Daily Archives: February 13, 2014

TODAY’S HOLIDAY: VINEGROWER’S DAY


Vinegrower’s Day

This pre-harvest vineyard festival in Bulgaria involves pruning the vines and sprinkling them with wine. Ritual songs and dances are performed in hopes of a plentiful grape harvest. In some areas, a “Vine King” is crowned with a wreath of twigs from the vineyards. Everyone treats him with great respect, for it is believed that fertility depends on the King’s happiness. Visits to well-known Bulgarian vineyards are organized, the vines are pruned, and guests are given an opportunity to sample the local wine and foods. More…Discuss

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QUOTATION: Francis Bacon


Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Discuss

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: GEORGE FERRIS (1859)


George Ferris (1859)

American engineer George Ferris worked on a number of bridge projects in the 1880s and 90s, but he is best remembered today for his contribution to the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago—a huge revolving observation wheel. The “Ferris wheel” was designed to be an engineering marvel that would rival the Eiffel Tower, the icon of the 1889 Paris Exposition. A resounding success, it drew about 1.5 million riders over the course of the fair. How many could take a whirl on the wheel at once? More… Discuss

 

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: THE WAR OF THE PACIFIC BEGINS (1879)


The War of the Pacific Begins (1879)

For much of the 19th century, the mineral-rich Atacama Desert was the object of conflicts between Chile, Bolivia, and Peru. Tensions boiled over in 1879, when a dispute over nitrate fields progressed to all-out war between Chile and a united Bolivia and Peru. Chile defeated both countries and took control of valuable mining areas in each. Bolivia lost its entire Pacific coast and was left landlocked, and Peru foundered economically for decades. What were the long-term effects of this outcome? More… Discuss

 

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VITAMIN C POSSIBLE CANCER FIGHTER


Vitamin C Possible Cancer Fighter

In the 1970s, Nobel Prize – winning chemist Linus Pauling reported success treating cancer with intravenous vitamin C. However, when clinical trials of oral vitamin C failed to yield results, the medical establishment largely abandoned this line of research. Now, decades later, researchers are finding that injected vitamin C can kill cancer cells without harming healthy cells and that, when used in combination with chemotherapy, it can slow tumor growth and curb chemotherapy side effects. More… Discuss

 

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THE CHÂTEAU


The Château

Though the French word château is translated into English as “castle,” there are certain nuances that differentiate it from its English counterpart. For example, stately residences both fortified and unfortified may be châteaus, but only if they are in the countryside. Thus, the Louvre was once a château but lost the designation once urban sprawl made it a part of Paris, whereas opulent—yet rural—Versailles Palace is considered a château. What term is used for equivalent urban structures? More… Discuss

 

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WORD: SCATTERGOOD


scattergood 

Definition: (noun) Someone who spends money prodigally.
Synonyms: spendthrift
Usage: I prefer to think of myself not as a scattergood but as a collector of rare designer shoes and handbags. Discuss.

 

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Photos: Before Northridge, Other Earthquakes Rattled L.A. | LA as Subject | SoCal Focus | KCET


 

Photos: Before Northridge, Other Earthquakes Rattled L.A. | LA as Subject | SoCal Focus | KCET.

Reduce Footprints: Does your food do more than fill you up?


Reduce Footprints: Does your food do more than fill you up?.

 

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: TOACA DE LA MANASTIREA BRANCOVENI


Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Horowitz plays : Schubert’s Impromptu in G flat major D899 No.3 (in Vienna)


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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Jean Sibelius Valse Triste from Kuolema for orchestra OP 44



Make Music Part of Your Life Series:
Jean Sibelius Valse Triste from Kuolema for orchestra OP 44

(Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Lorenza Borrani premier violine solo/Konzert meister. Conductor : Vladimir Ashkenazy Cité de la musique Paris)

 

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Itzhak Perlman Bach Violin Sonata No.1 BWV 1001


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Archbishop Chullikatt: Flagrant and widespread persecution of Christians in Middle East §RV


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Maria Callas and Giacomo Lauri-Volpi sing the Miserere scene from Il Trovatore



Maria Callas and Giacomo Lauri-Volpi sing the Miserere scene from Il Trovatore. (Napoli, 1951)

 

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The Colour Red – Collection Care blog


Altamira BisonThe Colour Red – Collection Care blog.

You Know Who Else Collected Metadata? The Stasi. – ProPublica


Click here to explore a hand-drawn graphic, made by the East German secret police, that appears to show the social connections the Stasi gleaned about a poet they were spying on.You Know Who Else Collected Metadata? The Stasi. – ProPublica.