Daily Archives: February 20, 2014

Make music Part of Your Life Series: Happy Birthday Nina Simone! (celebrating your soul!)


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Track listing:
1976
1. Little Girl Blue
2. Backlash Blues
3. Be My Husband
4. I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel to be Free)
5. Stars / Feelings
6. African Mailman

Bonus Tracks
1987
7. Someone to Watch Over Me
8. My Baby Just Cares For Me
1990
9. I Loves You Porgy
10. Liberian Calypso
11. Four Women / Mississippi Goddam
12. Ne Me Quitte Pas (Don’t Leave Me)

 

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: BENGALI LANGUAGE MOVEMENT: POLICE SHOOT STUDENT PROTESTERS (1952)


Bengali Language Movement: Police Shoot Student Protesters (1952)

The day that police opened fire on a group of students protesting the exclusion of Bengali as an official language of Pakistan marked a turning point in the Bengali Language Movement. At the time, Pakistan was made up of two provinces, East and West Pakistan. Though East Pakistan was the more populous province, the government favored West Pakistani interests, as evidenced by its attempt to make Urdu the only official language of the dominion. When was Bengali added as an official language? More… Discuss

 

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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: SHAHEED DAY


Shaheed Day

Before becoming an autonomous country in 1971, Bangladesh had been East Pakistan ever since India gained independence from Britain in 1947. West Pakistan wanted to make its language, Urdu, the only official language of both Pakistans. Most of the people in East Pakistan spoke Bengali, and they opposed the restriction of the use of their language in government and commerce. In 1952, university students held protests that erupted in violence. Lives were lost, and, as a memorial, people form a procession from the Azimpur graveyard on February 21 each year. More…Discuss

 

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: NINA SIMONE (1933)


Nina Simone (1933)

After winning acclaim in 1959 with her recording of George Gershwin’sI Loves You, Porgy,” American singer-songwriter and pianist Nina Simone toured the US and Europe. She soon put her talents and newfound fame to work for the civil rights movement, writing and performing protest songs such as “Mississippi Goddam” and “To Be Young, Gifted and Black.” Dissatisfied with the treatment of African Americans in the US, the “High Priestess of Soul” expatriated herself in the 1970s. Where did she go?More… Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: Plato (427 BC-347 BC)


All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one Workman; and however we deceive ourselves, as dear unto God is the poor peasant as the mighty prince.

Plato (427 BC-347 BC) Discuss

 

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: PARÍCUTIN VOLCANO FORMS IN MEXICAN CORNFIELD (1943)


Parícutin Volcano Forms in Mexican Cornfield (1943)

In one of the most spectacular eruptions of modern times, Parícutin burst forth from a cornfield in the Mexican state of Michoacán 1943 and grew on and off until 1952, when the eruptions finally ceased. During that time, it spewed forth over a billion tons of lava and buried the town of San Juan Parangaricutiro and the village of Parícutin, whence its name. Parícutin’s formation gave scientists a rare opportunity to observe volcanic growth. When do experts expect Parícutin to next erupt? More… Discuss

 

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NEWS: HELPING OTHERS FIND LOVE INCREASES HAPPINESS


Helping Others Find Love Increases Happiness

Matching people up in love and in life is a particularly rewarding pastime. Researchers found that “matchmakers”—people who arrange romantic, social, and professional relationships between others—derive a great deal of satisfaction from doing so. Those who frequently arrange successful matches tend to be happier and have a greater sense of well-being. The most emotionally rewarding matches for matchmakers are the ones that are most unlikely. Simply arranging a match appears to be reward enough; external rewards, like payment, actually diminish the motivation to engage inmatchmakingMore… Discuss

 

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ARTICLE: TECHNOPHOBIA


Technophobia

Technophobia—a fear of advanced technology—emerged alongside the mechanical innovations of the Industrial Revolution and became ever more pervasive as inventions ranging from the light bulb to the atomic bomb demonstrated technology’s astounding capabilities. Mild technophobia is quite common—many experience it when facing an unfamiliar computer system at a new job. More acute technophobes see technology as inherently dangerous. What well-known novel was one of the first to tackle technophobia? More… Discuss

 

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WORD: COGNOSCENTE


cognoscente 

Definition: (noun) A person with superior, usually specialized knowledge or highly refined taste.
Synonyms: connoisseur
Usage: I may not be a cognoscente of art, but I know talent when I see it, and this painter has it in spades. Discuss.

 

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BBC News – Scientists query health risk of food package chemicals


Plastic bottles BBC News – Scientists query health risk of food package chemicals.

