Monthly Archives: August 2011

My Wednesday of: "No Comment!" (A photo speaks athousand words: When you know how to read)

My Wednesday of: "No Comment!" (A photo speaks a thousand words: When you know how to read)


Another Six words story

” Wonderful smile!”,
she said,
jogging away…

Back to Downey: More Photos

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Honorable Del Clawson _ Stateman and Humanitarian
Honorable Del Clawson _ Statesman and Humanitarian
In Memoriam_The Space Shuttle Columbia Crew

In Memoriam_The Space Shuttle Columbia CrewIn Memoriam_The Space Shuttle Challenger Crew

These three monuments are located in the Downey City Hall Plaza.
To their right stands another monument, dedicated to John Gately Downey, The seventh Governor of California and first of foreign birth (born June 24, 1827, County of Roscommon, Ireland).  Fellow the links to find out more about these men, and their influence on the people, land and political and social life of California and the USA.

John Gately Downey - Seventh Governor of California

John Gately Downey - The Seventh Governor of California

Humor Me, Humor You, With an “How To”, Instructor (Show n’ Tell): Twinklybird

It’s just a joy to see that  so many talented people can promote their ardent passion for expression with the aid of the internet, and in this case YouTube.

Love (My Short verse Collection)

Love slows you down –
you stop and rest…

Love has vanished, its memory, only,
lingering in the used up atmosphere…

So you catch the wind again and fly off.


Abraham Lincoln: Come sit with me on his bench (quietly though, Abe is immersed in writing)

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Today we’ll meet Abraham… yes Abraham Lincoln. Not in Washington DC, but here at Liberty Park in sunny Cerritos California: one of the nicest public parks built along the San Gabriel River, one block south of Cerritos Auto Square and off Studebaker. Continue reading

Today’s Birthday: Christopher Robin Milne (1920)

Christopher Robin Milne (1920)

Christopher Robin Milne was the son of author A.A. Milne. When Christopher was a young child, his father wrote poetry for him, which grew into the collections When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six. Later, Christopher—and his toy animals—were incorporated into stories about the adventures of the now-classic characters Christopher Robin and Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Eeyore in Winnie-the-Pooh. How did Christopher feel about his father’s use of his name in the stories? More… Discuss

This Day in History: Mona Lisa Stolen by a Louvre Employee (1911)

Mona Lisa Stolen by a Louvre Employee (1911)

In 1911, Leonardo da Vinci‘s Mona Lisa disappeared from the Louvre. For the next two years, the painting was believed to be lost forever, until it was discovered that former Louvre employee Vincenzo Peruggia had stolen it by hiding in a closet and walking out with it hidden under his coat after the museum had closed. Peruggia was caught after he returned to his native Italy and tried to sell the painting to a gallery owner. What vandalism attempts has the painting survived over the years? More… Discuss

Today’s Birthday: Jöns Jakob Berzelius (1779)

Jöns Jakob Berzelius (1779)

Regarded as one of the founders of modern chemistry, Berzelius was a Swedish professor who achieved an immensely important series of innovations and discoveries. He developed chemistry’s modern system of symbols and formulas, prepared a remarkably precise table of atomic weights, analyzed numerous chemical compounds, and discovered the elements selenium, thorium, and cerium. He also introduced basic laboratory equipment that remains in use today. What common scientific terms did Berzelius coin? More… Discuss

Zimerman plays Schubert Impromptu Op. 90 No. 1

Zimerman plays Schubert

Franz Schubert‘s Impromptus, Opp. 90 and 142 (posth.), are a series of pieces for solo piano composed in 1827 and first published during the composer‘s lifetime (or shortly thereafter) under that name. There are eight such Impromptus in total.

Three other unnamed piano compositions, written in May 1828, a few months before the composer’s death, are alternatively indicated as Impromptus or Klavierstücke (“piano pieces”).

The Impromptus are often considered companion pieces to the Six moments musicaux, and they are often recorded and published together.

