Daily Archives: January 19, 2014

Fringe Season 5 – A Farewell to Fringe

Personal reflections from series creator J.J. Abrams, Executive producer Joel Wyman, and from the cast.

Load up with tissues, this contains footage from their last night of shooting (among many other things), and it’s extremely emotional!

Fringe (season 1)

Fringe (season 1) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Fringe Theme: Composer J. J. Abrams

Fringe (TV series)

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The blue title card, representing the prime universe and the original timeline, is used in seasons 1–2 and frequently in season 3.
Created by
Theme music composer J. J. Abrams
Country of origin United States
Originallanguage(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 100 (List of episodes)
Running time
  • 81 minutes (“Pilot”)
  • 50 minutes (season 1)
  • 43 minutes (seasons 2–5)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original channel Fox
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original run September 9, 2008 – January 18, 2013

Fringe is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. AbramsAlex Kurtzman, andRoberto Orci. It premiered on the Fox Broadcasting network on September 9, 2008, and concluded on January 18, 2013, after five seasons and 100 episodes. The series follows Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv), Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson), and Walter Bishop (John Noble), members of a Federal Bureau of Investigation “Fringe Division” team based in BostonMassachusetts, under the supervision of Homeland Security. The team uses “fringe” science and FBI investigative techniques to investigate a series of unexplained, often ghastly occurrences, which are related to mysteries surrounding a parallel universe. The series has been described as a hybrid of The X-FilesAltered States, and The Twilight Zone.

The series format combines elements from procedural dramas as well as those found in serials. The series began as a more traditional “mystery of the week” series, and became more serialized in later seasons. A majority of episodes contain a standalone plot, with several episodes also exploring the series’ overarching mythology.

Early critical reception of the first season was lukewarm but became more favorable in subsequent seasons, when the series began to explore its mythology, including parallel universes and alternate timelines. The show, as well as the cast and crew, has been nominated for many major awards. Despite its move to the “Friday night death slot” and low ratings, the series has received a cult following. It has also spawned two six-part comic book series and an alternate reality game.


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Security firm IntelCrawler says it has identified Target malware author – The Washington Post

Security firm IntelCrawler says it has identified Target malware author – The Washington Post.

Target Corp. Headquarters
Target Corp. Headquarters (Photo credit: jfpalmer)
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A “third party” stirs the NSA reform debate – CBS News

A “third party” stirs the NSA reform debate – CBS News.

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Meet the Man Google Hired to Make AI a Reality | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com

Geoff Hinton, the AI guru who now works for Google. Photo: Josh Valcarcel/WIREDMeet the Man Google Hired to Make AI a Reality | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com.

Glucose Products 2014: Diabetes Forecast Magazine

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English: Summary of oral glucose tolerance test and fasting glucose levels Türkçe: Oral glukoz tolerans testi ve açlık kan şekeri ölçümlerinin özeti (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Internet Freedom Day: This Year We Go to War for Net Neutrality | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

Image: DrAfter123/GettyInternet Freedom Day: This Year We Go to War for Net Neutrality | Wired Opinion | Wired.com.

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The First Totally Open Source Laptop Is Almost Real | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com

Bunnie Huang and his homemade laptop. Photo: Bunnie StudiosThe First Totally Open Source Laptop Is Almost Real | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com.


Great Visual Aid: Check this out! Look BELOW – Prepositions

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BBC News – Digging for their lives: Russia’s volunteer body hunters

Diggers at work in a forestBBC News – Digging for their lives: Russia’s volunteer body hunters.

Petition | Coca-Cola: Stop funding anti GMO labeling campaigns | Change.org

Coca-Cola: Stop funding anti GMO labeling campaigns Petition | Coca-Cola: Stop funding anti GMO labeling campaigns | Change.org.

Franz Anton Hoffmeister – Piano Concerto in D-major, Op.24 (178/9?)

Franz Anton Hoffmeister

Cover of Franz Anton Hoffmeister

Franz Anton Hoffmeister 
Work: Piano Concerto in D-major, Op.24 (178/9?)

Mov.I: Allegro brioso 00:00
Mov.II: Adagio 15:07
Mov.III: Allegretto 22:57

Pianist: Wilhelm Neuhaus
Orchestra: Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Helmut Müller-Brühl (1933 – 2012)

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GREAT COMPOSERS/COMPOSITIONS: In the Steppes of Central Asia – Borodin – Mongolia

A musical journey to Mongolia. Dresden Staatskapelle conducted by Kurt Sanderling.


