Activity around you is picking up and you should add your energy to the group. Don’t feel like you need to get expensive accoutrements to be part of the crowd. What you need to connect you with the group is nothing you can buy in a store. It comes from your heart. Engage in intellectual discussions. They will be rewarding.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
The Capac Raymi was an Inca festival observed around the time of the December Solstice (the Summer Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere and the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere). The Inca Empire flourished in the Andean regions of South America, including Peru, Ecuador and the northern parts of Chile and Argentina during the 15th and 16th centuries, until the Spanish arrived in 1531. The Capac Raymi served as an initiation ceremony for the young men of the ruling class. When the solstice arrived, the boys’ ears were pierced in order to insert the large ear spools worn by Inca royalty. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
Ramanujan was an Indian mathematician. Extremely poor, he was largely self-taught from age 15. In 1913, he began a correspondence with English mathematician Godfrey H. Hardy that took him to England, where he made advances, especially in the theory of numbers, the partition of numbers, and the theory of continued fractions. He died of tuberculosis at age 32, generally unknown but recognized by mathematicians as a phenomenal genius. What anecdote exists about Ramanujan and the number 1,729? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
This Day in History: Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate Reopens (1989)
The only remaining town gate of Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate was modeled after the propylaeum of the Athenian Acropolis. Originally topped with the “Quadriga of Victory,” a statue of a chariot drawn by four horses, it was heavily damaged in World War II but was later restored. In 1961, the Berlin Wall blocked access to it for both eastern and western Germans, but it was reopened in 1989 with the reunification of East and West Berlin. The gate was the backdrop for what historic speeches? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
The lion dance is a form of traditional Chinese dance in which performers mimic a lion’s movements in an elaborately decorated lion costume. Originally performed as entertainment or as part of a ceremony to disperse evil spirits and bring good luck, the dance is often performed today during cultural celebrations and incorporates movements found in most Chinese martial arts. The lion dance is often mistaken for the dragon dance. What is the difference between the two dances? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch
Laozi itself is ahonorific title:老(Old*rˤuʔ, “old, venerable”)and子(Old*tsəʔ, “master”).It has beenromanizednumerous ways, sometimes leading to confusion. The most common present form isLaoziorLǎozǐ,based on theHanyu Pinyinsystem adopted byMainland Chinain 1958and byTaiwanin 2009.During the 20thcentury,Lao-tzuwas more common,based on the formerly prevalentWade–Gilessystem. In the 19th century, the title was usually romanized asLao-tse.Other forms include the variantsLao-tzeandLao-tsu.
As a religious figure, he is worshipped under the name “Supreme Old Lord“(太上老君,Tàishàng Lǎojūn)and as one of the “Three Pure Ones“. During theTang dynasty, he was granted the title “Supremely Mysterious and Primordial Emperor”(太上玄元皇帝,Tàishàng Xuānyuán Huángdì).
In the mid-twentieth century, a consensus emerged among scholars that thehistoricityof the person known as Laozi is doubtful and that theTao Te Chingwas “a compilation of Taoist sayings by many hands”.Alan Wattsurged more caution, holding that this view was part of an academic fashion for skepticism about historical spiritual and religious figures and stating that not enough would be known for years – or possibly ever – to make a firm judgment.
The earliest certain reference to the present figure of Laozi is found in the 1st‑centuryBCRecords of the Grand Historiancollected by the historianSima Qianfrom earlier accounts. In one account, Laozi was said to be a contemporary ofConfuciusduring the 6th or 5thcenturyBC. HissurnamewasLiand his personal name was Er or Dan. He was an official in the imperial archives and wrote a book in two parts before departing to the west. In another, Laozi was a different contemporary ofConfuciustitled Lao Laizi(老莱子)and wrote a book in 15 parts. In a third, he was the court astrologer Lao Dan who lived during the 4th centuryBC reign ofDukeXianof theQin Dynasty.The oldest text of theTao Te Chingso far recovered was written onbamboo slipsand dates to the late 4thcenturyBC;seeGuodian Chu Slips.
