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Leonard Bernstein

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 7:00pm
"Inspiration is wonderful when it happens, but the writer must develop an approach for the rest of the time... The wait is simply too long."
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Eric Hoffer

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 7:00pm
"You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you."
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Herb Caen

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 7:00pm
"I tend to live in the past because most of my life is there."
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meticulous

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 23, 2015 is:

meticulous • \muh-TIK-yuh-lus\  • adjective
: marked by extreme or excessive care in the consideration or treatment of details

Examples:
The composer's meticulous, almost obsessive, attention to detail is evident in even the smallest musical flourishes that the average listener will likely never notice.

"The Australian-American [Justine] Larbalestier's scholarly background is on full display in her latest novel, with its meticulous attention to detail and strong emphasis on overlooked voices from history." — Jennifer Hubert Swan, New York Times, May 31, 2015

Did you know?
It may surprise you to learn that meticulous is derived from the Latin word for "fearful"—meticulosus—and ultimately comes from the Latin noun metus, meaning "fear." Although meticulous currently has no "fearful" meanings, it was originally used as a synonym of frightened and timid. This sense had fallen into disuse by 1700, and in the 19th century meticulous acquired a new sense of "overly and timidly careful" (probably influenced by the French word méticuleux). This in turn led to the current meaning of "painstakingly careful," with no connotations of fear at all. The newest use was controversial among some usage commentators at first, but it has since become by far the most common meaning and is no longer considered an error.

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July 23, 1984: Miss America resigns

This Day in History - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 11:00pm

On this day in 1984, 21-year-old Vanessa Williams gives up her Miss America title, the first resignation in the pageant’s history, after Penthouse magazine announces plans to publish nude photos of the beauty queen in its September issue. Williams originally made history on September 17, 1983, when she became the first black woman to win the Miss America crown. Miss New Jersey, Suzette Charles, the first runner-up and also an African American, assumed Williams’ tiara for the two months that remained of her reign.

Vanessa Lynn Williams was born March 18, 1963, in Millwood, New York, to music teacher parents. She attended Syracuse University and studied musical theater. In 1982, while working a summer job as a receptionist at a modeling agency in Mt. Kisco, New York, photographer Thomas Chiapel took the nude pictures of Williams, telling her they’d be shot in silhouette and that she wouldn’t be recognizable. After Williams became Miss America, the photographer sold the pictures to Penthouse without her knowledge. Williams later dropped lawsuits against the magazine and photographer after it was learned that she had signed a model release form at the time the photos were taken.

The Miss America pageant, which prides itself on projecting a wholesome, positive image of women, began in 1921 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, as a stunt developed by local businessmen to extend the summer tourist season. In 1945, the Miss America Organization handed out its first scholarship. Today, it provides over $45 million each year in cash and tuition assistance to contestants on the national, state and local levels. In 1954, the competition was broadcast live for the first time. Beginning in the 1980s, contestants were required to have a social platform, such as drunk-driving preventionor AIDS awareness, and Miss America winners now travel an estimated 20,000 miles a month for speaking engagements and public appearances. In 2006, following a decline in TV ratings, the pageant moved from Atlantic City for the first time in its history and took place in Las Vegas, where a new Miss America was crowned in January instead of September.

Vanessa Williams rebounded from the Miss America scandal and went on to a successful entertainment career as an actress and recording artist, performing on Broadway as well as in movies and television and releasing a number of popular albums.

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Daily Puzzle - July 22

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 7:55pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

Can you complete these 5-letter words?

.S.G.
..R.F
.ZU..
E..X.
.P..C
..LN.
.W..M
...JO
Q...A
.V.K.
I..H.
.B.Y.
..DT.

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - July 22 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 7:55pm
BrainBashers Daily Sudoku



Complete the grid such that every row, every column, and the nine 3x3 blocks contain the digits from 1 to 9.

