“The summer has finally arrived to Paris: balmy 30 degrees, sweaty tourists…. It is even more amazing that the moment music begins sounding all those people who a minute ago were hurrying along busily , those people suddenly stop in their tracks and dive into the magic of sound, like it was a cool pool. Enjoy this short report for http://www.streetpianos.com and next time you suddenly hear piano sounds on a hot summer day on a street – it’s not an aural mirage , it’s for real – come and join in !” Continue reading →
I have recently experienced some unwanted activity on my website. To be more specific, some of the followers have associated with you too, my very welcome and followers.
In today’s world , I should think that the most fundamental right as a blog administrator would be to decides, upon revising the content who will, or not be approved to become your blogging family.
As I requested several times and through different avenues, WordPress.com so far dismissed my requests to implement Setting choices, allowing us to decide who will, or will not follow us, based upon subject matter, interests, language, and so many other valid criteria in existence here at WordPress.com.
At this time WordPress.com has no way to allow us the choice of moderating access, compared to Twitter, or even Facebook.
I think that Twitter services have a direct, easy to use, friendly way of empowering a member to freedom of association, and everyone of us is entitled to, without having o ask WordPress.com administration to do that for us upon request (which as I said earlier does not work, or even worse to have to directly contact such followers, which is beneath me (at least).
Here is how Twitter deal with this issue, at a immediate action of the twitter user (highlighted in yellow):
Twitter v. WordPress Settings
Following is a Poll (my first) asking for your input in this issue, and the question is:
“Should the administrator of a WordPress.com be allowed to decide upon the membership at their site?”
Should you need further clarification on this matter, please feel free to comment, before voting!
Thank you Friends! (as you can see this is NOT about you, it is about us all, I am sure you can too see why
Following is one example for the reasons I requested that word.press.com, allow for administrators’ settings. It would save time, and allow one the peace and tranquility of not having to interact with unwitty profane and vulgar characters!
This website is about art, artists and the way some of them have influenced my whole life.
If at times the content may seem nostalgic, is only when it resonate in quality, in message and in power to influence human knowledge of one’s feelings.
I am reminded of the little time we have to meditate upon the beauty around us, in an infinity of forms.
It is a duty, I think to share values, like leaflets over a monotonous life, and troubled civilization, away from the roll of coins that cannot buy neither a soul, nor that which makes us human.
So happy trails, and I hope you too will find something in theses pages that you’ll like to share with others.
Thank You Friends,
Danee Robinson is gifted with a pure, soprano angelic voice. She is an evolving presence in the world of classical music, and is getting more and more attention in the world of music, from an ever larger audience. How to describe in words her presence in the universe that’s larger than any imagination, the universe of music:
‘I am therefore I sing’
I feel her message throughout her musical career, in her album “Canto di Gioia” (Song of Joy) on stage, and in this beautiful interpretation of “Mandoline”, composed by Claude Debussy, in 1883, for piano and soloist on the poem of Paul Verlaine. A composition exuding youth, and its capacity of playfulness, freedom and happyness…Of love everlasting. Continue reading →
Appropriately enough, Minnesota’s oldest continuous festival is held in the town of Norwood-Young America. Loosely translated as “founders’ day,” Stiftungsfest was created in 1861 by the Young America Pioneer Maennerchor (men’s choir) as a way of bringing the music of old Germany to the new world. Well-known bands and singing groups from Germany as well as local groups perform during the three-day event, which includes a traditional German beer garden, a Heritage Tent showcasing German arts and crafts, and a Grand Parade.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
Theodore Dreiser (1871)
Dreiser was a novelist and pioneer of naturalism in American literature. After working as a journalist, magazine editor, and publisher, he published his first novel, Sister Carrie, which was denounced as scandalous. In 1915, the withdrawal of his autobiographical novel, The Genius, from distribution on moral grounds ignited a national anticensorship campaign supported by most of the leading literary figures of the day. Whose murder inspired his An American Tragedy?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
