Daily Archives: June 11, 2014

Chabrier – Fête polonaise, from the opera “Le Roi malgré lui” (Acte II)


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Chabrier – Fête polonaise, from the opera “Le Roi malgré lui” (Acte II)

Insurgents Take Second Iraqi City


Insurgents Take Second Iraqi City

Insurgents from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), an offshoot of al-Qaeda several thousand fighters strong that controls considerable territory in eastern Syria and western and central Iraq, have attacked cities around western and northern Iraq this week and taken two of them, Mosul and Tikrit. As many as 500,000 people fled Mosul after the city was attacked. Even security forces reportedly fled. But government leaders have vowed to repel the militants. More… Discuss

this day in history: Boris Yeltsin Elected President of Russia (1991)


Boris Yeltsin Elected President of Russia (1991)

Yeltsin served as Russia’s first democratically elected president. He directed the Russian Federation‘s secession from the USSR and the formation of a new, decentralized confederation, the Commonwealth of Independent States, with himself as its leader. As president, Yeltsin instituted a radical reform program that consisted of the mass privatization of state-run enterprises, after which the country experienced inflation, heavy taxes, and a protracted economic depression. Who succeeded Yeltsin? More… Discuss

just a thought: What good is an idea, if it survives its last brain that contemplatedit?


just a thought: “What good is an idea, if it survives its last brain that contemplated it?”
(George B ©always)

quotation: A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. John F. Kennedy


A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) Discuss

today’s birthday: Anne Frank (1929)


Anne Frank (1929)

Anne Frank was a Jewish girl who, with her parents and sister, hid from the Nazis in a secret annex above her father’s Amsterdam office building for two years. Betrayed to the Germans in 1944, the Franks were deported to concentration camps, where all but father Otto perished. The diary Anne kept during their time in the annex, a work characterized by poignancy, humor, and tart observation, was later published and is now an international bestseller. Why did Otto edit out some parts of the diary? More… Discuss

Every Doctor Who Opening (HD) (1963-2013)


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Every Doctor Who Opening (HD) (1963-2013)

Fabulous musical moments: Dvořák Humoresque Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman


Dvořák Humoresque Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman

make music part of your life series: Antonin Dvorak – Romance in F minor Op 11 – Violin and piano


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Antonin Dvorak – Romance in F minor Op 11 – Violin and piano

Dvorak museum, Prague

Dvorak museum, Prague (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Antonin Dvorak – Czech Composer, born September 8, 1841 and died 1 May 1904.

make music part of your life series: Peter Maxwell Davies: farewell to Stromness with LAGQ


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Peter Maxwell Davies: farewell to Stromness with LAGQ

English: The Stromness Hotel

English: The Stromness Hotel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

make music part of your life series: Rossini – Overture to The Barber of Seville – La Jolla Music Society SummerFest


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Rossini: Overture to The Barber of SevilleLa Jolla Music Society SummerFest

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Rossini’s Overture to “The Barber of Seville” is one of the most loved and best recognized works in the classical/opera repertoire, thanks in part to its use in countless movies, commercials, and of course, a Bugs Bunny cartoon (“Let me cut your top/Let me shave your mop…”. Renowned conductor Kent Nagano leads a stellar assemblage of chamber musicians in a spirited rendition of Rossini’s masterwork. Series: “La Jolla Music Society: SummerFest” [Arts and Music] [Show ID: 24597]

devocional Music: Adoramus Te Christe – G. Palestrina – St. Peters Basilica in the Vatican (time to brush up on your Latin!)


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Adoramus Te Christe – G. Palestrina – St. Peters Basilica in the Vatican

Libertyville High School Choir performing at St. Peters Basilica – Spring Break Tour, March 2011
Dr. Jeffrey Brown, conductor

Adoramus Te Christe,
Et benedicimus Tibi:
Adoramus Te Christe,
Et benedicimus Tibi:

Quia per sanctam crucem tuam
Redemisti mundum.
Adoramus Te Christe,
Et benedicimus Tibi,
Adoramus Te Christe

 

make music part of your life series: Lullaby for String Quartet, George Gershwin, Members of the LA Philharmonic, Feb 10, 2013


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Lullaby for String Quartet, George Gershwin, Members of the LA Philharmonic, Feb 10, 2013

Lullaby for String Quartet, George Gershwin, Members of the LA Philharmonic: Mischa Lefkowitz, Violin, Minyoung Chang, Violin, Michael Larco, Viola, Jason Lippmann, Cello, Baxter Concert Series, Whittier, California, February 10, 2013

this pressed: Staatskapelle Dresden | Willkommen


Staatskapelle Dresden | Willkommen.

François Couperin – Les Barricades Mystérieuses – Harpsichord


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François Couperin – Les Barricades Mystérieuses – Harpsichord

 

Richard Strauss – Metamorphosen, für 23 Streicher, Staatskapelle Dresden, Rudolf Kempe (1973): In Memoriam!


