Monthly Archives: May 2014

make music part of your life series: Nathan Milstein – Glazunov – Meditation in D major, Op 32


Nathan Milstein – Glazunov – Meditation in D major, Op 32

Alexander Glazunov
Meditation in D major, Op 32

Nathan Milstein, violin

Unknown Orchestra
Robert Irving, conductor

Recorded, March 1962

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make music part of your life series: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Magic Flute ~ Papageno’s Aria


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Magic Flute ~ Papageno’s Aria

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K. 620 – Act 2, Aria: “Ein Mädchen Oder Weibchen” ~ “A Maiden Or A Little Wife” Aria.

Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen
A girl or a little wife

Wünscht Papageno sich
Wishes Papageno

O so ein sanftes Täubchen
O, such a soft little dove

Wär Seligkeit für mich.
Would be bliss for me.

Dann schmeckte mir Trinken und Essen;
Then drink and food would taste good to me;
Dann könnte’ ich

Then I could
mit Fuersten mich messen,
Measure myself with princes,

Des Lebens als Weiser mich freun,
Enjoy life as a wiseman,

und wie im Elysium sein.
And feel like I’m in Elysium.

Ach, kann ich denn keiner von allen
Ah, can I not please any of all

den reizenden Mädchen gefallen?
Those charming girls?

Helf’ eine mir nur aus der Not,
If only someone would help me out in this need,

Sonst gräm¹ ich mich wahrlich zu Tod.
Otherwise I will worry myself to death.

Wird keiner mir Liebe gewähren,
If no one will grant me love,

So muss mich die Flamme verzehren;
Then the flame must consume me;

Doch küsst mich ein weiblicher Mund,
Still, if a feminine mouth kisses me,

so bin ich schon wieder gesund.
Then I will be immediately well again!

Performed by Michael Kraus, Georg Solti; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna State Opera Chorus.

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great compositions/performances:Kempff plays Schubert Piano Sonata in B Major D575


Kempff plays Schubert Piano Sonata in B Major D575

Franz Schubert:
Piano Sonata in B Major D575:
Mvt.I: Allegro ma non troppo 00:00
Mvt.II: Andante 08:04
Mvt.III: Scherzo. Allegretto 13:49
Mvt.IV: Allegro giusto 19:25

Wilhelm Kempff: piano

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quotation: “You see, but you do not observe.” Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

You see, but you do not observe.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) Discuss

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today’s holiday: Royal Brunei Armed Forces Day

Royal Brunei Armed Forces Day

The formation of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces took place on May 31, 1961, and is commemorated each year. Brunei had been a British protectorate since 1888, dependent on the British armed forces for its defense. In 1961, Brunei recruits began training as part of a transition period toward independence for the country, which occurred in 1984. Around the country, there may be parades and military displays put on by various units of the armed forces. In the capital city of Bandar Seri Begawan, it is usually commemorated at the Taman Haji Sir Omar Ali Saifuddien in the city center. More… Discuss

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today’s birthday: Walt Whitman (1819) Leaves of Grass – Book 1 – Poems of Walt Whitman – FULL Audio Book (Poetry Librivox recording)

Walt Whitman (1819)

Whitman was an innovative American poet whose works dealt overtly with topics like sexuality while celebrating the collective experience of an idealized, democratic American life. In 1855, he published at his own expense Leaves of Grass, a volume of 12 poems. It was a commercial failure but became one of the most influential volumes of poetry in the history of American literature. Whitman’s much-recited poem “O Captain! My Captain!” was written as a tribute to what US president? More… Discuss


Leaves of Grass – Book 1 – Poems of Walt Whitman – FULL Audio Book – Poetry

Leaves of Grass – Book 1 – Poems of Walt Whitman – FULL Audio Book – Poetry

American poet Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass,” is a massive collection of poems comprised of a stunning 35 books and is notable for its praise of the senses, during a time when such candid displays were considered immoral. Prior to the writing of Leaves of Grass, most English language poetry relied on symbolism, allegory, and meditation on religious and spiritual topics. Leaves of Grass is a stark contrast, as it glorifies the body and material world above all else.

