Daily Archives: May 19, 2013

Quotation: Rabindranath Tagore on life of service

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”

Today’s Birthday: EMILE BERLINER (1851) an inventor (first flat disk recording)


English: Emile Berliner, with the model of the...

English: Emile Berliner, with the model of the first phonograph machine which he invented. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Emile Berliner (1851)

After apprenticing as a printer in Germany, Berliner immigrated to the US and became interested in the new audio technologies of his day. He patented a series of improvements to Alexander Graham Bell’s recently invented telephone before turning his attention to the phonograph. In 1888, he introduced the first flat disc recording, a marked improvement over Thomas Edison’s recording cylinders for the phonograph and a precursor of the modern record. What were some of Berliner’s other inventions? More… Discuss



Levi Strauss Patents Iconic Metal Rivet for Reinforcing Pants Pockets (1873)

Closeup of a copper rivet on blue jeans.

Closeup of a copper rivet on blue jeans. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



If you are wearing blue jeans, chances are a version of tailor Jacob Davis‘s invention is hugging your hips right now. Davis did not invent jeans—that was the more famous Levi Strauss—but he did invent one crucial component: the copper rivets that reinforce the corners of the pockets, now ubiquitous on denim pants. Because Davis did not have the money to file the necessary patent paperwork, he wrote to Strauss—then Davis’s fabric supplier—suggesting they apply together. How did Strauss respond? More… Discuss



Restaurants Ruinous for Waistlines

Fast food has gotten a bad rap, but regular restaurant fare fares no better when it comes to nutritional value. In fact, researchers found that meals from small US restaurants are 18 percent more caloric than comparable dishes from chain restaurants, and Canadian eateries follow a similar trend. It is typical for patrons of such establishments to unwittingly consume nearly a full day’s worth of calories and fat as well as one and a half times the recommended daily salt intake in a single meal. More…Discuss

Just a Thought…” As we Grow Older…”

English: $GREED dice game box, dice and scroe card

English: $GREED dice game box, dice and scroe card (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“As we grow older we lose confidence in the unforeseeable and compensate by gaining it in the probable! I guess one can only throw good dice so many times, expecting to win time and again…That probably would disqualify the dice!” >>>>>>>>>>>>(George-B.)

ProPublica: The Story Behind Our Hospital Interactive

ProPublica: The Story Behind Our Hospital Interactive

“Here at ProPublica, we love to find new ways to tell stories. We’ve built data-driven news apps, commissioned our own news songs and crafted narratives with a novelist’s touch, all to enrich our investigative reporting.

Your Hospital May Be Hazardous To Your Health,” co-published today with PBS Frontline, is our newest try at innovation.”

Having any morality is better than being amoral!

Having any morality is better than being amoral! (who care about in what degree?) 

The Vikings Soundtrack By Mario Nascimbene ( Part 1 Of 4 )

From Wikipedia:  Mario Nascimbene (28 November 1913, MilanItaly – 6 January 2002, RomeItaly) was one of the best known Italian film soundtrack composers of the 20th Century. His career spanned six decades, during which time he earned several awards for the innovative contents of his composing style. During his career he composed soundtracks for more than 150 films.[1]

Mario Nascimbene
Born 28 November 1913
Died 6 January 2002
Genres Chamber musicSoundtrack
Occupations ComposerConductor
Years active 1941-1990

Selected film scores


Swimming pool bossa party – Mario Nascimbene (Theme from: Dick Smart 2007 (1967) – directed by Franco Prosperi)

Theme from:
Dick Smart 2007 (1967) – directed by Franco Prosperi

The Long Ships – Golden Bell

Uploaded on Nov 9, 2007

Riding on the success of Richard Fleischer‘s epic, The Vikings, this low-budget offering starring Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier played it light and humorous. Having found the Mother of Voices (a gigantic golden bell) the Vikings and the Moors attempt to transport it to their ship.

Your Body and EMF sensitivities

Just because the market said is safe, doesn’t mean it is! They meant I’s safe to sell, not to buy or use!” See the difference?


I have searched high and low for a webpage that presented a brilliant description of how our bodies are basically electrical devices, operating with minute electrical energy signals and can be hypersensitive to external radiation.

It must have been a Utube video linked from a previous video and my history listing has not provided me with the answer. However this is close to what I wished to present as it is this sensitivity that needs to be considered when assessing effects from cell phones and smart meters.

