Tag Archives: Recreation

Word: BAFFLE


baffle 

Definition: (verb) Be a mystery or bewildering to.
Synonyms: dumbfoundflummoxmystifynonplusperplexpuzzleamaze,stupefygravelvexposestickbeatget
Usage: An apple tree producing square fruit would undoubtedly baffle experts. Discuss.

 

Leonard Cohen Live: Suzanne (Rare Footage)


LEONARD COHEN SUSANNE LYRICS

 Send “SUSANNE” Ringtone to your Cell 

Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river.
You can hear the boats go by,
You can spend the night beside her.
And you know she’s half crazy,
But that’s why you want to be there.
And she feeds you tea and oranges that come all the way from China.
And just when you mean to tell her that you have no love to give her,
Then she gets you on her wavelength
And she lets the river answer
That you’ve always been her lover.

And you want to travel with her,
And you want to travel blind,
And you know she will trust you,
For you’ve touched her perfect body with your mind.

and Jesus was a sailor, when he walked opon the water
And he spent a long time watching from his lonely wooden tower.
And when he knew for certain, only drowning men could see him,
He said: “All men will be sailors then, until the sea shall free them.”
But he himself was broken
Long before the sky would open,
Foresaken, almost human,
He sank beneath your wisdom, like a stone

And you want to travel with him
And you want to travel blind
And you think maybe you’ll trust him
For he’s touched your perfect body with his mind.

Now Suzanne takes your hand and she leads you to the river.
She’s wearing rags and feathers from Salvation Army counters.
And the sun pours down like honey on our Lady of the Harbor.
And she shows you where to look, among the garbage and the flowers.
There are heros in the seaweed,
There are children in the morning,
They are leaning out for love,
They will lean that way forever,
While Suzanne holds the mirror.

And you want to travel with her,
And you want to travel blind,
And you know you can trust her
For she’s touched your perfect body with her mind.

 Send “SUSANNE” Ringtone to your Cell 

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News: ROCK-PAPER-SCISSORS ROBOT WINS HANDS DOWN


Rock-Paper-Scissors Robot Wins Hands Down

Whether you call it rock-paper-scissors, roshambo, ick-ack-ock, or any other name, one thing is certain: you will never win against Janken. For humans, the game is all about predicting what one’s opponent is going to do, but Janken does not just predict, it knows. Developed by Japanese scientists, Janken is a high-speed, intelligent robot that is able to analyze in just one millisecond what shape—rock, paper, or scissor—a human hand is making and then immediately choose a winning countermove, which it performs so quickly that it finishes at the same time as its human opponent. More… Discuss

 

Quotation: John Filson


So much does friendship triumph over misfortune, that sorrows and sufferings vanish at the meeting not only of real friends, but of the most distant acquaintances, and substitutes happiness in their room.

John Filson (1747-1788) Discuss

 

Quotation: William Makepeace Thackeray


The world is a looking-glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. Frown at it, and it will in turn look sourly upon you; laugh at it and with it, and it is a jolly kind companion; and so let all young persons take their choice.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) Discuss

 

Word: ASTOUND


astound 

Definition: (verb) Affect with wonder.
Synonyms: amazeastonish
Usage: I used to believe that nothing could astound me, but daredevil skydiver Felix Baumgartner proved me wrong when he jumped from a balloon 24 miles above the EarthDiscuss.

 

Yo-Yo Ma Plays Tchaikovsky Andante Cantabile



Pyotr Illich Tchaikovsky:

Andante Cantabile for Cello Solo and String Orchestra, Op. Posthumous

Cello: Yo-Yo Ma

 

THE LOTUS EFFECT


The Lotus Effect

When water hits a lotus leaf, it pools up or rolls right off. This so-called lotus effect is due to a complex system of microscopic bumps on the leaf’s waxy surface. These superhydrophobic structures protect the lotus from pathogens like fungi, which are easily swept off its leaves by water droplets. Although the lotus effect has been known in Asia for millennia—and was even noted in ancient Hindu texts—it was only scientifically understood in the early 1970s, thanks to the invention of what? More… Discuss

 

Word: CONCEITED


conceited 

Definition: (adjective) Holding or characterized by an unduly high opinion of oneself.
Synonyms: swollen-headedegotisticalvain
Usage: She was a conceited, boastful old thing, and even misfortune could not humble her.

 

Today’s Birthday: JOHN LOUDON MCADAM (1756)


John Loudon McAdam (1756)

McAdam was a Scottish engineer who invented a process called “macadamization.” After noting the poor condition of the highways near his estate, he recommended that roads be raised above the adjacent ground for good drainage and then covered, first with large stones then with small stones, and bound with fine gravel. It was perhaps the greatest advance in road construction since Roman times and became known as “tarmac,” short for “tarmacadam.” What was the first macadam road in North AmericaMore… Discuss

 

This Day in the Yesteryear: MULTIMILLIONAIRE ADVENTURER STEVE FOSSETT GOES MISSING (2007)


Multimillionaire Adventurer Steve Fossett Goes Missing (2007)

After earning millions as a stockbroker and investment consultant, Fossett began a second career as a sports adventurer. He swam the English Channel in 1985 and set many sailing records, but he is best known for his long-distance solo aviation triumphs, like becoming the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in a balloon in 2002. He disappeared while flying a private plane in Nevada in September 2007 and was declared dead five months later. When was his crash site finally discovered? More…Discuss

 

