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Leonard Louis Levinson

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 7:00pm
"History is the short trudge from Adam to atom."
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infinitesimal

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 09, 2014 is:

infinitesimal • \in-fin-ih-TESS-uh-mul\  • adjective
1 : taking on values arbitrarily close to but greater than zero 2 : immeasurably or incalculably small

Examples:
Stella includes a lottery ticket in every birthday card she sends despite the infinitesimal chances that it will be a winning one.

"Across the nation, voters in the magic age range of 18 to 29 … have been coming out in this year’s primaries at a rate 20 percent less than their mostly oblivious elders, a rate which in South Florida would put their impact on the election somewhere between sparse and infinitesimal." — Fred Grimm, The Miami Herald, August 27, 2014

Did you know?
Infinite, as you probably know, means "endless" or "extending indefinitely." It is ultimately from Latin infinitus, the opposite of finitus, meaning "finite." The notion of smallness in infinitesimal derives from the mathematical concept that a quantity can be divided endlessly; no matter how small, it can be subdivided into yet smaller fractions, or "infinitesimals." The concept was still in its infancy in 1710 when Irish philosopher George Berkeley observed that some people "assert there are infinitesimals of infinitesimals of infinitesimals, etc., without ever coming to an end." He used the adjective in a mathematical sense, too, referring to "infinitesimal parts of finite lines." Less than a quarter century later, the adjective had acquired a general sense applicable to anything too small to be measured.

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October 9, 1967: Che Guevara is executed

This Day in History - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:00pm

On this day in 1967, socialist revolutionary and guerilla leader Che Guevara, age 39, is killed by the Bolivian army. The U.S.-military-backed Bolivian forces captured Guevara on October 8 while battling his band of guerillas in Bolivia and assassinated him the following day. His hands were cut off as proof of death and his body was buried in an unmarked grave. In 1997, Guevara's remains were found and sent back to Cuba, where they were reburied in a ceremony attended by President Fidel Castro and thousands of Cubans.

Ernesto Rafael Guevara de la Serna was born to a well-off family in Argentina in 1928. While studying medicine at the University of Buenos Aires, he took time off to travel around South America on a motorcycle; during this time, he witnessed the poverty and oppression of the lower classes. He received a medical degree in 1953 and continued his travels around Latin America, becoming involved with left-wing organizations. In the mid 1950s, Guevara met up with Fidel Castro and his group of exiled revolutionaries in Mexico. Guevara played a key role in Castro's seizure of power from Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1959 and later served as Castro's right-hand man and minister of industry. Guevara strongly opposed U.S. domination in Latin America and advocated peasant-based revolutions to combat social injustice in Third World countries. Castro later described him as "an artist of revolutionary warfare."

Guevara resigned—some say he was dismissed—from his Cuban government post in April 1965, possibly over differences with Castro about the nation’s economic and foreign policies. Guevara then disappeared from Cuba, traveled to Africa and eventually resurfaced in Bolivia, where he was killed. Following his death, Guevara achieved hero status among people around the world as a symbol of anti-imperialism and revolution. A 1960 photo taken by Alberto Korda of Guevara in a beret became iconic and has since appeared on countless posters and T-shirts. However, not everyone considers Guevara a hero: He is accused, among other things, of ordering the deaths of hundreds of people in Cuban prisons during the revolution.

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Daily Puzzle - October 8

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 9:57pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

What word is missing from this sequence:

begin inch chapel elastic [?] cellar arisen end

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - October 8 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 9:57pm
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 - October 8

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 9:57pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Balance
   Grab your racket and head to the courts. How long can you balance the tennis racket?
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Robert Heinlein

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 7:00pm
"Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something."
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G. K. Chesterton

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 7:00pm
"The men who really believe in themselves are all in lunatic asylums."
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Benjamin H. Brewster

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 7:00pm
"A lawyer starts life giving $500 worth of law for $5 and ends giving $5 worth for $500."
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Liza Minnelli

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 7:00pm
"Reality is something you rise above."
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