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— More about Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” —

Walt Whitman was inspired to begin work on Leaves of Grass after reading an essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson in which he expressed a need for a uniquely American poet. When the book was first published, Whitman sent a copy to Emerson, whose complimentary letter of response aided in its success. President Abraham Lincoln, a personal hero of Whitman, is noted to have read and thoroughly enjoyed an early version of Leaves of Grass. Despite critical acclaim, Whitman faced charges of creating obscene, immoral work, but this inadvertently added to the popularity of his book.

Whitman continually revised and republished Leaves of Grass throughout his lifetime, most notably adding the “Drum-Taps” section after Lincoln’s assassination. The book grew from 12 poems in its first publication. to nearly 400 poems in its final version (the “Death Bed Edition”).

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news: Cancer in Refugee Camps

Cancer in Refugee Camps

Historically, combating infectious diseases and malnutrition have been the primary concerns of health workers in refugee camps. Unfortunately, this leaves those refugees with equally deadly but non-communicative and expensive-to-treat diseases, like cancer, with few treatment options. This is a growing problem, say researchers, as refugees today remain displaced for substantially longer periods than in the past and the numbers of those displaced have swelled considerably in recent years. Between 2010 and 2012, the UNHCR Exceptional Care Committee, which funds costly medical care for refugees, approved and funded just half of the applications from refugees in Jordan with cancer. More… Discuss

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this day in the yesteryear: The Ancash Earthquake (1970)

The Ancash Earthquake (1970)

The 1970 Ancash earthquake was a severe undersea earthquake that affected the Peruvian region of Ancash,

Yungay cemetery in Ancash, Peru.

Yungay cemetery in Ancash, Peru. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

killing at least 50,000 people. Combined with a subsequent landslide, it was the most catastrophic natural disaster ever recorded in the history of Peru. The quake destabilized part of Mount Huascarán, an extinct volcano and Peru’s highest mountain, triggering a rock and snow avalanche that buried the towns of Yungay and Ranrahirca. What was the magnitude of the earthquake? More… Discuss

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article: Totem Poles

Totem Poles

Totem poles are towering sculptures carved from trees by a number of Native American peoples along the Pacific Northwest coast of North America. They display mythological images, usually animal spirits. The poles

Totem poles in front of houses in Alert Bay, B...

Totem poles in front of houses in Alert Bay, British Columbia in the 1900s. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

are erected to identify the owner of a house or other property, welcome visitors, indicate a portal or passageway, mark a gravesite, and even to ridicule an important person who failed in some way. Why was this last type of pole—a “shame pole”—erected in Cordova, Alaska, in 2007? More… Discuss

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word: amalgamate


Definition: (verb) To combine into a unified or integrated whole; unite.
Synonyms: commix, mingle, unify, mix
Usage: The three zones mingle and amalgamate along the edges, like the colors in the solar spectrum. Discuss.
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Beethoven “Tempest” Sonata Op 31 #2. Lisitsa Canon Camera View


Beethoven “Tempest” Sonata Op 31 #2. Lisitsa Canon Camera View

For those who claim to feel “motion sickness” while watching what I see from the performer’s vantage point 🙂 a single side shot with Canon camera – this and GoPro were used to mix the complete sonata. See my comments in the description of GoPro version – in this playlist .


This video just proves that playing piano is just as exciting as mountain biking, paragliding – or just doing silly stuff with GoPro camera as a companion 🙂 Fortunately no helmet is required for piano playing…unfortunately, no good place to conceal it. Ah yes, one more thing – I got unusually large share of “hate mail” for using GoPro for Bach Chaconne. While I never use an argument ” if you are so smart, why don’t you do it better?” for music-related negative comments ( after all it is unfair to couch “musicologists’ who are mostly frustrated amateurs or students, in case of video it’s a different story. I am just as amateur as any , if you don’t like the way the video is done – be my guest :-)))
I post here GoPro view , and in another video in the same playlist – the other , normal camera view. An open invitation to all would-be-critics : instead of unloading your disdain here ,download the camera angles , mix your own , ideal, version and post it on YT. I will be more than happy to see your masterpiece :-))) Good luck!