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Game - July 22

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 7:55pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Sketchy
   Extreme snow sledding.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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John Alejandro King

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 7:00pm
"If you're not scared or angry at the thought of a human brain being controlled remotely, then it could be this prototype of mine is finally starting to work."
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Charles Baudelaire

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 7:00pm
"The world only goes round by misunderstanding."
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Sir Francis Bacon

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 7:00pm
"A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds."
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Andre Malraux

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 7:00pm
"The greatest mystery is not that we have been flung at random between the profusion of matter and of the stars, but that within this prison we can draw from ourselves images powerful enough to deny our nothingness."
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octothorpe

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 22, 2015 is:

octothorpe • \AHK-tuh-thorp\  • noun
: the symbol #

Examples:
"To demonstrate and test the varying thicknesses that a pen is capable of imparting, Ivy League students often begin by writing an octothorpe—known to some plebians as a 'hashtag.'" — Evan Siegel, Columbia Spectator (Columbia University), December 6, 2014

"Whatever it ought to be called, Messina chose to use this symbol for collating Twitter searches in 2007 because he wanted a sign that could be input from a low-tech cellphone. He had two options: octothorpe or asterisk. He chose the former." — Roman Mars, Slate.com, December 17, 2014

Did you know?
A versatile symbol with many names (among them hash mark, number sign, and pound sign), the octothorpe has become popularized as the go-to symbol for marking trending topics on Twitter and other social media. It is believed to have been adopted by the telecommunications industry with the advent of touch-tone dialing in the 1960s. Stories abound about how the odd symbol got its name. The octo- part almost certainly refers to the eight points on the symbol, but the -thorpe remains a mystery. One story links it to a telephone company employee who happened to burp while talking about the symbol with co-workers. Another relates it to the athlete Jim Thorpe and the campaign to restore posthumously his Olympic medals, which were taken away after it was discovered that he played baseball professionally previous to the 1912 Games. A third claims it derives from an Old English word for "village."

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July 22, 2003: Jessica Lynch gets hero’s welcome

This Day in History - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 11:00pm

On this day in 2003, U.S. Army Private Jessica Lynch, a prisoner-of-war who was rescued from an Iraqi hospital, receives a hero’s welcome when she returns to her hometown of Palestine, West Virginia. The story of the 19-year-old supply clerk, who was captured by Iraqi forces in March 2003, gripped America; however, it was later revealed that some details of Lynch’s dramatic capture and rescue might have been exaggerated.

Lynch, who was born April 26, 1983, was part of the 507th Ordnance Maintenance Company from Fort Bliss, Texas. On March 23, 2003, just days after the U.S. invaded Iraq, Lynch was riding in a supply convoy when her unit took a wrong turn and was ambushed by Iraqi forces near Nasiriya. Eleven American soldiers died and four others besides Lynch were captured.

Lynch, who sustained multiple broken bones and other injuries when her vehicle crashed during the ambush, was taken to an Iraqi hospital. On April 1, she was rescued by U.S. Special Forces who raided the hospital where she was being held. They also recovered the bodies of eight of Lynch’s fellow soldiers. Lynch was taken to a military hospital in Germany for treatment and then returned to the United States.

Lynch’sstory garnered massive media attention and she became an overnight celebrity. Various reports emerged about Lynch’s experience, with some news accounts indicating that even after Lynch was wounded during the ambush she fought back against her captors. However, Lynch later stated that she had been knocked unconscious after her vehicle crashed and couldn’t remember the details of what had happened to her. She also said she had not been mistreated by the staff at the Iraqi hospital and they put up no resistance to her rescue. Critics–and Lynch herself–charged the U.S. government with embellishing her story to boost patriotism and help promote the Iraq war.

In August 2003, Lynch received a medical honorable discharge. She collaborated on a book about her experience, I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story, which was released later that year. In April 2007, Lynch testified before Congress that she had falsely been portrayed as a “little girl Rambo” and the U.S. military had hyped her story for propaganda reasons. According to Lynch: “I am still confused as to why they chose to lie and tried to make me a legend when the real heroics of my fellow soldiers that day were, in fact, legendary.” She added: “The truth of war is not always easy to hear but is always more heroic than the hype.”

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Daily Puzzle - July 21

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 7:41pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

Which month comes next in this sequence:

July June March May ==?==

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - July 21 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 7:41pm
BrainBashers Daily Sudoku



Complete the grid such that every row, every column, and the nine 3x3 blocks contain the digits from 1 to 9.

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Game - July 21

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 7:41pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Skidoo TT
   A nice slippery track to play with your skidoo. Navigate around the track in either arcade or time trial mode.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Jeff Foxworthy

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 7:00pm
"The problem with the designated driver program, it's not a desirable job, but if you ever get sucked into doing it, have fun with it. At the end of the night, drop them off at the wrong house."
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Will Rogers

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 7:00pm
"The movies are the only business where you can go out front and applaud yourself."
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Douglas Adams

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 7:00pm
"In those days spirits were brave, the stakes were high, men were real men, women were real women and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri."
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