Daily Archives: September 19, 2013

What’s in a Name: Hussein (from Wikipedia)


 
 
For other uses, see Hussein (disambiguation).
Hussein
Pronunciation Arabic[ħuˈseːn, ħiˈseːn, ħuˈsajn]
Egyptian Arabic: [ħeˈseːn, ħoˈseːn]
Gender Male
Origin
Word/Name Arabic
Meaning Handsome
Other names
Related names Hassan
Look up Hussein in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.

Hussein (also spelled Husein, Husain, Hussain, Husayin, Hussayin, Huseyin, Husseyin, Huseyn, Hossain,Hossein, or Husseyn) (Arabic: حسین‎, Ḥusayn), is an Arabic name which is the diminutive of Hassan, meaning “good”, “handsome” or “beautiful”. It is commonly given as a male given name, particularly among Shias.[1] In some Persiansources the forms Ḥosayn, Hosayn, or Hossein is used.[2] On the Subcontinent or South Asia, the form used is “Hussain” or “Hossain” in the Bengal region.

 

Great Performances – At the Opera: Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake – The Kirov Ballet [YouTube: Published on Mar 7, 2012 – 3,088,451]



In this production of the best loved classical ballet ‘Swan Lake’ the naturally gifted Yulia Makhalina dances the challenging role of Odette/Odile while the part of Prince Siegfried is danced by Igor Zelensky. This classic Kirov production includes the familiar happy ending in the final act where Siegfried fights and ultimately defeats the evil magician von Rothbart and at dawn is reunited with Odette.

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Pictures Slideshow: Top Concentration Killers on MedicineNet.com


Pictures Slideshow: Top Concentration Killers on MedicineNet.com.
An eye reflecting a computer screen.

Spider Pictures Slideshow: Black Widow Spider vs. Brown Recluse Spider on MedicineNet.com


Spider Pictures Slideshow: Black Widow Spider vs. Brown Recluse Spider on MedicineNet.com.
Black Widow Spider (left) and Brown Recluse Spider (right).

Memories From Downey with love: The Carpenters – “Top Of The World” (the cold war era looked quite idyllic…but then most past memories are)



Such a feelin’s comin’ over me
There is wonder in most everything I see
Not a cloud in the sky
Got the sun in my eyes
And I won’t be surprised if it’s a dream

Everything I want the world to be
Is now coming true especially for me
And the reason is clear
It’s because you are here
You’re the nearest thing to heaven that I’ve seen

I’m on the top of the world lookin’ down on creation
And the only explanation I can find
Is the love that I’ve found ever since you’ve been around
Your love’s put me at the top of the world

Something in the wind has learned my name
And it’s tellin’ me that things are not the same
In the leaves on the trees and the touch of the breeze
There’s a pleasin’ sense of happiness for me

There is only one wish on my mind
When this day is through I hope that I will find
That tomorrow will be just the same for you and me
All I need will be mine if you are here

I’m on the top of the world lookin’ down on creation
And the only explanation I can find
Is the love that I’ve found ever since you’ve been around
Your love’s put me at the top of the world

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Carpenters were both born at Grace-New Haven Hospital (now called Yale-New Haven Hospital) in New Haven, Connecticut, to parents Harold and Agnes.[12] Continue reading

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Downey Civic Center: Of concrete, flowers and trees (my photo Collection)

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Welcome to Another post “Downey, Then and Now: “Downey Historical Arch” (my photo Collection)

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Just a thought: Privatize Justice? (What a 5,000 years old concept, in the 21 Century!)


Just a thought: Privatize Justice? (What a 5,000 years old concept, in the 21 Century!)

 

A Year of Incredible Space Photos: Royal Observatory’s Winning Images – Wired Science


 

A Year of Incredible Space Photos: Royal Observatory’s Winning Images – Wired Science.
Guiding Light To The Stars

Pope Bluntly Faults Church’s Focus on Gays and Abortion – NYTimes.com


 

Pope Bluntly Faults Church’s Focus on Gays and Abortion – NYTimes.com.

Are German politics about to get a lot more unpredictable? – CSMonitor.com


 

Are German politics about to get a lot more unpredictable? – CSMonitor.com.

Petition | Issue a visa to my husband, an interpreter for US troops in Afghanistan | Change.org


Petition | Issue a visa to my husband, an interpreter for US troops in Afghanistan | Change.org.
Issue a visa to my husband, an interpreter for US troops in Afghanistan

Obama Administration Helped Kill Transparency Push on Military Aid – ProPublica


 

Obama Administration Helped Kill Transparency Push on Military Aid – ProPublica.

Work begins on memorial to victims of Rhode Island nightclub fire – CSMonitor.com


 

Work begins on memorial to victims of Rhode Island nightclub fire – CSMonitor.com.

Egyptian police storm second Islamist stronghold | World news | theguardian.com


Egyptian police storm second Islamist stronghold | World news | theguardian.com.

Reuters — U.S. surveillance court says collection of telephone data lawful


Reuters — U.S. surveillance court says collection of telephone data lawful.

Reuters — Brazil’s Rousseff cancels state visit to U.S. over spying


Reuters — Brazil’s Rousseff cancels state visit to U.S. over spying.
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff in Brasilia, September 17, 2013. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Snowden Among Nominees for a European Human Rights Prize – NYTimes.com


 

Snowden Among Nominees for a European Human Rights Prize – NYTimes.com.

