Monthly Archives: June 2011

Green Taggers Needed: Find out more!


I never thought I’m going to tag, even though this is a different kind of tagging! 
Your Paintings Tagger Project: where every tag counts!

Your Paintings Tagger Project: where every tag counts!

Start as a green tagger...Then, who knows: I'm curious to find out - What about you?

Start as a green tagger...Then, who knows: I'm curious to find out - What about you?

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BBC Launches_Your Paintings 60,000 Paintings Online_ From UK National Collections + Crowdsourcing


BBC Launches_Your Paintings 60,000 Paintings Online_ From UK National Collections + Crowdsourcing

BBC Launches_Your Paintings 60,000 Paintings Online_ From UK National Collections + Crowdsourcing

This is something to look forward to over the next few days: are you going to be there too?
Source: InfoDocket

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/bbcinternet/2011/06/your_paintings_opening_up_the.html

Article of the Day (June 30): Neurogenesis


Neurogenesis

The human nervous system is composed of some 200 billion cells called neurons, about half of which are found in the brain. Neurogenesis, the process through which neurons are formed, is most active during prenatal development. Though early neuroanatomists believed that the adult nervous system is fixed and incapable of regeneration, neurogenesis actually continues throughout life. Studies have shown that lack of sleep reduces neurogenesis and exercise increases it. How is it affected by stress? How physical exercise help the aging body and the brain?More… Discuss

Today’s Quotation: George Bernard Shaw


You think that you are Ann’s suitor; that you are the pursuer and she the pursued; that it is your part to woo, to persuade, to prevail, to overcome. Fool: it is you who are the pursued, the marked-down quarry, the destined prey.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Discuss

See here for the full text of ‘Man and Superman

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In the News: Rinderpest, Second Disease Ever to Be Eradicated


Rinderpest, Second Disease Ever to Be Eradicated

For the second time in history, a disease has been entirely eradicated. The first was smallpox in 1980. Now, according to the UN, the world is officially free of rinderpest, also known as cattle plague, a highly contagious viral disease that kills ruminants within days of infection. Because many societies are dependent on cattle, this disease has helped shape the course of human history. Indeed, it is said to have sped the fall of the Roman Empire, contributed to the discontent leading up to the French Revolution, and paved the way for the colonization of Africa. More… Discuss

Article of the Day: Parachute


The Parachute

The parachute was conceived by the 14th century, but practical demonstrations began only in the 1780s in France. The first successful parachute descent from a great height occurred in 1797, when André-Jacques Garnerin made a 3,200-ft (1,000-m) exhibition jump from a balloon. In 1802, he made an 8,000-ft (2,400-m) jump. Early parachutes were made of canvas, but this was later replaced by silk and then nylon and Kevlar. What is the world record for the highest parachute jump and longest free-fall? More… Discuss

Quotation of th eDAy(June 29)


Accursed be he that first invented war.

Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593) Discuss

AP IMPACT: NRC and industry rewrite nuke history


AP IMPACT: NRC and industry rewrite nuke history

AP IMPACT: NRC and industry rewrite nuke history (Click to read this article)

Today”s Quatation (June 28): DAniel Defoe


 

We are very fond of some families because they can be traced beyond the Conquest, whereas indeed the farther back, the worse, as being the nearer allied to a race of robbers and thieves.

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: Jean Jaques Rousseau (1712)


Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712)

Rousseau was a Swiss-French philosopher and writer who had a lasting impact on politics, literature, and education. In particular, he strongly influenced the theories of the French Revolution and the romantics. Many of his ideas stemmed from his belief in the natural goodness of man, who he felt had been warped by society. His Confessions, published posthumously in 1782, was a frank account of his life and was a founding work of autobiography. Why was he forced to flee France in 1762? More… Discuss

In the News: New Uncontacted Tribe Observed in Amazon


New Uncontacted Tribe Observed in Amazon

The Brazilian government has confirmed the existence of an uncontacted tribe of about 200 individuals in a southwestern area of the Amazon rainforest. After the clearings where they live were identified by satellite, airplane expeditions were mounted to verify the discovery and collect more information about the group without disrupting its way of life. These revealed that the tribe lives in four large, straw-roofed buildings and grows corn, bananas, peanuts, and other crops. It is estimated that the Amazon is home to at least 68 uncontacted tribes. More… Discuss

Do YOu Know What to do In a Thunderstorm?


