Monthly Archives: April 2011

Today In History: Fall Of Saigon (1975)


Fall of Saigon (1975)

On April 30, 1975, Saigon, the largest city in Vietnam and the capital of South Vietnam, was captured by the National Liberation Front and the People’s Army of Vietnam. The event marked the end of the Vietnam War (1955-1975) and the reunification of Vietnam under communist rule. The city lost its status as the country’s capital and was renamed after what Vietnamese Marxist revolutionary leader and late president of North Vietnam? More… Discuss

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Quotation Of The Day: April 30, 2011


Life wouldn’t be worth living if I worried over the future as well as the present.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) Discuss

PBS -2011 Peabody Winners Award: American Masters-LENNONYC


A tribute to John Lennon the Song writer, based on interviews with musicians who worked with him.

PBS – Washington Week In Review: What’s The Fuss?


(Click the picture in order to watch the video). I find PBS a more down to earth in the reporting and commentaries made. Some of my friends may agree. In any case it is important to follow the political and economical life of our country, to be able to understand why we are, as a people at the present impasse. The same rule that applies to individual is applicable to a country, a politico-economic system: Self sufficiency is a must, and in order to achieve it, it is equally important to manage the income, by trying to live within the your means, and taking steps to improve that status. unfortunately many spend the last dime, and buy on credit, trying to match their income to the expenses.

Another topic of concern is the process of elections, and what many voters fail to understand: A public office is about a person capable and able to represent justly the entire electorate, and to prioritize and address those issues that will weaken the economic prosperity of all citizen. selflessness and not selfishness is the main valor of a political leader, at all levels of public life.

I do not exclude or include anybody in particular, but I think that voting based of charisma, and empty election campaigns promises are a recipe for failure.

Beethoven 5th Symphony (No. 5, graphical score animation, allegro)



A interesting transposition of the “Force Of Destiny”, in graphical representation. For those of us who did not study conducting and may be able to hardly read some notes on a musical score it does show the complex combination of instruments to bring the harmonious whole of the symphony alive.

Deadly Tornadoes: Deaths and Distruction: Deadliest Day Since The Great Depression


This Day In History: WWII: Operation Manna Begins (1945)


WWII: Operation Manna Begins (1945)

During WWII, the Royal Air Force delivered 6,680 tons food into parts of the German-occupied Netherlands, with the acquiescence of the occupying forces, to feed starving Dutch citizens suffering from a famine that ultimately claimed 18,000 lives. Operation Manna, as it was called, was named for the food that the Book of Exodus says miraculously appeared for the Israelites in the wilderness. The mission ended on May 8, when Germany‘s surrender ended the war in Europe. How was the food delivered? More… Discuss

Quotation Of The Day: Henry Fielding (1707-1754)


A good face they say, is a letter of recommendation. O Nature, Nature, why art thou so dishonest, as ever to send men with these false recommendations into the World!

Henry Fielding (1707-1754) Discuss

Today In The News: Prenatal Pesticide Exposure Linked to Lower IQ


Prenatal Pesticide Exposure Linked to Lower IQ

Children whose mothers are exposed to high amounts of certain pesticides while pregnant appear to have lower intelligence quotients (IQs) than their peers when they reach school age. Three US studies have found that a child’s IQ tends to decrease in proportion to its mother’s exposure to organophosphates during pregnancy. While prenatal exposure to these pesticides was linked with childhood IQ, exposure after birth was not, suggesting that organophosphates are more damaging to developing fetuses than to children. More… Discuss

Planet Rock UK: You’ll Love It


These guys have the greatest selection of classic rock on the face of the planet (and that’s not only my opinion). They also have the coolest online radio: click the pic, go the their homepage, then click the blue button called “Listen Live”, right next to the green triangular button called “On Demand”. Now you can’t say anymore that you can’t listen to classic rock music on-line. You can also choose other stations, once you opened the radio. Let’s rock! 
Over and Out!

Weather Channel: Deadly Tornadoes In USA April 28, 2011


A prayer for those killed so far by the heavy tornadoes, one  the most devastating forces of nature.  

