburg. After refusing a proposal from her cousin, the future King George V, she was chosen as the future wife of Crown Prince Ferdinand of Romania, the heir apparent of King Carol I, in 1892. Marie was Crown Princess between 1893 and 1914, and became immediately popular with the Romanian people.

Marie visiting a military hospital, 1917

 

Marie had controlled her weak-willed husband even before his ascension in 1914, prompting a Canadian newspaper to state that “few royal consorts have wielded greater influence than did Queen Marie during the reign of her husband”.[2]

After the outbreak of World War I, Marie urged Ferdinand to ally himself with the Triple Entente and declare war on Germany, which he eventually did in 1916. During the early stages of fighting, Bucharest was occupied by the Central Powers and Marie, Ferdinand and their five children took refuge in Moldavia. There, she and her three daughters acted as nurses in military hospitals, caring for soldiers who were wounded or afflicted by cholera. On 1 December 1918, the province of Transylvania, following Bessarabia and Bukovina, united with the Old Kingdom. Marie, now Queen consort of Greater Romania, attended the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, where she campaigned for international recognition of the enlarged Romania. In 1922, she and Ferdinand were crowned in a specially-built cathedral in the ancient city of Alba Iulia, in an elaborate ceremony which mirrored their status as queen and king of a united state.

1882 portrait by John Everett Millais commissioned by Queen Victoria and exhibited at the Royal Academy.[9]

1882 portrait by John Everett Millais commissioned by Queen Victoria and exhibited at the Royal Academy.[9]

<<< 1882 portrait by John Everett Millais commissioned by Queen Victoria and exhibited at the Royal Academy.[9]

1882 portrait by John Everett Millais commissioned by Queen Victoria and exhibited at the Royal Academy.[9]

1882 portrait by John Everett Millais commissioned by Queen Victoria and exhibited at the Royal Academy.[9]

As queen, she was very popular, both in Romania and abroad. In 1926, Marie and two of her children undertook a diplomatic tour of the United States. They were received enthusiastically by the people and visited several cities before returning to Romania. There, Marie found that Ferdinand was gravely ill and he died a few months later. Now queen dowager, Marie refused to be part of the regency council which reigned over the country under the minority of her grandson, King Michael. In 1930, Marie’s eldest son Carol, who had waived his rights to succession, deposed his son and usurped the throne, becoming King Carol II. He removed Marie from the political scene and strived to crush her popularity. As a result, Marie moved away from Bucharest and spent the rest of her life either in the countryside, or at her home by the Black Sea. In 1937, she became ill with cirrhosis and died the following year.

Following Romania’s transition to a Socialist Republic, the monarchy was excoriated by communist officials. Several biographies of the royal family described Marie either as a drunkard or as a promiscuous woman, referring to her many alleged affairs and to orgies she had supposedly organised before and during the war. In the years preceding the Romanian Revolution of 1989, Marie’s popularity recovered and she was offered as a model of patriotism to the population. Marie is primarily remembered for her work as a nurse, but is also known for her extensive writing, including her critically acclaimed autobiography.

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Marie wearing her regalia. Photograph by George Grantham Bain.
Queen consort of Romania
Reign 10 October 1914 – 20 July 1927
Coronation 15 October 1922
Spouse Ferdinand I, King of Romania
Issue
Full name
Marie Alexandra Victoria
House House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (by birth)
House of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (by marriage)
Father Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh
Mother Maria Alexandrovna of Russia
Born 29 October 1875
Eastwell Park, Kent, England
Died 18 July 1938 (aged 62)
Pelișor Castle, Sinaia, Romania
Burial 24 July 1938[1]
Curtea de Argeș Cathedral
Signature

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Chocolate


Chocolate

Chocolate is prepared in a complex process from ground, roasted cacao beans. The Maya had a chocolate beverage perhaps as early as 900 BCE, and the Aztecs prized the cacao tree. In the 16th century, Montezuma II served Hernán Cortés a cacao-bean drink called xocoatl—”bitter water”—that Cortés then introduced to Europe. It became a fashionable drink there, and chocolate shops thrived, becoming centers of political discussion. When did London’s first chocolate shop open? More… Discuss

This Pressed for your access to “transparency”: What’s in a ‘scoop’? The White House has a strategy for that. http://t.co/GUdQEtr0pR — Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 29, 2014


quotation: “…I live now on borrowed time, waiting in the anteroom for the summons that will inevitably come…”: Agatha Christie (1890-1976) Discuss


I live now on borrowed time, waiting in the anteroom for the summons that will inevitably come. And then – I go on to the next thing, whatever it is. One doesn’t luckily have to bother about that.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976) Discuss

Fifth Element: Little Light Of Love, by Eric Serra


Little Light Of Love (Fifth Element )

