Barber – Piano sonata – Horowitz

This is as much as I can imagine is possible … from any aspect : composition, interpretation, technique … We can pack up and leave … or drink champagne … A definite must listen to ! >> Play...

An Introduction To MySQL Storage Engines

MySQL provides support for thirteen different storage engines which act as varying table type handlers. Most people who use MySQL on a regular basis already know about the two most common storage engines, MyISAM and InnoDB. Most of the time, the default storage engine as defined by the store_engine option in the MySQL config file is typically MyISAM, and this is usually what most people go with. In fact, many people do not even take the time to select a storage-engine, and just use the default. You can also assign a storage engine to a specific table with the following syntax: CREATE TABLE tablename (column1, column2, [etc…]) ENGINE = [storage_engine]. >> Go to Source...

Pablo Ruiz y Picasso

Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, known as Pablo Picasso (25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973) was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer who spent most of his adult life in France. As one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture,[2][3] the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907), and Guernica (1937), a portrayal of the German bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. Picasso, Henri Matisse and Marcel Duchamp are regarded as the three artists who most defined the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of the 20th century, responsible for significant developments in painting, sculpture, printmaking and ceramics.[4][5][6][7] Picasso demonstrated extraordinary artistic talent in his early years, painting in a realistic manner through his childhood and adolescence. During the first decade of the 20th century, his style changed as he experimented with different theories, techniques, and ideas. His revolutionary artistic accomplishments brought him universal renown and immense fortune, making him one of the best-known figures in 20th-century art. >> Go to Source...

Funny

A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary surgeon. As she laid her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird’s chest. After a moment or two, the vet shook his head and sadly said, “I’m sorry, your duck, Cuddles, has passed away.” The distressed woman wailed, “Are you sure?” “Yes, I am sure. Your duck is dead,” replied the vet.. “How can you be so sure?” she protested. “I mean you haven’t done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or something.” The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left the room. He returned a few minutes later with a black Labrador Retriever. As the duck’s owner looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table and sniffed the duck from top to bottom. He then looked up at the vet with sad eyes and shook his head. The vet patted the dog on the head and took it out of the room. A few minutes later he returned with a cat. The cat jumped on the table and also delicately sniffed the bird from head to foot. The cat sat back on its haunches, shook its head, meowed softly and strolled out of the room. The vet looked at the woman and said, “I’m sorry, but as I said, this is most definitely, 100% certifiably, a dead duck.” The vet then turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys and produced a bill, which he handed to the woman. The...

Vladimir Horowitz

There are no words … He probably got closest to he meaning of music ever … even closer than the composer – how bizarre is that ? Even though he is dead – Vladimir lives – he is immortal ! Like Bird.

A life lesson from a volunteer firefighter

Volunteer firefighter Mark Bezos tells a story of an act of heroism that didn’t go quite as expected — but that taught him a big lesson: Don’t wait to be a hero. Mark Bezos works at Robin Hood, a poverty-fighting charity in New York City, and the assistant captain of a volunteer fire company in suburban New York. >> Play...

UML

Most books about UML describe it almost in its entirety. Inevitably you’re left with only a superficial knowledge of the range of UML elements, without a deep and intuitive understanding of how to apply UML as a whole to real world design problems. This book doesn’t set out to cover all of UML, but instead pulls together those parts of UML with immediate practical relevance and presents them as part of a coherent process for using UML in your actual development projects. This book is designed to be read while you work on a real project. After an initial review of the essentials of UML and the design process, it begins with the modeling of a business system and its business processes, in this case an airport. >> Go to Source...

Designing for simplicity

The MIT Media Lab’s John Maeda lives at the intersection of technology and art, a place that can get very complicated. Here he talks about paring down to basics. John Maeda is the president of the Rhode Island School of Design, where he is dedicated to linking design and technology. Through the software tools, web pages and books he creates, he spreads his philosophy of elegant simplicity. >> Play Video Just keep watching … it’s hilarious and stimulating … Check out his fireworks calendar … and whilst at it, keep going … (you need to allow to run java...

Is religion good or bad?

