Monthly Archives: March 2012

Waltzing the party (a poetic thought from George)

Waltzing the party
(a poetic thought from George)

we wait for things to stop
for things to start
so we can stop or start to feel

to feel not, to forget to act, to forgive and
forget again and again, till the year past
takes it away again and again…

takes it away.


Eadweard Muybridge's Phenakistoscope: A Couple...

Eadweard Muybridge's Phenakistoscope: A Couple Waltzing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Somewhere over the rainbow – Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton & J.J. Cale- When This War Is Over

Eric Clapton – Blue Eyes Blue

Eric Clapton – Change The World

Today’s Birthday: Eric Patrick Clapton (1945)

Eric Patrick Clapton (1945)

Qué decir!!. Simplemente un genio. (Va por ti ...

Qué decir!!. Simplemente un genio. (Va por ti Elegua1974). Camara: Olympus OM2 Objetivo: OM 135mm 2.8 Photographer: F. Antolín Hernandez (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Considered to be one of the greatest guitar players of all time, Clapton took up the instrument as a teen and went on to play in a succession of critically acclaimed blues and rock bands, such as the Yardbirds, the Bluesbreakers, and Cream. He is the recipient of 17 Grammy awards and is a three-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the early 70s, he spent several years in seclusion battling a heroin addiction. What famous tock guitarist helped launch Clapton’s comeback? More… Discuss

The Crimean War

As the once-mighty Ottoman Empire declined, major European powers began to compete for control of its territories. Eventually, the conflict escalated into a full-scale war, with Russia on one side and Great Britain, France, Sardinia, and the Ottoman Empire on the other. It was commanded poorly by both sides, and in the end, nothing was definitively settled. It was one of the first wars to be documented photographically. What caused many of the hundreds of thousands of casualties on both sides? More…

Quotation of the Day: Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

You never know what peace is until you walk on the shores or in the fields or along the winding red roads of Prince Edward Island in a summer twilight … You find your soul then. You realize that youth is not a vanished thing but something that dwells forever in the heart.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942) Discuss

This Day in History: The Palm Sunday Tornado Outbreak (1920)

The Palm Sunday Tornado Outbreak (1920)

In 1920, meteorologists did not have modern forecasting equipment, and there was no storm warning system in place in the US. Thus, when an outbreak of storms began near dawn on March 28, 1920, few were prepared for the devastation that followed. Some 400 people were killed and more than 1,200 injured that day by at least 38 recorded tornadoes in the deep South and the Midwest. Why is it likely that both the total number of tornadoes as well as the actual death toll were underreported? More… Discuss

Riding the wave (my photographic memoirs)

Riding the wave (my photographic memoirs)

Riding the wave (my photographic memoirs)

A length of a board ahead (my photographic memoirs)

A length of a board ahead (my photographic memoirs)

A length of a board ahead (my photographic memoirs)

The long surf at Surf City USA (my photographic memoirs)

The long surf (my photographic memoirs)

The long surf (my photographic memoirs)

Quotation of the Day: Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) – On human as social being


I have never felt lonesome, or in the least oppressed by a sense of solitude, but once, and that was a few weeks after I came to the woods, when, for an hour, I doubted if the near neighborhood of man was not essential to a serene and healthy life.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Discuss

Cameron – Earth’s deepest spot desolate, foreboding From Associated Press

Cameron - Earth's deepest spot desolate, foreboding From Associated Press)

Excerpts: “My feeling was one of complete isolation from all of humanity,” Cameron said Monday, shortly after returning from the strange cold dark place 7 miles below the western Pacific Ocean that only two men have been to. “I felt like I literally, in the space of one day, had gone to another planet and come back. It’s been a very surreal day.”

Another lovely day at Huntington Beach (my photographic memoirs)

Another lovely day at Huntington Beach (my photographic memoirs)

Another lovely day at Huntington Beach (my photographic memoirs)

Spring Sand Storm_Bolsa Chica State Beach (my photographic memoirs)

Spring Sand Storm_Bolsa Chica State Beach

Spring Sand Storm_Bolsa Chica State Beach

Ventral Harmony

Ventral Harmony (my digital oil paintings photographic memoirs)

Ventral Harmony (my digital oil paintings photographic memoirs)

Quotatio of the Day: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) On Grief

Man sheds his grief as his skin sheds rain.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: Margaret of Anjou (1430)

Margaret of Anjou (1430)