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Scarlatti / Anthony di Bonaventura, 2001: Sonata in C major, K. 487

From “Domenico Scarlatti: 14 Sonatas,” issued by Centaur (CRC 2787). The late Anthony di Bonaventura, professor of music at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, recorded this work in 2001 at St. Peter Episcopal Church in New York City.

Many of the most distinguished composers of our time — Gyorgy Ligeti, Luciano Berio, Alberto Ginastera, Milko Keleman, and Vincent Perischetti — have written works especially for Professor di Bonaventura, and he has performed world premiers of each of the composers’ compositions.

The first image in the video above is by the Italian urban landscape painter Bernardo Bellotto (1720 — 1780) entitled “View of Verona and the River Adige from the Ponte Nuovo” (1747-48).


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Barcarolle from ‘Les contes d’Hoffmann‘ by Offenbach

Soprano Irina Iordachescu and mezzosoprano Cristina Iordachescu – Iordache – two sisters singing the Barcarolle from ‘Les contes d’Hoffmann’ by Offenbach, together with pianist Gonul Apdula, in the wonderful Concert Hall of ‘The Sutu Palace’ from Bucharest.

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today’s holiday: Kaamatan Festival

Kaamatan Festival

Kaamatan is a festival and public holiday in the state of Sabah in Malaysia. The festival is celebrated by the Kadazandusun people, the largest indigenous ethnic group in Sabah. Irrigated rice is their principal crop, and the harvest is a ritual dedicated to the Bambaazon, or rice spirit. If the harvest has been good, this is a thanksgiving; if it has been poor, the ritual is an appeasement of the spirit. This festival is celebrated during the month of May with carnivals, special exhibits, sports competitions, and a regatta, all leading up to the harvest rituals on May 30-31 in Penampang. More… Discuss

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quotation: What is most truly valuable is often underrated. Aesop (620 BC-560 BC)

What is most truly valuable is often underrated.

Aesop (620 BC560 BC) Discuss

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today’s birthday: Julius Axelrod (1912)

Julius Axelrod (1912)

Axelrod was an American biochemist whose investigations into the role of norepinephrine in brain chemistry led to an understanding of how neurotransmitters work and how their levels are regulated. His research made possible the development of antianxiety and antidepressant drugs like Prozac and Zoloft, which are collectively known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. For his efforts, Axelrod shared the 1970 Nobel Prize for Physiology. What was his other major scientific contribution? More… Discuss

Prozac Nation (2005)

Prozac Nation
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just a thought: “Depression is cultural…and so is the profit from it!”

just a thought:  “Depression is cultural…and so is the profit from it!”

this day in the yesteryear: Lincoln Memorial Dedicated (1922)

Lincoln Memorial Dedicated (1922)

The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, has been the site of many historic events, including Martin Luther King Jr.’s legendary “I Have a Dream” speech during the 1963 March on Washington. The building, designed by Henry Bacon and styled after a Greek temple, has 36 massive columns, representing the states of the Union at the time of Lincoln’s death. Inside the building is a heroic statue of Abraham Lincoln by Daniel Chester French. On what unit of American currency is the memorial depicted? More… Discuss

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Pregnancy Linked to Elevated Crash Risk

Pregnancy Linked to Elevated Crash Risk

Pregnant women may want to keep off the roads after learning this statistic: women in their second trimester are 42 percent more likely to be involved in a car crash that sends them to the hospital than they were prior to becoming pregnant. Why this is remains to be determined, but researchers suspect that the physical effects of pregnancy at this stage—fatigue, nausea, anxiety, mood fluctuations—can lead to distractedness behind the wheel. More… Discuss

