Posts Tagged ‘creativity’

Solar Impulse is a solar-powered airplane that flew across the United States powered only by the sun.

The plane is full of technology that can be used in many innovative and yet-to-be-thought-of applications.

Thought Patterns is pleased to share this YouTube video created by CBS News Online and brought to my attention on Facebook by Alpha Minds.


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I saw this and had to share it.

The English language must be the repository for more language excerpts that any other. English is a melange.

English is a West Germanic language that arose in the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of England and spread into what was to become south-east Scotland under the influence of the Anglian medieval kingdom of Northumbria. Following the extensive influence of Great Britain and the United Kingdom from the 18th century, via the British Empire, and of the United States since the mid-20th century,[6][7][8][9] it has been widely dispersed around the world, becoming the leading language of international discourse and the lingua franca in many regions.[10][11] It is widely learned as a second language and used as an official language of the European Union and many Commonwealth countries, as well as in many world organisations. It is the third most natively spoken language in the world, after Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.[12] It is the most widely spoken language across the world.[13]

Historically, English originated from the fusion of languages and dialects, now collectively termed Old English, which were brought to the eastern coast of Great Britain by Germanic (Anglo-Saxon) settlers by the 5th century – with the word English being derived from the name of the Angles, and ultimately from their ancestral region of Angeln (in what is now Schleswig-Holstein).[14] A significant number of English words are constructed based on roots from Latin, because Latin in some form was the lingua franca of the Christian Church and of European intellectual life.[15] The language was further influenced by the Old Norse language due to Viking invasions in the 8th and 9th centuries.


The Chaos by G. Nolst Trenite’ a.k.a. “Charivarius” 1870 – 1946

G. Nolst Trenite’ a.k.a. “Charivarius” offerred this a long time ago.


As a non-native English speaker I have been struggling with studying your language for 10 years..The following poem (which my phonetics professor made me learn by heart) is a great tool for studying pronuncition of most difficult English words to foreigners. Since many of you are tutoring English I thought I’d place this funny rhyme so that you could use it as one of the most pleasant techniques of teaching your language!

If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world.

After trying the verses, a Frenchman said he’d prefer six months of hard labour to reading six lines aloud.

Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.

I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.

Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it’s written.)
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plaque and ague.

But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.

Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far;
One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
Scene, Melpomene, mankind.

Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.

Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
Toward, to forward, to reward.

And your pronunciation’s OK
When you correctly say croquet,
Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive and live.
Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
And enamour rhyme with hammer.

River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.
Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,
Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,
Shoes, goes, does.

Now first say finger,
And then singer, ginger, linger,
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.

Query does not rhyme with very,

Nor does fury sound like bury.

Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.
Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.

Though the differences seem little,
We say actual but victual.

Refer does not rhyme with deafer.

Fe0ffer does, and zephyr, heifer.

Mint, pint, senate and sedate;
Dull, bull, and George ate late.
Scenic, Arabic, Pacific, Science, conscience, scientific.
Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.

We say hallowed, but allowed,
People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
Mark the differences, moreover,
Between mover, cover, clover;
Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police and lice;
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label.
Petal, panel, and canal,
Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor.
Tour, but our and succour, four.

Gas, alas, and Arkansas.

Sea, idea, Korea, area, Psalm, Maria, but malaria.

Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.

Doctrine, turpentine, marine.
Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion and battalion.

Sally with ally, yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.

Say aver, but ever, fever,

Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.

Heron, granary, canary.
Crevice and device and aerie.
Face, but preface, not efface.

Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.

Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.

Ear, but earn and wear and tear
Do not rhyme with here but ere.

Seven is right, but so is even,
Hyphen, roughen, nephew
Stephen, Monkey, donkey,
Turk and jerk,
Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.

Pronunciation (think of Psyche!)
Is a paling stout and spikey?

Won’t it make you lose your wits,
Writing groats and saying grits?

It’s a dark abyss or tunnel:
Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,
Islington and Isle of Wight, Housewife, verdict and indict.

Finally, which rhymes with enough,
Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?

Hiccough has the sound of cup.
My advice is to give up!!!

English Pronunciation by G. Nolst Trenité


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Personal Evolution

Personal Evolution

The world around us changes so quickly now that we must be flexible … curious … eager to learn.

If we don’t …

we won’t prosper …

possibly … we won’t survive.

My thanks for the image go to the The Other 98% Facebook site and whom ever their source might be. Alvin Toffler deserves your attention when he speaks.

