Saturday, April 10, 2010

Gustav Klimt, Art Nouveau And Top 10 ...From Paris

Gustav Klimt, was born in 1862, and is considered the 'father' of Art Nouveau. (Did I say Glimt in an earlier post? Sorry--It's Klimt). I was breezing through an interesting site today-- "The Most Popular Art On The Planet." According to this site, Klimt's "The Kiss" is the second most popular art piece on the planet. Tomorrow, I'll show you the top ten.
I know what you're wondering. Did Georgia O'Keeffe make the list?
See you tomorrow. Right here. On DailyBrisk.

The Fashionable Gilded Influence of Gustaz Glimt..From Paris

Gustav Glimt "The Kiss" 1907.

'9' Is A Charm...From Paris

Liz Taylor. In her day, she was a spectacular dark haired beauty.
I heard today that Liz is getting married for the 9th time.

If you want to see an excellent cutting edge discussion of what we should be doing militarily. If you want to understand what we did well and wrong in Iraq and Afghanistan or why Rumsfeld was a revolutionary that made generals cry, the link is below.

Are Aircraft Carriers Obsolete?

More iPad news


America Does Not Care About Your iPad

[Here's a wonderful chart, Unboxing the iPad Data by John Kumahara and Johnathan Bonnell, showing that iPads are being sold mainly in urban areas. You should have gone to the Apple store in Omaha. No lines! [via]

Ahhhh, workers after my own heart ...

Carlsberg Workers Strike for the Right to Drink on the Job

Workers at the Carlsberg beer factory in Denmark were allowed to drink as much as they wanted. Management tried to limit them to three pints at lunch. They slurred out their displeasure in no unshertain... unshert... uncertain terms. More »

Way to go, Phil

Mickelson makes back-to-back EAGLES at Master's; one stroke behind leader

He's only the third player in Master's history to have back-to-back eagles. Phenomenal!

That's with a B, not a M

New York State losing $1 billion dollars a week

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April 9 (Bloomberg) — New York, the third most-populous U.S. state, faces a $1 billion cash shortfall in the first week of June, state budget director Robert Megna said.

Full story: New York State Faces $1 Billion Cash Shortage in June (Update1)

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Jobless in some states see insult added to injury

33 states out of money for unemployed

With unemployment still at a severe high, a majority of states have drained their jobless benefit funds, forcing them to borrow billions from the federal government to help out-of-work Americans

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Sparkling city by the bay is most liberal

And loads of other lists

Remember this guy?

Ft. Hood suspect moving from hospital to the Big House - AP

Although the jail usually houses military defendants from nearby Fort Hood, which does not have holding facilities, a special agreement was required for Hasan because 'unusual and extraordinary security measures' were necessary

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Can you spell G L U T T O N Y?

Where's the Bread?APWhere's the Bread?

KFC's Naked Sandwich Ups Ante on 'Food Porn'

By Dave Thier | AOL News

With the all-meat, no-bread Double Down, the fast-food chain joins the ranks of other U.S. eateries seeking success in excess.

Yet another scandal brewing

They said 'no' because it is Kitty Kelley, who's reputation for solid research is questionable

Blackballing of Kitty Kelley's Oprah Bio; Why Larry King, Charlie Rose, David Letterman and Barbara Walters all said no...

The Power Of Old Gold...From Paris

Could this ancient snake 'armlet' (AD1-100) have been the inspiration for the bridge?

Religion on Supreme Court


The announcement marks another step in the transformation of the American elite. Justice Stevens, who turns 90 later this month, is the only Protestant now on the court. Once entirely Protestant, the court now has six Catholics and two Jews. Among the top three candidates to succeed Justice Stevens, two are Jewish and one is Protestant.

Seeing Red...From Paris

Red and Gold. Yves would love this house.

Strange Bridges

Henderson Waves

Background: The 118-foot tall Henderson Waves is Singapore's tallest pedestrian bridge, linking Mount Faber Park with Telok Blangah Hill Park.
Why It's Innovative: Pedestrian bridges allow for a certain amount of creativity that's not possible with structures that need to support heavy-duty use. The undulating outer shell of the Henderson Waves is striking, and the inside is shaped into benches where tourists can sit and gaze at nature or the nearby skyline of Singapore City. The bridge, which is about 900 feet long, is illuminated by an array of LED lights each night to bolster its snake-like presence in the midst of two

Millau Viaduct

Background: English architect Norman Foster designed this massive cable-stayed bridge to carry travelers over the valley of the Tarn River. It opened in 2004 with a final price tag of nearly $600 million.
Why It's Innovative: With its apex at 1125 feet, the Millau Viaduct is one of the world's tallest bridges. Despite its huge size, the construction period lasted only three years thanks to the use of GPS guidance systems, self-climbing formwork and prefabricated materials. "What is unusual is to have the towers taper in both directions as they rise," Macdonald says.

Gateshead Millennium Bridge

Background: This award-winning tilt-bridge is the brainchild of Wilkinson Eyre, a London-based architecture firm. It crosses the River Tyne, connecting Gateshead and New Castle.
Why It's Innovative: A system of six hydraulic rams can pivot the bridge's walkway at a 40-degree angle in order to let boats pass. Wilkinson Eyre describes the bridge's movement as looking like a "slowly opening eyelid" when it raises, a process that takes fewer than 5 minutes. Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that the bridge was fully constructed before being installed as a single piece by Europe's largest floating crane, Asian Hercules II.

Finding Beauty...From Paris

German Expressionist Franz Marc (1880-1916) "Blue Black Fox"

Unique Houses

Steel House

Lubbock, Texas
Background: Artist and architect Robert Bruno has been at work on his steel home since 1974. Bruno has said that he wants the shape of the structure to be somewhere between animal and machine.

