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QUOTATION: Gustave Flaubert


Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) Discuss

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WORD: INDUCTEE


Definition: (noun) Someone who is drafted into military service.
Synonyms: conscriptdraftee
Usage: Before beginning basic training, each inductee was given a haircut and a uniform. Discuss.

 

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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY


International Women’s Day

This day commemorating women is one of the most widely observed holidays of recent origin. It has its roots in the March 8, 1857, revolt of women in New York City, protesting conditions in the textile and garment industries, although it wasn’t proclaimed a holiday until 1910. In Great Britain and the United States, International Women’s Day is marked by special exhibitions, films, etc., in praise of women. In the former U.S.S.R., women received honors for distinguished service in industry, aviation, military service, and other fields. More… Discuss

 

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BBC News – Cancer ‘tidal wave’ on horizon, warns WHO


MammogramsBBC News – Cancer ‘tidal wave’ on horizon, warns WHO.

 

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QUOTATION: E. M. Forster


Lord I disbelieve — help thou my unbelief.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970) Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: Jerome K. Jerome


From all accounts, the world has been getting worse and worse ever since it was created. All I can say is that it must have been a remarkably delightful place when it was first opened to the public, for it is very pleasant even now.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

 

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QUOTATION: Harriet Beecher Stowe


So much has been said and sung of beautiful young girls, why don’t somebody wake up to the beauty of old women?

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) Discuss

 

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: MARY FAIRFAX SOMERVILLE (1780)


Mary Fairfax Somerville (1780)

Somerville became an accomplished science writer at a time when women’s involvement in the sciences was generally discouraged. She earned widespread recognition for her 1831 translation of Pierre-Simon Laplace‘s five-volume Mécanique Céleste (Celestial Mechanics), a project she undertook for the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, which aimed to adapt scientific material for the rapidly expanding reading public. What term was coined in a review of one of her other works? More… Discuss

 

QUOTATION: Joseph Conrad ABOUT UNLAWFUL AMBITIONS


All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) Discuss

 

All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.

 

Quotation: Friedrich Nietzsche about man and woman


Better than man doth woman understand children, but man is more childish than woman.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) Discuss

 

Quotation: Willa Cather about married men


Men are all right for friends, but as soon as you marry them they turn into cranky old fathers, even the wild ones. They begin to tell you what’s sensible and what’s foolish, and want you to stick at home all the time. I prefer to be foolish when I feel like it, and be accountable to nobody.

Willa Cather (1873-1947) Discuss

 

STUDY: WOMEN BETTER MULTITASKERS


There is no easy answer to the question of whichgender is better at juggling multiple tasks. In a recent study of multitasking, women outperformed men and seemed to be more organized under pressure. However, evidence on the issue has generally been mixed, with men surpassing women in some studies and vice versa. This may have to do with the nature of the tasks utilized in the individual studies. The bottom line is that juggling multiple tasks slows everyone—both men and women alike—down while increasing the number of errors made. More… Discuss

 

Quotation: Charles Dickens


When I talk of eyes, the stars come out! Whose eyes are they? If they are angels’ eyes, why do they look down here and see good men hurt, and only wink and sparkle all the night?

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) Discuss

 

Doina Noua, ( gand poetic de George-B)


Doina Noua, ( gand poetic de George-B)

Si-am plecat la scurta oaste,

sa m-antorc  intord fara de coaste,
Si-am plecat hoinar, 

Si m-am facut armasar, 
armasar de prin ocol, fara-de  funie, far-de bici
sa tot fug in cercuri mici…

Si-am plecat la colindat, dar-de-a altii,
au uitat si de brazi si de icoana,
si de lumina-n ulei,
si de viata si de moarte,
si de zile-ntunecate, scurte, reci si plin-de jale…

Ca s-au pus pe jafu’ mare.

