Daily Archives: July 23, 2013

Quotation: Bram Stoker on king Laugh and the people he influences


It is a strange world, a sad world, a world full of miseries, and woes, and troubles. And yet when King Laugh come, he make them all dance to the tune he play.

Bram Stoker (1847-1912) Discuss

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ALEXANDRE DUMAS (1802)


Alexandre Dumas (1802)

Dumas was a largely self-educated French novelist and dramatist whose highly romantic novels immortalizing the adventures of the Three Musketeers and the Count of Monte Cristo have delighted many generations of readers. These historical novels, written with the aid of collaborators, are often scorned by critics, who find them lacking in style and characterization, but they have had enormous popularity. In 2005, Dumas’s recently discovered last novel was published. Who wrote its final chapters? More… Discuss

 

This Day in the Yesteryear: THE EASTLAND DISASTER (1915)


Launched in 1903, the passenger ship Eastland was plagued with problems from the start. That year alone, the Eastland was damaged after colliding with another ship, and, in an unrelated event, its crew mutinied. Prone to instability and listing, the ship met with disaster in 1915 when it rolled over while still moored to the wharf of the Chicago River, killing more than 840 people shortly after boarding. How did the sinking of the Titanic impact theEastland disaster? More… Discuss

 

PLAIN PACKAGING REDUCES CIGARETTES’ APPEAL (in addition, a gentle stomp on the pack, right before purchase, by the cashier, could also do wonders)


Plain Packaging Reduces Cigarettes’ Appeal

Australia was the first country in the world to mandate that cigarettesbe sold in drab, standardized packages that prominently feature anti-s moking messages and images in place of tobacco company logos and colors. The aim of the legislation, which went into effect in late 2012, was to make cigarettes less appealing to smokers, and it appears to be working. Smokers polled during the country’s transition from branded to standardized packs were more likely to think their cigarettes had declined in quality and to find them less satisfying if they were smoking cigarettes from standardized packs. They were also more likely to have frequently thought about quittingMore… Discuss

STREISAND EFFECT


Streisand Effect

The term “Streisand effect” describes the result of an attempt to suppress online information that instead increases its exposure. It was coined in 2003 after American entertainer Barbra Streisand sued a photographer for $50 million so that aerial photos of her home, part of a collection of California coastline photographs, would be taken off the Internet. The case was dismissed, and the ensuing media coverage further publicized the photos. What are other famous examples of the phenomenon? More… Discuss

 

AT STEVENS – THE BOY WITH A MOON AND STAR ON HIS HEAD (I am reblogging myself with this one…Why? Because “LOVE IS ALL, HE SAID”


Cat Stevens The Boy With A Moon And Star On His Head Lyrics

A gardener’s daughter stopped me on my way, on the day I was 
to wed. 
“It is you who I wish to share my body with”, she said. 
“We’ll find a dry place under the sky with a flower for a bed. 
And for my joy, I will give you a boy with a moon and 
star on his head.” 
Her silver hair flowed in the air, laying waves across the sun. 
Her hands were like the white sands, and her eyes had 
diamonds on. 
We left the road and headed up to the top of the 
Whisper Wood. 
And we walked ’till we came to where the holy magnolia stood. 
And there we laid cool in the shade singing songs and 
making love… 
With the naked earth beneath us and the universe above. 
The time was late, my wedding wouldn’t wait; I was sad but 
I had to go. 
So while she was asleep, I kissed her cheek for cheerio. 
The wedding took place and people came from many 
miles around. 
There was plenty merriment, cider and wine did abound. 
But out of all that I recall, I remembered the girl I met. 
‘Cause she had given me something that my heart could not 
forget. 
A year had passed and everything was just as it was a year 
before… 
As if it were a year before… 
Until the gift that someone left, a basket by my door. 
And in there lay the fairest little baby crying to be fed; 
I got down on my knees and kissed the moon and star on 
his head. 
As years went by the boy grew high and the village looked 
on in awe. 
They’d never seen anything like the boy with the moon and 
star before. 
And people would ride from far and wide just to seek the 
word he spread. 
I’ll tell you everything I’ve learned, and Love is all…he said.

