Monthly Archives: January 2019

Word of the Day: pertinacious

Word of the Day:

Definition: (adjective) Stubbornly unyielding.

Synonyms: dogged, dour, tenacious, persistent

Usage: When he made up his little mind to have or to do anything, all the king’s horses and all the king’s men could not change that pertinacious little mind.:

Watch “Leonard Cohen Sisters of Mercy” on YouTube

Oh the sisters of mercy, they are not departed or gone.
They were waiting for me when I thought that I just can’t go on.
And they brought me their comfort and later they brought me this song.
Oh I hope you run into them, you who’ve been travelling so long.

Yes you who must leave everything that you cannot control.
It begins with your family, but soon it comes around to your soul.
Well I’ve been where you’re hanging, I think I can see how you’re pinned:
When you’re not feeling holy, your loneliness says that you’ve sinned.
Well they lay down beside me, I made my confession to them.
They touched both my eyes and I touched the dew on their hem.
If your life is a leaf that the seasons tear off and condemn
They will bind you with love that is graceful and green as a stem.
When I left they were sleeping, I hope you run into them soon.
Don’t turn on the lights, you can read their address by the moon.
And you won’t make me jealous if I hear that they sweetened your night:
We weren’t lovers like that and besides it would still be all right,
We weren’t lovers like that and besides it would still be all right.
Songwriters: Leonard Cohen
Sisters of Mercy lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Horoscope ♉: 01/25/2019

Horoscope ♉:

You can look forward to a busy day, Taurus. Don’t schedule any additional tasks. Your home, family, or mate is likely to demand a great deal of you. In fact, Taurus, your energy is likely to be stretched to the breaking point, so be careful to keep some strength in reserve for yourself. If you give yourself completely, you’re likely to strain your nerves.:

Today’s Holiday: Australia Day

Today’s Holiday:
Australia Day

The anniversary of the first British settlement in Australia on January 26, 1788, was formerly known as Foundation Day or Anniversary Day. Captain Arthur Phillip and his company of British convicts arrived first at Botany Bay, and when that proved to be unsuitable they moved on to Port Jackson, where the city of Sydney was eventually established. First officially celebrated in 1818, Australia Day has been a public holiday since 1838. It used to be observed on either January 26 or the nearest Monday, but since 1994 it has been observed on January 26 with celebrations all over the country. More…:

Today’s Birthday: Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman (1892)

Today’s Birthday:
Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman (1892)

Coleman was an American civil aviator who became the first female pilot of African-American descent and the first person of African-American descent to hold an international pilot license. After attaining her license in France, Coleman continued to train extensively and earned a living as a stunt pilot in air shows, earning the nickname “Queen Bess.” She died in an aviation accident in 1926, but her legacy inspired countless aviators. What led to the accident that resulted in Coleman’s death? More…:

This Day in History: The Rum Rebellion (1808)

This Day in History:
The Rum Rebellion (1808)

The Rum Rebellion of 1808 was the only successful armed takeover of government in the history of Australia. It began when New South Wales governor William Bligh was deposed by George Johnston, commander of the New South Wales Corps. The coup was a retaliation against attempts by successive governors to curb the power of the Corps and interfere with its lucrative rum trade—which gave the rebellion its name. The coup was the second time Bligh had been the victim of a rebellion. What was the first? More…:

Quote of the Day: Washington Irving

Quote of the Day:
Washington Irving

An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather. More…:

Article of the Day: Alchemy in the Islamic World

Article of the Day:
Alchemy in the Islamic World

In the 8th century, alchemy, a pseudoscience focused on transforming base metals into gold, reached the Islamic world. Over the next several centuries, Muslim alchemists revolutionized the field, introducing scientific method into alchemical research and developing apparatuses like the alembic, still, and retort, which are still in use in laboratories today, and chemical processes such as pure distillation and filtration. Which Arab alchemist has been called “the father of chemistry”? More…:

Idiom of the Day: vertically challenged

Idiom of the Day:
vertically challenged

Short; not tall in stature. (Pseudo-politically correct slang used for humorous effect.) Watch the video…:

Word of the Day: sidestep

Word of the Day:

Definition: (verb) Avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues).

