Daily Archives: June 20, 2013

Quotation: H.G. Wells on simple explanations and wrong theories

Very simple was my explanation, and plausible enough—as most wrong theories are!

H.G. Wells (1866-1946) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: JEAN-PAUL SARTRE (1905)

Jean-Paul Sartre (1905)

Sartre was a French philosopher, playwright, and novelist who became the foremost exponent of existentialism in the 20th century. His first novel, Nausea, was one of many works depicting man as a lonely being burdened with a terrifying freedom. He served in World War II, was taken prisoner, escaped, and was involved in the French resistance, during which he wrote multiple works. In 1964, he became the first person to voluntarily decline the Nobel Prize in Literature. Why did he refuse it? More… Discuss

A 1967 interview with Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. De Beauvoir discusses her memoirs and her book The Second Sex. Sartre discusses his reasons for refusing the Nobel Prize in Literature, his opposition to the Vietnam war, and his then-current project on Flaubert.

Documentary on Simone de Beauvoir

1959 Interview with Simone de Beauvoir

Interview with Simone de Beauvoir on “Why I am a Feminist”

Remembering Simone de Beauvoir: Betty Friedan and Kate Millet

Daughters of de Beauvoir Part 1

Daughters of de Beauvoir Part 2



SpaceShipOne Completes First Privately Funded Human Spaceflight (2004)

Unlike its privately funded predecessors, SpaceShipOne was actually manned, by a pilot and two passengers, when it flew to the edge of space in 2004. Developed by aerospace engineer Burt Rutan and funded by billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, the suborbital space plane won the $10 million Ansari X Prize for launching three people—or their weight equivalent—into space twice within two weeks in a privately developed, reusable spacecraft. Where is SpaceShipOne currently on display? More… Discuss


Violence against Women a Worldwide Epidemic

The director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling violence against women “a global health problem of epidemic proportions.” According to a new report, more than a third of women around the globe are subjected to physical or sexual violence, and the vast majority of them suffer this abuse at the hands of their partners. Intimate partners are also responsible for nearly two-fifths of the murders of women worldwide. The WHO is calling on world health officials to make combating this pervasive problem a priority. More…Discuss


Cat Power – Sea of Love

Juno in Juno *--*

Juno in Juno *–* (Photo credit: YamiPaperDreams!.-)

“Juno”, (2007)

Come with me, my love
To the sea, the sea of love
I want to tell you how much I love you

Do you remember when we met?
That day I knew you were my pet
I want to tell you how much I love you

Sir Hamilton Harty, In Ireland, Paul Henry

Sir Hamilton Harty, Sir Herbert Hamilton Harty (1879- 1941), In Ireland, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland,
Proinnsías Ó Duinn, director.
Works by Paul Henry (1876- 1958).


Chopin-Fantasia on Polish Airs in A Major Op. 13

Epitaph for heart of Frédéric Chopin in Holy C...

Epitaph for heart of Frédéric Chopin in Holy Cross Church in Warsaw (sculptor – Leonard Marconi). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Fantasia on Polish Airs in A Major Op. 13
Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Chopin-Complete Works/L’œuvre intégrale
CD16: Préludes/Works for Piano & Orchestra
Misha Dichter, Piano 
Philharmonia Orchestra
Sir Neville Marriner, Conductor
Recording: 1984

Brahms – Händel Variations, Op. 24 (Murray Perahia)

BrahmsHändel Variations, Op. 24 (Murray Perahia)
00:00 – Theme. Aria
01:07 – Variation 1
01:56 – Variation 2
02:40 – Variation 3
03:22 – Variation 4
04:11 – Variation 5
05:12 – Variation 6
06:09 – Variation 7
06:46 – Variation 8
07:22 – Variation 9
08:34 – Variation 10
09:05 – Variation 11
09:50 – Variation 12
10:45 – Variation 13
12:25 – Variation 14
13:02 – Variation 15
13:44 – Variation 16
14:17 – Variation 17
14:46 – Variation 18
15:28 – Variation 19
16:23 – Variation 20
17:36 – Variation 21
18:25 – Variation 22
19:28 – Variation 23
20:02 – Variation 24
20:34 – Variation 25
21:14 – Fugue

Murray Perahia, 2010


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Twelve Variations on “Ah vous dirai-je, Maman”, K. 265/300e

"Ah! Vous Dirai-Je, Maman", sheet mu...

“Ah! Vous Dirai-Je, Maman”, sheet music with illustration from a French children’s book Vieilles Chansons pour les Petits Enfants: Avec Accompagnements (Old Songs for Small Children with Accompaniments). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Twelve Variations on “Ah vous dirai-je, Maman”, K. 265/300e, is a piano composition by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composed when he was around 25 years old (1781 or 1782). This piece consists of twelve variations on the French folk song “Ah! vous dirai-je, Maman“. The French melody first appeared in 1761, and has been used for many children’s songs, such as “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”, “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep” and the “Alphabet Song“.