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Vienna New Year’s Concert 2013 – Johann Strauss II: The Blue Danube, Waltz, op. 314



Make Music Part of Your Life Series:  Vienna New Year’s Concert 2013 – Johann Strauss II: The Blue Danube, Waltz, op. 314

 

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Dinu Lipatti – Chopin Nocturne Op. 27, No.2 in D flat Major



Dinu Lipatti – Chopin Nocturne No2 op 27 in D flat Major
More information about Dinu Lipatti (and Clara Haskil, another great piano player) you can find on http://www.lipatti-haskil-foundation….

 

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The tar sands horror story you weren’t supposed to hear – Salon.com


 

The tar sands horror story you weren’t supposed to hear – Salon.com.

Asie – pacifique – Émouvantes retrouvailles entre Nord et Sud-Coréens séparés depuis 60 ans – France 24


 

Asie – pacifique – Émouvantes retrouvailles entre Nord et Sud-Coréens séparés depuis 60 ans – France 24.

Too Much Sitting After 60 May Lead to Disability, Study Says – WebMD


Too Much Sitting After 60 May Lead to Disability, Study Says – WebMD.

Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Ruggiero RICCI – LALO Violin Concerto Op.20 – L.de Froment, 1977



Edouard LALO: Violin Concerto in F major Op.20 (1873)
0:13 / I. Andante – Allegro [13’29”]
13:42 / II. Andantino [4’34”]
18:16 / III. Allegro con fuoco [6’06”]
Ruggiero Ricci, violin – Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg – Louis de Froment, conductor (Recorded: June, July 1977 – VOX)

 

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Saint of the day – February 20: St. Wulfric


St. WulfricFeastday: February 20
1080 – 1154

Wulfric (d. 1154) + hermit and miracle worker. Born at Compton Martin, near Bristol, England, he became a priest and was excessively materialistic and worldly. After meeting with a beggar, he underwent a personal conversion and became a hermit at Haselbury; Somerset, England. For his remaining years, he devoted himself to rigorous austerities and was known for his miracles and prophecies. While he was never formally canonized, Wulfric was a very popular saint during the Middle Ages, and histomb was visited by many pilgrims. Feast day: February 20.

 

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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: CARNIVAL OF VENICE


Carnival of Venice

The Carnival celebration in Venice, Italy, is more sophisticated than the flashy celebrations that take place in Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans. Costumes for the event are often drawn from the stock characters of Italian popular theater from the 16th through 18th centuries—including traditional costumed characters such as La Bautta (the domino) and Il Dottore (the professor or doctor of law). Italian university students pour into Venice as Ash Wednesday draws near. The rhythm of the celebration quickens, evidenced by a number of spectacular costume ballsMore… Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: Booker T. Washington


One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him.

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) Discuss

 

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: PIERRE BOULLE (1912)


Pierre Boulle (1912)

At the start of WWII, engineer Pierre Boulle enlisted in the French Army. Later, while a secret agent for the Free French, he was captured and imprisoned in a labor camp, an experience that inspired him to write his acclaimed work of historical fiction The Bridge over the River Kwai. Its 1957 film adaptation won seven Oscars, including one for screenplay that was awarded to Boulle since the actual writers had been blacklisted as communist sympathizers. What other famous novel did he pen? More… Discuss

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: PARÍCUTIN VOLCANO FORMS IN MEXICAN CORNFIELD (1943)


Parícutin Volcano Forms in Mexican Cornfield (1943)

In one of the most spectacular eruptions of modern times, Parícutin burst forth from a cornfield in the Mexican state of Michoacán 1943 and grew on and off until 1952, when the eruptions finally ceased. During that time, it spewed forth over a billion tons of lava and buried the town of San Juan Parangaricutiro and the village of Parícutin, whence its name. Parícutin’s formation gave scientists a rare opportunity to observe volcanic growth. When do experts expect Parícutin to next erupt? More… Discuss

 

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NEWS: HELPING OTHERS FIND LOVE INCREASES HAPPINESS


Helping Others Find Love Increases Happiness

Matching people up in love and in life is a particularly rewarding pastime. Researchers found that “matchmakers”—people who arrange romantic, social, and professional relationships between others—derive a great deal of satisfaction from doing so. Those who frequently arrange successful matches tend to be happier and have a greater sense of well-being. The most emotionally rewarding matches for matchmakers are the ones that are most unlikely. Simply arranging a match appears to be reward enough; external rewards, like payment, actually diminish the motivation to engage inmatchmakingMore… Discuss

 

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GIRAFFES


Giraffes

The tallest of animals, giraffes can be found browsing the tree canopy of tropical Africa‘s wooded grasslands. A male giraffe can be 18 feet (5.5 m) from hoof to crown with a neck up to 7 feet (2.1 m) long. However, a giraffe’s body is relatively short, marked with large, angular, sandy to chestnut spots closely spaced on a lighter background. Giraffes travel in small herds led by a male and can outrun most enemies, some of which they can kill with a single kick. How tall is a newborn giraffe? More… Discuss

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