Archive for June, 2012

Harmonious Adaptation!

June 30, 2012

Sometimes things just “work.”  They make sense, they flow in a logical order, the pieces of the puzzle all fit together in perfect concinnity.

concinnity

\kuhn-sin-i-tee\, noun;

1.   Internal harmony or fitness in the adaptation of parts to a whole or to each other.
2.  Studied elegance of design or arrangement — used chiefly of literary style/rhetoric.
3.  An instance of concinnity.

Concinnity comes from Latin concinnitas, “elegance; harmony of style,” from concinnus, “well put together; pleasing, on account of harmony and proportion.”

Source: www.dictionary.com

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Solo Typewriter with Orchestra Accompaniment!

June 29, 2012

Happy Friday!   Let’s end the week with some humor.  Here is a wonderful comedy sketch that should bring a smile to your face.  What a clever idea and beautifully executed.  Bravo!

App-ropriate for Law Enforcement!

June 28, 2012

I’m going to keep it brief today and just point you to a very useful article on some smartphone apps for the law enforcement community.  How well-equipped is your smartphone?  Do you have the proper reference tools and apps to help you do your job better?  Check out some of these cool apps for law enforcement to help you maximize the use of your smartphone (courtesy of www.officer.com).

Of course, these are not the only useful applications.  What other apps have you found to help you do the job?  What are some of your favorites?

Happy Anniversary to Happy Birthday!

June 27, 2012

“Happy Birthday To You,” the most widely recognized song in the English language, is based upon the melody of a song entitled “Good Morning to All,” written by Patty Hill and Mildred J. Hill in 1893.

Good morning to you,
Good morning to you,
Good morning, dear children,
Good morning to all.

I was able to locate a couple of “classical” versions, one for orchestra and one for piano.  So, Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday!

It’s Coming!

June 26, 2012

My all-time favorite Broadway musical is coming to the big-screen in just six short months (just in time for Christmas).  That’s right . . . Les Miserables.  The star-studded cast includes:

  • Anne Hathaway (as Fantine)
  • Amanda Seyfried (as Cosette)
  • Hugh Jackman (as Jean Valjean)
  • Sacha Baron Cohen (as Thernadier)
  • Helen Bonham Carter (as Madam Thernadier)
  • Russell Crowe (as Javert)
  • Eddie Redmayne (as Marius)
  • Samantha Barks (as Eponine)

I’ve seen this one several times on the stage (New York, London, Oklahoma City, Tulsa) and I am really looking forward to the movie version . . . the story, the music, it gets to me every time.

To help get you in the mood, here are several versions of the signature song “I Dreamed a Dream.”

Ah, I just can’t get enough of this one.  Here’s to dreaming your dreams.

Good Enough?

June 25, 2012

Good enough?  This is a concept that I struggle with on a regular basis.  I have set some rather high standards for myself, but I am improving (slowly and surely) and learning to be more accepting of my lack of perfection.  One of these days I hope to arrive at the point where “good enough” really is good enough.   So, as we begin a new week, here are a couple of powerful quotations that will hopefully help to keep me motivated as I continue to rewire my thinking about life and change.

“When you’re trying to motivate yourself, appreciate the fact that you’re even thinking about making a change. And as you move forward, allow yourself to be good enough.”   — Alice Domar

“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”  — John C. Maxwell

Live Demonstration!

June 24, 2012

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to attend a live demonstration by one of the artists that I have collected in the past.  The demonstration took place at the Summer Wine Art Gallery (in the historic Paseo Arts District in Oklahoma City).  The artist: Becky Mannschreck.  I had previously acquired a couple of Becky’s acryllic paintings (Egon and a Bison) at the Art in the Square Show a couple of Octobers ago, so when I learned of the demonstration with oils, I jumped at the opportunity to watch this fabulous artist ply her trade.  The afternoon was interesting, entertaining, and very educational.  And, as always, I managed to find a couple of pieces at the gallery that I could not live without (one by Becky, and one by Rory Morgan).  Today’s post will highlight my newest acquisition by Becky Mannschreck entitled “Indian Blossoms.”  I’ll post Rory Morgan’s painting [acryllic] within the next couple of weeks.

You’re So Vain . . . !

June 23, 2012

. . . you probably think this [post] is about you.   It has been nearly 40 years since Carly Simon released her biggest hit and signature song “You’re So Vain.”  This month, Men’s Health magazine compiled the rankings of America’s cities for vanity.  The criteria used to arrive at these conclusions included:

  • rates for cosmetic procedures (American Society of Plastic Surgeons).
  • rates for Botox injections, dye jobs, and other procedures for looking younger (Experian Marketing Services).
  • sales of at-home hair dyes, teeth whiteners, and shapewear (SimplyMap).
  • per-capita rates of cosmetic dentists, plastic surgeons, and tanning salons (American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, AMA, and SimplyMap).
  • how often people check-in at their salons (Foursquare).

Tulsa showed up at #78 on the list (closer to the least vain as opposed to the most vain) while Oklahoma City finished ten spots ahead at #68.

The most vain cities:
1. Tampa, FL
2. Plano, TX
3. Atlanta, GA
4. Las Vegas, NV
5. Dallas, TX
6. Pittsburgh, PA
7. Houston, TX
8. Miami, FL
9. San Francisco, CA
10. Providence, RI

The least vain cities:
91. Memphis, TN
92. Toledo, OH
93. Detroit, MI
94. Burlington, VT
95. Fort Wayne, IN
96. Kansas City, MO
97. Fargo, ND
98. Sioux Falls, SD
99. Lincoln, NE
100. Des Moines, IA

Source: www.menshealth.com/metrogrades

When You Find Yourself Speechless!

June 22, 2012

How often to you find yourself deliberately speechless?  You recognize that you’ve reached the point where saying anything more won’t make the slightest difference so you simply quit speaking in mid-sentence.  Some of my aposiopeses are followed up with a short “never mind,” before I’m moving on to the next subject.  The literal Greek translation is “becoming silent.”

aposiopesis

\ap-uh-sahy-uhpee-sis\, noun;

a sudden breaking off in the midst of a sentence, as if from inability or unwillingness to proceed.

Encyclopedia Britannica explains that aposiopesis is “a speaker’s deliberate failure to complete a sentence. Aposiopesis usually indicates speechless rage or exasperation, as in ‘Why, you . . .,’ and sometimes implies vague threats as in, ‘Why, I’ll . . . .’ The listener is expected to complete the sentence in his mind. In ancient Greek rhetoric, the aposiopesis occasionally takes the form of a pause before a change of subject or a digression.”

Sources: Encyclopedia Britannica, www.dictionary.com, and The Highly Selective Dictionary  for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.

Tree-mendous!

June 21, 2012

Mother Nature, take a break!  In Singapore (the Gardens by the Bay), they are constructing their own trees.  Made of concrete and steel, and stretching between 80 and over 160 feet into the air, these “supertrees” are quite the attraction.  And despite their man-made look, they are actually covered in plants to create vertical gardens.  Ecologically, they are solar-powered and even function as real trees (collecting rainwater, absorbing heat, providing shade, etc.).  There are a total of 18 trees covered with more than 226,000 plants (of over 200 species).  Several of the highest trees will be connected by a 420 foot walkway (offering a bird’s-eye view of the gardens) and there is even a restaurant planned for atop one of the trees.  These architecturally creative marvels look positively wonderful.