Synonyms: evade, hedge, skirt, parry, fudge, circumvent, dodge, elude, duck, put off

Usage: The candidate tried to sidestep the issue during the debate, but eventually he had to make his position clear.:

Horoscope ♉: 01/24/2019

Horoscope ♉:

Prosperity isn’t just around the corner – it’s here, Taurus. Your finances are looking better than ever. Don’t rely on this money, however. The whole point of a windfall is that it’s unexpected, and thus can be used for luxuries or indulgences that you wouldn’t normally allow yourself. If you begin to spend a windfall before it arrives, it’s no longer a windfall but just another paycheck.:

Today’s Holiday: Festival of the Cow

Today’s Holiday:
Festival of the Cow

The Fiesta de la Vaca takes place in the village of San Pablo de los Montes, in the Spanish province of Toledo, on St. Paul’s Day. While the religious procession and mass for the feast of San Pablo are going on, a group of young men form a counter-procession in the opposite direction. One of them plays the role of the cow, La Vaca, while another is dressed as Mother Sow, Madre Cochina. A third is dressed as a shepherd, and there are others ringing cow bells. Every time the group passes the image of the saint, they call out, “:

Today’s Birthday: William Somerset Maugham (1874)

Today’s Birthday:
William Somerset Maugham (1874)

Maugham was an English novelist, playwright, and short-story writer who abandoned a career in medicine when his first novel had some success. He wrote several popular plays and a total of eight novels before writing his breakthrough masterpiece, the partly autobiographical Of Human Bondage (1915). An expert storyteller, Maugham based many of his stories on his own experiences, including what short story collection that influenced Ian Fleming’s James Bond series? More…:

This Day in History: League of Nations Founded (1919)

This Day in History:
League of Nations Founded (1919)

The League of Nations was an organization for international cooperation, peace, and security established by the Allied Powers at the end of WWI. A league covenant providing for an assembly, a council, and a secretariat was formulated at the Paris Peace Conference and contained in the Treaty of Versailles. Headquartered at Geneva, the League was weakened by the failure of the US, which had not ratified the Treaty of Versailles, to join the confederation. What organization replaced it in 1946? More…:

Quote of the Day: Henry James

Quote of the Day:
Henry James

I hold any writer sufficiently justified who is himself in love with his theme. More…:

Article of the Day: Goiters

Article of the Day:

A goiter is an enlargement of the thyroid gland that can lead to a prominent swelling in the front of the neck—sometimes nearly doubling its size. While the thyroid normally weighs 0.5 to 0.9 oz (15 to 25 g), goitrous thyroid glands can grow to more than 2 lb (1,000 g) and may interfere with breathing and swallowing and cause a choking feeling. A goiter can be caused by underproduction or overproduction of hormones, but endemic goiter, the most common type, results from a deficiency of what? More…:

Idiom of the Day: not utter a word

Idiom of the Day:
not utter a word

To be completely silent; to remain discreet (about something); to not tell anyone (about something). Watch the video…:

Word of the Day: transversal

Word of the Day:

Definition: (adjective) Extending or lying across; in a crosswise direction; at right angles to the long axis.

Synonyms: cross, thwartwise

Usage: The transversal beams of the building’s frame were to be made of steel, not wood.:

Watch “Bob Dylan The Times They Are A Changin’ 1964” on YouTube

Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin’
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’.

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin’
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’.