This post was then to go on to link associated relevant posts in order to provide a comprehensive and educational article. In the meantime I came across a blog that has beautifully done all that already, better I am sure than I would have done.

So firstly, this introduction will direct you to the link associated with the image below. There you will…

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To think or not to think (poetic thought by George-B)

To think or not to think (poetic thought by George-B)

To think or not to think,

is a question as fundamental as
to be or not to be, because:

Not to think is to be not, in fact more evolved as a grain  of sand,
maybe less, considering all
a grain of sand, potentially have experienced….

So: if grains of sand could unleash their memory
of the things they’ve become aware of,
imagine the images, the aromas, the sounds, of being a grain of sand….

To be a grain of sand, or a human, is now the choice…but:

can you afford to be, as apparently unmoved and unimate as  a grain of sand? 


Troublesome indeed!

Sheri Lawrence de Grom

Congress Places All Retirees At Risk
One Woman’s Opinion
By Sheri de Grom

DC Lots of PeopleCongress gave themselves a pay raise yet they haven’t received a satisfactory rating from their employers—the people of the United States in years. Other members of Congress became so discouraged with their inability to accomplish anything in Washington, they gave up and went home.

Meanwhile, Federal employees are watching what’s happening to their retirement plans while having their pay frozen since the beginning of 2011.

Congress has politicized federal pay freezes and other penalties for federal employees have been enacted. Do your representatives enjoy giving themselves a pay raise every year while cutting federal employee pay and benefits?

Federal employees and retirees (one of which would be me) have contributed fifteen million dollars from our savings over the past ten years through an increased pension contribution. These monies have been taken from a protected account by Congress…

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Floating (poetic thought by George-B)(maybe Haiku?)

Floating (poetic thought by George-B)

Floating is Nature’s
traveling dirt road toward
making roots elsewhere.

The Suitcase Internet – The Internet Free Of Government Control (Updated)

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself………….. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it.”

– H. L. Mencken – December 1919
(I like that, especially since, indeed, thinking and truth is are the most dangerous “anti-crook” tool!

Bill Mullins' Weblog - Tech Thoughts

imageOver the past few years, as I’ve compiled the Daly Net News column here, it became obvious that many of the major tech sites retitle and repost previously published articles. I’m not suggesting that this is a bad thing. In fact, it can often be a very good thing.

A particularly good case can be made for the reposting of information designed to educate computer users relative to system and Internet security, for example. So too, with data that addresses issues surrounding the ever evolving threats from governments designed to curb both privacy and freedom of expression, on the Internet.

The threats to twist and bend our civil liberties into unrecognizable shapes, hardly stop there of course. Still, I’m ever hopeful that we (assuming the average person finds the courage), will force governments to park the fascism bus and address the real needs of real people.

At one time, my…

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Why Predatory Publishing is Dangerous

Plato on-line

sproutsocial-mobile-3Is Your Website Mobile-Friendly?
Because I use my netbook most of the time, I’m very grateful for mobile-friendly sites I don’t have to adjust page sizes
Why Your Website Should Be Mobile-Friendly

‘In late 2012, Google conducted an independent survey titled “What Users Want Most From Mobile Sites Today.” Of the 1,088 smartphone users that were surveyed, about 67 percent indicated they would be more likely to purchase a product or service from a business that built a mobile-friendly website. Couple that with the fact that 61 percent of users also said they’d leave a site that’s not optimized for mobile and it’s clear that having a mobile-friendly site is more important than ever…’
How to Make Sure It Is

Why Predatory Publishing is Dangerous
Blogger writes about predatory publishing, is threatened with $1B suit

‘Metadata librarian Jeffrey Beall runs the popular industry blog Scholarly Open Access. The site maintains…

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project .projecto

THE Nature of the Universe we know is Diversity, the Purpose of unity is seldomly (if ever) altruistic!

Gisell Chanden Project

this I designed aCanalizaciónthat I think is the perfect solution which is designed to unify all world organizations unify l avez governments and nations of the planet with a sole intention unity among all to make our planet a better world for all what vivemos on this planet magnificent unit is the perfect solution for all we exist on this planet this conpuesto project of a foundation to unify all while using creativity to create clever mind while elsewhere in there is a project to unite all religions of the world to discover solve for the good of humanity in religion


el presente he diseñado un projecto que creo que es la solucion perfecta donde esta diseñado para unificar todas las organizaciones del mundo y l avez unificar los gobiernos y naciones del planeta con una unica intencion unidad entre todos para hacer de nuestro planeta un mundo…

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Hot Wings and a Side of Apathy

When challenged….EAT!


by Gene Howington, Guest Blogger

A friend of mine sent me this picture. I know that apathy is a problem for a great number of our fellow citizens, but come on. Sure, it’s silly, but do you think this is clever? Is it indicative of a larger problem with the American mindset? Both? Or do you just not care?