This work was composed for solo piano and consists of 13 sections: the first section is the theme, the other sections are Variations I to XII. Only Variations XI and XII have tempo indications, Adagio and Allegro respectively.

For a time, it was thought that these Variations were composed in 1778, while Mozart stayed in Paris from April to September in that year, the assumption being that the melody of a French song could only have been picked up by Mozart while residing in France. For this presumed composition date, the composition was renumbered from K. 265 to K. 300e in the chronological catalogue of Mozart’s compositions. Later analysis of Mozart’s manuscript of the composition by Wolfgang Plath rather indicated 1781/1782 as the probable composition date.
The variations were first published in Vienna in 1785.

Franz Schubert Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D.485 Orchestre de la Suisse Romande MArek Janowski

The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande is still alive! Although not as prolific when Ernest Ansermet was on the helm, 
the orchestra is still going stong these days. Marek Janowski is principal conductor, suceeded in 2012 by Neeme Jarvi

Here is a live 2009 recording of Franz Schubert Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D.485



Murphy’s war: Peter O’Toole’s

Murphy’s War (1971)
Murphy is the sole survivor of his crew, that has been decimated by a German U-Boat in the closing days of World War II. He lands on a forgotten island and begins to plot his vengence. He wishes to sink the U-Boat that has floated up by means of any method imaginable to him, and sets about to make the courageous attempt, assisted by Louie, the islands Government Admistrator

Murphy’s War
Murphy's War DVD.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Peter Yates
Produced by Michael Deeley
Written by Max Catto (novel)
Stirling Silliphant
Starring Peter O’Toole
Siân Phillips
Philippe Noiret
Horst Janson
Cinematography Douglas Slocombe
Editing by John Glen
Frank P. Keller
Studio Hemdale
Michael Deeley-Peter Yates Films
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s)
  • 1971
Running time 107 min.
Language English and German


BBC Proms: British film music, 4/14, Maurice Jarre – Lawrence of Arabia – Theme


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Johann Strauss II – The Blue Danube Waltz – Vienna Philharmonic

Vienna Philharmonic, 01.01.2011, New Year’s Concert, Conductor Franz Welser-Möst, Musikverein, German TV ZDF

Annen-Polka op. 117 – Johann Strauss II

Annen-Polka op 117 from Neujahrskonzert 2009. Author: Johann Strauss II (1825-1899).
Conductor: Daniel Barenboim & Wiener Philharmoniker

Amadeus – The Magic Flute

Mozart: The Magic Flute – Overture – Sir Colin Davis


English: Emanuel Schikaneder as the first Papa...

English: Emanuel Schikaneder as the first Papageno in Mozarts Die Zauberflöte. Front page of the original edition of the libretto of the Zauberflöte. Nederlands: Emanuel Schikaneder als eerste Papageno Deutsch: Emanuel Schikaneder als der erste Papageno. Aus dem Titelblatt der Erstausgabe des Librettos der Zauberflöte. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sir Colin Davis conducts the Orchestra of The Royal Opera House Covent Garden.

then some talking heads speak about the opera (last one is Jonathan Miller on the French Revolution), with snippets of performances from the Magic Flute by

Sarastro • Alfred Reiter
The Queen of the Night • Anna Kristiina Kaappola
Papageno • Klaus Häger
Papagena • Nadine Lehner

Staatsopernchor Staatskapelle Berlin 
Conductor • Julien Salemkour
Directors • Bernward Konermann and Walter Rösler

K620 • Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute, La Flûte enchantée), by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


From ProPublica: Inspector General Faults Medicare for Not Tracking ‘Extreme’ Prescribers

From ProPublica - The Prescribers full coverage

From ProPublica – The Prescribers full coverage (click to access Report)

Henry Miller: What Did He Mean By That?

SOmething from my early blogging days!


Da Capo:
“If there were a man who dared say all that he thought of this world there would not be left him a square foot of ground to stand on.”
Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer (1934)
🙂 🙂 🙂

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De Florii în Cişmigiu

A sign of spring perpetual, a sign of everlasting memories…of the time that evades us!
Fugit Tempus!

D-ale copilăriei


Timpul frumos ne-a scos ieri din casă. Faţă de zilele obişnuite de duminică am făcut o mică schimbare de direcţie: ca să simţim că e sărbătoare,  în loc să mergem în Icoanei sau Ioanid, am mers în Cişmigiu.  O idee cât se poate de bună, copiii s-au simţit minunat, iar la sfârşitul zilei aveam senzaţia că am făcut o  adevărată drumeţie, nu o banală plimbare în parc. Fotografiile spun mai multe decât aş putea spune eu!