This Day in History:
Mars Makes Its Closest Approach to Earth in Nearly 60,000 Years (2003)
In its most favorable position for viewing, when it is opposite the Sun, Mars is twice as bright as the brightest star in the sky. The Red Planet was even more visible in 2003, when it made its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years, passing within 35 million mi (56 million km) of us. An email sent during the 2003 approach has spawned hoax emails saying that during an upcoming approach Mars will appear as big as the Moon. When is the next time Mars will be as close as it was in 2003?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
Article of the Day:
Subvertising is the practice of making spoofs or parodies of corporate and political advertisements. Taking its name from a combination of the words “subvert” and “advertising,” the act is often intended to sabotage its targets by presenting easily recognizable images that are shocking upon second glance. Still, some critics say subverts, which are often modified versions of existing images, merely increase public awareness of the original symbols. How have subverts been used politically?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin Dance me through the panic ’til I’m gathered safely in Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove Dance me to the end of love Dance me to the end of love Oh let me see your beauty when the witnesses are gone Let me feel you moving like they do in Babylon Show me slowly what I only know the limits of Dance me to the end of love Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the wedding now, dance me on and on Dance me very tenderly and dance me very long We’re both of us beneath our love, we’re both of us above Dance me to the end of love Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the children who are asking to be born Dance me through the curtains that our kisses have outworn Raise a tent of shelter now, though every thread is torn Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin Dance me through the panic till I’m gathered safely in Touch me with your naked hand or touch me with your glove Dance me to the end of love Dance me to the end of love Dance me to the end of love
Where do I go, when it’s all blown over, Where do I start when it’s all gone to the dogs, I am not bitter, I’m just trying to recover, from my island of loneliness. Where do I hide, from the careless words you speak, I’m not immune, I just want to see beyond, beyond my island of loneliness. So what should I say, I hear the cannons fire in the distance, is there a place for the tide to change my heart, stop wasting time, collecting lines of girls, wake up out of it in my arms, out of your island of loneliness.
Voynich manuscript, one of the most enigmatic books in the world will be reproduced in Spain.Printed on a medieval parchment in a language that great cryptographers were never able to decipher the book is rarely removed from the Yale University library vault in the United States, informs “Le Point”. Mircea Cărtărescu made this one of the biggest mysteries in the world one of the threads of his novel “Solenoid”.
Hundreds of researchers have spent their lives trying to interpret this mysterious book – with pages of manuscript stylish illustrations of herbs strange and drawings of nude women – whom they have been assigned certain magical powers. The work was degraded by time, does not come only very rarely safe Beinecke library at Yale University in the United States. a small publishing house in northern Spain, Shiloh, obtained finally, after 10 years of efforts, the authorization to reproduce and disseminate the manuscript in 1,000 children.
“To touch Voynich manuscript really means something,” said Juan José García , director of Siloam publisher. “The book is surrounded by a certain aura that you see for the first time fills you with emotion difficult to describe,” he added.
Siloam Publishing specializes in publishing facsimiles of ancient manuscripts. The amount for which bought the right to reproduce the manuscript remained classified. Publisher recorded at each reproduction income between 7,000 and 8,000 euros and announced that more than 300 customers have already reserved a copy.
Raymond Clemens, conservator at the Beinecke Library, Yale University explained that the decision to dispose of the paper reproductive rights “because a large number of people wanted to consult.” “If we let the manuscript to be handled that way, then thousands of people would read it and destroy it.”
Reproduction “thus enabling libraries and museums have a copy” and “facsimile ourselves we use to show off the library, students and other interested persons,” said the American library.
