Category Archives: Educational

“along the trail” by George-B (oil-emergence-2)_FotoSketcher (my art collection)


along the trail by George-B (oil-emergence-2)_FotoSketcher

along the trail by George-B (oil-emergence-2)_FotoSketcher

happy birthday Carlos: Thanks for your amaysing music! “The Best of Santana” ( Full Album ) 1998


Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Released: March,1998
Label: Columbia A&R: John Kalodner
Produced by: Bob Irwin Mastered by: George Marino

Tracklist:

“Jingo” 00:00
Evil Ways04:15
“Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen” 08:09
Oye Como Va13:29
Samba Pa Ti17:46
She’s Not There22:32
No One To Depend On26:42
Open Invitation32:14
Hold On37:00
“Bella” 41:23
“Winning” 45:54
“All I Ever Wanted” 49:22
Dance Sister Dance ( Baila Mi Hermana )” 53:25
Europa ( Earth’s Cry Heaven’s Smile )” 01:01:41
“Everybody’s Everything” 01:06:48
Soul Sacrifice01:10:19

 

 

thoday’s holiday: Maidens’ Fair on Mount Gaina


Maidens’ Fair on Mount Gaina

The Maidens’ Fair is a major folk festival held at Mount Gaina in Transylvania, Romania. It was originally a marriage fair, where young men came to choose their future wives, but is now an opportunity for people to display their talents in handicrafts, costume making, singing, and dancing. Thousands of people gather for the events of the fair, which include dance competitions and concerts by folk bands and singers. Other aspects of the festival are feasts and bonfires, and the chanting of satirical verses during certain folk dances. More…

TARGUL DE FETE DE PE MUNTELE GAINA

Published on Dec 5, 2012

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word: cognizant


cognizant 

Definition: (adjective) Fully informed; conscious.
Synonyms: aware
Usage: Tarzan, although cognizant of his mighty powers, realized also his limitations.

The Walnut Street Theatre


The Walnut Street Theatre

The Walnut Street Theatre, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the oldest continuously-operating theater in America. Its first play was The Rivals in 1812, and it went on to host many pre-Broadway tryouts of soon-to-be classics—including Gigi with Audrey Hepburn and A Streetcar Named Desire with Marlon Brando. Technologically innovative, it was the first theater to install gas footlights and air conditioning. In 1976, what major non-theatrical event happened there? More…

Peter Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme Op 33 (make music part of your life series)



Peter Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme Op 33
DIMITRI MASLENNIKOV (cello),
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, Berlin
CHRISTOPH ESCHENBACH (conductor)

Nocturne – Antonin Dvořák Nocturne In B, Op. 40, B 48 (make music part of your life series)


Antonin Dvořák: Nocturne In B, Op. 40, B 48
Bernhard Güller: Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Moonlight Classics

today’s holiday: ‘Ksan Celebrations


‘Ksan Celebrations

On Friday evenings in July and August, dances and accompanying songs are performed by the ‘Ksan, or Gitxsan, Indians in a longhouse in the Indian Village in Hazelton, British Columbia, Canada. The dances are said to go back to pre-history; they were revived in 1958, and the ‘Ksan dancers have since performed in New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Kansas City, Missouri, and even Australia. Performers must be Git ‘Ksan, meaning “People of the ‘Ksan” (named after the nearby Skeena River). More… Discuss

295 Thought Dead in New Malaysia Airlines Tragedy


295 Thought Dead in New Malaysia Airlines Tragedy

A Malaysia Airlines flight bound for Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam crashed in eastern Ukraine yesterday, and it may not have been an accident. Ukraine has accused terrorists of shooting down the commercial flight, while the rebels have pointed the finger back at Ukraine. All 295 persons on board—280 passengers and 15 crew—are presumed dead. This is the second tragedy to strike the airline this year. In March, another flight went missing without a trace, and it has yet to be found. More… Discuss

today’s birthday: William Makepeace Thackeray (1811)


William Makepeace Thackeray (1811)