Margaret was queen consort of King Henry VI of England and ruled during her husband’s frequent bouts of mental illness. With the king insane and childless, Richard, duke of York, was poised to inherit the throne. However, in 1453, Margaret gave birth to a son. The convoluted struggle over who would be king resulted in the War of the Roses, which, by 1471, had left most of those involved dead—except for Margaret. In May of that year, she led an army at the battle of Tewkesbury. Who won? More… Discuss

101 Clouded

101 Clouded

101 Clouded

Out for a walk

Out for a walk

Out for a walk

fly one, fly all: Pelicans

fly one, fly all: Pelicans

fly one, fly all: Pelicans







Ann Novek( Luure)--With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors

Huffington Post2012-03-16:                      By TeresaCarsonPORTLAND, Ore., March 15 (Reuters) – The states of Oregon and Washington can kill sea lions that have feasted on endangered Columbia River salmon, under an authorization given on Thursday by the federal government. The decision by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) marked the latest reversal in the federal government’s position on sanctioned killing of California sea lions. It upset animal rights advocates, who argue the creatures are unfairly blamed for low fish stocks. The hungry sea lions swim 140 miles upstream and cluster at the Bonneville Dam, on the border between…                  more »



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In Court Today - Protecting the Right to Protest the President (from ACLU)

In Court Today - Protecting the Right to Protest the President (from ACLU)


“Posted by Kate Wood, Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at 10:25am”


Excerpts from report: “People who disagree with the president have as much a right to be heard as those who wish to praise him. Today at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, the ACLU will be defending the free speech rights of presidential protestors who were discriminated against solely for the messages on their signs.

We filed this lawsuit in 2008 on behalf of several New Mexico residents and advocacy organizations who were made to stand more than 150 yards away from the site of a fundraiser being attended by then- President George W. Bush as they peacefully protested administration policies, while a group Bush supporters were allowed to stand only a few feet from the fundraiser site.

The First Amendment means that the government cannot treat demonstrators differently solely because of their viewpoints. Yet the Bush White House had a policy that excluded Americans perceived to be critical of the administration from presidential public events. This clearly illegal policy was even laid out in the official Presidential Advance Manual, which includes a section called “Preparing for Demonstrators.” That section directed teams at the site of a presidential appearance to “work with the Secret Service and have them ask the local police department to designate a protest area where demonstrators can be placed, preferably not in view of the event site or motorcade route.”

In this case, the district court rightly denied the defendants (who are local and federal law enforcement officers) a judgment in their favor before a trial, and they are appealing. Officials went to great lengths to shield the president from viewing the people who disagreed with him. That simply isn’t how a free society should operate.”


Exposed Inside the NSAs Largest and Most Expansive Secret Domestic Spy Center in Bluffdale Utah (from Democracy Now)

Exposed Inside the NSAs Largest and Most Expansive Secret Domestic Spy Center in Bluffdale Utah

Excerpts from Article: “A new exposé in Wired Magazine reveals details about how the National Security Agency is quietly building the largest spy center in the country in Bluffdale, Utah, as part of a secret NSA surveillance program codenamed “Stellar Wind.” We speak with investigative reporter James Bamford, who says the NSA has established listening posts throughout the nation to collect and sift through billions of email messages and phone calls, whether they originate within the country or overseas. The Utah spy center will contain near-bottomless databases to store all forms of communication collected by the agency. This includes the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails — parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases and other digital “pocket litter.” “The NSA has constantly denied that they’re doing things, and then it turns out they are doing these things,” Bamford says in response to NSA Director General Keith Alexander’s denial yesterday that U.S. citizens’ phone calls and emails are being intercepted. “A few years ago, President Bush said before camera that the United States is not eavesdropping on anybody without a warrant, and then it turns out that we had this exposure to all the warrantless eavesdropping in the New York Times article. And so, you have this constant denial and parsing of words.”