Today’s Birthday: James Monroe (1758)


James Monroe (1758)

Monroe was the fifth president of the US. After serving in the American Revolution, he was elected to the Senate, where he opposed the administration of George Washington. He nevertheless became Washington’s minister to France and later helped to negotiate the Louisiana Purchase. With Secretary of State John Quincy Adams, he developed the principles of US foreign policy later called the Monroe Doctrine. Monroe served two terms as president, presiding in a period that became known as what? More… Discuss

Quote Of The Day: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


Flowers…are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Discuss

Visitors Come and Go – Their Visits Are Cherrished; Stats Tell The Story


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The Site (blog) stats are very helpful in reviewing the outcome of your publishing and the most objective tool on what your visitors are interested to see and read, and the level of interest. Furthermore, with the help of “Flag Counter” (which I discovered in January) and the “Country Maps” you can get appreciate the extend of your reach through the visits received from different ccontinents on the World Map, which adds to add to the usefulness of the WordPress Hit Counter. For example, at this time Euzicasa received visits from 88 countries (Eighty Eight Countries folks, I’m not kidding you) and around the world. That in itself tell the story of freedom of information, economical and cultural development and affordability and accessibility to the internet experience. I do not know (nor am I interested in the identity of the visitors) and Askinet did protect my site from all spam.


therefore, I am considering upgrading, this being my first experimentation with web publishing and blogging. There are many more things I have to learn, but for the time being I can get a message across, an opinion, a story or a poem and make reference to news, cultural events ans much more. I like the theme I chose (Caroline), and still need to add one thing: A “Blog Roll“, as I have several subscribers, all people with same interests, from different places: They are a good bunch, supportive, creative and thoughtful: We never shook hands, but we appreciate this new form of expression, so close in the virtual reality, still reality on the digital map of the World.


One more thing: I still put myself to the task of handwriting, that I grew up with, and gives me a different sense of belonging to my written thought.
I ‘m still in owe for the smell of freshly sharpened pencils, and ink from a good  fountain pen.

To my readers:  Thank you for your interest in this website, for your generous thoughts and comments that I am attached to and moved by: Feedback is in last analysis the most reliable, humanized of stats – What people think, feel and express freely:They have become good companions in the task of navigating the immense virtual space.

Over and Out!   

Matryoshka: Russian Dolls Ballet



I like this animation: Isn’t it evocative of a people and a culture? I give it a ten! (on a 1-10 scale) 

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Today’s Birthday: Mary Wollstonecraft (1759)


Mary Wollstonecraft (1759)

Left-looking half-length portrait of a slightly pregnant woman in a white dressWollstonecraft was an English author who turned to writing while teaching and working as a governess and as a translator for a London publisher. She was an early proponent of educational equality between men and women, and her most important book, A Vindication of the Rights of Women, is widely regarded as the founding document of modern feminism. In 1797, she married the philosopher William Godwin. She died days after the birth of their daughter, who went on to become what famous writer? More… Discuss

Future States – The Dig By Bennet Cohen: Future Or Past?-You decide!


I enjoyed watching this episode of Future States: The archeological lack of information, of answers, and only artifacts without, without the wisdom, if any embodied, the symbols, the clues.

Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster: 25 Years Later


So far the powers to be have a interesting approach to environmental Health and Safety: Whenever the situation called for (which means at times of disaster) they went ahead and increased the original maximum Body Burden, by increasing the maximum dose of contaminant (radiation allowed, by a law they decide in the first place). So happened last in Japan, so was the case each time. These increases of course can account for only one source of exposure at one time, disregarding the cumulative effect, long term, or the multiple sources to which one may be exposed, especially during large scale, contamination of air, water and food, compounded by medical emergencies (such as the need for X-Rays).
The saddest thing is that these laws are not backed up by any data.  

Tate Britain: Want To Visit? Let’s Go Now! (Thanks Google)


So, Hi Again: I don’t think you need a guided tour in the galleries  of this Museum: Just don’t touch anything, and of course you know where the lavatories are. Otherwise…You’re pretty much on your own.

