Daily Archives: August 18, 2014

Microsoft Removes Problematic August Windows 8.1 Updates | Digital Trends


LA Times – Slaughterhouse indicted for allegedly selling cancer-ridden beef


Earthquake Study Shows Natural Quakes Outshake Man-Made Tremors – WSJ


Ferguson, Missouri: On the Ground in an American City Under Siege – ABC News


Iceland raises volcano alert level

Iceland raises volcano alert level http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-28843968

Pope lifts ban on ‘left-wing’ bishop

Pope lifts ban on ‘left-wing’ bishop http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-28845998

What to Look For In Dueling Autopsies of Michael Brown – ProPublica


This Map Is Very Bad News for Vladimir Putin

With Russia escalating its military involvement in eastern Ukraine to its highest levels yet, reportedly sending as many as 1,200 troops plus 30 tanks across the border to bolster its separatist rebel proxies, it’s worth looking at one way that Russia has paid for its Ukraine aggression: global opinion toward Russia is plummeting. You can see how rapidly world opinion is turning against Moscow in this map from Pew’s recent report on attitudes toward Russia. The map shows the proportion of people in every surveyed country who say they hold a favorable view of Russia, as of early July.

Lady Gaga Does the Creepiest Ice Bucket Challenge Yet

Folding your legs like that on a weird wooden chair looks extraordinarily uncomfortable, but then again, pretty much everything about the Ice Bucket Challenge is designed to be uncomfortable.

The search for Myanmar’s ‘300-tonne’ bell

The search for Myanmar’s ‘300-tonne’ bell http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-28832296

Camouflage sheet inspired by octopus

Camouflage sheet inspired by octopus http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28834186

It’s a New Day for Data for American Consumers – WSJ.com


Audit finds Illinois regularly overdrew federal Medicaid dollars in ‘treadmill effect’ – Daily Journal


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Microsoft’s one ‘Patch Tuesday’ update causes ‘Blue Screen of Death’ | Maine News


Part-Time Workers a Full-Time Headache on Yellen’s Radar – Bloomberg


Obama: Mosul Dam No Longer Under ISIS Control – ABC News


Curfew dropped in Ferguson; attorney general to visit


Curfew dropped in Ferguson; attorney general to visit


Bone marrow drug helps bald men regrow hair, study says  – NY Daily News


iPhone 6 Said to Feature 1GB of RAM; Lightning Cable With Reversible Ports | NDTV Gadgets


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U.S. Designates Islamic State Spokesman, Algerian-Born Fighter as Terrorists – WSJ


Richard III ‘drank a bottle a day’

Richard III ‘drank a bottle a day’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-28825653

How unhealthy is two years indoors?

How unhealthy is two years indoors? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-28834466

Paris raid on Saudi prince’s convoy

Paris raid on Saudi prince’s convoy http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-28832868

Dozens Killed Fleeing Ukraine’s Luhansk


WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to leave Ecuador embassy – Telegraph


Russian aid convoy to enter Ukraine but no sign of ceasefire


this pressed from Reuters: Community Health Systems says personal data stolen in cyber attack | Reuters

Community Health Systems says personal data stolen in cyber attack | Reuters.

Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 6 in F major, op. 68 “Pastorale”: make music part of your life series

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Ludwig van BeethovenSymphony No. 6 in F major, op. 68 “Pastorale

From Wikipedia

The Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, also known as the Pastoral Symphony (German Pastoral-Sinfonie[1]), is a symphony composed by Ludwig van Beethoven, and completed in 1808. One of Beethoven’s few works containing explicitly programmatic content,[2] the symphony was first performed in the Theater an der Wien on 22 December 1808[3] in a four hour concert.[4]


The symphony has five movements, rather than the four typical of symphonies of the Classical era. Beethoven annotated the beginning of each movement as follows:

  1. Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande (Awakening of cheerful feelings upon arrival in the countryside): Allegro ma non troppo

  2. Szene am Bach (Scene by the brook): Andante molto mosso

  3. Lustiges Zusammensein der Landleute (Merry gathering of country folk): Allegro

  4. Gewitter, Sturm (Thunder. Storm): Allegro

  5. Hirtengesang. Frohe und dankbare Gefühle nach dem Sturm (Shepherd’s song; cheerful and thankful feelings after the storm): Allegretto

Aleksandr Glazunov: Symphony no.6 op.58 (Gennadij Rozhdestvenskij, conductor): make music part of your life series

Aleksandr Glazunov: Symphony no.6 op.58 (Gennadij Rozhdestvenskij, conductor)


  1. Adagio – Allegro passionato
  2. Tema con varazioni
  3. Intermezzo. Allegretto
  4. Finale. Andante maestoso

Review :