REGINA SPEKTOR SONG and LYRICS: “CALL THEM BROTHERS”


REGINA SPEKTOR LYRICS

“Call Them Brothers”
(feat. Only Son)

That’s it, it’s split – it won’t recover
Just frame the halves and call them brothers
Find their fathers and their mothers 
If you remember who they are

Over and over they call us their friends
Can’t we find something else to pretend?
Like nobody’s won and we’re safe at the end

In the darkness the film machine’s spinning
So let’s leave it on
We’ll be out in the street 
before anyone knows that we’re gone

That’s it, it’s split, it can’t recover
Just frame the halves and call them a whole
And chip at the bricks and fill up your pockets 
With the pieces of the wall that you stole

The hunt is on, everyone’s chasing
Everyone’s chasing a shot
A shot rings out, nobody wants it
Nobody wants it to stop

That’s it, it’s split, it won’t recover
Just frame the halves and call them brothers
Find your fathers and your mothers
If you remember who they are
If you remember, if you remember,
if you remember who they are

 

 

Regina Spektor – Samson – The culture Show


REGINA SPEKTOR LYRICS

“Samson”

You are my sweetest downfall
I loved you first, I loved you first
Beneath the sheets of paper lies my truth
I have to go, I have to go
Your hair was long when we first met

Samson went back to bed
Not much hair left on his head
He ate a slice of wonder bread and went right back to bed
And history books forgot about us and the bible didn’t mention us
And the bible didn’t mention us, not even once

You are my sweetest downfall
I loved you first, I loved you first
Beneath the stars came fallin’ on our heads
But they’re just old light, they’re just old light
Your hair was long when we first met

Samson came to my bed
Told me that my hair was red
Told me I was beautiful and came into my bed
Oh I cut his hair myself one night
A pair of dull scissors in the yellow light
And he told me that I’d done alright
And kissed me ’til the mornin’ light, the mornin’ light
And he kissed me ’til the mornin’ light

Samson went back to bed
Not much hair left on his head
Ate a slice of wonderbread and went right back to bed
Oh, we couldn’t bring the columns down
Yeah we couldn’t destroy a single one
And history books forgot about us
And the bible didn’t mention us, not even once

You are my sweetest downfall
I loved you first


The Nice Guy

In pop psychology, the nice guy is an adult male who is friendly yet unassertive in relationships with women. He gives emotional support, avoids confrontation, puts others’ needs before his own, and generally treats women well. Despite these good qualities, many women, even those who claim to want a nice guy, actually choose to date men who are less considerate, likely because they are attracted to the overt sexuality of such “jerks.” Who first used the phrase “nice guys finish last”? More…

 

Word: INDIGNATION


indignation 

Definition: (noun) Strong displeasure at something considered unjust, offensive, insulting, or base; righteous anger.
Synonyms: outrage
Usage: I could hardly contain my indignation at his disparaging comments. Discuss.

 

Quotation: Mark Twain


Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) Discuss

 

Leonard Cohen – Story of Isaac (live performance 1985) (…”a scheme is not a vision…”)


LEONARD COHEN LYRICS

“Story Of Isaac”

The door it opened slowly, 
my father he came in, 
I was nine years old. 
And he stood so tall above me, 
his blue eyes they were shining 
and his voice was very cold. 
He said, “I’ve had a vision 
and you know I’m strong and holy, 
I must do what I’ve been told.” 
So he started up the mountain, 
I was running, he was walking, 
and his axe was made of gold. 
Well, the trees they got much smaller, 
the lake a lady’s mirror, 
we stopped to drink some wine. 
Then he threw the bottle over. 
Broke a minute later 
and he put his hand on mine. 
Thought I saw an eagle 
but it might have been a vulture, 
I never could decide. 
Then my father built an altar, 
he looked once behind his shoulder, 
he knew I would not hide. 

You who build these altars now 
to sacrifice these children, 
you must not do it anymore. 
A scheme is not a vision 
and you never have been tempted 
by a demon or a god. 
You who stand above them now, 
your hatchets blunt and bloody, 
you were not there before, 
when I lay upon a mountain 
and my father’s hand was trembling 
with the beauty of the word. 

