Monday, April 30, 2012

It’s official: 1 World Trade Center is now New York's tallest skyscraper

Let freedom ring! It’s official: 1 World Trade Center is now New York's tallest skyscraper Empire State Building drops to No. 2 - By Benjamin Lesser / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS April 30, 2012

Freedom Tower: 11 Beautiful Instagrams of NYC’s Tallest Building by Christine Erickson, Mashable

Esperanza Spalding - Cuerpo y Alma (Body and Soul)

Esperanza Spalding's awe-inspiring rendition of "Body and Soul" (Cuerpo y Alma) in 5/4 meter.

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Michel Camilo - Mano a Mano / Las Dos Lorettas

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Black-Scholes: The maths formula linked to the financial crash

"Black-Scholes was first written down in the early 1970s but its story starts earlier than that, in the Dojima Rice Exchange in 17th Century Japan where futures contracts were written for rice traders. A simple futures contract says that I will agree to buy rice from you in one year's time, at a price that we agree right now.

"By the 20th Century the Chicago Board of Trade was providing a marketplace for traders to deal not only in futures but in options contracts. An example of an option is a contract where we agree that I can buy rice from you at any time over the next year, at a price that we agree right now - but I don't have to if I don't want to.

(...) "The Black-Scholes method turned out to be a way not only to calculate value of options but all kinds of other financial assets. "We were like kids in a candy story in the sense that we described options everywhere, options were embedded in everything that we did in life," says Scholes.

"But Black and Scholes weren't the only kids in the candy store, says Ian Stewart, whose book argues that Black-Scholes was a dangerous invention.

""What the equation did was give everyone the confidence to trade options and very quickly, much more complicated financial options known as derivatives," he says." Read the article: Black-Scholes: The maths formula linked to the financial crash By Tim Harford, 27 April 2012 BBC

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Expose: The Vatican Wants to Lay its Hands on Jerusalem

Expose: The Vatican Wants to Lay its Hands on Jerusalem - The Vatican is now reiterating demands for control of religious sites in Jerusalem. Jordan's occupation 1948-1967 didn't bother them. By Giulio Meotti, Italy 12/15/2011

Related links:

Myths & Facts Online: Jerusalem By Mitchell G. Bard -

Temple Mount on Wikipedia

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Holy See–Israel relations

Excavations at the Temple Mount

Third Temple

History of Jerusalem

Images: Baroque monstrance from Eucharistic Adoration and the Transfiguration - Tantum Ergo Sacramentum / The Eucharistic Miracle at Lanciano, from Society of St. Pius X District of Asia (Also see monstrance (aka ostensorium) on Wikipedia)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Barbara Streisand sings "Where is it Written?" from Yentl 1983

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Comic Con Quotes from Big Bang Theory: The Justice League Recombination

Image: From The Big Bang Theory Quotes from 'The Justice League Recombination' Thursday, December 16, 2010

Leonard: Fine, if Zack’s going to be Superman, I want to be Green Lantern.

Raj: But I’m Green Lantern.

Leonard: You can be Aquaman.

Raj: I don’t want to be Aquaman. He sucks. He sucks underwater. He sucks fish pee.

Sheldon: Excuse me, I believe Aquaman uses his telepathic powers to request the fish do their business elsewhere.

Zack: Hey, babe.

Penny: I’m still mad at you.

Zack: Well, you won’t be when you hear the great news.

Penny: What great news?

Zack: We’re going to a costume party at the comic book store on New Year’s Eve, and you get to be Wonder Woman.

Sheldon: Complete with bulletproof bracelets and lasso of truth. Invisible plane sold separately.

Penny: Wait, why me? Wh-Why can’t your girlfriend be Wonder Woman?

Howard: She and her lab team are under quarantine. Seems at the Christmas party they were doing Jell-O shots out of petri dishes that used to contain yellow fever.

Sheldon: I understand why you’re upset.

Penny: Really?

Sheldon: Yes. You’re afraid that costume makes you look fat.

Penny: No. Wait, wait, does it?

Sheldon: Don’t worry. Wonder Woman was an Amazon. And Amazons tend to be very beefy gals.

(From Series 4 Episode 11 – The Justice League Recombination - Big Bang Theory Transcripts)

Olivia Munn as Wonder Woman

Boston Comic Con: April 21 - 22, 2012

Comic Con International: San Diego 2012 July 12 - 15

New York Comic Con - October 11 - 14, 2012

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Tony MacAlpine - Ölüdeniz / Champion

Fred Kimmel's Rock Band 101 Autism Awareness Show

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Sun Belt

Living on the somewhat insular conceptual isle of Pink Manhattan (yes, it's as much a conceptual place as "Hollywood", although I really am in NYC, like there's an actual place called Hollywood, CA), I only know of a Borscht Belt and a Bible Belt; till now, I'd never heard of a Sun Belt (aka 'Sunbelt') or any of the other belts listed on Wikipedia (Jell-O Belt (Mormon Corridor), Unchurched Belt, a literally racist Black Belt (although it is stated that the original use of the term was related to the soil in the region) and more at this link: List of belt regions of the United States).

