ofthisandthat

This World
dedicated to the brotherhood of man ...
Copyright © 2010 ofthisandthat.org.  
All rights reserved.
Questions and Comments
backfire@ofthisandthat.org
Music Archives

Beethoven "Pastoral" Symphony - 5th Movement  VIDEO HERE

Blue Tango  VIDEO HERE

Lady of Spain  VIDEO HERE

Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata (No. 14 in C-sharp minor "Quasi una fantasia", Op. 27, No.
2) --- the 1st Movement  
VIDEO HERE

Enrico Caruso - 'O SOLE MIO  VIDEO HERE

Yundi Li plays Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2   VIDEO HERE

Yundi Li - Chopin "Fantasie" Impromptu, Op. 66  VIDEO HERE

Music

Miles Davis - Kind of Blue 50th Anniversary
Quincy Jones claimed to drink of it every morning - his 'orange juice'  
VIDEO

So What - John Coltrane and Miles Davis
Miles Davis --- jazz trumpeter, icon, the music revolutionary with with clean minimalist
lines.  Perhaps the most significant jazz musician of the 20th century.  'Cool jazz'.  And
John Coltrane another genius.   
 VIDEO

J.du Pré - Granados Intermezzo VIDEO

Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White VIDEO

Mambo No.5 --- Perez Prado  VIDEO


Folk Music

Ashokan Farewell --- Jay Ungar (1982) --- in the style of a Scottish lament
VIDEO

And here's Jay Ungar himself with Molly Mason
VIDEO 1
VIDEO 2

Twilight

VIDEO 1
VIDEO 2
VIDEO 3
VIDEO 4


Rose and Gould play Beethoven's Cello Sonata in A: 1st movement
VIDEO
J.du Pré - Beethoven Sonata No.3 in A - II.Scherzo
VIDEO
M.Rostropovich - Beethoven Sonata No.3 in A major, 3rd movement
VIDEO


Jacqueline du Pré Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1 Adagio
VIDEO


Jacqueline du Pré - Forellenquintett
VIDEO


Jacqueline du Pré - Elgar Cello Concerto 1st movement
VIDEO


Mozart 'killed by strep throat'  FULL STORY
NEW STORIES:

WINTER OLYMPICS CEREMONIES -- Perhaps the best
ever  http://www.olympic.org/sochi-2014/opening-ceremony



WORLD'S OLDEST KNOWN EEL -- August 10, 2014
In 1859 a Swedish boy dropped a young eel into the family water well in
Brantevik -- eels were used this way to keep the well water free of insects
and vermin.  The other day when the owners of the well lifted the lid to
show off the by now famous eel to visitors, it had died.  It was at least 155
years old.




EXPLOSION ART -- CAI GUO-QIANG

Chinese artist uses twenty or more types of gunpowder plus sulfur,
magnesium, etc. as his palette

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViVEUa9bn8w


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrTrKJQnwJs



April 2, 2014

How To Help Monarch Butterflies in Your Area

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/03/31/222983/how-to-help-monarch-
butterflies.html#emlnl=World_Newsletter



TRANSLUCENCY IN ARCHITECTURE -- THE SANAA FIRM

http://www.archdaily.com/489222/a-selection-of-shigeru-ban-s-best-work/


http://www.dezeen.com/tag/sanaa/


January 31, 2014

COW FLATULENCE BLOWS OUT BARN ROOF

The nursery rhyme where the 'cow jumped over the moon' might have a
basis in scientific fact after all:  In Rasdorf, Germany, the belches and
flatulence of 90 cows built up enough methane to cause an explosion
blowing off the roof.  It was reportedly triggered by static electricity.  
Scientists claim a single cow can produce up to 500 liters of methane per
day.  Methane is also a potent greenhouse gas.

January 20, 2014

A home-made heater when electricity is expensive or when blackouts are
frequent -- uses candles and two earthen flower-pots
http://www.whydontyoutrythis.com/2013/11/how-to-easily-heat-your-home-
using-flower-pots-and-tea-lights.html?m=1

January 17, 2014

WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKINGS 2013-2014
http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/world-university-rankings/2013-
14/world-ranking

Sochi Explained -- Like having the Winter Olympics in Florida
http://www.thesochiproject.org/en/chapters/the-summer-capital/

December 16, 2013

Chinese scientists make cat disappear using invisibility cloak
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/chinese-
scientists-increasingly-confident-about-invisibility-cloak-after-making-a-
cat-disappear-8997917.html


Low cost 3D printer moves closer to reality
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/lowcost-metal-3d-
printer-could-be-the-next-step-in-home-manufacturing-revolution-8995193.
html