And if you call me brother now, 
forgive me if I inquire, 
“Just according to whose plan?” 
When it all comes down to dust 
I will kill you if I must, 
I will help you if I can. 
When it all comes down to dust 
I will help you if I must, 
I will kill you if I can. 
And mercy on our uniform, 
man of peace or man of war
the peacock spreads his fan.

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson about first journeys discoveries, a fool’s paradise


Traveling is a fool’s paradise. Our first journeys discover to us the indifference of places.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Discuss

 

Quotation: Oscar Wilde about history, gossip and morality


Gossip is charming! History is merely gossip. But scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Discuss

 

Quotation: Sun Tzu on nations and fate


Thus it may be known that the leader of armies is the arbiter of the people’s fate, the man on whom it depends whether the nation shall be in peace or in peril.

Sun Tzu (544 BC-496 BC) Discuss

Quotation: Oscar Wilde


My own business always bores me to death. I prefer other people’s.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Discuss

Franz Liszt – Hungarian Rhapsody No. 4 (for Orchestra)



Franz Liszt (1811-1886), Magyarország / Hungary
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 4 (for Orchestra)
Philharmonia Hungarica
Christoph von Dohnányi

Quotation: Anna Sewell on ignorance and wickedness


Only ignorance! Only ignorance! How can you talk about only ignorance? Don’t you know that it is the worst thing in the world, next to wickedness?

Anna Sewell (1820-1878) Discuss

Louis Armstrong-Go Down Moses



Go down, Moses, way down in Egypt land
Tell old Pharaoh
To let my people go.

Now when Israel was in Egypt land
(Let my people go)
Oppressed so hard they could not stand
(Let my people go) 

So the Lord said:
Go down, Moses
way down in Egypt land
Tell old Pharaoh
To let my people go.

So Moses went to Egypt land
(Let my people go)
He made old Pharaoh understand
(Let my people go)

Yes the Lord said:
Go down, Moses
way down in Egypt land
Tell old Pharaoh
To let my people go.

Thus spoke the Lord, bold Moses said,
(Let my people go)
If not I’ll smite your firstborn dead
(Let my people go)

‘Cause the Lord said:
Go down Moses 
Way down in Egypt land
Tell old Pharaoh
To let my people go

Tell old Pharaoh to let my people go

Franz Liszt – Hungarian Rhapsody No. 3 in B-flat major



Franz Liszt (October 22, 1811 — July 31, 1886) was a 19th-century Hungarian composer, pianist, conductor, and teacher.

Liszt became renowned throughout Europe during the nineteenth century for his virtuosic skill as a pianist. He was said by his contemporaries to have been the most technically advanced pianist of his age and perhaps the greatest pianist of all time.

Hungarian Rhapsodies.

The Hungarian Rhapsodies, S.244, R106, (French: Rhapsodies hongroises, German: Ungarische Rhapsodien, Hungarian: Magyar rapszódiák) is a set of 19 piano pieces based on Hungarian folk themes, composed by Franz Liszt during 1846-1853, and later in 1882 and 1885. Liszt additionally arranged versions for orchestra, piano duet and piano trio.

Piano: Artur Pizarro

 

Just a Thought: “Only what’s unimportant is irreplaceable…”


Just a Thought: “Only what’s unimportant is irreplaceable… Obsolescence does the rest!” 

Quotation: Oscar Wilde on people visiting


When one pays a visit it is for the purpose of wasting other people’s time, not one’s own.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Discuss

Stefan Augustin Doinas_Sentinta.mp3 Volumul de poezii : Semintia lui Laokoon”, Editura Tineretului, 1967


Doinas-Semintia Lui Laokoon, Sentinta

Doinas-Semintia Lui Laokoon, Sentinta  

Stefan Augustin Doinas: Sentinta (Recitation in Romanian By George-B)

Stefan Augustin Doinas_Sentinta.mp3 Volumul de poezii : Semintia lui Laokoon”, Editura Tineretului, 1967

Stefan Augustin Doinas: Sentinta

“Iar pentru vina de-a se fi nascut
El se va pedepsi precum urmeaza:

