Thursday, July 30, 2015

Paperback Book DayJULY 30, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER .. Celebrate Paperback Book Day

Whilst electronic books and e-readers are becoming increasingly popular, there’s still something very special about an old fashioned book. Paperback Book Day celebrates the look, texture and experience of reading a paperback classic.

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A natural outer covering; an integument.
Usage:When it became apparent that the burn victim would need a skin graft, the doctors decided to use tegument from his thigh.


Vanuatu Independence Day

The most important national holiday in Vanuatu, Independence Day is celebrated throughout the country. It marks the end of colonial rule by the French and British. The largest Independence Day celebrations take place in the capital city of Port Vila. A number of sporting events are held, as well as canoe and yacht races in the harbor. A military parade takes place in Independence Park. Dancing takes place and aerobics groups from throughout Vanuatu perform, and a string band competition is held.

Leading Scientists Call for Ban on Killer Robots

Autonomous weapons systems should be banned or else a global arms race of mass-produced killer robots is "virtually inevitable," according to hundreds of prominent scientists, robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) researchers and luminaries from related professions.


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1792 - The French national anthem "La Marseillaise" by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, was first sung in Paris. 

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1898 - "Scientific America" carried the first magazine automobile ad. The ad was for the Winton Motor Car Company of Cleveland, OH. 

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1898 - Will Kellogg invents Corn Flakes

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1932 - Walt Disney's "Flowers and Trees" premiered. It was the first Academy Award winning cartoon and first cartoon short to use Technicolor. 

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1935 - 1st Penguin book is published, starting the paperback revolution

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1956 - Brenda Lee recorded her first single "Jambalaya." 

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1965U.S. President Johnson signed into law Social Security Act that established Medicare and Medicaid. It went into effect the following year. 

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2003 - The last 'old style' Volkswagen Beetle rolls off the assembly line in Mexico

68 Today

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger is 68 years old today.
Arnold became the youngest person to win the Mr. Universe
contest when he was 20. He won title five times and the Mr.
Olympia title seven times.

The Gerber Baby Now

Ann Turner Cook (above) may well be one of the most recognizable
persons as a child of all time. 
Turner, now 88, was just a four months old in 1928 when a sketch of
her was selected in a contest to represent Gerber baby food.
For nearly 50 years, Cook’s identity as the Gerber baby was kept top
 because the baby food company wanted everyone to be able
to identify with the baby as their child. After retiring from teaching,
Cook became a mystery novelist.


If You Were Born Today, July 30

You are highly creative, spontaneous, humorous, entertaining, and likeable. Emotionally impulsive, you need to feel inspired in order to truly perform. You have a definite flair for the dramatic. You might frequently make sacrifices for others, and often willingly do so. You are highly perceptive and insightful, and this draws others to you, particularly as you mature. While your good-heartedness may be taken advantage of by less noble individuals, you tend to bounce back quickly and although you toughen up to some degree with life experience, you keep your youthful, loving, and generous spirit alive throughout life. Famous people born today: Henry Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kate Bush, Hilary Swank, Delta Burke, Lisa Kudrow, Christopher Nolan.

Picture of the day
Detroit in 1889
A bird's-eye view showing approximately 3 square miles (8 km2) of the central portion of the city of Detroit, Michigan, c. 1889. At this time in the city's history, it was a burgeoning home for manufacturing with expanding city limits. Waves of immigrants, predominantly from Europe, came to Detroit, opening businesses and establishing their own communities. However, infrastructure remained lacking; before 1889, only four of the city's roads were paved.

Picture of a man skiing in the Austrian Alps

Passing By

Photograph by Peter Svoboda, National Geographic 
Passionate ski mountaineer,  Peter Svoboda loves minimalist compositions in his winter-themed mountain photography. Svoboda saw this scene unfold from about a mile away on the summit of Kreuzkogel in the Austrian Alps. “The angle of [the] slope ... and [the] afternoon sun created rather attractive shapes at first sight,” he writes. “I was waiting on the top of the mountain and took some pictures with the lonely tree. But it was not enough for me.” After he’d photographed a group of skiers who were enjoying the deep powder, this lone figure “was like icing on the cake,” he writes. “The mood was there.”








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CrockPot Quinoa Casserole

We eat a lot of quinoa in our house. I put it in the rice cooker and we eat it a few times a week as our starch. The kids request it for lunch quite often, and eat it with butter and shredded cheese.