Almo says “Hi” (my photographic memoirs)

Almo says  "Hi" (my photographic memoirs)

Almo says "Hi" (my photographic memoirs)

My New Dove Friend (my photographic memoirs)

My New Dove Friend (my photographic memoirs)

My New Dove Friend (my photographic memoirs)

Thanks for the almonds: We all liked them (my photographic memoirs)

Thanks for the almonds: We all liked them (my photographic memoirs)

Thanks for the almonds: We all liked them (my photographic memoirs)

Huntington Beach Wild Flowers (my photographic memoirs)

Huntington Beach Wild Flowers (my photographic memoirs)

Huntington Beach Wild Flowers (my photographic memoirs)

“Dreaming”: Bolsa Chica Beach Nature Preserve (my digital oil paintings photographic memoirs)

Bolsa Chica Beach Nature Preserve (my digital oil paintings photographic memoirs)

Bolsa Chica Beach Nature Preserve (my digital oil paintings photographic memoirs)

This Day in History: Ian Ball Attempts to Kidnap Princess Anne (1974)

Ian Ball Attempts to Kidnap Princess Anne (1974)

Intending to kidnap Queen Elizabeth II’s only daughter and collect a £2 million ransom, Ball attacked Princess Anne’s chauffeur-driven limousine as it returned to Buckingham Palace. He shot the chauffeur, two policemen, and a passerby who tried to intervene, but Anne got away with the help of another passerby. Ball was then captured. His victims recovered, and all six who tried to help Anne were awarded medals. What was Anne’s famously feisty retort when Ball ordered her out of the car? More… Discuss

Quotation of the Day: George Eliot – On Happiness and History

The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history.

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

Emerald Fun (my photographic memoirs)

Surfing Fun (my photographic memoirs)

Surfing Fun (my photographic memoirs)

What if…(photographic memoirs)

What if...(photographic memoirs)

What if...(photographic memoirs)

Fluid Touch (my photographic memoirs)

Fluid Touch (my photographic memoirs)

Fluid Touch (my photographic memoirs)

Moments (my photographic memoirs)

Moments (my photographic memoirs)

Moments (my photographic memoirs)

Kingdom of David: The Saga of the Israelites: The End of Days – Conflict erupts between Jews and Romans when Pompeii enters Judah in 63 B.C.

The Medici: Godfathers of the Re…: Power vs. Truth – Giorgio Vasari writes a book to define the Renaissance; Galileo pursues his scientific studies with the support of the Medici family.

the Medici Pope – Giovanni de’ Medici becomes Pope Leo X in 1513 and begins to sell indulgences to restore papal funds; Martin Luther protests the selling of indulgences.

The Medici: Godfathers of…: The Magnificent Medici – Lorenzo de’ Medici becomes a driving force of the Renaissance; monk Savonarola promotes fundamentalist purification of Florence after the death of Lorenzo de’ Medici.

The Medici: Godfathers of the…: Birth of a Dynasty (PBS – Empires) – Wealthy Florentine banker Cosimo de’ Medici’s search of Europe for relics of antiquity sparks classical learning and inventive thinking.

Ratatouille The Snowboarding Opossum (discovered on …Discovery Channel)

A wood that hides the past and holds the future (from the Guardian UK)

A wood that hides the past and holds the future (from the Guardian UK)


Excerpt:  “Wolsingham, Weardale: The tunnel of trees grip shoulder-high banks on either side with writhing roots, while their branches cast fingers of shadow into the wood.”

This article brought memories of some wondrous places I spend time into in my childhood. I liked that a lot, as during the first years of our lives are so veiled with mystery, as so many children stories use woods, as a place of mystery where natural can step beyond, into the realm of fantasy.

Freeskier Sarah Burke Dies After Superpipe Crash Discovery Channel

Freeskier Sarah Burke Dies After Superpipe Crash (from Discovery Channel)


Democracy Now Headlines March 15 2012 (find out more about the ardent issues of our times from this Station)

Democracy Now Headlines March 15 2012 (click here to find out more)

Democracy Now Headlines March 15 2012 (click here to find out more)

La Brea Tar Pits: An Urban Mystery

 The Rancho La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, California are widely regarded as one of the richest sources of mammal fossils in the world. Approximately 60 species have been identified, including saber-tooth cat, bear, lion, wolf, camel, bison, and mastodon. Also found were seventeen human bones, including a pelvis and a skull, as well as a number of artifacts such as milling stones and bone hairpins. The conventional explanation for the abundance and diversity of this fossil material is that successive animal entrapment episodes had created an ever-growing mass of bones at the bottom of tar pools. An unwary horse, for example, might step into a seemingly benign pool of water to get a drink. Becoming ensnared in the tar underneath the watery surface, its distress cries would draw hungry carnivores, such as wolves, seeking an easy meal. These carnivores would themselves slip and fall into the pool, becoming, like their prey, inescapably trapped.