Thunderstorm- What to do

Thunderstorm- Whart to do

You’re Invited To a Cup of Tea: (Not the Five O’clock? Well, have a cup of tea anyway!)


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New Exposé Reveals Nuclear Regulatory Commission Colluded with Industry to Weaken Safety Standards


New Exposé Reveals Nuclear Regulatory Commission Colluded with Industry to Weaken Safety Standards

New Exposé Reveals Nuclear Regulatory Commission Colluded with Industry to Weaken Safety Standards

 Three U.S. senators have called for a congressional probe on safety issues at the nation’s aging nuclear plants following a pair of new exposés. In a special series called “Aging Nukes,” the Associated Press revealed that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the nuclear power industry have been working in tandem to weaken safety standards to keep aging reactors within the rules. Just last year, the NRC weakened the safety margin for acceptable radiation damage to reactor vessels. The AP report also revealed radioactive tritium has leaked from 48 of the 65 U.S. (Source:  http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/24/new_expos_reveals_nuclear_regulatory_commission)

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The Competition Made Them Do It: Got What It Takes?


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The Competition MAde Us Do It: do You Have What It Takes?

The Competition Made Them Do It: do You Have What It Takes?

One of the First Major Outbreaks of St. John’s Dance (1374)


One of the First Major Outbreaks of St. John’s Dance (1374)

Germany was the site of one of the first outbreaks of dancing mania, a phenomenon seen primarily in mainland Europe between the 14th and 17th centuries. During such outbreaks, groups of up to thousands of people would dance uncontrollably, screaming, shouting, and claiming to have visions until they collapsed from exhaustion. Initially considered a curse sent by a saint, usually St. John the Baptist, it was called “St. John’s Dance.” To what do researchers now attribute the strange behavior? More… Discuss

In the News: New Camera Allows Refocusing of Photos


New Camera Allows Refocusing of Photos

A newly launched company called Lytro will debut a light-field camera that some say will bring the biggest change to the field of photography since the inception of digital photography. The camera will produce what the company calls “living pictures,” photographs whose focus may be adjusted after they have been taken and that may be easily switched from 2D to 3D. Multiple internal lenses that capture much more light than a normal camera and at multiple angles allow the camera’s photographs to be manipulated in this way. More… Discuss

Today’s Birthday (June 23): Ernst Heinrich Weber (1795)


Ernst Heinrich Weber (1795)

Weber was a German physiologist who is known for his work on touch and for the formulation of Weber’s law—which states that the increase in stimulus necessary to produce an increase in sensation is not fixed but depends on the strength of the preceding stimulus. Weber’s law led to the discipline of psychophysics and serves as the basis of the scales used to measure the loudness of sounds. He is considered a founder of experimental psychology and is also known for what discoveries in anatomy? More… Discuss

Seal Beach Pier Movie: Come along for a walk on the…sunnyside



Just an excuse to spend some time outdoors, and fill the passing time with mementos.
I hope you enjoy th e music, I think it’s great.
TGIF!

The Sea: My Ultra-Short Poetical Movie




What better place for creative than ever changing interface between  land and water, continent and ocean:

The Sea’s perpetual movement, and the natural speed of the birds in search for the crustacea at the very edge of the water, intrigued me, and inspired an ever so short thought, about the brevity while still larger than life symbolism of the moments, few moments, that repeat: one of a lifeless nature, the other full with life.

Spotted sandpiper al.

Great vehicle for thought, I think…  Share your thoughts on the subject.