It has been said that Schubert was deeply influenced in writing these pieces by the Impromptus, Op. 7, of Jan Václav Voříšek (1822) and by the music of Voříšek’s teacher Václav Tomášek.[1][2]

Zimerman was born in Zabrze, Poland, and studied at the University of Music in Katowice under Andrzej Jasiński. His career was launched when he won the 1975 Warsaw International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition. He performed with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Herbert von Karajan in 1976 and he made his debut in the United States with the New York Philharmonic in 1979. He has toured widely and made a number of recordings. Since 1996 he has taught piano at the Academy of Music in Basel, Switzerland.

Zimerman is best known for his interpretations of Romantic music, but has performed a wide variety of classical pieces as well. He has also been a supporter of contemporary music. For example, Witold Lutosławski wrote his piano concerto for Zimerman, who later recorded it. Amongst his best-known recordings are the piano concerti of Edvard Grieg and Robert Schumann with conductor Herbert von Karajan; the Brahms concerti with Leonard Bernstein, the piano concerti of Frédéric Chopin, one recording conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini and a later one conducted by himself at the keyboard; the Third, Fourth and Fifth Piano Concertos of Beethoven under Bernstein (Zimerman himself led the accompaniment of the Vienna Philharmonic from the keyboard in Beethoven’s First and Second Concertos); the first and second piano concerti of Rachmaninoff; the piano concerti of Franz Liszt with Seiji Ozawa, the piano concerti of Maurice Ravel with Pierre Boulez, and solo piano works by Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, Claude Debussy and Franz Schubert.

BRAHMS – Intermezzo op.117 no.1 (Andante Moderato) – Radu Lupu

Three intermezzi per a piano, op. 117, is a work of Johannes Brahms, written in 1892, one of the last four groups of pieces for piano composed inspired by his dear Clara Schumann.
Brahms often use the term intermezzo as a heading under which you could classify all that capricious or burning. The three Intermezzi do not require technical skill needed to interpret many of his earlier works, but his incisive musicality is Supreme for an understanding of these musical miniatures. The fact that all are marked in the Andante tempo, also presents a problem for the pianist, who must investigate the details of each piece and accentuate the elements that contrast.
The pieces were written in the summer of 1892, the same year of its publication. It is one of the rare cases in which Brahms gave him a specific title to a complete set of parts. Two of the three intermezzi featured very shortly after its creation: the first, on February 18, 1893, and the second, on January 30 of that year.

Slideshow-Fungus Among Us_via_WebMD

Slideshow-Fungus Among Us_via_WebMD

Slideshow - Fungus Among Us_via_WebMD (click here and read on)

IF you think these images are disgusting…Well…Think about those fungal inections moving on you:  They are very contagious, and hard to treat. So if/when in doubt, see a dermatologist, get a treatment and stick with it. Remember personal hygiene.

Where Roads by Rivers Take You: It’s The Journey! (My Nature Photography Collection)

Mile 0_Pacific Ocean View

Mile 0_Pacific Ocean View


Pacific Coast Hwy Bridge_Bridge Over Calm Waters

Pacific Coast Hwy Bridge_Bridge Over Calm Waters

Quotation of the Day: Jane Austen – On Human Temerity To Adjust and Surmount

There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere.
(from Ch. 5 of Mansfield Park)

Jane Austen (1775-1817) Discuss

Mansfield Park @ Project Gutemberg:

Today’s Birthday: Madame du Barry (1743)

Madame du Barry (1743) Madame du Barry was the mistress of Louis XV. She was first the mistress of Jean du Barry, who introduced her into Parisian high society. Admired for her beauty, she joined Louis XV’s court in 1769 after a nominal marriage to Jean’s brother, a nobleman, qualified her to be Louis’s official royal mistress. Though she exercised little political influence, her unpopularity contributed to the decline of the prestige of the crown in the early 1770s. What happened to her during the French Revolution? More… Discuss

The Deipnosophistae

The Deipnosophistae

Written in the 3rd-century by the Greek writer Athenaeus, the Deipnosophistae professes to be an account of three banquets held at the house of a scholar and wealthy patron of the arts. The work is invaluable for providing information about the Hellenistic leisure class of the Roman Empire, particularly in terms of food and sexuality. In the course of conversation, the banqueters quote about 700 authors, many of them otherwise unrecorded, and discuss the story behind what famous statue? More… Discuss

strong earthquake, tsunami Advisory August 18-2011

strong earthquake, tsunami Advisory August 18-2011

strong earthquake, tsunami Advisory August 18-2011

Can You Handle the Truth? Read On from ProPublica!