Just a Thought: To remember not the past…what a loss!


Just a Thought: “To remember not the past…what a loss!” 

 

Edvard Grieg. “Peer Gynt” Suite No. 1, Op. 46



Edvard Grieg. “Peer GyntSuite No. 1, Op. 46
1. Morning Mood 
2. The Death of Åse
3. Anitra’s Dance
4. In the Hall of the Mountain King

Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor
Gintaras Rinkevicius

Was recorded by “Culture”-TV channel on 15 October 2012 at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (Moscow)

 

Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 3 (1976 was a good year)



Ottorino Respighi (1879 – 1936)
Ancient Airs and Dances / Antiche arie e danze per liuto
Suite No. 3 (1932)

I. Italiana (0:00)
II. Arie di corte (1:55)
III. Siciliana (8:39)
IV. Passacaglia (12:18)

Sir Neville Marriner
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
1976

 

Bach Notebook for Anna Magdalena Concerto die liebe Minuet in G major, BWV114



Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 † 1750)

Work: Minuet No.1 in G major (Anna Magdalena Notebook II/1), BWV Anh.114 Anna Magdalena Bach Clavier-Büchlein

 

Gian Carlo Menotti – Sebastian (1944) ballet suite (very enticing music: Tonight, Dancing!)



Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007)
Sebastian Suite (1944), ballet

I. Introduction
II. Barcarole
III. Street Fight
IV. Cortege
V. Sebastian’s Dance 0:00
VI. Dance of the Wounded Courtesan 2:36
VII. Pavane 7:17

Spoleto Festival Orchestra/Richard Hickox

Menotti composed this ballet score to his own libretto in 1944. The choreography of the original production was considered unsuccessful, but with restagings later it became a success. Sebastian is a Moorish slave, secretly in love with a courtesan. She, in her turn, shares love with the Prince of their Italian kingdom. The prince’s sisters, desiring to end the affair, steal the courtesan’s veil, which allows them to work black magic on her, which they can do with a life-sized wax figure covered with the veil; firing arrows into it will kill her. Sebastian learns of the plot, substitutes himself for the wax figure, and is shot with the arrows. The sacrifice breaks their spell over the courtesan, and she is reunited with her beloved. 
Menotti’s music is ardent and romantic, sort of an Italian Prokofiev in style and sound. It is very listenable, a fine score of its type. When the work was first heard in New York, critic, Mark Schubart, reporting for The New York Times stated that the music “is prettily orchestrated, and the more violent portions are filled with elaborate percussion effects, flutter-tonguing on the brasses and carefully balanced, effective sonorities.” He noted also the “attractive melodies, simple in intent and immediate in appeal”. There is a suite in seven movements drawn from the score.

Picture: “Martyrdom of St Sebastian” (detail) by Antonio Giorgetti (pre-1670)

 

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September Afternoon -Downey, California (My photo Collection)

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Quotation: Arthur Conan Doyle


It is a capital mistake to theorize before you have all the evidence. It biases the judgment.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) Discuss

 

Todays Birthday: EMIL ZÁTOPEK (1922)


Emil Zátopek (1922)

Zátopek, the “Czech Locomotive,” was a long-distance runner who won three gold medals at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. He won gold in the 5,000-m and 10,000-m runs, and he amazingly earned gold yet again after deciding at the last minute to compete in the first marathon of his life. His wife, competing in the javelin toss, added a gold medal to the family collection at the same Olympics. Zátopek’s success was likely due to his grueling training methods. What did he wear while training? More… Discuss

 

This Day in the Yesteryear: MEXICO CITY EARTHQUAKE (1985)


Mexico City Earthquake (1985)

At 7:18 AM, an 8.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the Mexican state of Michoacán, releasing more than 1,000 times the energy of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Several hundred miles away in Mexico‘s capital, Mexico City, the devastation was catastrophic. Official estimates place the death toll at 10,000, but several times that number may have actually perished. Tens of thousands of others were hurt and hundreds of thousands were left homeless. Why was Mexico City so hard hit? More…Discuss

 


The Frog that Hears with Its Mouth

The tiny Gardiner’s frog has no middle ear or eardrumand therefore, scientists assumed, no way to amplify and transmit sound waves to the inner ear, rendering it effectively deaf. But if this were the case, researchers wondered, why would these creatures make audible noises, and, for that matter, why would they respond to one another’s calls? It turns out that these fingernail-sized amphibians use their mouths to amplify sound in much the same way that the body of a guitar does, and this sound is then conducted by tissue and bone to the inner ear. More… Discuss

 

AVERAGENESS


Averageness

In studies of attractiveness, researchers have found that average faces—those with the most conventional traits—are rated as the most attractive. Such studies often use composite photography, a tool developed in the 19th century by Sir Francis Galton, who believed that he could use composite images to identify “types” by facial appearance. Hypothesizing that certain types have similar facial features, he began creating composite photos of the faces of criminals and vegetarians. What did he find? More… Discuss

 

Word: SEDITIOUS


seditious 

Definition: (adjective) In opposition to a civil authority or government.
Synonyms: insurgentsubversive
Usage: In an attempt to discourage rebellion, the dictator announced that anyone found in possession of seditious literature would be executed. Discuss.