Daily Archives: December 9, 2013

Brian Skerry Finds the “Afghan Girl” Dolphin | PROOF


Brian Skerry Finds the “Afghan Girl” Dolphin | PROOF.

Bill Nye’s Open Letter to President Barack Obama

Stand with the Planetary Society and with Bill. Write the President and your elected officials and tell them to #FundPlanetary:https://secure3.convio.net/planet/sit…

You can read the full text of Bill Nye‘s letter here:http://www.planetary.org/blogs/bill-n…


Just a Thought: “There is a place…”

Just a Thought: “There is a place
where the coffee is

ever so hot and steaming 
there is a place that remains warm,
regardless of the frigid cold outside,
If you found such place then never stray too far away from  and 
always return .”

A Christmas Festival – Boston Pops

Colinda: O, Ce Veste Minunata (Corul Madrigal — dirijor: Marin Constantin)

Colinda: O, Ce Veste Minunata (Corul Madrigal — dirijor: Marin Constantin)


Liszt – Chasse-Neige (Kissin)

Fabulous Composers/Compositions: Scriabin – Prelude Op.11 No.8

E. Zarafiants, pianist

Great Performances: Tchaikovsky Piano Trio Daniel Barenboim Jacqueline Du Pre Pinchas Zukerman LIVE 1972

Tchaikovsky Piano Trio Op.50
Daniel Barenboim,  Jacqueline Du Pre,  Pinchas Zukerman
at the Israel Festival on 31 July, 1972. Her last public performance was in February 1973 when she could no longer feel the string, so it was about 6 months later she retired.
It was recorded by Israeli Radio and some 10 years later, the tape was acquired by EMI and they released it.


Great Performances: Schubert (Perenyi, Schiff) – Sonata in A minor Arpeggione D821

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The work consists of three movements. A typical performance takes just over 20 minutes.

  1. Allegro moderato
  2. Adagio in E major
  3. Allegretto in A major

The Sonata in A minor for Arpeggione and Piano, D. 821, was written by Franz Schubert in Vienna in November 1824. The sonata is the only substantial composition for the arpeggione (which was essentially a bowed guitar) which remains extant today. It belongs to the same period as theDeath and the Maiden Quartet, when Schubert was suffering from the advanced stages of syphilis and lapsing into increasingly frequent episodes of depression.

Adoramus Te Christe – G. Palestrina – St. Peters Basilica in the Vatican

Libertyville High School Choir performing at St. Peters Basilica – Spring Break Tour, March 2011
Dr. Jeffrey Brown, conductor

Adoramus Te Christe,
et benedicimus Tibi:
Adoramus Te Christe,
et benedicimus Tibi:

quia per sanctam crucem tuam
redemisti mundum.
Adoramus Te Christe,
et benedicimus Tibi,
Adoramus Te Christe.

Fabulous Composers/Compositions: Maurice Ravel – Shéhérazade, ouverture de féerie

Maurice Ravel – Shéhérazade, ouverture de féerie:

“Shéhérazade, ouverture de féerie”, written in 1898 but unpublished, is a work for orchestra by the french composer Maurice Ravel, intended as the overture for an opera of the same name. It was first performed at a concert of the Société Nationale on 27 May 1899, conducted by the composer.

Conductor: Claudio Abbado & London Symphony Orchestra.


Artist`s Life (Op. 316) – Johann Strauss Jr. (1825-1899)

Concerto de Ano Novo com Strauss | New Year Concert with Strauss | 01-01-2012 – “Orquestra de Bandolins da Madeira” & “Prestige Dance” – Centro de Congressos da Madeira – Casino

Fabulous Composers/Compositions: Nikolaj Rimski-Korsakov – Symphony No.1 in E minor, Op. 1

English: Photograph of Russian composer Nikola...

English: Photograph of Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (18 March 6 March 1844 – 21 June 8 June 1908) in 1866, when he was in the Russian Navy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nikolaj Rimski-Korsakov
Symphony No.1 in E minor, Op. 1

Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The symphony is written in the traditional four movements.

  1. Largo assai—Allegro
  2. Andante tranquillo
  3. Scherzo. Vivace
  4. Allegro assai

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov wrote his Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 1 (originally in E-flat minor), between 1861 and 1865 under the guidance of Mily Balakirev. Balakirev also premiered the work at a concert of the Free Music School in December 1865. Rimsky-Korsakov revised the work in 1884.

Perimeters, poetic thought by George-B

Perimeters, poetic thought by George-B

My extremes move further,
further from my point of origin. 
I am galaxy…in a universal incontinence.
The sacrilege is forgetting continence,

Perimeters, when fixed, require no knowledge
of complicated calculus, when once mapped
unlike ever-expanding perimeters…

Let’s keep things simple,

Quotation: Henry David Thoreau about fate when owning your own opinion (or labeling by public opinion)

Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion. What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: GRACE MURRAY HOPPER (1906)

Grace Murray Hopper (1906)

A math professor, Hopper joined the US Navy during World War II. She was assigned to the Bureau of Ordnance Computation Project at Harvard, where she worked on the first fully automatic calculator, the Mark 1. Made of 765,000 parts and using typewriters for output, it sounded, she said, like a thousand knitting needles. She later helped develop UNIVAC I—the first US commercial electronic computer—and high-level programming languages. What computer term did she popularize and possibly coin? More… Discuss



The Subsequent Nuremberg Trials: Doctors’ Trial Begins (1946)

The Doctors’ Trial was the first of 12 post-World War II trials collectively called the “Subsequent Nuremberg Trials,” which the US held in its occupation zone in Nuremberg, Germany. Of the 23 defendants, 20 were medical doctors, and they faced charges for war crimes that included experimenting on human subjects without their consent. The Nuremberg Code was thus established to protect the rights of humans participating in medical research. How many of the defendants received death sentencesMore… Discuss



Can You Say This Ten Times Fast?

Forget “she sells seashells by the seashore”; if you want a challenge, try saying “pad kid poured curd pulled cold” ten times in rapid succession. US psychologists say this nonsensical series of words they developed may be the world’s toughest tongue twister. Do not mistake these researchers for sadists, though. Their prime motivation was not to paralyze people’s tongues and drive them to distraction but rather to shed light on the chain of events that occurs between the time a person has a thought and the moment he moves his mouth to form the sound.More… Discuss


Flying Fish

Though they appear to take flight, most “flying fish”—found worldwide in warm waters—actually only jump out of the water and then glide above its surface with their enlarged fins. This unusual behavior is primarily a way to escape predators, and the strongest fliers can travel as much as 600 feet (180 m) in a single glide. The characin of the Amazon basin, however, is the rare flying fish that achieves true flight by buzzing its winglike fins. What country is nicknamed “the land of flying fish”? More…Discuss