Daily Archives: July 18, 2016

“A Dancing Lesson”. Taos Pueblo, New Mexico. Photo from 1904-1914 by Carl Moon. Source/ Huntington Digital Library.


“A Dancing Lesson”. Taos Pueblo, New Mexico. Photo from 1904-1914 by Carl Moon. Source/ Huntington Digital Library.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in California.


Sunlight streams through a grove of giant sequoias at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in California. These massive trees are only found on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada and can live for 3,000 years. Their awesome size and unique beauty never fail to impress. Photo by Christina Vallianos (www.sharetheexperience.org).

Crouching Figure of Atlas Baldassare Tommaso Peruzzi (Italian, Ancaiano 1481–1536 Rome


Crouching Figure of Atlas Baldassare Tommaso Peruzzi (Italian, Ancaiano 1481–1536 Rome

Today’s Holiday: Marine Day (Umi no Hi)

Today’s Holiday
Marine Day (Umi no Hi)
This holiday was established in 1941 to mark the return of Meiji the Great (1852-1912), Japan’s 122nd emperor, from the northern island of Hokkaido in 1876. The vessel that transported the emperor, the Meiji-Maru, has been preserved as a national treasure and is open for public viewing on Marine Day. With the festival’s new focus on marine environmental issues, organizations take advantage of the day to raise awareness by scheduling seaside cleanups and other special events. For Japanese schoolchildren, Marine Day also marks the beginning of their summer vacation.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Robert Hooke (1635)

Today’s Birthday
Robert Hooke (1635)
Hooke was a prolific English physicist, mathematician, and inventor. He was a geometry professor and the curator of experiments for the Royal Society. An architect as well, he played a major role in the surveying and rebuilding of London after the 1666 fire. Considered the greatest mechanic of his age, he made myriad improvements to astronomical instruments and timepieces. In his pioneering book Micrographia, he described his microscopic observations of plant tissue and coined what term?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: La Cantuta Massacre (1992)

This Day in History
La Cantuta Massacre (1992)
In 1992, a professor and nine students from Lima’s La Cantuta University were abducted by a military death squad, murdered, and secretly buried. The murders occurred during the presidency of Alberto Fujimori and his government’s battle against the guerilla terrorist group Shining Path. The massacre contributed to Fujimori’s conviction in 2009 on charges of human rights abuses, for which he was sentenced to 25 years in prison. What bombing was used as a justification for the La Cantuta Massacre?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Ambrose Bierce

Quote of the Day
Ambrose Bierce
Influence, n.: In politics, a visionary quo given in exchange for a substantial quid.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: The Gavel

Article of the Day
The Gavel
Used by judges, presiding officers, and auctioneers, gavels are small ceremonial mallets often struck against a block to call for attention or punctuate rulings. Because it is often used forcefully and therefore broken, the gavel in the US House of Representatives is plain, wooden, and easily replaced. The US Senate gavel is made of solid ivory and is actually a replica. Which US Vice President splintered the original—which had been used since 1789—during a heated debate on nuclear energy?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: punctilious

Word of the Day
Definition: (adjective) Strictly attentive to minute details of form in action or conduct.
Synonyms: meticulous
Usage: The old prince, like all fathers indeed, was exceedingly punctilious on the score of the honor and reputation of his daughters.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch


Biserica Neagră, Brașov, România




Tragedia vieții…



Through my window