War And Peace

I realize that too many of the younger generations do not think much about the classics….but they should for the original is always better than the re-make.

Remember that book that you told yourself you wanted to read and you began it but seldom did you finish it.

Why?

Well it is written by a Russian and they are notorious for being long winded in their writings……and War and Peace is NO different.

In case you are one of those that never quite got to finish the novel…..I offer a short summary….

1 People change. The characters in War and Peace endure extreme experiences, and emerge at the end as quite different people. The miracle of the book is that the Natasha who falls in love with anyone and everyone in the ballrooms of the opening is recognisably the same woman who withdraws from society at the end.

2 There is no hero and no heroine. This is the story of a group of people living within a society. Andrei Bolkonsky is not Tolstoy’s hero, and Natasha is not a romantic heroine. It forgives ideas of heroism, most beautifully in the last words any character speaks in the book, as Andrei’s son thinks of his father at the end of the First Epilogue. It understands and sympathises with those ideas but it excuses itself from repeating them. The book will try to understand why people behave as they do, and it may make the best case possible for some strange actions, but it won’t make apologies for anyone and won’t pass a final judgment. Don’t expect to be able to predict what happens. Even the characters won’t be able to explain why they do what they do, perhaps until weeks or months later. The subject of the book is the wildness of possibility, and how the world can be changed by one woman saying, for no particular reason that she can explain, “I have had so little happiness in my life.”

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jan/22/war-and-peace-guide-philip-hensher

I Seldom do film reviews and I recently watched the 1950s adaptation of the book starring Henry Fonda and Audrey Hepburn…..

The trailer……

This book reminds me of a Hemingway novel……personal conflict and love and death and love again…..

The acting was I remembered it….great.

I admit that I have not seen some of the newer versions of this novel…so I cannot make comparisons….but I do not think that anyone could do a better job that Audrey Hepburn as Natasha Rostova….

It is a shame that most of the stars of this film are no longer with us…….

To be fair these are the trailers from several versions of War and Peace…..

First from 2007 BBC…

Then there is the re-make in 1966……

The film’s larger-than-life legend begins in 1961, when Bondarchuk commandeered the largest budget the USSR had ever seen for a single motion picture. Released in four parts in 1966 and 1967, it was a colossal success in its original homeland run as well as a worldwide sensation, and playing as a four-night special on ABC in 1972 after having set a new record for highest ticket cost — as steep as $7.50, the equivalent of dropping $56.52 on a ticket today, and a big step up from the $1.20 rate in place at the time — during theatrical screenings of an abridged six-hour edit in the US. The 1966 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film was just the feather in its cap — er, shako.

https://www.vox.com/culture/2019/2/15/18223285/war-and-peace-sergei-bondarchuk-adaptation-1966

Those are the two others that I am aware of….I shall let you do the comparisons.

If you have not viewed the 1956 version then I suggest you do so you will not be disappointed.

“lego ergo scribo”

Sunday’s Worthless News

How about a diversion from the protests and the little reported Covid-19?

A little news that hit the papers and yet NO one gave a crap….so as an FYI feature IST will report those seldom read news stories…..

First one of those question that need answering before I die…..why does time go faster the older I get?

Many of us recall with longing the endless summer days of childhood, when a single happy day at the beach seemed to last forever. That’s because for many of us, time seems to speed up the longer we live. Sometimes it seems like as soon as we’ve planted the first flower bulbs in the garden, it’s time to bring out BBQ for July 4, and then we find ourselves raking the fall leaves, hanging the holiday decorations, and counting down to midnight, wondering where the year went.

Various fields of science suggest this phenomenon may be rooted in some core human perception of the world that shifts over the course of our lives, influenced by neurology, psychology, and perhaps physics as well. And yet there’s still a lot we don’t understand.

https://www.considerable.com/life/people/why-time-speeds-up-as-we-age/

A study in 2017 was something that I was surprised at them results…..

It’s 2017, not 1817.

