Monthly Archives: May 2011

Cell-phone and higher risk of brain cancer Concludes WHO: via France24.

Which means: Use wired connection to your cell-phone.

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Discovery News: The Woman Who Saved Monterey Bay

Joplin: Before and after deadly tornado event

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Science of predicting tornadoes and human nature: CBS

20 minutes warning: Is it enough time to protect human life?

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Ennio Moriccone: Cinema Paradiso

Ennio Morricone – 3 Themes with soprano Susanna Rigacci (Arena Concerto)

Arena Concerto – Once Upon a time in the west – A fistful of dynamite (Giù la testa) – Ecstasy of gold

An Intriguing Flower

Can you see the bee?

Bob Dylan At 70, via ABC

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Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman; May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, poet, and painter. He has been a major figure in music for five decades.[1] Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when he was an informal chronicler, and an apparently reluctant figurehead, of social unrest. Though he is well-known for revolutionizing perceptions of the limits of popular music in 1965 with the six-minute single “Like a Rolling Stone,”[2] a number of his earlier songs such as “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin’” became anthems for the US civil rights[3] and anti-war[4] movements.

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Koala Talk

Cute Koala, climbs trees, can you?

Tell me you did not skip your fitness exercises today!

What ‘physical diet’ did you have today?

Today Quotation: Henry James

To believe in a child is to believe in the future. Through their aspirations they will save the world. With their combined knowledge the turbulent seas of hate and injustice will be calmed. They will champion the causes of life’s underdogs, forging a society without class discrimination. They will supply humanity with music and beauty as it has never known. They will endure.

Henry James (1843-1916) Discuss

Egypt today: via France24

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Remember When It Rained – Danee Robinson – recording session – April 2011

Cover of Josh Groban’s “Remember when it rained” from his album “Closer”. Recorded by 17 year old Danee Robinson at “Top of the Hill Studios” in Duvall, Washington – April, 2011. Engineered by Steven Bell and Produced by Cliff Robinson. To be distributed through iTunes and Amazon. Licensing by Eric Mouquet Publishing c/o Sony/ATV Music and Josh Groban Music c/o the law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP, 2450 Colorado Blvd., Suite 400E, Santa Monica CA 90404.

PBS – Frontline – WikiSecrets, May 25, 2011

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Radioactive sea life off Japan: Greenpeace


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Today’s Birthday: Dorothea Lange (1895)

Dorothea Lange's "Migrant Mother," a...

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Dorothea Lange (1895)

Lange was a profoundly influential American documentary photographer. During the Great Depression, her photos of stark poverty led to her employment by a federal agency to bring the plight of the poor to public attention. Her images were so effective that the government was compelled to establish camps for migrant laborers. Lange produced several other photo essays, including one documenting the WWII internment of Japanese-Americans. Who is the subject of her best-known photo, “Migrant Mother“? More… Discuss

Today’s Quotation: Fashion

Fashion is the science of appearance, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754) Discuss

This Day In History: May 26, 1868

Andrew Johnson Avoids Impeachment by One Vote (1868)

Johnson became president following Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. When he attempted to dismiss his Secretary of War without senatorial consent, congressional leaders—for the first time in US history—sought to remove the president from office. Their first attempt failed, but in 1868, the House passed a resolution of impeachment against him. During the trial, the charges proved weak, and the two-thirds vote needed for conviction failed by one vote. Which senators voted against their party? More… Discuss

Something To Look Forward To Is Worth Looking Into

Cultured People Healthier and Happier

A study of 50,797 adults living in Norway found that those who engaged in cultural activities were generally healthier, felt a greater sense of wellbeing, were less stressed, and were less depressed. This effect was seen in those who took part in cultural activities as viewers—for example, by attending concerts or visiting art galleries—as well as those who were active participants—such as those who played instruments, painted, or sang. Even when researchers controlled for other factors, such as social background and wealth, the association remained. More… Discuss

Remember When It Rained – Danee Robinson – recording session – April 2011

Cover of Josh Groban’s “Remember when it rained” from his album “Closer”. Recorded by 17 year old Danee Robinson at “Top of the Hill Studios” in Duvall, Washington – April, 2011. Engineered by Steven Bell and Produced by Cliff Robinson. To be distributed through iTunes and Amazon. Licensing by Eric Mouquet Publishing c/o Sony/ATV Music and Josh Groban Music c/o the law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP, 2450 Colorado Blvd., Suite 400E, Santa Monica CA 90404.

Enjoy more of Danee’s songs on You Tube and on her website:

Ignace Youssef III Younan, Syriac Catholic Patriarch of Antioch

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A pertinent point of view, with the knowledge of the facts!