When a quotation sings like a Song…It gotta be Leonard Cohen! (In My Secret Life – Leonard Cohen)


“In My Secret Life” Leonard Cohen

“I saw you this morning,
you were moving so fast.
Can’t seem to loosen my grip
On the past.
And I miss you so much,
there’s no one in sight.
And we’re still making love
In my secret life.
I smile when I am angry,
I cheat and I lie,
I do what I have to do
to get by,
In my secret life.” 
― Leonard Cohen

Quotation: Leonard Cohen on Pessimism….(you’ll going to love this one!)


“I don’t consider myself a pessimist. I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain. And I feel soaked to the skin.” 
― Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen – The Letters


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LEONARD COHEN

“The Letters”
 

You never liked to get
The letters that I sent.
But now you’ve got the gist
Of what my letters meant.
You’re reading them again,
The ones you didn’t burn.
You press them to your lips,
My pages of concern.
I said there’d been a flood.
I said there’s nothing left.
I hoped that you would come.
I gave you my address.
Your story was so long,
The plot was so intense,
It took you years to cross
The lines of self-defense.
The wounded forms appear:
The loss, the full extent;
And simple kindness here,
The solitude of strength.
You walk into my room.
You stand there at my desk,
Begin your letter to
The one who’s coming next.

 

Leonard Cohen – Show Me The Place (“…Show me the place where the word became a man Show me the place where the suffering began…”)



From his 2012 album, Old Ideas.

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 bending 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
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

Quotation: Leonard Cohen on “Scars”


“Children show scars like medals. Lovers use them as a secrets to reveal. A scar is what happens when the word is made flesh.” 
― Leonard CohenThe Favorite Game

A beautiful song from the great Leonard Cohen…. ~ “Here it is” ~


 
 

Antony And The Johnsons – “Here Comes The Sun” (Live Abbey Road 2009)


Just a thought:  Destiny…is a realized Abbey Road: With THE BEATLES everybody sees the Sun coming yet once more to warm our days and nights!

 

Antony sings “If it Be Your Will” in the Leonard Cohen (I’m Your Man”)… (“All your praises they shall ring If it be your will”)



The Antony part in the Leonard Cohen documentary – I’m your Man.

LEONARD COHEN LYRICS

“If It Be Your Will”

If it be your will 
That I speak no more 
And my voice be still 
As it was before 
I will speak no more 
I shall abide until 
I am spoken for 
If it be your will 
If it be your will 
That a voice be true 
From this broken hill 
I will sing to you 
From this broken hill 
All your praises they shall ring 
If it be your will 
To let me sing 
From this broken hill 
All your praises they shall ring 
If it be your will 
To let me sing 

If it be your will 
If there is a choice 
Let the rivers fill 
Let the hills rejoice 
Let your mercy spill 
On all these burning hearts in hell 
If it be your will 
To make us well 

And draw us near 
And bind us tight 
All your children here 
In their rags of light 
In our rags of light 
All dressed to kill 
And end this night 
If it be your will 

If it be your will.

Just a thought: “Tonight I’m fine with the memory of you…You see I just listen to a Leonard Cohen song-Tonight will be fine-it’s called”


Just a thought: “Tonight I’m fine with the memory of you…You see I just listen to a Leonard Cohen’s song -Tonight Will Be Fine – it’s called…”

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen (Photo credit: [AJ])

 

Teddy Thompson – sings Leonard Cohen’s “Tonight Will Be Fine” ( Special features of DVD “I’m Your Man”)


Quotation: Leonard Cohen On “Poetry”…evidence of life”


“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.” 
― Leonard Cohen

Quotation: Leonard Cohen on “The Insomniac”


“The last refuge of the insomniac is a sense of superiority to the sleeping world.” 
― Leonard Cohen

 

Scarlet Rose by Joe Kavitski



An animated gothic tragedy saturated in passion and romance, love and lies, but above all, betrayal, and the consequences thereof.

