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Brownian motion 

Brownian motion 

My Duck today 

My Duck today 

My pot with flowers today 

My pot with flowers today 

” Angelo ”  di Antonio Rossellino con l’aiuto del fratello Bernardo Date : 1461-1466Period: Early Renaissance-Italian RenaissanceLocation: Capella del Cardinale del Portugallo

” Angelo ”  di Antonio Rossellino con l’aiuto del fratello Bernardo 

Date : 1461-1466

Period: Early Renaissance-Italian Renaissance

Location: Capella del Cardinale del Portugallo

Here Are the Biggest Changes to the AOU Checklist of North American Birds | Audubon


From left: Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay. Photo: FLPA/Alamy; California Scrub-Jay. Photo: Lou Orr/Great Backyard Bird Count


Here Are the Biggest Changes to the AOU Checklist of North American Birds

Hold onto your scrub-jays (or don’t)—this update is shaking up taxonomies and putting a lot of new species up for grabs.

For serious birders in North America, it’s become a July tradition to wait for the annual supplement from the AOU Checklist Committee.

For everyone else, the geeky statement above needs some explanation. The American Ornithologists’ Union (AOU) Checklist of North American Birds was first published in 1886. For the last 130 years and through seven editions, it’s served as the official authority on classification and names of all bird species on this continent. That redbird you’re seeing in the backyard is officially called the Northern Cardinal (scientific name: Cardinalis cardinalis) and it’s classified in the family Cardinalidae. Why? Because the AOU Checklist says so. When it comes to communicating about birds, it’s incredibly helpful to have one standardized list of labels.

Yet names do change sometimes—and so do entire species. Half a century ago, that red bird was just called a “Cardinal”; its scientific name was Richmondena cardinalis, and it was classified in the family Fringillidae. The changes reflect how our understanding of birds and their relationships is always improving. The AOU Checklist Committee (technically the Committee on Classification and Nomenclature—North and Middle America) receives formal proposals based on published research, which they then consider and approve only if the evidence is compelling enough.

The most recent edition of the AOU Checklist was published in 1998. In the time since, the committee has issued numerous updates to keep up with the amount of research that’d been released. Since 2002, these supplements have been published annually in the July issue of The Auk, the journal of the American Ornithologists’ Union.

Here Are the Biggest Changes to the AOU Checklist of North American Birds | Audubon


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From Wikipedia: Habsburg Monarchy

Map of Habsburg dominions in 1700

From Wikipedia:

The Habsburg Monarchy (German: Habsburgermonarchie) or Empire, is an unofficial appellation among historians for the countries and provinces that were ruled by the junior Austrian branch of the House of Habsburg between 1521 and 1780 and then by the successor branch of Habsburg-Lorraine until 1918. The Monarchy was a composite state composed of territories within and outside the Holy Roman Empire, united only in the person of the monarch. The dynastic capital was Vienna, except from 1583 to 1611, when it was moved to Prague. From 1804 to 1867 the Habsburg Monarchy was formally unified as the Austrian Empire, and from 1867 to 1918 as the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Quick facts
The head of the Austrian branch of the House of Habsburg was often elected Holy Roman Emperor: from 1415 until the Empire’s dissolution in 1806, Charles VII of Bavaria (1742-1745) was the only Holy Roman Emperor who was not Habsburg ruler of Austria. The two entities were never coterminous, as the Habsburg Monarchy covered many lands beyond the Holy Roman Empire, and most of the Empire was ruled by other dynasties.

This Austrian Habsburg Monarchy must not be confused with the House of Habsburg, existing since the 11th century, whose vast domains were split up in 1521 between this ‘junior’ Austrian branch and the ‘senior’ Spanish branch.

The monarchy had no official name. Various names included:

Habsburg Monarchy (Habsburgermonarchie)
Habsburg Empire (Habsburgerreich)
Habsburg/Austrian Hereditary Lands (Habsburgische/Österreichische Erblande)
Austrian Monarchy (Österreichische Monarchie)
Danubian Monarchy (Donaumonarchie)
Origins and expansion
The Habsburg family originated with the Habsburg Castle in modern Switzerland, and after 1279 came to rule in Austria (“the Habsburg Hereditary Lands”). The Habsburg family grew to European prominence with the marriage and adoption treaty by Emperor Maximilian I at the First Congress of Vienna in 1515, and the subsequent death of adopted Louis II of Hungary and Bohemia in 1526.