Klein Bottle House

Mornington Peninsula, Australia
Background: This beach house, which was designed be the firm McBride Charles Ryan, was named the world’s best home at the 2009 World Architecture Festival awards.
Why It’s Unique: A Klein Bottle is a complex mathematical concept that involves folding a cylinder into itself in order to create an unusual, spiraling form. This notion was the driving force behind the Klein Bottle House, which appears to bring the interior out to the exterior and vice versa. A steel frame was layered with cement and sheet metal, while the architects created a courtyard at the center of the house to allow winds to easily pass through.

Free Spirit Sphere

Qualicum Beach, British Columbia
Background: This hanging room is the brainchild of Tom and Rosy Chudleigh, a Canadian couple that builds these spherical living spaces for customers around the world.

This is Newsweek’s example of Antigovernment Extremists: Active and retired police and military who promise to uphold the Constitution and not herd citizens into concentration camps. This is the lead para. The Left is crazy


Antigovernment extremists are on the rise—and on the march.

Stewart Rhodes does not seem like an extremist. He is a graduate of Yale Law School and a former U.S. Army paratrooper and congressional staffer. He is not at all secretive. In February he was sitting at a table at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at a fancy downtown hotel in Washington, handing out fliers and selling T shirts for his organization, the Oath Keepers. Rhodes says he has 6,000 dues-paying members, active and retired police and military, who promise never to take orders to disarm U.S. citizens or herd them into concentration camps. Rhodes told a NEWSWEEK reporter, "We're not a militia." Oath Keepers do not run around the woods on the weekend shooting weapons or threatening the violent overthrow of the government. Their oath is to uphold the Constitution and defend the American people from dictatorship.

Maine has always been different

What? Proposal in Maine Schools to Ban Gender-Specific Bathrooms

What? Proposal in Maine Schools to Ban Gender-Specific Bathrooms

Limbaugh started this train of thought: O is trying to remake/destroy the country. I have always assumed the road to hell is paved with good intent and that explains his actions as well. But some of the latest actions are political suicide (Proof? Think of it this way: Dems are falling in all the polling and there is no real Repub program or leader). So what explains O’s actions?

GINGRICH: Obama 'most radical president ever'...
LIMBAUGH: Obama 'inflicting untold damage on this great country'...
MARK LEVIN: Obama 'Closest Thing to Dictator We've Ever Had'...
PALIN: Obama's 'vast nuclear experience he acquired 'community organizer'...
LIZ CHENEY: Obama Putting America on 'Path to Decline'...
HANNITY: Obama 'Is a Socialist'...

5,000 IUs a day of Vit D3 is what my Dr. recommends.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Linked to Vitamin D Deficiency

Women living in the northeastern United States are more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis (RA), suggesting a link between the autoimmune disease and vitamin D deficiency, says a new study led by a Boston University School of Public Health researcher.

The Study found that women in states like Vermont, New Hampshire and southern Maine were more likely to report being diagnosed with RA.

Rarest of the Rare: List of Critically Endangered Species

The Przewalski's horse is starting to rebuild its numbers after being re-introduced into the wild.


  • Cuban crocodile: Currently restricted to two small areas of Cuba.
  • Grenada dove: The national bird of Grenada is threatened by habitat loss.
  • Florida bonneted bat: Thought to be extinct in 2002; a small colony has since been discovered.
  • Green-eyed frog: Only a few hundred of these small amphibians are left.
  • Hirola: Also called Hunter's hartebeest; the hirola is a highly threatened African antelope.
  • Ploughshare tortoise: With only 400 left, the ploughshare tortoise is threatened by the illegal pet trade.
  • Island gray fox: Living on the California Channel Islands, this is the smallest fox in the United States.
  • Sumatran orangutan: This population has declined 80 percent during the past 75 years.
  • Vaquita: This small ocean porpoise is drowning in fishing nets.
  • White-headed langur: Only 59 of these monkeys remain on a small island off Vietnam.
  • One of the all time cool photos: Icelandic Volcano and Northern Lights

    Valuing Beauty...From Paris

    My assistant is a beautiful, young mother who always impresses me with her parenting style. I had to smile when she recounted a story of her 5 and 8 year daughters. She suggested a trip to see the cherry blossoms down town. Her 8 year old looked at her inquisitively and asked "Cherry blossoms? They sound boring. What do they do?"
    We laughed as we reflected on our childhoods, rich with simple pleasure and natural beauty. Questioning our mothers? Never.
    Now? Our kids can't breathe without a cell phone in their hand and they question everything. They can't imagine fun without noisy flashing interaction.
    A challenge for parents is to instill value in beauty, even when it doesn't "do anything" in return.


    New Meaning to don’t feed the animals

    A tiger jumps at a performer on a 130-metre-long tightrope some nine metres above the tiger enclosure at a zoo in Changzhou in east China's Jiangsu province...

    A tiger jumps at a performer on a 130-metre-long tightrope some nine metres above the tiger enclosure at a zoo in Changzhou in east China's Jiangsu province

    Sometimes a questions brings it all into focus. There should be such a woman. The Left represents workers and the little guy, right? But what is it about Palin that the Left ridicules? Her speech. She does not speak as an educated person should. In the Left’s world the little guy is to be led, not lead.

    Where is the left’s Sarah Palin?

    A Whale of a Mystery

    Right whales began washing up on the shores of Argentina's Patagonian coast in 2005. So far, researchers have counted a total of 308 dead whales.

    About 88 percent of the whale deaths were calves that were less than three months old. Curiously, many of the corpses had unusually thin layers of blubber. The deceased calves found comprise almost a third of all right whale calve sightings in the last 5 years.