Aging nuclear plants – Undermining public safety- AP via CBS News


Aging nuclear plants - Undermining public safety- via AP
Aging nuclear plants – Undermining public safety– via AP (Click here to access the story and video)

This photo made available by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission shows a 10-gallon-per-minute leak which sprung Oct. 19, 2007, in rusted piping that carried essential service water at the Byron nuclear plant in Illinois. (AP/NRC)

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/06/22/national/main20073181.shtml#ixzz1Q1MJivb8

Today’s Birthday: Paul Morphy (1837)


Paul Morphy (1837)

Morphy was an American chess player widely considered to have been the world’s greatest. He earned a law degree at 18 but was ineligible to practice until 21, so he turned to chess to pass the time. He won the American championship and then beat the European masters, making a name for himself as the unofficial world chess champion. After failing to set up a law practice, he went into seclusion and retired from competitive play. How many opponents could he play simultaneously while blindfolded? More… Discuss

Quotation of the Day (June 22): Mark Twain


Is the friend of my foe my friend? Mark Twain has a great way of coming up, as always with an answer:

It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you to the heart: the one to slander you and the other to get the news to you.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) Discuss

Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture (Royal Academy of Music, conducted by James Murray)


Overtures by Hector Berlioz

Contents

Au Bord de l’eau (Faure) – Danee Robinson, Soprano


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Au Bord de L’eau, Danee Robinson
 
S’asseoir tous deux au bord [d’un]1 flot qui passe,
  Le voir passer ;
Tous deux, s’il glisse un nuage en l’espace,
  Le voir glisser ;
À l’horizon, s’il fume un toit de chaume,
  Le voir fumer ;
Aux alentours si quelque fleur embaume,
  S’en embaumer ;
[Si quelque fruit, où les abeilles goûtent,
  Tente, y goûter ;
Si quelque oiseau, dans les bois qui l’écoutent,
  Chante, écouter…]2
Entendre au pied du saule où l’eau murmure
  L’eau murmurer ;
Ne pas sentir, tant que ce rêve dure,
  Le temps durer ;
Mais n’apportant de passion profonde
  Qu’à s’adorer,
Sans nul souci des querelles du monde,
  Les ignorer ;
Et seuls, [heureux]3 devant tout ce qui lasse,
  Sans se lasser,
Sentir l’amour, devant tout ce qui passe,
  Ne point passer!
 
Robinson,  from album ‘Canto di gioia’. For more information go to:  http://daneerobinson.com/ 

 

Danee Robinson: Remember when it rained


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.

Danee Robinson: Remember When It Rained

Wash away the thoughts inside
That keep my mind away from you.
No more love and no more pride
And thoughts are all I have to do.

Ohhhhhh Remember when it rained.
Felt the ground and looked up high
And called your name.
Ohhhhhh Remember when it rained.
In the darkness I remain.

Tears of hope run down my skin.
Tears for you that will not dry.
They magnify the one within
And let the outside slowly die.

Ohhhhhh Remember when it rained.
I felt the ground and looked up high
And called your name.
Ohhhhhh Remember when it rained.
In the water I remain
Running down

Department of Agriculture Photographs


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Radioactive tritium leaks found at 48 US nuke sites (Associated Press via MSNBC)


Radioactive tritium leaks found at 48 US nuke sites_AP-June 21-2011

Radioactive tritium leaks found at 48 US nuke sites_AP-June 21-2011 (click here to read the entire story)

By JEFF DONN
updated 6/21/2011 5:48:09 AM ET 2011-06-21T09:48:09

BRACEVILLE, Ill. — Radioactive tritium has leaked from three-quarters of U.S. commercial nuclear power sites, often into groundwater from corroded, buried piping, an Associated Press investigation shows.

The number and severity of the leaks has been escalating, even as federal regulators extend the licenses of more and more reactors across the nation.

