rainy Wednesday Piano Sonata 8 the perfect sound track
After a slow, gray and rainy commute, Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, or the Pathétique, was playing on the radio.
Wikipedia reports that Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, commonly known as Sonata Pathétique, was written in 1798 when the composer was 27 years old, and was published in 1799. It has remained one of his most celebrated compositions.
Although commonly thought to be one of the few works to be named by the composer himself, it was actually named Grande sonate pathétique by the publisher, who was impressed by the sonata’s tragic sonorities.
Wiktionary defines pathétique as (post-classical) full of pathos, affecting, pathetic.
big win for pizza no Columbian Exchange no tomato sauce
Many changes for the world after Columbus discovered America,
In 1972 Alfred W. Crosby, an American historian at the University of Texas at Austin, published The Columbian Exchange. He published subsequent volumes within the same decade. His primary focus was mapping the biological and cultural transfers that occurred between the Old and New World. He studied the effects of Columbus’ voyages between the two – specifically, the global diffusion of crops, seeds, and plants from the New World back into the Old. His research made a lasting contribution to the way scholars understand the variety of contemporary ecosystems that arose due to these transfers.
Lots of wins, lots of losses.
Many positives and many negatives.
I guess if it hadn’t been Columbus, someone from Europe was going to get here and offer the natives a choice of the Cross or the Gallows.
Might has well celebrate Columbus.
Perfectly appropriate that he is remember as the capitol of Ohio.
Please let me focus on one food item that fascinates me.
Tomatoes, which came to Europe from the New World via Spain, were initially prized in Italy mainly for their ornamental value. From the 19th-century tomato sauces became typical of Neapolitan cooking and, ultimately, Italian food in general.
No Italian tomato sauce until after 1492?
Even though they were available in the new world, how accepted were they?
Thomas Jefferson was one of the first Virginians to grow and eat tomatoes, or ‘tomatas,’ as he called them. Most Americans thought the tomato was poisonous (and, indeed, it is a member of the deadly nightshade family, though its low toxicity levels pose no risk to humans), and so it was an astonishing event when, in 1806, Jefferson served them to guests at the President’s House.
There is the famous FABLE that Jefferson at tomatoes on the courthouse steps to prove they wouldn’t kill you.
The truly odd aspect of the Jefferson involvement with the tomato is that Jefferson grew his tomatoes from seeds he sent from France.
post game interviews I listen and believe them, though I know they lie
Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose!
Michigan Football Coach after win over Illinois on October 12, 2019.
A lot of guys played extremely well, a lot of guys toughed it up. I trust and believe in our team, and we saw the evidence today. Very proud of that fact, and of our guys. I think there’s a callous that’s been built there and a toughness that has been born out of that, and that bodes well for our team. So I thought those guys rose to the challenge today. We’ll see how we came out of this game. We’ll find out when we find out.
Interview practice from the the movie, Bull Durham:
Crash: “You got something to write with? Good. It’s time to work on your interviews.” Nuke: “My interviews? What do I got to do?” Crash: “You’re gonna have to learn your cliches. You’re going to have to study them. You’re going to have to know them. They’re your friends. Write this down. We’ve got to play them one day at a time.” Nuke: “Got to play … that’s pretty boring, you know?” Crash: “Of course it’s boring. That’s the point. Write it down!” Nuke: “One day at a time …” Crash: “I’m just happy to be here. Hope I can help the ball club. I know. Write it down. I just want to give it my best shot, and the good Lord willing, things will work out.” Nuke: “Good Lord willing …” Crash: “Things will work out.”
Sonnet 138: When my love swears that she is made of truth
When my love swears that she is made of truth, I do believe her, though I know she lies, That she might think me some untutored youth, Unlearnèd in the world’s false subtleties. Thus vainly thinking that she thinks me young, Although she knows my days are past the best, Simply I credit her false-speaking tongue: On both sides thus is simple truth suppressed. But wherefore says she not she is unjust? And wherefore say not I that I am old? Oh, love’s best habit is in seeming trust, And age in love loves not to have years told. Therefore I lie with her and she with me, And in our faults by lies we flattered be.
Abraham’s Promise look out at Plains at Mamre promise made and kept
Standing on the Summit Overlook of Black Rock State Park in North Georgia, looking out over Rabun Gap, the story of Abraham on the Plains of Mamre from Genesis came to my mind.
So many Bible stories from this point in time.
Abram and Lot.
The promise to Abraham.
God said to Abraham, “I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth.”
Today Abraham is a father figure in Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
Why worry about tomorrow indeed.
I am willing to trust God with my little life.
The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring[a] forever. I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.” So Abram went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron, where he pitched his tents.
who speaks for reason? reason has no natural voice social media, not!
“… in the first place reason has no natural voice. Mob orators of the sort we have, the Boris Johnson sort, do not speak reason. When you get into that category, your task is to fire up the people with nostalgia, with anger. It’s almost unbelievable that these people of the establishment – Farage, for instance – are speaking of betrayal: ‘I’m betrayed by parliament, betrayed by government – I’m speaking to you as a betrayed person, and I’m a man of the people like you.’”