Monthly Archives: April 2012

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On This Day: Saigon Surrenders1975 (from BBC)


ON THIS DAY - 1975:  Saigon surrenders (from BBC)

ON THIS DAY - 1975: Saigon surrenders (from BBC)

Johnny Cash – What Is Truth?


Johnny Cash – Father and Son


Johnny Cash – The beast in me


Johnny Cash – “The Beast In Me” :

The beast in me
Is caged by frail and fragile bars
Restless by day
And by night rants and rages at the stars
God help the beast in me

The beast in me
Has had to learn to live with pain
And how to shelter from the rain
And in the twinkling of an eye
Might have to be restrained
God help the beast in me

Sometimes it tries to kid me
That it’s just a teddy bear
And even somehow manage to vanish in the air
And that is when I must beware
Of the beast in me that everybody knows
They’ve seen him out dressed in my clothes
Patently unclear
If it’s New York or New Year
God help the beast in me

The beast in me

Kris Kristofferson – Sunday Morning Coming Down (The Memorial Tribute Concert (2003)-Johnny Cash)



Kris KristoffersonSunday Morning Coming Down

Lyrics:

Well I woke up Sunday morning,
With no way to hold my head that didn’t hurt.
And the beer I had for breakfast wasn’t bad,
So I had one more for dessert.
Then I fumbled through my closet for my clothes,
And found my cleanest dirty shirt.
An’ I shaved my face and combed my hair,
An’ stumbled down the stairs to meet the day.

I’d smoked my brain the night before,
On cigarettes and songs I’d been pickin’.
But I lit my first and watched a small kid,
Cussin’ at a can that he was kicking.
Then I crossed the empty street,
‘n caught the Sunday smell of someone fryin’ chicken.
And it took me back to somethin’,
That I’d lost somehow, somewhere along the way.

On the Sunday morning sidewalk,
Wishing, Lord, that I was stoned.
‘Cos there’s something in a Sunday,
Makes a body feel alone.
And there’s nothin’ short of dyin’,
Half as lonesome as the sound,
On the sleepin’ city sidewalks:
Sunday mornin’ comin’ down.

In the park I saw a daddy,
With a laughin’ little girl who he was swingin’.
And I stopped beside a Sunday school,
And listened to the song they were singin’.
Then I headed back for home,
And somewhere far away a lonely bell was ringin’.
And it echoed through the canyons, 
Like the disappearing dreams of yesterday.

On the Sunday morning sidewalk,
Wishing, Lord, that I was stoned.
‘Cos there’s something in a Sunday,
Makes a body feel alone.
And there’s nothin’ short of dyin’,
Half as lonesome as the sound,
On the sleepin’ city sidewalks:
Sunday mornin’ comin’ down.
 

Johnny Cash – Sunday Morning Coming Down on Last Episode #58 (Merle Travis, Homer & Jethro [End of Series] [March 31, ’71]


Today’s Quotation: Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)


To attain happiness in another world we need only to believe something, while to secure it in this world we must do something.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: WILLIE NELSON (1933)


Willie Nelson (1933)

Nelson is an American musician who helped create the blues-rock-country genre known as “outlaw music.” In his five-decade career, he has made more than 200 recordings. In the 1960s, he became a successful songwriter in Nashville but was not recognized for his own singing until he moved back to Texas and adopted the unique image that made him an icon. He is known for raising money to aid farmers and for his generous appearances at benefit concerts. What hit song did he write for Patsy ClineMore… Discuss
 

Ricky Nelson – Travelin’ Man 1961



 Ricky Nelson – Travelin’ Man 1961

Lyrics:
I’m a travelin’ man 
and I’ve made a lotta stops 
all over the world
And in every port 
I own the heart of at least one lovely girl

I’ve a pretty senorita 
waitin’ for me down in old Mexico
And if you’re ever in Alaska 
stop and see my cute little Eskimo

