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The Nocturnes, Op. 15 are a set of three nocturnes written by Frédéric Chopin between 1830 and 1833. The work was published in January 1834, and was dedicated to Ferdinand Hiller.

Nocturne in F-sharp major, Op. 15, No. 2

The opening bars of No. 2 in F♯ major.

Composed in 1832, it is a technically challenging piece in A-B-A form, in 2/4. The first section, Larghetto (mm.40), features an intricate, elaborately ornamental melody over an even quaver bass. The second section, labelled doppio movimento (double speed), resembles a scherzo with dotted quaver-semi quaver melody, semiquavers in a lower voice in the right hand, and large jumps in the bass. The final section is a shortened version of the first (14 bars rather than 24) with characteristic cadenzas and elaboration, finishing with an arpeggio on F♯ major, falling at first, then dying away.

Performer:Krystian Zimerman.Such elegance.A sublime interpretation of one of my favourite Chopin pieces.Simply Enchanting!

anonymous asked:

So we had a few days of Sam and his new "gf" in our faces and now nothing? It's been almost a week and no outings for the new duo? Interesting.

It is rather interesting,no? It, appears, anon, that this has so far been the most public of public romances. That is, every time these two have got together there has been a photo trail conveniently documenting it. And then it’s simple to let the inevitable innuendo take over- as most fans will just assume that the two of them will remain in the same place, and in the same company, as when last seen.
It’s all in the clever timing. That’s how these things work, anon, to create a lot of belief with only a very little bit of evidence.

The belief that is clearly being promoted here is that these two have been having quite a time of it cutting a swath through the LA social scene with MM on Sam’s arm. But what is the evidence? What is it that we have really seen?

first we were shown some pictures that were conveniently made public from a family wedding that showed Sam present at a post ceremony wedding picture session- he even posed for one with MM, but only outside of the venue. And then we saw Sam sitting at a table at the reception and MM seated at the same table, but no interaction between the two, or with anyone else there, in fact Sam seemed to be on his phone. We saw no other shots of Sam, not even in the background at other times. So we are expected here to fill in the blank spaces and concoct from these pics a weekend spent with Sam escorting MM, a bridesmaid at her brother’s wedding. That would include the rehearsal dinner, as well as other family and friend’s get togethers throughout the weekend. But that is all just supposition- no evidence supports it. Sam is in only a few pics and all from a very small slice of time starting from just after the ceremony and ending at the bride and groom dance starting the serious party party part of the reception. Before, and after, that he disappears.
But most people are willing to extrapolate, and so we have an entire “wedding date weekend” made out of three shots taken within a couple of hours of each other.

And then there was LA:
Sam went to a protest party hosted by his talent agency and had a nice pap shot taken in the street outside of himself and MM walking down the street wearing the tee shirts given out to participants.
Then later Sam got his picture done with MM, posing inside the party, at the Piaget pre Oscars party that both he and MM attended- then he also included her in a posed shot of himself with the hosts of the party. At the same party MM was also featured in a shot of Sam, MM, and Monty Jackson taken and posted by Mr Monty since he styled the both of them.
Then the next evening MM posts a shot of herself all dressed up in a white jumpsuit on an apartment complex balcony. Her makeup artist posts a pic of MM and Sam on the same balcony and mentions the Night before the Oscars benefit party in the caption. But no pics of either MM or Sam from the party emerge, either together or separate. And no mention of the party or thank yous to the hosts are tweeted out from either Sam or MM as is always done by a celebrity guest the next day.
So the pics tell only of a talent agency protest and then a pre Oscars cocktail party photo op at a party that both MM and Sam attend. And that’s it.
The benefit party from the next night never seems to get beyond the photo op on the apartment balcony. And Sam is wearing the same navy suit and white shirt as he wore to the Piaget the night before.
It would be very odd for Sam to make two public appearances back to back in exactly the same outfit. But easy enough to have both the balcony photo op and the Piaget party in the same evening and then just have MM change outfits and get her hair ironed down straight, and Sam remove his tie, and then it’s off the the Piaget shindig for the photo op there.
With the hint now thrown down on Friday-and followed up on Saturday with the balcony pic- about a weekend spent going to parties, in actuality Saturday and Sunday nights both are free to do as they please And an entire Oscars weekend worth of “memories” is created in one afternoon and evening.

