Daily Archives: December 15, 2014

From NPR News: A Copper Bedrail Could Cut Back On Infections For Hospital Patients

A Copper Bedrail Could Cut Back On Infections For Hospital Patients http://n.pr/12vTq9N

haiku – Evidence of passage of time, poetic though by George-B (©The Smudge and Other Poems Page)

Haiku – vidence of passage of time,
(poetic though by George-B)

One after another,

like footsteps on wet beaches,

time levels passage.

©The Smudge and Other Poems  Page

Waves Erasing Footprints on Beac

Waves Erasing Footprints on a beach

From NPR News: Dr. Kent Brantly: The Lessons He’s Learned From Fighting Ebola

Dr. Kent Brantly: The Lessons He’s Learned From Fighting Ebola http://n.pr/1zojGP1

From NPR News

150 Years Later, A Formal Apology For The Sand Creek Massacre http://n.pr/1BjC2RK

Superbug found in Rio Olympic waters

Superbug found in Rio Olympic waters http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-30490396

Life from ‘deepest drill’ revealed

Life from ‘deepest drill’ revealed http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30489814

Is China’s economy really the largest in the world?

Is China’s economy really the largest in the world? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30483762

Sony warns press over hacking leaks

Sony warns press over hacking leaks http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-30477257

Pirate Bay ‘copy’ goes online

Pirate Bay ‘copy’ goes online http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30477678

Jolie: US must lead against torture

Jolie: US must lead against torture http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-30477164

US court upholds LA condom law

US court upholds LA condom law http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30489942

Liszt Chasse-neige Transcedental Etude #12, Valentina Lisitsa:, great compositions/performances

Liszt Chasse-neige Transcedental Etude #12 Valentina Lisitsa

Liszt Consolation D flat major No.3 (S.172), Valentina Lisitsa: Great compositions/performances

from Wikipedia: The Unanswered Question

The Unanswered Question

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This article is about the Charles Ives composition. For Eliot Feld’s 1988 dance, see The Unanswered Question (ballet).

The Unanswered Question is a musical work by American composer Charles Ives. Originally paired with Central Park in the Dark as Two Contemplations in 1908,[a] The Unanswered Question was revived by Ives in 1930–1935. As with many of Ives’ works, it was largely unknown until much later in his life, and was not performed until 1946.

Against a background of slow, quiet strings representing “The Silence of the Druids“, a solo trumpet poses “The Perennial Question of Existence”, to which a woodwind quartet of “Fighting Answerers” tries vainly to provide an answer, growing more frustrated and dissonant until they give up. The three groups of instruments perform in independent tempos and are placed separately on the stage—the strings offstage.


The Unanswered Question is scored for three groups: a string ensemble, a solo trumpet, and a woodwind quartet.[2] The groups’ play in independent tempos[3] and are placed in such a way that they might not be able to see each other;[4] the strings play offstage.[5]

Ives provided a short text by which to interpret the work, giving it a narrative as in program music.[6] Throughout the piece the strings sustain slow tonal triads that, according to Ives, represent “The Silence of the Druids—who Know, See and Hear Nothing”. Against this background, the trumpet poses a nontonal phrase[7] seven times[8]—”The Perennial Question of Existence”—to which the woodwinds “answer” the first six times in an increasingly erratic way. Ives wrote that the woodwinds’ answers represented “Fighting Answerers” who, after a time, “realize a futility and begin to mock ‘The Question'” before finally disappearing, leaving “The Question” to be asked once more before “The Silences” are left to their “Undisturbed Solitude”.[7]

The strings twice repeat a pianissimo thirteen-bar progression, so slowly it has a static feel. It uses voice leading, passing tones, and ornamental notes in a manner reminiscent of a hymn or chorale. After the repetition, the strings’ part varies in subtle ways that are difficult for the listener to detect. In contrast to this ever-changing but seemingly regular “Silence”, the trumpet repeats the same “Question”,[9] the first six times each louder than the last;[8] it is the woodwinds’ atonal answers that change in obvious ways,[9] growing increasingly agitated and dissonant.[5] After the woodwinds finally give up, the trumpet poses the question quietly one last time.[8]

Leonard Bernstein conducts Claude Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun – Boston Symphony Orchestra: make music part of your life series

this pressed to celebrate Monkey Day #euzicasa: National Geographic: Images of Animals, Nature, and Cultures

Our Favorite Monkey Pictures

To celebrate Monkey Day, our photo editors selected heartwarming, illuminating pictures of the primates.


via National Geographic: Images of Animals, Nature, and Cultures.