Man selling mummies in Egypt, 1875 — Classic Pics


quotation: A jest’s prosperity lies in the ear of him that hears it, Never in the tongue of him that makes it. William Shakespeare


A jest’s prosperity lies in the ear of him that hears it, Never in the tongue of him that makes it.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Discuss

The Traitor_Martha Wainwright_Leonard Cohen_I’m Your Man: “…Standing guiltless in the predicament…”


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NIH’s Dr. Anthony Fauci: Returning Ebola health care workers shouldn’t face ‘draconian’ rules — NBC Nightly News


this pressed: Vaticano at 12h! — Enrica Ciccarelli (@Enricapianist)


Leonard Cohen-TONIGHT WILL BE FINE (“Sometimes I find I get to thinking of the past.”)



Sometimes I find I get to thinking of the past.
We swore to each other then that our love would surely last.
You kept right on loving, I went on a fast,
now I am too thin and your love is too vast.

But I know from your eyes
and I know from your smile
that tonight will be fine,
will be fine, will be fine, will be fine
for a while.

I choose the rooms that I live in with care,
the windows are small and the walls almost bare,
there’s only one bed and there’s only one prayer;
I listen all night for your step on the stair.

But I know from your eyes
and I know from your smile
that tonight will be fine,
will be fine, will be fine, will be fine
for a while.

Oh sometimes I see her undressing for me,
she’s the soft naked lady love meant her to be
and she’s moving her body so brave and so free.
If I’ve got to remember that’s a fine memory.

And I know from her eyes
and I know from her smile
that tonight will be fine,
will be fine, will be fine, will be fine
for a while.

Louis Armstrong plays for his wife in Giza, 1961 — Classic Pics (@classicepics)


this pressed For your “Ou sont les neiges d’antan…” Salvador Dali kisses the hand of Raquel Welch after finishing his famous portrait of her, 1965 — Classic Pics (@classicepics)


Saint of the Day for Saturday, October 25th, 2014: St. Daria


this pressed for your rght to know: Ebola: NY had jump-start, Dallas had to learn fast (from reacting to preparing…only in reverse!)


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Ebola: NY had jump-start, Dallas had to learn fast Ebola: NY had jump-start, Dallas had to learn fast
By LAURAN NEERGAARD and DAVID B. CARUSO
Oct. 25, 2014 9:57 AM EDT

via Ebola: NY had jump-start, Dallas had to learn fast

NEW YORK (AP) — Talk about a tale of two cities: A Dallas hospital got a pop quiz in Ebola and made an early mistake. New York got a peek at the answer sheet and was better prepared at the start.

The contrast in handling two Ebola diagnoses highlights how differently cities and hospitals prepare for health emergencies.

“The lesson I would take from New York is you have to practice,” Dr. Amesh Adalja, a representative of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. “Preparedness isn’t something you just make a plan for and put it on the shelf.”

Serenade from The Fair Maid of Perth (Bizet) Richard Lewis: make music part of your life series


Serenade from The Fair Maid of Perth (Bizet) Richard Lewis

Feuerwerksmusik , MUSIC FOR THE ROYAL FIREWORKS – Georg Friedrich Händel: great compositions/performances


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, KV 467 “Elvira Madigan”: great compositions/performances


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, KV 467 “Elvira Madigan

This presses: Thanks to my new constituent @iowahawkblog for noting Queen Elizabeth’s WW2 grease monkey background. I’d forgotten.|— Justice Don Willett


Just a thought: “Everyone can look under the hood of a car…few know what to look for!”   —George-B

This pressed: Read Queen Elizabeth’s historic first tweet: (Chris Jackson/AFP/Getty) — msnbc (@msnbc)


EBOLA – The Plague Fighters – NOVA Documentary (invite your friends to learn about Ebola!)


EBOLA – The Plague Fighters – NOVA Documentary – FULL

The Ebola virus The Search for a Cure |BBC Full Documentary 2014 (ignorance, fear, unfounded hope: fight back with knowledge!)


The Ebola virus The Search for a Cure BBC Full Documentary 2014

from NOVA | SURVIVING EBOLA |PBS (“because knowledge keeps one rational, unlike ignorance”)


NOVA | SURVIVING EBOLA

at tina_baines: Needs no words … LOVE— jose luis (@depolitic) Read Haiky-Love, poetic thought by George-B)


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Read>>>>>> Haiku —Love, poetic thought by George-B (the smudge and other poems page)

Joe vs The Volcano — Job Harry


Joe vs The Volcano — Job Harry

Stores receipts, foot long with BPA’s: at ForEffectiveGov


The Hunger Games Catching Fire Soundtrack Deluxe Edition : make music part of your life series


The Hunger Games Catching Fire Soundtrack Deluxe Edition