Thursday, 22 January 2009

Quotes and Questions 36 - 20 Jan 09


I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth, and I am a citizen of the world.
Eugene V. Debs

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
Lao Tzu


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P:1) He delivered the shortest inaugural address in the nations history at 135 words. His Farewell Address was published but never delivered & rebuked party spirit and warned against "permanent alliances" with foreign powers. His wife whom he proposed to a mere 3 weeks after meetinher said- "happiness or misery depends less on circumstance than attitude" . At his funeral it was said he was"first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen. Who was he?

H:2) When he came to Washington, he focused on showing that he was still the steadfast hero of Tippecanoe. He took the oath of office on March 4, 1841, an extremely cold and wet day. Nevertheless, he faced the weather without his overcoat and delivered the longest inaugural address in American history. At 8,444 words, it took nearly two hours to read. He then rode through the streets in the inaugural parade. Unfortunately as he was the second oldest president ever (Regan being the first) he died 31 days later, leaving a constitutional crisis as to his successor. Who was this President?

P3:) The first known library of its kind to gather a serious collection of books from beyond its country's borders, it was charged with collecting all the world's knowledge. It did so through an aggressive and well-funded royal mandate and a policy of pulling the books off every ship that came into port, keeping the originals and returning copies to their owners. Its location was one that welcomed trade from the East and West and soon found itself the international hub, as well as the leading producer of papyrus and, soon enough, books. The Library was initially organized by a student of Aristotle and Built in the style of his Lyceum, adjacent to and in service of the Museum (a Greek Temple or "House of Muses", whence the term "museum"), thought to have been accidentally burned down by Caesar, unfortunate that we don't have the records of ancient wisdom indeed. where was this library?

H:4) At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) recently in Vegas, Victorinox launched their new Presentation Pro, a compact Swiss Army Knife that includes, Bluetooth remote control and USB storage of up to 32GB which, in a first for the company integrates biometric fingerprint security and, what else?

P:5) He published a paper and chart on trade winds and monsoons. and identified solar heating as the cause of atmospheric motions. He also established the relationship between barometric pressure and height above sea level. He spent most of his time on lunar observations, but was also interested in the problems of gravity. One problem that attracted his attention was the proof of Kepler's laws of planetary motion. In August 1684 he went to Cambridge to discuss this with Sir Isaac Newton, only to find that Newton had solved the problem, but published nothing. This man convinced him to write the Principia Mathematica Philosophiae Naturalis and published it at his own expense. He also made a diving bell and a magnetic compass. And was a ground breaker with his age at death analysis for demographics. But he is most known for something he saw in the sky. Who was this man with the panoramic mind?

H:6) Also at the CES a polymer architecture brick combining post-consumer materials with environmentally friendly function. was debuted. The POLLI-Brick is made entirely of recycled materials and offers passive cooling, natural ventilation and even integrated solar/wind powered LED lighting. What is it made of?

P7) His Presidency was rarely taken seriously in his time, as suggested by the nickname, His Accidency. Due to the death of the president, He was the first vice president to become president, yet had none himself. Daniel Webster was his secretary of state as was john C Calhoun. Actually he shocked Whig leaders with whom he was supposed to work by vetoing their entire agenda. He sent a diplomatic mission to China, which was successful & allowed the US to gain the same trading concessions from China that Britain had. He also applied the Monroe Doctrine to Hawaii, told Britain not to interfere there, and began the process of annexing Hawaii to the United States. He was the first president to be impeached and he also annexed Texas to the US. He went on to have 15 children with his second wife, Who was he?

H:8) He wrote the storyline for the video game Ecco the Dolphin: Defender of the Future. And is famous for his writing- "Uplift Universe" a future history that depicts a huge galactic civilization responsible for "uplifting" all forms of life which are potentially capable of building and operating interstellar spaceships for themselves. He also criticized George Lucas, describing how he believed the basis of the Star Wars universe was profoundly anti-democratic. Who is he?

P: 9)The Library of the University of Oxford is one of the oldest and most important non-lending reference libraries in Britain. Particularly rich in Asian manuscripts and collections of English literature, local history, and early printing. Though it was established earlier, it was not secured by the university until 1410. After a period of decline, it was restored with a collector of medieval manuscripts, and reopened in 1602. It is a legal deposit library entitled to free copies of all books printed in Britain and Ireland. What is this library called?

H: 10) It was ridden in by Eisenhower for his inauguration, and he was a car buff. There is a new high tech version that was rolled out for the inauguration. The company was founded upon the break up of Ford motors, and has epitomized luxury in vehicles. It was named after the 17th century French explorer Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, who founded Detroit in 1701. and was the first manufacturer to utilize the skills of a designer to style a car's body instead of an engineer, that was in 1927. What is this car called?

P:11) In astrology, Traditionally, each of the seven "planets" in the solar system as known to the ancients was associated with and "ruled" a certain metal. The Sun rules Gold, The Moon:Silver , Mercury:Quicksilver, Venus:Copper, Mars:Iron, Jupiter:Tin, What element does Saturn rule?

H:12) After purchasing and studying Newton's alchemical works in 1942, economist John Maynard Keynes, opined that "Newton was not the first of the age of reason, he was the last of the magicians." Newton was deeply interested in all forms of natural sciences and material theory, an interest that ultimately would lead to some of his better-known contributions to science. During Newton's lifetime the study of chemistry was still in its infancy, thereby leading many of his experimental studies to use esoteric language and vague terminology more accurately associated with alchemy and occultism. He had a fire in his laboratory that destroyed 20 years of his research, but Newton's writings suggest that one of the main goals of his alchemy may have been the discovery of what?

P:13) The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is a well known list of seven remarkable constructions of classical antiquity. It was based on guide-books popular among Hellenic (Greek) tourists and only includes works located around the Mediterranean rim. Later lists include those for the Medieval World and the Modern World. The number seven was chosen because the Greeks believed it to be magical. The 7 Ancient Wonders were The Great Pyramid of Giza, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Temple of Artemis, Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Mausoleum of Maussollos, Colossus of Rhodes and what?

H:14) His writings have predicted many of the major developments of the late twentieth century, including privatization and decentralization; the rise of Japan to economic world power; the decisive importance of marketing; and the emergence of the information society with its necessity of lifelong learning. In 1959, he coined the term "knowledge worker. " He was interested in the growing effect of people who worked with their minds rather than their hands. He was intrigued by employees who knew more about certain subjects than their bosses or colleagues and yet had to cooperate with others in a large organization .His 1973 magnum opus, was titled "Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices," Who was he?

P:15) He is the spirit in search of experience. He represents the mystical cleverness bereft of reason within us, the childlike ability to tune into the inner workings of the world. The sun shining behind him represents the divine nature of his wisdom and exuberance. In the tarot deck his number is 0 is a perfect significator as it can become anything when he reaches his destination. Zero plus anything equals the same thing. Zero times anything equals zero. He is 'the excuse", independent of both houses and often seen about to step off a cliff as part of his journey. What is this card?

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