Oh my sweet fräulien 
down in Berlin town 
makes my heart start to yearn
And my China doll 
down in old Hong Kong 
waits for my return
Pretty Polynesian baby over the sea 
I remember the night
When we walked in the sands of Waikiki 
and I held you oh so tight

Oh, I’m a travelin’ man
Yes, I’m a travelin’ man
Yes, I’m a travelin’ man
Woe, I’m a travelin’ man

The Andrews Sisters – Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy – JazzAndBluesExperience


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According to Wikipedia:  “The song was written by Don Raye and Hughie Prince, and was recorded at Decca‘s Hollywood studios on January 2, 1941, nearly a year before theUnited States entered World War II but after the start of a peacetime draft to expand the armed forces in anticipation of American involvement. The flipside was “Bounce Me Brother With a Solid Four”. The Andrews Sisters introduced the song in the 1941 Abbott and Costello film Buck Privates, which was in production when they made the record. “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song.

It is closely based on an earlier Raye-Prince hit, “Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar,” which is about a virtuoso boogie-woogie piano player”

 

Cab Calloway – Minnie the Moocher


Title: Minnie the Moocher
Musical genius: Cab Calloway
Album: King of Hi-De-Ho 1934-1947

Arthur Gibbs and His Gang – The Charleston (1923)



 This was the first recording of this famous dance. Charted at #1 in January 1924. Also #5 for Paul Whiteman in October 1925. Introduced in the Broadway musical, “Runnin’ Wild“. B-side of “Old Fashioned Love”. Written by James P. Johnson and Cecil Mack. Recorded October 10, 1923.

This Day in History: CASEY JONES DIES ON THE CANNONBALL EXPRESS(1900)


Casey Jones Dies on the Cannonball Express(1900)

Jones was an American locomotive engineer whose main claim to fame, until his fateful run on the Cannonball Express, was his punctuality. On April 30, 1900, he was driving the Cannonball Express south on a dangerous, accident-prone run when he suddenly saw a stalled freight train ahead. Instead of jumping to safety, he stayed to slow his train, saving his coworkers and passengers but losing his own life in the process. Who wrote the ballad that immortalized him as a folk heroMore… Discuss
 

Seal Beach – Stingray Habitat


Seal Beach - Stingray Habitat

Seal Beach - Stingray Habitat

Great surfing – Huntington Beach (my photographic memoirs)


Great surfing - Huntington Beach (my photographic memoirs)

Great surfing - Huntington Beach (my photographic memoirs)

EVIDENCE OF ANCIENT TSUNAMI IN NORTHERN GREECE


Evidence of Ancient Tsunami in Northern Greece

Geologists say that they have found evidence to support the ancient Greek historian Herodotus’s account of a tsunami that saved a Greek village from Persian invaders in 479 BCE. In his account, Herodotus states that “a great flood-tide of the sea” killed hundreds of Persian soldiers who had besieged the city of Potidaea. He also indicates that many smaller tsunamis had struck there in the past. Sediment in the area where Potidaea once stood shows signs of massive marine events, and excavations of a nearby city have uncoveredseashells that were likely deposited there by a tsunami. More… Discuss

CYRANO DE BERGERAC


Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano de Bergerac is an 1897 play by Edmond Rostand whose title character was inspired by a 17th-century writer with an exceptionally large nose. Rostand’s play, written entirely in rhymed couplets, relates the tale of Cyrano, a soldier and poet, who falls in love with the beautiful Roxane. Rather than woo Roxane himself, the large-nosed Cyrano provides his handsome friend, Christian, with the dialogue to win her heart. What word did this play introduce into the English languageMore… Discuss

This Day in History: OLDSMOBILE BUILDS ITS LAST CAR (2004)


Oldsmobile Builds Its Last Car (2004)

Founded in 1897 by Ransom Olds, Oldsmobile—not Ford—was the first company to mass produce automobiles. After it became part of General Motors in 1908, it shifted to making luxury vehicles. Sales soared in the 1970s and 80s—the Cutlass was the top-selling car in America in 1976—but by the 90s, Oldsmobile had lost its market to other GM divisions. Amid declining profitability, GM discontinued the line in 2004 after 107 years. The first Oldsmobile was the Curved Dash. What was the last? More… Discuss