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Busy Day at Huntington Beach (My Photo Collection) – (always a cause to bring to the beachgoer!)

Busy Day at Huntington Beach

Busy Day at Huntington Beach (photo stitched with canon Software) (My Photo Collection)

Lacrima dulce, gand poetic de George-B

Lacrima dulce, gand poetic de George-B

Mi-am impletit un cosulet de rachita,
l-am dus la riu de ses,
la-m pus in apa neravasita de torent
si-am cuiburit in el.

 Am lasat firul ierbii din mina, am lasat malul:
Si-am plutit, cit am plutit,
Parc-ar fi fost minune,
caci n-am zarit pe Moise sau pe Buda,
o zina din povesti, 
sau nici macar un zeu mai mic,
un inger, sau o vrere…

Un ciot de salcie, ce-a cazut lovit de traznet,
A agatat impletitura rara,
si m-a tinut asa o doara,
de-asupra apei linistite
ca sa-nteleg ca viata-i numa-asa usoara,
cum indraznim s-o facem…

 Ochiul noptii sta inchis peste intunericul luminat
Cu boarea diminetii – precum o lacrima dulce, far-de sare…

Rie Sinclair: High Time Acoustic Mix (yet another beautiful song, wouldn’t you say?)

Pour qu’on existe, poetic thought by George-B

Pour qu’on existe,  poetic thought by George-B

Pour qu’on existe pas
Il faut pas bouger,
Pas respirer pour une hour, au debut,
Puis pour d’avantage…Mais surtout,
il faut pas sortir de la coquille
Soyez pas enquite, le moment passé
pour des hours, les heurs pour des semaines..

Pour qu’on existe plus…


Tempus Fugit 

Vintage Music (Access From Here): “A new Widget…A new Access to the World of Memories!”

Vintage Music (Access From Here)

Vintage Music (Access From Here)


Intrebarea s-a pierdut in reflectie…, gand poetic de George-B

Intrebarea  s-a pierdut in reflectie…, gand poetic de George-B

Intrebarea  s-a pierdut in reflectie…
O versiune de raspuns – nu s-a intocmit inca

Intrebarea, precum o tesature de paianjen
Asteapta tremurul, aproape imperceptibil

Al raspunslui, cu foamea neostoita a insectei de prada,
Care-si inveleste reusita in secretie lipicioasa, mortala,

Si asa, se pierde raspunsu-n intrebare…

Rie Sinclair Islands of Loneliness

This one’s for the new members at euzicasa, hoping that if you did not yet acquired a palette for Rie Sinclair music, you may find it through one of hers song “The Island of Loneliness”!


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Just a thought: A species without any instinctual fear, is doomed!

Just a thought: “A species without any instinctual fear, is doomed!”

Skynet rising: Google acquires 512-qubit quantum computer; NSA surveillance to be turned over to AI machines By Mike Adams

Are you watching this? This want to let your “friends” know what you’re watching on “Netflix”?

A Word Can Spoil a Thousand Moments, poetic thought by George-B

A word can spoil a thousand moments, poetic thought by George-B

A word can spoil a thousand moments,
A syllable can kill,
A letter, just, or wrong, can be as brave a say,
Or just a branding tool: “You’re mine”, “I’m yours”
Or so and so, “A” is for The one, “a” is for anyone,
“L” is for love, whatever love may be,
“P” is for power of patriotism,
for whoever has a patriotic claim on
land, or water, or air, and above, and life,
especially another one’s,
a claim to ownership, a claim to all existence

You may think you make decisions for yourself…
Truth be told:
Life and circumstance ultimately always make your decisions for you!

I miss you more today, that I used to, twenty year ago…
I am worried about the evolvement of this trend say…over the next decade…

Will I miss you then?

Culture, (poetic thought by George-B)

Culture, (poetic thought by George-B)

I love not the writer but I adore their publishing houses…
they got so much talent to choose.

I don’t like the artist, but I adore their great galleries,
and their critics,
and their vision,
and binding contracts, and their percentages… 

I don’t like the musician, the singer,
but I adore their impresarios, 
those who make you, those who break you…

And then… then there are the fans, the crowd, the admirers, and adulators,
the go-gos, the come-ons and the goers,
the pool of bodies and minds behind the entire CULTURE…

But them the creator only, if anybody,
knows what their creation is about, isn’t it?

So in the end…It is the creator, and the creation,
and then the question.  And the question is: ‘Will they like me?’

And then the question is: ‘Will they approve of my presence?’

And then the question is: ‘Will I become a star?’