Thackeray was an English novelist and satirist. In his lifetime, he was seen as the only possible rival of Charles Dickens for his pictures of contemporary life. Thackeray achieved widespread popularity in 1848 with Book of Snobs, but he is best known for another of his novels published that year, Vanity Fair, a satirical panorama of upper-middle-class London life in the early 19th century. Who were Charles James Yellowplush, Michael Angelo Titmarsh, and George Savage Fitz-Boodle? More… Discuss

quotation: This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson


This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Discuss

along the trail by George-B_FotoSketcher pencilsketch-1_FotoSketcher (my art collection)


along the trail by George-B_FotoSketcher pencilsketch-1_FotoSketcher (my art collection)

along the trail by George-B_FotoSketcher pencilsketch-1_FotoSketcher (my art collection)

along the trail, poetic thought by George-B ©Always (the smudge and other poems)


along the trail, poetic thought by George-B ©Always

(the smudge and other poems)


along the trail you see the joy of being free

along the trail you hear the thrills of flying free
of landing at your leisure.
Along the trail you feel the green of plants get greener
The wild mustard seedpods opening
and seed achieving goal

Along the trail you breath the natural at ease,
the fragrant exaltation of aromatic shields
Along the trail you live,
along the trail you  let live, while

coming around again and again for more.

along the trail by George-B_FotoSketcher (Painting 8-excessive srokes) my art collection

along the trail by George-B_FotoSketcher (Painting 8-excessive strokes) my art collection

Claude Debussy: L’Isle joyeuse L 106 (make music part of your life series)


Claude Debussy: L’Isle joyeuse

L 106

Created with http://www.mp32tube.comL’isle joyeuse, L. 106 (The Island of Pleasure) is an extended solo piano piece by Claude Debussy composed in 1904. According to Jim Samson (1977), the central relationship in the work is that between material based on the whole-tone scale, the lydian mode

Bob van Asperen – Antonio Soler – Sonata 84 (make music part of your life series)


Bob van Asperen – Antonio Soler – Sonata 84

Ludwig van Beethoven – Romance for Violin & Orchestra No. 1 (make music part of your life series)


Ludwig van Beethoven – Romance for Violin & Orchestra No. 1, in G major, op. 40 

Igor Ozim, violin
Vienna Opera Orchestra
Moshe Atzmon

Beethoven’s reputation as a pianist often obscures the fact that he was a very capable violinist. Although not an accomplished master, he possessed a profound love for and understanding of the instrument, evident in his ten violin sonatas, the violin concerto, and numerous quintets, quartets, and other chamber works. The two Romances for violin stand out because they are single-movement works in concerto settings. The Romance in G major was published in 1803 by Hoffmeister & Kühnel in Leipzig; the date of its first performance is not known. Despite the lower opus number, it was composed at least five years after the Romance in F, Op. 50, which was published in 1805. He retained the early Classical orchestra he employed for his earlier Piano Concerto in B flat, Op. 19: one flute, two oboes, two bassoons, two horns, and strings. Often described as a “preparation” for the Violin Concerto, Op. 61, of 1806, the Romance in G stands as a fine work in its own right, clearly demonstrating Beethoven’s mastery of the high-Classical style of Mozart and Haydn. Furthermore, Beethoven creates subtle connections between disparate sections of a work.

Cast in a two-episode rondo format (ABACA coda), the Romance in G is not imbued with sonata-form characteristics, as are many of Beethoven’s later rondo movements. The rondo theme (A) is in two parts, each performed first by the soloist then repeated by the orchestra. Descending sixteenth notes in the solo part mark the beginning of B, in which the orchestra is relegated to a purely accompanimental role, creating unity by including figures from the rondo. Section B spends a significant amount of time on the dominant (D major); however, this does not represent a modulation but a preparation for the return of the rondo in G major. Again, the soloist performs both segments of the A section alone, this time including a running eighth note accompaniment under each of the literally repeated themes. Beethoven set the second episode, C, in E minor. The minor mode, dotted rhythms, and staccato passages give the section a “gypsy” music tinge. The foray into a new key area ends with the return of the G major rondo theme, again played by the soloist, but with accompaniment by the orchestra. Beethoven forgoes the repetition of each of the two parts of the rondo and ends the work with a brief coda featuring a lengthy trill in the solo violin. The three fortissimo chords that close the piece seem oddly, possibly comically, out of place in this generally quiet work, but they do resemble the orchestral string parts at the end of each rondo section. [allmusic.com]