For more information, please visit: JoeKavitski.com

Leonard Cohen – True Love Leaves No Traces (Lyrics)


Chlorophyll gives leaves their green color and...

Chlorophyll gives leaves their green color and absorbs light that is used in photosynthesis. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

LEONARD COHEN LYRICS

“True Love Leaves No Traces”
As the mist leaves no scar 

On the dark green hill 
So my body leaves no scar 
On you and never will 
Through windows in the dark 
The children come, the children go 
Like arrows with no targets 
Like shackles made of snow 

True love leaves no traces 
If you and I are one 
It’s lost in our embraces 
Like stars against the sun 

As a falling leaf may rest 
A moment on the air 
So your head upon my breast 
So my hand upon your hair 

And many nights endure 
Without a moon or star 
So we will endure 
When one is gone and far 

True love leaves no traces 
If you and I are one 
It’s lost in our embraces 
Like stars against the sun

The Poetry of Leonard Cohen Illustrated by Two Short Films | Open Culture


The Poetry of Leonard Cohen Illustrated by Two Short Films | Open Culture.

Leonard Cohen – How to speak poetry (spoken)



I got it from Leonard Cohen “Master Poems” which you can download from http://musicforhumans1.blogspot.com

Leonard Cohen on Canada Day, 2007

Leonard Cohen on Canada Day, 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How to speak poetry

From “Death of a Lady’s Man

Take the word butterfly. To use this word it is not necessary to make the voice weigh less than an ounce or equip it with small dusty wings. It is not necessary to invent a sunny day or a field of daffodils. It is not necessary to be in love, or to be in love with butterflies. The word butterfly is not a real butterfly. There is the word and there is the butterfly. If you confuse these two items people have the right to laugh at you. Do not make so much of the word. Are you trying to suggest that you love butterflies more perfectly than anyone else, or really understand their nature? The word butterfly is merely data. It is not an opportunity for you to hover, soar, befriend flowers, symbolize beauty and frailty, or in any way impersonate a butterfly. Do not act out words. Never act out words. Never try to leave the floor when you talk about flying. Never close your eyes and jerk your head to one side when you talk about death. Do not fix your burning eyes on me when you speak about love. If you want to impress me when you speak about love put your hand in your pocket or under your dress and play with yourself. If ambition and the hunger for applause have driven you to speak about love you should learn how to do it without disgracing yourself or the material.

And so on util we come to… (there’s a par missing from the original text) Speak the words with the exact precision with which you would check out a laundry list. Do not become emotional about the lace blouse. Do not get a hard-on when you say panties. Do not get all shivery just because of the towel. The sheets should not provoke a dreamy expression about the eyes. There is no need to weep into the handkerchief. The socks are not there to remind you of strange and distant voyages. It is just your laundry. It is just your clothes. Don’t peep through them. Just wear them. 

The poem is nothing but information. It is the Constitution of the inner country. If you declaim it and blow it up with noble intentions then you are no better than the politicians whom you despise. You are just someone waving a flag and making the cheapest kind of appeal to a kind of emotional patriotism. Think of the words as science, not as art. They are a report. You are speaking before a meeting of the Explorers’ Club of the National Geographic Society. These people know all the risks of mountain climbing. They honour you by taking this for granted. If you rub their faces in it that is an insult to their hospitality. Tell them about the height of the mountain, the equipment you used, be specific about the surfaces and the time it took to scale it. Do not work the audience for gasps ans sighs. If you are worthy of gasps and sighs it will not be from your appreciation of the event but from theirs. It will be in the statistics and not the trembling of the voice or the cutting of the air with your hands. It will be in the data and the quiet organization of your presence.