Tritium, which is a radioactive form of hydrogen, has leaked from at least 48 of 65 sites, according to U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission records reviewed as part of the AP’s yearlong examination of safety issues at aging nuclear power plants.

Leaks from at least 37 of those facilities contained concentrations exceeding the federal drinking water standard — sometimes at hundreds of times the limit.
(Source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43475479/ns/us_news-environment/)

Last Year’s Man: Leonard Cohen ( From the Album Songs of Love and Hate)


Last year’s Man (Leonard Cohen)

The rain falls down on last year’s man,
that’s a jew’s harp on the table,
that’s a crayon in his hand.
And the corners of the blueprint are ruined since they rolled
far past the stems of thumbtacks
that still throw shadows on the wood.
And the skylight is like skin for a drum I’ll never mend
and all the rain falls down amen
on the works of last year’s man.

I met a lady, she was playing with her soldiers in the dark
oh one by one she had to tell them
that her name was Joan of Arc.
I was in that army, yes I stayed a little while;
I want to thank you, Joan of Arc,
for treating me so well.

And though I wear a uniform I was not born to fight;
all these wounded boys you lie beside,
goodnight, my friends, goodnight.

I came upon a wedding that old families had contrived;
Bethlehem the bridegroom,
Babylon the bride.
Great Babylon was naked, oh she stood there trembling for me,
and Bethlehem inflamed us both
like the shy one at some orgy.
And when we fell together all our flesh was like a veil
that I had to draw aside to see
the serpent eat its tail.

Some women wait for Jesus, and some women wait for Cain
so I hang upon my altar
and I hoist my axe again.
And I take the one who finds me back to where it all began
when Jesus was the honeymoon
and Cain was just the man.
And we read from pleasant Bibles that are bound in blood and skin
that the wilderness is gathering
all its children back again.

The rain falls down on last year’s man,
an hour has gone by
and he has not moved his hand.
But everything will happen if he only gives the word;
the lovers will rise up
and the mountains touch the ground.
But the skylight is like skin for a drum I’ll never mend
and all the rain falls down amen
on the works of last year’s man.


Songs of Love and Hate is Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen‘s third album. It was mainly recorded in Columbia Studio A, Nashville, from September 22 to 26, 1970. “Sing Another Song, Boys” was recorded at the Isle of Wight Festival on August 30, 1970. Further recording took place at Trident Studios in London. The album reached #145 on the Billboard list, but was his most commercially successful album in many other parts of the world, reaching #4 in the UK and #8 in Australia.[3]

 

The album title is descriptive, outlining its main themes. The songs contain emotive language and are frankly personal; “Famous Blue Raincoat” ends with the line “Sincerely, L. Cohen”. The back cover of the album bears the lines:

 

They locked up a man
Who wanted to rule the world
The fools
They locked up the wrong man
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Songs_of_Love_and_Hate)

 

Avalanche – Leonard Cohen (Live San Sebastian 1988) – “You who wish to conquer pain”



Avalanche (Leonard Cohen)

Well I stepped into an avalanche,
it covered up my soul;
when I am not this hunchback that you see,
I sleep beneath the golden hill.
You who wish to conquer pain,
you must learn, learn to serve me well.

You strike my side by accident
as you go down for your gold.
The cripple here that you clothe and feed
is neither starved nor cold;
he does not ask for your company,
not at the centre, the centre of the world.

When I am on a pedestal,
you did not raise me there.
Your laws do not compel me
to kneel grotesque and bare.
I myself am the pedestal
for this ugly hump at which you stare.

You who wish to conquer pain,
you must learn what makes me kind;
the crumbs of love that you offer me,
they’re the crumbs I’ve left behind.
Your pain is no credential here,
it’s just the shadow, shadow of my wound.

I have begun to long for you,
I who have no greed;
I have begun to ask for you,
I who have no need.
You say you’ve gone away from me,
but I can feel you when you breathe.

