Tuesday, February 10, 2015

JAN 8, 2015

Seldom does the word ‘germ’ mean anything remotely positive. The very sound of the word makes your nose curl up in disgust – you really don’t want to be catching any germs! You recoil in horror as your friend says “Don’t come too close; I’ve got a cold.”.
There is one sort of germ that you might not be too worried about catching, however: A Joy Germ!
A Joy Germ is a little germ of joy that is spread by smiling at people, making people laugh, and generally spreading happiness everywhere you go. Imagine a day where everyone is smiling, laughing and spreading happiness – that’s Joy Germ Day!
It’s very easy to participate. The first step is to park your cynicism at home. The second step is to go out into the world. The third step is up to you – just feel the joy, and spread it around!

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Word of the Day


Definition:(adjective) Given to or expressing lust; lecherous.
Usage:Frustrated by his constant lascivious comments, she decided to report him to the supervisor.

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Saying of the Day

He that lives by the sword shall die by the sword

Possible interpretation:
 The way that you treat others is the way that others will treat you. People who commit violence must expect to receive violence.

Note: sword (noun) = a weapon like a long, heavy knife
Quick Quiz:
If the saying "he that lives by the sword shall die by the sword" is true, we
 a. will get what we give

 b. should give what we get

 c. should take what we're given


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Stephen Hawking

Despite suffering from a neurodegenerative disease that has made it impossible for him to communicate without a voice synthesizer or to move around without a wheelchair, Hawking is one of the world's top theoretical physicists. While most experts in his field are little known outside the scientific community, Hawking has taken pains to make his work accessible to the layperson and, in so doing, has become a household name.

1838 - Alfred Vail demonstrated a telegraph code he had devised using dots and dashes as letters. The code was the predecessor to Samuel Morse's code. 

1856 - Borax (hydrated sodium borate) was discovered by Dr. John Veatch. 

1957 - Jackie Robinson announced his retirement from major league baseball in an article that appeared in "LOOK" magazine. 

1958 - Bobby Fisher, at the age of 14, won the United States Chess Championship for the first time.

1962 - Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa was exhibited in America for the first time at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. The next day the exhibit opened to the public.

1997 - Mister Rogers received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2009 - In Egypt, archeologists entered a 4,300 year old pyramid and discovered the mummy of Queen Sesheshet. 

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If You Were Born Today, January 8

You have a strong sense of purpose and responsibility. You easily feel guilty, and are often found weighing pros and cons, as you are able to see both sides to any situation. While you are sensitive and naturally retiring, you are also very aware of your reputation and image, and will rise to most challenges. Others might not know that you have a competitive streak, and you can be quite stubborn.Famous people born today: Elvis Presley, David Bowie, Stephen Hawking, Soupy Sales, Sarah Polley.

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Picture of street vendors at a busy market in Lagos Island, Nigeria

Local Color

Photograph by Robin Hammond, National Geographic
Vendors hawk goods at one of many markets on Lagos Island, demonstrating the entrepreneurial fervor that has made Nigeria’s economy Africa’s most vibrant.

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Meja pattern by Sanne Bjerregaard
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Calentadores yoga pattern by Mavivi Tejiendo
Gauge 29 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches in punto jersey
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pimp your car pattern by Florentine
Diese Anleitung ist speziell für den VW Passat B5. Kann bei ausgebautem Schaltsack eventuell auch individuell an andere Modelle angepasst werden.
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mausebinchen's Ehrenspüli pattern by Silke R
02JUN2013: PDF file for download updated with some chart key clarifications. Plus an additional file including only the chart.
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A Recipe for Fish pattern by April Broken
NOT the Knitters Magazine version. To make smaller fish, use thinner yarn and smaller needles. Individual fish to be joined to make an afghan.
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Romantic Granny Bag pattern by Rita Reichmuth
The bag can be designed very versatile.
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Happy Harlequin Blanket pattern by Susan Carlson
With simple motifs joined-as-you-go (if you choose), this blanket will add a splash of happy color to any space. A perfect stash-buster with stunning visual d...
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Alter Ego Crochet Square pattern by Jacqui Goulbourn
This pattern was designed with 4 ply wool and a 3mm hook for a 6 inch result.
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Road Trip Scarf pattern by zelna olivier
A pattern which can easily be made bigger or smaller by increasing or decreasing the number of row repeats. I used DK Variegated - but any weight of yar...
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Crocheted Striped Hand Warmers pattern by Purl Soho
Suggested yarn Koigu Premium Merino (KPM) koigu premium merino needlepoint yarn
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I Live on a Farm: Free Butternut Squash Soup Recipe
I first started making butternut squash soup when my children and I lived together in our wonderful three story house up on a hill, facing north toward the...
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If you don’t own a Silhouette, this project can still be made using a paper trimmer, or a knife and ruler. I love the simplicity, and the opportunity to personalize these for your kids. You can also add levels of difficulty by adding more sticks or using a more complicated image. Don’t have access to a printer? Consider using images from a magazine or a coloring book.
DIY Craft Stick Puzzles
Raise your hand if you like the Silhouette’s print & cut feature! Kelly here with a tutorial for you today that will allow you to turn virtually any print & cut fro...
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'hello' in Hungarian: Szia 