CERAMIC KNIVES


Ceramic Knives

Ceramic knives provide certain advantages over metal blades. They are harder than steel and hold their edge longer. On the rare occasion when a ceramic knife needs sharpening, a grinding wheel coated in diamond dust must be used. Their nonconductive, nonmagnetic properties make them useful in bomb disposal, and their resistance to corrosion is ideal for scuba divers. However, ceramic knives are also more brittle and shatter more easily than metal ones. Why is metal often used in their handles? More… Discuss

 

Valentina Lisitsa: “Name the mystery piece – win tickets to one of my next gigs”



To celebrate 100K subscribers (THANK YOU ALL MY FRIENDS AND FANS!) a little quiz ! Name the mystery piece – get TWO tickets to any of my upcoming gigs listed at the beginning of the clip. Even if you don’t live close by – if you win you get to make a nice gift to someone who does. The first comment in timeline that correctly identifies the piece wins it. READY, SET, GO!

 

Today’s Quotation: L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)


I believe, my dears, that I am the proudest story-teller that ever lived…To have pleased you, to have interested you, to have won your friendship, and perhaps your love, through my stories, is to my mind as great an achievement as to become President of the United States.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919) Discuss

Can we teach cats to drink with straws? Or may be we could ask geneticias to develop a straw drinking cat: the food industry needs that.



         The food industry needs geneticists (I’m sure someone willl consider the project of interest) to genetically modify cats, so they too can drink using straws, just like humans do: Why else would they provide straws with cat food containers?  It reminds me of  a fable: “Le renard et la Cigogne” by La Fontaine.

Great video by the way: Thanks Twinklybird!

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XVIII.

Jean de La Fontaine 

Le Renard et la Cigogne

Compère le Renard se mit un jour en frais,

Et retint à dîner commère la Cigogne.
Le régal fût petit et sans beaucoup d’apprêts :
        Le Galant pour toute besogne,
        Avait un brouet clair (il vivait chichement).
        Ce brouet fut par lui servi sur une assiette :
        La Cigogne au long bec n’en put attraper miette ;
        Et le drôle eut lapé le tout en un moment.
        Pour se venger de cette tromperie,
À quelque temps de là, la Cigogne le prie.
« Volontiers, lui dit-il, car avec mes amis
                Je ne fais point cérémonie. “
        À l’heure dite, il courut au logis
                De la Cigogne son hôtesse ;
                Loua très fort la politesse ;
                Trouva le dîner cuit à point.
Bon appétit surtout ; Renards n’en manquent point.
Il se réjouissait à l’odeur de la viande
Mise en menus morceaux, et qu’il croyait friande.
                On servit, pour l’embarrasser,
En un vase à long col et d’étroite embouchure.
Le bec de la Cigogne y pouvait bien passer,
Mais le museau du Sire était d’autre mesure.
Il lui fallut à jeun retourner au logis,
Honteux comme un Renard qu’une Poule aurait pris,
        Serrant la queue, et portant bas l’oreille.
                Trompeurs, c’est pour vous que j’écris :
                Attendez-vous à la pareille.

 

Article of the Day: Parachute


The Parachute

The parachute was conceived by the 14th century, but practical demonstrations began only in the 1780s in France. The first successful parachute descent from a great height occurred in 1797, when André-Jacques Garnerin made a 3,200-ft (1,000-m) exhibition jump from a balloon. In 1802, he made an 8,000-ft (2,400-m) jump. Early parachutes were made of canvas, but this was later replaced by silk and then nylon and Kevlar. What is the world record for the highest parachute jump and longest free-fall? More… Discuss

Cats Forever: A Small Token Of Appreciation and In Memory of Helen Sanders


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Yesterday I was visiting the River’s End Cafe, on the beach, at Seal Beach, so I took few pictures of the place. It is one of those places build to remind one of the feel of the past. It is the place to have a bite, like after you a shower on the  beach to wash the ocean and the sand from your overly sun exposed skin: Will that pass for a suntan or a sunburn to your friends at the North Pole? Only time can tell-give it a few hour.
Like I was saying, here I am, taking in the fresh air, and moderate temperature of May, and admiring the architecture of the place, its color, the plants, bushes, and trees, and waiting for a hummingbird to get its lunch from the nectar of one of the flower nature designed especially for them (or may be it is the other way around).
And then I see it the Helen Sanders Memorial Plaque right at my feet, one corner of the ceramic tile broken already. But what about the dream: Was her dream turned activism, and foundation of care for stray cats broken? I thought, since I was there I could remind you of her, and her work.

 

 

The rest is up to you: If you wish to adopt a cat, or donate to the cause of Helen Sanders, visit the website: http://www.helensanderscatpaws.com/

One has to be passionate about something in life: What are you passionate about?

Outta Gym Free Card: Exercise doesn’t care about Gyms, and your pocket will love you



Actually the only place you will gain any weight at all, by following some (not even all) of the recommendations from this great WebMD presentation, will be in your pocket , as money saved: No need for excuses about membership expenses, or waste of time in traffic to get to the gym in the first place. Statistics cannot be wrong in this case: Exercise half an hour a day (the earlier, the better), and all the time you’ll “waste” daily will be returned to you ten fold closer to the end of the road in addition of  making the last years of your life easier. I know, I’m a terrible salesperson: But who can deny oneself a happier life…It’s a win-win situation.

Now go check that presentation,  http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/slideshow-no-gym-workout?ecd=soc_tw, and consider also small little changes in your life.
Remember the return, Friends!
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