Today’s Quotation: W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) – On Approval


Man’s desire for the approval of his fellows is so strong, his dread of their censure so violent, that he himself has brought his enemy within his gates; and it keeps watch over him, vigilant always in the interests of its master to crush any half-formed desire to break away from the herd.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) Discuss

Ride as if you’ll like to come back soon: Rules of the rode apply! (my photographic memoirs)


Ride as if you'll like to come back soon: Rules of the rode apply!

Ride as if you'll like to come back soon: Rules of the rode apply!

Today’s Quotation: Edith Wharton on …analysis and empathy…


In any really good subject, one has only to probe deep enough to come to tears.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: ULYSSES S. GRANT (1822)


Ulysses S. Grant (1822)

Though he served with bravery in the Mexican-American War, Grant resigned his post several years later, possibly due to his heavy drinking. However, he returned to serve in the US Civil War and won a string of brilliant victories. Three years after Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrendered to him, ending the war, Grant was elected president. Still, he spent his final years in poverty after being swindled by a friend. Days before his death, he did what to secure his family’s finances? More… Discuss

This Day in History: US PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN SUSPENDS HABEAS CORPUS (1861)


US President Abraham Lincoln Suspends Habeas Corpus (1861)

In law, habeas corpus is a writ ordering that a person be brought before a judge, especially to decide whether a prisoner’s detention is lawful. Its suspension means that prisoners can be held indefinitely without being charged. During the US Civil War, President Lincoln suspended habeas corpus to arrest and silence Southern dissenters. A legal battle ensued, and Lincoln prevailed.Habeas corpus has been suspended numerous times in US history, most recently in what year? More… Discuss

Regina Spektor – Après Moi (Bonnaroo 2010)


I must go on standing
You can’t break that which isn’t yours
I must go on standing
I’m not my own, it’s not my choice

Be afraid of the lame, they’ll inherit your legs
Be afraid of the old, they’ll inherit your souls
Be afraid of the cold, they’ll inherit your blood
Après moi, le deluge, after me comes the flood

I must go on standing
You can’t break that which isn’t yours
I must go on standing
I’m not my own, it’s not my choice

Be afraid of the lame, they’ll inherit your legs
Be afraid of the old, they’ll inherit your souls
Be afraid of the cold, they’ll inherit your blood
Après moi le deluge, after me comes the flood

Fevrale dostat chernil i plakat
Pisat o Fevrale navsnryd
Poka grohochushaya slyakot
Vesnoyu charnoyu gorit

Translated by Google: February. Get ink, shed tears.
Write of it, sob your heart out, sing,
While torrential slush that roars
Burns in the blackness of the spring.)

Be afraid of the lame, they’ll inherit your legs
Be afraid of the old, they’ll inherit your souls
Be afraid of the cold, they’ll inherit your blood
Après moi le deluge, after me comes the flood

I must go on standing
You can’t break that which isn’t yours
I must go on standing
I’m not my own, It’s not my choice

I must go on stan-stan-ding-ding
You can’t, can’t break that, that 
Which isn’t, isn’t yours, yours
I’m not, not my own, own
It’s not, not my choice, choice
Read more at (http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/3530822107858563283/#SQeEdeHSLK7FBAQE.99 )

Regina Spektor – Ghost of Corporate Future – Live at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire




The ghost of Corporate Future
(song by Regina Spektor)

A man walks out of his apartment,
It is raining, he’s got no umbrella
He starts running beneath the awnings,
Trying to save his suit,
Trying to save his suit.
Trying to dry, and to dry, and to dry but no good

When he gets to the crowded subway platform,
He takes off both of his shoes
He steps right into somebody’s fat loogie
And everyone who sees him says, “Ew.”
Everyone who sees him says, “Ew.”