According to traditional accounts, Laozi was a scholar who worked as the Keeper of the Archives for the royal court ofZhou.This reportedly allowed him broad access to the works of theYellow Emperorand other classics of the time. The stories assert that Laozi never opened a formal school but nonetheless attracted a large number of students and loyal disciples. There are many variations of a story retelling his encounter with Confucius, most famously in theZhuangzi.
He was sometimes held to have come from thevillageofChu JeninChu.In accounts where Laozi married, he was said to have had a son named Zong who became a celebrated soldier.
On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim I had to stop for the night.
There she stood in the doorway; I heard the mission bell And I was thinking to myself ‘This could be heaven or this could be Hell’ Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way There were voices down the corridor, I thought I heard them say
Welcome to the Hotel California Such a lovely place (such a lovely place) Such a lovely face. Plenty of room at the Hotel California Any time of year (any time of year) you can find it here
Her mind is Tiffany-twisted, she got the Mercedes bends She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys, that she calls friends How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat Some dance to remember, some dance to forget
So I called up the Captain, ‘Please bring me my wine’ He said, ‘we haven’t had that spirit here since nineteen sixty-nine’ And still those voices are calling from far away, Wake you up in the middle of the night Just to hear them say”
Welcome to the Hotel California Such a lovely place (such a lovely place) Such a lovely face. They livin’ it up at the Hotel California What a nice surprise (what a nice surprise), bring your alibis
Mirrors on the ceiling, The pink champagne on ice And she said, ‘we are all just prisoners here, of our own device’ And in the master’s chambers, They gathered for the feast They stab it with their steely knives, But they just can’t kill the beast
Last thing I remember, I was Running for the door I had to find the passage back to the place I was before ‘Relax’ said the night man, ‘We are programmed to receive. You can check out any time you like, But you can never leave!’
The song is considered the most famous recording by the band, and its longguitar codahas been voted the best guitar solo of all time by readers ofGuitaristin 1998.The song was awarded theGrammy Award for Record of the Yearin1978.The lyrics of the song have been given various interpretations by fans and critics alike, the Eagles themselves describing the song as their “interpretation of the high life inLos Angeles“.In the 2013 documentaryHistory of the Eagles, Henley said that the song was about “a journey from innocence to experience… that’s all…”
Since its release, “Hotel California” has been covered by a number of artists and has become a part of international popular culture.Julia Phillipsproposed adapting the song into a film, but the members of the Eagles disliked the idea and it never came to fruition. Commercially, “Hotel California” reached the number one position on theBillboardHot 100and reached the top ten of several international charts.
Don Felder composed the melody for “Hotel California.”
Glenn Frey provided the outline of “Hotel California.”
Don Henley wrote the lyrics to “Hotel California” with Frey.
A demo of the instrumental was developed byDon Felderin a rented house onMalibu Beach. He recorded the basic tracks with a Rhythm Acedrum machineand added a12 string guitaron a four-track recording deck in his spare bedroom, then mixed in abassline, and gaveDon HenleyandGlenn Freyeach a copy of the recording.Felder, who met the Eagles through his high school bandmateBernie Leadon, said that Leadon advised him to make tapes of songs he wrote for the band so that other band members like Henley, whose forte is in writing lyrics, might work with him on finishing the songs they like.The demos he made were always instrumental, and on every album project he would submit 15 or 16 ideas. The demo he made for “Hotel California” showed influences fromLatinandreggaemusic, and it grabbed the attention of Henley who said he liked the song that “sounds like a Mexican reggae or Bolero”,which gave the song its first working title, “Mexican Reggae”.
Frey and Henley were both interested in the tune after hearing the demo, and discussed the concept for the lyrics. In 2008, Felder described the writing of the lyrics:
Don Henley and Glenn wrote most of the words. All of us kind of drove into L.A. at night. Nobody was from California, and if you drive into L.A. at night… you can just see this glow on the horizon of lights, and the images that start running through your head of Hollywood and all the dreams that you have, and so it was kind of about that… what we started writing the song about.
Henley decided on the theme of “Hotel California”, noting howThe Beverly Hills Hotelhad become a literal and symbolic focal point of their lives at that time.Henley said of their personal and professional experience in LA:
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