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Topic: thaumaturge
Posted: Saturday, March 23, 2019 12:00:00 AM
thaumaturge

(noun) One who practices magic or sorcery.

Synonyms: necromancer, sorcerer, wizard, magician

Usage: The self-proclaimed thaumaturge bowed to his audience before disappearing in a puff of smoke.
Topic: Witch Balls
Posted: Saturday, March 23, 2019 12:00:00 AM
Witch Balls

A witch ball is a hollow sphere of plain or stained glass that was originally hung in windows to ward off evil spirits, witch's spells, or ill fortune. According to folk tales, the bright colors of witch balls, traditionally green or blue, would entice evil spirits, and strands inside the ball would capture them and prevent them from escaping. The colorful spheres eventually became popular simply as decorative objects. What modern decorations may have been inspired by witch balls? More...
Topic: Patrick Henry: "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!" (1775)
Posted: Saturday, March 23, 2019 12:00:00 AM
Patrick Henry: "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!" (1775)

Henry was an American Revolutionary leader who gained a reputation as a skillful orator. A member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, he delivered his famous speech in defense of liberty to the Virginia Convention in 1775, concluding with the words "Give me liberty or give me death!" The speech is credited with having swung the balance in convincing the assembly to pass a resolution to send Virginia troops to the Revolutionary War. Which future presidents were in the audience during the speech? More...
Topic: Akira Kurosawa (1910)
Posted: Saturday, March 23, 2019 12:00:00 AM
Akira Kurosawa (1910)

Regarded as one of the world's greatest directors for his ability to combine Japanese aesthetic and cultural elements with a Western sense of action and drama, Kurosawa became an assistant director and scenarist at PCL movie studio in 1936. He wrote and directed his first feature film in 1943 and earned international acclaim for Rashomon in 1950. His later classic films include Seven Samurai and Yojimbo. In 1990, Kurosawa won an Academy Award for what? More...
Topic: Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
Posted: Saturday, March 23, 2019 12:00:00 AM
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

Admirers of American playwright Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) gather to celebrate his work at the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival. The five-day event features performances of plays, master classes, literary tours of the city, concerts, a book fair, and poetry and prose readings. The festival closes with a "Stella-Shouting Contest," in which festivalgoers compete to imitate Stanley Kowalski's bellowing cry of "Stella!" as performed by Marlon Brando in the movie version of A Streetcar Named Desire. More...
Topic: Wine is a turncoat; first a friend and then an enemy.
Posted: Saturday, March 23, 2019 12:00:00 AM
Wine is a turncoat; first a friend and then an enemy.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)
Topic: bought the farm
Posted: Saturday, March 23, 2019 12:00:00 AM
bought the farm

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Topic: network
Posted: Saturday, March 23, 2019 12:00:00 AM
Today's topic: network

burele, burelage - A network of fine lines or dots, as on a postage stamp, is called burele or burelage. More...

network - Traceable to the early 16th century, it indicates a web of connections that link objects, institutions, and/or people. More...

limbic system - From Latin limbus, "edge," it is the network of the brain involving areas near the edge of the cortex and controls the basic emotions and drives. More...

neural, neural network - Neural comes from Greek neuron, "nerve"; neural network can now refer to computer architecture in which processors are connected in a manner suggestive of connections between neurons. More...

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Topic: Slashes
Posted: Saturday, March 23, 2019 12:00:00 AM
Slashes

The slash ( / )—technically known as a virgule but also called a slant, solidus, or stroke—serves a number of purposes in writing. What are they? More...
Topic: first-class
Posted: Friday, March 22, 2019 12:00:00 AM
first-class

(adjective) Very good; of the highest quality.

Synonyms: excellent, fantabulous, splendid

Usage: The power of the lantern seemed increased a hundredfold, like a lamp through the lenticular plates of a first-class lighthouse.

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