November 28, 2013

Pope Francis understands the modern economy and inequality better than
politicians
STORY

November 1, 2013

The finer points of a dog's tail wag ...  
STORY

Oklahoma State University takes crown as having the best and largest
Student Union in the world -- Best College Reviews  
STORY

Guess where one in ten publish a book -- long nights and cold winters
plus limited TV    
STORY

Numbers and Ramanujan's genius ... references in Futurama and Simpsons
shows   
STORY

Napoleon's Semaphore Telegraph  STORY


September 19, 2013

Health Kick Reverses Aging  
STORY HERE


September 15, 2013

Art Fraud

New York art dealer admits 15-year fraud -- sold paintings of Rothko,
Pollock ... for $80+ million.  
STORY HERE



Myatt painted more than 200 works in the style of Matisse and others  
STORY HERE


American Photographer at MOMA -- Walker Evans iconic photographs
STORY HERE

We are 20% rice, 66% chicken, 88% mouse ...


Genes Are Us. And Them.

A Human and a grain of rice may not, at first glance, look like cousins. And
yet we share a quarter of our genes with that fine plant. The genes we
share with rice—or rhinos or reef coral—are among the most striking signs
of our common heritage. All animals, plants, and fungi share an ancestor
that lived about 1.6 billion years ago. Every lineage that descended from
that progenitor retains parts of its original genome, embodying one of
evolution’s key principles: If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. Since evolution has
conserved so many genes, exploring the genomes of other species can
shed light on genes involved in human biology and disease. Even yeast
has something to tell us about ourselves.

Of course, we aren’t really much like yeast at all. The genes we still share
we use differently, in the same way you can use a clarinet to play the music
of Mozart or Benny Goodman. And our catalogs of genes themselves have
changed. Genes can disappear, and new ones can arise from mutations in
DNA that previously served some other function or no function at all.
Other novel genes have been delivered into our genomes by invading
viruses. It’s hardly surprising that we share many more genes with
chimpanzees than with yeast, because we’ve shared most of our
evolutionary journey with those apes. And in the small portion of our
genes with no counterpart in chimpanzees, we may be able to find
additional clues to what makes us uniquely human.
—Carl Zimmer

More
here  


Eriko Horiki's beautiful Washi Paper Interiors  
STORY
PROFILE


European Map according to various nationalities
MAP

Grow your own: Buildings made from living trees  STORY and PHOTOS

One Remarkable Bartender  VIDEO

The Doormen Who Police Egypt's Morals STORY

P G Wodehouse and France STORY

Beta-Blockers Reduce Blood Pressure and Dementia STORY

VOLKSWAGEN held a competition for people's input into auto design.
What you will see is the winning design from a girl in CHINA.
What this shows is her amazing creativity.
But, it is also a strong indication of the competition the Western World can
expect from CHINA and other developing countries in the decades ahead:
Click
here to view.



October 1, 2012

Ralph Nader's Tribute to Barry Commoner

Given the pioneering range and depth of his activities, Dr. Barry
Commoner should be considered the greatest environmentalist of the
20th century. Scientist, networker, community and international organizer,
best-selling author, operational advocate, and presidential candidate,
Commoner lived by what he called the law of ecology – that “everything is
connected to everything else.” To him, nuclear bomb testing, poverty, the
choice of production technologies, corporate power, money in politics,
worker health and safety, and scientific irresponsibility were all part of the
connected pattern of events that threaten the Earth and its people. His
great work is reflected in his many campaigns that succeeded and in
raising public consciousness to the silent violence of toxic pollution. His
beautifully written books – The Closing Circle, The Poverty of Power, and
Making Peace with the Planet – will extend his legacy to future
generations. He was our generation’s renaissance man.

- Ralph Nader


World Happiness Report -- The happiest countries are ...
STORY

Remarkable German Miniature World in Hamburg STORY

Diesel Fumes Do Cause Cancer by James Gallaher STORY

The Worst Smelling Things and Places on Earth -- STORY HERE

Rubber Boy -- STORY HERE


India's obsession with Guinness World Records and how to register for
one --
STORY HERE


Using bicycle power for common chores -- energy efficient and healthy  
STORY HERE


It's time for the Lyrids again:

A strong meteor shower, lasting from April 16 to April 26 each year and
peaking on April 22, the Lyrids are located in the constellation Lyra. The
source of the meteor shower is the periodic Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher.
The Lyrids have been observed for the past 2600 years.  Counts typically
range from 5 to 20 meteors per hour, averaging around ten.