Advantages Of A Virtual Tour Include:

  • No airfare
  • Free access
  • No lines,  no opening and closing hours, or loudspeaker reminders.
  •  Smoking, drinking, and eating…Are allowed, anywhere during the virtual tour (except as deemed by the owner/operator of the computer room facility you’re visiting from, if you are in a public library, or classroom, etc.)

So I guess, I’ll see you around!
Enjoy your unguided virtual tour of the Tate Britain Museum! 

The Birth of WordPress: All the Hows and the Whys are here!


Interview with Matt Mullenweg: The birth and development of WordPress

Amazing: You gotta love this!
An Open Source Platform is The Open Mind; And an open mind is how humanity developed so far: wouldn’t you agree?
Imagine a car that one cannot drive, unless one know how to build it… Now: How many cars do you see on the road? I bet the number is close to none. The same concept applied to software, works in the same way: Some companies make it impossible to figure out their applications and each year come with updates that are senseless, and I believe the reasons have nothing to do with easiness of use, but rather the contrary: their way to keep the source to themselves, is by keeping the the user busy with figuring out how to do things.  That way of thinking has so little to do empowerment of the user to become creative, as it takes precious time and resources to get over the learning phase, really the “driving” (remember the analogy with the car?).
So friends: Can you see how important the way we live, and think is, and this time I’m asking you: Can you see the way we can make a difference in the world, by making things easier, lighter, more accessible, more open source, less proprietary? Sharing is openness. So the first thing that comes into mind is this: Lets start ask for a user friendly technology!
Thanks Matt,

 I enjoyed your interview on Bloomberg immensely and learned a lot from it!

George.

Today’s Birthday: John James Audubon (1785)


John James Audubon (1785)

 Audubon was a US ornithologist and artist known for his drawings and paintings of North American birds. After failing in business, he concentrated on compiling his extraordinary four-volume Birds of America, published between 1827 and 1838. Though his bird poses are sometimes unrealistic—the result of painting dead birds wired into position—and some details are inaccurate, his studies were fundamental to New World ornithology. How many bird species are featured in Birds of America? More… Discuss

Pulp Fiction – Dancing Scene: Chuck Berry – You Never Can Tell


You Can Never Tell

It was a teenage wedding and the old folks wished them well

You could see that Pierre did truly love the Madamoiselle
And now the young Monsieur and Madame have rung the chapel bell

“C’est la vie” say the old folks
It goes to show you never can tell

They furnished off an apartment with a two room roebuck sale
The coolerator was crammed with TV dinners and ginger ale
But when Pierre found work, the little money comin’ worked out well

“C’est la vie” say the old folks
It goes to show you never can tell

They had a hi-fi phono boy did they let it blast?
Seven hundred little records all rock, rhythm and jazz
But when the sun went down the rapid tempo of the music fell

“C’est la vie” say the old folks
It goes to show you never can tell

They bought a souped-up jitney was a cherry red ’53
And drove it down New Orleans to celebrate their anniversary
It was there where Pierre was wedded to the lovely Madamoiselle

“C’est la vie” say the old folks
It goes to show you never can tell

They had a teenage wedding and the old folks wished them well
You could see that Pierre did truly love the Madamoiselle
And now the young Monsieur and Madame have rung the chapel bell

“C’est la vie” say the old folks
It goes to show you never can tell

Pulp Fiction – Opening Theme (Dick Dale and His Del Tones – Miserlou)



Pulp Fiction is a 1994 crime film directed by Quentin Tarantino, who cowrote its screenplay with Roger Avary. The film is known for its rich, eclectic dialogue, ironic mix of humor and violence, nonlinear storyline, and host of cinematic allusions and pop culture references. The film was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture; Tarantino and Avary won for Best Original Screenplay. It was also awarded the Palme d’Or at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival. A major critical and commercial success, it revitalized the career of its leading man, John Travolta, who received an Academy Award nomination, as did costars Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman.

