Passover has passed over us and Easter has gone back to the East and we can now get back to normal until the next wave of holidays hits us. Last week we had a Passover focus, so this week we shall give Easter some exposure via an El Greco painting that we think is both beautiful and appropriate.
|'The Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane' by El Greco (1590)|
Pollyanna is going to try to relieve the depressive tone of Titan's oh so! realistic blog from last week, i.e. she will try to keep you from the bloggy, bloggy gloom(with apologies to Burl Ives).
From the comments: A pretty song, for singing which the good people of Mona, Utah, had Burl Ives jailed. To this day it's the sorry little burg's only claim to fame. This tickled Pollyanna's curiosity and a google turned up that we are at the 17th anniversary of this great singer's death. Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives died seventeen years ago this week, on April 14, 1995. He was known as one of America's most beloved folk song singers. We remember his "Wayfaring Stranger" radio show and he was a star in the role of "Big Daddy" both on stage and in film in the Tennessee Williams play, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."
This week Mike Wallace, the CBS reporter who became one of America’s best-known broadcast journalists as an interrogator of the famous and infamous on “60 Minutes,” died on April 7. He was 93.
By TIM WEINER
RECALL DIEGO RIVERA
We suspect that our younger readers, if such there be, have never heard of Diego Rivera nor of his wife Frieda Kahlo. They were social activists whom the young protesters of today would do well to emulate.
"Do you wish to see with your own eye, the hidden springs of the social revolution? Look at the frescoes of Rivera. Do you wish to know what revolutionary art is like? Look at the frescoes of Rivera."
- Leon Trotsky (the link to his biography might be needed by some)
|The flower carrier|
All of us have experienced a solar eclipse at some time in our lives. Pollyanna would like to share with you this beautiful shot of an eclipse in 1999.
This is the only time that we can see (through mylar of course or via a telescope camera) the incredible corona of the sun. This outer region of the sun is much hotter than the visible photosphere that we all see every day, but is much less dense. Matter ejected from the corona during solar events can impact the magnetosphere of the Earth and cause disturbances. This has spawned a field of science known as Space Weather devoted to predicting such events.
Pollyanna is very glad for the Cassini Saturn orbiter project, with which we are personally involved for two delightful events: the reactivation of our Plasma Spectroscopy experiment after a long technical hiatus and the great news that The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum has bestowed its highest group honor, the Trophy for Current Achievement, on NASA's Cassini mission to Saturn. The annual award recognizes outstanding achievements in the fields of aerospace science and technology.
We are very proud. The reactivation of CAPS was a stroke of technological genius by the engineers involved and it all shows what a marvelous project this is.
SOLAR SYSTEM NEWS
Cassini is continuing its Solstice Mission that will go on to 2017. Let us show you some icy moons.
|The Cassini spacecraft took this image of Enceladus on March 27, 2012, from approximately 144,281 miles (232,197 kilometers) away|
our elderly brains working, which according to medical data that Yosefa sent us is good for us.
THE HIGGS BOSON
We are told that LHC has reached a record new energy of 8 Tev and that maybe, maybe the finding of the Higgs boson is around the corner. For the unitiated, the Higgs boson is a hypothetical elementary particle predicted by the Standard Model (SM) of particle physics. It belongs to a class of subatomic particles known as bosons, characterized by an integer value of their spin quantum number. The Higgs field is a quantum field with a non-zero value that fills all of space, and explains why fundamental particles such as quarks and electrons have mass. The Higgs boson is an excitation of the Higgs field above its ground state. We wish the seekers luck.
|One possible signature of a Higgs boson from a simulated proton-proton collision. It decays almost immediately into two jets of hadrons and two electrons, visible as lines.|
A BOOK REVIEW
I present a young person gifted with deep, pure feeling and true penetration, who loses himself in rapturous dreams, buries himself in speculation, until at last, ruined by unhappy passions that supervene, in particular an unfulfilled love, puts a bullet in his head.Coetzee deals in detail with the obsession of Werther with Ossian which people took to represent the views of Goethe. The Sturm und Drang movement that preceded Romanticism in German intellectual life at the end of the 18th century represented a rebellion against rigid social norms and French literary style. Goethe has Werther read aloud from his translation of The Works of Ossian, renderings into rhythmical English prose by James Macpherson, a young Scottish schoolmaster, of fragments of what he claimed to be epic poetry sung by the bard Ossian in the third century CE, passed down orally from one generation to the next of Gaelic-speaking Scots. This is a device by which he is really taking a stand for the core aspiration of the movement: to build a new national literature that would overturn ossified norms of conduct and thought. As Coetzee puts it, Goethe eventually outgrew his taste for Ossian. If the public took Werther’s enthusiasm for Ossian as an endorsement of Ossian by Goethe, he remarked, the public should think again: Werther admired Homer while he was sane, Ossian when he was going mad.
SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL ABOUT A LIFE AND A DEATH: TOSCA OF HAIFA
Yossi Sarid writes in Haaretz about a 96-year-old Israeli Jewish woman from Kiryat Haim, a Holocaust survivor, who chose to be buried in the Christian cemetery in Haifa. Pollyanna was touched to the heart by the story of the life of this woman, her late husband and the beauty they embodied. May they rest in peace and thank you Yossi Sarid for bringing this story to our attention.
MEND OUR WAYS WITH SPACING
We have just noticed that we, as people who grew up with typewriters, are still leaving two spaces after a period. We are told emphatically that this is wrong and why it must be stopped. We shall try.
We wind up with a few interactions between Cynthia and her beloved Saba (note baseball fans):