Daily Archives: January 4, 2015

Why you Should Never Take Photos Using iPads! | TechBeat


It wasn’t until Apple released the iPad 2, with its front and rear-facing cameras, that people started taking photos with iPads. Now it seems to have become an epidemic with people thinking it’s ok and cool to thrust a large rectangle device into the air, blocking everyone else’s view. Here are some fantastic reasons NOT to use your iPad to take photos!

Because it makes you stand funny!

Because it makes you stand funny!

via Why you Should Never Take Photos Using iPads! | TechBeat.

Burundi ‘wipes out DR Congo rebel group’


Burundi ‘wipes out DR Congo rebel group’

http://f24.my/1xtD4e1

Deadly suicide bomb rocks Mogadishu


Deadly suicide bomb rocks Mogadishu http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30672660

New police funeral snub for NY mayor


New police funeral snub for NY mayor http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30672097

Two Ansel Adams Photos Amazing!


in search of Ansel Adams: Yahoo said:

in search of Ansel Adams: Yahoo said:

EUZICASA: Flag Counter January 5, 2015


EUZICASA: Flag Counter January 5, 2015

EUZICASA: Flag Counter January 5, 2015

Leonid Kogan plays Lalo Symphonie Espagnole op.21, Kirill Kondrashin USSR 1959 LIVE, great compositions/performances


Duo Kontarsky @ BIZET Jeux d’enfants Op.22 – 1982 *vinyl* , great compositions/performances


Duo Kontarsky @ BIZET Jeux d’enfants Op.22 – 1982 *vinyl*

Brahms Piano Concerto No 1 – Barenboim, Celibidache, 1991, great compositions/performances


Brahms Piano Concerto No 1 – Barenboim, Celibidache, 1991

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major (“Harp”), Op. 74, great compositions/performances


Antonin Dvorak: Antal Dorati “Prague Waltzes”, great compositions/performances


Antal Dorati “Prague Waltzes” Dvorak


Fantasiestücke (Op. 12), Robert Schumann – full work in HD!

today’s photo: The Cattle Kingdom (image: National Archives)



The Cattle Kingdom
In 1866, when the transcontinental railroad reached Abilene, Kansas, Chicago livestock buyer J.G. McCoy saw the possibilities of linking the unwanted herds of Texas longhorns with the meat-packing centers of Chicago. McCoy built a series of holding pens in Abilene and convinced south Texas ranchers to drive the cattle north along the Chisholm Trail to the railhead. In 1867, McCoy shipped 35,000 cattle to Chicago to end up on American dinner tables, and by 1871 this number had grown to 600,000. Abilene may have been the first cow town, but disease and rowdy cowboys shifted the cow capital first to Wichita, then to Dodge City, Kansas. The profits to be made were immense, with a $5 steer in Texas bringing up to $45 in Kansas. In fact, the profitability of the cattle kingdom was one of the factors contributing to its demise in 1886. Greedy ranchers dangerously overstocked the grasslands with cattle by the mid-1880s. Then, on January 1, 1886, a great blizzard buried the eastern and southern plains, killing 50 to 85 percent of the herds. The cattle industry survived, but in a very different form. The freewheeling cowboy of American legend became a ranch hand. Although the cattle kingdom lasted only a single generation, the romanticized cowboy remains an enduring symbol of Western America.

Image: National Archives

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Saint of the Day for Sunday, January 4th, 2015: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton


Image of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Elizabeth Bayley Seton was the first native born American to be canonized by the Catholic Church. Born two years before the American Revolution, Elizabeth grew up in the “cream” of New … continue reading

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quotation: “Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.” -Gilbert Chesterton


Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936) Discuss

today’s holiday: Carnival of Blacks and Whites (2015)


English: Blacks and Whites Pasto Carnival Play...