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Horoscope ♉ 01/22/2019

Horoscope ♉

You might try to learn a new computer program today, Taurus. You could find it a little confusing at first, but as you continue to learn, you will find that it makes things easier for you. You should master it more quickly than you thought. This may sound minor, but it will improve your productivity from now on, leaving you time to explore other possibilities or attend to important matters.:

Today’s Holiday: The Australian Open

Today’s Holiday:
The Australian Open

The Australian Open is the year’s first event in the Grand Slam of tennis. It is played on synthetic hard courts in Melbourne, Australia, and known officially as the Australian Championships. The championship for men began in 1905, and the women’s championship in 1922. The matches became an “open” (to both amateurs and professionals) in 1969. Margaret Smith Court, an Australian known for her powerful serve and volley, is the all-time champion in the women’s division of the open; she won the title 11 times between 1960 and 1973. More…:

Today’s Birthday: Édouard Manet (1832)

Today’s Birthday:
Édouard Manet (1832)

One of the foremost French artists of the 19th century, Manet is often regarded as the father of modern painting. Rebelling against the academic tradition, he developed a realist style that was one of the founding forces of Impressionism. Although his talent is recognized today, Manet was often greeted with harsh criticism during his career, including for his paintings Le déjeuner sur l’herbe—The Luncheon on the Grass—and Olympia. Why were the paintings controversial? More…:

This Day in History: Elva Zona Heaster Discovered Dead (1897)

This Day in History:
Elva Zona Heaster Discovered Dead (1897)

Shortly after marrying drifter Erasmus Shue, Heaster was found dead and was soon buried. Her mother, who suspected foul play, claimed to have had a vision in which her daughter’s ghost stated that Shue had broken her neck, killing her. When the body was exhumed, an autopsy confirmed that Heaster’s neck had been broken, and Shue was tried for murder. What role did the ghost—since known as the Greenbrier Ghost for Heaster’s hometown of Greenbrier County, West Virginia—play in the trial? More…:

Quote of the Day: Louisa May Alcott

Quote of the Day:
Louisa May Alcott

My definition [of a philosopher] is of a man up in a balloon, with his family and friends holding the ropes which confine him to earth and trying to haul him down. More…:

Article of the Day: Swing Kids

Article of the Day:
Swing Kids

The Swing Kids were a group of jazz and swing music enthusiasts in Germany in the 1930s. Composed mainly of high school students, the group sought a British and American way of life in opposition to the Nazi ideology that was emerging in their country. Defining themselves by their taste in swing music—which was considered a “degenerate” Western import by the Nazis—the Swing Kids stood in contrast to the youth groups allied with the Nazi movement, including what notorious organizations? More…:

Idiom of the Day: up to (one’s) eyeballs (in something)

Idiom of the Day:
up to (one’s) eyeballs (in something)

Extremely busy (with something); deeply or overly involved (in something); possessing, filled up with, or overwhelmed by an excessive amount (of something). Watch the video…:

Word of the Day: solitudinarian

Word of the Day:

Definition: (noun) One leading a solitary or secluded life.

Synonyms: recluse, troglodyte, hermit

Usage: Peter, a self-proclaimed solitudinarian, lives in a cabin deep in the woods, miles from his closest neighbor.:

Horoscope ♉: 01/21/2019

Horoscope ♉:

A co-worker could call you today, Taurus, but you probably won’t be able to figure out what this person is trying to say. Your colleague’s mind is a bit muddled now, and he or she might not be able to explain the situation very well. Be patient. Sympathy and understanding are probably what’s called for. You’re the best person for that right now.:

Today’s Holiday: St. Vincent’s Day

Today’s Holiday:
St. Vincent’s Day

São Vicente (St. Vincent of Saragossa) is the patron saint of Lisbon, Portugal. In Lisbon, people celebrate his feast day with processions and prayers. But in the surrounding rural areas, there are a number of folk traditions associated with this day. Farmers believe that by carrying a resin torch to the top of a high hill on January 22, they can predict what the coming harvest will be like. If the wind extinguishes the flame, the crops will be abundant; if the torch continues to burn, a poor growing season lies ahead. More…:

Today’s Birthday: Sir Francis Bacon (1561)

Today’s Birthday:
Sir Francis Bacon (1561)