What? It’s just fiction…pulp fiction and a good one too! Not an assembly line movie, not a conveyor belt movie but the opposite: Totally non-linear, great small conversation and great soundtrack, great actors, great performance. Nice to remember and mention it.

Enjoy!

Matt Maher – Christ is Risen



Christ Is Risen!

Let no one caught in sin remain
Inside the lie of inward shame
We fix our eyes upon the cross
And run to Him who showed great love
And bled for us
Freely You’ve bled for us

Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake, come awake
Come and rise up from the grave
Christ is risen from the dead
We are one with Him again
Come awake, come awake
Come and rise up from the grave

Beneath the weight of all our sin
You bowed to none but heaven’s will
No scheme of hell, no scoffer’s crown
No burden great can hold You down
In strength You reign
Forever let Your church proclaim

O death, where is your sting?
O hell, where is your victory?
O church, come stand in the light
The glory of God has defeated the night
Singing: O death, where is your sting?
O hell, where is your victory?
O church, come stand in the light
Our God is not dead
He’s alive, He’s alive!

Christ Is Risen!


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Easter At Sambata De Sus Monastery Fagaras- Romania


Hristos A Inviat!


Jackson 5: I Want You Back



This song came into my mind, when I woke up this morning and It brought with it…Memories; Happy memories. There are songs like that you know, you may not recall a word, you may not have followed the group, the band, the singer like a true fan would…You may have listened to that song on the bus, in your car, at a party, at the mall, and who knows how many other places, and then silence from it. Until one sound, or no sound at all, makes you hear it coming alive inside the music box ( I like to call that my heads, when it’s not a library, cause there is one of those too somewhere in there). I hope you remember it too, and that bunch of good memories will go with it while you’re listening.

What talent in Michael Jackson, and his bunch!
Thanks for listening and remember to live life in real-time, as it unfolds, as everything else is mementos, like in  “Memento homo,
quia pulvis es, et in pulverem reverteris.”

More about the song, and its life:

“I Want You Back” was released in 1969 and in early 1970 became a number-one hit single recorded by The Jackson 5 for the Motown label. The song, along with a b-side cover of Smokey Robinson & the Miracles‘ “Who’s Lovin’ You“, was the only single from the first Jackson 5 album, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5. It went to number one on the soul singles chart for four weeks and held the number-one position on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for the week ending January 31, 1970. (Read more about the story behind the song at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Want_You_Back)

Chernobyl April 21, 2011, Via France 24: Read It And Think: Are you a prospective evacuee?



I have learned a lot from this courageous reporting. I wish more people would understand the fate of the Atoms for Peace, upon the very existence of our home. Can we consider ourselves prospective evacuees?
That is the selfish question that grew in my mind: could we and people we know, care for,  love, or perfect strangers, that could have become best friends, could we become evacuees? Like the tens of thousands of Japanese families, protected from returning to their radioactive homes by barbed wire, barricades and police guards.

(Leonard Cohen‘s “song of Isaac”: From his concert in Warsaw in 1985, an intense performance of Story of Isaac.)

Today’s Birthday, April 23: Happy Birthday Michael Moore!


Easter 2011_ Egg Hunting May require Tree Climbing: Who’s In?


Click On the pic to view the video and read more about this wonderful idea for an Easter Celebration.

Dmitri Shostakovich Festive Uverture Op 96


Shostakovich Festive Overture Op 96 Live At The  Nobel Prize Concert 2009:

Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich,

Conductor: Yuri Temirkanov,
Orchestra: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic.

Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich (September 1906 — 9 August 1975) was a Soviet Russian composer and one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century.

Shostakovich achieved fame in the Soviet Union under the patronage of Leon Trotsky‘s chief of staff Mikhail Tukhachevsky, but later had a complex and difficult relationship with the Stalinist bureaucracy. In 1936, the government, most probably under orders from Stalin, harshly criticized his opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, causing him to withdraw the Fourth Symphony during its rehearsal stages. Shostakovich’s music was officially denounced twice, in 1936 and 1948, and was periodically banned. Nevertheless, he also received accolades and state awards and served in the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR. Despite the official controversy, his works were popular and well received.