English: Blacks and Whites Pasto Carnival Players Français : Joueurs du Carnaval des Blancs et Noirs de Pasto en Colombie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Carnival of Blacks and Whites (2015)

The Carnival of Blacks and Whites, held each year in Pasto, Colombia, is one of the oldest Carnival celebrations in South America. The Carnival officially opens on January 4 with a parade commemorating the arrival in Pasto of the Castañeda family, who are presented as a zany group overburdened with luggage, mattresses, and cooking equipment. The following day is the Day of the Blacks. Using special paints and cosmetics, revelers paint themselves and their friends black. Festivities continue on January 6 with the Day of the Whites, in which white paints and cosmetics are used. More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Louis Braille (1809)


Louis Braille (1809)

Having lost his sight at the age of three following an accident, Braille went on to attend the National Institute for Blind Youth in Paris.

Braille

Braille (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While there, he began developing a system of raised dots representing letters to facilitate reading and writing among the visually impaired. This evolved into Braille, a writing system for the blind, which was later extended to include notations for mathematics and music. Braille’s invention was inspired by another writing system designed for what purpose? More… Discuss

today in the yesteryear: Sputnik 1 Falls to Earth (1958)


Sputnik 1 Falls to Earth (1958)

Sputnik 1 was the first artificial satellite to be put into orbit. It was launched by the Soviet Union in October 1957 and acted as the starting gun for the Space Race. The first Sputnik, Russian for “fellow traveler,” was able to transmit radio signals for 22 days, emitting a beeping sound heard around the world. The US created NASA in October 1958, largely in response to this momentous occasion. How did US President Dwight Eisenhower react when he got word of Sputnik? More… Discuss

environment: Bear, Wolves Thriving in Europe


Brown Bear, the National Animal of Finland

Brown Bear, the National Animal of Finland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bear, Wolves Thriving in Europe

Large predator species, long considered vulnerable, are now rebounding in Europe, according to a new study in the journal Science. Europe has twice the number of gray wolves as the United States, with more than 12,000 of them spread among 28 different countries. Even more widespread is the brown bear, whose population numbers more than 17,000 among 22 different countries. Both animals can be found around 10 major population centers in Europe. The study also highlights thriving populations of Eurasian lynx and wolverines. More… Discuss

Article: Diamond Simulants (you know look alikes)


Diamond Simulants

Country singers and Las Vegas dancers, among others, can thank diamond simulants for jazzing up their glitzy ensembles. Diamond simulants are materials with gemological characteristics resembling those of real diamonds. They are distinct from synthetic diamonds, which, unlike simulants, are made of the same chemical elements as natural diamonds. Common examples of artificial diamond simulants are rhinestones and cubic zirconia. What are some examples of natural diamond simulants? More… Discuss

word: sedulous


Word of the Day

sedulous

Definition: (adjective) Persevering and constant in effort or application.
Synonyms: assiduous
Usage: Her sedulous efforts to learn French eventually enabled her to become almost fluent. Discuss.

From NPR News: Paralympic Champion Makes The Case For M6eningitis Vaccine


Paralympic Champion Makes The Case For M6eningitis Vaccine http://n.pr/13r9Lgb

From NPR News: If You Shouldn’t Call It The Third World, What Should You Call It?


If You Shouldn’t Call It The Third World, What Should You Call It? http://n.pr/1HvMEhT

‘US drone’ kills Pakistan militants


BBC:  ‘US drone’ kills Pakistan militants http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-30671107

BBC: Funeral for murdered NY officer Liu


Funeral for murdered NY officer Liu http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-30672097

BBC: Pope Francis names 20 new cardinals


Pope Francis names 20 new cardinals http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30672018

BBC: Boko Haram ‘seizes Nigerian army base’


Boko Haram ‘seizes Nigerian army base’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30672391

2014 in review (made possible by the “The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys” (it is how they call themselves): Happy New Year Little Stats Monkeys!


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

***Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 68,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
***Where did these visitors come from? 202 countries.

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Erik Satie: Six Nocturnes Pour Piano


Erik Satie /// Six Nocturnes Pour Piano

National Geographic: Thin Ice


Thin Ice

Forever Wild: National Geographic


Forever Wild

Glacial Terror: National Geographic


Glacial Terror