Clamp found in man after 13 years

Clamp found in man after 13 years http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-30480949

Grand Mosque to get sun umbrellas

Grand Mosque to get sun umbrellas http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-30478275

Shift workers ‘sicker and fatter’

Shift workers ‘sicker and fatter’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30449818

Ebola serum supply reaches Liberia

Ebola serum supply reaches Liberia http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30478512

From BBC: Booming bitterns show big bird boost

Booming bitterns show big bird boost http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-30475562

From BBC: Peat is Amazon’s carbon superstore

Peat is Amazon’s carbon superstore http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30448519

From BBC: GM switch death toll rises to 42

GM switch death toll rises to 42 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30489425

From France 24: Scores drown after boat capsizes in DR Congo

Scores drown after boat capsizes in DR Congo


FROM FRANCE24: New James Bond script stolen in Sony cyber attack

New James Bond script stolen in Sony cyber attack


From France 24: Belgium grinds to a halt as strikers protest austerity

Belgium grinds to a halt as strikers protest austerity


Homeland Security Chief Opens Largest Immigration Detention Center in U.S. – NYTimes.com


Navajo tribe buys back sacred masks

Navajo tribe buys back sacred masks http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30484533

Russia raises interest rate to 17%

Russia raises interest rate to 17% http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30490082

Jolie has chickenpox, will miss premiere

Jolie has chickenpox, will miss premiere

Northern white rhino dies at San Diego zoo

Northern white rhino dies at San Diego zoo

German tension over anti-Islam march

German tension over anti-Islam march http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30478321

Erdogan pours scorn on EU criticism

Erdogan pours scorn on EU criticism http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30484729

Deadly end to Sydney cafe siege

Deadly end to Sydney cafe siege http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-30485355

From NPR News: When Grandma’s House Is Home: The Rise Of Grandfamilies

When Grandma’s House Is Home: The Rise Of Grandfamilies http://n.pr/1scN45L

From NPR News: When Grandma’s House Is Home: The Rise Of Grandfamilies

When Grandma’s House Is Home: The Rise Of Grandfamilies http://n.pr/1scN45L

From NPR News: ‘Warning Shot’: Sen. Warren On Fighting Banks, And Her Political Future

‘Warning Shot’: Sen. Warren On Fighting Banks, And Her Political Future http://n.pr/1wxnb4G

Let’s Facebook it: All we care about is getting you to buy stuff…Because: Life is a commercial!

Let’s Facebook it: All we care about is getting you to buy stuff!

Let's Facebook it: All we care about is getting you to buy stuff

Let’s Facebook it: All we care about is getting you to buy stuff


Critics, defenders clash over US ‘torture report’


Paula Selig: Light my Fire (!)

this pressed: A medical student develops an illness she has been studying – The Washington Post

A patient’s worst nightmare

The first two years of medical school, the preclinical years, teach students about disease in the abstract, as testable material. We detach ourselves from reality as we memorize a constellation of symptoms and treatments presented from a podium or a textbook. I have been guilty of occasionally forgetting that what I am studying may be a patient’s worst nightmare.

“We ask patients to take on risks in order to heal,” Cherie Fathy writes, “but we should never forget how overwhelming it is to hear those risks or to play those odds.” (Courtesy of Cherie Fathy)

As students on the wards, we see mere snapshots of our patients’ illnesses. We are there as patients receive a diagnosis in the clinic or a treatment in the hospital. What we don’t see is a patient at home deciding whether that lump is even worth checking on or a mother dreading when to tell her children what she has, or how to even begin telling them.

via A medical student develops an illness she has been studying – The Washington Post.

Luigi Boccherini: Cello Concerto No.5 D major. G 478: great compositions/performances

Luigi Boccherini – Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra No. 9, G. 482


Valentina Lisitsa plays Chopin Variations Op 2 (1 and 2): great compositions/performances


Chopin Variations Op 2 (1 and 2) Valentina Lisitsa

Chopin – Variations on “Là ci darem la mano” from Mozart’s Don Giovanni: great compositions/performances

Saint of the Day for Monday, December 15th, 2014: St. Mary Di Rosa

Image of St. Mary Di Rosa  St. Mary Di Rosa

Saint Mary (Paula) Di Rosa December 15 The pounding on the barricaded door of the military hospital sent every heart thudding in terror. In the middle of the war in Brescia (Italy) in 1848, the … continue reading

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Today’s Holiday: Bill of Rights Day (2014)

Today’s Holiday

Bill of Rights Day (2014)

The first 10 amendments to the US Constitution of 1787—referred to collectively as the Bill of Rights—were ratified on December 15, 1791. This landmark document protected American citizens from specific abuses by their government and guaranteed such basic rights as the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press. In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt designated December 15 as Bill of Rights Day and called upon Americans to observe it with appropriate patriotic ceremonies. More… Discuss

Quotation: Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact. George Eliot

Quotation of the Day

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: Oscar Niemeyer (1907)

Today’s Birthday

Oscar Niemeyer (1907)

Considered one of the most important figures in modern architecture, Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer was a pioneer in the use of reinforced concrete. His buildings feature smooth curves that are distinct from those of his more utilitarian contemporaries. Niemeyer’s remarkable work in the creation of Brazil’s capital, Brasília, included his design for the President’s Palace and the cathedral. In 1947, Niemeyer joined a team of architects to design what internationally recognized US building? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: First Space Rendezvous (1965)

this day in the yesteryear

First Space Rendezvous (1965)

Three years after the first manned space flight, NASA launched the Gemini program, a series of two-man space missions aimed, among other things, at developing astronauts‘ ability to maneuver spacecraft. One goal was to achieve orbital rendezvous, and after a failed attempt in June 1965, Gemini had success. Astronaut Wally Schirra maneuvered the Gemini 6 spacecraft to within feet of Gemini 7, close enough to have docked had they been so equipped. When was the first docking achieved? More… Discuss