Daily Archives: August 13, 2015

I understand why an intern would live in a tent

I understand why an intern would live in a tent



Hemingway’s Idaho house listed

Hemingway’s Idaho house listed



UK in protest to Ecuador over Assange

UK in protest to Ecuador over Assange



TODAY’S HOLIDAY Bat Flight Breakfast

Bat Flight Breakfast

Carlsbad Caverns in southern New Mexico was proclaimed a national monument in 1923 not only for its geologic formations but for its teeming bat population. Although many visitors to the park witness the bats’ spectacular outbound flight at sunset, far fewer witness their return—except those who attend the annual Bat Flight Breakfast. About 400 people arrive at the cave before sunrise on the second Thursday in August and eat sausages and scrambled eggs in their official yellow “bat breakfast hats” while they wait for the bats to return to their roosts. More… Discuss

quotation: Willa Cather

Sometimes a neighbor whom we have disliked a lifetime for his arrogance and conceit lets fall a single commonplace remark that shows us another side, another man, really; a man uncertain, and puzzled, and in the dark like ourselves.Willa Cather (1873-1947) Discuss

today’s birthday: Annie Oakley (1860)

Annie Oakley (1860)

Oakley took up hunting at age nine and soon earned a reputation as a “dead shot.” In her early 20s, she beat marksman Frank Butler in a shooting match and then married him. Together they joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. Oakley’s famous act included hitting the thin edge of a playing card from 30 paces and shooting targets while looking into a mirror. She was also known for shooting the end off a cigarette held between Butler’s lips, a trick she once performed with what future head of state? More… Discuss

A Post-Impressionist school: pointilism


Pointillism, a Post-Impressionist school of painting exemplified by Georges Seurat and his followers in late 19th-century France, is characterized by the application of paint in small dots and brush strokes. These distinct points of primary colors create the visual effect of a wide selection of secondary colors, relying heavily on the viewer’s perceptive ability to mix the color spots into a full range of tones. The technique is analogous to the color production of what modern devices? More… Discuss

Michael Servetus Arrested as a Heretic (1553)

Michael Servetus Arrested as a Heretic (1553)

Servetus, a Spanish physician who was the first to accurately describe cardiopulmonary circulation, is perhaps best remembered for his theological writings, which ultimately led to his execution. His religious views, particularly his denial of the Trinity, alienated Roman Catholics and Protestants alike and led to his arrest and imprisonment in 1553. He escaped but was soon rearrested, convicted of heresy, and burned at the stake. What modern Christian sects consider him a spiritual ancestor? More… Discuss

word: vendee


Definition: (noun) One to whom something is sold; a buyer.
Synonyms: emptor, purchaser, buyer
Usage: There were three vendees from three different companies at the auction, and each hoped to acquire the same valuable item. Discuss.