Daily Archives: July 30, 2012

Johann Strauss II. – Geschichten aus dem Wiener Wald (Walzer, op.325) (Music for a Monday Afternoon)


Robert Stolz himself is known as the last composer of the classical  Vienna Philharmonics with Robert Stolz conducting

Charlotte Bronte: on social injustices and Rightful Consequences


As to the sufferers, whose sole inheritance was labor, and who had lost that inheritance; who could not get work, and consequently could not get wages, and consequently could not get bread; they were left to suffer on, perhaps inevitably left. 

(The context from Shirley Ch. 2)

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855) Discuss

WARMER SEAS HARBOR SICKENING BACTERIA


Warmer Seas Harbor Sickening Bacteria

Scientists say warmer seas are responsible for the emergence of a gastroenteritis-causing group of bacteria in northern Europe and outbreaks elsewhere in the world. They found that every year that the Baltic Sea’s surface temperature rose one degree, the number of Vibrioinfections in the area rose by nearly 200 percent. These bacteria are generally found in tropical marine environments but are spreading in areas that are warming, and the Baltic Sea in particular has been warming at an unprecedented rate. Vibrio outbreaks have also been recorded in Chile, Peru, Israel, the northwestern US, and northwestern Spain and have been linked to warming in these regions. More… 

This Day in Recent History: MEDICARE AND MEDICAID ARE ESTABLISHED (1965)


Medicare and Medicaid Are Established (1965)

The Social Security Act of 1935 established national social insurance, welfare, and other assistance programs in the US, but it did not address healthcare. Years later, President Harry Truman drew attention to this issue when he unsuccessfully lobbied for the establishment of a national healthcare program. By the 1960s, the political climate was more open to reform, and the Social Security Act amendments creating Medicare and Medicaid were passed. What is the difference between the two programs? More… Discuss

THE BLOWGUN (sarbacane)


The Blowgun

A blowgun is a hollow tube out of which a dart or an arrow is blown. The projectile is usually tipped with a poison, like curare, to stun or kill prey. Usually used for hunting and rarely in warfare, blowguns vary in length from 18 in (45 cm) to over 23 ft (7 m) and are often crafted from cane or bamboo. The arrows, made to fit snugly in the gun’s tube, are fashioned from palm leaf midribs or bamboo splinters. Blowguns were widely used by prehistoric peoples and are still used in what locations? More… 

From Wikipedia:

The blowgun is a weapon used in the fighting art Ninjutsu and certain tribes of hunter-gatherers, particularly in South America .

The sport blowgun, called blowgun or blowpipe in English (and Fukiya in Japanese), is a sports of shooting of darts on target dot. The blowgun is a modern tube aluminum (max 122 cm, 1016 cm diameter) with a mouthpiece, which propels the breath of the drawer 5 small darts in steel with a small conical plastic.   

The target is a single official printed A4 sheet and attached to a cardboard, foam, compressed straw or another. It has three circles of radius 3, 6 and 9 cm, equal to 7, 5 and 3 points from the center. The distance to the target ranges from 4 to 10 meters according to FSSA 1 .

For teaching in schools, mini-shields of archery will be used (with 5 colors from the periphery to the center: white, black, blue, red and yellow).

Historically, France, the blowgun sport was practiced in the mining areas of the departments of Nord and Loire . If this historical practice of the blowgun seems to have disappeared in the North, she is still alive in the region of Saint-Etienne (see article Sarbacane (Loire) ).

The practice of the blowpipe is not only very simple and surprising, but also has beneficial effects on health (abdominal and chest muscles, respiration, blood oxygenation, concentration, stress) and can be framed as young as 6 years.    More…

Aretha Franklin – Think (The Blues Brothers Version)



Aretha Franklin


If you bike: get a rear view mirror: Basic to monitor the traffic behind you. It’s more than peace of mind, it can save your life!


The miracle of nature: So easy to let miracles goes unnoticed, unless we take time to understand our role: Ia a reasoning species, how is it that we are so unreasonable? Thanks Ann for this video!

Food: How is it acquired?


food: how is it acquired?

food: how is it acquired?

Pelican diving
Pelican diving