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Yeomen Warders

Yeomen Warders

Yeomen Warders, popularly known as Beefeaters, are ceremonial guardians of the Tower of London. In the past, they were responsible for guarding prisoners at the Tower and safeguarding the British crown jewels, but today they serve mainly as tour guides and are a tourist attraction in their own right. To become a Yeoman Warder, one must have served in the British armed forces for at least 22 years and have achieved certain distinctions during service. How did they get the nickname “Beefeaters”? More… Discuss

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word: munificent


Definition: (adjective) Very liberal in giving; generous.
Synonyms: lavish, unsparing, unstinting
Usage: In recognition of this munificent patronage of the State’s languishing industries, the Governor commissioned him a colonel. Discuss.

7 buruieni numai bune de inclus în meniu – Yahoo Ştiri România

7 buruieni numai bune de inclus în meniu – Yahoo Ştiri România.

Plantain. In childhood, we treat abrasions, scratches and bruises plantain leaves freshly picked. This plant can be used in the kitchen but in salads, stews and soups. However, in addition to leaves, inflorescence and seeds are edible. Seeds, dried and ground are a rich source of fiber and are effective in the treatment of constipation. “

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make music part of your life series: The Traitor-Martha Wainwright-Leonard Cohen-I’m Your Man (…the deeper courage was to stand guiltless in the predicament in which you found yourself”. (Leonard Cohen)


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A divine composition based on a unique poem, made a complete Leonard Cohen pièce de résistance, and the rendition beyond the realm of words by Martha Wainwright not to forget the out of this world musical arrangement: I am so happy to be able to appreciate this historic moment of excellence in the making. The explanation given by Mr. Cohen to the meaning of the verse describes a predicament in which each and every one of us found ourselves at least once in life, which makes it our life story, within which we can dissolve completely.

The world is indeed the theater in which we’re actors, directors and spectators:

The traitor, by Leonard Cohen

Now the Swan it floated on the English river
Ah the Rose of High Romance it opened wide
A sun tanned woman yearned me through the summer
and the judges watched us from the other side

I told my mother “Mother I must leave you
preserve my room but do not shed a tear
Should rumour of a shabby ending reach you
it was half my fault and half the atmosphere”

But the Rose I sickened with a scarlet fever
and the Swan I tempted with a sense of shame
She said at last I was her finest lover
and if she withered I would be to blame

The judges said you missed it by a fraction
rise up and brace your troops for the attack
Ah the dreamers ride against the men of action
Oh see the men of action falling back

But I lingered on her thighs a fatal moment
I kissed her lips as though I thirsted still
My falsity had stung me like a hornet
The poison sank and it paralysed my will

I could not move to warn all the younger soldiers
that they had been deserted from above
So on battlefields from here to Barcelona
I’m listed with the enemies of love

And long ago she said “I must be leaving,
Ah but keep my body here to lie upon
You can move it up and down and when I’m sleeping
Run some wire through that Rose and wind the Swan”

So daily I renew my idle duty
I touch her here and there — I know my place
I kiss her open mouth and I praise her beauty
and people call me traitor to my face

“It was called “The traitor”. It was about the feeling that we have of betraying some mission that we were mandated to fulfill, and being unable to fulfill it, and then coming to understand that the real mandate was not to fulfill it, and that the deeper courage was to stand guiltless in the predicament in which you found yourself”. (Leonard Cohen)


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memento: And Still I Rise


And Still I Rise


Maya Angelou with Bloomberg and Nadler

Maya Angelou with Bloomberg and Nadler (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In addition to her well-known autobiographies, Maya Angelou has steadily written poetry over the years. In this video Professor Angelou recites her poem, “And Still I Rise,” from her volume of poetry And Still I Rise, published in 1978.