Valentin Gheorghiu plays Beethoven Choral Fantasy (II)

Beethoven Fantasy for Piano, Choir & Orchestra in C minor, op.80

Valentin Gheorghiu, piano
Cluj Napoca Symphony Orchestra & Choir
Emil Simon, conductor.


The first performance of Fantasy, op.80, was quite extraordinary: over a period of four hours, the audience heard the first performances of Beethovens 5th and 6th symphonies, the piano concerto No.4 and movements from the Mass in C. However, the evening was not without its problems. 

Ferdinand Ries, a musician, composer and close acquaintance of Beethoven, describes the concert: 

“Beethoven gave a large concert on 22 December 1808 in the Theater an der Wien at which were performed for the first time the C minor and Pastoral Symphonies as well as his Fantasia for Piano with orchestra and chorus. In this last work, at the place where the last beguiling theme appears already in a varied form, the clarinet player made, by mistake, a repeat of eight bars. Since only a few instruments were playing, this error was all the more evident to the ear. Beethoven leaped up in a fury, turned around and abused the orchestra players in the coarsest terms and so loudly that he could be heard throughout the auditorium. Finally, he shouted from the beginning! The theme began again, everyone came in properly, and the success was great. But when the concert was finished the artists, remembering only too well the honourable title which Beethoven had bestowed on them in public, fell into a great rage, as if the offence had just occurred. They swore that they would never play again if Beethoven were in the orchestra, and so forth. This went on until Beethoven had composed something new, and then their curiosity got the better of their anger.”

Louis Spohr, a composer, records many years later in his autobiography (1860-61) “a tragicomical incident which took place at Beethoven’s last concert at the Theater an der Wien”, related to him by Ignaz von Seyfried

“Beethoven was playing a new piano concerto of his, but already at the first tutti, forgetting that he was the soloist, he jumped up and began to conduct in his own peculiar fashion. At the first sforzando he threw out his arms so wide that he knocked over both the lamps from the music stand of the piano. The audience laughed and Beethoven was so beside himself over this disturbance that he stopped the orchestra and made them start again. Seyfried, worried for fear that this would happen again in the same place, took the precaution of ordering two choir boys to stand next to Beethoven and to hold the lamps in their hands. One of them innocently stepped closer and followed the music from the piano part. But when the fatal sforzando burst forth, the poor boy received from Beethovens right hand such a sharp slap in the face that, terrified, he dropped the lamp on the floor. The other, more wary boy, who had been anxiously following Beethovens movements, succeeded in avoiding the blow by ducking in time. If the audience had laughed the first time, they now indulged in a truly bacchanalian riot. Beethoven broke out in such a fury that when he struck the first chord of the solo he broke six strings. Every effort of the true music-lovers to restore calm and attention remained unavailing for some time; thus the first Allegro of the Concerto was completely lost to the audience. Since this accident, Beethoven wanted to give no more concerts.”


Valentin Gheorghiu (21 March 1928, same day with Bach)

Romanian classical pianist and composer. He was first a pupil of Constanţa Erbiceanu and Mihai Jora at the Bucharest Academy of Music and then of Lazare Lévy, Marcelle Mayer and Noël Gallon at the Conservatoire National de Musique in Paris between 1937-1939. He is one of the leading Romanian pianists of the twentieth century, but due to the fact that he did not perform much outside the Iron Curtain, he is not well known outside his native country.

Although he had played in Europe, North America, Japan, Canada and Israel with maestros as Antal Dorati, Kurt Masur, Sergiu Commissiona, George Prêtre, Kiril Kondraschin and orchestras as the Dresdner Staatskapelle, Suisse Romande, Bayerisches Rundfunk, Gewandhaus, Baltimore, Leningrad, Montreal, Tokyo and Moscow, he is not well known outside his native country due to Iron Curtain practices before 1990.

Gheorghiu has done recordings for HMV, Deutsche Grammophon, Pathé Marconi, RCA, Supraphon and Eterna. He was a member of the jury in many of the most famous international piano competitions like Leeds, Van Cliburn, Tchaikovsky, Margherite Long, Santander, Chopin, Beethoven and Busoni.

He will be one of the jury members in the upcoming “Fourth International Piano Competition of the Republic of San Marino”, together with Philippe Entremont, Michele Campanella, Arnaldo Cohen, Laura de Fusco, Alexei Lubimov and Joseph Paratore in September 2010.


Corul ARMONIA – Fantezia de Beethoven (5.05.2010 ~ Ateneu, Bacău): Bravo!