Daily Archives: August 23, 2015

Activists say ISIS destroys first-century temple at ancient Palmyra site— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 24, 2015


//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

Advertisements

How to save a wet phone — and what not to do


How to save a wet phone — and what not to do.

Boris Godunov, Op. 70bis: Fountain Scene – Polonaise


Boris Godunov, Op. 70bis: Fountain Scene – Polonaise

historic musical bits: Kempff – Brahms Ballade op.10 no.1 in D minor


Kempff – Brahms Ballade op.10 no.1 in D minor

F. Chopin – Krakowiak, Grand Rondeau de Concert op.14 pt2/2 – Rondo a la Krakowiak


F. Chopin – Krakowiak, Grand Rondeau de Concert op.14 pt2/2 – Rondo a la Krakowiak

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN _ Symphony No. 4 in B flat Major (Opus 60)


LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN _ Symphony No. 4 in B flat Major (Opus 60)

today’s holiday: Liberia Flag Day


Liberia Flag Day

The Liberian flag bears a striking resemblance to the American flag, a reminder of the historical ties between this West African country and the United States. Eleven horizontal stripes represent the signers of the Liberian Declaration of Independence, while the single white star signifies Liberia‘s former position as the sole free black state in Africa. Flag Day, a patriotic day paying homage to Liberia’s national emblem, is an official public holiday. Citizens and public buildings display their flags, and parades often feature schoolchildren and military units. More… Discuss

quotation: Charlotte Bronte


If all the world hated you and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved of you and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends.Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855) Discuss

today’s birthday: Jorge Luis Borges (1899)


Jorge Luis Borges (1899)

Borges was an Argentine poet, essayist, and short-story writer. Much of his work is rich in fantasy and metaphorical allegory, including the story collection Ficciones, which won him an international following. In the 1920s, Borges was afflicted by a worsening hereditary blindness and was totally blind by the mid-1950s. Forced to abandon the writing of long texts, he began dictating his works. What literary movement is Borges credited with establishing in South America? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: British Troops Burn the White House (1814)


British Troops Burn the White House (1814)

During the War of 1812, a year after US troops burned Canadian Parliament Buildings in the Battle of York, British troops retaliated by marching on Washington, DC, and setting fire to its public buildings—including the Capitol and the White House. According to some accounts, First Lady Dolley Madison refused to leave the White House until just moments before British troops arrived, gathering valuables, documents, and other items of importance, including what notable painting? More… Discuss

The Necktie


The Necktie

A necktie is a narrow fabric band of varying length worn around the neck and tied in a knot or bow close to the throat. The modern tie, ascot, and bowtie are descended from the 17th c. cravat. Originally, the four-in-hand necktie was cut on the square and had square ends. The bias-cut necktie, introduced in 1926, allowed the tie to fall evenly from the knot without twisting. Using mathematical modeling, researchers have discovered 85 possible necktie knots. How many are “aesthetically pleasing”? More… Discuss

word: cembalo


cembalo

Definition: (noun) A clavier with strings that are plucked by plectra mounted on pivots.
Synonyms: harpsichord
Usage: Although the piano is a more versatile instrument with a greater range, some musicians still enjoy playing the cembalo for its distinct sound. Discuss.

Migrant flow resumes in Macedonia


Migrant flow resumes in Macedonia

image

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34034255

Migrant flow resumes in Macedonia


Migrant flow resumes in Macedonia http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34034255

Why are some Egyptians pining away for their long-gone king?


Why are some Egyptians pining away for their long-gone king? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-34017597

Not Legal Not Leaving | TIME


image

http://time.com/2987974/jose-vargas-detained-time-cover-story/

Undocumented, Asian and taking up arms in the immigration fight – finally


Undocumented, Asian and taking up arms in the immigration fight – finally

image

http://gu.com/p/4byjc?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_WordPress

Photos: world’s fastest man


Photos: world’s fastest man

image

http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/21/sport/gallery/usain-bolt-jamaican-sprinting/index.html