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  1. If I would have headlined this post announcing "Womens' artistic gymnastics - vault", those of you interested in this topic at all would have probably thought that this was about Kerri Strug's heroics at the 1996 Olympics. Well, I would like to introduce you to another artistic gymnast specializing in the vault - Oksana Chusovitina. Her career spans eight Olympic Games. She was born in 1975 and won the team Olympic gold medal in 1992 with the "Unified Team", the former Soviet Union. Unlike most gymnasts, she continued to compete after becoming a mother. At the 2008 Olympics, at the age of 32, she won the silver medal in the vault. While this was an amazing achievement considering her age, it is even more astonishing that she is still competing - now at the age of 47.
  2. Well, I think your post reminded them to do cereal commercials. Last night I saw two, one for Raisin Bran, the other for some sugary mush whose name I cannot remember. It was not for "Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs".
  3. A late entry. Two iconic moments, the heavyweight boxing matches between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling in 1936 and 1938. Both were amazingly skilled boxers. The first bout in 1936 went to Schmeling. Bout two in !938 went to Louis. Commenting on the second bout in 1975, Schmeling stated in 1975: "Looking back, I'm almost happy I lost that fight. Just imagine if I would have come back to Germany with a victory. I had nothing to do with the Nazis, but they would have given me a medal. After the war I might have been considered a war criminal." After WWII, Louis and Schmeling remained connected until Louis' death in 1981. Schmeling became a successful businessman (he was the face of Coca-Cola's entry into Germany) allowing him to assist his former rival Joe Louis financially in his later years, eventually financing his funeral.
  4. Bummer. I did not watch Japan beating Spain, but I can imagine that Spain did not make too much effort to tie the game. Being second in the group will likely help to avoid Brazil later. Now I just hope that the Bills can rescue my day.
  5. Lou Reed and John Cale both had long careers after their Velvet Underground Days. My favorite John Cale song...
  6. Sorry, but you are missing the point here. The idea is to find songs that elicit very different interpretations - it does not matter how difficult it is to play the song. One reason I chose this example is because it is rare to have a song with two different time signatures (3/4 or 4/4) about equally distributed between the cover versions. By the way, I do not own any beginner guitar books (many years ago, I played piano and organ). However, I would guess that they all provide the 3/4 time signature of the "House of the Rising Sun".
  7. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! I actually got a CD today, by one of my favorite artists - Kristin Hersh. Hersh was, together with her stepsister Tanya Donelly, the founding member of the alternative/indie band "Throwing Muses" in the mid-1980s (remember "Counting Backwards"?). Since then, she has been turning out great music under three different aliases: continuing the alt/indie output as "Throwing Muses", quieter folk-like songs under her own name, and the power-rock trio 50 Foot Wave. 50 Foot Wave just released their second album, "Black Pearl". Here are two songs... (you have to crank up the volume to fully appreciate it)
  8. Another entry: The House of the Rising Sun This is a very old song of unknown origin. The first recorded version was by Ashley and Foster in 1933 as "Rising Sun Blues". Woodie Guthrie recorded his version in 1941. Interestingly it is in 4/4, not in 3/4 as the Ashley and Foster version. What made the song famous: Eric Burdon and the Animals (in 3/4) The heavy/psychedelic version; Frijid Pink (their only hit ever - in 4/4) A newer heavy version - Muse (in 3/4) I am aware that there are numerous other covers, e.g. Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, even Dolly Parton. I do not think that any of those covers is very different from the examples shown here. Thus, I will conclude this chapter with... Puddles
  9. Do you have a source for this sweeping statement? Probably not, because it is not true. There are two important questions here. First, were there cultures that actually approved of infanticide? Yes. One example, the Spartans in Greece, and there were others. From Wikipedia: Sparta was above all a militarist state, and emphasis on military fitness began virtually at birth. Shortly after birth, a mother would bathe her child in wine to see whether the child was strong. If the child survived it was brought before the Gerousia by the child's father. The Gerousia then decided whether it was to be reared or not.[27] It is commonly stated that if they considered it "puny and deformed", the baby was thrown into a chasm on Mount Taygetos known euphemistically as the Apothetae (Gr., ἀποθέται, "Deposits").[113][114] This was, in effect, a primitive form of eugenics.[113] Sparta is often viewed as being unique in this regard, however, anthropologist Laila Williamson notes that "Infanticide has been practiced on every continent and by people on every level of cultural complexity, from hunter gatherers to high civilizations. Rather than being an exception, then, it has been the rule."[115] There is controversy about the matter in Sparta, since excavations in the chasm only uncovered adult remains, likely belonging to criminals.[116] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sparta#Birth_and_death Second question: Do all cultures recognize a fetus as a baby? No. And there are lots of examples, too many to list here. In ancient culture, lets go with the Stoics in Greece (again, from Wikipedia): The Stoics believed the fetus to be plantlike in nature, and not an animal until the moment of birth, when it finally breathed air. They therefore found abortion morally acceptable. Another example, Judaism. From https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/abortion-in-jewish-thought/ Jewish law does not share the belief common among abortion opponents that life begins at conception, nor does it legally consider the fetus to be a full person deserving of protections equal those accorded to human beings. In Jewish law, a fetus attains the status of a full person only at birth. As an added bonus, here is the Israeli view of abortion... Is abortion legal in Israel? Yes. All Israeli women seeking to terminate a pregnancy (and have it paid for through state health insurance) must appear before a three-person committee, but in practice nearly all requests are granted. There are no laws limiting when an abortion can be performed, and a woman whose request is denied by the committee can still seek an abortion at a private clinic. Estimates are that about half the abortions performed in Israel are done in private clinics. As of 2014, abortions were paid for entirely by the state for women aged 20 to 33, and subsidized abortions were granted for those outside that age range. https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/abortion-in-jewish-thought/
  10. I am not convinced an extra thread would get enough responses. Thus, I will keep my responses to the "muppy challenge" in this thread. My first entry: Ticket to Ride The original: The "punk rock" version The psychedelic/heavy version (there are some recent live versions available, but they just document that at some point you should retire) The aria version Very close to the original, from one of their biggest competitors at that time https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QU_tOlCYGvI
  11. Difficult to find a live video with reasonable audio from them... And I could not find a live version of my favorite Hüsker Dü song...
  12. Bob Beamon's long jump at the 1968 Olympics - improving the world record at that time (8.35 m) by nearly two feet (8.90 m). Since then, more than 50 years ago, only a single jump has been longer. Another Olympic epic moment, this time in a sport that is definitely not main-stream, equestrian, specifically show jumping. At the 1956 Olympics (due to Australia's strict quarantine rules, the equestrian events were performed in Stockholm, Sweden), in the first round the German rider Hans-Guenther Winkler pulled a groin muscle at the penultimate obstacle after his mare took off early and threw him out of position. (From Wikipedia) Despite the pain Winkler decided to ride in the second round as the German team would be eliminated without him. After he was given tranquilizers Winkler found that he was comfortable sitting, but riding was difficult and painful. Any drugs that could reduce the pain enough to make him comfortable in the saddle also would reduce his mental capacity, and therefore, he was only given black coffee before his ride to try to help reduce his dizziness and double-vision. Halla apparently sensed that her rider was not right and performed the entire course clear with only steering from Winkler, and their performance won them the individual and team gold.
  13. My favorite Clash song... Two interesting covers. First, Paul Simonon himself turns it into a New Orleans-style funeral march... Second, a different interpretation...
  14. Bijan Robinson (RB Texas). Today against Kansas: 172 yards, 3 TD in the first half...
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