Daily Archives: December 14, 2014

The unlikely love affair between two countries


The unlikely love affair between two countries http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30447039

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Alcatraz escapees ‘may have survived’


Alcatraz escapees ‘may have survived’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30349106

Belgium braces for national strike http://f24.my/1xhTRly


Belgium braces for national strike

http://f24.my/1xhTRly

MY NEW COUNTERTOP OVEN ROTISSERIE FROM FARBEREARE: I love it (The bird too_nice singing while broiling


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SANTA ANA RIVER Mouth in Huntington Beach


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ON PCH IN SEAL BEACH


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San Gabriel River mouth in Seal Beach


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From NPR: It’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Season — Share Your Best (Bad) Attire


It’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Season — Share Your Best (Bad) Attire http://n.pr/1spbJUX

From NPR: Not My Job: Actor Patrick Stewart Gets Quizzed On G.I. Joe http://n.pr/1vJ6ijM


Not My Job: Actor Patrick Stewart Gets Quizzed On G.I. Joe http://n.pr/1vJ6ijM

From NPR News


This Weekend, Pick Up The Pieces With ‘Gabi’ http://n.pr/1zUtMXi

From NPR News


More Than Just Cute, Sea Otters Are Superheroes Of The Marsh http://n.pr/1Gmu2lN

From NPR News


How Can You Tell If Your Goat Is Happy? Now We Know! http://n.pr/1FUII9N

Can the umbrella be improved?


Can the umbrella be improved? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30450980


Hostages held in Sydney cafe, Islamic flag displayed

http://f24.my/1wxHDCp

John Brennan and President Obama Walk a Fine Line – NYTimes.com


http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/12/15/us/politics/cia-chief-and-president-walk-fine-line-.html?referrer=

From NPR News


Prince George’s Christmas Snapshots http://n.pr/12OfAEf

Dick Cheney: I’d use ‘torture’ interrogation tactics again – NY Daily News


http://m.nydailynews.com/news/politics/dick-cheney-torture-minute-article-1.2045042

Alicia de Larrocha plays ENRIQUE GRANADOS – Danzas Españolas: make music par of your life series


ENRIQUE GRANADOS.- Danzas Españolas

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Piano Trio No 1 D Minor Op. 49: make music part of your life series


Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Piano Trio No 1 D Minor Op. 49

Horowitz plays Schumann Blumenstück (1966 live): great compositions/performances


Horowitz plays Schumann Blumenstück (1966 live)

Saint of the Day for Sunday, December 14th, 2014: St. John of the Cross


Image of St. John of the Cross  St. John of the Cross

Born in Spain in 1542, John learned the importance of self-sacrificing love from his parents. His father gave up wealth, status, and comfort when he married a weaver’s daughter and was disowned by … continue reading

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today’s holiday: Halcyon Days


Halcyon Days

The ancient Greeks called the seven days preceding and the seven days following the Winter Solstice the “Halcyon Days.” Greek mythology has it that Halcyone (or Alcyone), Ceyx‘s wife and one of Aeolus’s daughters, drowned herself when she learned her husband had drowned. The gods took pity on her and transformed them both into kingfishers. Zeus commanded the seas to be still during these days, and it was considered a period when sailors could navigate in safety. Today, the expression “halcyon days” has come to mean a period of tranquility often used as a nostalgic reference to times past. More… Discuss

quotation: Brain, n.: An apparatus with which we think we think. Ambrose Bierce


Brain, n.: An apparatus with which we think we think.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) Discuss

today’s birthday: Nostradamus (1503)


Nostradamus (1503)

Nostradamus was a French astrologer and physician reputed to have effected remarkable cures during outbreaks of the Black Plague. His book of prophecies, Les Propheties, consists of vaguely phrased, rhymed quatrains grouped into sets of 100, called “Centuries.” Enthusiasts credit Nostradamus with foreseeing the rise of Hitler, the French Revolution, the atomic bomb, and the destruction of the World Trade Center. What reason do skeptics give for dismissing these claims? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Max Planck’s Quantum Theory Is Born (1900)


Max Planck’s Quantum Theory Is Born (1900)

Considered the inventor of quantum theory, Max Planck shocked the science world by showing that atoms emit or absorb energy in bundles, or quanta, not in a continuous stream as taught by Newtonian physics. This insight, along with subsequent developments by Einstein, Bohr, and others, established the revolutionary quantum theory of modern physics and earned Planck the 1918 Nobel Prize in Physics. In 1945, Planck’s son was executed following a failed attempt to assassinate what political figure? More… Discuss

An Armistice in Armrest Battles


An Armistice in Armrest Battles

Hate bumping elbows with your neighbor on an airplane? It’s among the most common traveler complaints, and one that could be remedied in 2015 by Soarigami, a plastic armrest divider. Soarigami slides onto the armrest and splits it equally between neighboring seats. Its inventors believe it will foster a pleasant travel experience for both passengers. This is a departure from other carry-on items, like the “Knee Defender,” which allows a passenger to block another from reclining his or her seat—a move that caused an in-flight fracas last August. More… Discuss

The World’s Longest Escalators


The World’s Longest Escalators

The escalator has come a long way since being patented in 1859. Hong Kong’s Central-Mid-Levels escalator system is one of the world’s most impressive, stretching about 2,600 feet (790 m). Colombia boasts a 1,260-foot (384-m) set of escalators that transformed a 35-minute foot climb into a six-minute ride. The longest single-span escalator in the Western Hemisphere can be found in the Wheaton Metro station in Washington, DC. How long does it take riders to ascend this 230-foot (70-m) escalator? More… Discuss

word: denigrate


denigrate 

Definition: (verb) To disparage; belittle.
Synonyms: derogate
Usage: He helped you a great deal on this project, so don’t take all the credit and denigrate his influence. Discuss.

Quando si è #Leader, si deve ribadirlo spesso… ma solo attraverso i #fatti!! — Fiore Macchi (@FioreSanRemo


 

Chinese city burns money for power


Chinese city burns money for power http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-30410568

The tourist town with a few surprises


The tourist town with a few surprises http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30432938

The strangely enduring power of kitsch


The strangely enduring power of kitsch http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30439633

The delicate material that takes months to weave


The delicate material that takes months to weave http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30447229

Turkey raids opposition-linked media


Turkey raids opposition-linked media http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30468199

Farberware Toaster Oven


Farberware Toaster Oven: 4.8 lb chicken yummmy:

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Asparagus stir and fry


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Deal reached at UN climate talks


Deal reached at UN climate talks http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30468048

American in North Korea denounces U.S. policy


American in North Korea denounces U.S. policy
http://www.cnn.com//2014/12/13/world/asia/amercan-north-korea/index.html

The tourist town with a few surprises


The tourist town with a few surprises http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30432938

The tourist town with a few surprises


The tourist town with a few surprises http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30432938

Go Figure: The week in numbers


Go Figure: The week in numbers http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-30449110

Weekendish: The best of the week’s reads


Weekendish: The best of the week’s reads http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-30447188