Our Reading Guide on Gov. Rick Perry and His Record_via_Propublica
Our Reading Guide on Gov. Rick Perry and His Record_via_Propublica

Truth needs no approval: Lies do!


Beethoven Mass in C major, Op. 86 – III. Credo – Allegro con brio (Part 1)

Beethoven Mass in C major, Op. 86 – III. Credo – Allegro con brio (Part 1)

Beethoven Mass in C major, Op. 86 – III. Credo – Allegro con brio (Part 2)

Credo in unum Deum, Patrem omnipoténtem, factórem cæli et terræ, visibílium ómnium et invisibílium;

Et in unum Dóminum Iesum Christum, Fílium Dei unigénitum, et ex Patre natum ante ómnia sæcula: Deum de Deo, lumen de lúmine, Deum verum de Deo vero, génitum non factum, consubstantiálem Patri, per quem ómnia facta sunt; qui propter nos hómines et propter nostram salútem descéndit de cælis; et incarnátus est de Spíritu Sancto ex María Vírgine et homo factus est; crucifíxus étiam pro nobis sub Póntio Piláto, passus et sepúltus est; et resurréxit tértia die secúndum Scriptúras; et ascéndit in cælum, sedet ad déxteram Patris; et íterum ventúrus est cum glória iudicáre vivos et mórtuos; cuius regni non erit finis;

Et in Spíritum Sanctum, Dóminum et vivificántem: qui ex Patre Filióque procédit; qui cum Patre et Fílio simul adorátur et conglorificátur; qui locútus est per Prophétas;

Et unam sanctam cathólicam et apostólicam Ecclésiam.

Confíteor unum baptísma in remissiónem peccatorum; et expecto resurrectionem mortuorum et vitam ventúri sæculi. Amen.

Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 3 in D major – the Wiener Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor István Kertész

Franz Schubert‘s Symphony No. 3 in D major with István Kertész and the Wiener Philharmonic Orchestra

I. Adagio maestosoAllegro con brio
II. Allegretto  

III. Menuetto. Vivace

IV. Presto vivace

 Franz Schubert‘s Symphony No. 3 in D major, D. 200, was written between 24 May and 19 July 1815, a few months after his eighteenth birthday. The length of this symphony is approximately 21–23 minutes. It is in four movements:

  • I. Adagio maestoso — Allegro con brio
  • II. Allegretto in G major
  • III. Menuetto. Vivace
  • IV. Presto vivace

The Allegro con brio, which follows a broad introduction in a form which reminds us of the French Overture in two parts, the first slow and dramatic, the second more lyrical, is remarkable for its charm and the interplay of solo clarinet with syncopated strings, which developed pp from within the bounds of the style of chamber music to the larger sphere of the symphonic form. This is an extremely dramatic movement in sonata form.

A delightful Allegretto in ternary form follows, full of grace and humor.

Then comes a high-spirited Minuet, which, with its accented up-beats, suggests a scherzo and a popular flavor due to this low and popular gesture, and is contrasted by a graceful Ländler-like trio.

The concluding Presto in tarantella rhythm is remarkable for its bold harmonic progressions and for its wealth of dynamic contrast. This movement is in sonata form with a looser conception. (Source:


Conductor István Kertész (August 28, 1929 – April 16, 1973)
was a Hungarian orchestral and operatic conductor.