While the Symphony No. 6 in C minor, Op. 58, of 1896 by Alexander Glazunov is not the most personally characteristic of his eight completed symphonies — the optimistic Third or the Olympian Fifth are more typical of his confident symphonic aesthetic — it is arguably the most typically Russian of his symphonies. Part of the reason for this is the scoring — violins in octaves above massed brass at its climaxes à la Tchaikovsky and gorgeously colorful woodwind writing in its central movements — part of it is the themes — ardent and powerful with a yearning quality characteristic of fin de siècle Russian symphonies — but most of it is the furious tone of the opening movement.
******With the darkly unfolding Adagio leading into a Allegro appassionato that balances a passionately despairing first theme with a fervently supplicating second theme, Glazunov’s Sixth sounds like a Russian symphony composed after the death of Tchaikovsky. But the Sixth is more than the work of a symphonic epigone. While the tone of the opening movement sounds typically Russian, its chromatic melodic and cogent harmonic structure makes it sound much more modern than contemporary symphonies by Kalinnikov or even Rachmaninov. Even more modern are the Sixth’s second and fourth movements.
******The second movement is a theme and seven variations that slowly transmutes the tone of the symphony from the fury of the opening movement to one of calm acceptance.
******The brief third-movement Intermezzo that precedes the Finale is lighter in tone than anything else in the symphony.
******The Finale itself is one of Glazunov’s most successful closing movements. With its magisterial Andante maestoso introduction announcing the chorale theme that will ultimately cap the movement, its highly contrasted themes — the first confidently striding in the winds Moderato maestoso, the second a lilting Scherzando theme for the flutes, horns, and strings — the Finale seems at first too episodic to cohere. Glazunov’s superb technical skills, however, form all the Finale’s material into an organic whole and the tone of the Finale — powerfully positive — is altogether Glazunov’s own. ~ James Leonard, Rovi

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today’s holiday: Gabon Independence Day

Gabon Independence Day

Gabon gained official independence from France on August 17, 1960, after more than a century of domination. August 17 is a public holiday, but celebrations often extend to the days before and after Independence Day, with parades and dancing. More… Discuss

quotation: O Henry “She plucked from my lapel the invisible strand of lint (the universal act of woman to proclaim ownership).”

She plucked from my lapel the invisible strand of lint (the universal act of woman to proclaim ownership).

O Henry (1862-1910) Discuss

today’s birthday: Alain Robbe-Grillet (1922) (with “Blow-up” movie scene video)


Alain Robbe-Grillet (1922)

Robbe-Grillet, a French novelist and filmmaker, is considered the originator of the nouveau roman, or “new novel.” This genre, also called the antinovel, dispenses with conventional notions of plot, character, style, theme, psychology, chronology, and message. In Robbe-Grillet’s The Erasers, for example, a detective searches for the killer in a murder that has not yet occurred, only to discover that he will be the murderer. The novel is based on what legend from ancient Greece? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Jimi Hendrix Headlines Woodstock (1969) (with rare video)

Jimi Hendrix Headlines Woodstock (1969)

Gold as Cancer Fighter

Gold as Cancer Fighter

Alternative medicine proponents have long attributed healing properties to gold, and in recent years, mainstream medical researchers have begun looking to the precious metal as well. In a recent study, tiny gold particles encased in the chemotherapy drug cisplatin appeared to boost the effectiveness of conventional radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment for an aggressive brain cancer. Cancer cells in samples subjected to this experimental treatment were completely eradicated, and over the next 20 days there was no regrowth. More… Discuss

The Sistine Chapel (with virtual video tour)

The Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel is located in the Palace of the Vatican, the official residence of the Pope in Vatican City. It was built between 1473 and 1481 and is known for its artwork—especially the ceiling paintings by Michelangelo. Attracted to ambitious sculptural projects—which he did not always complete—Michelangelo agreed to the project reluctantly. His confidence grew in time, and he devoted his last 30 years to The Last Judgment fresco in the chapel. For whom is the Sistine Chapel named? More… Discuss

vatican virtual The Sistine Chaple, vatican secrets, virtual tour,1st day

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word: obdurate


Definition: (adjective) Hardened against feeling; hardhearted.
Synonyms: granitic, stony, flinty
Usage: The child’s misery would move even the most obdurate heart. Discuss.

Mum creates phone app to take control of kid’s mobiles after they ignored her calls – Mirror Online


The Great Tablet Segmentation | Tim Bajarin | PCMag.com


Twitter experiments with favorite tweets, users cry blasphemy : PERSONAL TECH : Tech Times


Trouble identifying satire? Get your news from Facebook? You’re in luck, dummy • The Register


A third of people have nothing saved for retirement


As Mike Brown protests continue, how can Ferguson heal? (+video) – CSMonitor.com


Ukraine, rebels accuse each other of attacking refugee bus convoy


Julian Assange speaks of ‘leaving’ Ecuador embassy – BBC News


Protecting fair skin with China’s ‘face-kini’

Protecting fair skin with China’s ‘face-kini’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-china-blog-28803400

Why Paris doesn’t want a Scottish Yes

Why Paris doesn’t want a Scottish Yes http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28739399

Many dead in Nepal and India floods

Many dead in Nepal and India floods http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-28832474