So it’s up to you, anon, to believe what you want. What is see is the tendency of people to believe that whatever they last saw continues to be true- even when they next see nothing-being put to use here to use a set of photos made of two people created in a short span of time to tell a story of a much longer, and more complex interaction than they actually support.
The actual pics tell only of one afternoon and evening- and the fact that they are then being strung out to encourage me to create the desired narrative on my own makes me quite suspicious. No one has actually said anything concrete here, anon. It’s all just making use of the human tendency to engage in extrapolation.

And then there is the evidence against:
As it turns out Sam did go to the Oscar’ night Vanity Fair Party but the only pic of him inside shows quite plainly that it was Cait on his arm. And no MM on the red carpet, or anywhere else in the interior pics. And then there was a pretty good hint that it was with Cait that he woke up, hung over, the next day.
And Sam has also been daily posting about copious amounts of his free time being spent in the gym or sightseeing with Valbo, or at the game with the boys, and other friends.

And you didn’t mention Cait, anon, but just to round things out let me offer that she was seen at the airport getting the first class passenger VIP treatment as she was leaving for Seattle. She was alone as far as the sighting went. No Tony in tow. A PA will not usually fly first class with their employer, they will go in business or coach- but a VIP spouse certainly would.

So it all comes down to which story you want to believe:
The one created purely by extrapolation.
Or the one created daily by the actions of those involved.


First Look: The Ferrari 458 MM Speciale

Ferrari has unveiled its latest One-Off creation during the car’s first shakedown on the Fiorano circuit in the hands of Ferrari’s chief test driver Dario Benuzzi and the car’s enthusiastic British owner.

Designed in-house by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the 458 MM Speciale was built on the chassis and running gear of the 458 Speciale. Stylistically, the client was looking for extremely sporty lines and specified a ‘visor’ effect for the glasshouse: a black-painted A-pillar, very much in the style of the 1984 Ferrari GTO, helps provide a wraparound solution between the windscreen and side windows which thus meld into single, seamless glass surface. This solution simultaneously lowers the roofline and lends an aerodynamic sleekness to the full volume of the swept-back C-pillar.

Finished in Bianco Italia and complete with a livery that pays homage to the Italian flag, this unique coupé features all-new bodywork, handcrafted in aluminium with composite carbon-fiber bumpers front and rear. The 458 MM Speciale also boasts a new side air scoop, one of the most distinctive elements in an extensive revision of the aerodynamic package.

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Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor Part 3

1) M60A1 RISE. American MBT that succeeded the M48 Patton. With the deactivation of the Army’s last M103 in 1963, the M60 became the US Army’s primary tank. The M60 underwent many updates over its service life, the interior layout providing ample room for updates, extending the vehicle’s service life for over four decades. It was widely used by the U.S. and its Cold War allies, especially those in NATO, and remains in service throughout the world today. 

The RISE (Reliability Improvements for Selected Equipment) upgrade featured improvements to almost all the basic systems including an upgraded engine design that allowed easier access to components to allow removing the engine pack in less time and a new track type. In  the 1980s, USMC M60A1 RISEs received ERA armor.

2 & 3) M60A2. The M60A2 was intended as a stop-gap solution until the projected replacement by the MBT-70. The M60A2, nicknamed “Starship,” due to its “Space Age” technology, featured an entirely new low-profile turret with a commander’s machine-gun cupola on top, giving the commander a good view and field of fire while under armor but spoiling the low profile. It featured a 152 mm main gun similar to that of the M551 Sheridan, which fired conventional rounds as well as the MGM-51 Shillelagh anti-tank missile system.

4 to 6) T29 Heavy Tank. American WWII developmental heavy tank that started in March 1944 to counter the appearance of the Tiger II at Normandy.  The T29 was based upon a lengthened version of the T26E3 chassis and featured heavier armor, a bigger engine and a massive new turret incorporating a high velocity 105 mm gun. Its maximum armor thickness was 279 mm, compared to 180 mm on the Tiger II while its 105 mm gun was longer than the Tiger IIs 88 mm. The T29 also featured a coincidence rangefinder projecting from both sides of the turret, distinctively resembling “ears.”

7 to 10) XM800T ARSV. American experimental scout vehicle developed by the US Army in the 1970s. It was part of a series of armored vehicles being designed by the Army to replace the M113, witha  vehicle with greatly improved fighting capabilities. While the MICV-65 program focused on troop carriers, a separate requirement for a scout vehicle led to the XM800. None of the vehicles from the MICV-65 project entered production, although they provided valuable experience that was used in the M2 Bradley. The XM800T was armed with 20 mm autocannon, as well as a M60-derived machine gun on a pintle mount.


anonymous asked:

I really respect your opinion and love your blog. I'm having a hard time understanding Sam's likes of MM's tweets and IG's when he never has before. Funnily enough Cait seems to be commenting more on HIS IG. The whole thing to me is v confusing. Is the liking of MM's tweets supposed to keep up some kind of narrative? The rugby pic clearly showed to me ppl love them together. Plus, I can't see a relationship with MM surviving after all things recently. V confused. Would ❤ yr thoughts. TY!