Bacon was a British statesman and philosopher widely regarded as the father of modern scientific method. His elaborate classification of the sciences inspired the 18th-century French Encyclopedists, and his empiricism inspired 19th-century British philosophers of science. Bacon began his public career as a member of Parliament, later serving as attorney general and lord chancellor. However, his career as a public servant ended when he was convicted and briefly imprisoned in 1621 for what crime? More…:

This Day in History: After 16 Years of Terrorizing New York City, Mad Bomber Arrested (1957)

This Day in History:
After 16 Years of Terrorizing New York City, Mad Bomber Arrested (1957)

Known as the Mad Bomber, George P. Metesky terrorized New York City for 16 years in the 1940s and 1950s with dozens of explosive devices that he planted in terminals, libraries, offices, phone booths, storage lockers, and restrooms in public buildings. He also bombed movie theaters by hiding his bombs within the upholstery of the seats. Metesky planted at least 33 bombs, and despite the fact that he often placed warning calls in advance of his bombings, 15 people were injured. Why did he do it? More…:

Quote of the Day:
John F. Kennedy

So, let us not be blind to our differences—but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved. More…:

Article of the Day: Wabi-Sabi

Article of the Day:

Wabi-sabi is a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic focused on the acceptance of transience. The aesthetic is described as one of beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete, concepts derived from Buddhist beliefs about the nature of existence. Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity, simplicity, modesty, and intimacy—all of which are aspects perceived in nature. What type of art forms are derived from the wabi-sabi aesthetic? More…:

Idiom of the Day: up the walls

Idiom of the Day:
up the walls

Extremely busy or overworked; having many things to contend with at once. Primarily heard in UK, Ireland. Watch the video…:

Word of the Day: clothier

Word of the Day:

Definition: (noun) A merchant who sells men’s clothing.

Synonyms: haberdasher

Usage: It was for the next generation to patronize clothiers who kept each suit on its separate hanger.:

De mi-e pofta da iahnie de făsule: Watch “Reteta – Iahnie de fasole cu ciolan” on YouTube

Iahnie de fasole cu ciolan afumat, cea mai populară și gustoasă mâncare tradițională românească | Preparate carne

Iahnie de fasole cu ciolan afumat, cea mai populară și gustoasă mâncare tradițională românească

– ingrediente –

Iahnia de fasole este o mâncare tradițională românească, fiind chiar una dintre cele mai populare mâncăruri, mai ales asezonată cu ciolan afumat.

Cea mai gustoasă iahnie, se știe, va fi cu fasole nouă, abia desfăcută din tecile bine uscate.

  • 500 g fasole albă
  • 2-3 cepe
  • 200 g pastă de roșii sau bulion
  • 50-75 ml ulei
  • 5-6 căței de usturoi
  • 2 crenguțe de cimbru uscat
  • 3 foi de dafin
  • sare
  • piper
  • apă
  • 1 legătură pătrunjel verde
  • ciolan afumat

– mod de preparare –

Fasolea se spală bine și se pune la hidratat în multă apă rece, de seara până dimineața, la frigider.
Dimineața, se scurge apa, se clătește fasolea și se pune la fiert în apă cât să fie acoperită.
Se adaugă și un praf de bicarbonat de sodiu, pentru a scurta timpul de fierbere.
Se fierbe fasolea în două, trei ape, pentru câte două, trei clocote, abia apoi se lasă să fiarbă definitiv, adăugând în ultima apă, atunci când boabele de fasole încep să se pătrundă, o ceapă tocată mărunt.
Cea de-a doua ceapă, se toacă în cuburi și se călește în ulei, iar când devine sticloasă, se adaugă pasta de roșii sau bulionul.
Se lasă sosul de roșii să fiarbă la foc mic, până scade consistent, apoi se adaugă usturoiul curățat și răzuit, o foaie de dafin, o crenguță de cimbru și puțin busuioc și se amestecă bine totul.
Se gustă sosul și se asezonează cu sare și piper, opțional și zahăr, dacă sosul este acrișor.
În vasul cu fasole, spre final de fierbere, se adaugă o crenguță de cimbru și două foi de dafin, care se vor înlătura după 10 maxim 15 minute de preparare.
Foile de dafin au tendința de a schimba gustul preparatului, în amărui, dacă sunt fierte prea mult.
Separat, în alt vas se va fierbe ciolanul afumat, iar când este bine fiert, zeama se va adăuga peste fasole, pentru a-i da gust de afumătură.
Când fasolea este bine fiartă și bine scăzută, se adaugă peste sosul de roșii.
Se mai fierb împreună maxim 10 minute, timp în care se potrivește gustul de sare, eventual piper, apoi se stinge focul și se adaugă pătrunjelul tocat.
Se servește iahnia de fasole cu ciolan afumat, caldă, alături de murăturile preferate și ceapă roșie.