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Sanjati Cemo Juto

Turn up your speakers for this one. It will be good for you.

Gustafi is a Croatian Pop Rock band that plays an eclectic style of music combining Istrian Croatian) folk music and rock, along with blues and Tex-Mex influences. I first heard this piece on my MP3 player while walking the dogs. The upbeat tempo and Tex-Mex brass caused me to pick up my pace and I (nearly) danced in ppublic.

Gustafi is considered one of the most prominent examples of the so-called ča-val (Cha Wave), a type of pop rock music accompanied with lyrics sung in the chakavian dialect spoken in Istria, which became popular in the mid-1990s in Croatia.

I haven’t located a good (Croatian to English) translation, but a Google translation showed that the lyrics are about dreaming … possibly dreams of freedom.  The word “nebo” is used frequently and appears to be the word for “heaven”.

Gustafi - A Pop Rock Band from Croatia

Image Source 

Enjoy the Video

Dance to the Music

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Multi-Tasking and the Blues

I don’t recall how I first heard about Cigo.  I think it was a Tweet.

I had recently attended an Arlo Guthrie concert and later saw a Bob Dillon special.  Both play guitar and harmonica … along with singing.  That’s multi-tasking.

Cigo a One-Man Band in Croatia

I suspect that most of you do not speak or understand the Croatian (hrvatski) language.

Me either.

I expected his song to be a ballad or folk song about some legendary hero.

It’s not.

I do believe it might be categorized as a socio-political commentary

… or the Blues.

The song our performer friend seems to sing most often in the videos I’ve seen is Budjav Lebac which translates to Moldy Bread

Visit this site for a translation of the lyrics.

 How Do You Feel About Multi-Tasking?


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 Betty White Should Meet My Mom!
 I can see them … facing off on the football field … in a Snickers commercial!
What do you say, Betty?


Clear Lake Cover Girls

Clear Lake Cover Girls


Well into her 88th year, Mom became a published writer.

She writes a column called Life in the Valley for a monthly community publication.

Here is a link to her column in the October issue.

Now, she’s a cover girl

… along with two of my sisters … Sheila & Mary Ellen.

She wasn’t expecting it, but fame was thrust upon her and my sister siblings.

You go, girls!

Mom and the girls were interviewed for an article about assisted living.

The article offers insights from several seniors and their family members regarding the process of deciding to move to an Assisted Living environment and the realities of that environment once you have lived there a while.

Click Here to visit this October 2010 issue of the Iowa Living Magazine – Clear Lake Edition

Mom was surprised to see herself on the cover.

I think she had the “makin’s” of being a cover girl long ago.

Mom and Baby Boy

Mom and Baby Boy

 She could have graced the covers of magazines like Life, Look, Ladies Home Journal … or whatever passed as the Modern Parenting magazine of the day.

And look at that beautiful boy she’s holding. A handsome lad like that must be destined for a special life.  Oh .. excuse me. I have gotten sidetracked …

So … back to Mom’s story!

Mom will be 89 this week.

Happy Birthday, Mom!

I hope you like this piece.

True to form … my birthday card for Mom will arrive late.

But … I’ll call you this weekend, Mom … and on your birthday … then my card will arrive the next day. So, we will celebrate over several days.

So, Mom … are you ready for a faceoff with Betty White?

That would be Great for the Super Bowl XLV Halftime Show!

Face-off?  Not your style?  No … probably not.

Maybe your booking agent can arrange a more gentile setting for you to meet with Betty White.  Think of it.  A couple good-looking girls your age … getting together to have a little fun. Betty White found out she’s still got it.  I’d say you do too.

Here’s an idea.  Dave Letterman should invite you, Betty White, and Dave’s mom for a little gathering on the Late Show.  That would be interesting.

 Letterman Late Show “Ladies That Still Got It!”

Should we start a campaign?

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Shots of Snowzilla

Chicago Blizzard 2011  -

Weather events offer some of the greatest opportunities for interesting Photography.

A snow storm began on Monday afternoon January 31, 2011 that over the next 48 hours became the 3rd strongest blizzard on record for the Chicago area.

By 7:00PM the storm had begun to get serious.  Ultimately,  the storm system covered 30 states populated by over 100 million people and its impact was felt around the country.

I created the “Shots of Snowzilla” photo web gallery to share images from my corner of the world.

Be sure to click the Portfolio link to see the full set of photos.

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