Red Meat Escalates Cancer Risk  
STORY

Portugal Chocolate Festival 2012  STORY

Spaceflight Could Damage Eyesight  STORY

Tokyo's Oldest Man?  STORY

Metal-on-metal hip replacements 'high failure rate' STORY

Counterclockwise Italian Clock
A 15th century Italian Clock that rotates anti-clockwise and keeps Italian
time where midnight is sunset
STORY HERE

Bar-tailed Godwit

The incredible bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica), a wading bird
weighing only about a half kilo travels 30,000 km on its annual migration.  
Starting in New Zealand in March it flies 10,300 km northwest to China
taking seven days.  It rests six weeks, then takes off east to Alaska flying
6500 km in six days and arriving in May.  After a summer there, it leaves at
the end of August on an epic nine-day 11,680 km return journey, traveling
first southeast to Hawaii, then south-southwest to New Zealand arriving
early September.  On the last leg it establishes a record for the longest
nonstop flight of any bird, and the longest flight without pausing to feed.  



Queen Elizabeth celebrates Diamond Jubilee marking 60 years since her
accession to the throne on Feb 6, 1952.
The Coronation held the following year on June 2, 1953 ...
VIDEO

Charles Dickens (b. Feb 7, 1812) bicentenary celebrations VIDEO

Harvard Law School names restrooms for donors in its new building.  
Winner by a mile -- and no, I am not making this up -- the Falik Men's Room
VIDEO ...

Kung Hei Fat Choy
Chinese New Year Jan 23rd ushered in the Year of the Dragon.
STORY

World's Oddest Hotel Jobs  STORY

Global Military Reach  STORY

Privileges of the Rich
Because a valet parking attendant would not leave his counter job to help
change a flat tire on the Porsche of Miguel Sacal Smeke, owner of the Nino
Sacalli textile group -- The Gentleman of Las Lomas, Mexico
VIDEO


Girl with remarkable talent -- what eyebrows? VIDEO

Spoof on the original Cadbury's eyebrow dance ad VIDEO

The $25 Computer Becomes Reality STORY

Elephant's Sixth Toe Discovered STORY

Norwegians Celebrate Hundredth Anniversary of Roald Amundsen's South
Pole Feat
STORY

Hairy Limbs Keep Bed Bugs at Bay -- The hairier the person the better the
barrier, plus the fine hairs serve as an early warning system alerting the
victim before the bug bites
STORY

Elizabeth Taylor Jewelry Auction Fetches Record $116 Million STORY

Stilted Combat -- The Stilt Walkers of Namur, Belgium  STORY

Submarine escape thought to be a tall story turns out true  STORY

The founders Andreas Haug and Tom Schonherr of Phoenix Design, the
Stuttgart firm that designed those giant shower heads that make you feel
you are in a downpour, have won a German Lifetime Design Achievement
award.  The firm itself has dozens of awards to its credit and is often
ranked among the top industrial designers.

Harald Wohlfahrt retains three Michelin stars.  He has had them for a
couple of decades and is rated the best chef in Germany.  His restaurant
Der Schwarzwaldstube in the Black Forest region continues to
accommodate only 35 diners.  He says he cannot give his personal
attention to each plate if there were more.  Table reservations have a
month and more wait.  Highly recommended!

Caltech Researchers Help Develop World’s Lightest Solid Material

When you pick up the newest material, it takes a second for your mind to
adjust. Despite its looks, the little brick of metal weighs next to nothing.
STORY


Britain's Youngest Father -- Aged 11  STORY

WW II Spitfire guns fired after having lain buried for 70 years  STORY

Single Molecule Electric 'Car'  STORY

Find your number on earth ...

Where do you fit into 7 billion? Enter your date of birth to find out at
HERE

Scotch Whisky

A 64-year old whisky in a Lalique decanter sells for $460,000.  
STORY

A 21-year Old Pulteney named whisky of the year for 2011  STORY

Floods Strike India and Pakistan

Pakistan has been hit by devastating floods again in 2011 following the
disaster in 2010.  There is also flooding in Uttar Pradesh, India.  Here are
some ways to help.

OXFAM

UNICEF

Shear Luck -- US gardener survives being impaled in eye with shears
An x-ray of pruning shears lodged in Leroy Luetscher's right eye socket
This X-ray image was released of the shears stuck in Mr Luetscher's head

An 86-year-old US man impaled through the eye socket with pruning
shears in a freak gardening accident is expected to make a full recovery,
doctors say.
Leroy Luetscher stands outside his home in Green Valley, Arizona, on 30
August 2011 Leroy Luetscher has only some swelling under the right eye
remaining from his injury

He said he is lucky to be alive.  
FULL STORY


Hints of Higgs Boson (the God Particle) Observed  STORY

Scientist Bitten by Bizarre Beast STORY