Thanks anon!
The liking of MM’s tweets actually fits very well with what we have been seeing recently from Sam and Cait. Ever since they left LA- even as soon as the Seattle fan con- they abruptly changed the narrative back to the self reported one of Sam and Cait as a couple. It’s the one that always seems most natural for them and predominates whenever they are not in LA. The fact that this narrative is self reported by both of them in their own words and actions on their own social media makes it a very hard one to discount. In fact the latest attempt to do so backfired rather badly when the press who reported on the rugby selfie of the two of them were saying on one hand how cuddly and happy they were together- which was really the only comment that could be made by anyone who saw that pic-and then awkwardly inserting what was obviously hand fed spin info about how Sam and some other girl called MM were “red carpet official”- which is not true at all as no red carpets were walked together at the cocktail party that both attended during Oscars week. Actually there is only an interior photo op that featured MM and Sam in a pic standing together, and then Sam included her in one of his photo ops with the party sponsors.
That someone is trying to make sketchy evidence from two pics taken from one party into a grand romance makes it all the more apparent that someone who is trying to support the Sam MM narrative doth protest this cuddly Sam Cait selfie overmuch, methinks! And that makes me trust what I, and almost 86 thousand other people, see in that selfie all the more!

So what do Sam’s latest likes of MM’s posts, or her likes of his, have to do with it?
If you look at what it is that Sam is liking, it is “keeping it professional” stuff that is being rewarded with likes. Her about to go running/arrow pointing north post got a like for a comment about “a step in the right direction” probably for her choice to post about exercise and encouraging other to do so. His other like was for a post that made it abundantly clear that she was traveling in the Pacific Northwest and was not inviting innuendo about her possibly being in SA by leaving her current location unknown.
In return MM has been liking Sam’s fitness and Barbour posts- both of which are professional topics.
It’s strictly business- and MM’s likes are mirroring Sam’s friend Amy Shiel’s likes which further support the “friends” scenario.

But Sam and Cait are definitely upping their “together” game in their recent interactions- probably in answer to the upping of the Sam and MM game during Oscars week in LA. In fact Sam and Cait started this even before they left LA with Sam’s making quite clear that he was spending his days and evenings with his old crowd of friends and with his friend Valbo who was also visiting LA at the time. By Sam’s own words there would not be much time left over for the romance that was being hinted at by the “official” narrative. Then they were very couply looking at the Seattle fan con and not a whiff of MM to be seen even though that is her “home turf”. Once they got to SA we have got pics of Sam and Cait at drinks and rugby and shopping together. They presented a united front with a retweet of an anti bullying message. And now Cait has taken to commenting on Sam’s posts, putting herself into the conversation between Sam and his fans that these posts represent. The same way a wife or partner would feel comfortable inserting themselves into a spouse’s conversation at a party.

So the way I see it the likes from Sam are actually in service of his and Cait’s “together” narrative. Those likes are in keeping with the sort of interaction that two friends or acquaintances might have. And these stand in contrast to what Sam and Cait are showing with their posts and comments on each other’s social media- a pattern that says they are more than friends to each other. A pattern that has been consistent with them for almost four years now.


New 3-D Printer Uses Light to Build Objects in Minutes

The next generation of desktop 3-D printers might do away with the excruciatingly slow process that current units use. Researchers have unveiled a printer that replaces the current extruder nozzle that squeezes out melted plastic one layer at a time with light and oxygen. 

The makers of the Carbon3D printer have demonstrated a technique they call continuous liquid interface production (CLIP), which grows 3-D printed parts out of a liquid resin bath. Ultraviolet light and oxygen work to build a stronger part in layers just tens of microns wide. Build times can be reduced from hours to minutes, they say.

Their work builds on the process called stereolithography, an additive manufacturing technique developed in the 1980s that builds parts layer by layer with liquid resin cured by light. 

“By rethinking the whole approach to 3-D printing, and the chemistry and physics behind the process, we have developed a new technology that can create parts radically faster than traditional technologies by essentially ‘growing’ them in a pool of liquid,” said University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill chemistry professor Joseph DeSimone, who coinvented the technique and is also Carbon3D’s CEO. See more images and learn more below.