But he doesn’t care,
‘Cause last night he got a visit from the
Ghost of Corporate Future
The ghost said, “Take off both your shoes
Whatever chances you get
Especially when they’re wet.”

He also said,
“Imagine you go away
On a business trip one day
And when you come back home,
Your children have grown
And you never made your wife moan,
Your children have grown
And you never made your wife moan.”

“And people make you nervous
You’d think the world is ending,
And everybody’s features have somehow started blending
And everything is plastic,
And everyone’s sarcastic,
And all your food is frozen,
It needs to be defrosted.”

“You’d think the world was ending,
You’d think the world was ending,
You’d think the world was ending right now.
You’d think the world was ending,
You’d think the world was ending,
You’d think the world was ending right now.”

“Well maybe you should just drink a lot less coffee,
And never ever watch the ten o’clock news,
Maybe you should kiss someone nice,
Or lick a rock,
Or both.”

“Maybe you should cut your own hair
‘Cause that can be so funny
It doesn’t cost any money
And it always grows back
Hair grows even after you’re dead”

“And people are just people,
They shouldn’t make you nervous.
The world is everlasting,
It’s coming and it’s going.
If you don’t toss your plastic,
The streets won’t be so plastic.
And if you kiss somebody,
Then both of you’ll get practice.”

“The world is everlasting
Put dirtballs in your pocket,
Put dirtballs in your pocket,
And take off both your shoes.
‘Cause people are just people,
People are just people,
People are just people like you.
People are just people,
People are just people,
People are just people like you.”

The world is everlasting
It’s coming and it’s going
The world is everlasting
It’s coming and it’s going
It’s coming and it’s going

(Weeds, Season 2, Episode 10, “Mile deep and a foot wide” ) 

RARE WHITE ORCA SPOTTED OFF RUSSIAN COAST


Rare White Orca Spotted off Russian Coast

Scientists have captured the first images of an adult white orca—or killer whale—in the wild. Iceberg, as he has been affectionately named, was spotted swimming with his pod off the coast ofKamchatka in eastern Russia. Orcas are typically black, with white on their undersides, above each eye, and on each flank. Until now, the only all-white orcas that had been observed were young, and none had ever been recorded surviving into adulthood. Researchers hope that future observation will help them determine whether Iceberg is a true albino or whether some other factor is responsible for his unique lack of pigmentation. More… Discuss

Today’s Birthday: FERDINAND VICTOR EUGÈNE DELACROIX (1798)


Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix (1798)

Considered the foremost painter of the Romantic movement in France, Delacroix is known for his dramatic interpretations of scenes from mythology, literature, and political, religious, and literary history and for his sensuous use of color. His most influential work is 1830’s revolution-themed Liberty Leading the People, which likely inspired the design of the Statue of Liberty. During a trip to Morocco, he painted many scenes of North African life. Why did he struggle to find subjects? More… Discuss

Romantic history painting. Commemorates the Fr...

Romantic history painting. Commemorates the French Revolution of 1830 (July Revolution) on 28 July 1830. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today’s Quotation: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) (on the demise of nations)


A nation never falls but by suicide.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Discuss

Ray Stevens – Obama Budget Plan


Rupert Murdoch apologizes admits phone-hacking ‘cover-up’ (from Breaking News via CNN)


Rupert Murdoch apologizes admits phone-hacking 'cover-up' (from Breaking News via CNN)

Excerpts: “He and his father have always denied knowing about the scale of phone hacking, which police say could have affected thousands of people, ranging from celebrities and politicians to crime victims and war veterans.

Dozens of people have been arrested in criminal investigations into phone and e-mail hacking and police bribery, and police asked prosecutors last week to charge at least eight people.

The suspects include at least one journalist and a police officer, the Crown Prosecution Service said, declining to name them.

No charges have been filed, and the Crown Prosecution Service said it did not know when a decision would be made about charges.

In addition to the Leveson Inquiry and London’s Metropolitan Police, two parliamentary committees also are looking into media conduct.

