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Whose Birthday Is It? August 8, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? August 8, 2020

Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac (1902) Dirac was an influential English mathematician and theoretical physicist. In 1928, he published a version of quantum mechanics taking into account the theory of relativity. His theory predicted an antiparticle to the electron, and, in 1932, the positron was discovered. That year, Dirac was appointed to the same University of Cambridge chair once held by Isaac Newton. Likely autistic, Dirac was known for his precise nature and literal view of the world. How did he once introduce his wife? More…

by · August 8, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Quote of the Day: August 8, 2020

Quote of the Day: August 8, 2020

Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live. Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

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Word of the Day: August 8, 2020

Word of the Day: August 8, 2020

recidivate  Definition: (verb) To return to a previous pattern of behavior, especially to return to criminal habits. Synonyms: relapse, retrogress, lapse, regress, fall back Usage: I did not mean to recidivate, but burgling homes is second nature to me. Discuss.

by · August 8, 2020 · Bulletin Board

COUNCIL MEMBER FERNANDO CABRERA CALLS FILTHY STREETS PUBLIC HEALTH HAZARD, CALLS FOR CITY COUNCIL HEARING ON TRASH PICK-UP

Bronx, NY – Calling the pile up of trash and food waste in neighborhood streets, sidewalks and parks a “public health hazard,” Council Member Fernando today called for the New York City Council’s Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management […]

by · August 7, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Whose Birthday Is It? August 7, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? August 7, 2020

Emil Nolde (1867) Nolde was a German painter and printmaker. Fervently religious, he often painted supernatural imagery, such as demonic heads and mystic appearances. Impressed by the art he saw on a 1913 expedition to the East Indies, he began to paint brooding landscapes and colorful flowers. As a printmaker, he was noted for his crudely cut, stark black-and-white woodcuts. Though he was an early advocate of the Nazi party, the party condemned his art and forbade him to paint. What did he do instead? More…

by · August 7, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Quote of the Day: August 7, 2020

Quote of the Day: August 7, 2020

Every man is as heaven made him, and sometimes a great deal worse. Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) 

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Word of the Day: August 7, 2020

Word of the Day: August 7, 2020

embolden  Definition: (verb) To foster boldness or courage in; encourage. Synonyms: cheer, hearten Usage: Emboldened by the success of his first novel, he started on a second. Discuss.

by · August 7, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Whose Birthday Is It? August 6, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? August 6, 2020

Lucille Désirée Ball (1911) Ball was the star of the tremendously popular 1950s television show I Love Lucy. Prior to her superstardom, Ball appeared in many B-movies, earning the nickname “Queen of the B’s.” With her rasping voice and a comic persona alternately brassy and feminine, she became the preeminent female star of the early decades of television. She and costar Desi Arnaz, married in real life and on I Love Lucy, divorced after the show ended. In what other shows and films did Ball appear? More…

by · August 6, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Quote of the Day: August 6, 2020

Quote of the Day: August 6, 2020

To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact. Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

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Word of the Day: August 6, 2020

Word of the Day: August 6, 2020

dingle  Definition: (noun) A small wooded hollow. Synonyms: dell Usage: For no reason but that his fancy led him, he … walked down the grassy sunny slope of the open meadow, and so came to the little dingle. Discuss.

by · August 6, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Whose Birthday Is It? August 5, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? August 5, 2020

Neil Alden Armstrong (1930) Armstrong became a pilot at 16, studied aeronautical engineering, and won three medals as a US Navy pilot in the Korean War. He became test pilot in 1955 and joined the space program in 1962. He made history in 1969, when he became the first person to walk on the Moon, a feat he famously declared “one giant leap for mankind.” Though this brought him worldwide renown, he, for the most part, avoided the limelight. What unusual legal battle did he face with his barber in 2005? More…

by · August 5, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Quote of the Day: August 5, 2020

Quote of the Day: August 5, 2020

Judge the goodness of a book by the energy of the punches it has given you. I believe the greatest characteristic of genius, is, above all, force. Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

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Word of the Day: August 5, 2020

Word of the Day: August 5, 2020

insolence  Definition: (noun) An instance of insolent behavior, treatment, or speech. Synonyms: rudeness, cheek Usage: Sara sassed the teacher and was given detention for her insolence. Discuss.

by · August 5, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Whose Birthday Is It? August 3, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? August 3, 2020

Elisha Graves Otis (1811) By 1852, Otis had already devised several inventions, including a safety brake for trains. While setting up a factory that year, he developed an automatic safety device to prevent heavy machinery from falling if a rope broke while the machinery was being hoisted. The first fail-safe, fall-safe passenger elevator quickly followed. It made possible the construction of skyscrapers, greatly altering the landscape of modern cities. What daring publicity stunt helped launch sales of Otis’s elevators? More…

by · August 3, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Quote of the Day: August 3, 2020

Quote of the Day: August 3, 2020

A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other. Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

by · August 3, 2020 · Bulletin Board