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You may have seen David Armand's hilarious and clever "interpretive dance" versions of popular songs, for example this one from the BBC quiz show Fast and LooseDavid Armand - The Killers - Human (Interpretative Dance)

Now watch him take on Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn" for an Amnesty International event. 
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+Christina Talbott-Clark OK, maybe it is a guy thing ;-)
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An interesting bit of history for your weekend, courtesy of +Rajini Rao.

Thanks to +Bill Carter for the share.
On The Shoulders of Giants

♀ A sepia print of an Indian woman, a Japanese woman and a woman from Syria, dated 1885. What do they have in common? Extraordinarily, each was the first licensed female medical doctor in their country of origin. They were trained at the Women's Medical College in Pennsylvania, the first of its kind in the country. This was a time before women had the right to vote. If they did attend college at all, it was at the risk of contracting "neuralgia, uterine disease, hysteria, and other derangements of the nervous system” (according to Harvard gynecologist Edward H. Clarke). 

An all-woman medical school was first proposed in 1846, supported by the Quakers and the feminist movement. Dr. Ellwood Harvey, one of the early teaching faculty, daringly smuggled out a slave, Ann Maria Weems, dressed as a male buggy driver, from right outside the White House. With his reward money, he bought his students a  papier maché dissection mannequin. Eventually, poverty forced him to quit teaching, but he still helped out with odd jobs. What a magnificent man!  

Fate and fortune were to buffet Ms. Joshi's life. Married at age 9 to a man 11 years older, her husband turned out to be surprisingly progressive. After she lost her first child at age 14, she vowed to render to her "poor suffering country women the true medical aid they so sadly stand in need of and which they would rather die than accept at the hands of a male physician". She was first offered a scholarship by a missionary on condition that she converted to Christianity. When she demurred, a wealthy socialite from New Jersey stepped in and financed her education. She is believed to be the first Hindu woman to set foot on American soil. I didn't arrive until 1983 ;)

Times were tough then. The fate of these three intrepid pioneers was a sad one. Joshi died of tuberculosis in India at the age of 21, without ever practicing. Fittingly, her husband sent her ashes back to America. Islambouli was not heard of again, likely because she was never allowed to practice in her home country. Although Okami rose to the position of head of gynecology at a Tokyo hospital, she resigned two years later when the Emperor of Japan refused to meet her because she was a woman. 

Times have changed. My own mother was married at the age of 13 to a man also 11 years her senior. My father recalls helping my mother with her geography homework in high school. She never did attend college, despite being a charismatic woman with quicksilver wit and efficiency. Little wonder then, when I was accepted into graduate school in the US, unmarried and 21 years young, my parents staunchly stood behind me against the dire predictions of friends and relatives ("She'll come back with a yellow haired American!" "Haven't you read Cosmopolitan magazine? They are all perverts there!"). Happily, I escaped perversion, earned my doctoral degree and even gained a supportive spouse of my own. In 2004, I became only the 103rd woman to be promoted to Professor in the 111-year history of the Johns Hopkins medical school, and the first in my department, the oldest Physiology department in the country. If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants

#STEMwomen   #ScienceEveryday  

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I thought so too! :)
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Sunday Night Symphony (or, for those of you in a time zone ahead of mine, which is most of you, Monday Morning Music)

This is a brilliant piece of humorous composition. Enjoy! 

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Quite possibly one of the most hilarious pieces of music I've heard in quite some time. h/t +Joseph Wu 
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Yes - I was thinking a movement from Oedipus Tex should follow this post. :)
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Want a little intellectualism with your popcorn this weekend? 
Captain America: The Winter Soldier comes out today. Prep for the SHIELD showdown by reading up on the philosophies behind the iconic American hero!
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More silliness for your Friday! 
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This song is pretty darned clever, as well as being informative for those of us in North America. Happy moonwatching tonight! 
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A life well lived

I find this exhortation, written with the best of intentions, intended to inspire us to a life better and more fulfillingly lived, slightly troubling. That's not the fault of the author; I bring my own interpretations and background to what I read, just as any of us do. But I'm sharing this in case you, too, find the frequent command to "follow your bliss" somewhat disquieting; if you, like me, respond to such a directive with a timid "But what if I don't know what my bliss is?"

I worried for years because I didn't have a clear and obvious "passion" - no one thing that drove me, that I loved more than any other. We're taught from childhood to think about "what we want to be" as adults, and it's presented as a single, life-defining choice. How would I know what I should do with my life if I couldn't figure out what that thing was? 

