Daily Archives: August 19, 2013

Franz Liszt: Transcendental Etude #9: Ricordanza S 139/9

Modest Mussorgsky – Dawn on the Moskva River

Ruggiero RICCI @ PAGANINI Moses Fantasy – S.Cardi, guitar 1993

Niccolò PAGANINI: Introduzione, Tema con Variazioni, sulla preghiera “Dal tuo stellato soglio” dal Mosè in Egitto di G. ROSSINI, in F minor MS.23 (1818-19)
Ruggiero RICCI, violin – Stefano Cardi, guitar (rec: 1993)

Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 75

Quotation: Sun Tzu on nations and fate

Thus it may be known that the leader of armies is the arbiter of the people’s fate, the man on whom it depends whether the nation shall be in peace or in peril.

Sun Tzu (544 BC-496 BC) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: ROMAN VISHNIAC (1897)

Roman Vishniac (1897)

A Russian-American biologist, photographer, linguist, art historian, philosopher, and professor, Vishniac is best remembered for producing a photographic record of Central and Eastern European Jewish communities in the years preceding the Holocaust. His efforts were not without risk; he was imprisoned 11 times and forced to do hard labor in two concentration camps. He escaped to the US in 1940 and returned to his scientific roots, contributing to the development of what photographic techniques? More… Discuss



Little Person Eddie Gaedel Has Major League Debut (1951)

At 43 inches (1.1 m) tall, Gaedel became the shortest player in the history of Major League Baseball when he made a single plate appearance for the St. Louis Browns in 1951. He arrived on the field inside a replica cake honoring the American League’s 50th anniversary, amusing the crowd by popping out of it. No one suspected his true reason for being there. Browns owner Bill Veeck—a showman fond of publicity stunts—had put Gaedel on the roster. What happened when Gaedel stepped up to the plate? More… Discuss



Cancer Detecting Dogs Sniffing Out Ovarian Cancer

Dogs’ sensitive noses have long been used to track down missing people and sniff out bombs. In recent years, researchers have found a new way for man’s best friend to live up to its designation—by detecting cancer. Dogs have been found capable of detecting bladder cancer as well as lung cancer, and now researchers are hoping the same will hold true for ovarian cancer. If it does, it will help scientists isolate the chemical marker that indicates the presence of the disease and develop an electronic sensor to detect it, hopefully leading to earlier diagnoses and increased survival rates. More… Discuss




A paternoster is a passenger elevator that consists of a series of doorless compartments suspended on loop of slow-moving chain that continuously advances. Passengers must step on and off the elevator while it is in motion. Introduced in 1884 as the “Cyclic Elevator,” it became popular in Europe but eventually fell out of favor due to serious safety concerns. Paternoster is Latin for “our father,” another name for the Lord’s Prayer. Why are paternosters named after a Christian prayerMore… Discuss


A Word Each Day: LUMMOX


Definition: (noun) A clumsy or stupid person.
Synonyms: gawkgoonloutlubberoafstumblebumclodlump
Usage: The beefy lummox blundered though the buffet line, knocking aside countless other patrons in his rush to fill his plate.Discuss.