"The Sun Belt is a region of the United States generally considered to stretch across the South and Southwest (the geographic southern United States). Another rough boundary of the region is the area south of the 36th parallel, north latitude. It is the largest region which the U.S government does not recognize officially (in its postal regions and census).[citation needed] The main defining feature of the Sun Belt is its warm-temperate climate with extended summers and brief, relatively mild winters; Florida, the Gulf Coast, and southern Texas, however, have a true subtropical climate.

"The Belt has seen substantial population growth in recent decades (1960s to recent) fueled by milder winters; a surge in retiring baby boomers who migrate domestically; and the influx of immigrants, both legal and illegal. This population boom has been less substantial in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama compared with their western and eastern neighbor states. Also, over the past several decades, air conditioning has made it easier for people to deal with the heat in portions of the region during the summertime. Water shortages are becoming a common problem in the region.

(...) "Author and political analyst Kevin Phillips claims to have coined the term "to describe the oil, military, aerospace and retirement country stretching from Florida to California" in his 1969 book The Emerging Republican Majority.

(...) "Since 1970, the Belt states have gained 25 electoral votes. Since Lyndon B. Johnson's election in 1964, every elected United States President, with the exception of Barack Obama from Illinois, has been from the Sun Belt. (Gerald Ford, who was from Michigan, became president following Richard Nixon's resignation, but was not elected as president, and lost to Georgia's Jimmy Carter in the 1976 election.)" Read more: Sun Belt From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

TNT - Seven Seas

From Knights of the New Thunder

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Mari Hamada - Paradise / Unconscious Beauty



The Holy City (Jerusalem)

Published on Jan 23, 2011 by Afrikitty on You Tube

Jessye Norman - soprano

Related link: Visit The Temple Mount in Jerusalem online

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Pat Buchanan On American Jews and the Pro-Israel Lobby / Pope Pius XIII

What is the Middle East conflict about, and what does it have to do with Jerusalem? Does the Vatican want to see the Pope in a newly built temple in Jerusalem where he will rule over the nations as the promised messiah in the actual bloodline (edited: correction--as many believe the last pope will be--) of Jesus Christ, or, as Cardinal Taurean put it, "Palestinian prince of peace" (I had never read about or heard of Jesus being referred to as anything but the Jewish messiah for Christians)? I don't know if this is the goal of the RCC, but perhaps it's easier for me to understand Pat Buchanan's views on Israel if I see them in the context of a Traditionalist Catholic. Pat Buchanan: In His Own Words - Anti-Defamation League

Pat Buchanan on War and Peace

Is the GOP Becoming a War Party? by Patrick J. Buchanan, March 09, 2012

Related links:

(Edited to add:) Traditionalists facing showdown with Vatican - Pink Manhattan April 17, 2012

"Lucian Pulvermacher (born Earl Pulvermacher, April 20, 1918 – November 30, 2009)[1][2] was a traditionalist Roman Catholic priest. He was the head of the "True Catholic Church," a small conclavist group that, without authorization from the Holy See of Rome, elected him Pope Pius XIII in October, 1998. He resided in Springdale, Washington, United States.

(...) "Popes John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, whose papal reigns "Pope Pius XIII" claimed to be illicit and invalid." Lucian Pulvermacher (redirect from True Catholic Church) (See also: Searches for Traditionalist Roman Catholic on Wikipedia)

Paleoconservatism - Wikipedia

"The phrase paleoconservative ("old conservative") was originally a tongue-in-cheek rejoinder used in the 1980s to differentiate traditional conservatives from neoconservatives and Straussians. Pat Buchanan calls neoconservatism "a globalist, interventionist, open borders ideology."[1] The paleoconservatives argue that the "neocons" are illegitimate interlopers in the conservative movement." Neoconservatism and paleoconservatism - Wikipedia

Image: By Russian born but New York based artist Alexander Kosolapov
Curators of Mickey Mouse Jesus Exhibition On Trial in Russia

Thursday, April 12, 2012

From OVO

Friday, April 06, 2012

Wishing You a Happy Passover / Easter

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Judaism - Judaismo - Sephardic - Sefardita - Jewish worship

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Shema Israel - Traditional Judean Version

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Shema Israel! by Misha Marmar (Миша Мармар). Music - Ilya

Happy Passover and Happy Easter from PINK MANHATTAN

"Shema Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Echad."
("Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord" - Deuteronomy 6:4)

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Rotary Connection - I am the Black Gold of the Sun

1971. Uploaded by funknroll on You Tube

Nuyorican Soul "The Remixes"

Monday, April 02, 2012

Sunday, April 01, 2012

By Kilian Sweet Redemption (plus my ambitious Top 10!)