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make music part of your life series: F. GEMINIANI, Concerto Grosso No.12 in D minor “La Follia”, Ensemble 415


F. GEMINIANI, Concerto Grosso No.12 in D minorLa Follia“, Ensemble 415

Francesco Xaverio Geminiani, 1687 – 1767

Concerto Grosso for 2 Violins, Viola, Cello, Strings & Continuo No. 12 in D minor “La Follia” (after Corelli Op.5/12) [Variations 1-8/Variations 9-14/Variations 15-24] 0:08



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make music part of your life series: Antonio Vivaldi “L`amoroso” I Musici


Concerto in E Major, RV 271 (PV 246)
“L´amoroso” by Antonio Vivaldi
Felix Ayo, violin
I Musici

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today’s holiday: Shick-Shack Day

Shick-Shack Day

The Oxford English Dictionary suggests that this day takes its name from a corruption of a derogatory term for Protestants who did not follow the doctrines of the Church of England. It was later applied to those who did not wear the traditional sprig of oak on May 29, or Royal Oak Day—the birthday of Charles II, and the day in 1660 on which he made his entry into London as king. Shick-shack has since become synonymous with the oak-apple or sprig of oak itself, and May 29 is celebrated in memory of the restoration of King Charles and his preservation in the Royal Oak. More… Discuss

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this day in the yersteryear: Charles II of England Restored to Throne (1660)

Charles II of England Restored to Throne (1660)

After Oliver Cromwell’s death in 1658, the English republican experiment soon faltered. A strong reaction set in against Puritan supremacy and military control, and opinion favored recalling the exiled king. Charles II was persuaded to issue the Declaration of Breda, granting amnesty to former enemies of the house of Stuart, and return to England. As king, Charles reopened the country’s theaters, which Cromwell’s Puritanical government had closed, and encouraged what bawdy theatrical genre? More… Discuss

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news: Maya Angelou Passes Away

Maya Angelou Passes Away

Legendary African-American poet and author Maya Angelou has passed away at the age of 86. She was an active campaigner for African-American civil rights, and her autobiographical works explore themes of economic, racial, and sexual oppression. She rose to prominence with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969) and had been recognized with honors and awards for her literary contributions ever since. She was the recipient of more than 30 honorary degrees as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the US. More… Discuss

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article: The Holy Grail

The Holy Grail

In Christian mythology, the Holy Grail is the dish, cup, bowl, or chalice used by Jesus at the Last Supper, said to possess miraculous powers. According to many versions of the story, Joseph of Arimathea used the Grail to catch drops of Jesus’ blood at the Crucifixion and then took the object to Britain, where he founded a line of guardians to protect it. The quest for the Holy Grail also makes up an important part of the Arthurian cycle. Which knight is most closely associated with the Grail? More… Discuss

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word: felicitate


Definition: (verb) To offer congratulations to.
Synonyms: congratulate
Usage: I felicitate you on your memory, sir. Discuss.
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Eben Moglen on Facebook, Google and Government Surveillance


Eben Moglen on Facebook, Google and Government Surveillance

Eben Moglen speaks to YASSSU at the Re:Publica conference in Berlin in May 2012 about the threat centralized networks like Facebook and Google impose in terms of freedom of speech and government surveillance.

Eben Moglen is a professor of law and legal history at Columbia University, and is the founder, Director-Counsel and Chairman of Software Freedom Law Center, whose client list includes numerous pro bono clients, such as the Free Software Foundation.

Moglen started out as a computer programming language designer and then received his bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College in 1980, where he won the Hicks Prize for Literary Criticism. In 1985, he received a Master of Philosophy in history and a JD from Yale University. He has held visiting appointments at Harvard University, Tel Aviv University and the University of Virginia since 1987.

He was a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall (1986–87 term). He joined the faculty of Columbia Law School in 1987, and was admitted to the New York bar in 1988. He received a Ph.D. in history from Yale University in 1993. Moglen serves as a director of the Public Patent Foundation.

Moglen was part of Philip Zimmermann‘s defense team, when Zimmermann was being investigated over the export of Pretty Good Privacy, a public key encryption system, under US export laws.