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Quotation: Willa Cather Love and Moral Natures and TCHAIKOVSKY’S “THE SEASONS” MARCH “Song of the lark”

Two people, when they love each other, grow alike in their tastes and habits and pride, but their moral natures … are never welded. The base one goes on being base, and the noble one noble, to the end.

Willa Cather (1873-1947) Discuss

The Song of the Lark
The Song of the Lark (Jules Breton, 1884).jpg

“Song of the Lark” by Jules Breton

Author(s) Willa Cather
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) novel
Publication date 1915
Media type Print (Hardback &Paperback)

Uploaded on Mar 1, 2011

“Song of the lark”
from The seasons, op.37 a
transcription for piano-solo and strings by Robert Groslot
Chamber- orchestra IL NOVECENTO
Robert Groslot, conductor and piano-solo

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Today’s Birthday: LORRAINE HANSBERRY (1930) a Playwright

Lorraine Hansberry (1930)

At just 29 years of age, African-American playwright Lorraine Hansberry secured her place in theatrical history when she became the first black woman to have a play produced on Broadway. Her acclaimed A Raisin in the Sun, a penetrating psychological study of a working-class African-American family in Chicago, was inspired in part by the discrimination and legal battle Hansberry’s own family faced upon buying a home in a white Chicago neighborhood. Whose poem gave rise to the play’s title? More… Discuss


Nine-Year-Old Cynthia Ann Parker Kidnapped by Comanches (1836)

Parker was a young girl when Comanches raided Fort Parker—located in what is now Texas—and massacred its inhabitants, capturing her in the process. Raised by her captors, she was adopted into the tribe and went on to bear the last great Comanche chief, Quanah Parker. At first, Quanah led raids on frontier settlements, but after his defeat and surrender, he learned to live alongside his white neighbors and eventually became the richest Native American in the US. What became of his mother? More… Discuss

Published on Nov 6, 2012


The extraordinary life of pioneer Cynthia Ann Parker and her son Quanah, the last chief of the Quahadi Comanche, are shown in a unique exhibit at the Fort Worth Central Library, near Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth. It is one of the largest ever assembled exhibits depicting the lives of these important historical figures, with 60 images and over 100 historical items, plus a speaker series. Free to the public in the Library’s gallery, from September 20 through December 15, 2012. 

For updates during the exhibit, see the exhibit Event Page on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/events/28630…

For speaker schedule information, see the Library’s website at http://fortworthtexas.gov/library/inf…

Follow the Library on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/fortworthlibrary and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/FtWorthLibrary


UN ADVOCATING BUGS AS FOOD (one way to avoid it is to get insects as pets….Jerry Lewis did!)

UN Advocating Bugs as Food

In many parts of the world, insects are an accepted part of the cuisine, and it would behoove Westerners to welcome bugs into their diets as well. A report from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization concludes that insects are “underutilized” as food. They are good sources of protein and minerals, and their production produces fewer greenhouse gasses and is less land-dependent than the raising of livestock. Increasing our dependence on insects as a highly nutritious food source could help combat world hunger and, on the opposite end of the spectrum, even help reduce obesity. More… Discuss

“UN: Leave my crickett alone!”

The magic and the mystery of blogging

Happy One Year Anniversary Valerie!







100_0360An ikon I’d never seen before popped up on the right hand side! Word Press, bless their little cotton socks, telling me I’ve been blogging for a year.

Really?  A whole year of writing, reading, liking, commenting, enjoying, sighing, worrying, wondering, exulting, agonising, delighting, puzzling, slaving over a hot computer?

A whole year of writing for pleasure, knowing that no-one is going to stab me in the back? This is the amazing gift of blogging. Unlike journalism, where bouquets are few and far between, but angry, argumentative put- down letters are easy to write to a person whose name is in a newspaper, blogging has its own set of conventions.

The best one is that bloggers don’t criticise or judge. They comment, they put another point of view, but they live and let live. When I first veered off the light and trivial and…

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