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Imagine getting flowers from Dean..

You thought it was Cas.

You hadn’t lived in the bunker for long, but seeing Sam had sworn it wasn’t him and Dean was, well, Dean, the only one who had any sort of access to your room, at least enough to arrange a few (absolutely beautiful) flowers in a vase and put it next to your bed was the angel. 

But then Cas gave you this look when he walked in and saw you holding the vase and fiddling with the petals. The look he carries when he sees something peculiar - the tilt of his head, the parting of his lips. Even then, you still thought it was him, until Dean walked by behind him, saw you, and didn’t even comment on the large vase in your lap - just nodded and walked away.

Holy shit. 


He kept humming under his breath, going through the fridge for what you assumed was a very late dinner.


“Ha - what?” he asks, his voice low, stable. Too low, too stable. “Didn’t see you there. You, uh, want some pizza?”

Sure, Mr. Thirty-Years-A-Hunter, you didn’t see me there. “No, we humans have dinner before midnight. I’m good.”

“This ain’t dinner.”


“This is pizza.”

“Oh of course,” you said, “Pizza has its own special stomach that never ever makes you fat,” you said, “Or causes heartburn.”

He rolled his eyes. “God, it’s like you’re Sam and Dr. Oz blended together,” he said, stuffing his food into the microwave, “Only shorter and a lot more annoying.”

“Is that why you brought me flowers?”

He raised his eyebrows, clearing his throat and so casually crossing his arms over his chest. “Is that why I what now?”

“Flowers,” you repeated, mirroring his pose, “Small and fluffy and oh-so-pink.”

“Sweetheart,” he said, “I don’t do flowers.”

“No, you just do the people you bring flowers to.”

He blinked, face a shade of red he’d never admit to ever being without the external presence of blood. “I - no - what? No. That’s not - I -” He cleared his throat one more time. “I was just redecorating, Jesus.”

“Are you sure?” you asked, a smile dancing on your lips, “Because, you know, they’re pretty awesome flowers.”

“I -” He blinked several other times, eyes fixed at his feet. “I, uh, you - um - said something,” he said, “the other day, about them, and I just - I just - uh - fuck, um -”


“I just need to get my pizza!” he said, relief washing over his features, “Mm, pepperoni,” he said, pulling the microwave door. “Delicious.”

You laughed. “Alright,” you said, “Why don’t you think that over, and maybe let me know if you, I dunno,” you said, “want to redecorate any time, eh?”

All 12 Links from the various Zelda games! In case there was any confusion, each Link is a different individual, not the same person, in each game besides tie-in sequels. I made this to show all of them in one unified style.

Individual Links who appear in multiple games are featured only once, besides OoT/MM Link who is featured as both an adult and a child.

Zelda U doesn’t have a confirmed place in the timeline yet, so for now that Link is in his own section.

Rufini Precision IV Custom Vintage Series bass. The bass is built around a 2-piece alder body that’s covered in an aged Fender Daphne Blue nitro lacquer finish. Rufini rounded the bass’s aesthetic out with a Fender vintage aged and Schaller aged tuners. Its neck is a single piece of quartersawn flame maple that holds 24 frets with custom abalone inlays. The bass has an interesting P/MM pickup configuration featuring Tesla Pickups.

How to see what you posted exactly one year ago

(or any other day for that matter)

Just go to your blog.
After in your address bar, add, for example, /day/2013/03/31 to see what you posted exactly one year ago today. You can choose any date in the YYYY/MM/DD format.
This feature is called Day Pages. If you’ve got a blog theme from Tumblr’s Theme Garden, it should support Day Pages and let you switch between days in your blog’s navigation.



The Nebelwerfer Raken-Vielfachwerfer was Essentially a copy of the Russian “Katyusha” mounted on captured Somua French Army halftracks. The 8cm R Vielfachwerfer was basically a copy of the Soviets since stabilsed and 82mm rocket was fired from the same type of rail launcher. The 8 cm Raketen- Vielachwerfer Had launch 24 rockets with rails fitted to the top and bottom of each rail giving 48 rockets for safety. This rocket is actually 78 mm in diameter. Two features Distinguish it from other German rockets: the use of tail fins to secure stability in flight without rotation, and the employment of a novel fuze arming device.

When the rocket is fired, the heat of the propellant gases melts at fusable ring of metal, permitting the detonator magazine and to approach the striker. The main filling of the high explosive head is pressed flake TNT.

Initially these machines (6) Been tested as part of the Waffen SS, and then were moved to Schnelle Brigade West (21.PzDiv.).