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GREAT COMPOSERS/COMPOSITIONS: Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, K. 488

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Photo credit: photoAtlas)

The Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major (K. 488) is a musical composition for piano and orchestra written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It was finished, according to Mozart’s own catalogue, on March 2, 1786, around the time of the premiere of his opera, The Marriage of Figaro. It was one of three subscription concerts given that spring and was probably played by Mozart himself at one of these. The concerto is scored for piano solo and an orchestra consisting of one flute, two clarinets, two bassoons, two horns and strings. In Mozart’s later works the wind instruments are equal to the stringed instruments, and this is also the case in this concerto. It has three movements:
1. Allegro in A major and common time.
2. Adagio in F-sharp minor and 6/8 time (in later editions, the tempo is listed as Andante).
3. Allegro assai in A and alla breve (in later editions, the tempo is listed as Presto). In Rondo form.
The first movement is mostly sunny and positive with the occasional melancholic touches typical of Mozart pieces in A major and is in sonata form. The piece begins with a double exposition, the first played by the orchestra, and the second when the piano joins in. The first exposition is static from a tonal point of view and is quite concise, the third theme is not yet revealed. The second exposition includes the soloist and is modulatory. It is also includes the third previously unheard third theme. The second exposition is ornamented as opposed to the first exposition which is not. The second theme has harmonic tension. This is expressed by dissonances that are played on the beat, and then solved by an interval of a second going downwards. This is also expressed in the use of chromatics in the melody and bass lines which is a cause for harmonic tension, as the listeners anticipate the arrival of the tonic.
The second, slow movement, in ternary form, is melancholic and somewhat operatic in tone. The piano begins alone with a theme characterized by unusually wide leaps. This is the only movement by Mozart in F sharp minor. The dynamics are soft throughout most of the piece. The middle of the movement contains a brighter section in A major announced by flute and clarinet that Mozart would later use to introduce the trio “Ah! taci ingiusto core!” in his opera Don Giovanni. The third movement is a vigorous and cheerful rondo, shaded by moves into other keys as is the opening movement (to C major from E minor and back during the secondary theme in this case, for instance) and with a central section whose opening in F sharp minor is interrupted by a clarinet tune in D major, an intrusion that reminds us, notes Girdlestone, that instrumental music at the time was informed by opera buffa and its sudden changes of point of view as well as of scene. 

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World Religion Day

This day was initiated in 1950 by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’i faith in the United States. The purpose was to call attention to the harmony of theworld’s religions and emphasize that the aims of religion are to create unity among people, to ease suffering, and to bring about peace. The day is observed with gatherings in homes, public meetings and panel discussions, and proclamations by government officials. More… Discuss


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QUOTATION: George Eliot about conceited people

I’ve never any pity for conceited people, because I think they carry their comfort about with them.

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss


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Patricia Highsmith (1921)

Highsmith started out as a comic book artist before becoming known for her chilling tales of crime and cruelty. Alfred Hitchcock propelled her career by adapting her first novel Strangers on a Train, and Highsmith gained further attention as a master of psychological menace with her books about handsome and “talented” psychopath Tom Ripley. Like many of her characters, though, Highsmith was prone to self-destructive and bizarre behavior, including keeping about 300 of what in her garden? More… Discuss


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The Silvertown Explosion (1917)


The Millennium Mills in the aftermath of the S...

The Millennium Mills in the aftermath of the Silvertown explosion (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


During World War I, a chemical factory in the highly populated area of Silvertown, England, was used to purify TNT in order to meet the urgent demand for explosive shells. Although a newer, safer plant was built elsewhere, production continued at the factory until a fire ignited 50 tons of TNT in 1917. The explosion killed 73 people, injured hundreds more, and destroyed the plant, many nearby buildings, and a gasholder—sparking an enormous fireball. To what is the low death toll attributed? More… Discuss





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DNA Test to Tell Identical Twins Apart




Animation of the structure of a section of DNA...

Animation of the structure of a section of DNA. The bases lie horizontally between the two spiraling strands. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


DNA analysis is an invaluable forensic tool, but it has its limitations. Until now, crimes and paternity cases involving monozygotic—”identical”—twins could not be resolved using DNA, since the genetic makeup of such twins is virtually indistinguishable given current analysis methods. Even though there are minute differences between the genetic codes of identical twins, time constraints and prohibitive costs have kept tests to detect them out of reach of law enforcement. However, a relatively quick and affordable new DNA test could be the answer investigators have been looking for. More… Discuss



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Definition: (verb) Perform an act, usually with a negative connotation.
Synonyms: commitpull
Usage: Only a sadistic, depraved person could perpetrate a crime like this. Discuss.


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