Do not dress in those rags for me,
I know you are not poor;
don’t love me quite so fiercely now
when you know that you are not sure,
it is your turn, beloved,
it is your flesh that I wear.

Avalanche (song)

 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

“Avalanche” is a song by Leonard Cohen. It appears on his third album, Songs of Love and Hate, released in 1971.

The lyrics are based on a poem he had previously written. The music is notoriously difficult to play on the guitar. He acknowledged in a 1992 interview with Paul Zollo that his “chop”, his unique pattern of playing, is behind many of his early songs.

Like many of Leonard Cohen’s poems Avalanche is the soul search of the human being discovering his higher source of life, his spirituality. It is ment to connect with God in the only way possible: honestly. Honesty is the dispeller of lie, and the savior from guilt, while guilt is suffering and pain.

 

Critics Find Gaps in State Laws to disclose Hydrofracking Chemicals_via ProPublica


ProPublica - Critics Find Gaps in State Laws to Disclose Hydrofracking Chemicals

ProPublica - Critics Find Gaps in State Laws to Disclose Hydrofracking Chemicals

Valentina Nafornita – Erich Wolfgang Korngold – ‘Gluck Das Mir Verblieb’ from the operat ‘Die Tote Stadt’


BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2011, Concert Three from St David’s Hall in Cardiff, 15 June, 2011.

Valentina Nafornita (Soprano) from Moldova performs:

Gluck das mir verlieb (Die tote Stadt) – Korngold
Amour, ranime mon courage (Romeo et Juliette) – Gounod

Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957) was a composer of operas, songs, orchestral works, and -most notably – film scores.

Kornhold was born on 29th May 1897 in a Jewish home in Brünn (Brno), Austria–Hungary, now the Czech Republic. He was the second son of the eminent music critic Julius Korngold. A child prodigy, Erich played his cantata Gold to Gustav Mahler in 1906; Mahler called him a “musical genius”, and recommended study with the composer Alexander von Zemlinsky. At the age of eleven he composed his ballet Der Schneemann (The Snowman), which caused a sensation when performed at the Vienna Court Opera in 1910, including a command performance for Emperor Franz Josef. This work was followed by a piano trio, then by his second piano sonata, which Artur Schnabel played throughout Europe. During his early years Korngold also made player-piano music rolls for the Aeolian Duo-Art system, all of which survive today.

Korngold wrote his first orchestral score, the Schauspiel Ouverture when he was fourteen. His Sinfonietta appeared the following year, and his first two operas, Der Ring des Polykrates and Violanta, in 1914. He completed his opera Die tote Stadt, which became an international success, in 1920 at the age of twenty-three. At this point Korngold had reached the zenith of his fame as a composer of opera and concert music.

Valentina Naforniţă – BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2011


Valentina Naforniţă – BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2011

Lucia di Lammermoor is a dramma tragico (tragic opera) in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti. Salvadore Cammarano wrote the Italian language libretto loosely based upon Sir Walter Scott‘s historical novel The Bride of Lammermoor.[1] The opera premiered on 26 September 1835 at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. Donizetti revised the score for a French version which debuted on 6 August 1839 at the Théâtre de la Renaissance in Paris. The story concerns the emotionally fragile Lucy Ashton (Lucia) who is caught in a feud between her own family and that of the Ravenswoods. The setting is the Lammermuir Hills of Scotland (Lammermoor) in the 17th Century. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucia_di_Lammermoor)

Today’s Article (June 20): Simonetta Vespucci


Simonetta Vespucci


Simonetta as Cleopatra by Piero di Cosimo, c. 1480
Born c.1453
Genoa or Portovenere, Italy
Died 26 April 1476
Florence, Italy
Occupation Model
Parents Gaspare Cattaneo Della Voltaand Cattocchia Spinola de Candia