Quick & Easy Counting
Hey there friends. I wanted to share a little technique that I invented for myself to count stitches. This technique works just as well if you are casting on stit...
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10 Most Famous 

Classical Music Composers

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Johann Sebastian Bach
German organist, composer, violist and violinist is widely regarded as one of the best classical composers of all times. He wrote over 1100 compositions which include cantatas, songs and arias, chorales, passions and oratorios, organ works, works for harpsichord, concertos,… Best known works by Bach include the Brandenburg Concertos, Air on the G String, Toccata and Fugue in D minor and Arioso, to mention only a few.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Austrian composer impressed his contemporaries already as a child. At the age of 5, he mastered keyboard and violin, and entertained the social elites including royalty throughout Europe. Mozart composed more than 600 works in all music genres known in his time. Some of most famous and most widely performed Mozart’s works include Requiem, Symphony No. 40, operas The Magic Flute and The Marriage of Figaro, Piano Sonata No 16 in C Major, Symphony No. 25, Piano Concerto No. 21 and Piano Sonata No. 11 (Mov. 3 - Turkish March).

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Ludwig van Beethoven
German composer and pianist was the most outstanding figure in the transition between Classical and Romantic periods, and one of the most famous classical music composers of all times. Some of his best works including the 9th symphony were created after he became almost completely deaf. Other notable works by Beethoven include Sonata No. 14 (Moonlight Sonata), 5th Symphony, 6th Symphony, Bagatelle No. 25 (Für Elise) and Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op.73.

Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

Giuseppe Verdi
The celebrated Italian composer is best known for his operas that remain popular to this day. His musical career, however, didn’t start smoothly. After his wife’s death and failure of his second opera (Un giorno di regno), he fell into despair and nearly give up composing. Fortunately, La Scala’s impressario convinced him to write Nabucco which was a huge success. Soon, more followed and Verdi established himself as the dominant figure of the 19th century Italian classical music. Verdi’s most famous operas besides Nabucco include La traviata, Rigoletto, Aida, Don Carlos, Otello and Falstaff.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Most famous Russian classical music composer wrote in a variety of genres. He composed symphonies, operas, concertos, chamber music, sacred choral music, overtures, suites and ballets. Some of his best known works include his three ballets The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and the Sleeping Beauty, Marche Slave, First Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Overture 1812, Symphony No. 6, Fantasy Overture (Romeo and Juliet), Serenade for Strings and opera Eugene Onegin.

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)

Frederic Chopin
Just like Mozart, Chopin was a very gifted child and established himself as one of the foremost Polish composers at a very young age. One of the best piano composers and virtuoso pianists in history wrote almost exclusively for solo piano. But he also wrote two piano concertos and three sonatas. Chopin is also credited with the invention of the instrumental ballade and several musical innovations. Some of his best known works include Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9 No. 2, Funeral March (Prelude in C minor), Minute Waltz (Waltz in D-flat major), Revolutionary Etude (Op.10, No.12) and Fantasie-Impromptu (Op. Posth. 66).

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Antonio Vivaldi
Italian Baroque composer and violin virtuoso continues to be admired throughout the globe for his works, especially for his instrumental concertos for violin. His greatest masterpiece is a series of violin concertos called Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons). In total, Vivaldi composed more that 500 concertos of which more than half are for solo instruments and strings, mainly for violin. Other works include operas, sacred choral music, symphonies, sonatas and chamber music. Of these is probably best known choral composition Gloria.

Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)

Giacomo Puccini
He is widely referred to as “the greatest Italian opera composer after Verdi” and “the last of Italy’s great opera composers”. His works – La Boheme, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, Il trittico and Turandot are indeed masterpieces and are among the most widely performed operas in the standard repertoire. The mentioned operas also contain a number of outstanding stand-alone arias including Mi chiamano Mimi, O soave fanciulla, Che gelida manina, E lucevan le stelle, Un bel di vedremo, O mio babbino caro and Nessun Dorma.

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

George Frideric Handel
German-born British composer is widely considered one of the greatest masters of the Baroque era and one of Britain’s foremost classical composers. He wrote over 40 operas, 29 oratories, more than 100 cantatas, duets and trios, 16 organ concertos and a number of arias, ecumenical pieces, chamber music, odes and serenatas. His greatest works include the Messiah, Sarabande, Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks, to mention only a few.

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)

Igor Stravinsky
Russian born French and then American composer, conductor and pianist is one of the most outstanding and influential 20th century composers. He was and still is admired worldwide for the novelty of his works which, however, also caused a great deal of controversy in his time. Stravinsky’s greatest works include The Firebird, Petrushka, The Rite of Spring, A Soldier’s Tale, The Song of the Nightingale, Mavra, Oedipus Rex, the Symphony in C and the Symphony in Three Movements.


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