Heart Openers and Backbends Yoga class 57mins, Guru Mantra: Imperfect Perfection, Namaste Yoga 235


Heart Openers and Backbends Yoga class 57mins, Guru Mantra: Imperfect Perfection, Namaste Yoga 235

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The focus of this week’s class is on Vishnu‘s incarnation as Krishna and his conversation with Arjuna that in taking a human form he could only be 15/16th perfect. We will reflect on our imperfect perfection as human beings and bring loving kindness, compassion and perfection to our imperfections.

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Labor, Privatization And How To Defend Public Education: SF Forum


Labor, Privatization And How To Defend Public Education: SF Forum
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PllIo…
On July 6, 2014 in San Francisco a forum was held titled
Labor, Privatization And How To Defend Public Education.
Speakers included
Kathleen Carroll, fired Commission On Teacher Credentialing, attorney & whistleblower
https://www.facebook.com/CitizensForE…
Rick Baum, member of CCSF AFT Local 2121;
George Wright, retired Professor AFT 1493;
Gray Brechin, UCB Geography Department, author of “Imperial San Francisco”
Sharon Higgins, researcher/expert on privatization of Oakland, CA schools and the Gulen charter chain.
http://charterschoolscandals.blogspot…
Billionaires from the Walton Walmart family to the Gates
Foundation, the Fisher GAP KIPP operation and the Broad
Foundation are spending fortunes pushing charters to loot
public education. The “Common Core” and testing schemes
profiting Pearson Inc. are part of the drive to totally privatize
public education. UC Regent Richard Blum and others with ties
to politicians are also benefiting financially from this transformation.
Politicians in California and nationally are actively supporting
privatization, the “Common Core” and charters to eliminate and
re-segregate our public schools.
At the same time in San Francisco privatizers are seeking to revoke
accreditation of the City College of San Francisco in order to
destroy the unions and privatize the largest community college
in California. This forum looks at how this privatization agenda
is being implemented and what our unions and the labor
movement need to do to fight it.
For further information by Kathy Carroll on this issue:
When Did Teacher Unions Decide to “TURN” Against Collective Bargaining Rights?
http://www.dailycensored.com/when-did…
Full video of UPWA Forum
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PllIo…
For more video from Kathy Carroll:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOCjDI…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOCjDI…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56SWb4…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLa6YC…
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For more information
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Production of Labor Video Project http://www.laborvideo.org

 

todady’s birthday: Vince Guaraldi (1928)


Vince Guaraldi (1928)

Guaraldi, an American jazz musician, was hired to score the animated adaptations of the Peanuts comic series after producer Lee Mendelson heard his music playing on the radio. Though Guaraldi was a Grammy award-winning pianist prior to his work on the Peanuts specials, he is best known for his musical compositions associated with the series, including the signature tuneLinus and Lucy” from A Charlie Brown Christmas. What song earned Guaraldi his Grammy? More… Discuss

Data Recoverable on Some Used Phones


Data Recoverable on Some Used Phones

If you are in the habit of snapping racy selfies with your smartphone, you may want to think twice about reselling it when you get a new one. Security firm Avast purchased 20 used Android devices on eBay and managed to recover the previous owners’ data from at least some of them, including emails, text messages, Google searches, and 40,000 photos—more than 1,000 of which featured the subject in various states of undress. Google responded to the report, saying that the phones in question are older models that do not reflect current Android protections, but security researchers caution that the only way to fully protect your data on any device is to destroy it entirely. More… Discuss

Pagodas


Pagodas

A pagoda is a tiered tower with multiple eaves common to China, Japan, Korea, and other parts of Asia. The pagoda evolved from the Indian stupa—a dome-shaped shrine for Buddhist relics—and, like the stupa, is typically built for religious, often Buddhist, purposes. Whether octagonal, hexagonal, or square, pagodas are intended mainly as monuments and tend to have very little usable interior space. What is the “demon-arrester” that tops some pagodas? More… Discuss