Following the death of Louis II of Hungary and Bohemia in the Battle of Mohács against the Turks, his brother-in-law Archduke Ferdinand of Austria was elected the next King of Bohemia and Hungary

Names of the territory that (with some exceptions) finally became Austria-Hungary:

Habsburg monarchy or Austrian monarchy (1526–1867): This was an unofficial, but very frequent name – even at that time. The entity had no official name.
Austrian Empire (1804–1867): This was the official name. Note that the German version is Kaisertum Österreich, i.e. the English translation empire refers to a territory ruled by an emperor, not just to a “widespreading domain”.
Austria-Hungary (1867–1918): This was the official name. An unofficial popular name was the Danubian Monarchy (German: Donaumonarchie) also often used was the term Doppel-Monarchie (“Double Monarchy”) meaning two states under one crowned ruler.
Crownlands or crown lands (Kronländer) (1849–1918): This is the name of all the individual parts of the Austrian Empire (1849-1867), and then of Austria-Hungary from 1867 on. The Kingdom of Hungary (more exactly the Lands of the Hungarian Crown) was not considered a “crownland” after the establishment of Austria-Hungary 1867, so that the “crownlands” became identical with what was called the Kingdoms and Lands represented in the Imperial Council (Die im Reichsrate vertretenen Königreiche und Länder).
The Hungarian parts of the Empire were called “Lands of the Holy Hungarian Crown of Saint Stephen” or “Lands of Holy (St.) Stephen’s Crown” (Länder der Heiligen Stephans Krone). The Bohemian (Czech) Lands were called “Lands of the St. Wenceslaus’ Crown” (Länder der Wenzels-Krone).

Names of some smaller territories:

Austrian lands (Österreichische Länder) or “Archduchies of Austria” (Erzherzogtümer von Österreich) – Lands up and below the Enns (ober und unter der Enns) (996–1918): This is the historical name of the parts of the Archduchy of Austria that became the present-day Republic of Austria (Republik Österreich) on 12 November 1918 (after Emperor Charles I had abdicated the throne). Modern day Austria is a semi-federal republic of nine states (Bundesländer) that are: Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Tyrol, Styria, Salzburg, Carinthia, Vorarlberg and Burgenland and the Capital of Vienna that is a state of its own. Burgenland came to Austria in 1921 from Hungary. Salzburg finally became Austrian in 1816 after the Napoleonic wars (before it was ruled by prince-archbishops of Salzburg as a sovereign territory).
Vienna, Austria’s capital became a state January 1, 1922, after being residence and capital of the Austrian Empire (Reichshaupt und Residenzstadt Wien) for the Habsburg monarchs for centuries. Upper and Lower Austria, historically, were split into “Austria above the Enns” and “Austria below the Enns” (the Enns river is the state-border between Upper- and Lower Austria). Upper Austria was enlarged after the Treaty of Teschen (1779) following the “War of the Bavarian Succession” by the so-called Innviertel (“Inn Quarter”), formerly part of Bavaria.
Hereditary Lands (Erblande or Erbländer; mostly used Österreichische Erblande) or German Hereditary Lands (in the Austrian monarchy) or Austrian Hereditary Lands (Middle Ages – 1849/1918): In a narrower sense these were the “original” Habsburg Austrian territories, i.e. basically the Austrian lands and Carniola (not Galicia, Italian territories or the Austrian Netherlands).
In a wider sense the Lands of the Bohemian Crown were also included in (from 1526; definitely from 1620/27) the Hereditary lands. The term was replaced by the term “Crownlands” (see above) in the 1849 March Constitution, but it was also used afterwards.
The Erblande also included lots of small and smallest territories that were principalities, duchies or counties etc. some of them can namely be found in the reigning titles of the Habsburg monarchs like Graf (Earl/Count of) von Tyrol etc.
Within the Habsburg Monarchy, each province was governed according to its own particular customs. Until the mid 17th century, not all of the provinces were even necessarily ruled by the same person—junior members of the family often ruled portions of the Hereditary Lands as private apanages. Serious attempts at centralization began under Maria Theresa and especially her son Joseph II in the mid to late 18th century, but many of these were abandoned following large scale resistance to Joseph’s more radical reform attempts, although a more cautious policy of centralization continued during the revolutionary period and the long Metternichian period which followed.

An even greater attempt at centralization began in 1849 following the suppression of the various revolutions of 1848. For the first time, ministers tried to transform the monarchy into a centralized bureaucratic state ruled from Vienna. The Kingdom of Hungary, in particular, ceased to exist as a separate entity, being divided into a series of districts. Following the Habsburg defeats in the Wars of 1859 and 1866, this policy was abandoned, and after several years of experimentation in the early 1860s, the famous Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867 was arrived at, by which the so-called Dual Monarchy of Austria-Hungary was set up. In this system, the Kingdom of Hungary was given sovereignty and a parliament, with only a personal union and a joint foreign and military policy connecting it to the other Habsburg lands. Although the non-Hungarian Habsburg lands, often, but erroneously, referred to as “Austria,” received their own central parliament (the Reichsrat, or Imperial Council) and ministries, as their official name – the “Kingdoms and Lands Represented in the Imperial Council” – shows that they remained something less than a genuine unitary state. When Bosnia and Herzegovina was annexed (after a long period of occupation and administration), it was not incorporated into either half of the monarchy. Instead, it was governed by the joint Ministry of Finance.