You get the best when you watch it to the very end ! Plenty of good things are done in the name of religion, and plenty of bad things too. But what is religion, exactly — is it good or bad, in and of itself? Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah offers a generous, surprising view. Kwame Anthony Appiah is a philosopher, cultural theorist and novelist. His latest book is “The Honor Code,” exploring moral revolutions. >> Watch...

Why truly innovative science demands a leap into the unknown

While studying for his Ph.D in physics, Uri Alon thought he was a failure because all his research paths led to dead ends. But, with the help of improv theater, he came to realize that there could be joy in getting lost. A call for scientists to stop thinking of research as a direct line from question to answer, but as something more creative. It’s a message that will resonate, no matter what your field. Uri Alon studies how cells work, using an array of tools (including improv theater) to understand the biological circuits that perform the functions of life. >> Watch...

The interspecies internet? An idea in progress

Apes, dolphins and elephants are animals with remarkable communication skills. Could the internet be expanded to include sentient species like them? A new and developing idea from a panel of four great thinkers — dolphin researcher Diana Reiss, musician Peter Gabriel, internet of things visionary Neil Gershenfeld and Vint Cerf, one of the fathers of the internet. >> Go to Source Article Freedom of speech? Freedom of...

Logic Quotes …

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. Albert Einstein Contrariwise, if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic. Lewis Carroll Logic! Good gracious! What rubbish! E. M. Forster Against logic there is no armor like ignorance. Laurence J. Peter Logic teaches rules for presentation, not thinking. Mason...

The ETL from Hell – Diagnosing Batch System Performance Issues

by Nigel Rivett Too often, the batch systems that underlie a lot of database processing just grow without conscious design. When runs start to extend beyond their allotted time, and tuning no longer solves the problem, it is often discovered that batches are run in series, with draconian error handling. It is time to impose some rational design, and Nigel is a seasoned healer of batch processes. Overview Batch systems, which perform housekeeping jobs without human intervention, are often used with databases, usually for the population of data warehouses but more generally for any regular backend processing such as accounting processes. In this article, I’ll be discussing the typical problems in batch processing, showing how to determine their cause, and describing how to resolve them. We will concentrate on an overnight batch run because this is such a common way to populate a data warehouse, but the same principles will apply to any batch system, whenever it is run. Systems that are designed for high availability have additional challenges, and processing will already be designed so that maintenance can be carried out while the system is available. These systems can still benefit from the principles outlined in this article because control of the process can still be an issue. >> Go to Source...

Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger?

Watch this TED Talk from David Epstein. When you look at sporting achievements over the last decades, it seems like humans have gotten faster, better and stronger in nearly every way. Yet as David Epstein points out in this delightfully counter-intuitive talk, we might want to lay off the self-congratulation. Many factors are at play in shattering athletic records, and the development of our natural talents is just one of them. >> Watch...

Peter Ustinov

What a guy ! Would have loved to cook for him my favourite dish … Avocado Mango Prawn Spicy Salad on slices of grilled pineapple with cinnamon sugar …

La Tour Eiffel

I know it’s a bit late but 125 years and still standing : La Tour Eiffel is one of my favourites! And that is not only because it helped me through my marathon in Paris in 2010 ,,, it was just so energising. Find out all the details from the wiki … as usual!

Sofadeve – Mailer Response Tracker Module

This module went live just in time for the Meeting of german academics in Edinburgh in April 2014 and has claimed to be great success. The module uses the ground breaking webFRAME from Sofadeve’s product suite and provides a very simple but nevertheless appealing response page which is referenced into the mailer inviting to the upcoming event. Interested ? Want to know more ? Have a look yourself ? In case of one or two or three yes answers to the above use our contact page to get in touch...

Design Patterns

Nice and neat overview including some criticism … isn’t that refreshing? In software engineering, a design pattern is a general repeatable solution to a commonly occurring problem in software design. A design pattern isn’t a finished design that can be transformed directly into code. It is a description or template for how to solve a problem that can be used in many different situations… >> Go to Source...

To create for the ages, let’s combine art and engineering

When Bran Ferren was just 9, his parents took him to see the Pantheon in Rome — and it changed everything. In that moment, he began to understand how the tools of science and engineering become more powerful when combined with art, with design and beauty. Ever since, he’s been searching for a convincing modern-day equivalent to Rome’s masterpiece. Stay tuned to the end of the talk for his unexpected suggestion. Watch...

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