Avoid the flourish. Do not be afraid to be weak. Do not be ashamed to be tired. You look good when you’re tired. You look like you could go on forever. Now come into my arms. You are the image of my beauty.

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Detroit firefighters protest bankruptcy


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The Detroit Public Safety Workers Action Group picketing at the Southwest Public Safety Center

From the World Socialist Web Site in the USA:

Detroit firefighters protest bankruptcy, pension cuts

By our reporters

23 July 2013

Detroit firefighters are picketing fire stations throughout the city this week to protest the emergency manager’s decision to throw the city into bankruptcy and attack the jobs, pensions and other benefits of 31,000 current and retired municipal employees.

An ad hoc organization called the Public Safety Workers Action Group called the protests to highlight the dangers facing Detroit’s citizens because of decades of layoffs, fire station closings and the outsourcing of Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

Veteran firefighter Dennis Hunter said the department had 1,800 firefighters and 77 fire companies in 1983. Twenty years later, the department only operates 42 fire companies with 830 firefighters. During this period, the number of fire-related deaths has more than doubled, with 79 fatalities in 2012-13, he said.

Firefighters are compelled to respond…

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The Shocking Graphic on ‘Stand Your Ground


Plato on-line

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Is The ‘Familiar Stranger’ Your Friend?
You know each other — even if you don’t really know each other

‘The concept of a “familiar stranger” isn’t new. The term was first coined in the 1970s to describe people whom you see on a regular basis but never talk to or know anything about. Chances are that if you go to work at the same time every day and ride the same bus every day, you’ll begin to notice that people will look similar. The same logic applies to people who, like yourself, hit the gym in the evening, people who shop at the same grocery store and whom you always see in the frozen aisle…’
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How Educators can be effective Communicators

TED Gardening Tips [Video}

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#America Summer Hot Spots: Surf City, USA | Video – ABC News


#America Summer Hot Spots: Surf City, USA | Video – ABC News.

Twitter / Search – #huntingtonbeach


Twitter / Search – #huntingtonbeach.

Petitions would ban fracking in 15 CA cities, counties | Fossils & Photons – Energy and Clean Tech | an SFGate.com blog


 

Petitions would ban fracking in 15 CA cities, counties | Fossils & Photons – Energy and Clean Tech | an SFGate.com blog.

Detroit Goes Bankrupt: Will Unelected Manager Pit City’s Needs Against Rights of Pensioners? | Democracy Now!


Detroit Goes Bankrupt: Will Unelected Manager Pit City’s Needs Against Rights of Pensioners? | Democracy Now!.

Upton: A Web Scraping Framework – ProPublica


Upton: A Web Scraping Framework – ProPublica.

Could door-to-door Postal Service delivery end soon?


 

Could door-to-door Postal Service delivery end soon?.

Is the Pope safe? | USA NOW video


Is the Pope safe? | USA NOW video.

Video: Whales nearly eat divers off Calif.


Video: Whales nearly eat divers off Calif..

Canzon Bergamasca – Samuel Scheidt


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Graphics of the town Halle (Germany), the birthplace of Scheidt.

Can Robots Learn to be More Human?



Robotics expert and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Chad Jenkins says that coming breakthroughs in robotics will soon make robots a bigger part of everyday life, helping us perform more tasks in our homes and workplaces.

Read the article on National Geographic News:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/ne….

 

National Geographic Live! : Raghava KK: Coloring Outside the Lines


Published on Jul 22, 2013

Your brain waves may change the appearance of art by 2013 National Geographic Emerging Explorer Raghava KK, but at the same time his art may change you through interactivity that shows the many perspectives within every story.

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The National Geographic Live! series brings thought-provoking presentations by today’s leading explorers, scientists, photographers, and performing artists right to your YouTube feed. Each presentation is filmed in front of a live audience at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C. New clips air every Monday.

Thumbnail National Geographic Live!Season 5 Ep. 22Released: 07/22/13Running time: 13:15