[spoken intro:] Here’s an awfully pretty folk song
When I was seventeen it was a very good year It was a very good year for small town girls and soft summer nights We’d hide from the lights on the village green When I was seventeen
When I was twenty-one it was a very good year It was a very good year for city girls who lived up the stair With all that perfumed hair and it came undone When I was twenty-one
Then I was thirty-five it was a very good year It was a very good year for blue-blooded girls Of independent means, we’d ride in limousines their chauffeurs would drive When I was thirty-five
But now the days grow short, I’m in the autumn of the year And now I think of my life as vintage wine from fine old kegs From the brim to the dregs, and it poured sweet and clear It was a very good year
[Lengthy Intro:] When I was a young man courting the girls I played me a waiting game If a maid refused me with tossing curls I’d let the old Earth make a couple of whirls While I plied her with tears in lieu of pearls And as time came around she came my way As time came around, she came
When you meet with the young girls early in the Spring You court them in song and rhyme They answer with words and a clover ring But if you could examine the goods they bring They have little to offer but the songs they sing And the plentiful waste of time of day A plentiful waste of time
Oh, it’s a long, long while from May to December But the days grow short when you reach September When the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame One hasn’t got time for the waiting game
Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few September, November And these few precious days I’ll spend with you These precious days I’ll spend with you
“These Boots Are Made For Walking” (originally by Nancy Sinatra)
You keep saying you got something for me Something you call love but confess You’ve been a’messin’ where you shouldn’t ‘ve been a’messin’ And now someone else is getting all your best Well, these boots are made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you
You keep lyin’ when you oughta be truthin’ You keep losing when you oughta not bet You keep samin’ when you oughta be a’changin’ What’s right is right but you ain’t been right yet These boots are made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you
You keep playing where you shouldn’t be playing And you keep thinking that you’ll never get burnt (HAH) Well, I’ve just found me a brand new box of matches (YEAH) And what he knows you ain’t had time to learn These boots are made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you
Namibia Heroes Day
To honor those who lost their lives fighting for national freedom, Namibia has designated August 26 as Heroes’ Day. On this day, thousands of Namibians gather at Ongulumbashe to celebrate. Representatives from all 13 regions give performances and cultural presentations, including traditional praise songs and dances. A re-enactment of the battle of Ongulumbashe concludes with the raising of the Namibian flag, as the real fighters did after each triumph in the war. In Namibia’s capital city of Windhoek, the Heroes’ Acre national monument was erected to honor the freedom fighters.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
Robert Walpole, First Earl of Orford (1676)
Walpole was an English statesman. Elected to the House of Commons in 1701, he later served as secretary of war. With the accession of George I, he rose rapidly to become first lord of the treasury and chancellor of the exchequer. With his consolidation of power, he effectively became the first British prime minister. He avoided foreign entanglement and kept England neutral until 1739, when he was forced into the War of Jenkins’ Ear against Spain. How did the conflict get its name?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
This Day in History:
National Assembly of Quebec Adopts the Charter of the French Language (1977)
In 1976, the Parti Québécois, a party of French-Canadian nationalists formed in 1970, won control of the provincial parliament. Among its first acts was the passage of La charte de la langue française—the Charter of the French Language. Also known as Bill 101, the controversial legislation made French the official language of Quebec and prohibited the use of English on signs and in most commercial transactions. What effect did the charter have on businesses in Quebec?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
Article of the Day:
Widely used in thought experiments—imagined scenarios whose outcomes are reasoned but not physically played out—philosophical zombies are hypothetical beings indistinguishable from normal humans in all but one respect—they lack conscious experience. This quality makes the “p-zombie” an ideal subject for philosophical musings. According to physicalism, everything that exists is ultimately physical. How have philosophers used these hypothetical beings in arguments disputing this perspective?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
Cancers linked with human papillomavirus (HPV) infection have increased recently, even though most are vaccine preventable.
A CDC analysis of cancer registry data from 2008 to 2012 showed that nearly 39 000 cancers were diagnosed annually at anatomical sites associated with HPV—the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, oropharynx, anus, and rectum. In addition, the incidence of HPV-associated cancers increased from 10.8 per 100 000 population during 2004 to 2008 to 11.7 per 100 000 from 2008 to 2012 (Viens LJ et al. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2016;65:661-666).
About 79% of the HPV-related cancers, or 30 700 cases, were directly attributable to HPV infection. Approximately 28 500 of those cancers could have been prevented with a 3-dose series of the 9-valent HPV vaccine, 1 of 3 HPV vaccines approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.
The most common HPV-associated cancers were cervical carcinomas and oropharyngeal squamous cell cancers (SCCs). Cervical cancer rates were higher among black than white females and among Hispanic than non-Hispanic females. But rates of oropharyngeal SCC in males and females were higher among white than black adults, and among non-Hispanic than Hispanic adults.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends routine immunization with the bivalent, quadrivalent, or 9-valent vaccine for females and quadrivalent or 9-valent for males starting at ages 11 to 12 years. Among adolescent girls in 2014, 60% received at least 1 dose and 39.7% received 3 doses of HPV vaccine; among boys, 41.7% received 1 or more doses and 21.6% received 3 doses. Increasing vaccination rates could decrease HPV-associated cancer incidence and disparities, the investigators noted.
News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Section Editor: Rebecca Voelker, MSJ.