Kertész was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1929, the first child of Margit Muresian and Miklós Kertész. His sister, Vera, was born four years later. Miklós Kertész, born in Szécsény, Hungary into a large Jewish family, and the director of a leather-works, died of appendicitis in 1938. An energetic, intellectually gifted woman, Margit Muresian Kertész went to work to support her family. Despite strictures against women working professionally in Hungarian society during the first half of the twentieth century, Margit was steadily promoted until she ran the office where she was employed. Kertész began violin lessons at the age of six. “When I was six” he told a High Fidelity interviewer for the December 1969 issue “and started music, it was 1935 and cruel things were going on in Europe… I found my `exile’ in music, practicing the piano, the fiddle, and writing little compositions. By the time he was twelve, Kertész began to study the piano as well.

Shubert’s symphonies never failed to touch my spirit in a unique manner. Symphony No.3 is one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever composed, youthful, full of energy, vitality and hope.

High Voltage (My Nature Photopraphy Collection)

High Voltage (My Nature Photography Collection)

High Voltage (My Nature Photography Collection)

Flight Formation: Regular Drill (My NAture Photography Collection)

Flight Formation _ Regular drill

Flight in Formation: Regular drill (My Nature Photography)

Light and Shade _ Contre-Jour (My Nature Photpgraphy Collection)

Light and Shade _ Contre-Jour (My Nature Photography Collection)

Light and Shade _ Contre-Jour (My Nature Photography Collection)

Passion Flowers and Fruit: Liberty Park (My Nature Photography Collection)

Passion Flower_Liberty Park-1

Passion Flower_Liberty Park-1Passion Flower_Liberty Park-2Passion Fruit_Liberty Park-1Passion Flower_Liberty Park-2Passion Fruit_Liberty Park-1

Flowers: Wilderness Park: (My Collection Of Nature Photography)

Olive Flower in August_ Wilderness Park

Flower in August_ Wilderness ParkFrom Flower to Fruition

Add Spice in your life: Pepper (My Nature photos Collection)

Pepper Tree in July_El Dorado Park

Pepper Tree in July_El Dorado: Park (Click to enlarge)

Today’s Birthday: Meriwether Lewis (1774)

Meriwether Lewis (1774)

After serving as a captain in the US army, Lewis became secretary to President Thomas Jefferson. When Congress approved a plan to find a land route to the Pacific Ocean, Jefferson selected his trusted associate, along with William Clark, to head the expedition. In 1807, Lewis was made governor of the Louisiana Territory. His sudden death—either by murder or suicide—in 1809, while on his way to Washington, DC, is still the subject of controversy. Why have requests to exhume his body been denied? More… Discuss

This Day in History: The Lost Colony: The Colony of Roanoke Is Found Deserted (1590)

The Lost Colony: The Colony of Roanoke Is Found Deserted (1590)

Located off what is now the North Carolina coast, Roanoke Island was the site of the first English settlement in North America. Its original colonists, sent by Walter Raleigh, arrived in 1585 but stayed only a year. A second group led by John White arrived in 1587. Shortly thereafter, White returned to England for supplies. When he finally returned to the island, he found that all of the colonists had vanished. Their fate is still unknown. What possible clue was found carved into a tree there? More… Discuss

J.Haydn – Cello Concerto No.1 in C major – M. Rostropovich and Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields



Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich, KBE (Russian: Мстисла́в Леопо́льдович Ростропо́вич, Mstislav Leopol’dovič Rostropovič, pronounced [rəstrɐˈpɔvʲɪtɕ]; March 27, 1927 – April 27, 2007), known to close friends as Slava, was a Soviet and Russian cellist and conductor. He was married to the soprano Galina Vishnevskaya. He is widely considered to have been the greatest cellist of the second half of the 20th century, and one of the greatest of all time. In addition to his outstanding interpretations and technique, he was well-known for his commissions of new works which enlarged the cello repertoire more than any cellist before or since. He gave the premieres of over 100 pieces.[1]

Rostropovich was internationally recognized as a staunch advocate of human rights, and was awarded the 1974 Award of the International League of Human Rights.

The Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Hob. VIIb/1, by Joseph Haydn was composed around 17611765 for longtime friend Joseph Franz Weigl, then the principal cellist of Prince Nicolaus‘s Esterházy Orchestra.