LHC Smashes Particle Collision Record

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ProPublica: Where The News Lives On

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This Day In History: “Mary Had a Little Lamb” Published (1830)

“Mary Had a Little Lamb” Published (1830)


“Mary Had a Little Lamb” is a 19th century American nursery rhyme. It was written by Sarah Josepha Hale, who turned to writing in 1822 as a widow trying to support her family and who eventually became an influential editor and arbiter of American taste. Thomas Edison recited part of the poem to test his invention of the phonograph, and a host of musicians have recorded versions of it. The nursery rhyme is said to have been based on an actual incident in which what happened? More… Discuss

Today’s Quotation: E. M. Forster

Failure or success seem to have been allotted to men by their stars. But they retain the power of wriggling, of fighting with their star or against it, and in the whole universe the only really interesting movement is this wriggle.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970) Discuss

My Take On this:

In last analysis it is the closest thought to the reality of life; It was dressed in many clothes and became fundamental brick of our human foundation: “More important than the gifts we have received at birth is what we do with them and no matter what life surprises us with, we cannot let the flicker of light in our soul die out.”

One perfect example is WordPress, that allows so many people, many more than any other media, access to voice their creative selves, to the delight, benefit, and enlightment of many more people than any other media: The resultant is a world that speaks with more eloquent diversity than ever before in the history of humanity.

So, fellow bloggers, I would say: let’s take E.  M. Forster’s idea, and keep the “interesting movement” alive.

Until next time!

Norse Mythology

Ask and Embla

In Norse mythology, the first two creatures were the giant Ymir and the cow Audhumla. Ymir fathered a race of giants, and Audhumla created the first god, Buri. Buri’s son, Borr, fathered the gods Odin, Vili, and Ve, who together destroyed Ymir and from his body fashioned the heavens and the earth. From two trees, the gods created the first man and woman—Ask and Embla. Ask’s name derives from an Old Norse word meaning “ash tree“—from which he was formed. What is the derivation of Embla’s name? More… Discuss

The Fifth Element – The Diva Dance Opera (with lyrics and translation)

The Diva opera performance featured music from Gaetano Donizetti‘s Lucia di Lammermoor “Il dolce suono“, the mad scene of Act III, Scene I and it was voiced by the Albanian soprano Inva Mula-Tchako, while the role of Plavalaguna (the Diva) was played by the French actress Maïwenn Le Besco.

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20 Cities You Don’t Want To Live In …Yet: Via CBS

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Today’s Quotation: John F. Kennedy

All of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea—whether it is to sail or to watch it—we are going back from whence we came.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: May 23, 2011

Today’s Birthday: Artie Shaw (1910)

Considered one of swing’s two great clarinetists—along with his rival, Benny Goodman—Shaw was a virtuoso at his instrument. He began playing professionally as a teen before becoming leader of one of the most popular big bands of the swing era. In 1935, he performed with a string quartet that he later expanded into a more conventional dance band. He led a US Navy band during World War II and various ensembles later on, retiring in 1954. How many times was Shaw married? More… Discuss

Today In History:Girolamo Savonarola Executed for Heresy (1498)

Girolamo Savonarola Executed for Heresy (1498)

Savonarola was an Italian preacher and religious reformer. After the overthrow of the Medici family, he became the ruler of Florence, setting up a democratic but severely puritanical government. He was opposed by the allies of the Medici and by Pope Alexander VI, who attempted to restrain Savonarola’s unusual interpretations of scripture and his claim of prophecy. He was tried, convicted of heresy, and hanged. His government was known for its “bonfire of the vanities,” which was what? More… Discuss

Rock Gofer

Granite Gofer

Tents Of Magenta

Tents Of Magenta

Focus On The Journey

Focus on the journey

As Greg Anderson said:

“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.”

Brown Pelican Resting: Mile 2 San Gabriel River, California, May 2011

The Sleeping Pelican: Mile 2 San Gabriel River, California, May 2011

Birds Of different feathers: El Dorado Park, Today

 El Dorado Park is very large natural environment. People go there to fish, run, camp for the day, as the park closes at sundown. Some barbecue, some roller-skate, and some take pictures of birds and flowers. Sometimes of mushrooms, squirrels and caterpillars: all en passant, really, and with minimum intrusion. I took these photos with the Nikon D 5000, and 50-200 lens, but these birds are not afraid of people, as they are protected, and treated with respect. In return we get a glimpse in their lives, which are fundamentally related to ours. They search for food, they live in families, they enjoy the sun, and the gift of a home offered for them in good faith, all the while aware, and watchful of their safety. The eagles had just finished their lunch, and were ready to take off.