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Richard Strauss – Metamorphosen, für 23 Streicher, Staatskapelle Dresden, Rudolf Kempe (1973)

Dresden WWII bombing pre- and after pictures (English) 

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After the bombing.
View of the city, aka Florence of the north. After the bombing.
Sophie-Church, as it looked before.
It's never been rebuild.
Sophie-Church, as it looked before. It’s never been rebuild.
Church of our Lady.
Collapsed later due to heavy destruction.
Church of our Lady. Collapsed later due to heavy destruction.
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today’s Saint, June 11, 2014: St. Barnabas


St. Barnabas

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Barnabas curing the sick by Paolo Veronese, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

All we know of Barnabas is to be found in the New Testament. A Jew, born in Cyprus and named Joseph, he sold his property, gave the proceeds to the Apostles, who gave him the name Barnabas, and lived in common with the earliest converts to Christianity in Jerusalem. He persuaded the community there to accept Paul as a disciple, was sent to Antioch, Syria, to look into the community there, and brought Paul there from Tarsus. With Paul he brought Antioch’s donation to the Jerusalem community during a famine, and returned to Antioch with John Mark, his cousin. The three went on a missionary journey to Cyprus, Perga (when John Mark went to Jerusalem), and Antioch in Pisidia, where they were so violently opposed by the Jews that they decided to preach to the pagans. Then they went on to Iconium and Lystra in Lycaonia, where they were first acclaimed gods and then stoned out of the city, and then returned to Antioch in Syria. When a dispute arose regarding the observance of the Jewish rites, Paul and Barnabas went to Jerusalem, where, at a council, it was decided that pagans did not have to be circumcised to be baptized. On their return to Antioch, Barnabas wanted to take John Mark on another visitation to the cities where they had preached, but Paul objected because of John Mark’s desertion of them in Perga. Paul and Barnabas parted, and Barnabas returned to Cyprus with Mark; nothing further is heard of him, though it is believed his rift with Paul was ultimately healed. Tradition has Barnabas preaching in Alexandria and Rome, the founder of the Cypriote Church, the Bishop of Milan (which he was not), and has him stoned to death at Salamis about the year 61. The apochryphal Epistle of Barnabas was long attributed to him, but modern scholarship now attributes it to a Christian in Alexandria between the years 70 and 100; the Gospel of Barnabas is probably by an Italian Christian who became a Mohammedan; and the Acts of Barnabas once attributed to John Mark are now known to have been written in the fifth century. His feast day is June 11.

quotation: Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties. Aesop (620 BC-560 BC)


Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC) Discuss

today’s holiday: Kamehameha Celebration


Kamehameha Celebration

A state holiday in Hawaii to celebrate the island state’s first king, King Kamehameha I (1758?-1819), this celebration is the only public holiday in the United States that honors royalty. Leis are draped on the king’s statue across from Iolani Palace, and there is another lei-draping at Kapaau, North Kohala. A floral parade travels from downtown Honolulu to Waikiki, featuring a young man who depicts the king wearing a replica of the king’s golden amo-feather cloak and Grecian-style helmet. Other events include arts and crafts, a competition of chants and hulas, and a luau, or Hawaiian cookout. More… Discuss

today’s birhtday: Vince Lombardi (1913)


Vince Lombardi (1913)

Lombardi was one of the greatest coaches in the history of American football and the driving force behind the Green Bay Packers, who dominated the National Football League during his tenure. His team won five championships in nine years, including Super Bowls I and II. The Lombardi Trophy, awarded to the winner of the Super Bowl each year, is a tribute to his successful tactics and passion for the game. Prior to pursuing a career in football, Lombardi studied to become what? More… Discuss

On This Day in 1962: Three prisoners escape from Alcatraz


 

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Alcatras (Photo credit: bigbear3001)

 

On This Day in 1962: Three prisoners escape from Alcatraz

 

Three criminals escape from the notoriously fearsome island prison in one of the cleverest breakouts ever concocted. Their bodies will never be found. Also on this day:

 

1919: First Triple Crown champ

 

1955: Worst auto racing disaster

 

1963: JFK proposes Civil Rights Act

 

 

 

Blood Transfusion


Blood Transfusion

A blood transfusion is the administration of whole blood or a component to counteract blood loss caused by trauma, surgery, or disease. In some cases, whole blood is not needed or is unavailable, so an individual component—plasma, red or white cells, platelets—is used. In whole-blood transfusions, the donor’s blood must be compatible with that of the recipient. Autologous transfusions are those that use the recipient’s own blood, banked in advance. When was the first human blood transfusion? More… Discuss

Evolutionary Theory that Packs a Punch


Evolutionary Theory that Packs a Punch

 

Bones of the skull

Bones of the skull (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dietary changes have long been considered the primary driver of evolutionary changes to human facial structure, but two University of Utah researchers have proposed an alternative, and much more violent, theory. They say that fistfights and not food were the driving force. Evolutionary changes to facial bone structure, they contend, have strengthened the bones most often fractured when humans, usually males of the species, brawl, thereby limiting the injuries participants sustain. More… Discuss

word: necromancer


necromancer

Definition: (noun) One who practices magic or sorcery.
Synonyms: sorcerer, wizard, magician
Usage: Hardly have I escaped from that magician, and must another necromancer again run across my path. Discuss.