Daily Archives: June 16, 2012

Today’s quotation: Aristotle on “Wit”


Wit is educated insolence.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) Discuss

Angela Gheorghiu “Oh Dieu! que de bijoux” Faust Gounod


Today’s Birthday: CHARLES FRANÇOIS GOUNOD (1818)


Charles François Gounod (1818)

Gounod was French composer who also studied for the priesthood and worked as an organist. Throughout his life, he remained torn between the theatre and the church. His reputation largely rests on his hugely popular 1859 opera, Faust, but he also wrote 15 lesser-known operas, 17 masses, more than 150 songs, and two symphonies. One of his short pieces, “Funeral March of a Marionette,” became well-known—albeit not by name—as the theme to what popular TV show beginning in the 1950s? More… Discuss

Ave Maria

Ave Maria
Gratia plena
Maria, gratia plena
Maria, gratia plena
Ave, ave dominus
Dominus tecum
Benedicta tu in mulieribus
Et benedictus 
Et benedictus fructus ventris
Ventris tuae, Jesus.
Ave Maria

Ave Maria
Mater Dei
Ora pro nobis peccatoribus
Ora pro nobis
Ora, ora pro nobis peccatoribus
Nunc et in hora mortis 
Et in hora mortis nostrae
Et in hora mortis nostrae
Et in hora mortis nostrae


VOYAGER SPACE PROBE WILL SOON EXIT SOLAR SYSTEM


Voyager Space Probe Will Soon Exit Solar System

Voyager 1, a space probe launched by NASA in 1977, has reached the edge of the solar system, extending its record for being the most distant man-made object in space. On its trip, the probe has made observations of several planets and their moons. It also carries messages for any extraterrestrial life forms it may encounter on a golden phonograph record that includes information about Earth’s life and culture. The probe is now approximately 11 billion miles (18 billion km) from the Sun, and signals from the craft take nearly 17 hours to arrive back at Earth. More… Discuss

THE AINU


The Ainu

Pushed north by the Japanese people over the last 2,000 years, the remaining Ainu—the original inhabitants of Japan—today live principally on the island of Hokkaido. Though a great deal of assimilation has occurred, the Ainu are physically and culturally distinct from ethnic Japanese. They have paler skin and more hair. Their religion is animistic and centers on a bear cult. The virtually extinct Ainu language has no known relationship to any other language. Where might they have originated? More… Discuss

Video

Leonard Cohen – Show Me The Place


Show me the place where you want your slave to go
Show me the place I’ve forgotten I don’t know
Show me the place for my head is bending low
Show me the place where you want your slave to go
Show me the place help me roll away the stone
Show me the place I can’t move this thing alone
Show me the place where the Word became a man
Show me the place where the suffering began
The troubles came I saved what I could save
A thread of light, a particle, a wave
But there were chains so I hastened to behave
There were chains so I loved you like a slave
Show me the place where you want your slave to go
Show me the place I’ve forgotten I don’t know
Show me the place for my head is bent and low
Show me the place where you want your slave to go

The troubles came I saved what I could save
A thread of light, a particle, a wave
But there were chains so I hastened to behave
There were chains so I loved you like a slave
Show me the place
Show me the place help me roll away the stone
Show me the place I can’t move this thing alone
Show me the place where the word became a man
Show me the place where the suffering began

Arte: Resurrezione di Lazzaro restaurato Il capolavoro del Caravaggio ora esposto a Roma – (Art: the “Resurection of Lazarus” restored- now in Exhibit in Rome, at Palazzo Braschi)


Arte_ Resurrezione di Lazzaro restaurato Corriere della Serra) (click to access the video)

Arte_ Resurrezione di Lazzaro restaurato Corriere della Serra) (click to access the video)

From the article: “La Resurrezione di Lazzaro, uno dei capolavori del Caravaggio dipinto tra il 1608 e il 1609, e’ tornato a risplendere dei suoi colori originali dopo l’intervento di restauro compiuto nei laboratori romani dell’Istituto Superiore Centrale del Restauro.L’opera rimarrà esposta al Museo di Roma di Palazzo Braschi fino al 15 luglio prima di tornare al Museo Regionale di Messina, sua collocazione definitiva”

 English translation with Google translator: (“The Resurrection of Lazarus“, one of the masterpieces by Caravaggio painted between 1608 and 1609, and ‘returned to its original colors to shine after the restoration work done in the laboratories of the Central Institute Restauro.L Romans’ work will remain on display the Museum of Palazzo Braschi in Rome until July 15 before returning to the Regional Museum of Messina, its permanent) (translated by Google translator)
Find out more about Caravaggio’s artwork at:   http://www.googleartproject.com/galleries/3104217/26102140/26167141/

Crossing the Niagara Falls, on high wire: Nick Wallenda, The World Is Watching (part 2)


Nik Wallenda has become the first person to walk on a tightrope 1,800 feet across the mist-fogged brink of roaring Niagara Falls.

A tethered Wallenda accomplished the feat on Friday night, saying he got through by “a lot of praying.” He also credited his concentration, focus and training.

Wallenda said the feat “will be with me forever” and the worst part was waiting for TV networks to be ready as he crouched on the starting platform. “There were 10 painful minutes sitting on that platform. My legs started falling asleep and cramping up.”

Asked what he would do next, Wallenda said: “I have permits to be the first person in the world to walk across the Grand Canyon so that’s a process we’ll start working on. I’d say within three to five years I’ll accomplish that as well.”

The seventh-generation member of the famed Flying Wallendas had long dreamed of pulling off the stunt, never before attempted. Other daredevils have wire-walked over the Niagara River but farther downstream and not since 1896.

An estimated crowd of 125,000 people on the Canadian side and 4,000 on the American side watched Wallenda’s stunt. He hugged his uncle upon setting foot on solid ground again.