Simonetta was the Genoese wife of the Italian nobleman Marco Vespucci of Florence. Renowned as the greatest beauty of her age, she was the subject of countless portraits, including many by the Italian master Sandro Botticelli. Some claim that the goddess depicted in Botticelli’s masterpiece, Birth of Venus, was modeled after Simonetta, even though she died at the age of 22—several years before it was completed. What fact about Botticelli’s burial place lends credence to the theory? More… Discuss

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The_Birth_of_Venus-Sandro_Botticelli

Today’s Birthday (June20): Lillian Hellman (1905)


Lillian Hellman (1905)

After working as a book reviewer, press agent, and play reader, Hellman began writing plays in the 1930s. Her first major success, The Children’s Hour, concerned two schoolteachers falsely accused of lesbianism. She examined family infighting in her hit The Little Foxes and political injustice in Watch on the Rhine. All were made into successful films. Hellman was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1952. What happened when she refused to testify? More… Discuss

Valentina Nafornita Winnner of BBC’s Cardiff Singer of the World Competition!


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BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2011-Valentina Nafornita from Moldova

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BBC Cardiff Singer of the World (Click on the picture to access the concert from BBC)BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2011-Valentina Nafornita from MoldovaBBc Cardiff SInger of the World 2011 5 FinalistsBBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2011-Valentina Nafornita: Felicitari Valentina!


If I Only Had Time: John Rowles


Rowlins

If I Only Had Time

Mm mm mm mm ….
If I only had time, only time

So much to do
If I only had time, if I only had time
Dreams to pursue
If I only had time, they’d be mine

Time like the wind
Goes hurrying by and the hours just fly
Where to begin
There are mountains I’d climb if I had time

Since I met you I’ve thought
Life really is too short

Loving you
So many things we could make true
A whole century
Isn’t enough to satisfy me

So much to do
If I only had time, if I only had time
Dreams to pursue
If I only had time, they’d be mine

Mm mm mm mm ….
If I only had time, only time
Mm mm mm mm ….

In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning: Frank Sinatra


In the wee Small Hours of the Morning  (Frank Sinatra)
Writer(s): Mann/Hilliard

When the sun is high in the afternoon sky
you can always find something to do…
But from dusk til dawn as the clock ticks on
something happens to you.

In the wee small hours of the morning
While the whole wide world is fast asleep
You lie awake and think about the girl
And never ever think of counting sheep

When your lonely heart has learned its lesson
You’d be hers if only she would call
In the wee small hours of the morning
That’s the time you miss her most of all

Ella sings “Stormy Weather” with Joe Pass, Hannover 1975


Stormy Weather

 (Ella Fitzgerald)

Don’t know why, there’s no sun up in the sky
Stormy weather, since my man and I ain’t together
Keeps raining all the time

Life is bare, gloom and misery everywhere
Stormy weather, just can’t get my poor old self together
I’m weary all the time, the time, so weary all of the time

When he went away, the blues walked in and met me
If he stays away, old rocking chair will get me
All I do is pray, the lord above will let me
walk in the sun once more

Can’t go on, everything I had is gone
Stormy weather, since my man and I ain’t together
Keeps raining all the time
Keeps raining all of the time

I walk around heavy-hearted and sad
Night comes around and I’m still feeling bad
Rain pourin’ down, blinding every hope I had
This pitter andd n patter and beating, spattering driving  me mad
Love, love, love, love, the misery will be the end of me

When he went away, the blues walked in and met me
If he stays away, old rocking chair will get me
All I do is pray, the lord above will let me
Walk in the sun once more

Can’t go on, everything I had is gone
Stormy weather, since my man and I ain’t together
Keeps raining all the time, the time
Keeps raining all the time

Stormy weather…

Cry Me A River – Ella Fitzgerald


Now you say you’re lonely.
You cry the long night through
Well, you can cry me a river,
Cry me a river..
I cried a river over you.

Now you say you’re sorry
For being so untrue.
Well, you can cry me a river,
Cry me a river..
I cried a river over you

You drove me, nearly drove me, out of my head
While you never shed a tear.
Remember, I remember, all that you said?
You told me love was too plebeian
Told me you were through with me.