Austria-Hungary collapsed under the weight of the various unsolved ethnic problems that came to a head with its defeat in World War I. In the peace settlement that followed, significant territories were ceded to Romania and Italy, new republics of Austria (the German-Austrian territories of the Hereditary lands) and Hungary (the Magyar core of the old kingdom) were created, and the remainder of the monarchy’s territory was shared out among the new states of Poland, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (later Yugoslavia), and Czechoslovakia.


Growth of the Habsburg Monarchy
The territories ruled by the branch changed over the centuries, but the core always consisted of four blocs:

The Hereditary Lands, which covered most of the modern states of Austria and Slovenia, as well as territories in northeastern Italy and (before 1797) southwestern Germany. To these were added in 1779 the Inn Quarter of Bavaria; and in 1803 the Bishoprics of Trent and Brixen. The Napoleonic Wars caused disruptions where many parts of the Hereditary lands were lost, but all these, along with the former Archbishopric of Salzburg, which had previously been temporarily annexed between 1805 and 1809, were recovered at the peace in 1815, with the exception of the Vorlande. The Hereditary provinces included:
Archduchy of Austria (Upper Austria);
Archduchy of Austria (Lower Austria);
Duchy of Styria;
Duchy of Carinthia;
Duchy of Carniola;
The Adriatic port of Trieste;
Istria (although much of Istria was Venetian territory until 1797);
Gorizia and Gradisca;
These lands (3–8) were often grouped together as Inner Austria.
The County of Tyrol (although the Bishoprics of Trent and Brixen dominated what would become the South Tyrol before 1803);
The Vorarlberg (actually a collection of provinces, only united in the 19th century);
The Vorlande, a group of territories in Breisgau and elsewhere in southwestern Germany lost in 1801 (although the Alsatian territories (Sundgau) which had formed a part of it had been lost as early as 1648);
Vorarlberg and the Vorlande were often grouped together as Further Austria and mostly ruled jointly with Tyrol.
Grand Duchy of Salzburg (only after 1805);

Coronation of Maria Theresa in Pressburg, Kingdom of Hungary, 1741
The Lands of the Bohemian Crown – initially consisting of the five lands: Kingdom of Bohemia, Margraviate of Moravia, Silesia, and Upper and Lower Lusatia. Bohemian Diet (Czech: zemský sněm) elected Ferdinand, later Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I, as king in 1526.
Lusatia was ceded to Saxony in 1635.
Most of Silesia was conquered by Prussia in 1740–1742 and the remnants which stayed under Habsburg sovereignty were ruled as Duchy of Upper and Lower Silesia (Austrian Silesia).
The Kingdom of Hungary – two thirds of the former territory that was administered by the medieval Kingdom of Hungary was conquered by the Ottoman Empire and the Princes of vassal Ottoman Transylvania, while the Habsburg administration was restricted to the western and northern territories of the former kingdom, which remained to be officially referred as the Kingdom of Hungary. In 1699, at the end of the Ottoman-Habsburg wars, one part of the territories that were administered by the former medieval Kingdom of Hungary came under Habsburg administration, with some other areas being picked up in 1718 (some of the territories that were part of medieval kingdom, notably those in the south of the Sava and Danube rivers, remained under Ottoman administration).

Europa regina, symbolizing a Habsburg-dominated Europe.

Soldiers of the Military Frontier against the incursions of the Ottoman Turks, 1756
Over the course of its history, other lands were, at times, under Austrian Habsburg rule (some of these territories were secundogenitures, i.e. ruled by other lines of Habsburg dynasty):