Just on a whim, I thought about compiling a perfume Top 10 again, a sort of all time best perfumes list, if you will (without giving away all my secrets, now). I thought about what "the best" would entail; for me, it would have to mean something indispensable from either my own wardrobe or the world of fragrance...a scent that has it all: class, beauty, sophistication and that thing that makes it memorable, or naturally likable.

This past month, I wore By Kilian Sweet Redemption: The End (L'Oeuvre Noire Collection), and feel I love it enough to replenish once my supply is completely down. The orange blossom note starts loud, sweet, spicy and sharp, like the offspring between Caron Narcisse Noir (or Blanc) and By Kilian Love, but with a piercing lime-citrus tone, before it settles into a rich, deeply honeyed, ambery, woody incense base. I love that it has none of that somewhat dusky labdanum base note found in Love by Kilian, and instead has an amber-vanillic dry down, much smoother to my senses, though in "The End", it's very sweet indeed, like fleur d'oranger candy. I appreciate that it isn't another perfumey orange blossom, as much as I've loved them over the years: Boucheron, 24, Faubourg, JPG Classique, APOM, etc. (OK, still need to test Fragile) I still like Ma Dame but I'm not always in the mood for its DKNY-esque, orange-vodka screwdriver minimalism. I could replace Narcisse Noir with Sweet Redemption, actually, maybe come holiday season.

How could I not love it, the final triumph of Kilian's masterful collection? Master perfumer Calice Becker's work is a sweet and brooding white floral, the best of both worlds, of purity and corruption, innocence and flesh. For more comparisons, it sometimes reminds me of Rich Hippie Psychedelic which reminded me of Pilar & Lucy The Exact Friction of Stars - but it's more like the new Narcisse Noir, seriously.

I tested Lorenzo Villoresi Iperborea earlier last month, and although I didn't care for it, it's the kind of soft floral I think many people prefer over the sweet ones I prefer. Iperborea is a white floral along the lines of Maître Parfumeur et Gantier Camélia Chinois. It's what I often call a "skin cream floral", like Nivea cream scent. Iperborea was named for Hyperborea, and is said to have been composed to smell like a non-tropical garden - I picture this mythical 'perfect' place in the arctic north where 'white spring flowers' grow under the sun shining 24 hours a day, even though the Hyperboreans are 'fair-haired'...and think, wow, Europeans have many myths pertaining to physical appearance and lineage, the crux of these narratives like a divining rod between north vs. south.

I also wondered a bit about Caron Parfum Sacré, and its spiritual implication, particularly in connection to Roman Catholicism, because of the Pope's recent trip to Cuba, and having heard about the Golden Rose he bestowed upon a church. Apparently, there is, or was, a musk-and-balsam perfume that a pope once filled one of those Golden Roses with. I thought about the little gold shavings that swirl inside Parfum Sacre parfum, and wondered if there was a connection between perfumery and metallurgy in the Catholic tradition, and if such a perfume culture was captured by the perfumer (Jean-Pierre Béthouard) in his modernized Or et Noir (Gold and Black - 1949 by Michel Morsetti). Btw, this is a gorgeous perfume, but a very perfumey one (as in not 'fresh'), one redolent of dusky rose, violet and earthy resins of myrrh and frankincense, like an ode to Catholic church incense. However, Parfum Sacre is among the more modern Caron creations, comparable to the "new" Fleur de Rocaille, Aimez Moi and Lady Caron, all Caron quality sans the notoriously "inky" Caron base, Mousse de Saxe, brought to life once upon a time by perfume alchemist Ernest Daltroff.

Here's a fun little Top 10 off the cuff Best Perfumes of All Time List!

1. Jean Patou JOY (wore this today...I finally get the roses in this - wow! There's more rose in JOY than Nahema)
2. Creed Spring Flower
3. Bond No.9 Saks Fifth Avenue for Her (it's better than Fracas for me...maybe even better than Carnal Flower)
4. Chanel No.19
5. Corday Toujour Moi (vintage textbook beauty; the new Dana version is very much improved, thanks to technology!)
6. Lanvin Arpege (best Aldehydic besides Chanel No.22 - strictly for the vintage mood - try Caleche or No.5 for less sweet)
7. Annick Goutal Songes
8. Guerlain L'Heure Bleue (figured out recently it makes me smell like a Stella d'Oro Margherite, or a biscotti, with a hint of dank foresty moss)
9. By Kilian Sweet Redemption
10. Cartier La Treizieme Heure XIII