In 2003 he received the EFF Pioneer Award. In February 2005, he founded the Software Freedom Law Center. Interview by: Hutan Vahdani & Robert Huttinger

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great compositions/performances: Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune


Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune

Leonard Bernstein conducts Claude Debussy‘s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun – extract from “The Unanswered Question“, Boston Symphony Orchestra

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House Committee Puts NSA on Notice Over Encryption Standards – ProPublica


House Committee Puts NSA on Notice Over Encryption Standards – ProPublica.

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Angela GHEORGHIU – Habanera -Bizet’s Carmen (Music Video)


Angela GHEORGHIU – Habanera – Carmen (Music Video)

Music Video: Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu sings the Habanera, from Bizet’s opera ‘Carmen’ (2002)

This video was filmed to promote the complete recording of the opera “Carmen” (EMI Classics)

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Saint of the Day

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today’s holiday: Armenia First Republic Day

Armenia First Republic Day

The people of Armenia lived for hundreds of years under foreign domination. Then, in 1917, the Russian Revolution allowed Armenia the opportunity to create a modern republic. The Democratic Republic of Armenia (DRA) was formed in 1918. The DRA was short-lived but important, as it represented the beginning of the modern quest for democracy and independence in Armenia. On First Republic Day, titles and medals are awarded to Armenians of outstanding achievement, and there are speeches by government officials, fireworks displays, concerts, and dancing. More… Discuss

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quotation: To him who is in fear everything rustles. Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

To him who is in fear everything rustles.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC) Discuss

today’s birthday: Jim Thorpe (1888)

Jim Thorpe (1888)

Thorpe was one of the most versatile athletes in modern sports. He won Olympic gold medals in the pentathlon and decathlon, starred in college and professional football, and played basketball and Major League baseball. He lost his Olympic titles, however, when it was discovered that he had played minor league baseball prior to competing, thus violating the amateur status rules. His medals were later restored to him. Legend has it that Thorpe began his athletic career in what casual way? More… Discuss

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this day in the yesteryear: Neville Chamberlain Becomes Prime Minister of England (1937)

Neville Chamberlain Becomes Prime Minister of England (1937)

Chamberlain served as prime minister of the UK from 1937 to 1940. His political legacy is defined by his controversial policy of “appeasement” toward Adolf Hitler, exemplified by the Munich Pact that allowed Hitler to annex the Sudetenland in 1938. Once Hitler annexed the rest of Czechoslovakia and invaded Poland in 1939, Chamberlain led Britain to war. However, he was forced to resign eight months later, following the failed British campaign in Norway. How much longer did Chamberlain live? More… Discuss

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news: Cell Phones’ Effects on Adolescent Brains

Cell Phones’ Effects on Adolescent Brains

Although today’s youth cannot conceive of a world without cell phones, the devices have only been around for a few decades, and little is definitively known about their health effects. Researchers in Britain are therefore launching a study to investigate the effects of cell phones and similar devices on children’s brain development. It will track some 2,500 preteens into early adolescence and evaluate cognitive functions like memory and attention in an effort to discern whether their use of mobile phones, smartphones, or other wireless devices plays a role either in improving or impairing these functions. More… Discuss

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article: Hybrid Vehicles

Hybrid Vehicles

A hybrid vehicle uses multiple energy sources—or propulsion systems—to provide its motive power. Typically, these sources are gasoline and electric batteries. Hybrids have become especially popular in recent years, as they provide greater fuel economy with lower emissions and are thus more environmentally friendly than traditional internal-combustion engine vehicles. What makes hybrid vehicles a greater safety risk to pedestrians and cyclists than conventional vehicles? More… Discuss

word: abdication


Definition: (noun) A formal resignation and renunciation of powers.
Synonyms: stepping down
Usage: Despite his reluctance to relinquish the throne, the besieged king managed his abdication with dignity. Discuss.
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historic musical moments: Jan Ekier: Nocturne in G major, Op. 37, No. 2 (Chopin)

Jan Ekier: Nocturne in G major, Op. 37, No. 2 (Chopin)