The work was presumed lost until 1961, when musicologist Oldřich Pulkert discovered a copy of the score at the Prague National Museum. Though some doubts have been raised about the authenticity of the work, most experts believe that Haydn did compose this concerto.



A sacrament is a religious symbol or rite that is believed to transfer spiritual power to the participant. Today, sacraments are primarily associated with Christianity, which holds that they consist of visible signs of invisible grace and derive from practices instituted by Jesus. Christian churches, however, are divided with regard to the number and operation of sacraments. In most Protestant churches, only baptism and communion are recognized. What are the 7 sacraments of Roman Catholicism? More… Discuss

Today’s Birthday: Pierre De Fermat

Pierre de Fermat (1601)

A founder of modern probability theory and number theory, Fermat was a French jurist and amateur mathematician. A contemporary of Descartes, he independently discovered the basic principles of analytic geometry. Yet he is best remembered for the assertion now known as Fermat’s Last Theorem, which he scribbled in the margin of a book along with a note stating that he could have shown it to be true but lacked the room in which to write the proof. For how many years did the theorem remain unproven? More… Discuss

Today’s Quotation: Jonathan Swift – On Marriage, Nesting and Netting

The reason why so few marriages are happy is because young ladies spend their time in making nets, not in making cages.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) Discuss
My Take on This:
Times have changed fundamentally since the time of Swift: One can only wonder, if the observation he made still stands…I guess the issue at hand had lesser to do with society, and more with human nature; but I may be wrong.

Cate Blanchett on Reviving Theater Classic _Uncle Vanya_ for Modern Stage

Cate Blanchett on Reviving Theater Classic _Uncle Vanya_ for Modern Stage (click here to find out more -via-PBS)

 Detail of the mundane, daily life,   generalized to the scale of a society, becomes its most intricate portrait.

Should All Obese People Lose Weight? (via CNN)

Should all obese people lose weight-via CNN

Should all obese people lose weight-via CNN (click here to read more from CNN)

Oscar Wilde: Accuracy as Life of the Manuscript in Print


A poet can survive everything but a misprint.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: Christian Mortensen (1882)

Christian Mortensen (1882)

Chirstian Mortenson Birth Certificate

Chirstian Mortenson Birth Certificate

Thomas Peter Thorvald Kristian Ferdinand Mortensen (August 16, 1882 – April 25, 1998), known as an adult as Christian Mortensen, was a Danish supercentenarian. When he died at the age of 115 years and 252 days, Mortensen was the oldest man who has ever lived whose age was undisputed. (The Guinness Book of World Records ranks him second to the Shigechiyo Izumi, whose age is now disputed, with a note in recent editions that the latter’s age was uncertain). Mortensen was the first undisputed recorded man to reach age 114.

Mortensen was baptized in Fruering Church on December 26, 1882. Besides his baptismal record, other records include the 1890 and 1901 census enumerations in Denmark, and church confirmation in 1896.

Joseph Kittinger Parachutes from a Balloon at 102,800 feet (31,300 m) (1960)

Joseph Kittinger Parachutes from a Balloon at 102,800 feet (31,300 m) (1960)

Kittinger is a former command pilot and career military officer in the US Air Force known for setting a number of records, including highest parachute jump and fastest speed reached by a human traveling through the atmosphere. As part of the Air Force’s Project Excelsior, in 1960, he jumped from a balloon nearly 20 miles above the earth and fell for 4 minutes and 36 seconds before opening his parachute. He reached a speed of 614 mph (988 km/h) and came how close to breaking the sound barrier? More… Discuss

