Daily Archives: April 29, 2012

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

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 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