Many people don't know what quinoa is. That's okay. We didn't start eating it until just this past year.  I thought it was a grain (because the Trader Joe's box says so), but the article says that's actually the seed of a leafy plant. 

If you've never cooked with quinoa before, this is a great recipe to try---it is full of yummy stuff, and is a light, yet comforting meal or side dish.

The Ingredients.

--1 1/2 cups quinoa
--3 cups broth (chicken or vegetable; I used chicken)
--1 T olive oil
--1/2 t salt
--1/2 t cinnamon
--1/4 sliced or chopped almonds
--1/3 cup dried unsweetened cranberries

--handful of baby spinach
--1 cup baby tomatoes, halved or quartered depending on size
--1/2 block feta cheese, crumbled

The Directions.

You are supposed to rinse quinoaI don't rinse the quinoa that comes in the orange box from Trader Joe's. If you have a different brand, or are using quinoa from bulk, rinse it in a fine mesh strainer until the water runs clear.

Dump it into the crockpot. I used my 6qt Smart Pot for this dish. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and mix it around. Add chicken or vegetable broth, the salt, and cinnamon. Stir in almonds and cranberries.

Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours, or on high for 2-4. The quinoa is done when you can fluff it with a fork and it is tender. The liquid should be pretty well absorbed, similar to how you know rice is done.

Fluff the quinoa with a fork, and add the baby tomatoes and feta cheese. Stir gingerly to mix. Add a large handful of baby spinach to the top of the crockpot, and close the lid. Cook on high for about 20 minutes, or until the spinach has wilted. Stir again to distribute the spinach.


The Verdict.

We ate this for lunch yesterday, and really enjoyed it. I can see adding garbanzo beans for a bit more protein and to up the heartiness. I was quite pleased with the very mild cinnamon flavor, and loved the cooked cranberries and almonds. The kids both liked this. This will be made again. Very soon.

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When it comes to makeup, there’s one thing we can’t live without: eye makeup remover. But break down all of those foreign-looking ingredients on the back and we’re suddenly not as stoked to slather the store-bought version on our delicate eye area. So, we whipped up this easy DIY recipe for eye makeup remover with only three, inexpensive and gentle ingredients.
Here’s how to make your own:
What you need:
Eye Makeup Remover Ingredients

Water, no-tears baby shampoo, olive oil or coconut oil,  small glass container.
What you do:
1. Pour a ½ tablespoon of baby shampoo into the clean glass container. Add ¼ teaspoon olive or coconut oil and mix together.

2. Pour in enough water to fill your container. You’ll notice the oil pools at the top of the water mixture.
Eye Makeup Remover

3. Shake well. Lightly dab a cotton ball into the mixture and gently remove eye makeup. Shake well each time you use.
That’s it! This mixture is gentle on your skin and eyes, and takes off even the most stubborn mascara no problem. And of course, make sure you don’t use too much of the shampoo and oil—anything besides water can irritate your eyes when used in large quantities!
Eye Makeup Remover

CHILDREN'S (adults, too) CORNER ... game
The object of the game is to place all cards from the tableau to the foundation. You can move two cards of the same rank. If there is no combination, turn over the top of the stock (it can be turned over only 3 times). There are 20 levels and bright high quality graphics that make this game even more addictive!


In the end, people are persuaded not by what we say, but by what they understand. - John C. Maxwell

"Good Morning" in Polish (Poland) - Dzien dobry

Did not know that...


French photographer Franck Bohbot appreciates the simple pleasure of reading books, so he decided to travel around the world to document the most beautiful libraries.
Currently living in New York, Bohbot started the “House of Books” series back in 2012, and has already visited some of the finest libraries, such as Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Biblioteca Angelica in Rome and the New York Public Library. The project is still ongoing, but it has already been featured on many popular art websites.
Bohbot is well known for his symmetric compositions. He likes documentary-style and capturing unusual atmospheres. Besides photographing libraries, he has already documented theatres, museums, trains stations, courts and swimming pools.

Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris


Bibliothèque Mazarine, Paris


Biblioteca Angelica, Rome


Boston Public Library, Boston


Bibliothèque Mazarine, Paris


BNF Site François Mitterrand, Paris


 Bibliothèque Sainte Geneviève, Paris


Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire de la Sorbonne, Paris


Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire de la Sorbonne , Paris


 Biblioteca Vallicelliana, Rome


Bibliothèque du Sénat, Paris


Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire de la Sorbonne, Paris


Biblioteca Vallicelliana, Rome