NO WAY: Overpopulation


FROM WIKIPEDIA:  Overpopulation

Population growth that exceeds the carrying capacity of an area or environment results in overpopulation.[21] Spikes in human population can cause problems such as pollution, water crisis,[22][23] and poverty.[24][25] World population has grown from 1.6 billion in 1900 to an estimated 7 billion today. In Mexico alone, population has grown from 13.6 million in 1900 to 107 million in 2007.[26] Virginia Abernethy notes that immigration is a road that provides a “relief valve” to overpopulation that stops a population from addressing the consequences of its overpopulation and that exports this overpopulation to another location or country.[27]

In 2000, the United Nations estimated that the world’s population was growing at the rate of 1.14% (or about 75 million people) per year. According to data from the CIA’s World Factbook, the world human population currently increases by 145 every minute.[28] The United States Census Bureau issued a revised forecast for world population that increased its projection for the year 2050 to above 9.4 billion people, up from 9.1 billion people. There are a billion more added every 12 years. Almost all growth will take place in the less developed regions.[29]

Claudio Arrau Chopin Nocturne 6 Op. 15 No 3


Claudio Arrau Chopin Nocturne 6 Op. 15 No 3

Franz Schubert: String Quartet #10 in Eb Opp125/1 D 87 (make music part of your life series)


Franz Schubert: String Quartet #10 in Eb Opp125/1 D 87

 

 

 

make muisc part of your life series: Erik Satie – Gnossienne, 5. Modéré (08)


Erik Satie – Gnossienne, 5. Modéré (08)

Erik Satie – Gnossienne, 5. Modéré (08)

Daniel Varsano, Philippe Entremont – Erik Satie: Piano Works

make music part ofyour life series: A. Corelli – Sonate da Camera Op.2 – No.12 in G Major


A. Corelli – Sonate da Camera Op.2 – No.12 in G Major

 

 

 

make music part of your life series: Luigi Boccherini – Guitar Quintet in D major, G. 449 – IV. Andantino pausato con variazioni


Luigi Boccherini – Guitar Quintet in D major, G. 449 – IV. Andantino pausato con variazioni

Published on Jun 13, 2012

Zoltán Tokos, guitar. Danubius String Quartet. Judit Tóth, violin. Adél Miklós, violin. Eniko Nagy, viola. Ilona Ribli, cello.

quotation: I could see that, if not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled. P. G. Wodehouse


I could see that, if not actually disgruntled, he was far from being gruntled.

P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975) Discuss

today’s holiday: Feast of Our Lady of Carmel


Feast of Our Lady of Carmel

Our Lady of Carmel (the Madonna del Carmine) is the patroness of the city of Naples, Italy. Her festival is celebrated with dancing, singing, and magnificent fireworks displays. Brightly decorated wax replicas of human body parts used to be sold at booths near the church, and people suffering from various physical ailments appealed to the Madonna to restore their health by offering her these replicas of the diseased portions of their bodies. Her feast is also observed by Italian Americans in the United States. More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Trygve Lie (1896)


Trygve Lie (1896)

The United Nations was established in 1945, and Lie, a Norwegian politician, became its first Secretary General the next year. His role required that he take an active part in a variety of negotiations, but the Soviet Union ceased to cooperate with him after he supported UN intervention in the Korean War, and his effectiveness was further hampered by charges from anticommunist politicians in the US that his secretariat had employed subversives. What was the impetus for Lie’s resignation in 1952? More… Discuss

tghis day in the yesteryear: Shoemaker-Levy 9 Comet Collides with Jupiter (1994)


Shoemaker-Levy 9 Comet Collides with Jupiter (1994)

In March 1993, astronomers Carolyn and Eugene Shoemaker and David Levy made the first observation of a comet orbiting a planet rather than the Sun. Sixteen months later, fragments of the comet collided with Jupiter’s southern hemisphere, providing the first direct observation of the collision of two solar system objects. The impact left prominent scars that some said were more easily visible than the planet’s Great Red Spot. How did the event highlight Jupiter’s role as “cosmic vacuum cleaner“? More… Discuss