If what we’ve seen lately in the news about the political landscape in America has taught us anything, it’s that men who have confessed to sexual assault and are lying xenophobes get to become president while women have to fight even for the right to protest inequality and the control of their bodies.

Case in point?

A 2017 study revealed that fully half of adults in the US believe that a woman should be required to take her husband’s name after marriage. As in by law, or she can be legally punished.

Please explain to me again how women don’t need to march for their rights?

On to the Land of the Pharaohs……

Great Sphinx of Giza under blue light

Many have tried to explain the meaning of the Sphinx……and they are at it again…..

The sphinx never really existed, but it’s probably one of the most mystifying creatures ever imagined. To some cultures it was a terrible monster, for others it was more like a guardian spirit, but for everyone, the sphinx was always a frightful and legendary creature.

Most people have probably heard of the Great Sphinx of Giza, the famous statue that sits not far from the Pyramids, but that is just one of many depictions. The ambiguous history of the symbol reflects the ambiguous nature of the sphinx itself. Sphinxes play with lines and boundaries like giant cats and a piece of string. They don’t care about sharp distinctions; they love transgressions and passageways. Whether benevolent or malevolent, a sphinx always keeps you on your toes. In most cultures, the sphinx is associated with knowledge and specifically with riddles. Be careful when answering, though — even the right answer can be treacherous. This is the legend of the sphinx explained.

Read More: https://www.grunge.com/213941/the-legend-of-the-sphinx-explained/

Science is always finding ways to generate electricity without having to use fossil fuels…the latest is with shadows….yep you read that right…..shadows.

Someday, shadows and light could team up to provide power.

A new device exploits the contrast between bright spots and shade to create a current that can power small electronics. “We can harvest energy anywhere on Earth, not just open spaces,” says Swee Ching Tan, a materials scientist at the National University of Singapore.

Tan and his team created the device, called a shadow-effect energy generator, by placing a superthin coating of gold on silicon, a typical solar cell material. Like in a solar cell, light shining on silicon energizes its electrons. With the gold layer, the shadow-effect energy generator produces an electric current when part of the device lies in shadow.

A new device can produce electricity using shadows

More on the electricity thing….Germany…..

Germany will require all future gas stations to feature electric car charging ports, in a move to boost demand for electric cars, Reuters reports.

The move is also in large part to help alleviate “range anxiety,” one of the major reasons people chose a gas vehicle over an electric one.

“Internationally this puts Germany in the leading group of battery electric vehicle support,” energy storage specialist at The Mobility House wrote in a statement, as quoted by Reuters.

https://futurism.com/the-byte/germany-gas-stations-electric-car-chargers

Damn good idea…..

I am always interested to see how the rest of the world is doing with the installation of broadband and Africa looks like it is doing a great job…..

This massive new cable will be 37,000 kms long, connecting 23 countries. The 16 African countries connected are Congo-Brazzaville, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, DRC, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sudan, Senegal, Somalia (landing at Mogadishu), Tanzania and South Africa.

It will provide a nominal capacity of 180 Tbit/s, a capacity that is “significantly higher” than the capacity of all existing cables and has the ability to keep adding a great deal more capacity as and when needed. The hovering question is whether African markets will have the capacity to absorb this level of additional international capacity. According to Ba:”It’s rather like an insurance policy. The existing cables do not have enough capacity to fulfill demand in the next 3-5 years.

https://allafrica.com/stories/202005280656.html

It appears that the Greek Orthodox Church has made a ruling on the practice of yoga….

Yoga has no place “in the life of Christians,” the governing body of the Church has ruled.

It said it intervened after Greek media recommended yoga as a way to combat stress during coronavirus quarantine.

Other religions have also advised against the practice in the past.

The Orthodox Church is an influential organisation in Greece, and 90% of Greeks identify as Orthodox, according to a 2017 Pew Research Centre report.

“[Yoga] is a fundamental chapter in Hindu religion… it is not a ‘kind of physical exercise’,” the Holy Synod said in its statement on Wednesday.