After a period influenced by Sergei Prokofiev and Igor Stravinsky, Shostakovich developed a hybrid style, as exemplified by Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (1934). This single work juxtaposed a wide variety of trends, including the neo-classical style (showing the influence of Stravinsky) and post-Romanticism (after Gustav Mahler). Sharp contrasts and elements of the grotesque characterize much of his music.

Shostakovich’s orchestral works include 15 symphonies and six concerti. His symphonic work is typically complex and requires large scale orchestras. Music for chamber ensembles includes 15 string quartets, a piano quintet, two pieces for a string octet, and two piano trios. For the piano he composed two solo sonatas, an early set of preludes, and a later set of 24 preludes and fugues. Other works include two operas, and a substantial quantity of film music. Read more about His life and work at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dmitri_Shostakovich

Leonard Bernstein Conducting Candide Overture (London December 13, 1989)


Candide Overture, conducted by the composer himself, Leonard Bernstein. Concert performance of Candide with June Anderson, Jerry Hadley, Christa Ludwig, Nicolai Gedda – London Symphony Orchestra (London, December 13, 1989).

Candide
is an operetta with music composed by Leonard Bernstein, based on the novella of the same name by Voltaire.[1] The operetta was first performed in 1956 with a libretto by Lillian Hellman; but since 1974 it has been generally performed with a book by Hugh Wheeler[2][3] which is more faithful to Voltaire’s novel. The primary lyricist was the poet Richard Wilbur.
(Read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candide_(operetta))

Today’s Birthday: Henry Fielding (1707)


Henry Fielding (1707)

Born 22 April 1707(1707-04-22)
Sharpham, Glastonbury, Somerset, England
Died 8 October 1754(1754-10-08) (aged 47)
Lisbon, Portugal
Pen name Captain Hercules Vinegar“, also some works published anonymously
Occupation Novelist, dramatist
Nationality English
Period 1728–54
Genres satire, picaresque
Literary movement Enlightenment, Augustan Age
Relative(s) Sara Banerji (1900s author)

Fielding was an English novelist and dramatist known for his humor and satire. He settled in London in 1729 and began writing comedies, farces, and burlesques, including Tom Thumb. Two of his satires attacked the Walpole government and provoked the Licensing Act of 1737, which initiated censorship of the stage and ended his career as a playwright. He thereupon turned to writing novels, publishing his most popular work, Tom Jones, in 1749. Why did he travel to Portugal in 1754? More… Discuss

This Day In History: First Earth Day Celebrated (1970)


First Earth Day Celebrated (1970)

The first Earth Day was organized in 1970 to promote ecological ideas, encourage respect for life on earth, and highlight growing concern over pollution of the soil, air, and water. Earth Day is now observed in more than 140 nations with outdoor performances, exhibits, street fairs, and television programs that focus on environmental issues. In 1990, Earth Day was marked by an “International Peace Climb,” in which climbers from the US, Soviet Union, and China scaled what peak together? More…

Crispian St Peters – You Were On My Mind



Something about me: I love a good song, so much sometime, that I feel like sharing it.
I hope you’ll enjoy listening to it one more time, too.

Happy Anniversery To Me: One year of Yerba Mate Tea Drinking Experience


 

It is one year  since I was introduced to yerba mate, by a person which I will always remember. My first cup was a Taraguii, tea bag, just like the one in the picture above. I am enjoying yerba more and more, as I continue to discover more and more of its therapeutic effects, some of which make my doctor ask me what my secret was. So I told him it was ‘yerba mate”. Just like almost everybody I talked to, he asked me: “Yerba what?”. 
He did not hear about yerba, but was eager to find out more. Some of the things the good doctor was impressed were: Much lower cholesterol,  lower glucose blood level, and weight loss.