A Busload of Faith: Lou Reed on Latterman Show

You can’t depend on your family
You can’t depend on your friends
You can’t depend on a beginning
You can’t depend on an end
You can’t depend on intelligence
You can’t depend on a god
You can only depend on one thing
You need a Busload of Faith to get by
You can depend on the worst always happening
You can depend on a murderer’s drive
You can bet that if he rapes somebody
There’ll be no problem having a child
And you can bet that if she aborts it
Pro-Lifers will attack her with rage
You can depend on the worst always happening
You need a Busload of Faith to get by
You can’t depend on the goodly hearted
The goodly hearted made lampshades and soap
You can’t depend on the Sacrament
No Father, no Holy Ghost
You can’t depend on any churches
Unless there’s a real estate you want to buy
You can’t depend on the air
You can’t depend on a wise man
You can’t find them because they’re not there
You can depend on cruelty
Crudity of thought and sound
You can depend on the worst always happening
You need a Busload of Faith to get by…

More lyrics:
Lewis Allan “Lou” Reed[1] (born on March 2, 1942) is an American rock musician, songwriter, and photographer. He is best known as guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of The Velvet Underground, and for his successful solo career, which spans several decades and crosses multiple genres. The Velvet Underground gained little mainstream attention during their career, but became one of the most influential bands of their era. As the Velvet Underground’s main songwriter, Reed wrote about subjects of personal experience that rarely had been examined so openly in rock and roll, including sexuality and drug culture.

Steven Seagal, Acting Aikido

Aikido (合気道, Aikidō?) is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. Aikido is often translated as “the Way of unifying (with) life energy[1] or as “the Way of harmonious spirit.”[2] Ueshiba’s goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury. (Source:

Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. This requires very little physical strength, as the aikidōka (aikido practitioner) “leads” the attacker’s momentum using entering and turning movements. The techniques are completed with various throws or joint locks.[3]

Tai chi: Discover the many possible health benefits-via MAYO CLINIC

Tai chi _ Discover the many possible health benefits-via MAYO CLINIC

Tai chi _ Discover the many possible health benefits-via MAYO CLINIC (click the picture to continue reading the article at MAYO CLINIC)

The ancient art of tai chi uses gentle flowing movements to reduce the stress of today’s busy lifestyles and improve health. Find out how to get started.


Today’s Birthday: Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876)

Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876)

Rinehart was a popular American author considered the inventor of the Had-I-But-Known school of mystery writing. Her immensely successful first novel, The Circular Staircase launched her career, and her books, which often blend mystery with humor and romance, have sold over 10 million copies. She was a war correspondent during WWI and wrote several books promoting women’s contributions to the war effort. What popular phrase is said to have been inspired by her 1930 novel The Door? More… Discuss

An  interesting fact, from her biography:
Left-handed at a time when that was considered inappropriate, she was trained to use her right hand instead.”
This reminds me of my left-handedness, therefore I can relate to her struggle to learn how to write with her right hand, as I experienced myself the ordeal: I don’t know how children are educated in the lately, but going to school in Romania in the sixties, implied you’ll write with your right hand. Even now, when I see people writing with their left hand, I cannot but ask myself how it might feel to be afforded this, fundamental natural freedom. On the other hand, While writing is just about the only task I attend to with my right, I would have to learn to feed myself, if it was not for my left. I think I envy the ambidextrous, just a bit.” 

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W.A. Mozart: Agnus Dei (Coronation Mass in C-major K317): San Pietro Basilica, Roma

Herbert von Karajan conducts The Vienna Philharmonic and The Vienna Singverein
Soprano: Kathleen Battle
Altus: Trudeliese Schmidt
Tenor: Gösta Winbergh
Bass: Ferruccio Furlanetto

The Krönungsmesse (German for Coronation Mass) (Mass No. 15 in C major, KV 317; sometimes Mass No. 16), composed in 1779, is one of the most popular of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart‘s 17 extant settings of the Ordinary of the Mass. This setting, like the majority of Mozart’s mass settings, is a Missa brevis, or short mass (as opposed to the more formal Solemn Masses or High Masses, known as Missae solemnes). (continue reading at:
I first heard this sublime music at my church, Sr. Joseph Cathedral in Bucharest (Ro. Catedrala Sfantul Iosif din Bucuresti), in the interpretation of the elite of Romanian musicians.  