Preventing Alzheimer’s


Preventing Alzheimer’s

Researchers say a third of the world’s Alzheimer’s cases are preventable. They found that diabetes, mid-life hypertension, mid-life obesity, physical inactivity, depression, smoking, and poor education are all risk factors in the development of Alzheimer’s that can potentially be addressed to reduce risk. According to their calculations, reducing each risk factor by 10 percent could prevent nearly nine million cases of Alzheimer’s by 2050. More… Discuss

Monticello


Monticello

Monticello—”little mountain” in Italian—is the estate designed and built by Thomas Jefferson, based on the classical style of Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. Located near Charlottesville, Virginia, it was Jefferson’s home for 56 years and was built on property he inherited from his father. Today, the site operates as a museum and is the only home in the US that has been designated a World Heritage Site. What forced Jefferson’s daughter to sell the estate? More… Discuss

word: supercilious


supercilious 

Definition: (adjective) Feeling or showing haughty disdain.
Synonyms: haughty, prideful, sniffy, swaggering, lordly, disdainful
Usage: He smiled in a supercilious manner and said I had better do as I was asked. Discuss.

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Reference_ranges_for_blood_tests_-_white_blood_cells

make music part of your life series: Bach / I Musici, 1965: Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, BWV 1049


Bach / I Musici, 1965: Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, BWV 1049 

From the LP shown above, issued on the Philips label in 1965.

I. Allegro (0:01)
II. Andante (7:22)
III. Presto (11:51)

Die Brandenburgischen Konzerte sind eine Gruppe von sechs Konzerten von Johann Sebastian Bach (BWV 1046–1051). Sie sind dem Markgrafen Christian Ludwig von Brandenburg-Schwedt (1677–1734) gewidmet, den Bach im Winter 1718/1719 in Berlin kennengelernt hatte. Im September 1721 schickte er ihm die Partitur mit einer umfangreichen Widmung. Der Titel Brandenburgische Konzerte wurde von Philipp Spitta in seiner 1873–1879 entstandenen Bach-Biografie geprägt und hat sich heute allgemein durchgesetzt. Bachs Originaltitel lautet „Six Concerts Avec plusieurs Instruments”. Die sechs Konzerte weisen eine hohe stilistische und strukturelle Vielfalt auf. In ihrer Mischung der verschiedensten historischen und zukunftsweisenden Elemente bilden sie eine ganz persönliche und trotzdem allgemeingültige Ausdrucksform.

Les concertos brandebourgeois sont un ensemble de six concertos de Johann Sebastian Bach (BWV 1046 à 1051), qui comptent parmi les plus renommés qu’il ait composés. Le qualificatif de brandebourgeois est dû à Philipp Spitta qui, suivant l’usage germanique, fait référence au dédicataire, le margrave Christian Ludwig de Brandebourg.

make music part of your life series: Leoš Janáček: Lachian Dances (1889/90)


Leoš Janáček: Lachian Dances (1889/90)

Leoš Janáček (1854 – 1928), perhaps more than any other composer of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including Gustav Mahler and Sergey Rahmaninov, represents a puzzling case in point as for the cultural and spiritual seismic shift that took place between the 1870s/’80s and the 1920s. He comes from a world already shaken by the French Revolution and all subsequent revolutions up to 1848, yet still sufficiently alive so to remember the old ways: fairy tales and folk legends, style, distinction, Monarchy, Catholicism. This last quarter of the 19th century was at the same time the pontificate of Pope Leo XIII, who indeed fought like a lion in order to ward off the meanwhile 360° onslaught, open and hidden, against the old order and the Catholic Church. However, Janáček, like so many of his generation, was drawn into those false promises of a “new era”, whether pan-Slavic, pantheist, or plain modernist. Still he kept the memories of the old world of his childhood days. His musical oeuvre, especially his folkloristic works, so painfully as well as articulately shows what had been lost – lost forever …

Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bratislava
Ondrej Lenárd, conductor

Recorded at Bratislava on January 29/30, 1990

Taken from the CD: “Janáček: Sinfonietta / Lachian Dances / Taras Bulba”, released by NAXOS. Order that CD here: http://www.amazon.com/Jan%C3%A1cek-Si…
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