News Corp. shut down The News of the World, its British Sunday tabloid, last summer after public outrage at the scale of illegal eavesdropping its journalists did in search of stories.”

Foodbank handouts double as more families end up on the breadline (from the Guardian)


Foodbank handouts double as more families end up on the breadline (from the Guardian)

Excerpts:  “Five years ago debt was the issue. Now it is benefit delays and delays in getting crisis loans. There are serious inefficiencies in the welfare system,” he said.

In previous years, the vast majority of foodbank customers came just once, to help them over a temporary crisis, said Mould, but the charity was now seeing more repeat customers. “If you are on a low income and you are dealing with a deterioration in that as a result of higher food prices, higher rents and falling wages, you are going to get more people who just cannot hold it together.”

France 24 International ( How to wear an invisible 22,000 euros wrist time-teller or Would Jesus wear a Rolex?)


Russian patriarch's luxury watch edited out of picture (from France 24 International)

Eurocrats Carry On Up The Khyber, Determined and Delusional, says Farage (Or live a lie, until the lie becomes your life)



European Parliament, Strasbourg, 13 March 2012

Speaker: Nigel Farage MEP, Leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), Co-President of the ‘Europe of Freedom and Democracy‘ (EFD) Group in the European Parliament

• Debate: European Council and Commission statements – Conclusions of the European Council meeting of the 1-2 March 2012. 

Today’s Birthday: KAREL APPEL (1921)


Karel Appel (1921)

Appel was a Dutch painter and sculptor, and co-founder of the abstract expressionist group COBRA, whose members hailed from Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam. Active from 1948 to 1951, the group created work featuring primary colors and spontaneous brushwork. Appel’s own style was characterized by violent color and crude, reductive figures. Later in life, he turned to creating figurative sculptures in wood and metal. Why was Appel’s fresco in Amsterdam City Hall covered up? More… Discuss

MYSTERY SKIN AILMENT IN VIETNAM PROMPTS APPEAL FOR HELP


Mystery Skin Ailment in Vietnam Prompts Appeal for Help

Vietnam’s health authorities have requested foreign assistance to help them figure out what is behind the deaths of 19 people suffering from an unidentified skin infection. In total, 171 people in the country’s central province of Quang Ngai are thought to be infected with the mysterious ailment, which begins as a rash on the hands and feet and can progress to liverproblems and multiple organ failure. The illness was first reported in 2011 and reemerged last month. More… Discuss

Quotation of the Day: Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)


At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) Discuss

San Gabriel River Trail


Los Cerritos Wetlands - on San Gabriel River Bike Trail
San Gabriel River Trail

San Gabriel River Trail (my photographic memoirs)

Note to the reader: If you are not from Los Angeles, and want to bike, please use another map for freeways identification, or note that on the map above, there is mention of a “705 Fwy“, that in fact is “710 Fwy” (aka Long Beach Freeway). There is no 705 Fwy around here folks!

I always believed that reference materials such as dictionaries and definitely maps should be most accurate in purpose and execution.

The photos are taken at the start of the trail, in Seal Beach.  Now freshly resurfaced it’s a joy to ride on!

A Day In The Life Of: Maggie Q: Tai Chi, Yoga, Wai chi


Quigley was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii.[2][3] She speaks English and Cantonese. Her father, a government employee,[4] is of Irish and Polishdescent.[5] Her mother, a golf course employee,[4] is a Vietnamese immigrant.[3][6] Her parents met while her father was stationed in Vietnam during thewar.[7][8] Q grew up with four siblings.[3]

Quigley was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii.[2][3] She speaks English and Cantonese. Her father, a government employee,[4] is of Irish and Polishdescent.[5] Her mother, a golf course employee,[4] is a Vietnamese immigrant.[3][6] Her parents met while her father was stationed in Vietnam during thewar.[7][8] Q grew up with four siblings.[3]