Jan Ekier performs Chopin’s Nocturne in G major, Op. 37, No. 2. Issued in 1959 on the Muza label (Polskie Nagrania), SX 0071. From the Dziela Wszystkie (Complete Works) series.
Jan Ekier, pianist, music teacher, composer and editor, was born August 29, 1913 in Kracow. In 1932-34 he studied musicology with Zdzislaw Jachimecki at the Jagellonian University in Cracow. He went on to study piano with Zbigniew Drzewiecki and composition with Kazimierz Sikorski at the Warsaw Conservatory (1934-39). In 1940-41 he studied organ playing with Bronislaw Rutkowski. In 1937 he won the 8th prize in the 3rd International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. Since that time he was an active concert pianist, touring Europe, South America and Japan. Jan Ekier began his teaching career in 1933 as a solfège tutor in the Wladyslaw Zelenski Music School in Cracow. After the war, he dedicated himself to the education of pianists: in 1946-47 he taught at the State Secondary Music School in Lublin, 1947-48 at the State Higher School of Music in Sopot, where he held the function of rector. In 1953 he became a professor at the State Higher School of Music in Warsaw, where in 1964-72 and from 1974 he held the chair of piano studies. Jan Ekier began his editorial work in PWM Polish Music Publishers. From 1959 he was editor-in-chief of the National Edition of Frédéric Chopin’s Works. It is to Chopin that he has devoted many of his publications. He has been honoured with numerous prizes, including the State Award, First Class for the preparation of the Polish team for the 4th Frédéric Chopin Competition in 1950, the Minister of Culture and Arts Award, First Class in 1964 and 1974, the Golden Cross of Merit in 1952, the Officer’s Cross of the Polonia Restituta Order and the 10th Anniversary Order in 1955, the Standard of Labour Order, 2nd Class in 1960. In 2004 he received the Polish Minister of Cultures Special Award, granted for the first time for outstanding contribution to the preservation and promotion of Chopin heritage, including the memorial National Edition of Frédéric Chopin’s Complete Works, which restored to European culture the art of the great Polish composer in a form which aims to be as close to the historical original as possible.

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make music part of your life series: Prokofiev – Dance of the Knights


That music was in a french TV spot (directed by Jean-Paul Goude) for Chanel‘s perfume “Egoiste”… “Dance of the Knights“, by Sergueï Prokofiev….

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What’s wrong with WordPress? Attitude: Akismet ovestepping its rights over administrators blacklists! Shame on you!

what is wrong with wordpress

What’s wrong with WordPress? Attitude: Akismet ovestepping its rights over administrators blacklists! Shame on you!

As a blogger at WordPress you have no rights! Not even the right to be safe in your own blog! this is not a FirsT AMMENDMENT ISSUE: IT’S AN ISSUE OF ABUSER OF POWER AND DISCRESSION! AND IT IS ILLEGAL!

iT IS MY RIGHT TO DENY ACCESS AS i SEE FIT, AND NOT WORPRESS.COM TO FORCEFULLY AND UNILATERALLY ALLOW PARASITIC bloggers to change the dynamic and  of blogging: I understand when someone likes a blog, but I repudiate any use of other people’s post as exclusive activity on WordPress. It is wrong, to think that some among us represent our work, by choosing (others posts): Who has licensed them to be our illuminated master, editors, publishers? See what I’m saying? If you don’t, you don’t tke your blogging seriously, believe me!

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Saint of the Day may 27: St. Augustine of Canterbury

Image of St. Augustine of CanterburySt. Augustine of Canterbury

At the end of the sixth century anyone would have said that Augustine had found his niche in life. Looking at this respected prior of a monastery, almost anyone would have predicted he would spend … continue reading

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today’s holiday: National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week

Australia sets aside the week between May 27 and June 3 to honor the culture and history of its Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, and to promote reconciliation and forgiveness for the treatment that these indigenous peoples have suffered at the hands of white Australians. Since it was first held in 1996, National Reconciliation Week has featured various activities designed to promote understanding between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians, such as the People’s Walk for Reconciliation across the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 2000. More… Discuss

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