Although it is not unheard of for religious authorities to criticise yoga, correspondents say it is unusual for the Orthodox Holy Synod to issue a public statement on the matter.

Appearing on a Greek TV network on Thursday, an Orthodox priest defended the Synod’s statement.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-52935478

At least these guys have realized there is more of the practice of yoga than stretchy pants that make your ass look good.

Be Well…..Be Safe…..

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Covid For June

There is lots of news around these days…..so why not give a bit of the news that slips through the producers of news TV…….

First, we hear all the time about the people that have beat the disease….but at what price?

Here is a story from Seattle…..

Remember Michael Flor, the longest-hospitalized COVID-19 patient who, when he unexpectedly did not die, was jokingly dubbed “the miracle child?”

Now they can also call him the million-dollar baby.

Flor, 70, who came so close to death in the spring that a night-shift nurse held a phone to his ear while his wife and kids said their final goodbyes, is recovering nicely these days at his home in West Seattle. But he says his heart almost failed a second time when he got the bill from his health care odyssey the other day.

“I opened it and said ‘holy [bleep]!’ “ Flor says.

The total tab for his bout with the coronavirus: $1.1 million. $1,122,501.04, to be exact. All in one bill that’s more like a book because it runs to 181 pages.

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/inspiring-story-of-seattle-mans-coronavirus-survival-comes-with-a-1-1-million-dollar-hospital-bill/

How much would it have been if there was a vaccine to administer?

Can we trust governors to give their public the real skinny on the virus and the effect of opening up their states?

Using the Florida Department of Health’s website, Boyer recorded the total number of cases.

But suddenly, on Monday, that information was deleted.

Right now, Florida appears to be hiding the total number of coronavirus infections at nursing homes since the start of this pandemic.

“Maybe it’s not adding up, why should anyone care?” asked investigative reporter Mahsa Saeidi.

“There’s no such thing as too much information in this case,” said Boyer.

“Without this information, and knowing what the rise of infection is in a particular county, or even across the state, residents can’t know what their level of risk is, family members can’t know what their level of risk is,” Boyer added.

Florida coronavirus: State hiding total number of cases in nursing homes

So is it more important to make Donald the Orange happy than protecting the citizens?

This whole thing just gets creepier by the week…..we will see if it was such a good idea to open up ….that is if the states actually give the information or hide it like the cowards they are.

Then there is all that cash that was earmarked for the different stim packages…..who gets this?

Trump White House refuses to tell the public who got the billions…

Building ramparts of secrecy around a $600 billion-plus coronavirus aid program for small businesses, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has moved from delay to denial in refusing outright to disclose the recipients of taxpayer-funded loans.

Mnuchin told Congress at a hearing this week that the names of loan recipients and the amounts are “proprietary information.” While he claimed the information is confidential, ethics advocates and some lawmakers see the move as an attempt to dodge accountability for how the money is spent.

https://apnews.com/21f905f0922119534919a9c0effbe46f

More proof that there is NO transparency in the Trump presidency.

Why?

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

June 14–The Day Of The Flag

Today is Flag Day and so-called “Patriots” still do not know how to display the US flag…..try to get it right if you feel that you need to display…..chuq

In Saner Thought

Closing Thought–14Jun18

After all the hoopla about the national anthem and of course that involves the flag…..I wanted to see how all these “sunshine patriots” handle the day.  (Not sure what a “sunshine patriot” is then Google IT!)

Do you know what day it is….that is besides the 14th of June…..let me help…it is Flag Day.

The day when we go all out to celebrate the Stars and Stripes……

My biggest bitch is all these so-called “Patriots” that have their flags displayed outside their homes….the problem is most times it is displayed wrong.

So to help “patriots” avoid any further embarrassment I have a guide to the display of the American flag…..

http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/flagetiq.html

FLAG ETIQUETTE

There are way too many “patriots” that need help when they display the flag…….Print it out and display the flag the proper way and stop embarrassing yourself.

Today begins the FIFA World Cup….go Iceland!

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