I was incredibly relieved to read, when in my twenties, that only about 25% of us have that single-minded passion for a vocation, that one thing to which we are driven to devote our lives. Not knowing what my "passion" is was not abnormal - in fact, it was common! 

While it is important to find things that we love, things that nourish our hearts and minds, we don't have to choose just one unless we want to. There are many different things in life to love and enjoy. It's okay to just be happy. 

I'm pretty sure this is the simplest (and most profound) thought that I have posted before. Deep down, we all know this to be true. When we find our passion, we discover what it is that keeps us happy for decades!

Find your passion, I believe, and you will find the peace of your lifetime... Find that, and work will not be work anymore, it will be replaced by one word: joy.

#quotestoliveby   #quote   #slogans   #livinglife   #passion   #passionsoflife   #lifequotes   #livinglife  

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I'd go further than that - I think "find your passion" and "do what you love" are deeply misguided, because they distract you - is this really what I love? Is this passionate enough? But what if I taught Yoga to neglected children in the Urals?

Do what you enjoy, and what you're good at. The right thing will cross your path. Don't worry about passion. It will come.
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Interested in some good books to read? +Diane Duane's washing machine died so she's having an e-book sale. I've loved her books since I was a kid. Enjoy! 
"LAST LEGS" #EBOOK SALE: Everyone's had it happen. Things are going along calmly enough and then something happens to throw your budget out of whack. In our case, the washer-dryer* is dying. (Or as they say in Monty Python, "Well, it was coughing up blood last night...")  And it's old enough that trying to get it repaired would cost more than replacing it.

So for a limited time only, everything in our catalog is 60% off.

Details and discount codes are over here:


(and now back to mopping the floor)
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+Christina Talbott-Clark  thank you for reposting. I'm always about discounts on e-books. (We are steam cleaning carpets this afternoon... "how interesting" I hear you thinking... but what do you imagine I moved most of? What type of stacks do you think need more 'shifting' than any other? What was crammed into corners... EVERYWHERE!  *BOOKS*

I love them, but my house refused to grow a Hogwart's Library. It's very unfair. So I've forced myself to become an e-book lover until a Great Aunt whom I've never met dies and leaves me bootles of money and a large house with a vast library... WITH EMPTY SHELVES IN IT. LOL.

+Gert Sønderby I understand your frustration intimately (grabs soap box). When George RR Martin wrote his first three Game of Thrones books a decade + ago,  I was madly in love with the series until he hit book four and spent the ENTIRE book with the evil family (no television deal in sight then) ignored they mythos of this entire unexplained world "North of THE WALL". He said (via the publicity machine) he did it to make it easier for his readers. coughbullshitcough I've always believed that he hadn't worked out the complicated magic mythology of the world over the magic North of his Wall, so he stayed with the royal (evil) family and totally cut out his heroic northern family for all of the fourth book -- screw that -- that was what the fans were desperate to know about.

Suddenly we're were in the desert also with dragon eggs and what-not (?). So we all paid for a big fat expensive book that treaded water for a billion pages. Martin released #4 first in hardback in 2005 (?). Then he didn't release #5 with our main family until 2011.  OUCH.  More evidence to me that he hadn't done his outlining work and now it was catching up to him. IMHO, he didn't have an end to his book. I felt like a real sucker. I swore I wasn't going to give him my money for #5... I got weak years later and did.

This was all many many years ago and I've had that final book #5 on my iPad for almost a year and I keep staring at it with a cranky eye and swearing I'm going to get over myself and read it, but he really pissed this hard core (book) fan off.  I've avoided the TV version like the plague. I hear it's well done, although quite uniquely abridged. Who knows... could be better. I'll give up my grudge eventually, but when he released two of his lazy WILD CARD books in the middle of that endless waiting period, I could have shot him on sight... No fury worse than that of a scorned fan... (isn't that it?)
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When Julia and Sara bought their rundown 1967 duplex in downtown Anchorage, it was a mess. "It had barely been touched in 40+ years," Julia wrote to us. "Sculpted shag carpet, pink toilets, mirrored tile, etc." After qualifying for a renovation mortgage loan and deciding on a contractor, Julia had just 24 hours to pick everything for the interior of the house — including the kitchen! — but she did it with the help of a designer and Pinterest insp...
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I can't stop laughing either. 

Happy Friday! 

Via +Gail Grimm 
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I'm a geek. I have many geekeries: pop cultural geekery, of course; SCIENCE!; theology; music; sociology; books (especially, but not exclusively, science fiction/fantasy); linguistics; food; archaeology; and so on and so forth. I'm kind of a philosophical Jack-of-all-trades (and master of none).

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