And now you say you love me.
Well, just to prove that you do..
Come on and cry me a river,
Cry me a river,
I cried a river over you
I cried a river over you
I cried a river… over you…

You drove me, nearly drove me, out of my head
While you never shed a tear
Remember, I remember, all that you said?
You told me love was too plebeian
Told me you were through with me and

And now.. now you say you love me.
Well, just to prove that you do..
Come on and cry, cry, cry me a river,
Cry me a river,
I cried, I cried, I cried a river over you.

If my pillow talk, imagine what it would have said.
Could it be a river of tears I cried instead?
Well you can cry me a river,
Go ahead and cry me a river
‘Cause I cried, I cried a river over you
How I cried a river over you..

Several levees in N. Missouri breached: Nuclear Plant surrounded by flood water: June 19, 2011


Nuclear Power Plant Surrounded By Flood water_ Several levees in N. Missouri breached_June 19 2011

Nuclear Power Plant Surrounded By Flood water_ Several levees in N. Missouri breached_June 19 2011 (Click on the picture to read the story at CBSNews)

Jelous of the Angels – Jenn Bostic




Jenn Bostic – Jealous Of The Angels lyrics

Jenn Bostic - Jealous Of The Angels lyricsI didn’t know today would be our last
Or that I’d have to say goodbye to you so fast
I’m so numb, I can’t feel anymore
Prayin’ you’d just walk back through that door
And tell me that I was only dreamin’
You’re not really gone as long as I believe

There will be another angel
Around the throne tonight
Your love lives on inside of me,
And I will hold on tight
It’s not my place to question,
Only God knows why
I’m just jealous of the angels
Around the throne tonight

You always made my troubles feel so small
And you were always there to catch me when I’d fall
In a world where heroes come and go
Well God just took the only one I know
So I’ll hold you as close as I can
Longing for the day, when I see your face again
But until then

God must need another angel
Around the throne tonight
Your love lives on inside of me
And I will hold on tight
It’s not my place to question
Only God knows why
I’m just jealous of the angels
Around the throne tonight

Singin’ hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
I’m just jealous of the angels
Around the throne
Tonight

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Edita Gruberova. O légère hirondelle. Mirelle. Gounod.


Edita Gruberova, soprano.
The Tokio Philharmonic Orchestra.
Friedrich Haider.

Edita Gruberová (born December 23, 1946, Bratislava) is a Slovak soprano who is one of the most acclaimed coloraturas of recent decades. She is noted for her great tonal clarity, agility, dramatic interpretation, and ability to sing high notes with great power, which made her an ideal Queen of the Night in her early years. In recent years, she has enjoyed great success with a number of the most important bel canto roles.

Gruberová was born in Bratislava in Slovakia, the daughter of a Hungarian mother and a father with German ancestors. Her native language is Slovak. She began her musical studies at Bratislava Conservatory where she was a student of Mária Medvecká. She then continued at Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava (VŠMU). While studying, she was a singer of the famous Lúčnica folk ensemble and also appeared several times in the Slovak National Theatre. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edita_Gruberova)

Franz Schubert: Symphony in B minor ‘Unfinished’ conducted by Bruno Walter.


1. Allegro moderato

York Philharmonic Orchestra, playing the ‘Unfinished Symphony‘ (Unvollendete Sinfonie) of Schubert in B minor.

2. Andante con moto


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Recorded March 3rd 1958.

