March 9, 2014
When I saw the following title of a journal article . . .
“Factoid-based prosopography and computer ontologies: Towards an integrated approach” . . .
I was forced to consult a dictionary, forthwith . . . in this case, context was not going to help me at all.
1. a study of a collection of persons or characters, especially their appearances, careers, personalities, etc., within a historical, literary, or social context.
2. a description of a person’s appearance, career, personality, etc.
I can’t imagine that I will ever use this word, but I now know what it means.
March 8, 2014
But definitely not like this one. Here is a picture of a recent acquisition to my art collection (if you can call last summer recent). In addition to paintings, I have managed to acquire numerous pieces of blown/fused/shaped glass. I found this gem in a shop in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. And, while the shape is unique (conch-like), what really attracted me to this piece was its unique color. Most of my other glass pieces are bright and colorful, but the muted/subdued color of this one really caught my eye and there was no hesitation in purchasing at all. Conches (pronounced “konks”) are a type of sea snail found in the tropical waters of the Caribbean, the West Indies, and the Mediterranean. These types of shells usually have a high spire and a noticeable siphonal canal. The taxonomic classification is as follows:
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Mollusca
- Class: Gastropoda
Interestingly enough . . . there is a definite connection to the medium and to the subject of this piece:
- Where do you generally find shells?
- At the beach (in the sand).
- What is the medium for this work of art?
- What is the main raw material in commercial glass production?
This shell was not found in the sand, but out of sand it was found.
March 7, 2014
It was love at first hearing! I liked this one so much that I acquired the piano sheet music as quickly as I could find a copy. On this the 29th anniversary of the release of this wonderful song, let’s revisit some of the kudos . . .
- the fastest-selling American pop single in history with sales in excess of 20 million copies.
- the first ever single to be certified multi-platinum (quadruple).
- three Grammy Awards.
- one American Music Award.
- a People’s Choice Award.
- raised over $63 million for humanitarian aid in Africa and the US.
March 6, 2014
Okay, we are down to the last week of the regular season which means that conference tournaments are next week and then . . . selection Sunday and March Madness! There were a lot of upsets this week (multiple teams losing more than once), you can definitely tell that March has arrived. The Big Ten conference currently has four (4) teams in the AP top-25 (Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State, and Iowa). Florida remains the #1 team and Wichita State continues to remain undefeated (31-0). Next up for the Spartans: the Hawkeyes of Iowa tonight before traveling to Columbus on Sunday to finish the season at Ohio State. Go Green!
The upsets among the top-25 this week included:
Syracuse (#4) losing to Virginia (#12).
Duke (#4) losing to unranked Wake Forest.
Kansas (#5) losing to unranked Oklahoma State.
Louisville (#7) losing to Memphis (#21) by six (6) points.
Syracuse (#7) losing to unranked Georgia Tech by five (5) points.
Creighton (#9) losing to unranked Xavier by six (6) points.
Saint Louis (#10) losing to unranked VCU.
Saint Louis (#10) losing to unranked Duquesne.
Cincinnati (#11) losing to unranked Connecticut by six (6) points.
Creighton (#13) losing to unranked Georgetown.
Iowa State (#16) losing to unranked Baylor.
Iowa State (#17) losing to unranked Kansas State.
Kentucky (#17) losing to unranked Arkansas by four (4) points in overtime.
Kentucky (#17) losing to unranked South Carolina by five (5) points.
Saint Louis (#17) losing to unranked Dayton by five (5) points.
Michigan State (#18) losing to unranked Illinois.
Iowa (#20) losing to unranked Indiana.
Memphis (#21) losing to unranked Houston.
Ohio State (#22) losing to unranked Penn State by two (2) points.
Ohio State (#22) losing to unranked Indiana.
Texas (#24) losing to unranked Oklahoma.
The close calls (wins by six points or less [two scores]) among the top-25 this week included:
Arizona (#3) defeating unranked Oregon State by five (5) points.
Wisconsin (#9) defeating unranked Purdue by six (6) points.
Wisconsin (#14) defeating unranked Penn State by five (5) points.
North Carolina (#14) defeating unranked Notre Dame by two (2) points.
Connecticut (#19) defeating unranked Rutgers by six (6) points.