 La stilpul dragostei va fi tinut

Optzeci de ani sub soarele de-amiaza;
Un prea frumos calau il va-nfiera
c-o stea in frunte, pentru ca multimea
de oameni, diavoli, zei et caetera
sa-I jinduie intr-una inaltimea;

norocul costumat in fel si chip,
cu galbeni il va lapida; natura,
ca-n patul lui Procust, pe-un arhetip
ii va lungi sau prescurta statura;

inchis sa fie-n lume ca-ntr-un tarc;
iar daca va izbi cu pumnii-n stele,
flacai din Marte,  purtatori de arc,
sa-l scoata afara, dincolo de ele;

blestem pe vorba lui: in adevar
sa se preschimbe, ce-a grait minciuna;
de nespalare sa-I foiasca-n par
matreata sfinta, si paduchi de luna;

ca sa-i sporesca greata pina-n prinz,
din cornulabundentei sa se-nfrupte;
si ca la caii vindecati cu spinz,
sa I se umfle pieptul beat de lupte;

lua-i-se-va dreptul de-a vedea
ce e urat, si de-a uita frumsetea;
de ghezna, atarnind ca oghiulea,
sa-si tataie superba tineretea;

nici boli, nici indoieli nici slabiciuni
sa poata lasa ca mostenire,
ci vesnic printer cei cinstiti si buni
sa fie osandit la fericire”

Atit. Ci judele preintelept
A scris mai jos, si-a sigilat, cu ceara:

 “ Acestea toate-l vor lovi, pe drept,
Doar daca se va naste-a doua oara”.

Publicata in volumul de poezii “Semintia lui Laokoon”

Editura TIneretului, 1967

Virginia Woolf on Self-confidence ( has to do with the…self)


Without self-confidence we are as babes in the cradles. And how can we generate this imponderable quality, which is yet so invaluable, most quickly? By thinking that other people are inferior to oneself.

(from “A Room of One’s Own”) by Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) Discuss

(Be self-confident and access this sitefor more on Virginia Woolf)

Quotation: Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) on Human Soul


This soul, or life within us, by no means agrees with the life outside us. If one has the courage to ask her what she thinks, she is always saying the very opposite to what other people say.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) Discuss

Today’s Quotation: Virginia Woolf – Origin of a Masterpiece


      Masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the experience of the mass is behind the single voice.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) Discuss


Louis Armstrong-Go Down Moses



Go down, Moses, way down in Egypt land
Tell old Pharaoh
To let my people go.

Now when Israel was in Egypt land
(Let my people go)
Oppressed so hard they could not stand
(Let my people go) 

So the Lord said:
Go down, Moses
way down in Egypt land
Tell old Pharaoh
To let my people go.

So Moses went to Egypt land
(Let my people go)
He made old Pharaoh understand
(Let my people go)

Yes the Lord said:
Go down, Moses
way down in Egypt land
Tell old Pharaoh
To let my people go.

Thus spoke the Lord, bold Moses said,
(Let my people go)
If not I’ll smite your firstborn dead
(Let my people go)

‘Cause the Lord said:
Go down Moses 
Way down in Egypt land
Tell old Pharaoh
To let my people go

Tell old Pharaoh to let my people go 

Today’s Quotation: Mary Shelley – on Thinking (for yourself, or like others?)


Teach him to think for himself? Oh, my God, teach him rather to think like other people!

Mary Shelley (1797-1851) Discuss

Quotation of the Day: Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) – on Democracy


Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: Grazia Deledda (1871)


Grazia Deledda (1871)

Influenced by the verismo—”realism”—school, Nobel Prize -winning Italian novelist Grazia Deledda wrote her first stories while just a teen and was still having her works published after her death. Her work is lyric and in part naturalistic and combines sympathy and humor with occasional touches of violence. In her approximately 40 novels, the ancient ways of her native Sardinia often come into conflict with modern mores. What are her most famous works? More… Discuss

Today’s Birthday: Julia Drusilla (16 CE)


Julia Drusilla (16 CE)