Filmography

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Model from Hell (鬼名模) Anna  
Gen-Y Cops (特警新人類2) Jane Quigley  
2001 Manhattan Midnight Susan & Hope (twins)  
Rush Hour 2 Girl in Car  
2002 Naked Weapon (赤裸特工) Charlene Ching  
2003 The Trouble-Makers (一屋两火) Clary  
2004 Rice Rhapsody (海南雞飯) Gigi  
Around the World in 80 Days Female Agent  
Magic Kitchen (魔幻廚房) May  
2005 House of Harmony Harmony  
Dragon Squad (猛龍) Yuet  
Taped Maggie  
Earthlings Co-Producer Film Documentary
2006 Mission: Impossible III Zhen Lei Asian Excellence Award for Supporting Film Actress
The Counting House Jade  
2007 Live Free or Die Hard Mai Linh (“Die Hard 4.0” outside North America)
Balls of Fury Maggie Wong  
The Counting House Jade  
2008 Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon (三國之見龍卸甲) Cao Ying  
Deception Tina  
Need for Speed: Undercover Chase Linh Video Game
2009 The Warrior and the Wolf (狼災記) Harran Woman  
New York, I Love You Janice Taylor On segment “Yvan Attal”
Operation: Endgame High Priestess  
2010 The King of Fighters Mai Shiranui  
2011 Priest Priestess  
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1998 House of Dragon Devine  
2010–present Nikita Nikita Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress: Action[20]
2012 Young Justice Wonder Woman Voice role

 

Dido – Life for Rent lyrics


“Life For Rent”

I haven’t ever really found a place that I call home
I never stick around quite long enough to make it
I apologize once again I’m not in love
But it’s not as if I mind
that your heart ain’t exactly breaking

It’s just a thought, only a thought

But if my life is for rent and I don’t learn to buy
Well I deserve nothing more than I get
Cos nothing I have is truly mine

I’ve always thought
that I would love to live by the sea
To travel the world alone
and live more simply
I have no idea what’s happened to that dream
Cos there’s really nothing left here to stop me

It’s just a thought, only a thought

But if my life is for rent and I don’t learn to buy
Well I deserve nothing more than I get
Cos nothing I have is truly mine

If my life is for rent and I don’t learn to buy
Well I deserve nothing more than I get
Cos nothing I have is truly mine

While my heart is a shield and I won’t let it down
While I am so afraid to fail so I won’t even try
Well how can I say I’m alive

If my life is for rent and I don’t learn to buy
Well I deserve nothing more than I get
Cos nothing I have is truly mine

If my life is for rent and I don’t learn to buy
Well I deserve nothing more than I get
Cos nothing I have is truly mine 


Read more, think more, imagine more!

Saint George: April 23 of each year since ?


St. George - Christian martyrSt. George – Christian martyr; patron saint of England; hero of the legend of Saint George and the Dragon in which he slew a dragon and saved a princess (?-303)

Today Birthday: MAX PLANCK (1858)


Max Planck (1858)

Planck was an influential German physicist whose work on black body radiation earned him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918. He also discovered the elementary quantum of action, now known as Planck’s constant. As the influential president of the Kaiser Wilhelm Society, he denounced Hitler‘s persecution of Jewish scientists and resigned in protest in 1937. Tragically, four of Planck’s five children died before he did. One of his sons was executed after being implicated in what plot? More… Discuss

L’immortel: Jean Reno, Music klaus Badelt,


Nikita the dark side of time, Eric Serra,


ELTON JOHN – NIKITA


When You’re Gone – Doctor Who


Michael Jackson – Earth Song (Earth Day 2012)


Meredith Monk – Book of Days (1988): April 22, 2012 Is Earth Day



An excerpt from Meredith Monk’s feature film “Book of Days”. Unavailable for a long time, a DVD that also contains “Ellis Island” (1981) can now be obtained at http://www.meredithmonk.org 

J’su point dans la mood: Sadie (Check it out: I think it’s great!) Video Josette LB


J’su point dans la mood
Musique – Sadie
Video – Josette LeBlanc