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Horoscope ♉: 01/20/2019

Horoscope ♉:

Take a break from your daily routine and get off the treadmill today, Taurus. The world will turn without you for one day, so tune out for a while. Remember that whatever path you take is the right one. Regret is a useless emotion. Don’t even bother with it. Enjoy the present day and all the small joys it has to offer. Communicate your dreams and bring things into balance.:

Today’s Holiday: Babin Den

Today’s Holiday:
Babin Den

In Bulgaria, the old women who helped deliver babies—much like the modern midwife—were called baba, or grandmother. It was widely believed that the baby received some of the baba’s wisdom, and it was customary for the baby’s parents to bring the baba flowers on a particular day each year, called Grandmother’s Day or Day of the Midwives. Eventually the children grew up, but they would continue to visit their baba each year. Most babies in Bulgaria today are born in hospitals, so the children bring flowers to the doctors and nurses who assisted at their birth. More…:

Today’s Birthday: Karl Wallenda (1905)

Today’s Birthday:
Karl Wallenda (1905)

Wallenda was a German-born US circus acrobat and founder and leader of the acrobatic troupe that came to be known as the Flying Wallendas. The group gained notoriety in Europe for its high-wire acts without a safety net before developing its most famous act—the seven-person pyramid, topped by Wallenda’s wife, Helen. The troupe traveled with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus and later performed as freelancers. Wallenda continued performing until age 73. How did he die? More…:

This Day in History: Death of Last Native Speaker Leads to Extinction of Eyak Language (2008)

This Day in History:
Death of Last Native Speaker Leads to Extinction of Eyak Language (2008)

Eyak is an extinct language that was spoken in Alaska, near the mouth of the Copper River. Marie Smith Jones, the language’s last native speaker, as well as the last full-blooded Eyak, died in 2008 at the age of 89. Before her death, she worked with experts to compile a dictionary that would allow future generations to revive the language. With no native speakers left in the world, Eyak became a symbol in the effort against language extinction. Which languages are the closest relatives to Eyak? More…:

Quote of the Day: Washington Irving

Quote of the Day:
Washington Irving

Every desire bears its death in its very gratification. Curiosity languishes under repeated stimulants, and novelties cease to excite and surprise, until at length we cannot wonder even at a miracle. More…:

Article of the Day: Monomania

Article of the Day:

In the 19th century, monomania was one of seven recognized categories of mental illness. This type of mental disorder was characterized by excessive preoccupation with one thing, subject, or idea and could be classified as either emotional, meaning it involved an obsession with an emotion, or intellectual, involving a preoccupation with a single idea. Although it is no longer used as a technical term in psychology, a number of disorders once classified as monomania are now known as what? More…:

Idiom of the Day: the unwashed masses

Idiom of the Day:
the unwashed masses

The broader general public, especially those of the lower and lower-middle classes. Watch the video…:

Word of the Day: roughage

Word of the Day:

Definition: (noun) Coarse, indigestible plant food low in nutrients; its bulk stimulates intestinal peristalsis.

Synonyms: fiber

Usage: Fruits and vegetables should be eaten every day to ensure that one gets enough roughage in his diet.:

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