The feast day of King Canute (or Knut), who ruled Denmark, England, and Norway in the 11th century, marks the end of the Yuletide season in Sweden. Rather than letting the holidays fade quietly, Swedish families throughout the country hold parties to celebrate the final lighting (and subsequent dismantling) of the Christmas tree. After letting the children eat the cookies and candies used to decorate the tree, and after packing the ornaments away in their boxes, it is customary to hurl the tree through an open window. More…
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Tagged Christmas, Christmas tree, Cnut the Great, Denmark, England, Norway, Sweden, Yule
Graupner was a German harpsichordist and composer. After studying law at the University of Leipzig, he joined the Hamburg Opera alongside a young violinist named Handel, then became conductor to the court at Darmstadt. He won the prestigious cantorship at the Church of St. Thomas but was contractually bound to the court, so the cantorship went to another emerging composer—Johann Sebastian Bach. Graupner was a prolific writer and revered in his time. Why did he fall into obscurity? More…
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Tagged Arts -Architecture, sculpture, Christoph Graupner, Church of St. Thomas, Darmstadt, George Frideric Handel, German, Graupner, Hamburg Opera, harpsichordist, Johann Sebastian Bach, Leipzig University, Music, University of Leipzig
To English doctor Harold Shipman, the fundamental medical principle of “first do no harm” apparently meant little. After practicing medicine for decades, he aroused suspicion in 1998, when it emerged that he was named the sole beneficiary in a deceased patient’s will—a will that Shipman turned out to have forged. He was arrested and ultimately convicted of killing 15 patients, but he is suspected of more than 200 murders. The final life he took was his own. How did “Dr. Death” kill his victims? More…
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Tagged Crime, English doctor Harold Shipman, Greater Manchester Police, Harold Shipman, Murder, Patient, Peter Fahy, serial killer, Serial Killer Doctor Hangs, Serial Murder
The majority of the world’s large carnivores—among them lions, wolves, and bears—are in decline, and we are already feeling the effects of this shift. In many areas, the loss of these predators has allowed species that were their prey, such as elk, deer, and baboons, to thrive. The unchecked growth of these animals’ populations threatens crops, damages vegetation, and disrupts the lives of birds and small mammals. However, we need not despair just yet, asecosystems tend to respond well when large carnivores are reintroduced to an area. More…
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Tagged Bear, Bears, Carnivore, carnivores, Eurasian lynx, Gray wolf, Lion, Oregon State University, United States, wolves, Yellowstone National Park
||(noun) A person pitied for his misfortune.
||If the poor wretch waked in the flames and perished, no one cared.
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Tagged art, Collecting, Drawing, Pencil, Recreation, sketch, Visual Arts, Writing Instruments
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907), Norge
– Danses norvegiénnes (pour orchestre), op. 35
– Norwegian Dances (for Orchestra), Op. 35
I. Allegro marcato
II. Allegro tranquille e grazioso
III. Allegro moderato alla marcia
IV. Allegro molto
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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Tagged Arts -Architecture, sculpture, Christmas, Free, Hosting, Nutcracker, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Suites, tchaikovsky, Web Design and Development
Curtis Institute of Music, Field Concert Hall, Jan. 21, 2013
Samuel Boutris, Clarinet
Keith Buncke, Bassoon
Maureen Young, Horn
Yu-Chien Tseng, Violin
Hyeri Shin, Viola
Timotheos Petrin, Cello
Nathan Paer, Bass
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Enrica Ciccarelli : Chopin Ballade G minor
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A data visualization of Wikipedia as part of the World Wide Web, demonstrating hyperlinks (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Picture of Aaron Swartz (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Aaron Swartz at a Boston Wikipedia Meetup (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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One Year Later, Web Legends Honor Aaron Swartz | Underwire | Wired.com.
nternet activist Aaron Swartz took his own life one year ago today. He was 26 years old and facing federal hacking and fraud charges for downloading millions of academic articles using MIT’s network. Before his passing, he was on outspoken advocate for freedom of information and a founder of Demand Progress, the nonprofit that invigorated a successful grassroots effort to fight the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in 2012.
Swartz was, as WIRED’s Kevin Poulsen wrote a “coder with a conscience,” and in a clip premiering today on WIRED from director Brian Knappenberger’s forthcoming documentary The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, more than a few web visionaries remember him for the important work he did and the legacy he created.
With his family by his side, Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States by Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr. in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating back to George Washington’s 1789 inauguration. VIRIN: 090120-F-3961R-919 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
John C. Inglis, official National Security Agency portrait. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
, former director of the NSA and deputy director of the CIA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
An ad on the side of a Metro bus in Washington, D.C., speaks to the fact that some people feel accused leaker Edward Snowden deserves praise for revealing secret NSA surveillance programs.
Five overlooked costs of the NSA surveillance flap – CSMonitor.com.
NSA director Michael Hayden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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