Daily Archives: October 8, 2018

Today’s Holiday: Taiiku-no-Hi (Health and Sports Day)

Today’s Holiday:
Taiiku-no-Hi (Health and Sports Day)

Taiiku-no-Hi, or Health and Sports Day, is a national legal holiday in Japan set aside to promote good physical and emotional health through athletic activity. Since 1966 it has been observed on the anniversary of the first day of the Olympic Games held in Tokyo in 1964. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Edward “Eddie” Rickenbacker (1890)

Today’s Birthday:
Edward “Eddie” Rickenbacker (1890)

A skilled American racecar driver, Rickenbacker entered World War I as a driver but soon became a fighter pilot. He shot down 26 enemy aircraft, earning the Congressional Medal of Honor and the moniker “Ace of Aces.” After a failed foray into automobile manufacturing, he ran several airlines for General Motors and eventually acquired one of them. In 1942, his plane was lost while on a tour of military bases in the Pacific, and he was presumed dead, but he was rescued after how many days adrift? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Raytheon Patents Percy Spencer’s Microwave (1945)

This Day in History:
Raytheon Patents Percy Spencer’s Microwave (1945)

Self-taught engineer Percy Spencer discovered the cooking potential of microwaves in the 1940s. While working on magnetrons for the Raytheon Company, he noticed that a peanut butter chocolate bar in his pocket had melted. He determined that microwaves emitted from his magnetrons had cooked the candy bar and confirmed this theory by testing it on popcorn. Raytheon patented Spencer’s microwave oven in 1945 and put it on the market in 1947. What was the first food to explode in a microwave? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Sophocles

Quote of the Day:

Though a man be wise, it is no shame for him to live and learn.

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Article of the Day: The Piraeus Lion

Article of the Day:
The Piraeus Lion

The Piraeus Lion is a white marble statue that stood in the ancient Athenian harbor of Piraeus and served as a famous landmark from about 100 CE on. Looted by Venetian naval commander Francesco Morosini in 1687, it is today on display at Italy’s Venetian Arsenal. The lion is most notable for the two lengthy runic inscriptions carved on its sides by Scandinavian mercenaries in the 11th century. There have been several attempts to decipher and translate the text, which scholars believe says what? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: be sick to death of (something)

Idiom of the Day:
be sick to death of (something)

To be or become exceedingly wearied by, bored of, or exasperated with something. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: escargot

Word of the Day:

Definition: (noun) Edible terrestrial snail usually served in the shell with a sauce of melted butter and garlic.
Synonyms: snail
Usage: I ordered escargot in an attempt to appear sophisticated, but when the plate of snails was set down before me, I could not bring myself to choke down a single one.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Van Gogh – Mia Feigelson Gallery From the Album: ‘Van Gogh in Paris’ “Geranium in a Flowerpot” (Paris, summer 1886)

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From the Album: ‘Van Gogh in Paris’
“Geranium in a Flowerpot” (Paris, summer 1886) [F201]
In 1886 and 1887 after he moved to Paris from the Netherlands, Van Gogh transformed the subjects, color and techniques that he used in creating still life paintings.
He saw the work and met the founders and key artists of Impressionism, Pointillism and other movements and began incorporating what he learned into his work. Japanese art, Ukiyo-e, and woodblock prints also influenced his approach to composition and painting.

There was a gradual change from the somber mood of his work in the Netherlands to a far more varied and expressive approach as he began introducing brighter color into his work. He painted many still life paintings of flowers, experimenting with color, light and techniques he learned from several different modern artists before moving on to other subjects.

Knowing Van Gogh’s interest in making still life paintings of flowers, friends and acquaintances in Paris sent bouquets of flowers weekly for his paintings. He also purchased inexpensive bouquets himself, choosing flowers in a variety of types and colors for his paintings. Many of his still life paintings of flowers reflect a sense of overabundance of European still lifes, where blossoms fill the canvas, blooms spill out of the vase or stems of flowers teeter on the edge of the vase.

Van Gogh had an agreement with the Agostina Segatori proprietress of Café du Tambourin, an establishment that catered to Montmartre artists, for meals in exchange for a few paintings each week. Soon the walls of the café were full of floral still life paintings

“Geranium in a Flowerpot” (Paris, summer 1886) [F201]
By Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890)
oil on canvas; 46 x 38 cm
Private Collection

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