So how does yerba carry out this?Well,  both by increasing the production of bile to help the  digestive process and better elimination of toxins through sudorific (perspiration) glands and diuresis (improved  kidneys function.)
The weight loss is due to daily physical activity and the regulation of the food intake, through drinking yerba mate tea.
One last great health benefit I noticed is a more restful nocturnal sleep: I know that because I dream, and remember the dreams upon waking, which I was not very good at before. 
Therefore I will continue to have few cups daily, and talk about it, and introduce it to whoever has a listening ear and  guess what: I’m doing it right now.

Feel free to comment about your personal experiences with yerba, or if you want to find out more about it (Such a good thing is better served by more people and I have been educated into spreading a good thing when I discover one).
I also enjoy seeing people happy they have started their yerba experience, and no amount of money can buy that:

So share and share alike!

Twitter: Virtual Connection To Real Time Broadcasting (69 Characters)


One year after this interview, the usefulness of this social media is validated, by the variety of news agencies, and information. It has been successful in communicating with the rest of the world, from areas where communication was disconnected. I think the most important aspect is that retweeting is an objective tool in identifying of note worthy news, and the trend of public opinion. This is, evidently more realistic than any other means of feedback, personal, or collective.

Like with everything else: Its use is only as worthy as the message and so far I think Twitter got that!

3,200 Gulf Oil Wells abandoned and unprotected: Who Owns The Earth?


The question I asked about the ownership of the Earth is not a platonic one: And it is followed by another question: Is this acceptable?

Skin Cancer Can Be Deadly: Look For Skin Abnormalties


Today’s Birthday:


Philippe Pinel (1745)

After moving to Paris in 1778, Pinel, a French physician, was appointed director of the Bicêtre and Salpêtrière hospitals. His experiences there prompted him to advocate for the humane treatment of mentally ill persons—then called the insane—and for the empirical study of mental disease. He further contributed to the development of psychiatry by establishing the practice of thoroughly documenting psychiatric case histories for research. What initially inspired Pinel’s interest in mental illness? More… Discuss

Quotation Of The Day: Jerome Kapla Kerome


Quotation of the day 

If you are foolish enough to be contented, don’t show it, but grumble with the rest.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927) Discuss

Ave Maria Caccini: Catedrala Sf. Iosif Bucharest


Super bugs: Should we be worried?


Today’s Birthday:David Ricardo (1772)


David Ricardo (1772)

Ricardo was a British economist who made a fortune in the stock market before turning to the study of political economy, publishing his major work, The Principles of Political Economy and Taxation, in 1817. According to his labor theory of value, the value of almost any good is a function of the labor needed to produce it; thus, a $10 watch requires ten times more labor than a $1 pencil. According to his “iron law of wages,” what keeps wages stabilized around the subsistence level? More… Discuss

Life In the Ruins: Home Call_Great MSN Story-gotta love this


So the safest place to live is still…Home: A perfectly timed story, od dare-devil, risk-it-all-now, by the best story telling factory. I guess it has to do with playing down the nuclear collapse of the world under the most foolish of the post industrial era. See the pattern: It is all…Post- ( After something was gone, dead.) We do live in the post-news era too…Disgusting. 
I cannot start to elaborate on how wrong the message of this story is.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/42663800#42643072

Visit the Smithsonian: Now!


I have been wanting to visit the Smithsonian for many years now. I never got around though, so I decided to, at least take the virtual tour. It is fascinating what imagination can accomplish.

Are you coming?

Virtual Tour Of The Saint Peter’s Tomb: Follow Me!


Today In History: Construction of St. Peter’s Basilica Begins (1506)


Construction of St. Peter’s Basilica Begins (1506)

With a capacity of over 60,000 people, St. Peter’s Basilica is the one of the world’s largest churches as well as one of the world’s holiest Catholic sites. Begun by Pope Julius II in 1506 and completed more than a century later, it was built to replace Old St. Peter’s, erected by Constantine over Peter’s traditional burial site. Michelangelo and Bernini were among its many architects, and a number of their masterpieces adorn its interior. Why is St. Peter’s not considered a cathedral? More… Discuss

Life In The Nuclear Era: Where Are The People?