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Have fun!

End Of Days Tomorrow? Could this be a hoax? Just like last time?

Diagnosis: Reality Check via WebMD

Prepare For Survival In Case Of Emergencies

With today’s technology in mind, several things should always be in your emergency backpacks: A very loud whistle, and a laser pointer (in case you have been isolated in the wild, and away from accessible routes. They both can help in being located when lost. Of course today cell phones can be very helpful. There are very inexpensive battery, dynamo, and solar powered, operated portable radios. Always have your little waterproofed medicine, protein bar and matches.

Today’s Quotation: Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Today’s Quotation

I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) Discuss

Today In History: Shake-Speares Sonnets First Published (1609)

This Day in History 

Shake-Speares Sonnets First Published (1609)

Shakespeare penned 154 sonnets in his lifetime. Likely written sometime in the 1590s, the majority of the poems were first published in a 1609 work titled Shake-Speares Sonnets. The first 126 of the 154 sonnets are addressed to a young man whose identity has long intrigued scholars. The publisher, Thomas Thorpe, wrote a dedication to the first edition in which he claimed that a person with the initials WH had inspired the sonnets. What are some theories about who the man might have been? More… Discuss

Article Of The Day: The Giant Impact Hypothesis (May 20, 2011)

The Giant Impact Hypothesis

The giant impact hypothesis—the favored scientific hypothesis for the formation of the Moon—proposes that the Moon was created from the debris of a collision between a young Earth and a Mars-sized celestial body. Evidence for the hypothesis includes Moon samples indicating that its surface was once molten, the Moon’s apparently relatively small iron core and lower density than that of Earth, and evidence of similar collisions in other solar systems. What evidence is inconsistent with the theory? More… Discuss

Garfield High School Jazz Ensemble playing “Black and Tan Fantasy” at Essentially Ellington 2009.

Garfield High School Jazz Ensemble playing “Black and Tan Fantasy” at Essentially Ellington 2009. Soloists include Ben Hamaji, Evan Shay, Willem Dekoch, Riley Mulherkar, and Carl Majeau

Ellington’s Creole Love Call / K Battle & B Marsalis

And one of the early Duke Ellington’s arrangement for his Composition:

“Creole Love Call” is a jazz standard, most associated with the Duke Ellington band.

Ellington first recorded it in 1927 and was issued a copyright for it as composer the following year. However the main melody appears earlier in the Joe “King” Oliver composition “Camp Meeting Blues” which Oliver recorded with his Creole Jazz Band in 1923. Apparently Ellington reedman Rudy Jackson had presented the melody to Ellington claiming it was his own composition.

After Ellington’s recording came out, Joe Oliver attempted to sue for payment of royalties and composer credit. The lawsuit failed due to problems with Oliver’s original paperwork resulting in Oliver not holding a valid copyright. Ellington fired Jackson over the incident, bringing in Barney Bigard as his replacement (Via WIkipedia)

Mood Indigo – The Harlem Ramblers, Mr. A. Bilk, H. Lyttelton

And and Duke Ellington interpretation as composed:

Official lies at the kitchen drinking water tap: Radioactivity goes un reported

Radiation in Drinking Water_Texas

Heat Is On: Confortable in the shade, when well camouflaged in plain view

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I noticed the two doves through the lens of my camera, so well they were camouflaged by their plumage. As I walked around the tree I took another glimpse at them: It was to hot to fly away, and they allowed my indiscretion upon their resting branches, with nothing more than a blink of an eye.

Today’s Birthday: JOHNS HOPKINS (1795)

Johns Hopkins (1795)

Hopkins, a US merchant and financier, worked with an uncle as a wholesale grocer before going into business with his brothers in 1819. As he continued to prosper, his interests diversified into banking, insurance companies, steamship lines, and railroads. In his will, he set aside $7 million—the largest philanthropic bequest in US history at the time—for the founding of a free hospital and university in Baltimore, Maryland. His will also called for the establishment of what other institution? More… Discuss

Today In History: Happy Birthday Mr. President (1962)-Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe sings “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” (1962)

In 1962, US President John F. Kennedy‘s birthday was celebrated with a lavish party at Madison Square Garden in New York City. During the event, Monroe took the stage and delivered a sultry version of “Happy Birthday,” substituting “Mr. President” for Kennedy’s name, a gesture that has served to fuel the persistent rumors that she and Kennedy had engaged in an affair. The performance was one of Monroe’s last major public appearances. What did Kennedy say about the song during the party? More… Discuss

Juno Soundtrack: All I Want Is You

Blue Oyster Cult- “Burnin’ For You” Live in South Bend 2009