Agnus Dei: J.M. van Bronkhorst

Cascade Concert Choir
Oregon State Chamber Orchestra conducted by Marlan Carlson.
St. Mary’s cathedral in Mount Angel, Oregon
Jean-Marie van Bronkhorst is the Choir Director of Cascade High School in Turner, Oregon.

Inocente Carreño – Margariteña

Inocente Carreño, was born in Porlamar, Margarita Island, Venezuela, December 28, 1919.

Margariteña (1954)

Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela conducted by Maximiano Valdes

Carreño was Professor of Theory and Solmization at the José Angel Lamas Superior Music School for thirty years, and for twenty-five years was a horn player in the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra. He was the director of the Prudencio Essá School of Music founded by Antonio J. Ochoa and himself in 1970, and was Counselor Minister of the permanent delegation of Venezuela to UNESCO in Paris from 1984-1988. As a conductor, he has led most of the symphonic orchestras in Venezuela. As a musician and composer, he has received the most important distinctions granted in Venezuela.

Thrid Royal Wedding

Third Royal Wedding

Third Royal Wedding (click to view video at CBS)

Digitization Projects: ProQuest Uncovers More Treasures from European Rare Book Libraries

Digitization Projects_ ProQuest Uncovers More Treasures from European Rare Book Libraries_via INFOdocket

Digitization Projects_ ProQuest Uncovers More Treasures from European Rare Book Libraries_via INFOdocket (Click here and read the article at INFOdoket)

Today’s Birthday: Christiaan Eijkman (1858)

Christiaan Eijkman (1858)

While seeking a bacterial cause for the nutritional disorder beriberi, Eijkman, a Dutch pathologist, noticed a resemblance between a nerve disorder in his laboratory chickens and the symptoms of beriberi. He traced the chickens’ disorder to a change in their feed—it had been switched from brown to white rice—and surmised that white rice lacked a dietary component found in brown rice. This eventually led to the discovery of vitamins and earned him a 1929 Nobel Prize, which he shared with whom? More… Discuss

This Day in History: The signing of the Weimar Constitution

Weimar Constitution Signed into Law (1919)

Written immediately after World War I, the Weimar Constitution was the document that governed the short-lived Weimar Republic of Germany. It declared the nation a federal republic governed by a president and parliament and was a strong attempt to establish a liberal democracy in Germany. However, it was adopted during a time of civil conflict and failed with the ascent of the Nazi Party in 1933. How did Hitler manage to subvert the Weimar Constitution after he came to power? More… Discuss

The List: 5 Weirdest Worms at the Smithsonian

The List: 5 Weirdest Worms at the Smithsonian

The List: 5 Weirdest Worms at the Smithsonian (click a little, read a lot)

Let’s continue our visit at The Smithsonian: You want to check out some worms…weird worms…well the Smithsonian got the 5 most weird, and want you to see them too: Isn’t that cool? 

Anti-Union Law Fuels Massive Voter Turnout for Historic Wisconsin Recall – via Democracy Now

Anti-Union Law Fuels Massive Voter Turnout for Historic Wisconsin Recall

Anti-Union Law Fuels Massive Voter Turnout for Historic Wisconsin Recall (click here to read and watch more about this grave issue at Democracy Now)

 Just as “injury to one is injury to all”, the reversal is true: “Injury to all is injury to one”. While prosperity is a measure of a healthy society, in long run, the distribution of wealth is fundamental. Franklin D. Roosevelt understood this, and allowed a larger share of wealth to reach more people, and in turn created an infrastructure that still stands. Now in the information age, and post-service society, we needed to keep up that infrastructure, and build the avenues of the present and the future: The fiber optics communication cables to help, not for the profit of few greedy corporations, the same that charge 10 times less in other countries, that they charge here, for less access, but for everyone. People have  to be united by a common effort, and the effort must be fundamental, such as survival: One does not need to be a politician, or a lawmaker to realize that.  
So there is an example of vision, that worked: Our generation has been the beneficiary. Now it’s our turn to create, not to destroy,  mindful of  what the next generation will remember us by.
What do you whant to be remembered by?