Drusilla was the sister of the Roman Emperor Caligula, a man widely characterized as insane, autocratic, and cruel. Drusilla was reportedly her brother’s favorite sibling. During banquets at his residence, she consistently occupied the seat of honor normally reserved for the host’s wife and, perhaps because of this practice, was rumored to be Caligula’s lover. Upon Drusilla’s death, Caligula had the Roman Senate declare her “Diva Drusilla,” deifying her as a representation of what goddess? More… Discuss

Today’s Birthday: Alexis de Tocqueville (1805): “Democratically Speaking…Greed, Is Undemocratic…”


Alexis de Tocqueville (1805)

Tocqueville was a French political scientist, historian, and politician. Born into an aristocratic family with ties to the king, his future in government was jeopardized by a revolution in 1830. To distance himself from the trying political situation at home, he embarked on a government-sanctioned mission to the US. Out of it came his best-known work, Democracy in America—the first analytical study of the strengths and weaknesses of US society. What conclusions did Tocqueville draw in it? More… Discuss

My take on this issue:
 “Democratically Speaking…Greed, Is Undemocratic…greed is pathological and antisocial…greed is like the pest, that doesn’t survive its last victim!”

Primates’ Philosophy: He who smiles in a crisis has found someone to blame…


Therefore: He who’s sad in a crisis has been accused of something he never did!

Tuday’s Quotation: Virginia Woolf (1882-1941): How Well Can One Know Anybody?


It is no use trying to sum people up. One must follow hints, not exactly what is said, nor yet entirely what is done. (The quotation is from Woolf’s novel, Jacob’s Room)

 Read more about the novel at:(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob%27s_Room),

 

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) Discuss

Toaca, Clopotele si Romanasii Nostrii Din Veac


Am facut mai daunazi un comentariu, care a fost primit de “Monitorul De Fagaras”, o publicatie cu un cuvant de spus. Suna cam asa (noroc ca scriu totul in Word si apoi copiez, ca sa nu uit ceea ce am avut de spus cand din greseala sterg tot ce am scris):

Apoi, continuati sa bateti toaca si sa trageti clopotele, care mai au un glas,
si continuati sa cautati fisura care exista in toate cele, in coaja,ca sa
strabata lumina adevarului in miezul vietii.
Primiti si te dreptaci si pe
stangaci si iubiti-i pe amandoi, ca asa a vrut Domnul, ca numai asa se pot
oamenii unii, si numai asa pot ei sa vada drumul ce la sta la picioare. Si daca
nu e un drum, faceti unul, si tineti-l luminat:
Bateti clopotele sa se auda in
toate colturile lumii, mai ales acolo unde clopotele au fost amutite, si turnate
in tunuri.
Eu asa zic.
Doamne Ajuta,

George.

Desigur ca am avut motive sa adaug acest comentariu: Oamenii in general nu se sinchisesc prea mult de ceea ce au, ci de ceea ce le lipseste: Asta e atat bun cat si ne-bun, deoarece sant lucruri de neinlocuit, si asa e c Toaca si Clopotele. Pe aici pe unde sant, mi-a trebuit mult timp sa descopar cat de mult mi-a lipsit familiarul cantec de toaca, urmat de clopotele zilnice care se intreceau in maiestrie in Bucuresti, si peste tot in tara. Pe aici pe unde sunt sirenel politiei, ale ambulantei, elicopterele, si latratul cainilor (nu degeaba ocupa ei functia de garda la portile iadului) sant toate in mare voga. Pe de alta aprte, clopotele erau… poate prea galagioase ( as vrea sa introduc aici un Smiley: ala care deasemenea se chiama LOL); Adica cat de saraca cu duhul ar deeveni lumea daca nu s-ar bate clopotele: mesajul lor e mai vechi decat posta, si stafeta. Darce sa mai taiem firu-n patru, ca vorba multa, saracia omului.

Daca vreti sa ascultati o toaca si clopote, cala mama acasa va invit sa  activati domniile voastre grupul de litere si cifre de mai jos, si sper sa ve ia acolo unde vreti sa mergeti:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfrGN9a95no

Cine stie, poate ca veti aprecia acest minunat ritm, si simbolurile care insotesc.

Multami fain, si toate bune.