Franz Schubert‘s Symphony No. 8 in B minor (sometimes renumbered as Symphony No. 7[1]), commonly known as the “Unfinished Symphony” (German: Unvollendete), D.759, was started in 1822 but left with only two movements known to be complete, even though Schubert would live for another six years. A scherzo, nearly completed in piano score but with only two pages orchestrated, also survives. It has long been theorized that Schubert may have sketched a finale which instead became the big B minor entr’acte from his incidental music to Rosamunde, but all the evidence for this is circumstantial.[1] One possible reason for Schubert’s leaving the symphony incomplete is the predominance of the same meter (three-in-a-bar). The first movement is in 3/4, the second in 3/8 and the third (an incomplete scherzo) also in 3/4. Three consecutive movements in exactly the same meter rarely occur in the symphonies, sonatas or chamber works of the great Viennese composers (one notable exception being Haydn’s Farewell Symphony).
(Sourse: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphony_No._8_(Schubert)
One of the most longing themes of musical delight, with the recurrence of the motif, giving the sense of return to an unfinished thought or day in the life of the composer. A search for true memory of the details in the scene long time passed. With each repetition, another detail comes to light, and makes the memory more colorful, while…still a memory… an unforgettable day-dream, filled with both the joy of the reenactment and nostalgia coming with the realization of the impossibility of reenacting the past, but in a memory.

The coda, again circular, gives the feeling that this episode, this moment from the past will always be revisited, from time to time, just in the way one revisits his life memories.

 

Today’s Birthday: John Hersey (1914)


John Hersey (1914)

Born in China to missionary parents, Hersey worked as a journalist in East Asia, Italy, and the Soviet Union from 1937 to 1946, including as a war correspondent during WWII. In 1944, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel A Bell for Adano, which depicts the Allied occupation of a Sicilian town. He later combined fact and fiction in his most famous work, Hiroshima, about the experiences of atomic-blast survivors. How did Hersey inspire Dr. Seuss to write The Cat in the Hat? More… Discuss

This day in History: The Night Attack (1462)


AtaculdeNoapte_ The Night Attack_Teodor Aman

AtaculdeNoapte_ The Night Attack_Teodor Aman


The Night Attack (1462)

The Night Attack was a battle fought between the forces of Wallachian Prince Vlad III, known as Vlad the Impaler, and the forces of Mehmed II, sultan of the Ottoman Empire. After Vlad raided Bulgaria and killed more than 20,000 Turks and Bulgarians, Mehmed marched on Wallachia, and the two powers fought a series of skirmishes. In the Night Attack, Vlad attacked the Turkish camp in an attempt to assassinate Mehmed. The attempt failed, but Mehmed retreated anyway. Why? More… Discuss

Today’s Birthday: George Gaylord Simpson (1902)


 Today’s Birthday

George Gaylord Simpson (1902)

 Simpson, an American paleontologist, helped develop the modern biological theory of evolution, drawing on paleontology, genetics, ecology, and natural selection. His contributions to evolutionary theory include a detailed classification of mammals, which is still the standard, and the discovery of the migratory and evolutionary patterns of the prehistoric fauna of the Americas, from which he deduced that species reached adaptive peaks and suffered accidental dispersal. What word did he coin? More… Discuss

This Day In History: Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova Becomes First Woman in Space (1963)


Tereshkova was a Soviet cosmonaut who became the first woman to fly in space. In 1963, she was the solo pilot of a three-day flight aboard Vostok 6, orbiting the Earth 48 times. Her flight was her only experience in space, and she left the Soviet space program soon after and married cosmonaut Andriyan Nikolayev. Their daughter, Elena, born a year later, was the first child of parents who had both been in space. What was Tereshkova’s job before she was recruited as a cosmonaut? More… Discuss

Quotation Of the Day (June 16, 2011) – Washington Irving benevolence, kindness of heart


 How easy it is for one benevolent being to diffuse pleasure around him; and how truly is a kind heart a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity to freshen into smiles!

Washington Irving (1783-1859) Discuss (Please click this link to read some ‘effervescent’ comments ( not all out of place) about this idyllic, romantic yes, but still true today: it’s easier to put a happy face, than a grumpy one, see what I mean?)

In the News: China Covering up Children Lead Poisoning


China downplays risk to children from lead poisoning_report Reuters

China downplays risk to children from lead poisoning_report Reuters (Click on picture to read original article)