Kingdom of Croatia (1527–1868);
Serbia occupation (1686–1691);
Kingdom of Slavonia (1699–1868);
Grand Principality of Transylvania, between 1699 (Treaty of Karlowitz) and 1867 (Ausgleich)
Austrian Netherlands, consisting of most of modern Belgium and Luxembourg (1713–1792);
Duchy of Milan (1713–1797);
Kingdom of Naples (1713–1735);
Kingdom of Sardinia (1713–1720);
Kingdom of Serbia (1718–1739);
Banat of Temeswar (1718–1778);
Oltenia (1718–1739, de facto, 1737), as Grand-Voivodate (sometimes designated as Valachia Caesarea);
Kingdom of Sicily (1720–1735);
Duchy of Parma (1735–1748);
Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria, in modern Poland and Ukraine (1772–1918)
Duchy of Bukovina (1774–1918);
Serbia occupation (1788–1792);
New Galicia, the Polish lands, including Kraków, taken in the Third Partition (1795–1809);
Venetia (1797–1805);
Kingdom of Dalmatia (1797–1805, 1814–1918);
Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia (1814–1859);
Kraków, which was incorporated into Galicia (1846–1918);
Serbian Vojvodina (1848–1849); de facto entity, officially unrecognized
Voivodeship of Serbia and Banat of Temeschwar (1849–1860);
Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia (1868–1918);
Sanjak of Novi Pazar occupation (1878–1913);
Bosnia and Herzegovina (1878–1918).
The boundaries of some of these territories varied over the period indicated, and others were ruled by a subordinate (secundogeniture) Habsburg line. The Habsburgs also held the title of Holy Roman Emperor between 1438 and 1740, and again from 1745 to 1806.

Habsburg territories outside the Habsburg Monarchy
See also: Spanish Empire

Habsburg territories in 1700. The Habsburg Monarchy is shown in yellow, while the territories of the senior Spanish Habsburgs are shown in red.
The Habsburg monarchy should not be confused with various other territories ruled at different times by members of the Habsburg dynasty. The senior Spanish line of the Habsburgs ruled over Habsburg Spain and various other territories from 1516 until it became extinct in 1700. A junior line ruled over Tuscany between 1765 and 1801, and again from 1814 to 1859. While exiled from Tuscany, this line ruled at Salzburg from 1803 to 1805, and in Würzburg from 1805 to 1814. Another line ruled the Duchy of Modena from 1814 to 1859, while Empress Marie Louise, Napoleon’s second wife and the daughter of Austrian Emperor Francis, ruled over the Duchy of Parma between 1814 and 1847. Also, the Second Mexican Empire, from 1863 to 1867, was headed by Maximilian I of Mexico, the brother of Emperor Franz Josef of Austria.

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Today’s Holiday:CMA Music Festival

Today’s Holiday:
CMA Music Festival

This country feast of music is held over a long weekend in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, also known as “Music City, U.S.A.” and the home of the Grand Ole Opry. Yearly attractions include stage shows and concerts, autograph-and-picture-taking sessions with big-name stars, some 300 booths and exhibits, fan-club banquet dinners, and a celebrity auction that gives bidders a chance to buy such items as Junior Sample’s overalls from TV’s “Hee Haw” or Dolly Parton’s boots. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday:Hugo Pratt (1927)

Today’s Birthday:
Hugo Pratt (1927)

Italian comic book author Hugo Pratt spent his early childhood in Venice and moved with his parents to Ethiopia when he was 10. Following WWII, he returned to Italy, but he did not remain there for long. Pratt traveled widely, and his wanderlust is mirrored in his best-known character, Corto Maltese, a roving sea captain and adventurer. A meticulous researcher, Pratt often incorporated actual historic figures and events into Maltese’s fictional adventures. Where was Pratt imprisoned as a child? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History:Charles Goodyear Granted Patent for Vulcanization (1844)

This Day in History:
Charles Goodyear Granted Patent for Vulcanization (1844)

Goodyear was the inventor of vulcanization, a process that makes rubber harder, less soluble, and more durable. Previously, rubber products were sticky and volatile, often melting in heat or hardening in cold. He obtained a patent for vulcanization in 1844 but was still badly in debt at the time of his death. Goodyear had no official connection to the famed Goodyear Tire Company, which was founded decades later and named in his honor. Why was he in prison when he began experimenting with rubber? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day:Rudyard Kipling

Quote of the Day:
Rudyard Kipling

Often and often afterwards, the beloved Aunt would ask me why I had never told anyone how I was being treated. Children tell little more than animals, for what comes to them they accept as eternally established. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day:Brocken Specter

Article of the Day:
Brocken Specter

A Brocken specter is an optical phenomenon sometimes seen at high altitudes, when the observer is between the sun and a mass of clouds. The figures of the observer and surrounding objects are seen projected on the clouds, greatly enlarged and often encircled by a colorful halo. The phenomenon, named after a peak in Germany’s Harz Mountains where it is often observed, can be seen on misty mountainsides, in cloud banks, and even from airplanes. What causes these shadows to appear so magnified? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day:in some sense

Idiom of the Day:
in some sense

Partly; in some or certain way(s). Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day:rebarbative

Word of the Day:

Definition: (adjective) Tending to irritate.
Synonyms: repellant, repellent
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