North Carolina (#20) defeating unranked Virginia Tech by four (4) points.
The losses to higher-ranked teams among the top-25 this week included:
SMU (#18) losing to Louisville (#11).
March 5, 2014
This week’s tribute takes us to the Canadian Library of Parliament (in Ottawa).
Their vision: “To be Parliament’s preferred and trusted source of information and knowledge.”
Their mission: “The Library of Parliament contributes to Canadian parliamentary democracy by creating, managing and delivering authoritative, reliable and relevant information and knowledge for Parliament.
Their strategic outcome: “An informed and accessible Parliament.”
“A public library is the most enduring of memorials, the trustiest monument for the preservation of an event or a name or an affection; for it, and it only, is respected by wars and revolutions, and survives them.” (Mark Twain).
Source: photo courtesy of danieldalton.me (BuzzFeed).
March 4, 2014
As winter continues to wreak havoc, I’ve chosen to highlight a necktie with a crystalline pattern that closely resembles “snowflakes” (okay, this might be a stretch, but please, just work with me here.) This black and white tie is simple and fairly conservative, and due to having more black than white, it pairs the best with a plain white dress shirt. It doesn’t look too bad on a gray/silver shirt either, but I would say that it is safer to stick with the white. And, since my personality tends to gravitate toward my bright and colorful neckties, I find that I don’t always drag out the more conservative ties as often as I probably should. Alas, so many ties, so little time. I guess I will have to make a more concerted effort to work some of my conservative neckties into the rotation. Ah, the burden of being a clothes horse.
March 3, 2014
Happy Monday! As we head into our second day of sleet/snow, here is a wonderful infographic about the importance of staying warm. Hang in there, spring is not that far away (at least not according to the calendar), but the groundhog did see his shadow this year, so . . . keep the faith.
March 2, 2014
Gossiping . . . our fascination with and our open conversation about the private affairs of others . . . has been around for centuries. The word gossip (and the corresponding behavior) generally has a very negative connotation which includes such actions as idle talk and the spreading of rumors, “dirt” (or scandals), or the sharing of any other misinformation or conjecture. So why do we do it and why do we find it so difficult to resist the urge to engage in gossip? Hmm, I wish I had the answer. And while the “social bonding” aspect of this behavior could be considered a positive, I’m almost certain that the negative aspects far out number the positive. Here are a few definitions of “gossip” (in the form of quotations) courtesy of The Cynic’s Dictionary. Enjoy!
“The art of saying nothing in a way that leaves practically nothing left unsaid.” (Walter Winchell)
“When you hear something you like about someone you don’t.” (Earl Wilson)
“Vice enjoyed vicariously.” (Elbert Hubbard)
“The art form of the man and the woman in the street.” (W.H. Auden)
“The only industry that finances its own blackmail.” (Walter Wanger)
“A sort of smoke that comes from the dirty tobacco-pipes of those who diffuse it.” (George Eliot)
“News running ahead of itself in a red satin dress.” (Liz Smith)
March 1, 2014
Dipping our food into sauces seems to be a national pastime — salsa, ranch, guacamole, bean, spinach-artichoke, etc. Well for something different and positively delicious, here’s a great dip that is sure to please.
1 cup bacon (chopped)
1/2 cup onion (diced)
1/2 cup jalapeno peppers (chopped)
1 package (8 ounce) cream cheese
2 Tablespoons sour cream
1-1/2 cups cheddar cheese (shredded)
3/4 cup barbeque sauce
1/4 cup scallions (chopped)
Pita bread or chips
Saute the chopped bacon over medium heat until crispy (set a little bacon aside for garnishing the top). Drain the grease and add the onions. Cook the onions until they have softened and then add the jalapeno peppers. To this mixture, add the cream cheese, sour cream, and cheddar cheese. Melt and stir until the mixture is creamy. Mix in the barbeque sauce . Remove from the heat, garnish the top with the chopped scallions (and a little bacon if you wish) and serve warm. Enjoy!
February 28, 2014
Happy Friday! Check out this wonderfully un-choreographed avian ballet with Pachelbel’s Canon in D as accompaniment–simply fantastic. I’ll be murmuring about this one all day.
1. an act or instance of murmuring.
2. a flock of starlings.